80/35 Set Times Released – Let The Agonizing Begin

Hey, 80/35. Thanks tons for making me pick between Little Ruckus and Now, Now. Ya, big bunch of jerks, ya. And I’ll miss the start of Christopher the Conquered? (Photo from Little Ruckus’ Facebook page)

The final acts for 80/35 were released today, and they included three favorites: Mark Mallman, K-Holes and Little Ruckus. All are huge additions for me personally. I like Mark Mallman’s un-subtle brilliance. K-Holes features Jack Hines, formerly of the incredible Black Lips and well, we all know my affection for Little Ruckus.

Now comes the daunting part, the decisions. Seems every festival, there’s some tough choices. But also, in the heat of the moment plans go by the wayside. Last year at Lollapalooza, my biggest conflict was Death From Above 1979 vs. Big Audio Dynamite. Wanna know who I saw? The Drums. Sometimes things happen, so don’t set your plans in stone or anything. Be versatile, be available. Maybe check parts of sets here and there if you can.

Before we get into my biggest conflicts, here is the schedule. It is pretty incredible, but look at the Kum and Go Stage on Saturday. That is just ridiculous for a free stage. If you’re a little light in the wallet, that lineup is as good as anything you will find in any city in the world. Oh, and all the Iowa acts, oh the Iowa acts are so good.

Friday, July 6

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Stage
5pm – Fucked Up
7pm – Dinosaur Jr.
9pm – The Avett Brothers

Hy-Vee Triathlon Stage
5pm – 80/35 Play In Slot *
6pm – Tajh
7pm – Bright Giant
8pm – Pieta Brown

Kum & Go Stage
5pm – Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos
5:45pm – Dumptruck Butterlips
7pm – Useful Jenkins
8:15pm – Freddie Gibbs
9pm – DJ Eight Ten
10pm – Alex Brown
11pm – John Solarz

Saturday, July 7

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Stage
12pm – 80/35 Play In Slot *
1:30pm – Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band
3:15pm – Greensky Bluegrass
5pm – Atmosphere
7pm – Leftover Salmon
9pm – Death Cab for Cutie

Hy-Vee Triathlon Stage
12pm – 80/35 Play In Slot *
1pm – Little Ruckus
2pm – The Sun Company
3pm – Mumford’s
4pm – Maxilla Blue
5pm – The Sundogs
6pm – Mantis Pincers
7pm – Leslie and the LY’s
8pm – Dead Larry

Kum & Go Stage
12:00pm – Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires
12:45pm – Now, Now
1:45pm – Delta Rae
2:45pm – Mark Mallman
3:45pm – Night Moves
4:45pm – Jaill
5:45pm – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
6:45pm – K-Holes
8pm – Dan Deacon
9pm – Jade Reed
10pm – Jesse Jamz
11pm – Brad Goldman

Friday seems pretty cut and dried for me, personally. Wellmark stage. Maybe pop in for Tajh and, for sure, Freddie Gibbs in between bands.

Saturday, though, Saturday is an issue.

Conflict Number 1 – Play In Winner vs Play In Winner vs Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires

The play in winners would either be Seedlings, Holy White Hounds or Love Songs For Lonely Monsters. Two of them would be up against each other on Saturday along with Derek Lambert and the P-Fires. All four bands are incredible and each have their own pros. Seedlings are a little folk, Holy White Hounds have their garage rock sound down. LS4LM are their anarchic sound would fit in well with an outdoor venue, and D-Lamb are a little classic rock. But where they are similar is that they’re all from Iowa and they’re all awesome. I think this is a game day decision.

Winner – Iowa

Conflict Number 2 – Little Ruckus vs. Now, Now

The inspirational dance machine Little Ruckus up against the the spacey pop of Now, Now and well, gosh I just don’t know. Part of me says go with the out of towers because you’ll have a better shot at catching the locals at another date. However, the Iowa bands tend to go all out at 80/35 (as CtC’s last two years have shown) and when the Sandwich Eating Crew go all out, they go all out. Now, Now are incredible and their album is amazing and has been in my rotation for a while now but Little Ruckus will be the show most people say “Dammit, I can’t believe I missed that” and the people who do see it will get to hold it over everyone else’s heads for all of eternity.

Winner – Little Ruckus (then hopefully the end of CTC’s set)

Conflict Number 3 – Mumford’s vs. Mark Mallman

Mumford’s will undoubtedly be fired up. This is the first time they’re playing 80/35 and when they bring their “A” game, very few bands can top them. It’s just that Mark Mallman is special and, I just can’t see a scenario where I miss his set. There is a fifteen minute time difference, so hopefully I can race down the street and catch the end of Mumford’s set.

Winner – Mark Mallman

Conflict Number 4 – Jaill vs. Atmosphere and Jason Isbell vs Atmosphere

I ain’t missing Jaill. I just ain’t. But good lord, Atmosphere is incredible. I think the real loser in this will be Jason Isbell, as I think I will catch all of Jaill and then the end of Atmosphere. Then at 6 there are the Mantis Pincers, which just might be their last show, so um, hmmmm….

