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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ACL Wrap-Up

Austin was a blast as always. Ate a lot of burritos, drank a lot of Texas Martinis, and got more sun in three days than we'd seen all summer in Seattle. Good times. Oh and there was this little festival thingee we went to as well.

Highlights of the festival for me included:

  • Okkervil River - If you read my blog semi-regularly you probably know that I'm a big fan of these guys. This was the third time I've seen them and each time they've been better than the last. Can't wait to hear the new disc.
  • The Long Winters - The stuff from the new album sounds really good live and they played "The Commander Thinks Aloud" which is one of my favorite songs right now. Top that off with the fact that they played on a stage under a tent (aka in the shade) where I had some Sweet Leaf Tea and an even sweeter seat and you've got one happy Jamie.
  • Son Volt - Jay & Co. sounded great. It wasn't my favorite set list (primarily stuff from the disappointing last album), but they could've played anything. Plus Farrar somehow fit in something like 17 songs in an hour. How does he do that?
  • Calexico - Another solid set. J-Ho likes the Tejano vibe, I dig the alt-country. Calexico makes us both happy.
  • Jose Gonzalez - Played pretty much the same set he did at Bumbershoot. It was good then and it was good a second time. Also strong to play a 40 minute set when you have an hour slot. He did the same thing at Bumbershoot too. We're trying to figure out if he has stage fright or if he only knows 40 minutes worth of songs.
  • Ben Harper - Not a big fan of his new album, but dude just rips live.
  • Willie Nelson - This would be way higher on my list except the sounds sucked. Odd since ACL usually has really great sound. Still seeing the legend was pretty sweet.
  • Gnarls Barkley - Expected this to be gimmicky was actually impressed by the live show they put on.
  • The Flaming Lips - Music was so-so, but they had dancing Santas on one side of the stage, aliens on the other and there was fake blood involved. Like a weird film or a bad dream.

I uploaded some of the better pics to Flickr