• Sasquatch!2010 Revisted

    Jun 4 2010, 7h12

    Sat 29 May – Sasquatch! Music Festival 2010

    Last.fm says that I have 99% compatibility with this festival so good thing I went!

    This is a review but it is also a re-experience. I am going to go thru the festival as I saw it, thru my eyes and the video cameras of the lovely people that have posted their videos on youtube.

    SATURDAY

    Fell asleep when the sun was coming up and woke up a few hours later. Waited in a long ass line to get into the venue, but at least Portland's own All The Apparatus was playing for the folks who were waiting. They were really good and even covered Nantes which was the perfect song for a beautiful sunny day in the Gorge.

    Brother Ali was the first act we caught. He was fun, played a lot of songs of The Undisputed Truth which is a really great record. DJ Snuggles blew everyone away with his beatboxing skillz.



    We scooted up front for Minus the Bear. The sound was really good, spot on.


    (<3 this song)

    Much better than the last time I saw them in Portland, when everything was a little off, you know. Minus the Bear needs to be spot on to be good. I thought it was a really great set, even if they did choose the songs with the cheesiest lyrics possible. I really do like Omni (LOVE the synth), but the sensual lyrics are awkward coming out of Jake Snider's mouth, being sung the way he sings them. It is like he is going in for a soft caress but ends up poking you in the eye. Or you are making out with them and then your teeth touch. *shudders* Anyways, here is the setlist, and as a bonus, my favorite cheesy quote from each song:

    1. Knights "I owe you, don't I" or "A piece of you for a piece of me"
    2. My Time "the sweat rolls down your thigh"
    3. Summer Angel "My summer angel keeps me on the run"
    4. Pachuca Sunrise "Is it possible to put this night to tune and move it to you?"
    5. Secret Country "Swim through my time/As I float out to you/I dream of your caress" or "Your rain soaked pirouette/Spins me around again"
    6. Into The Mirror "her hunter eyes lock on her prey" or "you get what you pay for/we could cost a lot."
    7. Throwin' Shapes "she'll wrap the sheets around us, forget the sun"
    8. Hold Me Down "I'm in the wind, I don't know how long the breeze will let me stay"
    9. Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse nothing cheesy about this song

    Next on the mainstage was Brad, let's pretend that never happened.

    After that was OK Go. I was sleeping, but I heard them play "Get Over It" and that treadmill song. They seemed fun.

    Broken Social Scene: They were beautiful, although I really hate it sometimes when old bands come out with new albums and you just want to hear them play You Forgot It In People but they only play 2 songs from it. I listened to them sitting on the grass, which I think was better than standing. Here was the setlist (thanks to setlist.fm for about half of these):

    1. World Sick
    2. Stars & Sons <3
    3. Texaco Bitches
    4. 7/4 Shoreline
    5. fire eyed boy
    6. Forced to Love
    7. Art House Director
    8. Cause = Time <3
    9. All to All
    10. Sweetest Kill
    11. Meet Me In the Basement



    Vampire Weekend: I thought I hated this band, but I was totally wrong. They seemed so appropriate for the sunset timeslot and Giving Up the Gun made me smile.

    deadmau5: Hella trippy. I actually really liked his show overall, but I don't get why it is so good. I mean he just does the same thing over and over again for like 10 minutes. Perhaps it's the lights or something, but somehow he is just awesome. Check it out:






    SUNDAY

    They Might Be Giants put on a puppet show. It was hilarious and uncomfortable at the same time.




    Kid Cudi: What an ego Kid Cudi has and I absolutely love it. Not just anyone could pull off the "When I say 'Kid' you say 'Cudi'" routine like he did. Or the massive man ring that he wore. I loved that he played Memories because I think it summarizes Sasquatch as a whole for me: "All the crazy shit I did tonight/Those will be the best memories" <3



    It was amusing to watch the male-dominated Kid Cudi crowd be replaced with the female-dominated Tegan and Sara crowd. I thought those two girls were cute and I'm starting to think I need to get their CD! I loved Back in Your Head it was soo good live.

    LCD Soundsystem was one of the best this weekend.

    Setlist (from setlist.fm)

    1. Us v Them
    2. Drunk Girls
    3. Pow Pow
    4. Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
    5. I Can Change
    6. Tribulations
    7. Movement
    8. Yeah
    9. All My Friends

    LCD Soundsystem was pure genius. Forgive me if this comparison has been made before, but they are the modern day version of Talking Heads, specifically off the album Stop Making Sense. C'mon the sing-talking, the use of repetition, the build ups... I just kept expecting Psycho Killer to be the next song. I couldn't find a good video that really illustrated this point but you'll have to trust me. And dancing. Now, at my alma mater there is a semiannual Stop Making Sense dance party which gets pretty crazy but NOTHING could compare to the dance party that was happening in the audience. Everyone was moving, everyone was dancing, and even if you had never heard this band before, you figured out the lyrics and sung along. What collective effervescence.

