Post by know ID yuh on Jan 14, 2012 13:20:52 GMT -8
I was watching baseball highlights earlier this morning, which made me remember how crazily awesome baseball was last fall. The final day of the regular season and game six of the world series were two of the most memorable MLB moments since Mark McGwire brought baseball back to life chasing Maris' record after the strike alienated most baseball fans from the sport.
Intentional segway into the recent Hall of Fame selection of Barry Larkin. Good player, not great, and there is a decent chance he used steroids. He played in the steroid era when steroids weren't against baseball rules. Yet Mark McGwire's HOF votes decreased this year. What makes that funny is Rafael Palmeiro's HOF votes increased this year. McGwire and Palmeiro were both forced to testify in court about their involvement with steroids. McGwire refused to lie under oath, Palmeiro denied any involvement with steroids. Palmeiro tested positive for steroids a couple months later. Palmeiro lied under oath (a felony), yet his candidacy into the HOF is gaining strength while one of the greatest power hitters in the history of the game who refused to commit a felony loses votes?
The HOF votes are such a joke n-ow. It's more of a guessing game of who did and didn't use steroids. Steroids make players more powerful, help players recover from minor injuries quicker, and help players avoid injuries due to increased strength. If a player is deemed "powerful," they are not allowed in the HOF, yet if a player is deemed, "consistently healthy but not overly powerful," they get in the HOF. I'll never understand why Cal Ripken Jr. was never suspected of steroids, the healthiest player in baseball history who also played during the steroid era.
Next year the HOF vote gets really interesting, with two of the greatest players of the last 50 years up for first time nomination (Bonds and Clemens). Neither will get in because they used steroids, but some light hitting middle infielder who also used steroids will get in. Such a joke.
True that fests are more popular now, but they sold twice as many tickets in way less time. I totally didn't see this coming. Since I first went to Sasquatch in 2009 it has more or less sold out. I expect it to sell out in a day or so this year, but most of those will be returning people. If there were an extra 10000 tickets this year I would expect it to bearly sell out, not sell out faster than ever before.
Not saying anything fishy is going on, but I am just dumbstruck at the increase in interest in Coachella this year.
Scalpers, dude. That's the beginning and the end of the conversation.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to be made scalping Coachella tickets, and more assholes than ever are getting in on that shit before the bubble bursts and they start regulating that shit. Just think, there are probably dozens of people buying one hundred, two hundred weekend passes -- just as many as they can get -- and re-selling them at more than double the price. That is ALL PROFIT.
Christ it makes me sick. I might have been able to work it out of it weren't for fucking scalpers.
I think the scalper angle is slightly overblown. Sure the fucktards are making money off this, but I'm sure they have scalper prevention techniques in place. For example, I once had a third ticket to Them Crooked Vultures canceled because they had a two ticket limit, and I bought three on the same credit card. I can't imagine they would allow someone to purchase hundreds of tickets under the same name/address/credit card. Also, I didn't even get my tickets until the Friday before the festival last year. That doesn't leave a lot of time to transfer. You know what would be really fantastic is if they announced after the sell out that all tickets will be will call. Then all the professional scalpers living outside of the L.A. area would be fucked. One can dream.
Aside from the fact music festivals are indeed more popular today than in years past, my "theory" for why this festival sold out so quick has more to do with what they did for us last year after the sell out. First, remember Coachella 2010 is known to many as a disaster because 10,000+ snuck in making the festival way too crowded for comfort. They thwarted people sneaking in last year with that in/out wristband scanner. Second, and more importantly, the fucking Creators Project. That wasn't announced until long after the festival sold out, and created the most amazing visual displays witnessed by humans at a music festival in the history of North America (Pea comment). People all over the world had Coachella 2012 on their radar because of the videos they saw of Coachella 2011 and the Creators Project. That is the biggest reason it sold out so quickly.
I just went to get my Jeff Mangum ticket and noticed this:
"ATTENTION! As part of the artist's effort to discourage scalping and keep tickets affordable, this is a PAPERLESS TICKET EVENT! Please click through to the event description for details."
