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Bonnaroo Retro Diary (Part 2)

Posted by teibs On June - 29 - 2010

rooend@shiftywhiteguy:  If you read all of part one, then congratulations, you either have a lot of free time, or some kind of weird crush on me.  Both are admirable.  Here’s Part 2, the end of the weekend.


9:30 am:  My sunburn has reached epic proportions.  Waking up is kind of painful, and today is obviously a day to stay the fuck out of the sun.  I’m tempted to start pounding beers to make sure I’m nice and warmed up, but this is going to be a long day.  The last thing you want on the Saturday night of Bonnaroo is for a same-day hangover to hamper your progress.  Instead, I try to force a little bit of extra sleep.

11:30:  @andlaurasays sends the day’s first text.  She’s getting her Latin dance fix with Bomba Estereo.  I would love to, but it’s way too sunny.  Besides, I have a very important life event coming up in a few hours.  I have to get prepared.   Read the rest of this entry »

Bonnaroo Retro Diary (Part 1)

Posted by teibs On June - 23 - 2010

roobig@shiftywhiteguy If you’re a fan of Bill Simmons, you’re familiar with the retro diary, it’s a great way to revisit an important event, and in this case, I need to do this so I can sort through my mind and actually remember all of this amazing 2010 Bonnaroo.  We begin in the car, somewhere around Dallas:


6:30 pm:  My radar detector goes off about .4 microseconds before I see the police car.  Thanks, buddy, where were you on that one?  I wasn’t going more than 77 or so, but I hate flashing lights…and here they come.  Shiftiness wins again.  No ticket.  But, definitely not the way you want to start Bonnaroo.


4:00 am:  Arrival in Manchester.  That’s right, Texas to Tennessee, 931 miles in 14 consecutive hours, and wasted time by getting pulled over.  I’m a madman. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I was seriously this Impressed with Michael Franti

Posted by teibs On June - 16 - 2010

franti_crowd@shiftywhiteguy:  In 2007, prior to going to Bonnaroo, my good friend Phred made a really convincing case as to why I should make sure to see Michael Franti & Spearhead.  Phred has hardly ever steered me wrong,* so I gave them a shot.  In ’07, he played an afternoon set at Which stage in the height of the day’s sun.  I went in with neutral expectations, and it ended up being at least an entertaining enough show to sit through the entire set.  That is really saying something when you’re playing on one of the non-tent stages in the middle of the afternoon, and your audience is only slightly removed from being cooked like rotisserie chickens.  However, I wasn’t exactly blown away, and would have given that set a grade in the high sixes/low sevens. ** I was in no hurry to go out and buy his album, but I was definitely entertained.

So, when I saw Franti on the bill again this year, I had every intention on catching at least some of his set.  And, from the very first second of the show, it became very obvious that his later start time made all the difference.  He played on the same stage as ’07, but had a post-sundown start time this year.  Without the distraction of the heat, Franti’s set takes on an entirely different feel. Read the rest of this entry »

The New Bonnaroo: Where’d the Hippies Go?

Posted by teibs On June - 15 - 2010

bonnaroomud@shiftywhiteguy:  We all owe our gratitude to the jam band scene.  Without the Phishes, Widespread’s, and String Cheese Incidents of the world, we wouldn’t have Bonnaroo in the first place.  However, it’s no secret that these types of acts have become less prevalent in the grand scheme of the B-Roo experience.  This year is a prime example.  The closest thing we had to a jam band on the main stage was John Butler Trio playing an early afternoon set on Sunday.  In the meantime, MMW was relegated to The Other Tent, and poor Umphrey’s McGee got that brutally hot 3:30 set time on Which Stage.  As one of my festival partners phrased it, “Where are all the hippies? I shouldn’t feel out of place wearing a tie-dyed Bob Weir & RatDog shirt at Bonnaroo.” Read the rest of this entry »

Live Bonnaroo 2010 Webcast

Posted by teibs On June - 10 - 2010

rooooo@ZackTeibloom If you’re reading this, you’re not at Bonnaroo. That’s OK. There’s a ton of pretty damn good shows being broadcast online for us this weekend. Friday has two must sees in The National and Tenacious D and I’m sure I’ll check out Neon Indian, and Mayer Hawthorne’s sets. Saturday we’ve got The Dead Weather, LCD, Jay-Z and Umphreys and Sunday WEE get Weezer and Ween and Regina Spektor. Here’s to not driving 16 hours! (OK fine. I’m terribly sad I’m not there and not going to pretend otherwise, but we’ll take what we can get.) Here’s the full schedule of what we can watch from home: Read the rest of this entry »

The Podcrash #9: Bonnaroo Preview w/ @shiftywhiteguy

Posted by teibs On June - 8 - 2010

roonew@ZackTeibloom It felt good to have someone else in the studio last night. @shiftywhiteguy kept @andyshore and me on my feet and stretched it to a 30+ minute podcrash. He came out firing, telling us he was going because he didn’t have sand in his vagina.

We went all the way through the schedule and made tough choices. We argued over sandwiches. He lived up to his shifty nickname, choosing Black Keys over Chromeo and The Melvins over The Dead Weather?  He gave a full explanation why he made the choices he made here. I suggest you listen as you read.


Miss ISIS at Bonnaroo And Regret it Forever

Posted by teibs On May - 20 - 2010

ISISIt 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 »

How Festival Line-up Announcements Should Be

Posted by teibs On February - 10 - 2010

announcement@ZackTeibloom Yesterday’s Bonnaroo announcement was a nightmare. Even if you don’t run a music blog. First they put it in the hands of the artist, so you had to have a dozen tabs open to see when Dave Matthews was going to put up a video or if @wearephoenix would tweet about it. It was exhausting. It was unnecessary. It made us spend the day on MySpace. Gross. We can do better than that.

Here’s what I’m proposing: A one-hour prime time announcement for each of the major destination festivals with live bands and video montages. You’re intrigued, aren’t you? Read the rest of this entry »

Bonnaroo ’10 Rumored Artist List

Posted by teibs On January - 22 - 2010

bonnaroo2010@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 »

Phish @ Bonnaroo 6/14

Posted by teibs On June - 15 - 2009

phishbruce@ZackTeibloom With no Super Jam at Bonnaroo this year, there was hope that Phish would have a sit-in. Maybe David Byrne to play “Cities?” How about a horn section?  No one could have guessed the Boss. OK, Laura did, but we all thought she was burned out when she said it.

As Phish wound down a spacier first set than Friday night, Trey said, “We’re having such a good time here, I can’t even describe it with words.” He then told us of his first concert 30 years ago in a small venue and how he thought all concerts would be that incredible and was sad when they weren’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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