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Lollapalooza 2008: Don't Be Old, Be Fun

Lollapalooza 2008I had a bad attitude about Lollapalooza this year. I was not looking forward to it at all. I’ve covered Lollapalooza for Glorious Noise each year since the festival was resurrected in Chicago in 2005. Between Lolla and Forkfest, I was thinking I might just be festivaled out.

My wife’s advice as I left on Friday: “Don’t be old—be fun.”

Which sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be. Once I let go of some of my uptightness and decided to just roll with it, I ended up having a great weekend. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, right? Surprisingly, I think the lack of bands that I needed to see helped me relax and just enjoy myself.

Not to say that there weren’t a ton of great bands playing this year. There were, but I’ve seen most of them recently. At Lollapalooza two years ago. Or at Pitchfork last year. Or both.

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The Instruments – Ode to the Sea

MP3: The Instruments – “Ode to the Sea” (featuring Jeff Mangum) from Dark Smaland, out today on Orange Twin.

The Instruments is the band of longtime Elephant 6 collaborator Heather McIntosh. She’s currently on tour with Gnarls Barkley, playing bass and cello.

Bonus MP3: The Instruments – “Sounds Electric”

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Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

Gnarls Barkely - The Odd CoupleGnarls BarkleyThe Odd Couple (Atlantic)

Like most music genres and artistic endeavors, hip hop is best when the pool of influences runs deep and wide. When artists step out of the tired old 70s blaxploitation soundtracks and P-Funk samples they tend to refresh those new influences while enriching their own musical palette. Danger Mouse knows this and plays it for all it’s worth, the result being a strange and compelling landscape over which his soul brother Cee-Lo can howl and croon and maybe even cast the soundtrack of the summer…again.

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Idolator’s 2006 Jackin’ Pop Results

Percolator has released its Jackin’ Pop Survey 2006 poll wherein 497 critics and writers agreed that Gnarls Barkley ruled the year.

Participants included: Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Anthony DeCurtis, Franklin Bruno, Johnny Walker (Black), Peter Margasak, and a bunch of bloggers (the bloggiest of whom don’t know how to work the {Shift} key).

Congrats to Michaelangelo Matos for compiling the brute. And down with New Times Village Voice Media!