Heck, we're so anti-ACL we even fled the entire city last year because two of our favorite bands were incongruously playing a Tulsa dancehall (wood floors, chandeliers, classy!), and that seemed much more appealing -- and it was, save that awful, awful hotel room in Ft Worth. (And the fact that we missed M83 for the fifteenth time.)
Honestly, outside of the Raconteurs and Goldfrapp and The Stills, we've seen everyone we'd want to see at SXSW or other shows this year. Why stand around in sketchy weather (Ultra-hot? Rain? There's been both in past years...) with a bunch of people who think music festivals are a fun time? Seriously, like, NO WAY.
But that's not to say we won't try and pull a million strings and call in favors to book an off-festival show: Okkervil River, The Long Winters, Ted Leo/RX, Milwaukee, Sparta, I<3YBICD, and The Black Angels seem like they could be conned into something. Maybe? We probably don't have enough pull to score Editors, Goldfrapp, Feist, Stars, The 'Nups, The Shins, Calexico, The Stills, The Secret Machines, or Phoenix though. Which is unfortunate. We are only human, you know. We'll keep you posted, naturally -- even if it's just John Roderick playing a borrowed acoustic guitar in our driveway or something.
Moving on... For some reason, this morning in the shower, I thought: Today is totally Joan Baez day. Totally. Maybe because I'm sick of people complaining about how the new Walkmen album is too Bob Dylan-y. Here's tonic to that, if not beneficial to you -- it at least makes me feel better. (Oh, and the new Walkmen record is not too Bob Dylan-y.)
Joan Baez -- De Colores
Joan Baez -- La Llorona
Joan Baez -- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Joan Baez -- Wildwood Flower
Joan Baez -- Long Black Veil
Joan Baez -- Go 'Way From My Window
Oh, and speaking of Goldfrapp, I haven't posted a remix in a week or two...
Goldfrapp -- Fly Me Away (Ladytron Remix)
I also wanted to post "Satin Chic (Bombay Mix by The Shortwave Set)," which is a really interesting way down-tempo Kurt Weill-ian cabaret stomp, but Fluxblog beat me to it (probably while I was speeding down I-10).