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10RW: You Should Be Excited About Lollapalooza

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Yesterday, the official line-up was announced for this year’s Lollapalooza festival, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park on the weekend of April August 7-9. This is the fifth year of the re-vamped Lollapalooza–which transformed from traveling tour in the ’90s to one-stop-shop festival in the ’00s–and the fifth time it will take place in Chicago (festival organizers have a 10-year agreement with the city’s park district).

Though Coachella usually grabs the “wow” headliners first, and many other summer festivals will feature the same artists on Lollapalooza’s bill, there’s still good reason to get excited about the weekend-long party that will go down in the Windy City later this summer.

Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About Lollapalooza ’09:

10. Chicago
You don’t have to journey to a desert or schlep through acres of muddy farmland in Tennessee to enjoy this festival. Lollapalooza takes place in the middle of Chicago–one of the best looking cities around (in my opinion). Not only is it easy to get to, but beautiful Grant Park will make you forget that you’re in one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

9. Perry’s Back
I don’t know how much say Lollapalooza founder, Perry Farrell, has in the festival anymore, but it’s always nice to see him back in the fold as a performer. Jane’s Addiction–who played the very first Lollapalooza–is back as a headliner!

8. Bring Some Glow Sticks Just In Case
Whether or not Farrell is personally booking the bands for Lollapalooza, he has made sure to include a “night club style” dance-stage for the festival, called Perry’s. Bassnectar, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco, KiD CuDi and A-Trak are booked to spin.

7. Lou Reed Quote
With bloggers and Chicago music writers weaving their way in and around the backstage area, I’m sure at least one of them will manage to get a classic curmudgeon-like quote from Lou Reed.

6. Depeche Mode Lollapalooza Worthy
Though they seemed like a perfect fit in the ’90s, Depeche Mode will actually be playing their first ever Lollapalooza this year. For those that attend the festival to relive ’90s nostalgia, a Depeche Mode performance at Lollapalooza will carry more weight than a Depeche Mode performance at any other outdoor festival.

5. On Job Training
It’s no secret that the “rock star” is an endangered species. Lollapalooza–as many other summer festivals do–will give some of our decade’s most promising stars–The Killers and Kings Of Leon–a chance to move a crowd of thousands, as well as rub elbows with and observe rock royalty. You don’t think Dave Gahan could drop some knowledge on Brandon Flowers? Or Lou Reed on Caleb Followill?

4. Oh, The Possibilities
With that many artists in one place on one weekend, expect anything, especially with Perry Farrell backstage giving elbow nudges. Snoop Dogg usually seems down for anything, so how awesome would it be to see him drop some rhymes on top of a TV On The Radio or Peter Bjorn and John riff? (Don’t hold your breath, but don’t judge out the possibility.)

3. My Favorite In-Between-Album Bands
Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, and Vampire Weekend (three of my favorite acts of the last few years) are all in between albums, yet are all playing Lollapalooza. If I can get one new song out of each band, I’ll go home happy.

2. Lollapalooza Trivia
For those who take their Lollapalooza seriously, you can spend a weekend quizzing your friends on Lollapaloozas past: What year did Snoop play his first Lollapalooza? Who did he share the bill with? Are any of those artists on the bill today? How many times has Jane’s Addiction played Lollapalooza?


1. Lollapalooza Homecoming
Old-schoolers like Jane’s Addiciton, Tool, and the Beastie Boys can work a crowd of 70,000 like it was a club show. To this day, one of the craziest sets I have ever seen was the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza ’94. Kids were body surfing on top of barricades, with hundreds and hundreds of others being launched through the sky via picnic blankets. April 7-9 will be a homecoming party like no other for esteemed Lollapalooza alumni. So get your beach blankets ready for some people flinging.

2009 Lollapalooza Line-Up:

Depeche Mode
The Killers
Jane’s Addiction
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Lou Reed
Ben Harper and Relentless 7
Thievery Corporation
Snoop Dogg
Rise Against
Andrew Bird
TV on the Radio
Vampire Weekend
The Decemberists
Neko Case
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Animal Collective
Band of Horses
Of Montreal
Arctic Monkeys
Coheed and Cambria
Ben Folds
Fleet Foxes
Silversun Pickups
Kaiser Chiefs
Crystal Castles
Bon Iver
Dan Auberbach
Cold War Kids
Lykke Li
Robert Earl Keen
Peter Bjorn and John
Heartless Bastards
Federico Aubele
Dan Deacon
Passion Pit
The Raveonettes
The Gaslight Anthem
The Airborne Toxic Event
White Lies
Ra Ra Riot
No Age
Asher Roth
Los Campesinos!
Bat For Lashes
Gang Gang Dance
The Virgins
Amazing Baby
Portugal. The Man
The Knux
Ida Maria
Delta Spirit
Friendly Fires
Manchester Orchestra
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Miike Snow
Alberta Cross
Hey Champ
Sam Roberts Band
The Henry Clay People
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Cage the Elephant
Living Things
The Low Anthem
Blind Pilot
Langhorne Slim
Other Lives
The Builders and The Butchers
Eric Church
Joe Pug
Kevin Devine
The Green Cards

Featured performers at Perry’s include:

Simian Mobile Disco
Boys Noise
KiD CuDi
Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)
The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)
LA Riots
The Glitch Mob
Hollywood Holt
Rye Rye
He Say, She Say
Car Stereo (Wars)
Dark Wave Disco
Yello Fever
Animal Collective (DJ Set)


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.