I have a lot of odd little feelings watching Lana Del Rey’s mini opus, “Ride”. Nothing terribly earth-shattering, more like the silly practicality of what is laid out before the viewer.
Go on, now. Watch Lana as she cavorts with bikers, takes the ho stro’ while drinking orange soda, bends over both a balcony and a pinball machine, and moan-sings with the red drapes behind her as if she’s a character in a David Lynch film…then we’ll talk.
So. I know I shouldn’t be so GOTdamn sensible all the time. It’s a hassle, really, and makes me feel old and wet blanket-y, but I couldn’t turn OFF my internal “HEY, HOW’DSHE PAY FOR THAT?” Sensible Voice during Lana’s mournful drone for “Freedom” with a capital F.
Why shouldn’t we be allowed to wander the streets without a “real job“? Don’t you wanna just hang with some bikers for a few weeks at a sketch motel in Albuquerque? Because I do. But how’mmuh gonna pay to get my stiletto nails did?Tire swings leave nasty black marks on your shorts and legs, you know. Wait. My hair is flying in the breeeeze. I haveno idea how it got this clean, gorgeous and curly, do you? Look at that pretty fire. Where’s my pimp daddy? Can I play with that gun? Am I the only one who doesn’t stink around here? Seriously. My hair has never looked more lovely. Dancing, laughing and crying with my bikers. Aren’t we supposed to be wearing helmets? I was always an unusual girl. Am I no longer an idealistic dreamer? Derrrp, you’re OLD now.
So when did the voice of UN-reason sound so enticing? Because it always has…we just stopped listening. I think I should watch Rideone more time–and this time just let the images wash over me.
The fine folks organizing Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival thought it would be cute to reveal one act per day beginning in May. I wasn’t that amused, especially since I’m really feeling my age and said, “Whoooo??” to damn-near (99%) of the acts. So, I just waited until the entire line-up was revealed.
Photo by: Josh Lovseth
Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs with Vusi Mahlasela / Minus the Bear / Mavis Staples / Little Dragon / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / STRFKR / Shabazz Palaces / Warpaint / MarchFourth Marching Band / Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible / Eyehategod / Väsen / Champagne Champagne / Astronautalis / PS I Love You / Yuni in Taxco / Campfire Ok / Meklit Hadero / Caleb Klauder Country Band / Craft Spells / Valient Thorr / Jayme Stone: Room of Wonders / Pickwick / Red Fang / Scribes / Wagons / Shelby Earl / Free the Robots / Witchburn / Nice Nice / Kris Orlowski & The Passenger String Quartet / Emancipator / Tomten / Pezzner / LawnChair Generals / The Great Mundane / Natasha Kmeto / DJ Nordic Soul
Wiz Khalifa with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / Broken Social Scene with The Lonely Forest / The Kills / Butthole Surfers / Carbon Leaf / Leon Russell / Toro Y Moi / Anti-Flag / Das Racist / Vetiver / Jessica Lea Mayfield / Dam-Funk / Atari Teenage Riot / NoMeansNo / Tennis / Thee Oh Sees / Mad Rad / The Jim Jones Revue / School of Seven Bells / Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band / Davila 666 / AgesandAges / Wayne Horvitz Café Paloma Band / Kore Ionz / Sol / Whalebones / Allen Stone / Massy Ferguson / Tycho / Thomas Marriott’s Human Spirit / Kaylee Cole / Com Truise / HTRK / Lusine / Gail Pettis Quartet / Kasey Anderson and The Honkies / Shigeto / The Sight Below / DJ Justin Timbreline
Daryl Hall & John Oates with Fitz and The Tantrums / The Reverend Horton Heat / Over the Rhine / Phantogram / Grant Lee Buffalo / Urge Overkill / Charles Bradley / Vendetta Red / Sharon Van Etten / Dennis Coffey / Head Like a Kite / YACHT / Greensky Bluegrass / Quadron / Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils / Grand Hallway / You Am I / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside / My Goodness / LAKE / Beat Connection / Purity Ring / Truckasaurus / Ravenna Woods / Curtains For You / Lemolo / SPLATINUM / Legendary Oaks / Mash Hall / The Horde and The Harem / 214 / WD4D / Ill Cosby / DJ Introcut
Wait. Did I see Daryl Hall & John Oats up there? “One of these things is not like the others” much?