more Austin City Limits Festival

So after Jay Farrar we caught Patty Griffin .. pretty good. Checked out the
“art market” (shopping), got something to eat, and found ourselves a place to
sit and listen to the String Cheese Incident .. never heard ’em before, but
they were pretty cool.
Someone had told us they were a jam band, kinda like Phish .. I guess that’s a
pretty fair comparison .. never seen Phish live though. We only stayed for
their first 1-hour set (wanted to avoid a massive bus line again), but I heard
during their second one they brought out a giant flying pig that Pink Floyd
used to have at their shows. Crazy. But our plan worked and we only waited
15 minutes for a bus that night.

So on Sunday we met some friends from work and had lunch before heading to the
park. Got there and met some more friends who were listening to Paul Thorn
(who was, apparently, pretty funny). The sounds from Soulive on a (much
bigger) nearby stage caught my ear so I wandered over by myself. Sounded very
nifty, very ‘funky’ .. this scenario was pretty much repeated through the rest
of Sunday — not me wandering off, but the collision of two separate but
equally interesting acts appearing simultaneously. We sat down for Lucinda
Williams, but left early to sample some G. Love and Special Sauce.. partly a
mistake: did get to hear G.Love’s “Cold Beverage”, but we missed Lucinda
forgetting the words to a song and cursing and swearing because of it. Then we
plunked our chairs down in front of Ben Kweller for most of his set, where he
played his whole new album from start to finish, “just like Phish”. cool.
But we left early again to go witness Polyphonic Spree, who happen to be
responsible for the music in this
VW Beetle/Apple iPod ad
. They were odd .. picture 25 people in white robes
or long t-shirts or something jumping and bouncing around on stage. They
sounded alright though .. I think they were a bit overhyped though, so some people were disappointed.

    Other bands we managed to see:

  • Yo La Tengo: very soft, almost put me to sleep,
    but sounded nice .. apparently we missed their loud-and-rocking songs

  • Karl
    Denson’s Tiny Universe: as we were walking by the Heineken stage (on our way to
    get seats in front of the massively crowded capmetro stage in preparation for
    Ween and REM), I said “hey these guys sound pretty good … kind of like the
    Greyboy Allstars .. hmm” and I
    looked at the schedule “Karl Denson … hmm, name sounds familiar .. is that
    the guy from the Greyboy Allstars” .. and it is. So that was fun. They did a lot of the music
    fo Zero Effect, which is
    how I found ’em.

  • Ween – they were alright, but I guess we’re not really ween fans .. we
    were there to secure some good seats for REM

  • Beth Orton — only caught a little bit, but she sounded good .. again, couldn’t
    hang around cause we had to get back to the friends who were saving our seats
    for …

  • R.E.M. — amazing! wonderful! awesome! yeah, they were pretty
    great .. the setlist from the
    show. I recognized most of the songs .. 2 or 3 were new, and will be on
    their new 2-CD greatest hits thinger coming out soon (Animal, Bad Day, and (I
    think) Final Straw). They “ended” with Man on the Moon, and then of
    course came back for an encore .. we kept thinking they would be all
    predictable and do End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), but they
    did 3 other songs before getting to that one .. fun 🙂

Lots of people at the festival had flags and other things on tall sticks to
help stay together and find each other and stuff … so in the crowd in front
of the capmetro stage someone had a tree .. or a part of a tree or branch or
something, 15 feet tall maybe. The funny thing was that both Ween and Michael
Stipe said something about “the tree” when they were up on stage.

oh yeah, also, I’m lazy and don’t have any pictures from the weekend up yet
… soon!