Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Summer Music

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer Music

It's that time of year again, your chance to gather in a field with tens of thousands of your closest friends to hear large numbers of bands. American festivals always start early, and we've already had 2008's Coachella and Bonaroo. This weekend is the biggest British one, Glastonbury, which features everybody from Jay-Z to the Gossip, the Raconteurs to Massive Attack, Leonard Cohen to the Futureheads, the National to Jimmy Cliff, My Morning Jacket to Gilbert O'Sullivan, John Cale to Hit Chip, Joan Baez to Vampire Weekend, Lupe Fiasco to the Men They Couldn't Hang, Neil Diamond to Spiritualized, and more than 100 others. I'm sure you get the idea. To celebrate Glastonbury, earlier this week The Guardian features several downloads by bands such as CSS, Foals, and Glasvegas that can be combined for one big festivals CD (it comes with artwork and everything).

Meanwhile, in Chicago, we've got Pitchfork and Lollapaloooza. Together, they sort of vaguely hit the same kind of eclecticism.

On a side note, Edwyn Collins made a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury on Friday night, recovering to a large extent from a brain aneurysm and brain surgery in 2005. He didn't play "The Campaign for Real Rock," but he included a number of solo and Orange Juice faves as well as his new single, "Home Again." Here's another quick review.


At 11:55 AM, June 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me -- I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the forthcoming John Tesh/Usher collaboration. The first single will reportedly be their cover of "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (extended dance mix)"

At 12:29 AM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Doug said...

If you prefer less diversity in your festival bills, the US shows generally appeal to a thinner demographic. I wonder if it's because the same festivals have been going for several years and draw from across generations. Perhaps today's Lollapaloozers will still want to see Nine Inch Nails in 2030.


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