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You know how I know Coldplay isn’t gay?

Posted by admin On June - 30 - 2008

-A.S. I’ve been listening to the new Coldplay album, Viva La Vida, since it was released June 17th. I’ve never been an avid fan of the band, although I am familiar with most if not all of their hits from the last couple of years. I even saw part of their live DVD a while back and remember being impressed with how hard they rocked live.

The thing was, nobody (myself included) ever wanted to admit they liked Coldplay. We have Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd to thank for that one. No one wanted to own up to liking Coldplay for fear of being called gay due to their hilarious improved “You know how I know you’re gay?” scene in 40 Year Old Virgin.Last week Zack’s G-chat status involved asking if he was gay for listening to the new Coldplay disc. I too admitted that I had been enjoying the album for the last couple of weeks. While the fact that we feel the need to justify our listening to Coldplay is mildly pathetic, we decided to tell the world just why Coldplay isn’t gay.

To start, gay or not, Viva La Vida is a great album. Producer Brian Eno took the band in directions they had not previously explored. The soundscape is pushed in ways that only Brian Eno can. They introduced an instrumental track to open the album, and even opened up their music to some world sounds. Sure, the Coldplay sound that everybody has come to know and love still exists, but this is a new and improved band. Last time I checked, great rock music wasn’t gay (except for that whole David Bowie/Lou Reed glam rock phase).
Also, lets not forget that front-man Chris Martin is married to one of the more attractive actresses is the business, Gwyneth Paltrow (even if they did name their kid after a fruit). Martin has also contributed with two of the biggest giants on the hip hop scene in Jay Z’s “Beach Chair” and Kanye West’s “Homecoming.” Sinatra performed a song about Chicago too. Nobody called him gay.
That’s not all Martin has going for him in the “not gay” category. He had not one, but two cameos in Shaun of the Dead and even appeared in an episode of Extras. Not to mention the fact that Martin is also in Johnny Cash’s video for “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” You have to admit that Johnny Cash is as far away from Brokeback Mountain as it gets.

Please know that I am writing this article as lightheartedly as I possibly can, and in no way mean to offend anybody. A funny scene in an even funnier movie was ruining good music for people, and we just wanted to reverse the tides.

The Festival Crashers are going to Austin City Limits!

Posted by admin On June - 30 - 2008

~Z.T.~ The great people at Fresh and Clean Media have approved the Festival Crashers for Austin City Limits in September. With a spectacular line-up filled with David Byrne, Foo Fighters, The Raconteurs, Beck, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys, Robert Plant and Allison Krause and many others, it’s a festival certainly worth traveling across the country for. Just don’t pull a “Road Trip” and go to Boston.

Living Vicariously

Posted by admin On June - 29 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Glastonbury Festival went down in England this weekend and, unlike that time I thought British Columbia was across the pond, the Festival Crashers are not going to England.

Thankfully, there are some superb, long videos of Kings of Leon, Jay Z, and a little band called The Raconteurs. Each video is 30+ minutes of sexy. The great Robert Christian Hodgkinson linked me to this. Many thanks.

If you’ll excuse me, Jack White’s going to tuck me in for bed as I snuggle up with my new book “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me” by Pattie Boyd. Yum.

P.S. Is it taking my man crush to a bad level if I were to say I think Jack White’s hair looks really bad right now? And those half mutton chops?! Haaaated it.

Stevie Wonder Taste of Chicago

Posted by admin On June - 29 - 2008

~Z.T.~ It’s hard to tell if they came for the food and stayed for Stevie, or came for Stevie and got there early for the food.

Either way, the huge crowds left stuffed as Stevie Wonder played a full two hour and forty-five minute show at the Taste of Chicago Saturday evening.

Unless you wanted to stop eating and wandering several hours before the show, you were going to be quite far from the stage when Stevie took it just after 5:30 p.m. I don’t know what happens in the month between Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, but for some reason the audio is infinitely better for Lolla and it was a hindrance.

