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It’s the final countdown


So I’ve been doing the Coachella warm-up countdown over at Examiner. Gratuatous self-promotion in 3….2….1….

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Both avenues are quite fulfilling and MetalRiot is growing at a fine rate. I hope to one day take down, but not for any moral reason. The site is the gold standard and to top it would be monumental. I work with a good team of people and being a part of a successful project may open up doors I never thought possible.

As for concerts, this month and the next are totally packed just so long as promoters and bands hold up their end of the bargain and let me in.

This Friday is the first time I will be seeing Sleeptytime Gorilla Museum and the last time they will ever perform again (not true, they play one more show the next night but I wanted to sound cool).

Then Coachella is NEXT WEEK OH MY GOD and that should be most exciting. No interviews scheduled this year, so it may be a bit less hectic and disappointing than last year. I need more energy for the lasers, anyway.

Saturday, the biggest metal show of all time is coming to Indio and I get to see Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and the mighty Slayer. Also, I may get to do an interview, which would I think cause me to stammer and freak out a bit.

Dredg’s new album comes out May 3rd and a show at the Roxy is due to accompany it. I’m close to being confirmed, but may have to go the night before, which isn’t too bad but I’ve never been a CD release show that didn’t involve a hometown friend being in the band.

May is sort of insane, with that Dredg show being in the same eight day period as Between the Buried and Me, Portugal The Man, Ghostland Observatory, Mogwai, and Coheed & Cambria. I’m only confirmed for the first and the last show of that list, with Coheed’s being a double set (acoustic included) and the entireity of their debut album being played with more promised content. If I do go to each and every show, it will be the best and worst week of my professional life. The pennies in clicks I get pale in comparison to how much gas I have to buy as well as time lost sitting in LA traffic as all six shows are in the City of Angels.

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The Vortex of Doom

While line-ups are the most important part of the music festival, it is the time at which they play that will determine your enjoyment.

You plan the best you can for months. You make a hypothetical schedule out of the little information you know. You know the day they play on, and depending on their status you can sometimes determine what stage they will be on. Mix in what sort of live show they have and what genre of music they are and you have an easily predictable path to glory.

Then a few days before the show you get the real schedule and the pruning of your dream tree begins.

The more music you listen to, the more often a vortex is going to fuck you up. For most people, the choice between Coheed and Cambria, Snoop Dogg, and Band of Horses is clear-cut. There aren’t many indie hipsters that get down to “Gin and Juice” while studying Coheed’s ridiculous Dungeons & Dragons in space lyrics. For me, it meant scrambling to see all of it and ending up not seeing enough of one of them.

I hate when the vortex is during the very last acts of the day. A few years ago, Coachella gave the choice of closing my Saturday with  The Black Keys, Tiesto, The Rapture, or Cornelius. Luckily Cornelius turned out to be a winner, but missing The Rapture in the dance tent and Black Keys at such an awesome time slot made it all bittersweet.

I lifted this from the Coachella boards after the 2008 schedule was revealed:

Fuck man Bjork, DJ Shadow, and Gogol Bordello are all playing at the same time.”

The nature of these festivals makes such complications unavoidable. Think of it as a necessary evil. Remember, it ALWAYS COULD BE WORSE.


Here are some of my personal Vortices of Doom!

Gogol Bordello vs Mastodon vs Avett Brothers – Metal vs gypsy punk vs punkgrass, went from Mastodon to Avett and missed Gogol completely.

Beck vs Les Claypool vs Disco Biscuits vs Cypress Hill vs Medeski Martin & Wood – Started at Beck, walked by Cypress, saw some Les, and finished with MMW. Sorry Disco.

Jack Johnson vs Keller Williams vs Iron and Wine – A bit of all three

Massive Attack vs Mogwai vs Coheed and Cambria – Mogwai into Coheed. Really sad that I missed Massive Attack 😦

Someone’s vortex at Bonnaroo 2009 HAD to be Girl Talk vs Oakenfold vs Pretty Lights.






















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Top 15 Coachella Moments: #10 – Chaotic Bliss

Last year, My Bloody Valentine played the main stage and presented one of the loudest hour and a halves I’ve ever heard. The amps seemed ready to blow up and the stage to set fire. I did not have any ear plugs on me, but sort for wished I did, but in the deafening haze I remembered another classic Coachella moment. One much louder, much more intense, and much more up my alley.

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Lightning Round: Volume 2

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

Never listened to it. Sorry, Thom. Bought it, heard a song on the radio, and never cared enough to give it a chance.

The Avett Brothers – The Gleam

Classy album art for a class act. I’ll devote a post to the brothers from North Carolina at a future date, but The Gleam is a pitch-perfect EP, giving a look into every aspect of what makes the trio so great. Although its a tad stripped down compared to some of their raucous live act, tracks like  “When I Drink” and the emotional “If It’s the Beaches” show off the melodic powers that is only possible with near identical DNA. Highly recommended for the coffee house, chill-out crowd, or someone that likes a little more soul in their bluegrass and not as much fluff.

Gorillas, and Mogwai, and Stoners, Oh My!


Bright light, bright light!

This is a Mogwai post.

Get it?


So, Happy Songs for Happy People. Ever heard it? If not, stop reading and go buy it. The first track, alone, is worth the purchase and worth my writing.

“Hunted by a Freak” may go down as one the best instrumentals of the decade. Yes, there is a guy singing into a crazy vocal box thing, but the lyrics are indecipherable and a thing of internet legend. The pure style this album oozes fills your ears like wax, and is just as sticky. Before listening to Mogwai I thought this type of music was ultimately unfulfillable and unable to compete with the musical world, given the lack of lyrics and free-form wankery that throbs throughout. Knowing what I know now, and seeing what I’ve seen live, I take it all back.

Honestly, this album is not amazing. I know, I know, I told you to buy it already.

It has a few excellent songs, and when you hear “Killing all the Flies” live and the sudden orgasm of clusterfucked chords warbles through their amps and into the sky, your life may very well change. Coachella provided the space and environment for these guys to really show the power of this style and I thank Jebus they did.

Mogwai really strikes that happy medium for me that bands like Sigur Ros and Appleseed Cast just can’t seem to get to: ambiance with power. I enjoy all the post-rock shoegazing you can throw at me, but if there isn’t a release of that emotion, it feels wasted. With Mogwai, I know that when a track starts off slow, that it’s going to get somewhere and tell me a story. A story without words. That’s pretty awesome.

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