"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


last weekend in live music: ACL festival

Because I don't have time for anything approaching a real review, here's every band I saw at ACL, in five words or less:
  1. Asleep at the Wheel - Heard end. Missed it again.
  2. Paolo Nuni - "Crazy"? Why? Walk-by.
  3. The Dears - Sounded great in walk-by.
  4. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Not bad. Not my favorite.
  5. Guster - Mellow. Goofy.
  6. Stars - eh.
  7. Gnarls Barkley - Disappointing. Boring. Left early.
  8. Nickel Creek - Fun. Better than Gnarls.
  9. Cat Power & the Memphis Rhythm Band
  10. Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Beautiful. Played "Another Colorado."
  11. Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits - Awesome. I miss Goma.
  12. Centro-Matic - Wow. Why at noon?
  13. Ghostland Observatory - Freak. Show. Oh. My.
  14. Eli Young Band - Took a nap.
  15. Joe McDermott & the Smart Little Creatures - Yes, the kiddie tent.
  16. The subsequent SURPRISE APPEARANCE in the kiddie tent by Matt Costa that caused all the hipsters to come flooding in, but I was there when it started - Pretty cool. Pretty darn cool.
  17. Nada Surf - Eh.
  18. Los Lobos - Okay. Not great.
  19. Calexico - Great. I (heart) Joey Burns.
  20. Guy Clark - Sad. He's old. "Dublin Blues."
  21. What Made Milwaukee Famous - Overhyped. B & I checked football.
  22. Explosions in the Sky - Transcendent. Incredible. Perfect.
  23. Willie Nelson - Okay. Bad sound.
  24. Anathallo - Pretty good on walk-by.
  25. Rocky Votalato - Rain. Beautiful in the rain.
  26. Robyn Ludwick - Great, unique voice. Robison sister.
  27. Sam Roberts - Fine. Nothing special.
  28. Sylvia St. James & the Gospel All-Stars - That dress.
  29. Jack Ingram - As bad as expected. Ugh.
  30. Matisyahu - Still bizarre.
  31. Son Volt - Great show. New songs!
  32. The Greencards - Beautiful set. Other sets loud.
  33. The New Orleans Social Club - Fantastic. So glad we went.
  34. G. Love & Special Sauce - Fun. Late.
  35. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Steve Not the Lawyer. Rain.

Overall it was a good ACL. Not as hot as last year, and the water-the-grass thing worked to keep the dust down, as long as you weren't at the BMI stage. I am so sick of the security contractor's constantly changing rules and nonsense, but what are you going to do? As for the music, I wasn't impressed with the lineup when it came out, and I wasn't impressed with it in reality, either. There were two and three-hour blocks of time when there was no one I cared about seeing, then there'd be six bands I love playing within two hours of one another. Not cool. But I saw some great music and had fun hanging out with friends. And so it goes.


Anonymous Sister said...

Where's the Fashion Police section?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 5:34:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

That's going to take some editing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 5:58:00 PM


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