After Stevie played “Higher Ground,” a song that young me thought was by Red Hot Chili Peppers, I found some. I spent about 20 minutes climbing trees to find a better view with Laura, my Festival Crashing partner for the day.

Discouraged at the poor speaker quality and our inability to find a branch with a view, we wandered for more food, missing half an hour of Stevie to eat shark and a nutella crepe that my mouth is still watering for.

We came back in time to hear almost everything I wanted to hear and everything I didn’t. Though the didn’t list is limited to “I Just Called To Say I Love You” and “My Cherie Amor.”

Somehow we found Jordy and former Festival Crasher guest Jennie, who was dancing up a storm. I learned something from a friend of theirs: Alka Seltzer in beer is not a good headache curer and the foam is absurd.

African American fans seemed to enjoy that Barack Obama has been using Stevie’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” for his campaign song, as there were dozens of Barack shirts worn with pride at the Taste. Far more Barack t-shirts than Stevie shirts.

Just as Jordy said, OK if this next song isn’t “Superstition,” we’re leaving, Wonder boy played it and ended a filling and fulfilling time at the taste.

ADHD in high definiton

Posted by admin On June - 29 - 2008

~Z.T.~ While wandering around the Taste of Chicago, sampling everything from plantains in spicy peanut sauce to double chocolate moose and shark meat, I came across a booth where they were administering a test to see if you had adult

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.

I don’t mean to make light of the condition, but the entire concept of this test seems all backwards. As soon as you finish the test and hand it in, the administrator should say:

“Congratulations! Somehow, despite dozens of exotic food and alcohol booths, a Ferris Wheel, live music and dude’s with the Chicago skyline shaved into their heads, you managed to finish a voluntary test. There’s no way you have ADHD!”

Conversely, when someone quits that test halfway through to go on the Ferris Wheel or watch the guys playing bucket drums, you go up to them and say “I have something to tell you..”

I would have taken the test to see if I have ADHD, but…oooh look a fountain!

Festival Crashers Tagline Contest

Posted by admin On June - 27 - 2008

As you can see, we have a new banner. Andy came up with the slogan of “Having more fun than you.” I moderately enjoy it, but I don’t wanna brag. I want a slogan that says who we are, but also makes me laugh when I see it.

Our loyal blog readers have made some suggestions:

“Helping Music Lovers Find Their Way”
“Because Crashing Parties is so ’80s”
“Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Keys”

Please suggest more!

Try to keep it to 25 characters.

Winner gets Radiohead Music Videos DVD. I’ll even send it to you if you don’t live in Chicago.

A Heady Few Weeks for Festival Crashers…

Posted by admin On June - 26 - 2008

It’s been way too long since this Festival Crasher has seen live music. Almost a fortnight! Luckily, we’re about to hit the sexiest stride of our Festival Crasher season:

We start Saturday night with a free Stevie Wonder show at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. He’s scheduled for 5:30 p.m., but Festival Crashers suggest getting to free shows way early, as it’s first come first serve. Save your money for the sandwiches.

Next weekend we head to Rothbury, Michigan to celebrate the 4th with a line-up that ranks right below Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. We’ll be lighting firecrackers with Snoop, Zappa Plays Zappa, Trey Anastasio, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Gov’t Mule, 311, MMSW, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Of Montreal, Widespread Panic…

Two weeks later, the Festival Crashers split up to cover as much ground as possible. Andy heads to Mile High Festival, near Denver, to see Dave Mathews, Tom Petty, John Mayer, The Black Crows, Steve Winwood, Spoon, Flogging Molly, The Roots, moe. Rodrigo y Gabriela.

