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Temper Trap Contest winner

Posted by teibs On January - 29 - 2010

temp 300x225 Temper Trap Contest winner@ZackTeibloom Our winning entry comes from Shelley, a Chicago-Austin transplant like me, who had an even more interesting chain of events on her drive than I did. All I had to put up with was a blizzard and frozen highway that almost killed me and stopped my dream of having Reverend Al Green take me to church. Shelley captures the dichotomy of emotions in the song in her vivid description of her inner monologue on her journey.

As well as she captures the moment in her words, it’s the constant use of ellipsis that drives this entry home. The feeling of continuation. It’s not one moment. It’s a moment leading up to many others. Congrats on the signed poster, Shelley. Here’s her entry:

My “Sweet Disposition moment:” in a nutshell driving cross country alone from Chicago to Austin this Summer. Read the rest of this entry »

American Idol Auditions Dallas Round-up

Posted by shore On January - 28 - 2010

idolauditionsboston American Idol Auditions Dallas Round up@AndyShore I thought there was no TV last night due to the President’s State of the Union. Apparently not even the President can stop NPH. He was the guest judge for last night’s Idol auditions. That, or FOX didn’t care what the President had to say. They must not have made a drinking game out of how many times Biden and Pelosi stand up.  I’m not going to “live” blog the episdoe, since this is the morning after. Instead I will do a round-up of the best and worst of the episode, along with any other thoughts I may have. Read the rest of this entry »

How good is the Coachella line-up?

Posted by teibs On January - 27 - 2010

coach1 300x149 How good is the Coachella line up?@ZackTeibloom The Coachella line-up dropped in the middle of the night Tuesday. Thankfully, I had just nodded off, or I would have been up all night obsessing and driving you crazy with a million tweets about it. I spent most of this morning pouring over it, letting it’s pure awesomeness come over me in waves. I can still barely process it. They managed to get 6/10 artists from my best albums of 2009. All 3 of my top shows of ACL.

My first reaction was: “COACHELLA LINE-UP: Jay-z, Muse, Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, MGMT<-wow.” In my initial 10 I managed to leave off Jack White and The Dead Weather, Sly and the Family Stone, Spoon, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Yo La Tengo, Kevin Devine, Ra Ra Riot, She and Him and the Dirty Projectos. I would travel to California just for the second set of performers I listed. It’s so deep that there are two festivals worth of acts. There’s something special going on here. Is this the best festival line-up we’ve ever seen? Let’s break it down. Read the rest of this entry »

New Orleans Jazz Fest ’10 Schedule Day by Day

Posted by teibs On January - 27 - 2010

jazzfesty 300x143 New Orleans Jazz Fest 10 Schedule Day by Day@ZackTeibloom We’re one step closer. We now know who plays on each day, but we don’t know the hour-by-hour schedule. This makes it that much clearer that weekend two is the bees knees. Saturday of first weekend goes Simon & Garfunkel, My Morning Jacket, Drake, Better Than Ezra? Weak sauce. Compare that to the second weekend’s Sunday of The Neville Brothers, Van Morrison,  B.B. King, Irma Thomas, The Dead Weather. The Neville Brothers always close down the fest, but I know I’ll be at Van after an incredibly strong TDW/BB combo. Ooh I have chills already. Based on last year, they always have two bands co-headlining each day, so as our friends at Offbeat Magazine tweeted at us, “You can almost kinda guess based on the type of music/size of act & their position in the paragraph of the daily schedule!” We sure can. Read the rest of this entry »

American Idol Auditions: Los Angeles

Posted by shore On January - 26 - 2010

idolauditionsboston American Idol Auditions: Los Angeles@AndyShore Zack had the week off last week from Idol chatter, while I was vacationing in Vegas for the week. There’s no place for American Idol in Vegas, even when it’s pouring the entire time. Tonight the guest judges are Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. I’d rather see Perry’s better half, Russell Brand, as a judge. Lindsey Parker over at Yahoo! suggested Brand as a replacement to Simon, and I think that’s a bloody brilliant idea. Read the rest of this entry »

