Post by The Horned Grandmother on Feb 10, 2011 11:53:37 GMT -5
It's a good lineup; it's not a great lineup. My initial reaction was something close to furious, but I couldn't see past the headliners; Modest Mouse and DCFC are sub-headliners. Wilco and Foo Dr. Garbanzohters (I guess) are great headliners, objectively, but MM and DCFC kind of make AZ look bad. Then I realized - these might not be the Holy Shit! headliners that our 10th Anniversary SHOULD have had, but whatever: I prefer them to the headliners from three out of four of the previous years' Sasquatches (no Ben Harper, no KoL, no fucking Beasties, no Ben Harper AGAIN, no MMJ [sorry, boring]). And I definitely prefer them to any of the other major festivals' headliners (fuck Arcade Fire so hard).
I wanted Pixies real REAL bad, and I feel like they were unfairly teased even outside this board. That was a massive disappointment, but Squatch threw me a left hook with 'The Soft Bulletin'. That's EVEN BETTER. That's more exciting than most things I could reasonably hope for out of any year's lineup.
I remain pretty irritated with the bulk of the undercards. I've said it before: this year is way more about Pitchfork hipster shit than about us geeks like it's been in the past. Where's the equivalent of Crudo? What's the fucking deal with GBV's set time? We're picking up acts like Skrillex and Robyn at the expense of acts like Bon Iver and Dirty Projectors.
Why? Because four days, which frankly sounds exhausting. AZ spent the entire festival budget on the Foo Dr. Garbanzohters, apparently, and in general the talent is spread way too thin. More than half the lineup consists of snot-nosed blog bands, because the Northwest fucking loves snot-nosed blog bands and they're fucking cheap, a dime a dozen. The result is that I'm going to spend way more time researching this year.
There's about the same number of bands playing this year as I want to see any given year; they're just in isolated clumps (fucking schedule) over the course of a LOOOOOONG weekend. Bassnectar looks like a fuckin riot; so the obligatory party on the lawn is covered, thank god.
Basically I just don't see the point in bitching about it. They'll never top the quality of the lineup in '10; they'll probably never match the awesomeness of the headliners in '08. Maybe they will. It's still going to be the best fucking weekend; I'm going to meet so many new people and drink so many of beers, some of them first thing in the morning, I'm going to hang out at the Gorge for three days and then on the fourth day when they usually make me go home I'm gonna fucking STAY there and keep on partying for another day. The fucking Flaming Lips will be there - they should be there every fucking year, the Flaming Lips pretty much embody Sasquatch. All YOU people will be there, and I fucking love you guys. It's going to be out of control; it's going to be the best Sasquatch ever. I'm sure of it.
[edit: totally biffed the placement of two apostrophes in that post; they're fixed]
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Feb 10, 2011 12:09:02 GMT -5
Don't miss Sasquatch dude, Sasquatch comes but once a year. It's not like Disneyland when you can just go there any old time. If you don't go, some awesome thing is going to happen and we'll all be talking about it forever and you'll be all, 'Awwwww, the ONE year I decide not to go...'
Unsurprisingly HG summed up my thoughts way better than I ever could. It's definitely not a bad lineup at all, it just doesn't have anything that grabs me. It's still going to be a ton of fun and I'm going to see a ton of great music but it's just a fairly underwhelming lineup. I'm not going to spend a ton of time bitching about it or anything but since you asked that's how I feel about it
Fer realz Plus, how can anyone justify missing 25,000 people screaming WRONG KID DIED?
I'm hoping that you guys are such Iron and Wine fans that you will decide to go watch Iron and Wine instead of chant something that makes no sense during my favorite band. Show a little respect for your ole pal Switch would you?
By the way, HG I think your post a few posts back really sums up the festival this year (I didn't want to quote it because it was so long). Its almost exactly how I feel except for maybe I'm a little more excited about Modest Mouse than you are. Otherwise I think you summed it up.