    Down in the Rumpus Room, A-Trak played "Heads Will Roll" (Yeah Yeah Yeahs remix) and someone gave us some glow sticks. Back on the main stage, Massive Attack depressed me by flashing these numbers on the screen like how many slaves were sent to America and how many gallons of oil were spilled in the gulf. Some people really liked them though.


    [ loud vid ]


    MONDAY

    The line was too long to make it to Seattle Rock Orchestra's tribute to Funeral by The Arcade Fire, but I could hear it from the line and sung along. I hear it was amazing.

    Don't you love it when a band lives up to their name? Passion Pit was exactly that. I was already in a good mood and then they started playing. Their music is like pure bubbles of esctacy. I joined a dance party/passion pit on the hill. Everyone went crazy when they played Sleepyhead and I also loved I've Got Your Number, Smile Upon Me, Better Things (!!!) and all the other songs (if anyone has the setlist, please share!) They sounded exactly like the CD (how in the world does he sing like that?) except even better. THANK YOU Passion Pit if you are reading this for sharing your cosmic energy with me.

    From the pit: [ shaky -don't watch if you get motion sickness easily ]

    From the hill:

    She & Him were good but it was hard to listen when you were busy fantasizing about Zooey Deschanel. Damn you Ben Gibbard.

    Band of Horses were okay. One of my favorite bands on CD but the live show was ho-hum.

    MGMT disappointed me at first, but made everything better when they played Kids. I think Kids is probably one of the greatest songs ever made. My favorite part was when everyone sung the kids melody do do do do dodo dodo dooooo dooooo. But I don't care much for their new stuff, I mean it sounds okay but it's nothing special. I'm glad they played Time to Pretend and Electric Feel too.



    I love how the band gets really into this song, and I love the part at the end.

    Ween was so weird. But they actually do have a good live show and they sure know how to rock out.

    Boys Noize ended the night right for me. Sometimes you need to dance.



    Regrets- bands I missed

    Local Natives
    The xx
    The New Pornographers (but I saw them in 2008)
    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    Public Enemy
    Caribou
    Why?
    Miike Snow

    Either I didn't make it there early enough, or I didn't want to watch them on the Bigfoot stage (which sucked). Many of these bands were too big for the bigfoot stage, IMO.

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    Wow. After writing this review, I really feel like it was totally worth the price of the tickets. And I didn't even include the afterparties, the crazy costumes, all the nice canadians, the day drinking, the campfire food, and bonding with friends new and old. "I must admit now going down with this ship/I couldn't have a better crew to travel with." Love you Sasquatch! See you in 2011??
  • Coheed&Circa 5/7 @ Roseland

    Mai 9 2010, 2h30

    Fri 7 May – Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Torche

    Coheed + Circa = Tour from Heaven. These two bands are just perfect for each other. They used to be homies on Equal Vision back in the day, although each has now signed onto major labels. Both bands play hard-to-classify progressive/alternative rock, Circa tinged with post-hardcore and Coheed flavored with heavy metal. And of course, they both have vocalists that make use of falsetto and can sing in a higher register than many females. This show was great for me personally, because Coheed and Circa were two of my favorite bands in high school and I was flushed with nostalgia every time they played an old song.

    THE SHOW


    Circa Survive. Photo by Machine6619.

    We arrived just after Circa Survive started playing. I must say their live show keeps getting better and better every time I see them. Anthony's vocals were spot on, although he does tend to improvise a little and throw in new lyrics on the fly. Nevertheless, his voice could melt butter and I loved the Saosinesque screaming he has been throwing on the new album and was able to reproduce perfectly live as well. Blue Sky Noise is outstanding, the best album yet. I didn't keep track of the whole set list but I know they played:

    - Get Out
    - In Fear and Faith
    - In the Morning and Amazing
    - The Great Golden Baby
    - Living Together
    - The Glorious Nosebleed
    - Through the Desert Alone


    Coheed and Cambria was amazing as always. The sound was especially good this time around at the Roseland. Claudio's voice sounded great through the entire set, the rest of the band was shredding, and they even threw in a new person on synth. I was a bit surprised about which albums they chose to play, I expected a lot of YOTBR which they did play, but I expected more Good Apollo. It was great to hear the songs from SSTB and IKSSE3 though (especially 2113). Al the Killer was a total surprise. It's such a great song, but it's a little weird to hear a whole audience screaming 'Die white girls!' (of course, we were all just quoting Al, who is a psychopath, so it's ok).

