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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:42 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:59 am 
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Aaron S. wrote:
:naughty: Um... I don't think Phantods' sex appeal comes from the dudes... just sayin'...

Had a good time volunteering at Off Ramp Friday. Town Monster and Flotation Walls were awesome.

Saturday, Monolithic Cloud Parade was awesome. Then my band, Old Worlds played (full disclosure). I have to be honest... I really hated almost everything else that happened at the Off Ramp after that.

Covers? Yeah, we could do with fewer of those -- especially if they're as off-key and amateurish as Historians doing The Postal Service.

ComFest ain't for quality, that's for sure. Here's hoping that Mark Fisher can get Direct In off the ground.


Eh, I didn't mean to indict the Phantods. It was just a general statement that was poorly worded. Maybe a timely paragraph break would have cleared things up? ? ?

The Dead Indians (formerly Adult Fiction) were really really good. Chris Burney can sing in like....sixteen different voices.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:27 am 
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Thanks for posting that Church video!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:28 am 
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Does COTA normally suck ballz? I don't ride it often enough to know. Waited 90 minutes last night for a bus that didn't come and wound up splitting a cab.

And smokers, put your goddamn butts in the goddamn buckets labeled butts, okay?

Super Desserts killed. Nick and Co. sounded great from my far vantage point. Uh...the whole "making it smaller" thing doesn't seem to be working. Last night was a zoo.

Christian Howes was a surprise at the gazebo early yesterday. He's got Ryan Jewell on drums. I heard most of it while picking up yr goddamn cigarette butts.

Sorry I missed Adult Fiction (or whatever they're called now) and Daycreeper.

Friday: Lydia's set was good. Couldn't hear the banjo. Flotation Walls sure packs 'em in. I enjoyed their set as well.

I'm off right now for what might be my final clean-up and recycling shift. I'm ready to spread my wings...maybe passing out programs or badgering people to register to vote...


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:10 am 
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I caught several bands at the Off Ramp stage yesterday and generally liked what I saw. The Shazzbots were fun and the Receiver was interesting. Old Worlds was sort of weak and someone needs to tell their drummer to stop playing his glockenspiel with soft-tipped vibraphone mallets. Other than that, I felt like the stage had a steady stream of solid acts.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:33 am 
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Loved the receiver and lydia loveless sounded great. Disappointed that Jenny Mae couldn't bring it like she did at the summit the previous Friday, but, it's not the first nor the last trainwreck on that front. Volunteering this afternoon. Things seem lowkey to me, this year at comfest, but, that could just be me. I've been sober throughout compared to being manic to the nth and colossally smashed throughout last year. Good news. CNN is still reporting that we ar3 winning the war in Iraq. I thought the news was showing a rerun. Overall disappointed with our complacency, but, thankful for the always lovely and welcome Comfest which shores itself against the ruins of all the other corporate Crap that our culture feeds upon.

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:59 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:14 am 
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Mount Carmel slayed. Their drummer is my hero.


I don't know if it was because my judgment was considerably altered or they really are that incredible, but I was blown away. A friend I was with suggested that he has heard a million stoner jam bands do the exact same thing, but I don't ever go to places where stoner jam bands play so I wouldn't know. They were so tight, I just can't believe that's true. I had intended to go see Nick Tolford but I couldn't leave Mount Carmel. Day Creeper was awesome as usual. And I really liked Dead Indians. Chris B. is a great front man.

All around fantastic day. The volunteer line at the beer tent was nice. I'll be back at 1 today for my volunteer slot at the offramp.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:33 am 
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Mount Carmel slayed. Their drummer is my hero.


I don't know if it was because my judgment was considerably altered or they really are that incredible, but I was blown away. A friend I was with suggested that he has heard a million stoner jam bands do the exact same thing, but I don't ever go to places where stoner jam bands play so I wouldn't know. They were so tight, I just can't believe that's true.


Your friend is right, there are a bunch of bands that hit on the same vibe. Some of them are good and some are very boring. Mount Carmel have a little something in the mix that I think many stoner bands miss. They don't beat you over the head with it, they just get on with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:43 am 
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I agree that the dead Indians were also good. Chris b. Seems born to write catchy pop tunes that rock. Jam bands typically do not do what my. Caramel does. They have great vintage sounds; name a great rocking power trio from the late 60s, jimi, cream or even blue cheer? Different vine. Not the grateful dead tink a tink a tink a tink. Sorry for typos. Dang phones!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
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Oh, and I almost forgot: Sound crews everywhere kicked ass! Give it up for them, they need props!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:12 am 
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Some dude in front of me during Mt. Carmel pulled cigs from his pocket and dropped something very valuable on the ground. He didn't notice, and for a brief moment I thought about not telling him and picking it up for myself, but in the end I alerted him to the little bag of white stuff at his feet. Whoever you are dude, you owe me big! I'm pretty sure those hot chicks you were with weren't hanging with you because you're so handsome. You're welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:22 pm 
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Thanks for posting that Church video!


