• 10 Dollars Well Spent

    Jul 21 2008, 21h14

    Sun 20 Jul – Download 2008: Los Angeles

    Even though most of us probably bought those $10 tickets courtesy of "Fan Appreciation Day" (Thanks to LiveNation), still, not many people arrived at the festival. That explained the absence of people dancing for Flosstradamus (c'mon! they are amazing!) Yet, I felt that it made the festival seem much more intimate! I mean, I met (or walked by) several bands or at least members of them yesterday! (Brand New, Datarock, The Parlor Mob, Flosstradamus, Mates Of State, M83).

    The only shitty aspect was that you needed a wristband to go into the pit, something my $10 didn't come with, so unfortunately I couldn't go dance with the others. I resorted to do the awkward "dancing in between the chairs" dance. Eventually, the guards were really cool about it and let everybody go into the pit during RJD2 (who by the way, kicks ass).

    Overall, it was a fun experience, well worth the $10 I spent, and I hopefully will attend next year! Bummer that The Stooges played at the Philly one instead of LA!!!!!

    Ps. If you love free shit, go to the Download Festival. I got a free Volkswagon tote bag, silkscreened shirt, chap stick, and even a cool bandana.


    Mates of State

    Gang of Four


    The Jesus and Mary Chain


    Ghostland Observatory

    The Parlor Mob

  • Music legend Tony Wilson has passed away

    Ago 11 2007, 7h27

    Friday August 10, 2007

    The music mogul Tony Wilson has died aged 57 following a heart attack.

    The former Factory Records boss had been diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, and had been undergoing treatment in hospital in Manchester.

    Wilson founded the famous Hacienda nightclub and was one of five co-founders of Factory Records, which produced bands such as New Order and the Happy Mondays during a period in the eighties dubbed 'Madchester'.
    He was an English record label owner, radio presenter, TV show host, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC.

    Born at Hope hospital, Salford, he went to De La Salle Grammar School, Salford, and studied english at Cambridge before beginning his TV career as a trainee with ITN in 1971.

    He was a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and went on to present So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk bands.

    He also worked on World In Action - Granada's flagship current affairs programme - and Flying Start which showcased new businesses, as well as After Dark, a late night discussion programme on Channel 4.

    Besides presenting, he helped to organise the annual In The City festival in Manchester which attracts musicians and critics from all over the world.And Steve Coogan played Tony in the film 24 Hour Party People, a semi-fictional account of Tony and Factory Records.

    More recently he has presented XFM Manchester's The Sunday Roast show and two BBC GMR shows, Ground Rules, a one-hour sports show, and Oxford Road Station, a Saturday lunch-time show.

    His family were too upset to talk last night but wanted to thank staff at the MRI and Christie who have provided "fantastic" care for him over the last few months.
    Professor Robert Hawkins, his doctor at Christie hospital, said: "It's very sad. He died as a result of something unrelated to his cancer. His cancer was responding well to treatment but obviously did contribute to his poor health".'>

    Unfortunately, I will never have a chance to see him in the flesh. At Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this year, he was introducing Happy Mondays to the crowd, and I was 3 minutes too late to see him do it, so I almost had a chance to witness the Legend in person.....

    Rest In Peace. God Bless you and your family. Thanks for all of the AMAZING MUSIC and for the sweet history you made, not to mention the crazy scene and basically the soundtrack to my life. Say hi to Ian for me... I'll be seeing you both someday ...

    Joy Division A Certain Ratio Happy Mondays New Order The Durutti Column Cabaret Voltaire Martin Hannett Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    What I missed and will forever regret