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My Lollapalooza 2012 Wishlist

The 3-Day Pass for Lollapalooza 2012 went on sale last Tuesday, and I’m one of the lucky ones who was able to jump in on their early bird special (which is $30 cheaper than their regular pass). So, I’m ready to go now. The problem, however, is that the festival isn’t until August. They haven’t even announced the lineup yet.

There are rumors and speculations on who will play at the festival. A fake lineup was even released. But, as of  now, no official lineup has been released yet. So, if Perry Farrell ask me, I wish that these 10 bands be included on this year’s lineup.

1. Cloud Nothings
My first favorite new band of 2012, Cloud Nothings are winning people over with their early-emo sound. There’s been a lot of buzz about them after playing on SXSW, and they’re already scheduled to play on Pitchfork Music Festival this July. Seems wrong not to include them on Lollapalooza.

“Fall In” by Cloud Nothings

2. Hospitality
This Brooklyn band won me over with their vocalist’s cutesy voice. So, I want to see them at Lolla and hear Amber’s voice live.

“Friends of Friends” by Hospitality

3. Tool
The best band in the world, of all times. They should be on every music festival. Just saying.

“Stinkfist” by Tool

4. At The Drive-In (or The Mars Volta)
To my delight, At The Drive-In, one of my favorite bands, announced their reunion a couple months ago and they’re playing at this year’s Coachella. So, I want to see them at Lollapalooza too. But if they can’t make it, I’ll take The Mars Volta (ATDI’s offshoot) anytime.

“One Armed Scissor” by At The Drive-In

5. Refused
Like with ATDI, Refused also went defunct before I could see them live. But they also announced their reunion a couple months ago, and they’re also playing at Coachella. It would be evil if Lollapalooza organizers don’t include them on this year’s lineup.

“New Noise” by Refused

6. Bon Iver
Bon Iver. Grammy Award Winner. My favorite artist of 2011. Wrote “Calgary” and “Blindsided”, which are two of my favorite songs of all time. He’s playing at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo. He should also be included on Lollapalooza’s lineup.

“Calgary” by Bon Iver

7. Yuck
I like Yuck’s brand of guitar pop and their debut album is one of my favorite albums in 2011. So, I’d be happy to see them play live on Lollapalooza.

“Shook Down” by Yuck

8. Soundgarden
After their reunion, Soundgarden was one of the headliners back in Lollapalooza 2010. But I missed them then. Now that they’re dropping some new material this year, I think that they should be included on this year’s lineup.

“Burden in my Hand” by Soundgarden

9. Real Estate
Their album Days is my ultimate soundtrack for chilling on a hot summer day. So, it’d be really cool if they can play at Lollapalooza.

“Municipality” by Real Estate

10. Phantogram
Same reason with Hospitality. I like the vocalist and I want to hear her sing live.

“Mouthful of Diamonds” by Phantogram

So, these are the 10 artists that I want to see on Lollapalooza 2012. Not all of them will play, I’m sure. But I have a good feeling that Cloud Nothings, Bon Iver, Hospitality and Real Estate will be there. And that is good enough for me.

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[Music Review] Hospitality

There are plenty of reasons not to like winter. The sub-zero temperatures, the endless snow, it’s always dark and there’s nothing going on. What’s more is that the weak releases in music, games and film –that usually haunts the first quarter– makes winter even harsher. Fortunately, this year, we have Hospitality’s self-titled debut album to comfort us from the cold.

A three-piece indie guitar-pop band that hails from Brooklyn, catchy and sunny is how I would describe Hospitality’s music. Each song in their eponymous album will make you tap your foot and nod your head throughout the whole album, from the first track to the last. The guitars are very jingly-jangly and the melodies are just so catchy. But the real gem here is Amber Papini. Her vocal performance is just amazing. It’s happy and cute. But not so overly done and doesn’t sound cheesy.

Papini is also a fantastic storyteller. She can conjure vivid little scenes that will linger in your mind much longer than their melodies will. Although while her target audience are post-grad, young adults who’re trying to make it big in big cities, I still get some of the things she’s talking about: of losing your identity, making new friends and ditching old ones, being stuck at dead-end jobs, and trying to figure out what’s next while watching life pass you by.

Overall, I really enjoyed Hospitality. It’s a good record, a hospitable album to listen to during a cold weather. It will comfort you and keep you relaxed like a cool summer breeze. However, it doesn’t have enough hook to reel me in completely. Although I’m already looking forward to hear Hospitality’s future endeavors. Because they’re a very, very promising band.

Score: B

Favorite Track:
“Friends Of Friends” by Hospitality

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