@AndyShore Summer Camp music festival will always have a special place in my heart. It was the first music festival I ever attended. It’s also the festival I’ve been to most, tied with 10klf at three times. Summer Camp isn’t a camp by your car festival. You have to haul your gear into the festival area. It’s a small festival, and the walk between stages is never more than a few minutes. Some of my favorite festival moments occurred in little ol’ Chillicothe, IL. Festival Crashers have plenty of friends going, as well as playing, the festival. We’ll be sure to relay any great stories as we hear them. Here’s a breakdown of the highlights of the three days of the festival. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for May, 2010
@AndyShore No more American Idol after tonight. At least for a while. That means I get Comedy Death Ray back on Tuesday nights. Score one for this guy. I am looking forward to finding out who wins. I am most looking forward to all the surprise guest performances. @MattSilver ruined that Orianthi performs with Alice Cooper. He also saw the Bee Gees while trying to get tickets to the show. It was also reported earlier today that Christina Aguilera would perform, but not her recent single that just bombed. Crystal Bowersox will win tonight, if the voting goes based on their performances last night. She was better in all three of her songs. It’s a win win situation for me. I want to see Crystal win. I also have a hometown guy as the alternate in Lee DeWyze. There should also be some sort of a sendoff for Simon Cowell tonight. He will be missed. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom There are few times I wish I was still in Chicago. This last week is one of them. The weather was gorgeous, the hardest rocking supergroups in the world were in town and Conan came to Chicago with two more legends. Thankfully, Brett was there to cover it all for us. Without further ado, the first of many posts for the newest member of Festival Crashers’ beta class.
@snoogans913 I knew going into this past week that it was going to be one to remember, but I still couldn’t fathom just how epic it ended up being. The week kicked off with a bang with the start of the conference finals between the Hawks and Sharks on Sunday, and as I gathered around my TV with my friends and Buffalo Joes in tow, I was already elated. I wait the entire year for playoff hockey, and here I was, in good company, watching my Hawks tear shit up on visiting ice. As you should know by now, the Hawks got the W that day, and the next game was set for Tuesday. I had a panic attack when I realized that was the very night that I’d be in the presence of rock G-ds at the Them Crooked Vultures show. So when Tuesday finally rolled around, I donned my Blackhawks skull cup and headed out to the Aragon. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore This is it folks. The finale. Tonight they perform. Tomorrow a new American Idol is crowned. I’m on record as saying I want Crystal Bowersox to win, although I think Lee DeWyze will walk away as the new champion. The format has changed from last season. The first is the contestant’s favorite song from this season. The second is chosen by Exec Producer Simon Fuller. Last is the song they will release if they win. I’m glad they aren’t handcuffing the contestants like they did last year with “No Boundaries.” That was just terrible and ruined part of the finale. I’m glad they’re learning from their mistakes. That, or they’re reading my live blog. I hear it’s getting pretty good.
8:10 “The Boxer” was not my favorite performance from Lee DeWyze this season. I think he’s performing it better this time around, but I don’t think it’s blowing anybody away. He needs to be in it to win it. Randy told him to get the energy going. Ellen said she couldn’t be prouder if she birthed him herself.
8:15 “Me and Bobby McGee” was one of my favorite Crystal Bowersox performances of the season. I remember being floored the first time around. She was great this time too. She brought a ton more energy than Lee. That’s what you need to do for the finale.
8:22 Simon Fuller chose “Everybody Hurts” for Lee. I could hear how this would sound before he even sang it, and it sounded the same as I expected. Not a bad performance, but not a pitch perfect performance either. There was more energy, but still nothing that matched Crystal.
8:31 Crystal is singing “Black Velvet” as per Simon Fuller’s choice. Wow. She brought the fire on that one. Went for the notes, had the right amount of grit in her voice. The judges loved it. That’s two straight rounds that go to Crystal. George Costanza would wrap himself in that “Black Velvet” if given the opportunity.
8:39 Lee’s first single could be “Beautiful Day.” Zack’s girlfriend has him on a U2 kick. I wonder how he’d swallow that pill coming from Idol. Maybe she’ll take a guess. It’s more likely she reads this than Zack does. I don’t think any of Lee’s performances were good enough to win this competition. Not great, but not awful. Crystal would have to tank her performance for me to think Lee has a chance.
