I get the “jam bands” stereotype. Most of them aren’t that interesting. But these guys musically are light years ahead of bands like String Cheese Incident, moe., etc. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need Pitchfork to validate everything before you listen to it, I would recommend checking them out.
BitTorrent has been around for over a decade, so kudos for knowing that, but I think the groundbreaking part lies in using it to show that the “Where it needs to go from here” in this comic is indeed possible:
It’s like a musical version of the childhood game “Telephone,” only instead of a message getting more and more distorted as it gets passed down the line, it’s a song based on a single piano riff getting shittier and shittier as it gets recycled.
Interesting. What you call a “hero” I call a “complete and utter shitbag.”
Very glad to see Certain Romance #1 on the list… why do they not play this live anymore??? Crying Lightning is a close 2nd.
I’ll give some love to “Pretty Visitors” because it hasn’t been mentioned yet in the comments. “Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” is a pretty awesome B-side, and I like “Arabella” off the new one. Not to say that any of these were snubbed from the Top 10 list, which are all great. Just that they deserve honorable mention.
The National is from Cincinnati but based in Brooklyn, right? And they happen to be quite chummy with the Arcade Fire crew…
That’s a lot to pay considering you don’t even get to play real instruments.
“he probably needs to get the fuck out of here with that comparison, don’t you think?” Most unnecessary probably OF ALL TIME.
I was shocked not to find the Vampire Weekend version on here, until I googled it and realized that “I’m Going Down” is the Boss song that they cover. Most of Mr. Springsteen’s catalog runs together for me…
The way they sell out the tickets and then release their lineup a day later basically says that they want festival goers to not give a shit about the music. What’s disappointing is that quite a few halfway decent midcard acts that I would like to check out will count this as their Chicago visit.