Fuji Rock 2004

The Chemical Brothers (UK)
In the words of a fellow concertgoer “they killed me several times!”. Seconded. Three giant videoscreens, strobes, laser beams, it was excellent spectacle. Most of it seemed to derive from their ‘Singles ‘93-‘03’ album. But as with Basement Jaxx, it’s a dance party, fluid instead of discrete, formalized in continual progression to crescendo (there is no quiet encore at a pop. 35,000 dance party)…and I had a fifth a liter of rrrrhum in mah belly. So for those reasons, for killing me several times, for the three J-girls who mocked my high-spirited dancing…The Chemical Brothers are…my Most Fun Performance of the Weekend™. Congratulations on your meaningless and never to be read kudos boys, I loved ye when you were the fledgling Dust Brothers and I love you still.

SUNDAY

Stellastarr* (USA)
Mandy……mmmmmm. <CRUSH> They are very cool, more new-wave revival goodness. They also played two new songs I think, and they were both good. I am excited for their new album, but it will probably be awhile. <subtlenamedrop>Mandy told me they haven’t even started to record the new album yet. </subtlenamedrop> Anyway if you’re still reading you most likely read the Coachella post and so I won’t retread, if not i’m sure you can guess the drill, the search box is on the right…tap away. Ohandaftertheshow…thewholeentirebandcameouttomeetfans…andsoIgottotalktothem…anditwassooooooorad. OhandMandyissocoooool…like,IthinkshehasaBOYfriend…but…idon’tknowmaybenot. Like…theguitaristwasallabouthowhereallywantstomovetoJapannow…somaybeMandywillmoveheretoo…andthenmaybewecan
gogetlike…asodatogether…yeahthat’dberad. </CRUSH>

The Black Keys (USA)
A fantastic drum & guitar blues duo. The appropriate word would be riveting. I was loving them for the energy they put into a show taking place in the straight-up morning. They closed the set with a Stooges cover. The lead is incredible and he is locked in atomically tight with his drummer. You can imagine them in one or the other’s basement for ten years creating this beautiful sound somewhere in the middle of Ohio. What a beautiful image.

Belle & Sebastian (UK)
TV & Radio set for one of the Japanese music programs. Played ‘There Is A Season Turn, Turn, Turn’, ‘Step Into My Office Baby’, and one audience request (which was NOT ‘Fox In The Snow’) that I missed (the sound system sucked). Afterwards the Yukatta-clad (summer kimonos) host asked them what they thought about “japanese audiences” versus other audiences around the world…I felt kinda sorry for them :) But it was also kinda cute because the host was trying hard to remain the implacable smiling cipher of the whole affair, but was obviously embarrassed in having to use her (inferior) english in front of the more fluent gaijin. Not that they, I or any of us generally care, but such is the hard-wiring of most Nihonjin…:)sigh.

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2 thoughts on “Fuji Rock 2004

  1. yay! Wicked good wrap-up. Glad to hear you had such a fun time. And SO JEALOUS that you met Stuart from B&S. I would have scream-asked him to sing “A Summer Wasting” or “Electronic Renassiance” but hey, at least you remember ONE of their tracks. ;o) Boston B&S fans are the best uber-dorks on the planet…especially since NONE of them would stand up during the concert. God forbid you startle the band by having a good time.

    I’m happy you had fun poopeye!!!!

  2. Dude! Awesome!!!!!! Some of that stuff sounded like it was worth all the rest of it. I don’t know how you keep the energy level up at stuff like that. It must be something you eat. But that sounds awesome! I just want to say that Ball & Biscuit and The Big Three Killed My Baby are my favorite White Stripes songs, so I’m glad they kicked at the show. I also want to tell you I know what you mean about playing an album three times in a row after buying it, I did that with Neutral Milk Hotel’s Aeroplane Over the Sea, except it was more like five times in a row (and I think I did that with Modest Mouse’s most recent one, Good News for People Who Like Bad News).

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