Thursday, February 03, 2005

St. Vitus Dance

Okay, so I had a mini nervous breakdown at work today, when I found out the bands that are playing the Coachella Festival. Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Gang of Four...

All right, so it's a lot of bands from my generation, but I just about lost it. Bauhaus was a little bit before my time in terms of show-going years so I'd kill to see them perform their songs live. I've never managed to see NIN live, even though I'm a big fan. I always loved Cocteau Twins... okay, need I say more? I guess I'm the exact demographic they're looking for for the festival. Someone who was growing up in the '80s... ha.

Anyway, yeah, I flipped for about 15 minutes, telling my boss I was probably going to need time off, but then reality hit later. As in, how the hell am I going to afford something like this? It requires flying out to California, first off. And I could be wrong but I think maybe Coachella is in some part of California that isn't really near anything else in California. So... dunno. But it would be so cool!

In other news, I finally ordered a sample copy of the print version of Barrelhouse and requested a copy of WordWrights. So hopefully I will have some good new research going on soon.

Thanks for reading,



Blogger Broadsheet said...

I've succumbed to the New Orleans Jazz Festival for the last 5 years running. There are 12 of us (and counting) going down this year including 3 from the UK! Always a fun time. "What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans"

10:41 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Oh awesome -- I have heard nothing but good things about Jazz Fest. I was told that my night owl ways would be well rewarded there -- if the mood strikes, how you can go catch a band at 3am. :)

11:20 PM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

I'm jealous. Here in D.C. all we get is the DC 101 Chili fest. If we're lucky, Joan Jett might play again. The opening bands, though, are usually painful. Baltimore does a good blues fest and an experimental music fest, though.

The show in Cali sounds great. I'd say watch for a Bauhaus tour, but they'll probably kill each other. Love to see them, though. NIN is great live. I saw them once at the Limelight in NY City (an old church converted into music club). Marylin Manson and Foetus opened. It was a fun night.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow, I think the Cocteau Twins' "Heaven or Las Vegas" was one of the definitive albums of my freshman year (and Jane's Addiction's "Ritual" and the Grateful Dead's "American Beauty"; hey, there's no accounting for taste. I admire your fortitude, though; I can barely get out and see bands in the Baltimore area, much less a different state.

12:18 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Hebdomeros, you saw Foetus too? What year was this. I saw Foetus for the "Sink" tour -- at the OLD 9:30 Club, so it was very up close and personal. It was a great show, however, I remember thinking that he was not someone I'd want to meet up with in a dark alley. Those eyes... I still listen to his Steroid Maximus album and every once in a while break out the Foetus stuff, but it's only once in a blue moon -- it's rare I get into the Foetus mood anymore. ;)

And yeah, I would imagine maybe Bauhaus would kill each other on tour, huh. Ha.

Jen, you have always had eclectic taste! I admire that. I can't say I've ever been too open to the Grateful Dead.... and don't admire my fortitude... this is still an idea percolating and actually, the more I think about it the less I think I'd have the money, it would be super expensive. (And I rarely go to shows anymore, it has averaged about 2-3 per year, so when I choose, I try to make it count, ha. Coachella would probably fulfill my show requirements for the next 3 years!)

1:30 AM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

I saw Foetus my last year in college, so it was either fall of '95 or spring of '96. I think it was the fall, though. Yeah, Thirwell's one hell of an intimidating performer. Kind of a Tom Waits on adrenaline. Great show, though.

How funny you know about Steroid Maximus. They're how I first got into Foetus. Someday I'll have to get the 2nd album.

4:02 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

The Steroid Maximus album I have -- and love -- is Gondwanaland (sp?). I love, love, love it. If that's the one you don't have, I highly recommend it. It's amazing.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

I have that one. It's a great album. And just the idea of getting the guys from Voivod to do big band (and do it well) I find pretty funny.

He released a new one last year on Ipecac Records called Ectopia. It got good reviews, but I just haven't gotten around to it. Although more straight rock oriented, I like Thirwell's Clint Ruin stuff, too.

1:00 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Ah, good. I'm glad you have that one, it's soooo awesome. (I hate that "wild irish rose" song though, but that's the only track I could do without.) It is one of my choices for one of the pack of CDs you'd want on a desert island. Like if you could choose 10, that would probably be on there, frankly.

I never got into his Clint Ruin stuff. However, I find it interesting how if you look at liner notes for a lot of industrialists, his name will pop up as having been involved on some songs etc... I know he's done work with Trent Reznor, for example... it's just cool to see him pop up like that. I have a feeling he's one of those crazy geniuses who hasn't gotten much mainstream cred.

I think I did mean to get that latest one but never got around to it. Mental note to self...

2:23 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Oh man, that line up. DUDE. That's about all I can say when I look at it: DUDE.

Are you seriously considering going?

10:07 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Hi Jeff,

Sorry, sometimes I don't see the older comments once they get buried for a few days. I hope you see this!

Anyway, I don't know that I can go unless there's some mysterious windfall of money from the heavens. I really want to go, so bad it hurts, but with my trip to New Orleans coming up, and the fact that I'm buying a laptop, I'm afraid I don't have the money to drop. :(

Isn't it a great lineup though? So unfair that there's nothing comparable here.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Oh, man. Yes, that's an amazing line up. I won't be able to go either, unfortunately. I'm already doing a bit of traveling (Chicago, probably Seattle) and I want to keep saving so I can move.

1:57 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, you're the second person who has recently said he's going to Chicago. And Seattle too! That's a lot of travel.

Where are you moving to?

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