Hey! So the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup just came out, and I'm pretty excited about it. Among the acts I'm interested in seeing: The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Broken Bells, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses, M.I.A., Robert Earl Keen, Sonic Youth, The Eagles, Band of Horses, and, of course, Phish.
I know that it's been cool to say how much you hate The Eagles ever since The Big Lebowski (for those who haven't seen it, the main character, The Dude, occasionally has a small tirade about how much he hates The Eagles, though he loves Creedence Clearwater Revival) came out, but the truth is that I actually like some of their songs, and I have a soft spot (admittedly, part of this is nostalgia- it seemed for a long time like you couldn't walk into a smokey bar or greasey diner without hearing Eagles music on the radio or jukebox).
I'm also happy that LCD Soundsystem is returning. I saw them put on a really good show at a previous ACL Fest, and then I became a little more familiar with them when Ryan played some of their music for me while we were driving around the countryside in Costa Rica. Cool stuff.
And, of course, Phish. Most of my friends already really love Phish, and many of my friends have seen them live a number of times (I don't even want to venture to guess how many times Sigmund has seen Phish as he followed them around the country). reed really loves Phish and Jeff Wilson was a huge fan- the fact that I listened to Phish was one of the things that originally led to a friendship between Jeff and I (some of our earliest conversations up at the courthouse were about Phish and how they had done cool Halloween shows where they had covered Talking Heads and Pink Floyd albums). Anyway, Mandy, Jeff, and Sigmund have all travelled to their fair share of Phish shows, and with so many of my friends having a longtime love affair with this band, it's great that I'm finally going to get a chance to see them. Some people love Phish more than others, but just about anyone who has listened to them (especially recordings of their live shows) will agree that they're great musicians.
So, it's long overdue, but I'm really happy about finally having an opportunity to see Phish! (and wouldn't you know that if I just waited long enough, eventually Phish would come to me... ;-))
Anyway, there's lots of good stuff this year. Should be fun! Now let's start doing our good weather dance for next October!