You ever have those weekends where you think, “Well, that was fun/crazy/awesome/WTF DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?”
It was one of those weekends. I’ll leave it at that.
Conrad played this song at my request at his party yesterday. I love the shit out of this song.
I will talk about ACL a little now. I took the day off on Friday and went with my good buddy, Tap. We took a very chill approach to ACL that day. We just hung in the back of the crowds mostly and talked, talked, and talked. It was quite enjoyable. We saw Ha Ha Tonka (Mumford and Sons ripoff, and that is not a compliment at all), Brandi Carlisle, a little bit of Foster the People, and technically Sara Bareilles, though we were talking throughout that whole set. All I can remember from that show is she was like, “Yeah, fuck him!” a lot and did a cover of a Mumford and Sons song, which made me go, “WHY?!” We also caught a bit of Nas/Damien Marley. At one point, we split up so Tap could see Big Boi and I could see Ray LaMontagne, who is divine.
Up until the day of the show, I had been convinced that I would see Coldplay, but I decided to see Kayne at the last minute. I figured I’d have multiple chances to see Coldplay. I was in the mood to dance, not clutch my heart during an earnest rendition of “The Scientist” (I fucking love that song, but you just have to be in the mood for it).
Kanye ended up putting on a pretty decent show. He had his show separated into three acts. He incorporated performance dancers and ballerinas into the performance. At the end, he was “free-styling” (basically repeating the same thing over and over), while a solo ballerina performed an improv dance on stage, which looked really cool.
As far as any crazy Kanye antics go, there weren’t really any. He just stopped one song for some unknown reason (“LET’S START THIS SHIT OVER.”) Then at one point, he addressed the crowd and said that because of time constraints, he couldn’t say all that he wanted to say, but then mentioned something about not being a sheep to the media’s influence? I think? Something along those lines. You know, the cliche things artists say to sound like they’re being subversive when they’re actually not.
Whatever, he played “Gold Digger” and this song, which made the show worth it for me:
Peace out, ACL 2011.