And they're still 40 bucks.
Am I the only one who doesn't get this? Jeff Mangum, the guy who can't sell tickets without the disclaimer, "the dude from Neutral Milk Hotel." I have a handful of non-internet music loving friends, and no one has ever heard of him. Yet he's going to sell 3,000 paperless tickets over two nights at the Crystal Ballroom charging nearly $40 per ticket? Do that many people really give a shit about NMH? The kids sure don't, so he's aiming at the 28-38 year old crowd who didn't listen to the radio growing up. I DON'T GET IT.
Anyway, which night are ya'll attending. I'll most likely attend the second night.
Post by know ID yuh on Jan 12, 2012 22:16:26 GMT -8
Everyone is starting to purchase their plane tickets and make travel arrangements, so it's time to make a solid meet up plan. It sounds like Wal-Mart in Palm Springs Thursday is the choice, but we need a time for those who haven't finalized their plans. I'm going to leave that up to you all, because I won't know how much time I will be allowed off from work. I'll be driving from either Medford, OR, or San Jose, CA Thursday. If from Medford, it means one less day off work, and arriving at the campground after midnight, like last year.
Even if I'm not included in the board camping, I'll gladly keep the first post updated so everyone knows who is doing what. If you don't want to be included, PM me and I'll remove your name. Otherwise, the choice is yours...
Here is what the first post says, correct me if I'm wrong.
General Info: Most of us are meeting in car camping, and everyone listed below will attend the first weekend of the festival, April 13th-15th. The tentative plan is to all meet at a yet to be determined location (probably the Wal-Mart in Palm Spring) Thursday, April 12th, in the early evening. Therefore, if you want to join in the fun, plan on flying in during the day Thursday, April 12th, so we all have enough time to pick up supplies and meet up. You have three options for airports, Palm Springs (30 minutes to Indio), Ontario (90 minutes to Indio), or Los Angeles (130 minutes + up to 60 minutes traffic to Indio). Once everyone starts buying their plane tickets, I'll include which airport everyone is flying into. Let me know if anything is off or changing either publicly, or via PM. If you wish to not be included in the list below, PM me, and I will remove your name discretely.
Tickets: knowidyuh (+car camping pass) wompwomp (+car camping pass) kymess_jr (+car camping pass) chaco (+car camping pass) sOuLy (+car camping pass) Cat/Stamper (+car camping pass) bradberad (+car camping pass) mrlahey (+car camping pass) Shaxspear Pea z3phyr13 drew (no longer able to attend the first weekend, looking to trade his pass for the second weekend) eMpTyFox (not camping) J-Dawg (not camping) wolfhat (not camping)
Cars (those planning on camping with the board): knowidyuh wompwomp Cat/Stamper sOuLy chaco
Shade/Chairs: knowidyuh - willing to purchase canopy/chairs if needed, if someone will bring them home with them mrlahey - canopy (?) sOuLy - canopy (?) Pea - buying chairs upon arrival
I'm holding out last minute for Sasquatch. Unless the squatch lineup is Holyshitfuck worthy, tickets will go for cheap just before he festival. Last year I saw ads for people selling below face value a week before the festival. Or I might get lucky and my days off might fall on Sasquatch weekend.
Yup, especially since they tried to scalp their tickets last year, and had to put them back on sale a week before the festival because no one wanted to pay $400 for a shitty lineup. Ticketmaster.
How'd the chant work out anyway? I never made it over to the mainstage to shout WKD just so I could say I did.
Didn't happen. By the time Conor took the stage I had discovered that I liked Switch too well to go through with it.
...also, if I'd gone through with it I would have missed the part of Robyn's set where she ate that banana.
Nah, I caught the first 30 minutes of Bright Eyes, and still waited 20 minutes for Robyn to start. I was going to yell WKD, but I was in the pit surrounded by people completely obsessed by Conor, and everyone was talking about him as a god-like figure between songs. It was precious actually. I didn't have it in my heart to heckle at that point. It would have been like yelling at a bunch of old women with walkers that they are too slow to catch me.
newjersey on the other hand, did yell it out at the end of a song at Oshega (I think?) and has the video footage to prove it.
