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2008 ACL Festival Lineup- A Day Late, A Dollar Short. My Two Cents Worth.
Wednesday April 16th 2008, 10:37 pm
Filed under: ACL

rip kurt

The 2008 ACL Festival lineup was released yesterday. In keeping up with my habit of procrastination, I thought I’d take the liberty of being one of the only music-obsessed to post the lineup a day late. In summary: some great indie bands listed in the second and third tier and the Radiohead rumors weren’t true, the Foo Fighters are headlining. I’m a fan of the Foo Fighters, enough to possess a Dave Grohl autograph*, but this choice seems a little weak considering the headliners two years prior:

2006 Headliner: Tom Petty: 21 albums (5 Multi-Platinum, 1 Diamond)
2007 Headliner: Bob Dylan: 59 albums (5 Multi-Platinum)
2008 Headliner: Foo Fighters, 6 albums

Despite the legend lacking headliner, I’ll be purchasing a ticket here and will pay homage to my old retired Chevy truck by holding up a lighter to Times Like These (which was her *tears* theme song). I’m anxiously awaiting three nights of extremely tired bike rides, smiling all the way home with a few “that was f***ing awesome” and “I wish Kurt was still here” moments.

I wonder if Rachel Ray will be there? In case you haven’t heard about her recent quote, “I like indie stuff, my favorite band is the Foo Fighters.” Yeah Rachel, RCA Records…not indie. The majority of us indie lovers that laugh at this statement also failed to make it to your “badgeholders only” South-By event.

Top 15 Looking-Forward-Tos (in no particular order, except the first):
1. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
2. Hot Chip
3. Beck
4. Spiritualized
5. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
6. Stars
7. Erykah Badu
8. The Black Keys
9. MGMT
10. CSS
11. Band of Horses
12. The Octopus Project
13. Tegan & Sara
14. Okkervil River
15. Mates of State

Special Collaboration Looking-Forward-To Hopeful: Against Me! and Tegan Quin performing Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart *fingers crossed*.

The Top 4 Damn-I-Wish-They-Were-Playing-At-ACL-This-Time sighs: Voxtrot, Radiohead, The Arcade Fire and Girl Talk.

* Disclaimer: I abandoned taking pictures and getting autographs a few years back. To quote Cat Power’s appropriately titled song Free, “Don’t be in love with the autograph, just be in love when you scream that song on and on!”…Do the same and get your big lenses and sharpies out of the way.


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