Music Journal: The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup, One Day Later

I gotta be honest folks, I’m not a huge fan of this year’s lineup for Lollapalooza.  I was really tempted to include some personal attacks against the famed Chicago festival in yesterday’s post, but with these kinds of things I’ve learned from experience that it’s always best to wait a day to think about the situation and not say something I’ll regret later.

Well it’s been a day.

My feelings are still the same – I’m not planning on attention Lolla this year.  However, those who are going are in for a treat not for the main attractions but for the hidden treats.  This year has a great middle-teir section, including a handful of bands I would pay to see if they were the headliners.  These acts include M83, Dawes, Guy Clark Jr., The Gaslight Anthem, and Washed Out.  It’s a shame these guys aren’t in a more prominent spot, but at least they’ll be playing.

As for the headliners I’m not as thrilled.  As much as I love the Chili Peppers they seem to be out of their prime, and it doesn’t help that their latest album I’m With You isn’t superb (though I will say it’s growing on me).  I love the Black Keys, but their music is not meant to headline Lollapalooza.  Black Sabbath is just going to be awkward, and it’s not for certain how good they will sound.  Jack White has the potential to be really good, but I can also see him being extremely weird on stage, and don’t get your hopes up for a lot of White Stripes material.

Well there’s my two cents.  This year is an ok mix of music that isn’t worth over $200 to see.  Agree or disagree with what I have to say, this is still Lollapalooza, and it is always a good time.  We’ll see how well they pull it off this year when August comes around.

And The Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup Is….

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you this year’s Lolla lineup!

The top acts are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White.  The other major acts include Florence and the Machine, The Shins, M83, Sigur Ros, Frank Ocean, Wale, J. Cole, and Guy Clark Jr.  Some hidden gems include Sharon Van Etten, Washed Out, The Weeknd, and plenty of other up and coming acts.

To see the full list, click here.

Music Journal: Music I Bought In Broad Ripple

Where do young people go to retire?  No, I’m not talking about Portland (though all of the hot girls do wear glasses), I’m talking about Broad Ripple, Indiana.  With a plethora of local organic stores, the monon trail for bikers and runners, and a lust natural landscape that blossoms in the Spring, Broad Ripple is one of the coolest places in the Midwest, and it’s where I spend my Easter weekend.  While down there I did some shopping at the Indy CD & Vinyl store and splurged on some quality music.  Here are some of the albums I got.

Television – Marquee Moon

I now know what Niles Cline listened to as a kid.  This is a guitar player’s album, full of tasty licks courtesy of Tom Verlaine that has more guitar freak outs then conventional solos, making Marquee Moon a more unique guitar study.  This album came out of the CBGB era but it still sounds great in 2012.

 

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

After seeing her last week with the War on Drugs I had to buy something of hers, so I went with this year’s Tramp, which is shaping up to be her most accessible album.  It’s not as intimate as Because I Was In Love, but the production is top notch (courtesy of the National’s Aaron Dessner) and Sharon is growing into a confident songwriter and singer.  This is someone you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the near future.

 

Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’

I’ve been meaning to get this album for sometime, and now it’s finally apart of my ever growing Dylan collection (it would probably take me a could of years to find ALL of his albums).  I love this album for the simplicity and how direct his lyrics are.  This, along with Bring It All Back Home, contains some of my favorite lyrics, and I especially enjoy the large Woody Guthrie influence shown throughout this album.

 

BADBADNOTGOOD – BBNG2

I always dig what this jazzy trio is up to, and I love their second album.  All these guys are under 21, but they have some serious chops.  BBNG2 makes for some chill listening that is combines jazz elements and modern hip-hop.  Their cover of James Blake and Kanye West is essential listening.

Music Journal: Cheesy 80s Saxophone Solos – A Rock & Roll Icon

There is no greater guilty pleasure among music fans like the cheesy 80s saxophone solo.

In the middle of your favorite 80s jam you anticipate it, you crave it, and you love it.  Even if you hate the 80s, there is no denying the power of the sax.  Here’s a prime example of the greatness that is the cheesy 80s sax, courtesy of Mr. Eddie Money.

Back in the 80s the saxophone player was THE man you wanted to be.  You got all the girls, you got to be as flashy as you wanted to be, you could wear whatever the hell you wanted, you could perform in all sorts of different genres, and you really only had to play for less than minute per song.  I mean, look at this sax player below.

THIS GUY got all the ladies in the 80s.

