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[Summer Festivals] Bedlam in Timisoara

If by some drunken choice of destiny you’re in Romania this summer.. Surely you know what I mean when I say, stay away from Bucharest; and on that note, go to Timisoara! For five days of madness and all-round artistic debauchery under the guise of a Gipsy (that’s Romani for the politically correct) Arts Festival, kicking of the 6th of August.

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  • IRAF (International Romani Arts Festival) will host the likes of Boban Markovic, Estelle Goldfarb, our very own Ovidiu Lipan Tandarica – and that’s just covering the music part of the festival. There’s dance, film, photography, anything goes. It looks so wonderfully chaotic, rather unmissable.

    Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar – Bumamara mp3


    Festival Freebies [U.S.]

    I’m not getting free festival passes for posting this but has recently launched in 25 new cities across the country. To celebrate they’re giving away tickets (VIP & GA) and trips to various music festivals and tours all summer long! For more details check out the Summer Of Love group page on

    Here are the current promotions running on Going – there will be many more announced soon.

    BONNAROO ( – Win a pair of VIP passes to the festival plus round trip flights, 2 VIP passes to the official opening party and 2 pairs of Onitsuka Tiger sneakers! Featuring: Pearl Jam, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, The Raconteurs, M.I.A. and more!

    THE PALMS w/ REV THEORY ( – Win a trip to Las Vegas to party with Rev Theory. Includes 2 night stay at The Palms, round trip flights, and VIP access to the Rev Theory album release party.

    HOUSE OF OM SAN FRANCISCO ( – Win a trip to the final date of the House Of OM tour in San Francisco including round trip air, hotel accommodations, and 2 VIP tix to House Of OM.

    ROCK THE BELLS ( Going is giving away 2 VIP and 2 GA tickets to each and every Rock The Bells show in the US. Featuring: A Tribe Called Quest, NAS, Mos Def, Meth & Red, Raekwon, Ghostface, De La Soul, and more.

    PAID DUES ( – Going is giving away free passes to the remaining dates on the Paid Dues tour. Featuring: Murs, Rakim, GZA, De La Soul, Sage Francis, and more.

    ( Going is giving away 2 VIP passes and 4 pairs of GA passes for the 2008 POPPED Music Fest in Philly. Featuring: Vampire Weekend, Mates Of State, Gogol Bordello, Dan Deacon, and more.

    ( – Going is giving away 4 pairs of tickets to Rothbury plus 4 Epiphone guitars. Featuring: DMB, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, 311, and more.

    ( – Going is giving away a pair of all access wristbands to this years Rock City music fest in Detroit. Featuring: Sloan, The Von Bondies, Matt & Kim, The Death Set, and more!

    All people have to do to enter is join the specific group for each contest. Winners will be notified via email.

    My personal choice in bold type.

    Moshi Moshi? AirWaves?

    Iceland’s AirWaves festival (17 – 21 October) is going for gold this year, with so many bands you couldn’t fit them in the biggest hot dog bun. That ain’t a bad thing. For example, you have local band Jakobínarína who are now going to be cutting class to perform (they’re still in highschool), and Lali Puna are also going to be distributing morr music. Who wants to hear about Deerhoof, Bloc Party, The Teenagers and err.. Cocktail Vomit?

    Maybe later because now.. American readers over 21 with the ability to reach Icelandair gateways at an airport possibly near you, I urge you to start drinking vodka, for it is going to take you places (airWaves, for one). Yep there’s a Reyka vodka contest.

    Lali Puna – Left Handed mp3

    Jakobínarína – Power To The Lonely mp3

    Jakobínarína – This Is An Advertisement

    Link Complication

    Fallen in love this week with perpetrators of the J Davey kind. Can’t find the album here in Bucharest, don’t have a credit card to PayPal myself through ebay, but wherever it is I’ll hunt it down. Meanwhile soul-electro-clashsters do have a myspace (a tab is permanently open in my browser – the J Davey tab as it’s going down for posterity) and a site all of their own where you can stream music. Unfortunately no downloads. If you don’t have time for this you should quit your job. Pretty mesmerizing stuff here, but I suppose it’s more chick-oriented.The British Bard

    Next up is that young gun that requires a deluge of clever epithets to properly state what he’s about in case you haven’t heard of him yet. Jamie T, this modern-age Socrates-slash-Petronius but with a bass guitar to prod at, I say, Jamie T is material for BBC Collective’s feature this issue. You can stream live footage of Jamie, and watch an interview. The album’s getting done, but after all the tracks are done there’s nasty marketing issues to think of; however I trust Virgin Music know when to milk the cow.

