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May 12th, 2013

The Sweet Life. [May. 12th, 2013|08:11 am]
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So I didn't even know Merriweather Post Pavilion was a real place, I thought it was just word salad that Animal Collective made up. So the whole reason for this trip-- I'm on a trip, don't you know? To our nation's capitol!-- was to go to a music festival for Jennifer's dystopian futurist job. For me, that meant I tagged along with them for the set-up-- & got to explore the place before it opened-- before the show, then during the show make casual effort to make sure things were working smoothly, & then tag along after the festival to do takedown. So! The music. Let me just rundown on this. I guess 21 Pilots is like...post rap-rock? Young white kids doing a lot of screaming & rapping. Good stage patter though, worked the crowd, but I think I'm to old for it. After them, though, was Haerts, who I really liked! I'm a sucker for smart synths. They kind of remind me of The Protomen; at least, their sound does, not their stage show. I'll buy their album; when I said that Jennifer was like "who buys music?" By which she means who buys music, not who pays for music; she is a fan of the subscription model. Maybe that is the smarter way to be. Anyhow I liked Haerts & I think I will become their fan. Ms. Mr. was after them, & they also had an 80s sound, but I just couldn't connect to it, so we walked away. We came back for Robert DeLong, who I thought I wasn't feeling, but then! It turns out I just didn't like that one song & the rest of his set was really great. I should check that guy out a little bit more. Maybe people who care about DJs already know about him though, who can say, maybe he's famous & I just don't know. Very possible.

Then we walked over to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Us, & like, everyone; the sidestage-- the Treehouse-- was a really nice venue but the mainstage was...well, a huge festival mainstage. I've never been a fan, but I did feel like I was at EndFest or something. Entertaining flights of nostalgia. Anyhow, maybe it was because I was back far away, or maybe just that Karen O. works best through the magic of television, but I felt like they were flat. Around then-- hated Noah!-- the rain kicked in. Like, woah. & it went from a fun outdoor festival to a mudpit festival. Which is probably fun if you are a twenty-something on tons of drugs who thinks Ke$ha rules-- & I don't say that judgmentally!-- but less fun for like, a thirty-something drinking overpriced beer. So we hid in the press tent for a while, & then decided to try to figure out our VIP ticket situation. The pavillion was better-- dry, anyway-- but the VIP section sucked. Just full of drunk jerks, bartenders who were jerks because they'd been dealing with jerks all day, weird hand-stamp requirements, & not enough toilets. Seriously, the festival itself had a really good bathroom situation, it was a solid system, but the VIP area men's bathroom had like, two urinals & one toilet. What. They did have a friggin' great food section back there though! Rogue 24 had a pork belly cheesesteak that was uh, fantastic. If you are ever in...Maryland I guess? Check it out. Then Kendrick Lamar. I don't care. Also why are you saying "bitch" so much? At this point, it was all mainstage stuff only & I mean...do people like, connect to big stadium bands? I don't really get it, though I mean, I guess Queen counts, counted. So Passion Pit, they have that one song, I don't know, they played it & I was like "oh this song." Phoenix, they have like, two of those songs. I like Radiohead too guys! Toward the end they had fun lightshow stuff, those twenty-somethings on drugs probably had a blast watching it.
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Neoclassical! [May. 12th, 2013|04:21 pm]
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I left work early on Friday to hop onto a Bolt Bus & head to Our Nation's Capitol (™ Pending) to crash Jennifer's business trip. First, a word on Bolt Bus: it wasn't terrible & it wasn't expensive. The WiFi was absolute rubbish though; with a better quality free WiFi it would have been way better. If I could go through my feed reader while I travelled I'd be way less fussy about it. I got to Washington, DC & was dropped off at Union Station, which is a big confusing maze of a place. I mean, utterly devoid of meaning, it was a big semiotic black hole. Where staircases go to die. Not signs, because heaven forbid they have a sign pointing to an exit. I got out & walked about a mile-- past police lions-- to the hotel; we were staying at the W on the National Mall. Jennifer was like "oh, I am working late" & I was like "uh, good because I'm just going to go dominate some war memorials now," & then I did. The White House was barricaded off-- I don't have any idea of how unusual or normal the degree of security was-- but fine. The Executive Branch is definitely the worst branch of American government anyhow. One president, can you believe it? People basically think of it as an elected king, which isn't any better. Anyhow, I went close to the Washington Monument but it is under repairs, so whatever. I also saw a Boy Scouts statue; if you watch that video I promise I wasn't obnoxiously shouting, but it sounds like it! Still, I do wish the BSA wasn't homophobic & religiously intolerant, I have fond memories of my time there. Also, it literally is a statue of a boy with a naked man behind him, so. For what that is worth. From there it was down to the World War II Memorial, which is pretty neat. Then over to the Vietnam War Memorial, but by then it was too dark for videos. I ended up at the Lincoln Memorial which is...pretty great. Pretty, but not as pretty as my dream Washington, DC. Again, mis-interpreting the president as a regent, but at least Lincoln did win The War of Southern Slavery & Treason. Then just back to the hotel for martinis. I met a couple of people who grew up like, literally around the corner from me in The Wasteland, so that was weird. Jennifer & I grabbed dinner, then passed out, & when we woke up we headed to The Sweetlife Festival with Wesley.
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