This one's for Natalie!
Natalie- The Sidewalks Natalie
7 Digits- Orbits Q: What... Ans: Nothing...
It's in You, It's in Me- Sloan Hardcore 7˝
All The Rage- The Producers The Producers
Don't Ask Me Love- The Madd Are Pretty Quick!
Pitbull Cruiser, Blue- Big Dipper Crashes On The Platinum Planet
It Won't Be Long- The Quick Mondo Deco
Midnite Snack- The Donnas Turn 21
^5-7-0-5- City Boy 5-7-0-5
Out To You- Numbers Add Up
Monument Of Me- The Merrymakers No Sleep 'til Famous
The Others- Paul Warren and Explorer One Of The Kids
Apply Some Pressure- Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Burnin' Up- Tom Dickie and the Desires Competition
*6060-842- The B-52's The B-52's
*634-5789- Ry Cooder Borderline
*2-6-5-8-0- Kim Wilde Kim Wilde
*Echo Valley 2-6809- The Partridge Family At Home With Their Greatest Hits
*853-5937- Squeeze 853-5937
*(619) 239-KING- Mojo Nixon (619) 239-KING
*Star 69- R.E.M. Monster
*5035- Toronto Lookin' For Trouble
A Friendly Goodbye- Bowling For Soup The Great Burrito Extortion Case
He's My Best Friend- Jellyfish Spilt Milk
I Return- The Moberlys Sexteen
>66 5 4 3 2 1- The Troggs Hit Single Anthology
Going Thru The Motions- London Cowboys Animal Pleasure
Wish Upon A Star- Robert Johnson Close Personal Friend
I Hope You're Happy Now (Without Me)- Big Kid You Must Be Kidding
Breaking It Down- The Jetz Catch Me 7"
Hold My Hand- Jerks Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me 7"
867-5309/Jenny- Tommy Tutone Tommy Tutone-2
^Power Pop Peak: #27 Billboard Hot 100 10/10/78
*SacroSet: Telephone Numbersongs
>Power Pop Prototype: 1966
My son Jack and I had an amazing time on Thursday at the Napa Valley Bottle Rock Music Festival (read about it in the post for Show #102). My only regret was that my daughter Nica didn't get to go. So, needless to say, I jumped at the chance when I was offered three passes for Sunday. At one point, the three passes shrank to two and Jack graciously agreed to stay home, but by Sunday morning it was back to three. The only thing was that Sunday was also Mother's Day. Here's how great my wife is: after a morning and early afternoon of Mother's Day activities, Jaime drove us over to Napa and dropped us at the front gate. No parking nightmare- we just strolled right in.
Michael Franti and Spearhead had just started playing and I was expecting some resistance as we moved through the crowd but everyone was very easy going- several people even invited us to step over their blankets as we made our way to the front. I know a lot of people who are Franti fans and a few years earlier
|Michael Franti takes it into the crowd!|
|Grouplove sweatin' it out!|
didn't succumb to heat exhaustion (I didn't take this photo of him but I wanted you see what I mean). I'm happy to report that Grouplove lead singer Christian Zucconi can hit all the high notes live, just as he does on record- that guy has an incredible voice. Grouplove are very energetic and fun, I would have liked to see more of them but three songs is all we caught.
Train were up next on the same stage we saw Michael Franti, so we headed over there after Grouplove. As we were walking I noticed a booth for San Francisco radio station KFOG and thought I'd drop by to see if my friend Dred Scott was working. Jack got there first and turned to Nica and I saying "Oh my God- it's Michael Franti!" Sure enough, Franti was finishing up and interview while six or seven people watched. When he was done he signed some autographs and I got this, which makes me smile every time I look at it:
|Nica, Michael and Jack|
The crowd for Train was the polar opposite of the audience for Franti and Spearhead. As the kids and I walked up to the front we must have been told twenty times "you CAN'T stand there," "keep walkin'," "no way, move on," "forget about it." I even heard seated people complaining when the crowd stood up as the band took the stage. Anyway, Train started with a couple of mid-tempo songs I didn't know followed by their hit "Drive-By." They were four songs in before lead singer Pat Monahan even acknowledged the crowd, with a lackluster "how's everybody doing!" After Michael Franti and Grouplove, Train seemed very workmanlike and flat. I was planning to hang around for Nica, figuring she would want to stay for "Hey Soul Sister" and "Marry Me." Yet after the fourth song Nica and Jack walked out of the crowd saying "this is boring, can we go see something else." I have to admit I was proud of them- they saw the same thing in Train I did and on that Sunday it wasn't going to cut it. (I didn't even bother to take a picture of the band).
|Cake finishing up on Sunday|
|We rocked at Bottle Rock!|
Sorry, no download links for this week's show- I'll re-post if they become available.