I was just pointing out that the Ticketmaster/Livenation angle doesn't seem to be the dealbreaker it once was for them.
I didn't know about Soundgarden, but they could always give Irons a call again.
I'll go to bat for you on this one. The Ticketmaster thing is completely irrelevant nowadays since all of their Canadian tours (and some U.S. tours) from the last 10 years have been sold through Ticketmaster. Added to that, they haven't toured the U.S. in a couple of years, they are coming off of a 20th anniversary run, they apparently have a new album coming out in the summer, they love the Gorge and haven't played there in quite some time. They also have a tendency to prepare for European summer tours by playing a warm up show or two (see the 2009 Virgin Fest in Calgary).
There is still a possibility that Pearl Jam could play the Friday night. Soundgarden play in Europe starting on May 27, so if they play Sasquatch on May 25 that gives Matt Cameron plenty of time to get to the show on the 27th. It's all speculation and a long shot, but still reasonable.
I'm not going to fight this one to the death because I don't know enough about Ticketmaster's involvement with Canadian venues. I stated my opinion on the blog, and I'll state it again here for clarification.
There is a difference between playing a venue that ticketmaster sells the tickets for, and playing a venue ticketmaster runs. You can't get away from ticketmaster, so refusing to play a venue ticketmaster sells the tickets for is refusing to play entire regions of the continent, and that is not fair to your fans. The Gorge is run by LiveNation, who merged with Ticketmaster. Therefore, Ticketmaster runs the Gorge. It isn't about simply selling their tickets.
Pearl Jam spent a lot of time and money on the Ticketmaster lawsuit. Who cares if it was a long time ago, you don't think there are any hard feelings? Do you think Pearl Jam is going to just say, "You know what, we were young and stupid back then, turns out, you're not such a bad dude after all. Let's get lunch." I don't care if 50 years roll by, as long as ticketmaster is still bending over everyone involved in the music industry, Pearl Jam isn't going to gladly turn their head and cough.
Who actually supports ticketmaster, show of hands please? We deal with it because we have to, and so does much of the music industry. If your favorite venue gives you the choice of buying tickets from them, or from ticketmaster, virtually everyone on the planet is going against ticketmaster. In general, none of us have this option, we are forced to buy from ticketmaster, and bands are forced to have their tickets sold by ticketmaster.
Pearl Jam is from Seattle, they were one of the bands who defined the Seattle grunge music scene. Everything about that band screams NW. So where would the logical place to play their 20th anniversary be?
I suppose there is a female equivalent band that all guys love just because the lead singer is hot, but all I can think of is, "all of them."
Joy Formidable playing Coachella:
You and me watching them (her):
Haha. I'm the one on the right.
I don't think I've seen a picture of her smiling before? Be still my heart, be still. I couldn't get a good read on what she looks like, because she had that super angry intense look on her face most of the show. I was legitimately intimidated by her presence, and that rarely happens.
I did my once every three weeks skim through the Sasquatch Facebook page the other day and saw someone who said something like, "I can't see it happening," or "I don't see it happening." I immediately thought, "GENO!" I think it might have been you too, dude looked similar.
Post by know ID yuh on Jan 12, 2012 12:34:34 GMT -8
Alright, I've got the stage names straightened out, thanks guys. I still thought some of the Pure Filth lineup wasn't on the official lineup, but I've already beaten that horse to death. The Do-Lab was like a subset of weirdos who spent most of their time there in order to stay away from the chads. I kept thinking their arms would get tired holding them in the air for ten hours straight, but they kept on going.
What is it with girls and Bush? No pun intended. I've never met a guy that describes himself as a Bush fan, but have met countless chicks who are unconditionally obsessed with them.
The lead singer was the hottest dude of the era, or so all the women who love Bush have told me. I suppose there is a female equivalent band that all guys love just because the lead singer is hot, but all I can think of is, "all of them."