OK, the lineup for this year’s Primavera Festival is outrageous: A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Atlas Sound, Beirut, Björk, Black Lips, Danny Brown, Death Cab For Cutie, Death Grips, Dirty Beaches, Girls, Grimes, Hype Williams, Japandroids, Justice, Liturgy, Mazzy Star, Melvins, Napalm Death, Neon Indian, OFF!, Real Estate, Refused, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Spiritualized, The Cure, The Drums, The Rapture, The War On Drugs, The xx, Trash Talk, Washed Out, Wavves, Wilco, Yo La Tengo and about a hundred other bands.
To celebrate the upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties they are curating, Animal Collective have put out a two-hour free mix with many of the artists playing the show. Its a good one.
Music! Makes the people come together! Or at least it used to – now, in the era of the iPod, it makes the people retreat further into a private cocoon of sound. If you want to retreat into a private cocoon of sound, there’s plenty of new albums this week…
Considering that the last decade featured two terms of the Bush White House, two years of the worst economic crisis in recorded history, one of the most violent acts of terror ever carried out, and the punking and retirement (however temporary) of Scott Stapp.