oh i see it's under the SUN
by Sean
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Who'd have thunk it - well, everyone but me. I'm a record-listening dweeb: Beyonce's Dangerously in Love sounds better outside (in sunshine) than in the dim computer-glow of my room. With sky and cloud overhead, open space around, other people, the pop music sounds like pop music. I'm like the shut-in who discovers real life is fun. I'm the idiot who forgot that fun music isn't for melancholy surroundings.

SARS-fest looks like a good time. Actually, you know what? It doesn't. I mean, I hate enormous concerts - and this one isn't just enormous, the equivalent of like 2% of our whole country is there. Yes, it would be fun to see Kathleen Edwards, Justin Timberlake, Sam Roberts, the Flaming Lips and heck, even the Rolling Stones. But no, it wouldn't be much fun to watch the Lips perform for fifteen minutes on a giant screen several hundred meters from the stage. And the transportation?! It's going to take the TTC ten hours to empty the park (that's if everyone takes public transit. we can assume that, oh, 25% won't. in which case, uh, only SEVEN AND A HALF hours.).

And not only that, a paltry buck (or whatever) from each ticket is going to the SARS charities, while Ticketmaster whips up $4/ticket=two million dollars. Doctors and nurses died, and the vile American beast that is Ticketmaster is dancing on the doubloons.

phew. needed to get that out of my system.

okay, i'm not done.

also: i hate paul martin, and he's going to be there.

also: people keep insulting the line-up, and it's really bugging me. because this lineup is pretty freakin' good. especially for a cheapo festival run by pathetically whitebread interests. i mean, there's the rock (AC/DC, Sam Roberts, the Tea Party), the adult contemporary (sass jordan, blue rodeo, kathleen edwards [sorry kathleen, but it's true!]), the pop (justin, flaming lips), the Big Acts (Rush, the Stones), and a handful of other genuinely-interesting sidemen (la chicane, dan akroyd, etc.). The indie kids are bitching that only the Flaming Lips are interesting (helLO, I would not turn down a justin timberlake or rolling stones concert, myself, and though i despise AC/DC i can't imagine that they wouldn't be a good time on par with watching Paradise Hotel, which is how I spent my evening). everyone else picks a target of scorn (justin, ac/dc, la chicane) and then piles it on. it's like they have no conception that the average $20 show involves, um, like two acts, one of which features that kid who sat beside you in high-school drawing pictures of cheese wedges with legs. (now he plays bass.)

that rant complete, i do realize that i just insulted the lineup several paragraphs above. but as i said earlier, i spent this evening feeling stressed, watching Paradise Hotel (and, in my defense, a documentary on Nixon), and then listening to 'angry' songs (don't ask), which, as I'm a big twee wuss, consist of tracks like Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay," Weezer's "Undone," Arab Strap's "Love Detective," Bright Eyes' "Pull My Hair," Cake's "Is this Love" and Radiohead's "You and Whose Army." consequently, i'm feeling a little off-kilter. i could use a drink, but i have a feeling it would only make things worse.

but i'm fine, really. i just need to go to sleep, wake up, and listen to Four Tet.

Posted by Sean at July 30, 2003 10:53 PM

You despise AC/DC? I can't say that I'm a big fan, or that the people I know who call themselves AC/DC fans necessarily have good taste in music... but I did enjoy hearing them talk on the stock interview footage that was part of the CBC's non-coverage of the SARS benefit in their webcast. What I heard in the interviews was really honest and really unpretentious. Maybe these are the qualities I also admire in the people I know who call themselves AC/DC fans. Plus they yell great.

And in a completely unrelated note, CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa plays some insanely good house music Wednesday night from 7-9pm in a show called teknosphère. I'm usually driving when the show is on, on my way back from a mountain bike race at camp fortune, pumped full of happy endorphins - which I'm sure influences my enjoyment of the music in a good way.

Posted by Andrew at July 31, 2003 11:13 AM

"angry songs", eh???? man you must have been ready to explode into a frenzy of killings after listening to that EXTREME(!!!)ly angry playlist.

i had many opportunities to go to sarsfest and turned them all down, choosing to save my twenty bucks and have a nice relaxing night alone...then i got called for work and it was the worst temp job i've ever been sent to. anyway, the only reason i would have wanted to go is to be able to say that i did... i think i'll just lie and say i did anyway.

Posted by smackmastah at July 31, 2003 11:59 AM

-Dan Aykroyd is the WORST MC EVER. He is irritating as all hell. And he was responsible for that dreadful Arrow movie, among other things.


Posted by Martin at August 3, 2003 4:20 PM

-And you know what, among other things, I don't like about Kathleen Edwards? She's one of those I'm-gonna-make-my-song-sound-fifferent-in-concert people, except that she just makes it sound worse, not changing the instrumentals but changing the vocal tune and rhythm to be maximally annoying.


Posted by Martin at August 3, 2003 4:26 PM

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