Couple more. Didn't come out great, but it's passable.





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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:13 pm 
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slowmoriot wrote:
Oh, and I almost forgot: Sound crews everywhere kicked ass! Give it up for them, they need props!


I'm feeling a "Should the sound guy get paid at Comfest?" thread coming on.

Watched Blastronauts and Bicentennial Bear at Offramp before I left. Excellent. Looks like a big storm is brewin' right now.

I love you, Comfest. And I still have tokens left. Whee!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:05 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:47 am 
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My review of what I saw at COMFEST 2010:

Friday, got there pretty late after the whole day-job thing, eating, parking and filling my 2008 beer mug:

Caught some of the Obviouslies, and most people seemed to be into it, but it really wasn't my mug of beer. Not much more I can add to it, cause I was also being too social to say anything in-depth at this point. Plus, I needed my second beer already.

Headed over to the main stage to see yet another Foley debacle. I really don't understand why they give this guy any attention at all nearly every other year. Someone needs to tell him that he may have played with Prince, Miles Davis, Sly Stone and George Clinton...but he's not actually any of those people. Every set I've seen by him at any Comfest is a ridiculous ego-fest tribute to Foley, by Foley. Wankery abounds as he just keeps trying to get people to 'give it up' while he chugs through stale renditions of soul and pop classics. He keeps filling his stage with other great players, plus a full horn section, and a string section whose arrangement was written mostly like the horn section. Nearly 30 people standing up there on stage to watch people wonder when the set was supposed to get fun or exciting. No thanks.

Caught some of Flypaper as the park was closing down early. It was strange, I wasn't nearly drunk enough to be okay with hearing Flypaper just yet, and then they were done. Then like the bartenders at last call, herds of bike police took to the streets yelling to people that the park was closed. Just weird. That was it for Friday.

Saturday was destined for something...but I got there early enough to see some of the Tin Hearts on the main stage. They're a real-deal bluesy bar band, through and through. Some twang here and there, but they're legit and fit pretty well within the whole outdoor semi-hippie fest vibe.

I stuck around for the Super Desserts, who topped out at 27 people on stage. They're great at what they do, to be sure, but it's so much sweet sweet candy and innocent posturing that I just can't stomach too much of it. I felt like I was watching Hip-Ster Glee. I'll admit that there were a few goosebump worthy moments with the whole choir, and Foley could take a few notes from these guys on how to appropriately outfit a large band with the right instruments/people. But really well executed overall. I just wish it didn't feel like I was watching a presentation at somebody's school.

Next up was The Main Street Gospel, who definitely caught me by surprise. They were tight, loud, and everything rock is supposed to be. These dudes do it right, and it's a shame that they weren't swapped time-slots with Church of the Red Museum (COTRM) who followed, because the park definitely started to look crowded by 2PM. COTRM isn't bad, but I'm just not buyin' the singer/organist's voice. You know how certain singers have real grit to their voice, and you know their bodies produce more testosterone around their vocal cords and hair follicles than most humans? (see Joe Cocker, Merle Haggard, Cher) Then there are people who try and make themselves sound gruff on purpose, but it's not real. Some people are fine with it, but to me it just sounds ingenuine, and what's weird is the dude is the bass player for Nick Tolford & Co. who genuinely has that Joe Cocker thing. But more on that later.

Wandered from the main stage, grabbed a pile of smoked meat, and caught a tiny bit of Megan Palmer giving her all in a barefoot country rompin' tune that I swear I heard three other acts play that weekend as well. Good as always, but I never walk away with anything in my brain after seeing Megan's Comfest performances. Not intimate enough of a setting? I dunno. Seen it too many times? I dunno.

Layed down by a tree to hear Eric Nassau for the first time with a band. (A rather talented one at that with Megan Palmer, Jim Volk, some Andy Shaw band members and maybe a Flooorwalker?) Anyway, I can't stomach it. It's too Comfesty for me. This is the type of music that happens when you leave the drum circle and become a solo artist. I did proceed to get some decent sleep in possibly the safest environment in the park.

I wandered past the main stage, looking for delicious vegan pastries and whatnot at Pattycake, and heard some of Donna Mogavero's band. She's got a great voice. She's the genuine husky Mellisa Etheridge type singer that does best with a great band, and she had that for sure. They're old, but seasoned, and while the Lillith-Rock style doesn't really speak to me, she's definitely a gem in Columbus Music. Seriously fantastic voice.

I was able to catch the last of Trains Across the Sea over at Offramp, and it was phenomenal, as I'm sure anyone who was witness to it can tell you. Dude gets frontman of the weekend award for sure. Over-the-top energy and the crowd was right there with it. I'm gonna keep an eye on what these kids do in the next year, because they've got something special here, and the crowd knew it. Lead singer was a grinning fool, who gave back just as much as he got from the crowd. He was eatin' it up, but so were they. Awesome, and with a cover of "WIth a Little Help From My Friends" ...this is what you hope to experience at Comfest.

