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the long weekend (sun)

Sunday was my first day of Bumbershoot and I started the afternoon by seeing some snake bands. In particular These Arms Are Snakes and Cobra High. I think TAAS > CH, but they're not really extremely similar except for their serpentine obsessed names.
[special note: The worst Bumbershoot venue in the whole world (Exhibition Hall) seemed less horrible this time year.]

Much like last year, I ♥ Flatstock; however unlike last year I didn't buy anything moslty because my walls are already full of posters and my wallet is nearing empty. I did find out that one of my Shins posters is now part of a $95 two-piece set. This revelation was cool, yet made me feel stupid for not buying both posters for cheap when I had the opportunity.

In general, I enjoyed the other visual art components of the festival too, particularly the Aperture retrospective, a graffiti collection, and a cluster of experiential pieces.

Despite the warnings (lies!) of the crowd control who said that it would be hopeless, I stood in the very long line to see Ben Kweller and got to see much of the show, including a highly entertaining freestyle rap when some equipment malfunctioned. I really enjoyed being excited about seeing this, and should've realized that there would be a crowd by all of the teens wearing the simple Ben Kweller t-shirts. At Bumbershoot, I always have this weird sense of sympathy when the band plays their known song, because that's all that most of the people want to hear. They saw a big line, waited, and then they get to hear the song about sex reminding her of of spaghetti and they're happy; so the band holds off on playing that song until the end. On one hand, it's great for the artists to have a well-known song that random festival attendees want to hear, but it must be kind of a complicated feeling. Maybe not.

Rather than making the impossible choice between Public Enemy and the Walkmen, I took Neal Pollack's advice [thestranger] and saw the Pollack-Hodgeman (of former literary agent fame) Interviews. They were funny, probably not technically better than the musical offering, but were much better in terms of my tired feet.

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flatstock was so amazingly cool. i was too cheap to buy anything this year though :(
I sort of wish that I'd bought some of the actual flatstock posters -- I think each artist made one and sold them for $5.

Still, I guess didn't want to carry around a poster tube all day.
I am incredibly enthralled with the Shins song New Slang from Garden State.
welcome to the club!

I think I've been in love with the Shins since at least March of 2001 (Behold the power of livejournal!), though I definitely wasn't cool enough to like them when they were Flake Music.

It's great for them that people are getting into them via Garden State instead of that horrible McDonald's commercial from 2002.
I didn't even know there was a McDonalds commercial w/a Shins song! I probably know the song, just never knew it was The Shins.