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The Jersey City, NJ Festival or Coachella East announced it’s line up today with ticket’s going on sale this Friday.  I couldn’t put the review of last year’s festival or this year’s line up any better than http://www.stereogum.com so I didn’t…..

Last year Goldenvoice brought the last thing this country needed more of (music festivals) to the last part of the country that needed it. Most local live music lovers don’t travel across country to, say, Coachella, because they know the lineup will be playing somewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn within weeks anyway. So the Goldenvoice promoted All Points West (aka Coachella East) had two viable routes to being successful on its own terms, as a festival worthy of infinite ferry lines to Liberty State Park in Jersey City to see a bunch of bands playing Bowery that week: make the surroundings a user-friendly playground like its sister event in Indio (they did not), or book Radiohead for two nights. One out of two is not bad. One out of two did not stop people from calling it All Points Worst.

But this year looks different.

For one, they’ve promised an enhanced beer-drinking experience. That sounds like a petty quibble, until you find yourself trapped on an island with limited access to expensive beers in limited amounts with no forewarning. For another, they’ve picked up on Coachella’s design and created an enclosed, “tent” stage to host some top flight comedy (featuring Tim & Eric, Michael Showalter, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, and Eugene Mirman). Mostly dudes you can see in Park Slope, but still. Progress. And most importantly, this musical lineup is actually righteous, rather than a bad rehash of every band doing every festival this year. Check it:

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Tickets are on sale Friday 4/3 at 12PM EST via ticketmaster.com. Single day tickets are $89, three-day tix will be priced at $199 for a limited time, and there is a recession-friendly layaway option. There is also a VIPpackage, but honestly after last year I would say stay far away from that. Unless they’re offering BBQ and earplug-fitting session with Kevin Shields and/or beer-spitting lessons with Karen O.

All Points Worst to All Points Best? Obviously we’ll have to see it first, but the surprise of the morning: We are actually gonna go to see it first. What a difference a year and/or a promising press release makes, right guys? Blogging. Lots more info at the official site. If you are planning to go, here is the primer we hope is outdated but you should read before making ferry plans anyway.

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And I would have linked it if the damn function was working…sigh.

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Hi ATG Readers –

Jessi and I would like to say that we have not disappeared nor have we forgotten about all of you.  We simply had to take a forced hiatus from posting.  Why you ask?  It’s because we are updating our site and we’re waiting to put the new posts up on the brand spanking new site.  Please be patient and hang in there with us.  We promise more new exciting, fun posts will be up as soon as all the bugs are fixed.  And yes we will be moving some of the more popular archive posts over too.  You will not be losing anything; just gaining. 

In the meantime…enjoy a fun performance from Lady GaGa!  It’s from a special show she did for KIISFM.

 

-Koop

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l8287673966_4449Nestled  near the Columbia River in Central Washington, The Gorge Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater where the annual Sasquatch Music Festival is held every year.  Tickets are on sale now and until Sunday, March 1st you can get a 3 day pass for $154 and change.  After that  all Tickets are General Admission. The first allotment of tickets are $56.50 per day, available for the on-sale weekend only. Beginning Monday, March 2nd tickets are $66.50 per day. The week of the festival (beginning Monday, May 18th) tickets are $76.50 per day if still available.  

You can find more information here including camping info and directions.  If I had any money at all I would definitely be going.  At least for the frist day.  The line up is amazing!

