I gave this CD a listen on my way back from Washington Heights to the Upper East Side after crashing at a friend’s house after a Phish show / staying up until 4:30 a.m. It’s about an hour and a half subway ride with two transfers, and I was extremely tired and looking pretty haggard from the previous night’s debauchery. I needed some music with a little punch.
For as long as I’ve been a fan of The Dismemberment Plan (since ’05 during my college radio stint), I’ve lived with the sad reality that the D.C.-based band was defunct. So when I stumbled upon east coast tour dates, specifically a January 30 performance at NYC’s Webster Theatre, I nearly shat myself.
Instead, I snatched up two tickets faster than you can say, “THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN IS BACK TOGETHER?!?!?!?”
Can you believe it’s almost October? And while Fall happens to be my favorite season (hoodies, hoodies, hoodies), I can’t help but think that this summer flew by particularly fast. I think it has something to do with all of the amazing shows and festivals I attended.
Here’s a look back at some of the music that didn’t make it to the website…
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – 7/25 @ Pearl Street in Noho, Mass.
The night started with some delicious food at what my friend and I crowned Noho’s “best kept secret” Chinese restaurant*, complete with fortune coookies and a bunch of discriminatory douchebags at the table to our right (see picture).
JACKIE: Last weekend’s Wormtown Music Festival was the perfect way to end the summer.
ANGELA: Held at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, Mass., this festy has become a staple of my summer and serves as a fitting goodbye to the parade of live music that the season brings.
J: My idea to attend the festival was a last minute decision. If you had asked me a couple weeks ago if I wanted to go to a music festival I would have said, “Ha! Ummm, no.” I am not really sure what spurred the idea. I think it had something to do with Angela moving to NYC and me wanting to spend some QT with her before she left. Or maybe I was just really bored. Being unemployed can make you feel kind of crazy and I was up for pretty much anything.
A: When Jackie told me she was going to come to Wormtown I was thrilled! Finally my twin was going to see me in all my glory… OK, so I was a little bit nervous, too.
Although I’ve avoided MTV like the plague since I was about 18, I think that will only make this live blog better. Presenting the 2010 MTV VMAs…
(pre-show Facebook chat conversation with my friend Nick)
hahha i think ill turn this on
this is the closest ive been to instant messanger since May 09
what channel is this shizz
omg this is so awkward
haha i have it on now
lady gaga looks like a radish
hahaha i love her
i cant wait to talk about how drake played the wheelchair-bound ex-athlete in degrassi
“Silent disco? What the hell is that?”
Avid silent disco-goers are all too familiar with this question.
So… what is it?
“Silent disco is a new way to experience live music” says George Gayl, co-founder of the event and provider of Silent Storm Sound System.
At a silent disco event everyone is provided with a pair of wireless headphones upon entry.
Through these headphones stream the live music being performed by the DJ or artist of the evening. Each pair of headphones comes equipped with a volume control knob and a mute button. Want to rock out? Crank your volume up! Want to talk to your friends? Hold the mute button down.
OK, so get it? Still skeptical? “Try it, you’ll probably love it. We love converting skeptics,” says Gayl.
Some of you may remember the scathing article I wrote about Wilco’s performance at Tanglewood a few years back, so naturally when I heard the band was organizing a festival at Mass Moca, located in my hometown of North Adams, I figured Jeff Tweedy was coming to kill me.
Not only is Mass Moca the largest contemporary art museum in the country, but it’s also a 4-minute walk from Buntology Headquarters.
While a weekend pass was reasonably priced at $100, there was no way I was paying to see Wilco perform live again I wasn’t invested enough in the lineup to drop that kind of cash. So instead I volunteered!
Check out a scrapbook of weekend highlights below…
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since music lovers from across the country met, in a 200-acre field just west of Albany known simply to them as ILCC. Indian Lookout Country Club is normally home to The Harley Rendezvous – a biker festival. But for the past three years the bikers have lent their land to another group of social rebels for one glorious weekend of the summer. This year, Camp Bisco 9 called ILCC home from July 15-17 and along with it came 15,000 fans, adorned in their most outrageous and colorful outfits (a.k.a. “rage gear”).
This year was my fourth Camp Bisco, and also my fourth time at ILCC. Although I had the inclination this year would be bigger than others in the past, I wasn’t expecting the amount of people and traffic we endured that Thursday morning. After four long hours of sitting in our cars and waiting in the sweltering heat we finally made it through the gates. It was an exciting moment, but there was no time to relax.
Buntology marks the halfway point of summer with a look back at this year’s Strangecreek Music Festival. (We suggest watching it on YouTube in the HD setting for optimal quality.)
It’s hard not to write a review about Nateva Festival without comparing it to Rothbury. Which really isn’t fair to Nateva- after all, the festival- which was held last weekend in Oxford, Maine- is much smaller, less expensive, and located in a completely different geographic location than it’s Michigan predecessor.
But when you step in as the replacement for one of last year’s most talked about festies, especially when it’s held on Fourth of July weekend, you should be prepared to step into some pretty big shoes.
What resulted was a fun but somewhat generic festy experience.