Bonnaroo or (Get) Bust (ed): The 10 Bands I'm Most Looking Forward to Seeing at Bonnaroo
Hippies. You can't live with them. You certainly can live without them. In fact, this is how I've lived the first 25 years of my life. That is all about to change. Because as of last Friday, I have officially confirmed my plans to thrust deep into the belly of the beast. No, not Congress. No, not EMI (someone needs to pay for Mims, damnit!). Instead, I am planning a trip to Bonnaroo, deep in the heart of Tennessee, suckered by the promise of perhaps the greatest festival line-up assembled in recent years. Throw My Morning Jacket onto this list and I'd say that this year's Bonnaroo might even top Woodstock '99 (I mean, really is it possible to best Bush, Collective Soul, Creed & Limp Bizkit all on the same bill).
Having never been to Bonnaroo or any such festival so redolent with patchouli (does anyone still mess with patchouli?), I'd love to know any and all tips on what to expect. Do people still actually like the String Cheese Incident? (personally, I'm a fan of the Goat Cheese incident--way more underground and experimental). Do hippies still exist? And if so, how can I avoid throttling one,when he starts forest-dancing during the Roots' set? Please do tell. The comments section is open. Call now.
In the meantime, partially as a way to assure myself that it is in fact a good idea to venture cross country to a state that actually voted for Bush on two separate occasions, I'm posting MP3's from the 10 bands I'm most excited to see at Bonnaroo: (Also, if you're heading to Manchester be sure to check out Hits from the Blog's excellent other blog, Bonnawho's Who devoted to all things Bonnaroo.)
1. The White Stripes
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing the Stripes: I'm mainly hoping to find out what an "Icky Thump" actually means (No Ickey Woods)
MP3: The White Stripes-"Icky Thump"
2. Wilco-"Sky Blue Sky"
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Wilco: I'm just hoping Tweedy is going to go all Rocky Balboa again on some rowdy yahoo.
MP3: Wilco-"Side with the Seeds"
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Ween: Because its fucking Ween.
MP3: Ween-"Voodoo Lady"
4. The Hold Steady
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing The Hold Steady: To hear "Chill Out Tent" in a chill-out tent.
MP3: The Hold Steady-"Chips Ahoy"
5. Aesop Rock
Why I'm Looking Forward to seeing Aesop Rock: To see if the new songs from None Shall Pass are as brilliant as its artwork.
MP3: Aesop Rock-"None Shall Pass" (left-click)
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Spoon: Because on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga the song remains the same, and it happens to be really good.
MP3: Spoon-"Change My Life"
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing El-P: As they say in French: Duh.
Download: El-P "EMG"
8. The National
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing The National: I assume you've heard Boxer and know the answer to this. If not, go buy it immediately (a review will be forthcoming).
Download: The National-"Fake Empire"
9. Dr. Dog
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Dr. Dog: Because this band is much much better than you've heard.
MP3: Dr. Dog-"Old News"
10. Hot Chip
Why I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Hot Chip: A picture is worth a thousand words (particularly, when it's 3 a.m. and you want to get to sleep).
MP3: Hot Chip-"And I Was a Boy From School"