Sunday, June 26, 2011

notes from the island

- the tried and true strategy of leaving the sunblock at home to ensure that the sun will come out does indeed still work.
- always buy the CD. Twin Shadows still sounds pretty groovy the next day.
- walking a few extra steps to buy food off-site gets you a massive tasty falafel pita for less then you pay for a skimpy little pizza.
- the giant penis wandering through the crowd is actually quite friendly.
- manpris are still popular festival wear, but the minidress with cowboy boot combo has been replaced by the minidress with knee-high boot look.
- The Raveonettes lost a drummer at Heathrow. This could be their only conceivable reason for not playing Love Gang. Great set, if a little lacking in heart, perhaps due to the lack of banter. Or possibly that was the drummer's fault too.
- we have the coolest mayor in the known universe. The only thing that's better than a Chad VanGaalen set is a Chad VanGaalen set introduced by Naheed Nenshi (I was a bit of a nerd in school. Other kids wanted to be the drummer because they're the ones who always get the girls, but I wanted to be the announcer.)
- holy smokes Dandy Warhols! You are surprisingly awesome, tight and together for a band that I didn't even realize was still together!
- lucha libre, giant butterfly angels, pig masks, and more insane spectacle than I have ever seen on one stage - I didn't think it was possible for Of Montreal to be even more flamboyantly over-the-top than they were the last time they played Sled Island, but I was wrong.
- I have no remorse about punching that guy in the nuts, nor will I the next time someone kicks me in the head crowd-surfing. I don't care if they are on crutches.
- despite the 11:00PM noise ordinance, Olympic Plaza remains the best possible Sled Island main stage site. Provide a tank for water refills and order more toilet paper, and it's pretty much perfect.


wtfisaywtf said...

falafel pitas, giant penises (walking, no less!), pig masks & fantasizing about punching douchebags in the nuts.

NOW THAT'S A PARTY!! granted, i didn't go to the Seattle Pride Parade today...

bloody awful poetry said...

Not jealous. Not jealous at all.

Aw did you get a picture of the giant penis? It's a shame about "Love Gang", that would be like 67% of the reason behind wanting to go see The Raveonettes. But all in all it sounds like you had a great time!

Allison said...

I'm jealous you got to see the Dandy Warhols. Seems like this was a great kick-off to festival season!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The Seattle Pride Parade would have felt right at home at Sled Island, Mish. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's what was happening onstage with Of Montreal.

Susan has a picture of herself and the friendly penis over on the facebook, BAP. Brings a whole new meaning to the idea of penises posing for photos.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wasn't all that excited to see the Dandy Warhols, Al, but they put on an amazingly tight set. Far exceeded expectations, they did.
Bring on the folk fest!

BeckEye said...

A walking penis at Slut Island? This thing just gets better and better.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why were you not here for this, Beckeye? It's got you written all over it!