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July 6th, 2012


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11:13 pm - BFD 2012 Scorecard
Since I don't listen to Live105 anymore, BFD is where I hear the bands they've been playing! This year, my companion was Tavis (and, briefly, paraleipsis). Follow along in pictures!

I the Mighty: For the first time, we made the very first band at 11:30! And they were just plain okay, nothing special. B

Imagine Dragons: Tavis and I agreed they had an awesome name, and, luckily, they were pretty awesome! A lot of energy, and such joy! Catchy melodies, interesting arrangements, and a powerful vocalist. The song that stuck in my head for the rest of the day was "Radioactive," which had a darker tone than the rest of their songs. But their current single, "It's Time," is really good too! Imagine Dragons are why it's worth it to get to BFD early; you might miss a great band! musesfool, I'm calling you out here; I think you'd like these guys. B+/A-

Walk the Moon: These guys sounded like Imagine Dragons but not as good. I did like "Next in Line," which begins with the lines "My eyes are on the road/But my mind is on your body." B/B+

Geographer: Geographer, like I the Mighty, were a local band, so I wanted to like them. They had an electric cello! And electronic beats! But they were spacey and pretty boring. They ended by declaring, "We are Geographer. You are you." Oh, very profound, guys. Shut up. C

Falling in Reverse: Oh, easily the worst band of the day. They were all hardcore metal and the lead singer had been in prison and gotten kicked out of his old band and now he was SO FULL OF ANGER or maybe this was a productive use of his time in prison or something. Anyway, guys, we already have A.F.I. We don't need you. Seriously, the lead singer wanted to be Davey Havok so badly. He was hilariously dramatic. Tavis said he had a musical theater face. Also, there were DEATH GROOOOOOWWWWWLS. They were so hardcore and terrible! What really cemented their position as The Worst, however, was that Of Monsters and Men were all set up, and they kept playing. They played, like, the longest song ever, they just kept going even though they were getting the signal to stop because their set was over. We booed the shit out of them and gave them ALL THE FINGERS. D-

Of Monsters and Men: The only song I knew was "Little Talks," a song I can't believe I didn't actually fall in love with on the first listen, because it is lovely. I liked the contrast between their voices, the guy with a very sweet voice and the woman with a kind of strange, accented voice. And I had no idea what they looked like before: turns out the guy is a big dude with a beard, and the girl is an Icelandic cutie with a hat. The other songs they played didn't grab me in a catchy sort of way, but I liked their general sound. Pleasant, different, relaxing. Those are words. They were definitely one of the best bands of the day. They had a trumpet and and an accordion! B+/A-

Grouplove: I didn't appreciate Grouplove nearly enough! I want to go back in time and appreciate them more. I was initially confused by their sound, not sure what to make of it, especially in relation to their name and their appearances (Rob Zombie, Steven Tyler, Florence Welch, and Kurt Cobain...plus the drummer who apparently looks like Steve-O). But if you click on any link in this post, listen to "Lovely Cup" RIGHT NOW. It is made of wonderful, and it has become my new song addiction. I love the video a whole lot, and it makes me want to see them live again. The song they're known for, however, is "Tongue Tied," which is fun and catchy and in an iPod Touch commercial. Their music was happy and joyful and fun, and everyone was having a good time. Hannah Hooper (who was from the Bay Area, and thus the bassist said they called it "Hoopertown") was full of energy, and I loved watching her jump up and down and dance around and spin. In a full-length dress in crazy heat, too! Imagine Dragons and Grouplove were my BFD discoveries. They ended by declaring, "We are Grouplove. You are Grouplove." Suck it, Geographer! B+/A-

Neon Trees: I enjoyed Neon Trees last year, but I wasn't as into them this year. B

Angels and Airwaves: I was kind of looking forward to them, but they sounded terrible and I couldn't hear the vocals at all, so I took a break. B-

