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Street Scene Lineup!!! is coming on May 22nd

Posted in Street Scene by conor on the May 16th, 2006

UPDATE: I’ve posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

An announcement on the Street Scene myspace page says that the line up will be announced on May 22nd, which is Monday. No other surprised have reared their heads lately, but the Raconteurs won’t be part of the mix. They announced tour dates today, and will be in scenic Michigan and Cleveland during the Street Scene.

You know how at the end of the Wizard of Oz, after the Wizard has given the other three guys their things, Dorothy says something to the effect of “I don’t think you can fit what I want in that bag”? Well unless they’re pulling some serious strings, or entering into Frankenstein-esque resurrection territory with the line up, I’m not quite sure what they’re gonna pull out of that bag on Monday is going to prove to be that exciting. Guns n’ Roses would be sweet though…

More info on bands that we know about here, here, here, and here.

Another Street Scene Band = Bloc Party

Posted in Street Scene by conor on the May 12th, 2006

UPDATE: I’ve posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

The Street Scene lineup continues to be revealed, piece by piece. Still waiting for something huge to drop, but Brooklyn Vegan posts that Bloc Party has the Street Scene on their tour itinerary.

More Street Scene Rumors - Tapes ‘n Tapes?

Posted in Street Scene by conor on the May 11th, 2006

Street Scene Red

UPDATE: I’ve posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

The rumor mill for Street Scene 2k6 keeps chugging along. Lots of talk about Tapes ‘n Tapes joining the festivities, based on their touring with The Futureheads, who are already showing up as playing on Pollstar. This was reported in a Pitchfork news article, like a week ago, but as of now is not yet showing up on Tapes ‘n Tapes myspace page. I’m not a fan of the band, but posted a live show from SXSW they did a month or so ago that you can check out here.

Modest Mouse is also a name lots of people are tossing around. They play in Santa Barbara on August 6th, the day after Street Scene, so that doesn’t sound illogical, but the band hasn’t been up to anything in a while , has nothing to promote, and isn’t on a big tour, so I don’t know…

I also didn’t realize that Street Scene is on the same weekend as Lollapalooza, the 3 day festival in Chicago, which has an impressive lineup, featuring just to name a few, The Raconteurs, The Shins, The Flaming Lips, Ween, Ryan Adams, Built to Spill, Eels, Gnarls Barkley… I guess it is unlikely that a band will play both of the shows in a weekend, which is bad when talking about the Raconteurs, who I hoped the Street Scene could snag, but good when it comes to the Chili Peppers, who have somehow managed to maintain the status of “Acceptable band to be the headliner at a huge festival” since the mid 90s despite the fact that their career paths really should have mirrored some of the best 80s hair metal bands and be playing at a state fair or a pig roast that weekend. If Lollapalooza means that they aren’t an option as Street Scene headliner, I’m all for that.

Typing about Ween made me realize that I’ve probably never mentione Ween on here. Well The Blarney Stone and Waving My Dick In The Wind are both on my Itunes “50 Most Played List” and have been mix cd staples for a long time, so please check them out. Waving My Dick in the Wind is the rare cleverly titled song that lives up to how good its title is, and The Blarney Stone rivals the Pogues best Irish drinking songs in terms of it making you want to join in with the red nosed chap next to you when the chorus hits.

Both of these songs are on The Mollusk

More Street Scene Bands

Posted in Concerts, Street Scene by conor on the May 6th, 2006

UPDATE: I’ve posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

If you’re trying to keep an eye on Street Scene bands and rumors, you can check out the listings at Pollstar where bands have started to pop up as playing the Street Scene. The CityBeat has already reported that The Futureheads, The Editors, Bad Religion, G Love, Matchbox Romance and Michael Franti & Spearhead are all playing this years festival, and right now Pollstar shows two other bands, neither of which I am familiar with: Bedouin Soundclash and Rock Kills Kid. I will leave it up to you to decide if they are worth it, please report back to me if they blow you away. 100% based on the myspace page, however, it is obvious that Rock Kills Kid opts to blow, rather than blow away.

I’ve also emailed the good people at Street Scene, hoping for some inside scoops on bands they have lined up and maybe for some tickets to give away to you readers. We shall see if that works out.

San Diego Summer Festivals: The Good, The Bad and The Unannounced Lineups

Posted in Concerts, Street Scene by conor on the May 3rd, 2006


UPDATE: I’ve posted the Street Scene lineup, with MP3 links, here.

The Independence Jam full lineup has been announced, as have the ticket prices. A ticket, with fees, will cost you 45 dollars. I was wavering, because contrary to my drunken source’s reports, Spoon was not involved, so the Flaming Lips are the only band I would particularly want to see. $45 dollars also seems like it should be better applied towards more than half of your Street Scene ticket. But then I saw on the FM 94.9 homepage that the show “Benefits FM 94.9’s ‘About The Music’ Fund.” In that case, I will take 12 tickets. Nameless, purposeless funds are always a great way to rally the masses around your cause. It would be even cooler if they just lopped off the second 2/3rds of that quote to make it just “Benefits FM 94.9″

Moving on to Street Scene, the festival has a myspace page, where a large number of people are currently speculating or suggesting acts they would like to see. Kicking this about with some friends last weekend in the Mission Bay Hilton hot tub, we were at a loss for how to put together a solid, unique festival this year. Obviously, you want to have a band like The White Stripes was last year, a huge name with credibility. The candidate for this position we thought of was Radiohead, since they are touring this year, but they are coming to San Diego in June, so an August reprise would be unlikely. The Strokes also probably fit this position in a lot of people’s minds, but are pretty boring live and aren’t particularly a great outdoor festival band.

Then you have reunion acts, like the Pixies last year as well. Who is out there that I’d like to see play a comeback show, and who would choose the Street Scene as the place to do it? Credibility acts like Spoon or the Flaming Lips are for most festivalgoers to ignore while 311 or Social D plays. The Flaming Lips playing at the above Indy Jam means this is unlikely as well. You can always count on some interchangable rap and punk acts to fill things out, and it seems like you could probably count on Damian Marley being there this year.

I’m not really sure how I’d go about assembling my ideal line up. There seem to be so many festivals these days that it’s important to try and do something unique from the others, but there’s always bound to be some overlap. In the years that I’ve lived out in San Diego, the festival has moved from downtown, rapidly reduced in size and scope, and abandoned all pretense of being about diversity or home grown talent and instead opted to feature Wyclef, Jack Johnson and the Black Eyed Peas. Of course, as far as I’m concerned these all balanced out just fine if you can convince The White Stripes or The Flaming Lips or Radiohead to come play, the acts always overlap anyways. But what haven’t I mentioned that could potentially be the highlight of this years show?

The multiple Radiohead mentions probably got you excited, so over at The Rawking Refuses To Stop are three new songs that they debuted at their last concert. Go nuts.

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