Nothing more exemplary to prove how fucking useless you are than stating a quite obvious fact as if it's relevant or insulting.
It was a joke, but then again I am useless.
if you want to keep insulting people too that's your prerogative, just don't get so defensive when someone calls you a grouch.
Historically, the sound at OSL is not the best, ranging from the sound cutting out multiple times during Radiohead, completely cutting out during Bassnectar, to being not loud enough for the first Beck show or Alabama Shakes. However, I thought the sound was generally better this year than the previous years. At least Chic was plenty loud at Sutro. Willie could have been a little louder but I think that's partly due to him. The main stage sounded great for the sets I saw there. Twin peaks was slightly better than previous years.
Derailing this conversation even further, I'm guessing Bruce, Arcade Fire, and Pearl Jam as 2014 headliners.
Really though, man, I don't think she's overly grouchy nor do I believe she's getting "so" defensive. She makes a very valid point that some people around here infer her being critical as her being a cunt. Many super bitchy responses come in response to folks who comment about how awful she is because she isn't shitting emoticons & lols in every other post. She can make a blunt, succinct review of a performance or artist she didn't dig and people jump on her for being a negative bitch. If they can't critically discuss her contribution and instead focus on lobbing half-cocked patriarchal insults about sandy vaginas or being unfuckable or being "frigid" (holla, Betty Friedan!), then why should she feel even remotely compelled to interact with them on a serious level? If people can't actually engage in interesting discussions about music and are too stupid to realize she's trolling them, well, they deserve to be trolled.
Think back to 07, 08, & 09. Cara's painted as some kind of ultra-bitch board villain, when back in those days her current demeanor would barely get her noticed. I fully support Cara's general condescension, both here and in person.
It's typically my interpretation that the people bent upon pointing out my grouchiness (not you, shaker) are doing so in a prescriptive way -- and for this feminazi, that shit don't fly.
"...the insanely low denominator of quality festival goers are these days."
"People can't even comprehend the notion having a set of critical standards and expectations for art that they spend a fair amount of money on."
I'm not saying go to the other extreme and candy coat things - your parody made it clear how worthless that can be.
I'll quieten down now. I didn't meant to stir anything up, my intent was actually to aid the critical discussion, but if you still think my assessment was off then maybe it was.
I enjoyed Youth Lagoon's set. The only issue I saw is that he chooses not to do the vocal f/x he uses on the albums live (understandable in my opinion) and so the vocals sound a bit different. Maybe I was pleasantly surprised since I was expecting a trainwreck.
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Honestly, I don't know where you go after Macca. The Boss or the Stones would seem like a natural progression and would make me very happy. And then go a little cheaper on your other headliners like Arcade Fire or the Cure. Now I'm going to wait for Bumblebee to come in here and tell me how its financially unfeasible.
That's a good point....where do you go from here.
I think the Stones would excite me more than The Boss, but I doubt that would happen.
Arcade Fire + Stones/Bruce would make me buy a ticket.
I dreamt about that Hall & Oates set last night.
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
I'm still taken back by the people near us for McCartney, who when (after at least 30 minutes of constant talking and carrying on) my friend asked if they could keep it down, responded along the lines of "it's a festival, we're allowed to talk." As if attending a festival means the social expectations of any other concert/event are waived. I think that's what we're responding to (it's what I'm responding to, at least). That this isn't an isolated occurrence at this festival and that people think this is expected behavior.
I guess what I find most unpalatable about the crowd is the lack of self-awareness (not seeming to realize just how loud / obnoxious they are being, not realizing anyone else might be trying to, you know, watch the bands they paid to see) combined with the incredible sense of entitlement that they have paid for a ticket so should get to behave however they like at the event.
"Sir Paul McCartney has tossed up the possibility of headlining one last concert at Candlestick Park - where the Beatles played their final gig for a paying crowd in 1966 - before the stadium's date with the wrecking ball."
If the sound was louder it would eliminate a lot of the incessant talking. I'm sure that there's some sound ordinance thing they have to abide by, but I really think that causes a lot of the issues. I also think the layout could be improved to open it up a bit.
None of the sets I saw were all time favorites, but I had a ton of fun anyway, lol. Right guedita?