8:49 Crystal’s first single could be “Up to the Mountain.” I can’t wait to hear the rest of her music, if this is the first single. Folksy, with enough gospel and soul to fuel James Brown’s church in Blues Brothers. Randy is right. That was incredible. Ellen said if Crystal made a salad, she’d eat it. Is that a lesbian joke? Simon’s last critique on American Idol? That was outstanding.
My take: Crystal Bowersox will win American Idol, if all is good and right in the world. All three of her performances were better than all three of Lee’s performances. They weren’t anywhere close to the same level tonight.
@AndyShore The American Idol finale pairs the favorites of this season against one another. Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox were the judges’ pets from episode one. Performances that were decent were called spectacular by the judges last week. It was their only way of ensuring their picks would make the finale. They both deserve to be there. Consistently the best throughout the season, though Lee has grown more in recent weeks. Either has an honest shot at being the next American Idol. The format for the finale goes reprise a previous hit performance, sing a song chosen by show creator Simon Fuller and sing the coronation song. Hopefully it won’t bomb as hard as Kara Dioguardi’s “No Boundaries” did last season. I’ve picked who I think will win, although it might be different than who I want to win. I’ll present my cases for each contestant first. Read the rest of this entry »
It pains me to tell you that @AndyShore and I will not be attending Bonnaroo this year (as we discussed in a Podcrash) but we’re in good hands. Great friends of ours are going and luckily they both write quite well. They may not use Twitter much, but Laura and Bryn will be feeding us the previews as we get closer to the festival. When Bryn heard me and Andy’s first podcast where we went through our top 5 bands to see, he had ISIS quite high on his own list. Why? You’re about to find out.
@Shiftywhiteguy Gather ‘round, kids, I’m about to tell you a story.
The year was 2001, and I was a naive 16 year-old. At the time, I felt as though the local music scene in Indianapolis needed my support. Ok, so that wasn’t so naive…those guys needed all the help they could get. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore Tonight the top three contestants perform on American Idol tonight. That means Going Home montages and two performances each from the contestants. The first song is a contestants choice. The second is judges pick. This isn’t a live blog, because the Blackhawks are in the Western Conference Finals and it was the second to last episode of LOST ever. Idol is a distant third. Scratch that. You can’t even rank it on the same scale. The Hawks won convincingly. If I’m extra lenient on any contestants, that’s why. I’m going to reserve the blog to my best assessments and funniest thoughts. More than likely the latter. It’s late, and I’m tired. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom We can’t sleep over at FC headquarters. Phish & Muse. Andy can’t even decide who’s #1. He has The Eagles in his top 5. I don’t have them in my top 7,000. Maybe I’ve been watching The Big Lebowski too much. It’s a 15-minute Podcrash analysis and we go deep to find the bands you need to know about. Andy gushes over lasers, I get confused about who Norah Jones is and I think we all learn a little something. Listen here:
And if you want to read along with the 2010 ACL line-up, it’s here…
@ZackTeibloom We can feel good, good, good about ACL 2010. Hopefully you got the Phish “Harry Hood” reference and you’re starting to get as hyped up as I am about October. Austin City Limits 2010 outdid Lollapalooza with their line-up this year. They snagged two of Festival Crashers’ absolute favorite live acts in Phish and Muse, stacked the middle with LCD, The Strokes, MIA, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Monsters of Folk and Spoon, rounded it out with deeper line-up gems like Miike Snow, Local Natives, Broken Bells, Yeasayer, The Black Keys, Hockey, Temper Trap, Mayer Hawthorne and despite the sad fact that The Eagles get top billing, this is a world class line-up. That’s right, The Eagles. Just ask the dude.
Let’s get into this bad boy. I figure a video-heavy preview with the full 2010 ACL Line-up should whet your appetite. How about a Top 35 to see? You got it. A podcrash dedicated to the line-up? Done. Phish’s official e-mail says we’ll be getting a two-hour Friday set. I wish it was more, but I’ll take what I can get. Thank you, Mr. Minor! Read the rest of this entry »