Print is dead. I say this mostly because at some point in this year I bought tickets to concerts (no idea which ones!) that somehow led to me getting subscriptions to both Spin and Rolling Stone. Neither of which I want. So… Landfillage. But I might as well have opinions while I’m at it.
This week (or, really, last week, but I was on vacation): Rolling Stone’s 20 best albums and 50 best songs.
The prediction: The #1 album will be Kanye. At least five of the top twenty albums will be from legacy acts. Also, for reasons unknown, Teenage Dream will end up on here.
You may have seen me remark on Twitter that the Bamboozle preliminary lineup had only two bands I’d even heard of, which meant I probably didn’t have to go. Well, now there’s more information, and I’m still definitely not going, but I am deeply, deeply baffled. Here’s the crux: From the way the front page looks and what we know about Bamboozle (traditionally two main stages, with each stage’s headliner running unopposed), old school heroes The Gaslight Anthem are headlining on one side vs Mötley Crüe on the other (which, like, who the hell is even going to go to Bamboozle to see Mötley damn Crüe. I foresee a lot of MC fans (don’t make me do the umlauts anymore) buying tickets and then rolling in at the end of the day, leaving the earlier bands playing to very few people), while on the other day, Taking Back Sunday is on one side and Lil’ Wayne is on the other.
Remember last year, when they at least tried to thematically organize the days? A scene day and a hipster day? They gave up on that, which is fine, because how are you going to categorize Lil Wayne and MC in a way that can also incorporate the traditional litany of scene bands.
And now, the rest of the list sorted into three categories: Bands I Want to See, Except How I’m Not Going to Fucking Bamboozle Again; Bands Whose Presence on This Bill Confuses Me; and Scene Bands With Terrible Names. (Prediction: the first group will be shortest and the last will be epically long.)
Predictions: Once again, sales will trump artistry and Katy Perry will get nominated a bunch for an album I haven’t heard anyone actually praise. I will again be confused by the eligibility year. Beyonce will end up with a bunch of nods even though I don’t think she’s actually been pushing anything this year.
Let’s see how close I got!