Next up was Flu Faker, who I had heard nothing but great things about. Unfortunately, I didn't really agree with any of those great things after seeing them. Was it an off-performance for them? or was that basically what they do all the time? It's probably just one of those things that I don't get, and probably never will.

Luckily I was entertained by more beer, and the Receiver. These guys are flawless, and should be a Main stage closer one of these years. And by one of these years, I mean that it should have happened any time in the past three years, or next. I swear, just let Comfest go late like it used to, let these guys close, and you're not going to have bromancing frat boys date raping each other on the way home in people's yards. The music's too smart to act that stupidly afterwards.

Had to trek across the park for some things, and caught Miss Molly on the Gazebo stage. Ouch. How does someone get excited enough to put that band with a 6PM Saturday time slot. Like...that took like a whole committee of people to make that decision right? I mean, if they were looking for a motive for that kid who stabbed himself last year...I have a pretty good bet that it was something like this that drove him to it. I don't say that out of disrespect for the poor kid or his family, I say it because I considered it myself but thought it would be undignified to go out on such an off-note. (get it...off note?)

On my way back, I caught a tiny glimpse of New Pollution on the main stage. I was surprised, that their Hip-Hop Funk Jazz was pretty decent, and far more entertaining than anything I've seen Prince's sideman do. Not bad, funksters with a band name from a Beck song.

I grabbed myself an up-close spot for Nick Tolford's main stage closing act. Super fun, great voice and Dane Terry on keys was a nice addition. That dude just kinda spills charisma, even just as a side player. Tolford seemed slightly uncomfortable to not have an instrument to hide behind, but he had the balls to just go for it anyway and be a frontman for a night. I have to say that I appreciate that they didn't do anything special for their important closing set. They just got up, and played the best set they could, and it was worth it. There was no one-upmanship of trying to do anything more memorable than just being great, which they were, and it was smart.

Then, once again it was oddly still daylight out and Comfest was done, over and closed. The cops were telling people to leave the park and it just felt wrong. Not that it's hard to find somewhere else to drink, for cheap.

As for Sunday...I slept like a mutherfucker and missed the whole thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:06 am 
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Craigslist missed connections: http://columbus.craigslist.org/search/mis?query=comfest&srchType=A


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:38 am 
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Thanks to everyone, the bands, you were all great, the organizers and the volunteers great job!
I am still trying to get over the exhaustion from the heat! Saturday night was amazing! had to run back and forth between Mt. Carmel and Nick Tolford. Great way to close the musical day! Both bands had the crowds rocking and screaming!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:06 pm 
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Wow. Double wow. Comfest Love.

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:56 pm 
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Thanks for posting that Church video!


Couple more. Didn't come out great, but it's passable.



Those are rad. Thanks again!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:05 am 
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suebee wrote:
gpat wrote:


Wow. Double wow. Comfest Love.


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I just want to give a big shout-out to what we all proclaimed to be the 'BEST NUMBER TWO BUS ON ALL OF HIGH STREET' last night. You guys were awesome and the day could not have ended any better. We all got on the bus at Buttles after Comfest to take all of our very non-sober asses back North to campus/Clintonville, wherever. A special shout out to the precocious three (?) year old in the back of the bus who shouted "WE SHOULD ALL SING 'WHEEL'S ON THE BUS'!" A chorus of extremely drunk out-of-towners in the front of the bus obliged tremendously and soon the entire bus was singing the entire way back. It was a thoroughly epic moment. You all made my night, and maybe we can have round two real soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:25 am 
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Craig will have my ass if I start working out of jurisdiction.

Speaking of which, I never got to verify one of the most interesting rumors I heard about there being a cop tower near the jazz stage. Maybe I just didn't go far enough over. Anyone get a visual? Also, I've still yet to seek out a fishboat.

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:34 am 
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stupid dispatch article.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/29/police-stayed-busy-at-comfest.html?sid=101

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:36 am 
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Speaking of which, I never got to verify one of the most interesting rumors I heard about there being a cop tower near the jazz stage. Maybe I just didn't go far enough over. Anyone get a visual? Also, I've still yet to seek out a fishboat.


This?

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 Post subject: Re: Comfest 2010
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Speaking of which, I never got to verify one of the most interesting rumors I heard about there being a cop tower near the jazz stage. Maybe I just didn't go far enough over. Anyone get a visual? Also, I've still yet to seek out a fishboat.


This?


I wasn't over that way too much, but I never noticed that thing at all. Official line is that there was a larger police presence as a deterrent, but I think that's kinda BS because there was an active undercover element as well. They were nabbing people for pot. Uniforms are for deterrent, undercover is for catching people so you can arrest them.

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