Why do I want to rock? Well, the Sled Island Music Festival is almost upon us, innit, baby?
On Thursday night we're going to hear Darren Frank, Destroyer, and everybody's homeboy, Chad VanGaalen. On Friday, it's going to be a wonderfully mixed bag with the Details, Geronimo (I might head to the bar during their set), Woodpigeon, whom I have been wanting to see for forever, and my favourite band to see live, the mighty might Constantines!
Woo! and also Hoo! I just wish I could make it to the other 9 gagillion great acts that are going to be playing.
I got my working schedule for the Calgary Folk Festival, and it is pretty sweet, my friends, pretty sweet. On Thursday, I'll be putting in 6 hours prior to the start of the festival, putting out cds in the record tent. That'll be an excellent learning opportunity and will free up 6 hours of actual festival time. I don't work at all on Friday, on Saturday I work 2-7, and on Sunday 5-10, which means I'll miss the mainstage that night, but that's okay.
I've been checking out some of the artists so that I can more knowledgably assist people in their cd buying, and besides the obvious ones like Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Final Fantasy, Hawksley Workman, the Sadies, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Geoff Berner, Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Chumbawamba, etc etc whom I am panting to see, I am really excited about a few bands that I hadn't previously heard. Musicians like the hummers, Jon-Rae and the River, Mary Flower, Jeremy Fisher, and I've only made it to the J's in the list.
So I'm a little excited.
And in about ten minutes, I'm going to attempt to score tickets to Wilco. They are moving up from the sweaty indie pit of Mac Hall, where I last saw them, to the luxe cushioned seats of the Jubilee Auditorium. Interesting choice for a venue; it's got great acoustics, but we'll all be sitting down.
I have to admit I am not wild about Wilco's new cd, Sky Blue Sky, but then again Yankee Hotel Foxtrot makes my list of favourite cds of all time, so I think it will all even out.
Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
Act of the Apostle II - Belle and Sebastian
A Sad Country Ballad for a Tired Superhero - Woodpigeon
Oh Be Joyful - Matthew Good
Shakin' All Over - the Damned cover
One Blood (Jiggy Homocide) - K-Os
Ambergris March - Bjork
In Limbo - Radiohead
Handshake Drugs (live) - Wilco
I'm Just a Killer for Your Love - Blur
Have a fabulous summer weekend, my sweetnesses. Stay up a little later and have another drink, maybe dance around the fire pit. It's not dark enough to sleep anyway.