I ruled Pitchfork Music Festival out a few weeks ago. The lineup looked thinner than the Olsen twins combined. I couldn’t justify flying to Chicago to see bands who I would pass on if they came to Portland. Maybe I’ll do Lollapalooza, I thought.
Then the indie tastemaker site announced its final festival additions Thursday. While I won’t equate the announcement to a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, I will say the addition of Beach House, Real Estate, and Wild Flag has piqued my interest.
The lack of capital letter headliners dimmed my interest in the first place. And it remains the reason I can’t bestow on this festival “BEST NEW FESTIVAL” status.
I’d give Pitchfork Music Festival a 7.6 out of 10 strictly on the lineup. The ticket prices and other amenities would bump it above an 8, but honestly everything starts and ends with who’s on the bill. So let’s look at the bands performing on each day.
Japandroids @ One Eyed Jacks in NOLA.
The first great album of 2012 is …. ???
Honestly, this year’s musical releases feel comparable to Portland’s weather. I keep hoping for a great album, just like I keep waiting for warmer weather, and neither has arrived yet.
Matt Wastradowski and yours truly recently spoke about the lack of a great album thus far in 2012 and the albums that could fill that void as the year progresses.
Here is Pt. 2 of My Favorite Albums of 2010 list. This is not a best of list. It is merely a list of my 10 favorite albums released this year. Check back later this week for my Favorite Songs of the Year list. Peace!
Robyn performs at Pitchfork in Chicago/Photo Credit: CajunTomato
The 2010 calendar is almost complete. There will soon be more lists flying at you than you will know what to do with. My solution: Throw a list your way before you’re so inundated that you’re sick of them. Example A: Today’s list of contenders for my favorite album of the year. These are the albums that I’ve enjoyed the most this year.
P.S. My favorite album last year was Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective. That was an easy pick. I don’t see this year’s being quite so easy. PPS: This list does not include any albums that have not been released yet, most notably Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which could very well be one of 2010’s best.
Here is the second installment of a two-part series containing my favorite songs of 2010 (so far). This is not a best of list, simply because there are plenty of songs I have not heard this year. These are the songs that have grabbed my interest, leading me to listen to them over and over. Hopefully, you will find something to like on the list, as well. PS: I plan on writing a revised list at year’s end.
Here is the first of a two-part series containing my favorite songs of 2010 (so far). This is not a best of list, simply because there are plenty of songs I have not heard this year. These are the songs that have grabbed my interest, leading me to listen to them over and over. Hopefully, you will find something to like on the list, as well. PS: The final part of the series, with my favorite 12 songs this year, will be posted later this week. So stay tuned.
My concertgoing experiences in 2009 were sadly few and far between compared to previous years. I saw some boss shows (Japandroids, Walkmen and Tv on the Radio come to mind) but there were just as many I missed. Blame the recession. Money woes be damned in 2010, I am itching to nod my head and tap my toes. Here are some shows I am looking forward to in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.