“Picture yourself” at a Spoon In-store performance

Posted by teibs On January - 26 - 2010

spoon2 300x200 Picture yourself at a Spoon In store performance@ZackTeibloom Picture yourself in the Waterloo parking lot. The nicest January day you’ve ever felt. A shield-your-eyes-it’s-so-sunny afternoon. Picture the biggest band to come out of Austin in the last decade playing for free. It feels like I’m quoting a Spoon song, doesn’t it? Actually, I’m kind of quoting two. It’s the kind of thing you pick up on when you see a band you really like, but don’t love for the fifth time. You notice how Britt does the same “I’m playing the guitar like a machine gun” squatting pose, plays with his frizzy/matted down hair (depending on how he pushed it off his face last.) You notice how much of a rockstar he looks like with the leather jacket and sunglasses. How Australian he looks with his sunglasses off. You notice they start two songs the exact same way. Picture it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Temper Trap signed poster contest

Posted by teibs On January - 22 - 2010

tempertrap 300x225 Temper Trap signed poster contest@ZackTeibloom SXSW and Coachella and right around the corner, so we thought we’d have a contest with one of the bands. We’ve got a signed Temper Trap poster to give away. They’re one of those bands that you’ve heard before, but you may not even know it. Their single “Sweet Disposition” was featured in 500 Days of Summer, a Chrysler commercial and a Rhapsody commercial. I listed them in my “Heard OF them, haven’t heard them” category in my listing of bands on the initial SXSW announcement. Temper Trap is my favorite band on that list.

Want their signed poster? Here’s the deal: Read the rest of this entry »

Bonnaroo ’10 Rumored Artist List

Posted by teibs On January - 22 - 2010

bonnaroo2010 Bonnaroo 10 Rumored Artist List@ZackTeibloom Let me start by saying these are purely rumors. It’s a forwarded e-mail. That said, it doesn’t smell all that fishy. These bands are all on tour, most are major players on the festival circuit and have new albums coming out. At the very least, it’s a lot of good guesses. Jay-Z is headlining Coachella, Dave Matthews is the king of festivals, the Kings of Leon still are a major force (sadly), Pavement’s on their comeback tour, Arcade Fire has a new album in the works, The Dead Weather may have their second album out by then, yadda yadda yadda. They all make sense. Expect 2/3 of these to be on the official line-up.

Would I travel to Tennessee in June for these artists? Probably. Is it as good as the Coachella line-up or last year’s Bonnaroo line-up? Not quite. Let’s see what we have here: Read the rest of this entry »

Festival Crashers 1,000th Post

Posted by teibs On January - 20 - 2010

1000thpostthumb 300x133 Festival Crashers 1,000th PostWelcome to the 1,000th Festival Crashers post. It’ll be a lot like our 500th post. Wait, you don’t remember our 500th post? Oh, yeah. We never posted it. Hopefully it makes this even more special for you. It’s a best-of. We dug through all our old posts, re-read them and found our favorites for you. It brought back a lot of memories. We didn’t even know what we were going to become when we started.

Our first ever post was a musing by Andy. It’s pretty hilarious to read now: “No, we aren’t going to literally crash festivals and sneak in without tickets or passes. It’s more of a challenge for ourselves. A way to set the bar for our festival participation and provide a view through the looking glass at our musical adventures.” So much for that plan. In the 1,000 posts (and almost 2 years) we’ve been to Langerado, SXSW, Jazz Fest, Lollapalooza (2), Mile High, Bonnaroo (2), ACL (2), Rothbury (2), Pitchfork (2), 10KLF (2), Summer Camp and Fun Fun Fun Fest. It’s been a lot of adventures to say the least.

Do me a favor. Bookmark this page. E-mail it to yourself. Something. You’ll want to come back to this. Unless you’re Sami or Hodge or our parents, odds are you haven’t read all of these. I hope you put in the time reading whatever links draw your interest. OK, enough groveling. Thanks for all your support in the first thousand posts. Here’s to a few thousand more.

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Coachella 2010 Line-Up Announced

Posted by shore On January - 19 - 2010

coachellatwentyten Coachella 2010 Line Up Announced @AndyShore Coachella was the first festival to ever turn down the Festival Crashers. They didn’t let us in on the Paul McCartney and the Killers fun of 2009. I’m hoping that now that I live in LA, they’ll rethink their stance on Festival Crashers. That or we’re crashing our way into Coachella 2010. The Polo Grounds are a great place for a festival, having seen Phish there for Festival 8 on Halloween. Seeing the palm trees and mountains as the backdrop to your music experience rivals the skyline in Chicago as the backdrop at Lollapalooza. Also, the line-up is amongst the best I have ever seen. Read the rest of this entry »

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