I've never been to Wales, but it sure would be fun to be there from August 15-17 (except for the fact that I will be busy then counting sleeps till I see Radiohead). But those who will be in the vicinity could certainly do worse than to take in the Green Man Festival at Glanusk Park.
The lineup looks really promising, and includes Super Furry Animals, the National, Richard Thompson, Los Campesinos!, Fuck Buttons, Caribou, the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Drive By Truckers, Black Mountain, and tonnes more.
For those of us who sadly cannot jet over the pond for the weekend, there is another opportunity to get involved and this is really neat. You can chose the band who will take the final spot in the lineup. Honest and for true. There's a poll on the site, which has videos of all the bands that are vying for the final spot on the lineup. You can take a listen to some new music AND cast your ballet for the most deserving band. Plus you have a chance to win a pair of tickets. And then you are really in a pickle, since you will then have to decide how to justify a quick trip to Wales for the weekend. I mean, since you've already got the tickets and they were free and everything...
I'm going to spend some time this cold, windy, rainy weekend checking out these new bands and pretending that I am a festival organizer.
I know you kids are starting to get worried because I haven't talked about Radiohead in days, so I will calm your fears with the assurance that there is action in the Radiohead universe. They are currently in Dublin, having begun the European leg of their tour last night, and the word on the street is that they are now performing a new song Super Collider. (update: video footage available at You Ain't No Picasso) I am so glad I live in a world where new Radiohead music is a reality.
And of course EMI have now released the controversial Best Of Radiohead album, which no self-respecting Radiohead fan would ever buy anyway. Perhaps if they had released an album of b-sides and rarities, we could talk. Of course EMI have been real assholes about the whole thing anyway, so maybe not even then. The release coincides with all of Radiohead's albums and music videos being made available at itunes.
Including this early video from deep within the vaults - Anyone Can Play Guitar. It is the most outrageously cheesy thing I have seen all day and I am making pizza for supper. Iguanas, turkeys, flaming guitars, and a bare-chested Thom! It's so over the top and brilliant in its awfulness. Enjoy.