Top 5 songs.
1. Daytripper - Sir Paul (not played at Coachella, and one of my favs)
2. Hall & Oates - I Can't Go for That (dat bassline)
3. Let's Dance - Chic (their whole set was awesome, I honestly don't think I would've enjoyed D'Angelo as much)
4. Date With the Night - YYY's (another fav, not played at Coach last year. Was happy to hear them close with it)
5. J5- Freedom (love this track in the festival setting)
Of course NIN's whole set was great, as was Metro Area's at the Mighty. Shame on all those who bailed.
My companions and I had an impromptu "I Can't Go For That" reprise while waiting for a streetcar/train/bus/whatever the fuck that thing was.
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
Off-topic, but this commercial caught my attention this weekend. Notice how she spends more time snapping and editing her photo, posting it to Facebook (presumably), and then showing it off to her buddy standing right next to her AT THE FUCKING CONCERT, all the while the band is still playing away in the background... It's like Nokia is promoting this abhorrent behavior.
On-topic, did anybody go to the Digital Detox area at OSL? While I like how they promote "unplugging and watching the show," it seemed ironic that the whole section was far removed from most of the festival. The posters tacked on the porta-potties with "Reason #x to put your phone away..." were a nice reminder, and I hope it got the message across (it seemed to, as I the crowd didn't appear to be a full sea of camera phone displays - rather, just a smattering here and there).
Arcade Fire seems too soon to headlie again...but Mumford?
And instead of Pearl Jam...maybe Green Day...or maybe Soundgarden or Tool.
And just to throw out a name...Billy Joel.
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Has anyone mentioned how the sound cut out during Kaskade?
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
I don't even have that much of an issue with people taking photos or using their phones during a show, but shouldn't that be a brief distraction? Take your photo or text your friend then put your phone away. I don't get the people who spend the entire show behind the screen of their phone.
People tease me about going to shows/festivals and coming home with not a single picture, but I can assure you I remember the festival far better that way than I would from photo documentation of the event.
Back in Phoenix at the airport there were several groups of festival goers waiting around the luggage carousel discussing the weekend. "Kaskade changed my life." was the quote that made me throw up in my mouth a little.
How was it, zzizzy?
Festivalers in front of me during Hall & Oates were so enamored with themselves and with a pair of sunglasses that one of them had that they spent a good 10 minutes taking pictures of various people in the sunglasses, showing the photo to one another for pre-posting to FB approval, discussing how great/funny the photo was -- rinse, repeat.
There was nothing discernibly interesting about these sunglasses at all -- but that's sort of what that commercial is getting at, the constant social mediazation of life events just because it's possible to do so with current technology.
That's the group where I asked Chia if she wanted to move, and she said, "It's San Francisco, it's like that everywhere."
But don't you think if the music was louder they'd have more difficulty coversing with one another? I feel like there's a fine line between talking loudy and yelling that many people wouldn't cross so casually. At the very worst, they'd have to lean into the listener's ear which theoretically should annoy each of them much sooner than later.
^^ That's closer to my point. It's not that she's taking a photo, but rather that she spends the rest of the song with her nose in her phone's screen, fudging with the photo, posting it online, showing it off other people around her... all those things can be done between songs, or even better, after the show. The commercial is a prime example of how distracting those devices can be if you allow it.
I'm "guilty" of taking photos at concerts, but I do my best to just snap a few during the first song, put it away, and enjoy the rest of the show. Typically there's no context with a photo anyway, so it really doesn't make a difference if I shoot the first song or last, or during the climax of a song, or just of some stage banter. Rarely does a photo fully express the excitement of the moment, so I've learned to just snag a few just to serve as a momento that I can look back on and remember the experience.
D... it did seem like it was not as loud this year, but don't you think they would have just talked more loudly if the music had been louder? that's been my experience in SF shows anyway.
Best moment though, was after I moved away/in front of that group and found refuge near an older couple, a new group of festivalers pushed in front of us, started yapping, and then one dude felt compelled to give the older husband a loud "High Five! YEAH MAN!!" prompting him to then ask his wife, "Why is he congratulating me for watching a band play?"