The Austin City Limits Music Festival’s 2009 lineup has been announced.
Most of the bands that play ACL just aren’t the sort of stuff I care to listen to. Pearl Jam headlines this year… meh. I recall when Mother Love Bone ended and was looking so forward to what was to come. Temple of the Dog was a cool thing, but we still were waiting for the next thing. Then “Ten” came into the radio station and we listened and all I could think was how unimpressed I was. It was OK, but didn’t really move me. Everything since then did less for me.
Dave Matthews Band. I saw them many times before they got signed (they were a local band when I was in undergrad). They actually are pretty cool and I did enjoy seeing them live. I recall during one show Dave was signing and kept breaking strings on his acoustic guitar. He just kept singing, fished a new string out of his pocket, and restrung his guitar while continuing to sing. I always thought that was pretty cool. They were a great jam band then, but I just haven’t kept up with them.
Beastie Boys, yeah that’d be cool to see.
Sonic Youth would be very cool to see.
Toadies. The only band to ever make me physically ill. Some many years ago, I think during a SXSW, a few too many adult beverages, and the bass was cranked so high I could feel it. I come from the water *boom boom* I come from the water *boom boom*. And with every boom my stomach rumbled in a bad way. Held it fine, but still.
The B-52’s. I love Kate Pierson’s voice and think she’s totally cute. They’d be fun to see live.
Clutch. That’s cool. Finally, one band that’s at least somewhere in the genres I tend to prefer.
Asleep At the Wheel is an institution. I always loved Ray Benson’s look.
But apart from that, it’s a lot of bands that I’ve not heard of and could care less about. Tends to be the case every year with ACL’s lineup. That’s OK tho. It’s a great festival and is great for the city. Just not for me.