Running Downhill previews Lollapalooza, Day Three, Sunday, August 3rd.
There are many reasons not to go to Lollapalooza this year (or any other year for that matter). There’s the obvious, which includes the horrible late July/early August Chicago heat and humidity, high ticket prices ($205 for the weekend!), bad and expensive beer (bud light, great job), piss poor outdoor festival sound, too many people (e.g. Len Kasper, Wrigleyville residents), and of course, the lineup itself. There’s also its function as a primary (and most disgusting) example of corporate capitalism run amok (y’all goin to see Rage Against The Machine on the AT&T stage lol). What follows is our snarky thoughts on the bands performing on the Lord’s Day
Now of course we’re aware that any sort of coverage is its own form of promotion (whether or not we’re not going and think it sucks), but such is the uphill battle of trying to be humorous jerks. Since this feature has very little integrity, hopefully this is as snarky we get, and in the future promise to try and provide actual, thought provoking, insightful, and somewhat coherent/intelligent criticism. In the meantime, Running Downhill presents:
An Incomplete and Shallow Band Preview of Lollapalooza, Sunday, August 3rd
Iron & Whine (4:15-5:15, Bud Light Stage)
Love and Rockets (6:15-7:15, Bug Light Stage)
TH: Way to name yourself, somewhat illegally, after one of the truly great graphic novel/comic book works of the past 30 years. I have an idea: I’m going to name my band “The Watchmen” and hope nobody gets it. Plus, you’re easily confused with Rocket from the Tombs and Rocket from the Crypt, both of which are wayyyyy better than you are.
EM: To be fair to Love and Rockets (i.e. the band), they’re old enough (they’re ex-Bauhaus) to have got in on the ground floor of the comic. That being said, The Internet tells me that Gilbert Hernandez (i.e. author of said “Love and Rockets” comic) insulted the band several times in the comic, having a “Love and Rockets” band in there. Love and Rockets (i.e. the band) are still not particularly good.
Nine Inch Nails (8:15, Bud Light Stage)
BK: Johnny Cash does you better than you do yourself, Reznor. You may leave.
TH: I’m still not sure I understand why Nine Inch Nails got so huge. They’re about the 561st best industrial band ever. I don’t understand.
EM: Trent Reznor’s kind of a genius, but I’ve never really been able to get that into this band. During their set, I’m going to be in my room protesting while simultaneously listening to The Land of Rape and Honey and Psychocandy at the same time. On shrooms.
Office (11:30-12:30, PlayStation 3 Stage)
EM: This band is from Chicago and there’s a very personal reason (i.e. non-music related) I don’t like them, but I simply can’t remember what it is. Oh well.
The Weakerthans (1:15-2:15, PlayStation 3 Stage)
EM: There is life after Propagandhi, and John Samson has proven himself quite the songwriter over the years. That being said, I haven’t cared about (i.e. thought) this band since 2003’s Reconstruction Site, but it’s a damn good album.
Flogging Molly (5:15-6:15, PlayStation 3 Stage)
BK: I actually kind of like Flogging Molly. Kind of. And only when it comes on someone else’s iPod.
EM: Pirates, all of them. Off with their heads.
The National (7:15-8:15, PlayStation 3 Stage)
EM: Over-hyped, sleepy rock for old men.
E-Six & Roan (1:45-3:15, Perry’s Stage)
EM: Shameless plug for Matt Roan, fellow DePaul alumni and former Dodgeball friend/foe. A good party DJ as well, if, you know, you’re into 1990s R&B.
Flosstradamus (6:15-8:15, Perry’s Stage)
BK: These guys were probably really bummed out when The Cool Kids broke the scene.
EM: Who wasn’t? Anyways, last year I blacked out on Colt .45 while these guys did something in the Sonotheque DJ booth, but all I remember was them playing Daft Punk, several times.
Black Kids (3:30-4:30, Citi Stage)
TH: Black Lips, Black Keys, Black Kids. Erm…
EM: Seriously. Someone call Black Heart Procession, Black Mountain, The Black Angels, Black Sheep, Big Black, and Black Flag and we can start our own festival. Called “The Black Festival”. It can be in my living room.
TH: How did you forget the Black Crowes in that list?
Saul Williams (5:00-6:00, Citi Stage)
EM: Apparently this guy raps/makes music now, but I haven’t heard anything from him since I saw him do spoken word as an opening act in 2003, which is an interesting story in itself: this was the eve of the California recall election, and Saul Williams, in reaction to the possibility of a certain action film star getting elected, said, and I quote, “If Schwarzenegger gets elected, I’m gonna start flying planes into buildings.”
Girl Talk (6:30-7:30, Citi Stage)
EM: If you ignore the moral/ethical dilemma going on with Gregg Gillis’ music, then you’ll probably have a hell of a time. If you don’t, you’re going to have a hard time figuring out how this dude isn’t simultaneously infringing 100 copyright laws while being creatively bankrupt.
Chromeo (3:15-4:15, MySpace Stage)
EM: It doesn’t get any kitschier than this.
Blues Traveler (5:15-6:15, MySpace Stage)
TH: I can’t believe it. I just don’t believe it. (Full disclosure: I was VERY VERY much into these guys at age 13). Did the Lolla organizers save all of the bands people over 23 years old would recognize for Sunday for any particular reason?
EM: I really liked this one part of a Blues Traveler song that was in a Busch radio commercial two years ago. But for real, do you even think Blues Traveler has a Myspace?
TH: Ah, you’re thinking of the immortal power ballad “The Mountains Win Again.” Maybe the Colorado Rockies should’ve drank more Busch Light during the Series last year. Everyone knows Josh Beckett can’t handle hitters mildly buzzed on Busch Light.
Mark Ronson (7:15-8:30, MySpace Stage)
TH: Too bad the Dap-Kings are just as responsible for Amy Winehouse’s sound, and yet they only get about .25% of the recognition that you do, Mr. Ronson.
EM: Who’s Mark Ronson?
TH: You criticize Blues Traveler for not having a myspace, and yet you can’t use Wikipedia or All Music? Double standard much, Marsh? Jeez.
G. Love & Special Sauce (4:15-5:15, AT&T Stage)
TH: Still. He and Dr. Dog should form a Philly supergroup. Just to see what happens. By the way, with all of this Philly love on display, I wonder: has there ever been a great band from Pittsburgh?
EM: re: Philly supergroup…Those dudes are some B-squad motherfuckers. The real Philly supergroup couldn’t be fronted by anyone other than Kurt Heasley, anyways.
TH: I just consulted the world wide web for info on Pitt bands. Here’s the list: The Clarks, Rusted Root, Don Caballero, and Anti-Flag. And Aus-Rotten. And that’s it. Five bands, all time, from Pittsburgh.
Gnarls Barkley (6:15-7:15, AT&T Stage)
BK: Gnarls Barkley was innovative and interesting to listen to. Once.
Kanye West (8:30, AT&T Stage)
BK: I saw an ad on the corner of Western and Roscoe, you know, the hub of hip hop in Chicago, for Kanye. Except it wasn’t advertising a new album or a tour or anything, just Brand Kanye. Most of us down here not from Planet Narcissism have to do something before we advertise, dude – and no, glorifying dropping out of higher education doesn’t count.
EM: How are you supposed to see out of those glasses?