Monday, February 23, 2009

Now That's What I Call A Festival Line-Up

Now, I'm fairly happy with the bill for the Breeders-curated ATP in May - featuring as it does the likes of Shellac, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, Foals and now Blood Red Shoes - and there's bound to be some good stuff on at Glastonbury. But the currently crop of confirmed artists for this year's Primavera in Barcelona is jaw-droppingly amazing: Sonic Youth, Shellac, Aphex Twin, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, Oneida, Bat For Lashes, Crystal Stilts, The Drones, The Jesus Lizard, Yo La Tengo - the list just goes on and on.

On the subject of Shellac, according to The Line Of Best Fit their label, highly respect indie Touch & Go looks to be in a spot of trouble, though they're said to be scaling back and regrouping rather than folding altogether, as had been feared. If you're ambivalent or unaware of their contribution towards leftfield noise, you could do worse than take up TLOBF's suggestion of checking out Pitchfork's Top 25 T&G albums - it's an illustrious list of pioneering and influential (not to mention ear-damaging) records.


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