Archive for October 13th, 1999

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

I didn’t hear anything about this event until the second day was nearly over, and it sounds like it was a terrific couple of days. There were performances by Underworld, Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Moby, Autechre, Mixmaster Mike, Derrick May and others, including more “conventional” performers like Beck, Rage, Tool, etc. The focus of the show was not on big performers in terms of popularity and sales, it was more based on the musical competence of the performers. And as a result,

Coachella was able to avoid the Limp Bizkits and Korns who might sell millions of copies, but whose amped-up audiences have helped turn recent music festivals into something akin to fraternity hazing rituals.

Instead, you had the ecstatic goofiness of the rave-goer.

Sounds good to me.
Sources: CDNow and JamTV

More Fragile

SonicNet has a nice write-up about The Fragile. If you like the album, then check it out. It’ll give you some things to think about. Although if you don’t want your thoughts regarding the album to change, then don’t read it. They say,

What Reznor is not, and knows he’s not, is a melodist. Almost all of his tunes lurk around a few notes the same way, and you can tell exactly when he’s going to start screaming. On the other hand, he’s rivaled only by Kevin Shields as rock’s greatest texturalist, and The Fragile sounds magnificent.

I never really considered this idea before. I’ve always marvelled at how the sounds of his music roll around in my head and in and out and on top of each other, making my skin tingle, but the more I think about it, the more I agree that his songs do lack melodic variety. It’s more the same tones/chords/progressions repeated with different effects applied to them, at least it strikes me that way as I sit here now. They also mention that “The Fragile is clearly meant to be a grand statement on the scale of Pink Floyd’s The Wall,” but “it’s got is a serious sprawl problem, with no compelling justification for its expansiveness. … Far too much of the second disc just recapitulates the ideas of the first one, sledgehammer style.” I don’t think I can respond to this, yet. I haven’t listened to the album enough to become intimately familiar with the ‘storyline’ of the album, but now I will be looking for it. I don’t know if that’s good.

If you’re interested or have a thought, add to the Fragile discussion in the forum.


Who was it that decided women’s chests should be covered, but men’s need not be? Did it just happen coincidentally because women needed to wear support to hold them puppies up, so it became natural, accepted, and expected to wear stuff over ’em? Anyway, women are starting to see the folly of that logic (as men have for as long as I can remember) and remove those shirts. A woman in Florida shed her top, was arrested for disturbing the peace, but then declared innocent of any wrongdoing in court because it’s not illegal to be topless in Florida and nobody’s peace was disturbed by her uhh.. exposure. I believe it is time for women to step up to that equal rights plate! Hear that ladies? Lose the shirt!

And actually. If more women would adopt this attitude, then we wouldn’t have this whole sperm problem. *wink*