The cheesy 80s saxophone solo has probably seen its better days, but it will always survive in the hearts of 80s music devotees.  And, judging by the awesome use of sax in M83’s “Midnight City”, it looks like the cheesy saxophone is making a comeback.

Music Journal: March Recap – SXSW, The Boss Returns, And A Whole Lotta March Madness

It’s called March Madness for a reason.  Though my Hoosiers lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Kentucky, we have to remember the first time we played Kentucky this year (see picture above).  This has been an incredible basketball season, not only for IU but also for all the crazy games this year during the tournament.  I’m excited for what March will bring next year.

Oh yeah, in March some music was released and there was some festival that happened.

 

South By Southwest: The Most Fun I Didn’t Have.

SXSW, arguable one of the coolest music festivals to happen all year, happened this month…and I didn’t go.  No worries though, I am determined to go down to Austin in the near future to see SXSW (21st birthday present?).  Besides, with all the coverage on every single music blog, I felt like I was basically there.  I especially enjoyed Spin’s SXSW playlist, which included rising acts such as Star Slinger, Class Actress, and Jacques Greene who had good sets at SXSW.

 

Album Of The Month: Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

When I first heard Wrecking Ball I was mostly relieved that it was an improvement over Working On A Dream.  But the more I listen to this album, the more I believe that this is one of the Boss’s better albums.  It’s definitely one of his more unique sounding albums, with strong elements of hip-hop beats and Irish folk songwriting.  But there is still that signature Bruce sound that’ll make you wanna get up and dance like this…

 

Song I Listened To The Most This Month: “True Love Will Find You In The End”

This beautiful song was originally done by the late Daniel Johnston.  The two versions I listened to the most in March were the Beck and Matthew Good versions.  Both are stripped down and do great justice to Johnston’s original.  Try not to cry the first time you hear this.

Music Journal: Hello Spring Break!

Well Spring Break is upon me ladies and gentlemen – time to get out of the cold midwest and travel south!  I’ll be taking a little break from blogging, but I’ll be back soon!

Here’s a little something to help you enjoy the sunshine, or if you’re still in the midwest at least help you imagine there is some sun.

Extra! Extra!: Best Coast Announces New Album (With Album Cover) And Tour!

California Duo Best Coast have announced their follow up to their excellent 2010 debut with a new album!  The Only Place will be released on May 15th and, judging by the album cover, will continue the trend of songs dedicated to love and California (and bears?).

In addition to a new album, the band will go on tour till late July starting at this year’s SXSW.

For full track list and tour dates click here.

 

If you’re not familiar with Best Coast, check out “Boyfriend” off 2010’s Crazy for You.

Music Journal: February Recap – The Super Bowl and The Grammys – Pleasantly Underwhelming

I have to be honest, February was a hectic month for me.  On the 15th I was initiated as a brother to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Indiana Alpha chapter.  I am extremely proud to be a Phi, but being inducted, along with all my college midterms, did not allow me to catch up with the world of music.  But honestly I felt like nothing much happened this month.  But for the sake of this recap, let’s see what I can nit pick from this month.

The Super Half Time Show was…..meh

This year’s performance was wonderfully forgettable.  Madonna was an excellent lip singer, the special effects were well done, and I forgot what songs were performed by the 4th quarter.  M.I.A. tried to make a statement with a quick flip of the middle finger to the camera, but this is not 2007 so nobody really cares about what she says anyone.  Hey, at lest the Giants beat the Patriots.  Plus, no Super Bowl show could top this one….

 

The Grammys Went Exactly As Planned

I did not have time to watch the Grammys, but this year I didn’t need to.  Everyone that I thought was going to win did, so there were no upsets that I missed.  I’m glad Adele won all her awards, 21 is a great pop album, and I’m glad Kanye West and Bon Iver came home with some trophies.  I will say though that Bon Iver, as awesome as he is, is not a “new artist”.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that the best new artist award needs to be changed.

 

Album Of The Month: Mr. Dream – Fatherland EP

A solid six song set that has introduced me to a band that has a good looking future ahead of them.  Check out these guys on tour as they open up for Cloud Nothings.

 

Song I Listened To The Most This Month: Jason Isbell – “Streetlights (Acoustics)”

When I saw Ryan Adams in Louisville (which was awesome!) I saw saw the excellent Jason Isbell perform some songs off his latest solo album and from his former band the Drive-By Truckers.  The highlight was an acoustic version of “Streetlights”, which has been on repeat all month.

 

Well that was pretty much all I remember from this month.  Hopefully more excitement will happen in March – we have a new Springsteen album to look forward to!