WHY I ONLY WENT TO ONE NIGHT OF STREET SCENE
Because I’m stupid, that’s why. I thought I was being a responsible adult and taking care of business by not dedicating my entire weekend to the 24th annual giant, two-day music festival in the heart of downtown San Diego. So I opted only for a one day pass (Saturday) without so much as looking at the schedule to see what I’d be missing. Like I said: Stupid.
So here’s what I missed: Apparently an amazing and dance-your-ass-off performance by Spoon, coolness from Justice, MGMT and some super mellow, stripped down Beck. Among others, of course. I’m a little bitter about the whole thing so I’m not going to get too into all the good things I heard.
And here’s what I didn’t miss, on Saturday night:
1. I definitely did not miss the chance to dance to “Whip It” by Devo. Yep, of “whip it good” fame, Lego hats and all. Their bass was so intense, my breast plate was literally rattling in my skeleton. So after “Whip It,” I was outta there.
2. A lot of girls in crazy feather outfits, looking very Bjork, circa “Earth Intruders.” I imagine in certain states of mind, they probably would have looked amazing, but to me it was just a little odd. I think more because I found myself wondering where they got all the feathers. Lying on the beach? They looked like seagull feathers and it was just giving me the willies a little bit.
3. X. They’re a super old school punk band from L.A. and one of the singers, Exene Cervenka, gave Kim Gordon a run for her money as being one of the most bad-ass older ladies of rock-n-roll that I’d ever seen. Now, I’m not trying to be disrespectful or anything but—from afar—she had this Mrs. Fratelli from the Goonies look about her.
4. Some watered down Rum Runners and sharing a flask in the parking lot with the four crazy girls I arrived with.
5. Tegan and Sara, performing “Umbrella” by Rihanna. (”Ella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh….”) The twin sisters looked all double-minty adorable and Canadian and though I’d briefly grown tired of the duo, I think I’m a big fan again. Two young friends of mine got to the front row and video-ed them playing a new song and they were shocked with their virgin ears when a girl next to them screamed “DO ME TEGAN.” But I mean, who says “do me” past 1988?
5 1/2. Totally almost forgot, if the two young friends of mine hadn’t just reminded me: DID I OFFEND YOU YEAH. Yeah.
6. Dancing my ass off to The Eagles of Death Metal. Hands down had to be the best performance there! So good.—CS