- Get inspired by nature: The Antlers, Wild Beasts, Deer Hoof, Grizzly Bear, Teddy Bears, Animal Collective.
- Strike a pose: Hold Steady, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
- Rock your body: The Head and the Heart, Radiohead.
- Mash potatoes: Rise Against Me Machine = Rise Against, Against Me, Rage Against the Machine a la Coachella 2007.
Spent Sunday at the Treasure Island Music Festival. We picked Day II’s more indie lineup to be our first TI Music Fest experience, and let me just say it was absolutely, perfectly beautiful and chill. Just a wee bit sad I missed Dizzee Rascal and Flying Lotus on Day I, but getting a live introduction to St. Vincent totally made up for it. Totally. Loved her set. Such dynamic songs. Not that I appreciated all the instrument-driven rock of the majority of the lineup any less because of Annie Clarke, but you really can’t ignore the talent of an artist who always sounds like themselves despite swapping styles. (How could you not love an alumnus of the Polyphonic Spree?)
The only thing I could do without was Stephen Malkmus and The (obnoxious) Jinks. If you’re going to act belligerent on stage, you better be a really damn good musician, or at least establish a solid rapport with your audience first. All I remember from Stephen Malkmus was how one of the first things he said to the audience was “Fuck you!,” and how frustrated I was tolerating the mediocrity of his set.
The silver lining to that cloud was being handed time to wander around and shop (I bought a hat ten minutes after my arrival, five minutes after being accosted by the bushman.), eat, and Silent Disco. They say that writing about music’s kind of pointless, and so is photographing music events, too, but now that I’ve gotten the writing bit out of the way, here are photos anyway.
October in SF.
Food Truck Caucus.