Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Going Sledding 2.0

While the Art and Design portion of the Sled Island Festival actually opened last night with a poster art show at CIRCA Showroom, tonight marks the highly anticipated kick-off to the much-salivated-over music portion of this year's incarnation of the festival. Could we be any more excited? We could not.

We were determined to partake of more of the offerings than we did last year (and are still kicking ourselves for missing Boredoms), and I think that we are getting a pretty good representation of the embarrassment of musical riches on offer.

We will be taking the train downtown shortly for what promises to be a stellar evening - Kris Ellestad, Woodpigeon, and Grizzly Bear. I admit to not knowing much about Kris Ellestad, but I have been a fan of Woodpigeon's sweet and sweeping sound for some time and was delighted with their performance at Sled Island last year. And of course, you simply do not want to miss Grizzly Bear. The buzz around their appearance at Sled
Island (just prior to opening for Radiohead at a number of North American dates) is pretty palpable.

Regrettably, my home cloning kit has not yet arrived in the mail, so tonight we will be missing, Clinton St John (from the Cape May), the Mae Shi, and Seven Story Redhead.

I almost plotzed trying to decide which show to attend on Thursday. I mean how do you decide between Jonathan Richman, Okkervil River, and Chad VanGaalen? Not to mention the Consonant C, Carolyn Mark, Elliot Brood, Sudden Infant Dance Syndrome, the Paperbacks, and Yo La Tengo? Someone is going to end up in tears before the night is out.

In the end, the Jonanthan Richman show appeared to be sold out anyway, and although we have enjoyed seeing our homeboy Chad in concert many times, the thought of seeing him perform at the Planetarium, where his wonderfully bizarre art will be projected onto the ceiling during the show, was just too promising to pass up. Sorry, Okkervil River.

On Friday, we are taking a no doubt much needed break from concert-going, even though the mainstage show starts that day with the likes of Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene, Elliot Brood, Tegan and Sara, and Deerhunter. Instead we will be saving our musical mojo for Saturday, and doing a round of the art shows instead.

That should prepare us for a very full day on Saturday, a full day boasting such an unbelievable lineup as Jonathan Richman, Of Montreal, the Gutter Twins, Jose Gonzalez, Drive By Truckers, Wire, and Mogwai. I know! How is this even possible?

If you know me at all, you know I will be taking copious notes. In my head, anyway. Please check back here for daily reviews, if you are interested, and if you don't mind a little excessive gushing. But you really should be here in person, you know.

I did warn you.


Gifted Typist said...

This sounds most interesting. Too bad you will miss Friday night's offering. It sounds like a stunner

Sean Wraight said...

You poor, poor woman. I suspect my head might just explode if given the myriad of choices to attend.

I have to admit I might be a little partial to Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter; oh and definitely Wire and Jonathon Richman and Yo La Tengo.

You are a lucky, lucky woman Barb. I am so very, very jealous...

Do have fun though. I really look forward to the commentary and photographs to come.





My DD has a pass for Saturday that she is looking to sell. So if you know of anyone who is looking please email!

mellowlee said...

Chad VanGaalen is coming to Vancouver in October!! I am sooo excited!

Too bad about the Jonathan Richman show being sold out argh!

Have way too much fun at the festival, I am looking forward to reading all about it.

justacoolcat said...

I would love to be there in person, but I don't think Canada would let me in. ;-( Something about attempts at world domination and blah blah blah; I lose track the paperwork is so boring.

I love the name Seven Story Redhead and I can't believe you missed Yo La Tengo. What a great line up from start to finish.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Something had to give, Gifted, and much as it killed me, I had to let the Friday (all day) show go.

I can't quite believe the smorgasboard of talent myself, Sean. It's a little overwhelming, although I certainly feel blessed to be able to partake. The photos will be coming from a source other than me, as I have already cemented my reputation as world's shittiest photographer. You can count on copious commentary though.

I don't know of anyone offhand, Urban Blonde, but if I do, I'll send them your way.

I certainly hope you are going to see Chad VanGaalen then, Mel, his shows are so great and so much fun.
I will still get to see Jonathan Richman on the main stage on Saturday. I am excite!

For an entire year, I have been working on table top cloning just for such an event, JustA, but I reached a deadlock with those tricky mitochondrial DNA. Bad luck and now look at the choices I am forced to make.
Oh those CONTROL agents at the border are so tedious, aren't they?

bloody awful poetry said...

For once I'm glad not to face the agony of choice! I mean, how DO you make a pick out of that fab line up?

Allison said...

This is my gripe about music festivals, too many good acts on at the same time. Next week I have to decide between Morrissey or The National...I want both, damnit!

I look forward to reading about the festival in more detail. :)

Steffi said...

You make me want to try out music festivals! I have never been before, but maybe this summer...I will have to see what comes to Ottawa. Have an amazing musical time! I would love to see Tegan and Sara myself...

JustRun said...

Dang, you do all the cool stuff!
Have fun!

888th is so special. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I guess it's one of those tasks that also serve as a life lesson, BAP. You weigh all your options, you make the best decision at the time, and you don't look back. But damn, it's still hard!

And then you get those periods of draught when you wish you had 1 fraction of those choices, Al. Morrissey or the National? Yowza! I'd go for the National, I think. Besides, Morrissey is such a whiny little bitch sometimes.

I'll bet Ottawa has some great festival, Steffi - check them out! Festivalling is my favourite activity, bar none.

I only tell you about the cool stuff, Justrun, I do far too much mundane stuff too.
I am pleased I caught the 888th, as I am still miffed I missed 666.

phlegmfatale said...

I love this post just for including a line like "still kicking ourselves for missing Boredoms."

Boredoms are generally taken pains to avoid.

Hope it's a grand time for all of you!

Westcoast Walker said...

I enjoy vicarious festival attendance and look forward to your most excellent synopsis of this cultural extravaganza - have fun!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Boredoms are generally taken pains to avoid - true enough, Phlegmfatale, except of course when they are a legendary Japanese experimental electronica band. Those must certainly never be avoided.
You have a new avatar. Very lovely, I approve!

It IS a cultural extravaganza, Westcoast Walker! It's almost too much to comprehend, but I shall do my utmost to report back to you.

phlegmfatale said...

Glad ya liked it, but it was from 15 months ago, and I put up one from last week, instead. :P

We love Japanese stuff especially. Except for husbands we met in sushi bars. We'll not be getting any more of those, thank-yew-verra-much.

Will said...

Wow. I had to rub my eyes and make sure I saw that Saturday lineup correctly. Wow. That is unbelievable. Wow. Jealous. Jealous. Say hello to those Gutter Twins for me, and I am sure Of Montreal can blow some minds. Wow. Well worth taking Friday off to prepare for that!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This one is even better, PF!

And I hate to tell you this, but that's just at the main stage, Will. There are also performances going on at all the venues around downtown too. My mind has officially blown.