Bonnaroo countdown

My Bonnaroo journey begins in less than 10 hours, when I'll board a Delta flight from San Francisco to Chattanooga. For those who can't make it this year, but wish they could, you can virtually and vicariously get your freak on by tuning into the AT&T Blue Room.

SPIN magazine will also feature "video interviews, show reviews, and much more all throughout Bonnaroo weekend."

Below you'll find a list of the bands I'm hoping to catch. Check out my site next week for reviews, photos and anything else I come up with.


8:30-9:30 The Black Angels
9:00-10:00 Stanton Moore Trio
10:30-11:30 The National


1:15-2:15 Cold War Kids
2:15-3:30 Tortoise
2:45-4:00 Paolo Nutini
4:00-5:30 Hot Chip
4:15-5:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
6:00-7:30 Lily Allen
6:15-7:45 The Black Keys
9:00-11:30 Tool
12:00-3:30 The String Cheese Incident
1:00-1:45 El-P
2:00-3:30 DJ Shadow


1:15-2:15 The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians
1:15-2:15 The Slip
2:15-3:30 Regina Spektor
3:15-4:45 Ziggy Marley
4:00-5:15 Fountains of Wayne
4:00-5:30 Xavier Rudd
4:15-5:30 The Hold Steady
5:45-7:45 Ben Harper
5:45-8:00 Ween
6:00-7:30 Spoon
6:30-8:00 Franz Ferdinand
9:00-11:30 The Police
12:00-2:30 The Flaming Lips


1:00-2:00 Jon Butler Trio
2:30-3:45 Wolfmother
3:00-4:00 Elvis Perkins
4:30-6:00 The Decemberists
5:30-7:00 Wilco
6:30-8:00 Ornette Coleman
7:15-8:45 The White Stripes
8:30-11:30 Widespread Panic

Bonnaroo Festival MP3s

I'm headed to Manchester, TN next week to catch the Bonnaroo Festival and can't wait!

As is too often the case at a music festival, some of the bands I want to hear will be on stage at the same time ... Michael Franti & Spearhead or Hot Chip? The Roots, Lily Allen or The Black Keys? The Wild Magnolias or The Slip? Fountains of Wayne, The Hold Steady or Xavier Rudd?

All of these choices I can handle, but I want to know, who decided to have Ben Harper, Franz Ferdinand, Ween and Spoon all play at the same time on Saturday night?! I'll have to make some tough decisions, flip a coin or just avoid the crowds.

To get in the mood, I'll post MP3 downloads and streams of some of the Bonnaroo artists I plan on seeing. Stay tuned for updates and enjoy!

The Black Angels - the first vietnamese war
The Black Angels - Live at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club

The Black Keys - Live at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club

The National - Slipping Husband
The National - Murder Me Rachael
The National - Cold Girl Fever
Full album "Boxer" streaming on myspace

Cold War Kids - Indoor Fireworks
Cold War Kids - Fast As You Can
Cold War Kids - Die Die Die
Cold War Kids - I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Cold War Kids - Tonite, You Belong To Me
Cold War Kids - The Littlest Birds
Cold War Kids - The Soloist In The Living Room
Cold War Kids - Heavy Boots

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (album stream)

Spoon's Latest Now Streaming

The new Spoon album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, won't be released until July 10 in the US, but you can listen to a new song from the record every day until all of the songs are up and playable individually.

Three songs are up so far. "Don't Make Me a Target" rocks and "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" sounds like a hit to me. Damn, I can't wait to see these guys at Bonnaroo.

Damn, I wish I still had Britt's cell phone number.

Radio Bonnaroo

I just found this link for Radio Bonnaroo and in the last half hour have heard tracks by Widespread Panic, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Lily Allen.

I plan on tuning in until I leave for Tennessee next Tuesday. Very cool!

Rhapsody Raises Rates,
Lala Offers Warner Catalog for Free

I had been a satisfied Rhapsody subcriber since May of last year. Notice I said, "had been." I didn't use the service nearly enough, but at just $9.99 a month, it was worth having access to Rhapsody's catalog of over 3 million full length, CD-quality tracks.

I logged into my bank account today to find that RealNetworks had charged me $12.99. Apparently I missed their email back in April announcing the rate change:
We are increasing the Rhapsody Unlimited monthly price from $9.99 to
$12.99. This change will go into effect during your next billing cycle
after May 3rd, 2007. It is the first time in six years that we've
increased the price of Rhapsody.

However, if you switch to yearly billing now you can keep your existing
membership rate of $9.99 per month. Under a yearly subscription, you
will be billed $119.88 once a year - a savings of $36 over the new
monthly rate.
Thanks, but no thanks. A 30 percent price jump is a little too steep for my taste, and like I said, I barely use the service enough as it is.

For someone like myself who owns an iPod, still buys CDs, downloads music from eMusic and iTunes and uses Pandora, a more expensive Rhapsody just seems like a frivolous expense, so I cancelled it today. The customer service rep I spoke to was nice and friendly and did make an effort at keeping me, but eventually gave in.

I'll still be able to listen to 25 songs a month for free, so at least I've got that going for me.

In related news, Ethan Smith reports in the Wall Street Journal ("Listen to Music Free, but Pay to Carry") that, starting today, is giving music away to attract new customers.
Starting today, visitors to Palo Alto-based Lala Media Inc.'s Web site will be able to listen for free on their computers to the digital catalog of Warner Music Group Corp. and hundreds of smaller independent music companies. Lala executives say they are working to secure licenses with the other three major music companies.

It's like a subscription music service, but without the monthly subscription fee. Lala is betting that in return for getting all that free access to music at home, listeners will pay to buy the songs they want to take with them on iPods and other music players. The prices will range from $6.50 to $13.50 for an album. (For now, Lala plans to sell music only by the album rather than song by song.)

Lala, whose owners include Bain Capital LLC and several veteran Silicon Valley investors, is underwriting the free offering by paying major labels $6 to $8 a user each month, about the same wholesale rate paid by online music-subscription services like RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody. But where Rhapsody and its competitors charge users $12 a month for "all you can eat streaming," will charge nothing. And where Rhapsody and its competitors require users to load special -- and occasionally glitchy -- programs to access their offerings, Lala will work through a normal Web browser. Users of Lala's Web-based service can create and save playlists, send them to friends and browse the virtual collections of other users -- all for free.

More important still, the new service will work with Apple Inc.'s iPods -- something no iTunes competitor featuring major-label content has been able to do.

Lala's pricing model, too, runs counter to the way the music industry has done things. Prices will be "dynamic," or based on demand for a particular title and other factors, including the existing content of a user's personal music library. Typically, labels use low prices to drive music discovery, often subsidizing big discounts for brand-new albums on the theory that generating word-of-mouth interest will provide momentum in the future. They also sometimes cut prices on blocks of older titles during special promotions. But for most older albums, they often charge a premium, figuring that people buying older music are less likely to be doing so on a whim after, for example, hearing the song on the radio.


This is awesome!

iConcertCal is a free iTunes plug-in that monitors your music library and generates a personalized calendar of upcoming concerts in your city. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS X and supports worldwide searches.
I just downloaded iConcertCal and it works surprisingly well. I discovered a few upcoming shows I didn't know about.

My concert scheduling just got a whole lot easier ...