    I’m very glad I received some good shit in the mail, finally, so here it is: a remix by Jim Noir for Sebastien Tellier‘s La Ritournelle. It strikes me as a dance track with feeling. I can already picture the masses after an anthem, wondering what moves to pull on this one. A bit of drum and bass, a bit of strings and you’ve scored the sun rising while you’re sipping on that last cocktail or a strong cuppa green tea (Coffee is so last season). As for Tellier, his first recording ever, Fantino, can be found on the soundtrack to Lost In Translation by Sofia Coppola. As you do.

    Sebastien Tellier – La ritournelle (Jim Noir Mix) mp3

    Here’s the dude’s myspace.



    I’m still in my Poland retrospective phase, here are some pics from the Open’er Festival in Gdynia.

    Open'er Puzzle

    Open’er Gdynia Part 1

    Travelling is so much fun. so long as you either have a shower every day or twice a day or you don’t have a shower for such a long time that it doesn’t even appeal to you anymore.

    Trains aren’t unsafe. You can sleep in them, eat in them, meet people in them, dodgy or not, smelly or flowery (remember the shower issue). But they’re just a means to an end. Getting off a train, especially one where you had no seat reservations and had to suck it up and sprawl as much of yourself as you could on the floor with the rest of the sleep-deprived crowd, you’re happy to see your limbs are in working condition. You can just walk and you’re fulfilled for the rest of the day.

    You get off the train from Krakow to Gdynia, you’re greeted by Magda. You have some pea cream soup and some mushroom experimental dumplings and you’re ready for battle. For battling the people onto the bus to the Babie Doly, the festival site. Well not really because Polish people are so civilised. There was no pogo-ing the first day, and you could just elbow your way to the front if you wanted to. On the other hand, they’re well paranoid about their travka too 🙂

    open'er 2006

    There’s an appetence for Placebo in Poland I never thought I’d find. Basically in the rest of Europe they just have their old crowds, the old fans with a disabled upchuck reflex so as to numbly or surprisingly enough, enthusiastically, take in the last LP, Meds, which oozes mediocrity and lack of passion for anything. It sounds like a drunken lingering shadow of what Placebo used to be. I expected some old sing-alongs, like Pure Morning, which never happened, instead you either got any given lacklustre track off Meds, or Every You and Every Me. I felt myself nodding off while I was standing there waiting for something to happen which eventually came in the shape of a cover – Running Up that Hill (Kate Bush cover). As I was wondering how many people knew the mesemerizing original, I made my way to the exit for some aqua. I met up with Mircea who had to rub Nightmares on Wax (who performed in the tent stage) in my face. Of course it was bloody amazing as Mircea told me exhausted from all the good sounds and vibe – and of course, I wasn’t there to witness. I have only myself to blame, and Placebo, for making me forget I actually was at a goddamn festival

    Placebo – Running Up That Hill mp3
    YouTubed – Placebo Live at Open’er
    (pretty dismal but just for curiosity)

    After Pharell and Placebo, I felt disjointed and filled with woe. Pharell looked like he was looking for love from the crowd, but I didn’t feel it much, and by the “when-are-we-getting-out-of-here” way he was lagging around the stage he didn’t seem to feel Polish love as a force to be reckoned with, either.

    The second day I was unabashed and prepared for some good fucking live acts. The only issue was organizing myself correspondingly and running to-and-fro between main stage and tent stage.
    Got to the Open’er site in time for Skin‘s last pink-pantyhoed scream-arounds. Ah well. She did kick ass, and she is so phlegmatic as to pump you up even though you’ve never actually heard her solo stuff (i.e. me). I can’t say I was glad or sad when she was over though.

    Well that’s it for the disappointing bits of the festival, tomorrow I’m a bombard you with what rocked (even electronically so, might I say mostly electronically)