    Album tally:
    Second Stage Turbine Blade.................. II
    In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3....... IIIII
    Good Apollo Im Burning Star 4, Vol. 1... I
    Good Apollo Im Burning Star 4, Vol. 2... I
    Year of the Black Rainbow.................... IIIIIII

    Coheed and Cambria setlist:
    1) The Broken
    2) Here We Are Juggernaut
    3) Al the Killer
    4) Everything Evil
    5) The World of Lines
    6) Made Out of Nothing
    7) Three Evils
    8) Pearl of the Stars
    9) Time Consumer
    10) No World For Tomorrow
    11) Guns of Summer
    12) A Favor House Atlantic
    13) In Keeping Secrets
    *encore*
    14) Far
    15) Welcome Home
    16) 2113
  • top 20 albums

    Mar 7 2010, 4h11

  • Starfucker- Halloween09

    Nov 1 2009, 23h44

    Sat 31 Oct – Starfucker



    It was their last show as Starfucker. And the show was a Supernovaorgasm.

    The band was more energetic than I have ever seen them. And so did the crowd- maybe due to the fact that everyone was in costume and generally disinhibited. The band members dressed up as star trek characters...the bassist was probably the best, looking exactly like this guy:



    Vocalist Ryan Bjornstad as a sexy star trek girl was a close second. If anyone has pictures, please post!!! Also, I hear he is a dad now- congratulations!


    Girls just want to have fun.

    On to the music. They played most of Jupiter including:

    Medicine
    Dance Face 2000
    Bed-Stuy (Super Cop)
    Girls Just Want To Have Fun

    Jupiter is a great album to dance to, period. And everyone did, including the band. I was very happy to hear songs from Starfucker, which are also fun to dance to but also great to sing along to. I was surprised to hear Isabella, which I love love love. Songs from Starfucker:

    Isabella of Castile
    Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second
    Laadeedaa
    Pop Song
    German Love

    Surprisingly, there was no encore, although the crowd definitely wanted one. Ryan mumbled something that no one heard (too much cheering), maybe he said that they were out of time for an encore (it was almost 1:00am) but they loved us anyway. Encore or not, it was a great set. And a great sweat, especially if you were dressed up. Thanks starfucker, for the best Halloween ever. Good luck as Pyramiddd.

    Other notes on the show:

    Deelay Ceelay was really good too, although I they were better at the Doug Fir show at the start of the tour. The music was really good, but the visual show was lacking and you couldn't even see the wonderful drummers due to an excess of fog from a fog machine (which also made me sneeze). Still, I highly recommend this band (free download of their CD on their website!) and will def. see them live next time they play.

    There was a costume contest. A guy with a homemade Jack Skeleton (or as the MC called it 'the Tim Burton guy') costume won, but Slash and House MD were close runners up. There were some great costumes in the audience, including a jellyfish and the aqua team hunger force.
  • my top artists

    Ago 13 2008, 4h00

    Where I learned about my top artists/heard them first.

    1. Atmosphere-Melissa played 'Bam' incessantly
    2. The Beatles-I really got into them when I downloaded all their albums off OurTunes
    3. M.I.A-I read about her in Willamette Week I think, and then Melissa bought the CD
    4. RJD2- People played 'Ghostwriter' in the pool hall, then Melissa emailed me 'In Rare Form'
    5. Built to Spill- They are from Boise!
    6. Coheed and Cambria- Melissa's MTV Road Rules CD
    7. Red Hot Chili Peppers- MTV. And then I bought their greatest hits for Melissa and burned a copy.
    8. The Strokes- I never got into them in high school, but I downloaded their CDs on ourtunes and really got into them (with Melissa).
    9. Theivery Corporation- Garden State :P
    10. Iron and Wine- Sasquatch 06
    11. Eisley- My friend Cade burned me the CD, which was kinda weird because he was more into hardcore at the time.
    12. Blackalicious- Melissa bought the CD, our art teacher Mr. B recommended them
    13. Death Cab for Cutie- I dunno- Melissa?
    14. The Pixies- Lauren, my dormie from freshman year was really into them
    15. The Shins- Garden State :P
    16. Slightly Stoopid- James, my boyfriend
    17. Aesop Rock- Mr. B had Aesop Rock posters up in our art class. Melissa gave me the track 'daylight'. But it was really James who got me into him
    18. Sigur Ros- Melissa bought Takk..
    19. Sufjan Stevens- Sasquatch 06 + Mr. B again
    20. Squarepusher- Lauren's boyfriend Chris recommended him to me.
  • ssqtch08 + setlists + pics