Pennywise: Tavis and I stayed on the sidelines, but they were as uninteresting as the last time I saw them. B-

fun.: I had heard about Fun or FUN or FUN. or fun. or whatever, so I hoped they'd be fun! And they were, actually. Not as annoying as I expected them to be with a name like that. And they had a cute saxophone player, so ain't nothing wrong with that. And I liked that they had an ACTUAL PIANO onstage. Keyboards just won't do! I was in line for food during their set, and I wasn't paying a lot of attention, but they sounded all right. B

Wallpaper.: So I didn't actually see him, but a friend of mine did recommend him, which is how I later found myself addicted to "#STUPiDFACEDD," which is super fun and catchy with some killer bass. Also, the video is a totally accurate depiction of my everyday life, and I can't stop watching it. N/A

The Naked and Famous: We had amazing seats this year! First row of the upper section! I was too busy enjoying my chicken adobo burrito to pay attention to the Naked and Famous, but they sounded pretty good. B

Cake: Cake was a band I could enjoy sitting down, since they were languid. I mean, they weren't trying very hard, so why should I? They did "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle," "Sheep Go to Heaven," "Never There," "Sick of You," but not "The Distance"! Harumph. "Sick of You" was the audience participation portion of the set, which was fun, although there was not as much participation as the lead singer wanted. It was kind of amusing. He tried! He divided us into sections and gave us parts and everything, and it should have all come together nicely, but...not so much. B/B+

Garbage: GARBAGE GARBAGE GARBAGE! The band I was most excited to see, as they were one of my favorite bands ever and I had never seen them live. The first album was the first CD I ever bought for myself, and I remember watching the "Only Happy When It Rains" video every morning before school. (It was goddamn criminal that Garbage was this early in the lineup. They should have been fucking HEADLINING the show. And as much as I love Silversun Pickups, they're no Garbage, and they should be before them.) No Name came out to introduce them, so excited that he'd been waiting seven years for this moment, and all he had to say was, "Shirley Manson is HOT!" Really? Really. Die in a fire, No Name. "It's been seven years!" Shirley Manson said when she came out. "Where have you been? What have you been doing? Making love? Making babies? Did you miss me?" Yes, we did. We did. They wisely chose a nostalgia set, leading with "Push It" and "Stupid Girl," followed by "Special," which I don't even like that much but was still fun live. "Blood for Poppies," the only new song, was also Shirley's weakest performance, since she hadn't already performed it hundreds of times. The older songs she was much more comfortable with. Then came "#1 Crush" and "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)," which she dedicated to all the freaks and geeks, the band geeks and the Dungeons and Dragons geeks and everyone who didn't belong. It was AWESOME, SO INCREDIBLY FUN. The final songs were "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Only Happy When It Rains" (they started acoustically but then broke out into the awesomeness), and "Vow," which rocked. The songs didn't sound exactly like the album versions; they were more raw. But it was cool to hear the live interpretations. What they lacked in crispness and cleanness they made up for in raucous energy. Even if I hadn't listened to some songs in years, they all came back to me. I rocked out and had the time of my life. In conclusion: GARBAGE!!! A-/A

Silversun Pickups: The band I have seen live more than any other band, despite never having gone to an actual Silversun Pickups concert! They played a lot of the new album, which I wasn't familiar with. They did play "The Royal We," though! Brian continued to be very entertaining with his stage banter, trying to get Nikki to curse. But she wouldn't! Even a rhyme! "Buck you," she finally said. And he hilariously bumped into her over and over during her bass solo. As always, they closed with "Lazy Eye." B+

Jane's Addiction: Jane's Addiction had a big stage production! With giant statues of naked ladies and ladies on swings doing sexy things and television projections of ladies in their underwear! I only knew, like, three Jane's Addiction songs, but I actually liked a lot of what I heard. Maybe I should check out more? They have some pretty awesome basslines. B/B+

And while I was at Shoreline, I bought tickets to see Mutemath, Linkin Park, and Incubus in September! Woo!
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Grouplove - Tongue Tied

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From:musesfool
Date:July 7th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I know "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons! I keep trying to convince people to vid it for me! I will have to check out the rest of their songs!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 7th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I knew they were up your alley! I haven't actually listened to anything besides that and "Radioactive" in order to give myself more reason to buy the CD, which I ought to do. Ooh, it's only $5, since it's an EP.