Saturday, May 23th

Kings of Leon / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / The Decemberists / Animal Collective / Bon Iver / Devotchka / M. Ward / Doves / Sun Kil Moon / The Gaslight Anthem / King Khan & The Shrines / Ra Ra Riot / Shearwater / Passion Pit / Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band / Vince Mira / Blind Pilot / Owl City / Arthur & Yu / Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / Death Vessel / Hockey / James Pants / Crystal Castles / Todd Barry / Tim and Eric / People’s Republic of Komedy

Sunday, May 24th

Jane’s Addiction / Nine Inch Nails / TV On The Radio / The Murder City Devils / of Montreal / The Avett Brothers / Calexico / M83 / The Airborne Toxic Event / The Walkmen / The Wrens / St. Vincent / The Dodos / John Vanderslice / The Submarines / Viva Voce / The Builders And The Butchers / AA Bondy / Fences / Point Juncture, WA / Jon Benjamin / Zach Galifianakis / Deadmau5 / Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head / People’s Republic of Komedy

Monday, May 25th

Ben Harper and Relentless7 / Erykah Badu / Silversun Pickups / Fleet Foxes / Gogol Bordello / Santigold / Grizzly Bear / Explosions In The Sky / Girl Talk / Blitzen Trapper / The Knux / Monotonix / Bishop Allen / Black Moth Super Rainbow / Beach House / Mugison / The Dutchess And The Duke / School Of Seven Bells / Horse Feathers / The Pica Beats / Loch Lomond / BLK JKS / Demetri Martin / God’s Pottery / Chromeo / Tobacco / People’s Republic of Komedy / The Whitest Kids U’ Know

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courtesy of An HorseJust because I love them I’ve decided to post the link to a fun new interview Kate Cooper and Damon Cox did with spinner.com.  Along with how their band came up with their name, Kate tells her story of meeting Tegan and Sara which lead to An Horse touring with the Quins.  Their Album, Rearrange Beds is available on itunes now and you should check it out.  Find more info here including their current tour schedule.

-Koop

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Tomorrow is that fantastic day of the year only certain people enjoy celebrating.  Yes, those people.  Couples.  Personally I will not be celebrating this holiday.  Instead I’ve chosen two other options.  One is exclusively for us single people and the other is open to all and should be celebrated by everyone.  

Your first option:  Happy Single Awareness Day!  I thought this was thought up exclusively by Mr. Ryan Seacrest who’s always single.  But according to wikipedia and the official website that’s not quite true.  Honestly who cares?  Just go celebrate that you’ll not be spending hundreds of dollars on someone during the recession.  Personally I’ve never required much to make me happy.  Single rose and a home cooked meal and I’d be happy.  So if you’re out spending your entire paycheck on some girl then maybe you should have chosen to date someone like me.  HA!

Second Option:  celebrate Freedom to Marry Day 2009.  There’s a week of events which yes even I have missed out on but you can join in now and celebrate all year long.  Freedom to Marry simply believes that everyone deserves the rights to marry who they want and to receive the same federal rights.  You can find more info here.

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-Koop

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aboutpicYesterday while being unemployed I watched a little USA Network and saw an announcement listing their 2008 Character Approved Award Winners.  The videos and statements of the winners I found fascinating and decided I needed to share their inspiring stories. At their site you’ll find videos on each winner along with a complete bio, more video and charity honored by each winner.    

From USA Networks:

 

MISSION

The Character Approved Awards honor the characters of the U.S.A. who are changing the face of American culture. Character Approved honorees are innovators in their field who influence our opinions, our style, and our view of the world. They surprise and inspire us with fresh ideas. They are celebrated by their peers. And they have an authentic style that’s all their own. 

SELECTION CRITERIA

In selecting the honorees, the following criteria was considered. 

  • Cultural Impact of Honoree: Each honoree must be changing the cultural landscape of his or her field through innovation, creativity and ingenuity.
  • Legacy of Honoree: Each honoree must be doing something that will change the face of his or her industry for future generations, whether by breaking records or breaking the mold.
  • Persona of Honoree: Each honoree must be a character in his or her own right, with a distinct voice, personality and style.

HONOREES

We have selected one honoree from the following seven categories: 

WHAT THE HONOREES GET

Each honoree will be bestowed the official “Character” award, designed by renowned sculptor Bruce Gray, as well as a $10,000 honorarium

that will be donated to the charity of his/her choice

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