Bonnaroo 2010 Wrap Up

21 06 2010

The crowd at Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo 2010 ended Sunday night, and not until now have I had the time and brain capacity to put my thoughts about it onto paper.  The atmosphere, the people, the scorching Tennessee sun, the music, the sweat, have all been left in Manchester, but the 100,000 people who were there for the greatest weekend in music will never forget it.  I’ve decided that the easiest way to put ‘Roo into words would be to hand out grades to the artists that I saw, so here they are without further ado.

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Award show? More like a freak show.

1 02 2010

The downfall of the Grammy's is unfortunate

If your reading this and you didn’t know that the Grammy’s were last night then your either the dumbest, or the smartest person I’ve ever met (never mind that we may have never met, you get it).  You may be the dumb one because, honestly, how do you not know that something like that is happening?  You either don’t own a TV, or you live under a rock which makes your patronage here at my blog quite suspicious.  Those computers at the library are for learning, not for people who live under rocks to read stupid blogs!  I digress.  You may, though, be the smart person because they weren’t worth watching even if you were aware.  Since my ultimate goal in life is to work in the industry that puts on this type of show, I figured I should tune in.  Needless to say I was quite disappointed.

I know that there are dozens of awards handed out every year by the Academy,  but last night I feel like only about ten were actually handed out during the three and a half hour marathon that is the Grammy’s.  This show had more commercials and crap performances than if the Super Bowl was played by the two worst teams in the NFL.  Does anybody care that Pink can hang suspended, soaking wet over the audience while kind of singing a little bit?  Are the Black-Eyed Peas not the most famous yet least talented grouping of individuals since LFO (I know you all know the words to Summer Girls)?  It’s real cool and all that Lady Gaga is gay (I think? Who the hell knows anymore), and so is Elton John, but what is the Grammy’s obsession with putting old, irrelevant artists together with new, hot, and unfortunately relevant pop acts?  There were, however, good performances to speak of, from Dave Matthews Band and the Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake, and Travis Barker combo.  DMB was fantastic as always, especially backed up by the strings, horns, and choir.  Maybe they should think about taking that show on the road with them this summer.  Their most recent album obviously isn’t even close to their big three albums from the 90’s, but it was good, and it’s nice to see those songs translate to the live setting.  Now on to my main gripe with this show last night: Censorship

The aforementioned performance from Weezy, Drake, Em, and Barker was as rapper Wale put it via twitter the “mostODeditever”.  That is in reference to the absolutely TERRIBLE censoring job CBS did of this performance.  If you didn’t see it, go youtube it (thats for those of you at the library who live under rocks), and you’ll see for yourself how unnecessary it was.  It was to the point where there was more silence than music.  It was the last performance of the show, bringing four great artists together for their hit song, sans Kanye (thankfully), for what would have been easily the BEST performance of the night.  They were censoring words that weren’t even swear words because apparently the mute button over at CBS has a minimum “mute time” of like 15 seconds.

The Academy’s attempt at taking its show and awards more to the mainstream is a TERRIBLE decision.  It completely removes the integrity of the worlds most respected music awards, and while it may gain viewers for CBS (who shamelessly self-promoted their network by having the “stars” of their terrible shows present what few awards were actually handed out to the least-deserving artists, if you can call them artists anyways), it completely disregards the truly talented, original artists that are out there making good music.  How does MGMT lose out to f-ing Green Day for best rock album?  Speaking of Green Day will anyone go see that stupid broadway show based off their stupid over-rated album?  I understand that in this day and age when everyone steals your music that it’s kind of necessary to sell-out to be successful, but you don’t have to abandon what made you who you are.  Anyways I’m getting off topic so I’ll stop ranting for now, but I hope this trend towards the mainstream doesn’t continue, because it has hardly become difficult to win a Grammy, and that my friends is unacceptable.