    Mai 29 2008, 8h25

    Sat 24 May – 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival


    ozomatli

    New Discoveries:
    Ozomatli: fuckin fun music to dance to!!!
    The Morning Benders: too good for the wookie stage. they should be famous.
    Cancer Rising: probably the most fun I had the whole weekend. awesome live show, you need to go see them. they are also really nice people who posed for a photo with me!
    Michael Franti and Spearhead: Chill reggae sprinkled with hiphop and political messages, this band made me happy.
    Battles: i gained much appreciation for this band, especially for the song Atlas.
    Ghostland Observatory: the people next to our tent were playing them the morning before the show and i really liked it. the show looked really fun from where i was over by the main stage hill (waiting for the lips). super hyper mathy synth pop with a vocalist that sounds like cedric bixler-zavala and/or The Blood Brothers.



    me with cancer rising

    Lived up to expectations:
    M.I.A.: i love this woman. i would still rather see her indoors, in a dance hall, in london.
    Death Cab for Cutie: the sound was crystal clear and exactly like the cd. they played some of my all time favorite songs (see setlist below)
    Built to Spill: they are always good eveytime.
    Rodrigo y Gabriela: even better live than on the cd! their music sounds like it is made by way more than two amplified acoustic guitars...i think people who didn't know what to expect were blown away, and so was i.
    The Mars Volta: people have been dissin on these guys...and while i think that they have gone downhill since De-Loused in the Comatorium, you have to appreciate the sheer creative energy that these guys radiate. the sound and performance was much better at sasquatch than the time i saw them open for the red hot chili peppers. they didn't play anything from deloused :( but Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus was sweet to hear.


    Everyone's 15 minutes of fame on stage with effin M.I.A.!

    I also enjoyed:
    Beirut(missed most of it due to traffic)
    Fleet Foxes
    The New Pornographers
    Modest Mouse
    65daysofstatic
    Blue Scholars
    Tegan and Sara
    Sera Cahoone (example of good country)
    The Cure
    The Hives (minus the singer's giant ego)
    The Flaming Lips (but I had to leave early)


    Machine6619 with 65daysofstatic

    Setlists

    M.I.A.

    1. Bamboo Banga
    2. World Town
    3. XR2
    4. Pull Up The People
    5. Sunshowers
    6. $20
    7. Bucky Done Gun
    8. Bird Flu
    9. Boyz
    10. Galang
    11. Paper Planes


    death cab

    Death Cab for Cutie

    1. Bixby Canyon Bridge
    2. New Year
    3. Why you'd want to live here
    4. Photobooth
    5. Long Division
    6. Grapevine Fires
    7. Soul Meets Body
    8. I Will Follow You Into the Dark
    9. I Will Possess Your Heart (video here)
    10. Cath...
    11. We Laugh Indoors
    12. Crooked Teeth
    13. The Sound of Settling
    14. Tiny Vessels
    15. Transatlanticism

    Built to Spill

    1. Gone
    2. Distopian Dream Girl
    3. You Were Right
    4. Nowhere Nothing Fuckup
    5. Carry The Zero
    6. Else
    7. Traces
    8. Big Dipper
    9. Conventional Wisdom



    Rodrigo y Gabriela

    1. ??? (Metallica cover? someone help me out on this one)
    2. Diablo Rojo
    3. Orion
    4. Wish You Were Here
    5. Vikingman
    6. Rodrigo solo
    7. Gabriela solo
    8. Dueling guitars
    9. Stairway to Heaven
    10. Tamacun
  • When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint Portland Gold

    Mai 13 2008, 8h06

    Mon 12 May – Atmosphere




    this show was nuts...so many good songs...slug's random comments and bird dance...the jug of ocean spray grapefruit juice..portland was indeed painted gold

    atmosphere karaoke was quite entertaining. slug was obviously enjoying himself very much. he didn't even really make fun of the two girls that tried to do Say Hey There but forgot all the lyrics after the first verse. the guy who did Trying to Find a Balance was sick, and he knew all the fuckin words. someone else did one of a kind, which is another hard one to rap. slug said that portland was the best city so far (better than LA?) but we were only like the 3rd stop. it was also interesting to hear which songs were slug's favorites, like The Woman with the Tattooed Hands. he did not think that God's Bathroom Floor was a very good one to rap to, and he said he didn't like Pour Me Another because he is not down with heavy drinking anymore.

