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Posted by teibs On September - 21 - 2011

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Unsuccessful Crash #3: I am McLovin at ACL

Posted by teibs On September - 19 - 2011

@ZackTeibloom This was everything I ever wanted and everything I always feared when I started calling myself “The Festival Crasher.” In a cocktail party, anecdotal “Oh, wouldn’t that be funny if they were actually looking for me” kind of way, I wanted to be hunted. But when you find yourself cornered by two uniformed cops threatening to tase you as they ask you how your prison lingo is while holding your license, you question why you ever wished this on yourself. I knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to put my full name and picture all over the Internet, and friends would joke about wanted signs with my picture, but I always laughed it off. I knew when C3 blacklisted us back in May, I knew I’d have to be extra careful for Lollapalooza and ACL crashes. Lollapalooza was harder than ever, but Andy and I were confident we could get by again at ACL, which has always been a literal walk in the park, having crashed it easily the last 3 years.

We got to the festival grounds early on Friday. It wasn’t even noon yet, but there were so few people going in at that hour, there was no way to blend into the crowd and the security set-up was air-tight. We started at the main entrance to scope out the situation. To get in, you needed a wristband with an RFID chip in it that went off when you walked through a metal detector like booth. Typically, guards stand off to the side of these booths and half-heartedly watch you go through, but these guards were smartly positioned inside the lane. You would have had to run them over to go through and with a second line of defense right behind them, it wasn’t worth an attempt. I saw some second-line guys with walkie-talkies, but no uniformed cops, so we figured we could try again when it got more crowded. We figured we might as well try the crash that got us in last year. Go to the booth where they help you if your ticket won’t scan, pretend the issue is resolved, pick up a schedule and walk right in. If only it were that simple. Read the rest of this entry »

Arcade Fire’s Victory Lap of an ACL Taping

Posted by teibs On September - 19 - 2011

@ZackTeibloom When you put out the album of the year, you get to take an 15-month headlining tour with a built-in victory lap. Arcade Fire took the victory lap of victory laps joyfully, wrapping up the last leg of their masterful tour in ACL TV’s new studio in Moody Theater with orchestrated wildness, as infectious smiles stretched across their earnest faces. Take the best touring band in their prime, put them in the most prestigious, intimate space imaginable and I had hopes for a rare 10/10. They got damn close. And so did we. The immaculate Moody Theater only holds 1,500 people, and accurately boasts that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Not that anyone dared to sit. Even up in the balcony, they were pretty much all standing from the word go. (No go!) Read the rest of this entry »

Kanye West @ ACL 2011

Posted by shore On September - 17 - 2011

@AndyShore How do you let everyone know that you know you’re bigger than every other artist at ACL 2011? Make the entrance that Kanye West made on Friday night. First a giant curtain dropped to reveal what looked like ruins of Roman sculptures. Then the music and ballet/Runaway dancers started. At the first “can we get much higher?” from “Dark Fantasy” Kanye began to rise from a platform near the soundboard in the middle of the massive crowd. After performing the opener from above the audience,  he then took a long stroll back up to the stage, reveling in the cheers from the crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

“Record Collecting for Girls” a Must-Read for All

Posted by teibs On September - 6 - 2011

@ZackTeibloom Last week, a co-worker walked by my cubicle and said, “I have some questions for you,” when he saw a copy of Courtney E. Smith’s new book “Record Collecting for Girls” on my desk. What I should have said was, “Shut your ignorant mouth. It’s not like I have The Babysitters Club’s “Boy-Crazy Stacey” paperback* dog-eared. This is a book for music nerds and it is by no means for girls only. Also, you proudly own a signed copy of a Sarah Palin book, so really, who are you to say?” Instead, all I could muster was “Oh, I’m interviewing the author. And it’s a really great book.” The subhead for “Record Collecting for Girls” is probably more accurate than the title itself. “Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd One Album at a Time” really cuts to the heart of the book. Having worked at MTV, breaking bands like The Shins and Vampire Weekend, Smith is a huge music nerd and a bit of an Internet snob**, and this is coming from one of the snobbiest nerds ever unleashed upon The Internet.

As I read, I found myself either in a constant state of nodding along in agreement or nerding out so hard in disagreement that it made the author nervous. After we couldn’t find a time to talk record collecting over an in-person digging trip in Austin, we decided to avoid the awkwardness of two writers on Skype and just have an e-mail interview. It turned into this: “Hey @ZackTeibloom do you realize the interview questions you sent me total up 1,816 words? #nervouslaughter #wow.” To be fair, a couple of them weren’t even questions. It was just me ranting about why I didn’t get her snobbery over The Shins getting big, when that was her intent and then a stupid-long non-question rant about vinyl that led to her just saying “Thanks for sharing.” I’d like to offer a far less sarcastic “Thank you for sharing” to Courtney for opening up in this wonderful book. She spills her guts on how music has been integral for her in everything from sitting around, arguing over top-5 lists, how to judge someone before you date them and how to deal with your feelings after you date them. In between, we find out why Britney couldn’t be the next Madonna, why The Rolling Stones need to stop and why Yacht rock is cool.

@ZackTeibloom I was going to tell you how this collaboration with Insane Clown Posse was a black eye on Jack White’s career. I was going to compare it to my failed Air Sex experiment and say that Jack just needed to get it out of his system and move on. I wanted to tell you that he needs to re-focus his career and pick up a guitar. I was wrong. This is not only not a mistake, it’s the most daring, exciting single of the year. And I love it. I’m guessing you’re not at this point yet, so I’ll let you know how I got here, try to convince you to give it a shot, and then analyze this thing for what it truly is.

Let’s go back to a simpler time in late August in the dog days of Summer (yesterday) when no one had any idea this was collaboration* coming. Odds are that you heard about this on Twitter or Facebook yesterday morning and were thoroughly confused. I know I didn’t believe it at first. This had to be a joke. I saw this tweet at around 10 am Wednesday morning from Austin’s own Andy Langer: “Jack White producing Insane Clown Posse is far more offensive than Willie Nelson singing Coldplay for Chipolte (sic). #tweetsineverthoughtidwrite.” After some furious searching, I found the song (Listen here) and an official Third Man Records picture and video promoting it. There was even a press-release for this surprise project that was all too real.

I listened a couple times and felt like my soul was crying. Why did Jack sink to the level of Insane Clown Posse? Don’t most self-respecting music fans hate them and their violent, bizarre antics? What was he hoping to accomplish? Would I have to become a Juggalo now? I couldn’t process it on the first couple listens, so I retreated to Turntable.fm for a few hours and tried to forget it existed. One problem with making your Jack White love abundantly clear on the Internet, is that everyone kept tweeting and Facebooking about it and tagging me and starting uninventive Tumbrs like http://insaneclownpartnerships.tumblr.com/**. I left work and went on a bike ride to Jackalope for dollar beers and half-priced burgers (because I had my first unsuccessful crash of the UT gym), had  a couple fantasy football drafts, got plenty drunk and laughed at Internet videos with Caitlin and slept on it. I woke up and tried to listen with a fresh (hungover and exhausted) perspective this morning, it clicked, and now I can’t stop listening to it. I think we can get you there. We’re just going to have to get you to approach it with a fresh mind and really listen. I have faith in you. Stick with me here.

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