I’ll be wiping my horn rimmed glasses on my American Apparel shirt at the uber-hipster Pitchfork Festival: July 18th-20th in Chicago. Vampire Weekend, Spoon, Animal Collective, !!!, Ghostface and Raekon as well as groups you’ve never heard of because they’re soo cool that only indie kids know them…

We follow this up with 10k Lakes in Minnesota and Lollapalooza Aug 1-3, but we don’t want to overwhelm you…

The Long Awaited Metallica Bonnaroo Review

Posted by admin On June - 25 - 2008

-B.E.- Yes, I am aware that it has been almost two weeks since Metallica played at Bonnaroo. However, a review of the greatest metal band ever is not something that can be rushed. It must be allowed to come to fruition only when it is ready. Ok, thats a bunch of crap, but law school is tough. If any of you readers have a problem, I encourage you this time to consult the lyrics of your favorite Keith Urban song.

Anyway, as I have mentioned, Metallica is probably my favorite band and without question was my favorite band that I had never seen live. Needless to say, I had very high expectations. I was very interested to find out what their set list was going to be like. For the n00bs out there, Metallica is a band that has been searching for an identity for the last 20 years. Are they the band with 8-10 minute epics like those in Kill ’em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All? Or, are they the pop metal band that we saw in the incredibly successful self-titled Black Album? This identity crisis was perhaps most evident in Load, ReLoad, and Garage Inc.? Not that those albums were terrible, there were some jams, but in general they lacked the “lets rock and see how fast we can play” intensity that Metallica die-hards have come to love.

As Andy and I entered the festival grounds at around 11:15 am Friday (Metallica wasn’t supposed to go on until 9:00 pm) Metallica fans were congregated around the gate to the main stage waiting for it to open. I was immediately impressed and had that warm “You’re not alone” feeling. Thank God for the Raconteurs, Stephen Marley, and Chris Rock otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to make it to 9:00 pm without going crazy. Finally as Chris Rock was finishing his last joke I realized that it was finally going to happen, I was going to see Metallica!

As they have done for years, the show started with a dark stage and the slowly “Extacy of Gold.” If you haven’t heard that song its from The Good the Bad and the Ugly and the stunts beginning both of the Jackass movies. Either way, I got the chills as they immediately transitioned into….Read the whole review here

Rainn Wilson is “The Rocker”

Posted by admin On June - 23 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Friday I had the privilege of interviewing Rainn “Dwight” Wilson. We focused on his upcoming film “The Rocker,” where he plays the Pete Best part: a drummer kicked out of a band before they go quadruple platinum. Rainn began the early morning interview by singing to us:

“As they sing in my son’s preschool class. (In little kid voice) “Good morning to you. Good morning to you. We’re all in our places with bright smiling faces.”

ZT: “The Rocker” is a heavy metal movie. Did you watch “This Is Spinal Tap” for inspiration, and is it making fun of the genre or is it glorifying it?

RW: I’ve never seen “Spinal Tap,” and it’s making fun of the genre. No, I’m kidding. I’ve seen “Spinal Tap” too many times to count. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

ZT: Whose drumming style did you try to emulate, and who are some of your favorite rock drummers of that period?

RW: Well, I started studying drumming as soon as I got cast. And I had a great drum coach. Played along with a lot of metal tunes. I couldn’t even name the ACDC drummer, but we do a lot of ACDC because that’s great, basic, easy-to-digest heavy metal drumming.

ZT: What band would you like to go on tour with?

RW: I would like to go on tour with Radiohead. I would walk away from all of it if Radiohead would have me. But that guy could drum, probably, with his big toe. I drum with all my limbs.

ZT: Led Zepelin has a spot open.

RW: Really?! I’m there, man. Rainn Bonham.

Rainn said he grew up with classic metal- Black Sabbath, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, Metallica, etc. but beyond that he has “eclectic taste.” He’s not a huge metal fan beyond that and he’s really into The Raconteurs, The National and Josh Ritter.

Check out The Rocker August 1st. OK, Lollapalooza starts August 1st. See it August 4th.

Arepas on Throwdown w/ Bobby Flay

Posted by admin On June - 22 - 2008

Tonight on Food Network the new season of Throwdown with Bobby Flay premiered with Arepas. I know these delicious sandwiches have created some buzz around here lately. I figured I’d give our faithful readers the heads up. It will be a nice trip down memory lane for all of you who were at Bonnaroo 2008.

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