    set list

    Less One
    Puppets
    Shoulda Known
    Sunshine
    Like Today
    Guns and Cigarettes
    Between the Lines
    Musical Chairs
    You
    Your Glass House
    Lyndale Avenue User's Manual
    Can't Break
    Always Coming Back Home to You
    Bird Sings Why the Caged I Know
    The Rooster
    Little Man
    In Her Music Box
    Lovelife
    Godlovesugly
    Shrapnel
    part ofGet Fly
    Like the Rest of Us

    encore:
    Hockey Hair (as requested by ant)
    Guarantees (after ant left)
    Not Another Day

    slug quotes [paraphrased]:
    "i am bigger than syphilis"
    "i feel at home in portland. portland is a lot like minneapolis- people drink pbr..people have tattoos..there are a lot of coffee shops...and a bunch of really great independent rappers"
    "wow...that just made me cum" (after a good minute of loud cheering from the crowd)
    "after the show, let's all go get tattoos!"
  • song title life.

    Jan 29 2008, 3h17

    This is fun to do.

    RULES:

    1. Put your music player on shuffle.
    2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
    3. You must write the title down no matter how silly it sounds!!!

    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    If someone asks "Is this okay?" you say?
    What If It's True-Lifesavas
    That's right I answer a question with another question

    What would best describe your personality?
    Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck -Blood Brothers
    Well at least I am complex

    What do you like in a man?
    Pony Up! -Minus the Bear
    Haha that's right James, pony up.

    How do you feel today?
    Fat Lip -Sum 41
    That is not really true I never feel like a fat lip.

    What is your life's purpose?
    Trouble -Coldplay
    Gettin into trouble that is

    What is your motto?
    Anyone Can Play Guitar -Radiohead
    ...Hero!

    What do your friends think of you?
    In a Sweater Poorly Knit -Mewithoutyou
    My clothes are ugly or I can't knit?

    What do you think of your parents?
    Wild Packs Of Family Dogs -Modest Mouse
    Haha so true.

    What do you think about very often?
    These Days -Joy Division
    It is only logical to think in the present!

    What do you think of your bestie?
    Love Song -The Cure
    Aw how cute.

    What do you think of the person you like?
    Smooth Criminal -Michael Jackson
    This can't be describing James, he is not smooth or a criminal.

    What is your life story?
    Fixing a Hole -The Beatles
    Is that all i have been doing this whole time?

    What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Joey -Bob Dylan
    Whoever that is...

    What do you say when you see the person you like?
    The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty) -The Smiths
    They usually get confused when I say that line

    What do your parents think of you?
    Where It's At -Beck
    They think I am cool.

    What will you dance to at your wedding?
    jimmy tango's method -Everytime I Die
    It will be a hardcore wedding.

    What will they play at your funeral?
    Sexy Sadie -The Beatles
    Well I am sexy.

    What is your hobby/interest?
    Electioneering -Radiohead
    Try it at home!

    What is your biggest fear?
    Tommib Help Buss -Squarepusher
    I don't know what it means, that's why I am so scared!

    What is your biggest secret?
    Junkie's Runnin' Dry -Operation Ivy
    Yep I am a junkie.

    What do you think of your friends?
    Go Away -Eisley
    :(
  • GHIII

    Jan 24 2008, 5h29

    Guitar Hero III duh. I fuckin love this game. Here are some of my favorite songs:

    Knights of Cydonia
    When You Were Young
    Barracuda
    Monsters (Album Version)
    Kool Thing
    F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.
  • Minus the Bear 11/8

    Nov 10 2007, 8h55

    Thu 8 Nov – Minus the Bear, The Helio Sequence, Grand Archives

    A great show overall. I came in when helio sequence was playing Tomorrow Never Knows. It was a great cover! The singer sounds just like John Lennon.

    Minus the Bear was excellent. All the musicians are very talented, especially the guitarist and the drummer. The crowd was ok, there were a lot of assholes though. I love Planet of Ice!!

    The set-list:
    Burying Luck
    Drilling
    Spritz!!! Spritz!!!
    Throwin' Shapes
    Fine + 2 Pts
    Dr. L'Ling
    White Mystery
    Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo
    The Fix
    *Some other songs that I don't remember, possibly Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse*
    Knights
    Ice Monster
    Pachuca Sunrise

    Also, why does last.fm have so little information about Minus albums?