Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sasquatch Scheduling for the Indecisive: Friday

Firstly, why, Sasquatch Festival organizers, do you charge just as much for Friday night as you do for Saturday and Sunday, even though there is about half as much music on Friday? Secondly, don't the goth people have their own festival somewhere? Someone's basement on Capitol Hill or something? Never fear, if you are attending Friday night of Sasquatch, there is some good music to be had in the sea of black eyeliner and body odor.

4:00: If you're a big Led Zeppelin fan, yet mourn the fact that you'll never be able to see the band live again, Australian band Wolfmother is a decent choice. It's hopelessly derivative, but sounds like it would be a hell of a lot of fun in a live setting. Otherwise, if the novelty of an all-girl synth-heavy band with lyrics like "What makes you think we can fuck, just because you put your tongue in my mouth and you twisted my titties baby?" means more to you than the ghost of Zeppelin, then The Trucks are for you. As much as I'd love to give the props to The Trucks, being a Bellingham-based band and all, I'd go with Wolfmother.

Wolfmother- Pyramid from Wolfmother

5:00: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead have never really done much for me, and make the kind of indie/hardcore music that all sounds the same. Skip it and go for Deadboy & The Elephantmen, a cool little bluesy, hook-based band that remind me of the White Stripes, for reasons besides the fact that the band only has two members.

Deadboy & The Elephantmen- Stop, I'm Already Dead from We Are Night Sky

6:00: If you do watch Deadboy & The Elephantmen, you're going to have to leave early, because TV On The Radio starts at 6. Their old stuff is good, and their new stuff is going to be even better. Return To Cookie Mountain comes out sometime this summer and contains some damn fine music. Word on the street is that the guys are bonkers live, too. Definitely the one band of the day not to miss.

TV On The Radio- Tonight from Return To Cookie Mountain.

7:00: Sasquatch's web site informs me that HIM is Finnish metal. Go stand in line to pay $6 for a Coors Light.

8:30: Bauhaus are often called the "founding fathers" of goth. My recommendation is to sit on the lawn, drink your beer and talk really loudly about how great a place the world is and how everyone just needs to cheer up. Then elbow the pale, skinny 15-year-old in black fishnets next to you and ask, "Am I right?"

10:00: Why sit through HIM and Bauhaus? Nine Inch Nails are definitely worth seeing, even if just for the chance of seeing them play "Hurt."

12:00: Go get some sleep. You're gonna need it, it's going to be a long weekend.


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