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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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2012, Entertain Me

It’s hard to predict what 2012 will bring (unless you’re a Mayan, of course). I don’t know if it will be better than last year, or worse. But there are some things –like movies, games, music and comics– that I’m pretty sure will not disappoint me this year. Here are those things, the 12 things that I’m looking forward to in 2012 (not in order of awesomeness).

Movies

1. The Hobbit
Here’s a secret: I didn’t like The Hobbit when I read it back when I was an eleven year old kid. I haven’t read it ever since. 6 years later, when I turned 16, I became a big fan of its epic sequel, The Lord of the Rings. So, why am I excited about this movie? Well, it has been a decade since The Fellowship of the Rings came out, and I miss pure Tolkienian fantasy and Peter Jackson’s magic.

2. The Avengers
Marvel announced four years ago that there will be an Avengers movie, and then teased us with “The Road to Avengers” –hints, cameos and ending scenes that were injected in Avengers related films. Now, it’s here. So, if you liked Iron Man, Thor and Captain America this film is for you. Joss Whedon is going to make this epic.

3. The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s excellent adaptation of Batman. Honestly, besides Bane and Catwoman being on it, I really have no idea what’s the plot going to be about in this flick, and I like it to stay that way. But I’m confident that Nolan will deliver.

Games

4. Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur
Ken Rolston, the lead designer of Morrowind and Oblivion, is this game’s executive designer. So, its open-world gameplay is going to be a bit similar to an Elder Scrolls game. But it’s not gonna be a bit like an Elder Scrolls game because: (a) R.A. Salvatore, famous fantasy author (who is responsible for my favorite Dark Elf Trilogy), wrote the story; and (b) Todd McFarlane, comic book artist, toy maker and creator of Spawn, worked on its art. So, big names in this game.

5. Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect was okay. Mass Effect 2 was epic. So, I’m pretty certain that BioWare is doing whatever they can to give us an epic ending to the Mass Effect Trilogy that started back in 2007. I can’t wait to set foot on Earth and kill me some Reavers.

6. BioShock Infinite
BioShock is one of my favorite games of all time. While I haven’t played its sequel (although I own it), I’m pretty sure it’s a gas too. But when I saw BioShock Infinite’s trailer, I was at awe. The art direction in this game is just way too cool. I’m sensing that this game is gonna be favorite game of 2012.

7. Torchlight 2
I enjoyed playing this Diablo-clone, so much that I’m gonna get its sequel. So, why am I going to get a Diablo-clone when I can I play Diablo III this year instead? Simple, Torchlight 2 will be so much cheaper than Diablo III.

Comics

8. Avengers Vs. The X-Men
The title says it. This is going to be a great event with lots of great fights. I’m looking forward to Bendis’ one-liner humor and Cho’s great artwork.

9. Fairest
One thing I don’t like about Fables (which still remains one of my favorite comic books) is that it has way too many characters to fit in just one book. So, following at the success of Cinderella mini-series, Willingham created Fairest, which will be starred by the female characters of Fables. So, I’m really excited to read the new adventures of my favorite fabled heroines.

Music

10. Soundgarden’s new album
So, Soundgarden reunited back in 2010 and toured. But new material from them hasn’t dropped yet. This year though, in Spring, their new album will hit the shelves. If Thayil wasn’t lying, their new album will be a bit similar to their 1996 album, Down on the Upside, which is a great album. I’m really excited to hear new stuff from these guys again.

11. Tool’s new album
I forgot when it was. But, not too long ago, Tool’s guitarist, Adam Jones, had hinted they are writing stuff. I haven’t heard anything else since then. Although I’m hoping that Tool will drop an album this year. It’s been 10,000 days since they released their last album, 10,000 Days.

12. Lollapalooza 2012
I had blast at last year’s Lollapalooza. I saw a lot of my favorite bands including Arctic Monkeys, Explosions in the Sky and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I even got inside Foo Fighters’ VIP tent. I don’t know who’ll be playing at this year’s fest yet. But, if it’s anything like Coachella 2012, it’s going to be even better.

So, that’s it. These are the things that I’m looking forward to in 2012. What about you? Do you have things that you’re looking forward to this year?

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