Winner – Jaill and Atmosphere and hopefully Mantis Pincers

So my schedule looks like this, in theory:

Friday – Fucked Up, Tajh, Dinosaur Jr., Freddie Gibbs, Avett Brothers, Solarz

Saturday – Something awesome from Iowa, Little Ruckus, CtC, Mark Mallman, Mumford’s, Maxilla Blue, Jaill, Atmosphere, Mantis Pincers, K-Holes, Dan Deacon, Death Cab For Cutie, Goldman

Boy, that kind of hurt, and what’s funny is in one month, this might all change.

So look over the schedule and blaze your own trail or follow me around all weekend, if you desire.

I’m gonna do my best to bring back Song of the Day-ish for 80/35 starting tomorrow. Since I only have a month at this point, it may actually be of the day with no -ish. Aren’t you all lucky.


Weekend Shows With Lil’ Bow Tied Me

Look at that kid. Just look at him.

That was me, I’d guess about, 24 years ago, maybe 26. Look at that face. I may actually have a cardigan just like that in my closet right now. And man, that bow-tie. Probably goes without saying, but yeah, it was a clip on.

You want a test if you’re a pessimist or an optimist? Look at a picture of little you. You can tell which one you are simply if you want to tell them about all the bad things in the world or if you want to tell them about the good things.

My first instinct is to pity that poor bastard. I kind of just want to tell him to fucking run for his life, but I am a gigantic pessimist. I want to let him know that maybe it would be a good idea to just hold up in a shack in the woods and learn to live off the land and start my own language like Nell. I want to let him know just what shape the world is going to be in with the wars and terrorists and political strife home and abroad. Maybe tell him that he won’t be a baseball player for a living because he is terrible at baseball. How he’ll get really into politics and then they’ll all eventually let him down. How this passing fancy with professional wrestling will begin to take a big part in his life until his favorites will all seemingly die prematurely. One will plummet to his death in front of a live crowd and another will murder his wife and kid. Oh, you have a poster of Mr. Perfect on your wall? Cocaine overdose, kiddo.

I also want to warn him about The Kardashians; maybe he can stop them.

But the more I think about it, the more I want to let him know that despite the wars and politicians and drug addicted/psychotic murderer grapplers and Armenian reality stars, there’s cool stuff, too. He’ll get married to his best friend and they’ll speak mostly in Arrested Development quotes and annoy mutual friends with their fights about nonsense and in depth conversations about how Walt Whitman was gay for Abe Lincoln. They’ll have a kid who watches The Simpsons as a toddler and who responds to questions about why she does stupid things by stating, “‘Cause, I’m Lorelei.” How you’ll have a shitty job, but it’s cool, you won’t be there forever and it won’t define you.

And man, will there be some great art. The town you grew up in will explode in a sea of creativity. Oh, and you get to cover it and people will read it and everything. You won’t just have to keep writing poems about cartoon characters to get noticed.

First things first. Congrats to Holy White Hounds, Seedlings and Love Songs For Lonely Monsters for winning the 80/35 play-in. All three get spots at the fest, with one getting a spot on the main stage. Hope you all went out and voted, now go support the other acts that didn’t make it. They’e awesome, too.

Sandwich Eatin’ Crew Takes Over Vaudeville Mews – Trouble Lights, Lane Weaver, Beef Cake, Olsen Twinns – 930pm Vaudeville Mews 6/1

This is the bike gang that runs with Little Ruckus. They’re all incredible.

Go see them.


Roxi Copland – Temple For Performing Arts – 7pm 6/1

This is Roxi’s album release show for her new album, Pretty Lies. I reviewed it last week and its great.

Benefit For Bradley – House of Bricks – 930pm 6/2

This is a benefit for the family of a young man who suffered from brain tumors. This is a great cause, so stop by and donate or bid on something from the auction (lots of cool art and other items) or go and listen to some great music. The highlight for me would be Madam Jules, who I like a lot.

Ankeny Unplugged w/ Parlours, Hanwell, Milk and Eggs and Death Ships – Wagner Park 4pm 6/2

The first show from the awesome Ankeny Unplugged concert series. I like Parlours and Hanwell. I’m not super familiar with Death Ships, but I’m sure theyre great. But Milk and Eggs is so, so good. My stars, can she write and can she sing. Here’s a review of her album that I wrote last year.

Any more? Leave ’em in the comments.

This Week @ Des Moines Is Not Boring

This week, I do a little jibber-jabber about the great Lesbian Poetry and mostly confirm that sometimes I just don’t pay attention.

So, what else do you guys want to talk about?

Lots of cool shows this weekend, so I will have a post up later today to tell you what they are. Aren’t I sweet?