Post by Friendly Destroyer on Feb 7, 2011 12:49:08 GMT -5
Definitely not the lineup I was hoping for, but SOFT BULLETIN at the GORGE is something I would consider driving down to see on its own. So fuck yeah to that and Black Mountain, Wilco, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Deerhunter, uh okay so it gets more than a little thin after that. Still, whatever, it's going to be fun and call me sentimental but I'm also looking forward to getting to possibly hang with a couple of you all from the board.
since people are still only using this thread, i'll give my two cents on some standouts from cmj over the past couple years.
-s. carey is amazing live, hopefully it translates to an outdoor venue. his debut lp 'all we grow' from 2010 is great. he drummed for bon iver on that year plus tour. -dan mangan opened for j vanderslice and john darnielle's side project 'the extra lens' and was hilarious. the folksy alt rock isn't always what i go for, but it sounded stellar. -smith westerns is some great new indie rock. their new lp with fat possum will continue to get positive reviews all year. -wye oak is awesome. cymbals eat guitars dynamics + neutral milk hotel folk. really great songwriting. -villagers is real gentle, but sounded great live. -the antlers, obviously, were outstanding. -surfer blood was really impressive, fresh, and clean live. to be honest, they sounded like vampire weekend but a little more dense. i thought their album last year was mixed terribly and i've avoided them since like the plague. i'm interested to hear them again after a year of touring.
and just others in the bottom half you should already love: black mountain, radio dept, and gayngs. oh god.
My name isn't Patrick for no reason. I will be skipping to my fucking loo during Flogging Molly. Also, between myself and a handful of other people we will be bringing over 10,000 glowsticks to the Bassnectar set. Be ready for an epic glowstick war.
So there is no Arcade Fire, no Pixies, no Kanye West, no Strokes? So What? I'm not sure where some of the whining about this year's lineup is coming from.
I'll be having a great time and getting my money's worth seeing and hearing Deerhunter (can't wait!), Wilco, Flaming Lips, Beach House, Sharon Jones, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Foo Fighters, Black Mountain, Guided By Voices, Local Natives, Old 97’s, Yeasayer, Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine, Flying Lotus, Death From Above 1979, Bonobo and Thermals among others.
And there are always plenty artists new to me that are pleasant surprises every year. There is lots to like this year, and it's all happening in the best venue on the planet!