Thanks to all the stats kept by Last.fm, you get to enjoy what I listened to in 2012.
Top Artists and number of plays.
1. Madness (240)
2. Screaming Females (213)
3. James (168)
4. Pulp (154)
5. Green Day (149)
6. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra (145)
7. The Replacements (124)
8. R.E.M. (118)
9. Neon Trees (111)
10. Florence + The Machine (100)
Top Songs and number of plays (with a few ties).
1. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Do It with a Rockstar (23)
2. Pulp – Common People (21)
3. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (20)
3. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Want It Back (20)
5. Grimes – Genesis (19)
6. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – The Killing Type (17)
7. Beach House – Myth (16)
7. Gypsy & The Cat – Bloom (16)
9. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Trout Heart Replica (15)
10. Django Django – Default (14)
10. Neon Trees – Animal (14)
10. M83 – Midnight City (14)
10. The Vaccines – Teenage Icon (14)
10. Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows (14)
Day 2 featured the first of the Raleigh City Plaza shows, with The Jesus and Mary Chain headlining the night. The first, and only previous time, I saw The Jesus and Mary Chain was in 1990 at the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA. I paid a whole $9.00 to see them with Nine Inch Nails.
But before The Jesus and Mary Chain took the stage, I got to see two other bands. First was Zammuto, followed by Built to Spill.
Finally, it was time for The Jesus and Mary Chain and they did not disappoint. I have one picture as well as a short video clip of their song “Head On.”
The shows were just beginning in all of the other Hopscotch venues when the City Plaza show ended. I left City Plaza and headed to Slim’s to take in a few songs from a veteran punk band, Pipe.
Then it was off to the Lincoln Theatre again to catch the last half of Odonis Odonis.
After Odonis Odonis, Zola Jesus took the stage at Lincoln Theatre. The entire front row was full of photographers. I didn’t see this many photographers at any other show.
I only stayed for about half of Zola Jesus, even though she was very good. I was hoping to catch most of The dB’s show at the Long View Center. They started a bit late, so I made it in time for the start of their set. I was a fan of The dB’s years ago and I never got a chance to see them. While they weren’t bad, I think I should have stayed with Zola Jesus to end my year at Hopscotch.
So there you have it – my two days and nights at the Hopscotch Music Festival. I’m already looking forward to next year.
I started the day volunteering at badge city, scanning tickets and handing out wristbands for the festival. Six hours of work in exchange for an all-show pass. Not a bad exchange.
Once that was done, it was time for some music. On my way to the first venue, I ran across this awesome street art.
I started at King’s Barcade with Lilac Shadows. Something nice and easy to get the night started.
I tried to get to Berkeley Cafe next to see Gross Ghost, but the venue is small and the lines were too long. I’d never get inside in time to see them, so I made my way over to Memorial Auditorium and caught a few songs from Deerhoof.
The one band that I couldn’t miss, Screaming Females, was almost next, so I got over to Lincoln Theatre in plenty of time to get in before they started. Since I got there early, I saw most of Altos as well.
Once Altos was done, it was time for Screaming Females. Best show of Hopscotch. Yes, I know it’s only the first day but it’s going to be hard to beat this one. Enjoy a few pictures and a short video clip from this show.
Finally, I moved back to Memorial Auditorium to catch the last half of the Liars show.
So that was day one. Now I have to run and plan for day two….