If you haven’t heard of the impending onslaught of music about to hit Byers, Colorado this weekend, you’ve definitely been living under a rock. Or, maybe more likely, you’ve just been listening to the wrong music for the past few decades – in which case this, the last of the blockbuster summer festivals for 2013, isn’t going to matter to you anyway (although, oddly enough, this summer festival actually wraps up on the autumnal equinox – where’s Alanis Morrisette for this one?). It’s the Riot Fest, now in its 9th incarnation, rolling into May Farms in Byers, straight from the headline-busting Chicago version last weekend.
Bundled up in multiple buses, trailers and trucks barrelling in from the midwest, this two-day collection of bands spanning ‘70s Proto and ‘80s Post-Punk with the Stooges, FLAG (half of the split touring bands made up of the ever-changing cast of Black Flag), Superchunk, Guided By Voices, Rocket From the Crypt, Naked Raygun, Yo La Tengo, and the supreme draw, the newly reunited-after-twenty-years Replacements promises to be more than memorable – it might just be legendary.
Not only do those of us who grew up listening endlessly to Paul Westerberg’s drunken howl, or Iggy Pop’s guttural whine finally get to see them, the thousands of you who weren’t even born when these bands grew weary of the road get a chance to actually witness some of the legends that make what you know as “Punk” or “Rock” what it is today. The fact is that we, spanning – what, three, four overlapping generations (each one seemingly more nihilistic, confused, disillusioned, disenfranchised and lazy than the last) will be sharing a chance to watch a mix of an entire history of music unfold over a weekend.
So now it’s time for the old, pedantic parent in me to come out and make sure all you young’uns aren’t missing out. You all need to know what to listen for out there that graced the airwaves while so many of you were still swimming in protoplasm. So – checkout the playlist old Grandpa DenverThread has compiled for you, so you have a little taste of the heavy hitters (the ones who were teaching all the members of Blink-182’s dads how to scoop up their friends from the maelstrom of a slam dancing pit before skulls were cracked – laughing all the while). Listen to all of these, and make sure you catch them in the first day’s lineup. We’ll try and get a day two playlist up soon as well.
Now get the hell off my lawn, and take that smirk somewhere else, DJ Trevor.
Riot Fest 2013 – Preview Playlist:
Stooges – T.V. Eye
Stooges – Search and Destroy
Black Flag – Six Pack
Black Flag – Wasted
Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown
The Replacements – Hold My Life
The Replacements – Favorite Thing
The Replacements – Androgynous
The Replacements – Gary’s Got A Boner
The Replacements – Answering Machine
Public Enemy – Fight the Power
Public Enemy – 911 is a Joke
Public Enemy – Public Enemy #1
Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It
Guided By Voices – Kicker of Elves
Guided By Voices – The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
Superchunk – Certain Stars
Superchunk – Tie A Rope to the Back of the Bus
Rocket from the Crypt – Hairball Alley
Rancid – Rats in the Hallway
DeVotchka – Venus In Furs
DeVotchka – I Cried Like A Silly Boy