Anything's Possible? Postal Services May 3, 2011 17:49:57 GMT -5
Post by Lump on May 3, 2011 17:49:57 GMT -5
Not trying to make a Bonnaroo vs. Sasquatch pissing contest, just wonder why it's so prevelant at other fests?
Bonnaroo is different, they book collaborations, so it's clear they find them important. Maybe they are providing financial incentives for these unlisted collaborations, or maybe it's just a case of "when in Rome," where everyone does it just because everyone does it. I don't recall any collabs at Lollapalooza, and very few at Coachella. ACL had a couple cool ones. Attendence might factor into this as well, the bigger the names, the bigger the collaborations.
I can't imagine money being THAT much a part of it. I'm not saying that a lot of the things AREN'T money-driven. Pitchfork has been known to have a lot of collaborations as well, and at least according to the musicians themselves they were thrown together just for funzeez. I went to Pitchfork in '08 and saw Bradford Cox playing a song with Spoon and then there was also the instance where Bradford, Jay Reatard, King Khan, and the drummer from the Ponys all put together an improptu band to make up for Cut Copy's lateness (apparently I missed this). According to that documentary Bradford did it was all Bradford and Brit Daniel's idea (who knows, their might be some conspiracy as to it being for money, but I doubt it) and then the impromptu band sounds like it was just a good excuse for them to hang out and play covers.
I'm not saying Sasquatch is PREVENTING these things from happening, but I've found so many instances of hoping for collaborations at Sasquatch then getting let down, and it just seems such a weird that none of these ever come true when the logistics and reasoning all make sense (with the exception of Todd Barry playing with New Pornos last year).
I DO have a conspiracy theory, however, that the musicians might be "sticking it to the man" though. Give as much shit as you want to Pitchfork, but they, as well as AC Entertainment are all about serving the musicians and really have a passion for music. Where as Coachella, Lolla, and Sasquatch are run by more "corporate" structures like Goldenvoice, Live Nation, and Capital Sports Entertainment (never even heard of these people, but judging by their title, I'm assuming they're more concerned with money than putting on a great music festival).
My guess is that maybe the musicians are all about throwing together collaborations for more music-driven festivals like Bonnaroo and Pitchfork, but feel no desire to do much more than play what they're contractually obligated for the corporate festivals since they don't really care about promoting Live Nation or those such companies (and more importantly, homies gotta keep 'dey indie cred). I mean shit, assuming the rumors are true, that's apparently why Arcade Fire ain't playin' this year.
Just a guess though. I'm totally talking out of my ass.