So on Friday we took the train from Paddington to Taunton and then a bus from Taunton to Minehead where we began a solid weekend of drinking and music. Yes, I wore earplugs after Jeremy nagged me for ages, and yes, it was a good decision. Because, yes, most the shows were really loud.
Anyhow, let’s breakdown Friday’s line up. At least the stuff I saw. The day started with The Holloys. You can see above in the photo of Friday’s schedule that I crossed them out. This is because they were dull. Giant Sand got an eh, because they were okay. The Bronx, as you can see from my notation, were loud. Very very loud. I left after they threatened to piss on my hopes and dreams. Throwing Muses were, as expected, very good. I liked them alot but still left a little early to check out Yann Tiersen. Yann Tiersen composed the music for Amelie. Yann Tiersen is awesome. The slightly tipsy notes coming from his name read Godspeed You Black Emperor + Arcade Fire + Leonard Coen + Serge Gainsbourg + Oboes = Awesome. I liked Yann Tiersen a lot. His band was astonishing and the man himself is crazy talented. He played a song on violin that almost made me cry. Awesome as hell. Then it was on to Bon Iver who was, unsurprisingly good. We skipped Buffalo Killers because they were rumoured to be hippies and in stead went back to the chalet for drinks. We came back for Pit er Pat, they are crossed off because i did not like them at all. They were annoying. After that we went dancing and Jeremy quite bravely bumped bellies with a man whose shirt bore the name Dangerous Brian.
On Saturday morning Jeremy taunted the geese and I risked my life by walking amongst them to take this photo. It was very, very, scary. But the resulting photo is full of awesome.
And here we have Saturday’s schedule. After taunting the geese and making a big lunch of Smoky Aubergine (Eggplant) Salad and Pasta with Halloumi, Preserved Lemons, Watercress, Artichokes and Olives we headed to the very stinky Centre Stage (think hot dogs + feet + old beer + general grossnes) and started the day with The Whispertown 2000 who I liked A LOT. They played sort of rocky bluegrass and were generally adorable. Then on to Bloodred Shoes who were okay. After them I ran up to see Th’ Faith Healers with my friend Julia and we both agreed they were not so good despite the fact the the singer sounded a bit like Mary Timony. Then it was time for CSS and they were very fun, as expected. Next was Wire, who I wanted to see more of but there was too much feedback so I vacated the venue and gave my ears a break while I waited for Teenage Fanclub to start. They were really sweet and nice and I very much enjoyed their show. I did not see Shellac because I know from experience that I do not like Shellac. Hence the word Barf next to their listing. I DID see the Breeders and they were awesome. This was both expected and appreciated. Tricky was awesome, but I left shortly after Council Flat played because The Frogs were on early since Juan Son was advised not to leave Mexico. The Frogs were hilarious and awesome and worth checking out if you like rude glam rock. After The Frogs Jeremy and I ran up to see Zach Hill (who Jeremy had a nice conversation with earlier in the day, they are totally BFF now) Zach Hill is a really good drummer. Sadly, I find shows that consist of just drumming and sparse samples to be boring. Jeremy was awed. We stayed where we were and got a table for El Mariachi Bronx (The Bronx doing all their songs mariachi style) they were really good and I liked them better than their punk rck version. Kim and Kelley Deal sang a new Breeders song with them and it was very pretty. Holy Fuck was on nnext and they were good but it all got a little clubland Ibiza. We sat with bunch of friends at the back and watched all the people and laughed and had lots and lots of fun. After we did a little dancing again, but Dangerous Brian wasn’t around so we came back to the chalet, watched some Breeders programmed TV and then went to bed.
And then it was Sunday. Our friend Matt, Lindsay, Wynn and Charlie came over to our chalet and made pancakes. Matt tried to make two pancakes into the peninsulas of Michigan but he was not successful. Lindsay, Paula and I went to knit with Kelley Deal (although we didn’t actually see her) and they stayed on to read Scarlett Thomas read (I already read her book and didn’t like it enough to stick around) Jeremy, Jane and I went to the beach and climbed on rocks and watched a guy nearly get blown away while flying a kite. Then we headed back and watched a little bit of The Heartless Bastards’ show which was okay but nothing super special, sort of Americana rock n roll type stuff. Then it was up to Dianogah, who I really wanted to like, because they were friendly and charming and started one song by saying, “This is a song about snowpants. It’s called Snowpants.” But, I don’t know, I was just sort of bored while watching them. I took a break then because by sunday I was sleepy and vaguely hungover, but came back for Deerhunter, who were awesome. According to Jeremy they were like “If Yo La Tango and Shellac had a car accident but instead of cars they were on tricycles.” I thought it might be worthwhile to add in the Cocteau Twins as well. The Deal sisters performed a song with them (an Amp cover I don’t know the name of) and the lead singer almost passed out from joy. He kept hugging them and giggling. He was also completely astounded that so many people wanted to see them play and it was very cute. I bought their t shirt and will soon buy a cd. Following Deerhunter I ran upstairs and watched Kimya Dawson for a bit. She was funny and good. I liked her kids songs a lot, especially the one about shaving. The next band I saw were the Foals who were really good and lots of fun, all afro beats and dancy pop songs. I skipped X because I’ve seen them before but Jeremy said they were really good. Distortion Felix were okay but not good enough to justify the feedback, so we closed out the night, and the weekend, with tUnE-yArDs who was awesome. She did lots of looping and layering of vocals, snare drums and vocals. Also, she looked like our friend Tal but with an asymetrical haircut.
And then, because we were tired, we went back to the chalet and packed up and went to sleep.
And then in the morning we took the bus to Taunton, and then the train back to Paddington and then the bus back to Nunhead.
It was a really, really good time.