You should check out Grouplove too; they're fabulous. Hm, the mp3 album is only $5, versus $11.99 for the CD! Hm, hm, hm, this is a new age...but I like CDs...and yet that is quite a savings...but if I buy the CD later, I am paying for the same music twice...
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From:enchanted_sea
Date:July 8th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
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SO JEALOUS THAT YOU GOT TO SEE GARBAGE. Sounds like a great setlist (also I have the same feelings on "Special").

I've never been a fan of Jane's Addiction, but that's cause I can't stand the lead singer's voice.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
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"Special" isn't a bad song (there are no bad Garbage songs), but there are way more awesome songs on that album, so I've been mystified as to why that was chosen as a single.

I do dig this remix, though:

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From:enchanted_sea
Date:July 8th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's my opinion too: it's good, but not AS good as some of the others on that album (which is basically perfect). It's certainly not the first time I've wished that a non-single track had been chosen in place of one of the ones that did get picked, though.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
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Not to mention the B-sides on that album! And all the albums. A lot of Garbage B-sides are better than the album tracks.

But, seriously, "Special" over "Medication" or "Temptation Waits" or "Hammering in My Head" or "Dumb"? Really?
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From:incidentist
Date:July 9th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
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Yes really! "Special" is an amazing song. Best on the album, and it's a great album. It sticks out from the rest of the album for being so straightforward, but that's what makes it so cathartic.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 9th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
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That is grade A crazy talk, son.
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From:incidentist
Date:July 9th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
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No it's not, uh, dad.
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From:loopychew
Date:July 9th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
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I agree with all of this, and would kill for "Subhuman" to make it to a proper compilation. I spent days of my freshman year listening to "Deadwood" on repeat, and their cover of "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" is fun to listen to.

And now it occurs to me that I never heard any of their singles post-2.0, dammit.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure I've heard that song! It sounds familiar. I dig it. Thanks!
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From:incidentist
Date:July 9th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure Geographer is the band my co-workers are obsessed with. Haven't gotten around to listening yet.

Thanks for telling me who sings "Little Talks". I've heard it a few times in passing, and thought "is this new Stars? Did they get accents? Whatever, it's nice." But I guess it's not Stars after all. If you haven't heard Stars, listen to Set Yourself On Fire. The video is very Limbo, no?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 9th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
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Ha! I have heard Stars. I dig 'em. My favorite is "Elevator Love Letter."
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From:loopychew
Date:July 9th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
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Man, it occurs to me that the band I've seen the most is Morcheeba (once during Fragments of Freedom, once promoting The Antidote--the week after Daisey Martey quit--and last year promoting Blood Like Lemonade). Garbage will tie with it NEXT WEEK! when I see them at Paleo (promoting Version 2.0, then beautifulgarbage, and now NYKOP)

...come to think of it, Franz Ferdinand hits the hat trick for me next week, too (YCHISMB, Tonight, now whatever their new disc will be).

Garbage still stands out as one of the awesome performances, though. Did you see the video of her calling out (and then kicking out) a guy mid-concert for hitting a woman? She is PURE awesome. The second Garbage concert I went to was in Montreux, and I went with my little brother the night before ALL THE EXAMS, and I got back home at 4, and I started exams at lunch, and I aced ALL THE EXAMS! (It was a summer term, and they were mostly HTML things I already knew, so it's not too impressive but still!)

The Naked and Famous! One of my favorite new artists. Ever since the Chuck Season 4.1 finale, Passive Me, Aggressive You has gotten regular playtime on my phone. I can't wait to see them live!

And thanks for turning me on to Of Monsters and Gods. I had a listen to the rest of their album the other day and I love it! The Imagine Dragons album sounds pretty, too.

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