Big Ears Festival 2017 [Knoxville, TN]

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"alt-country weirdos Wilco"

a confederacy of lampreys (rushomancy), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Bryars and Bley the obvious highlights, also psyched for Supersilent and a bunch of other stuff.

Mike Pence shakes his head and mouths the word ‘no’ (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a very attractive lineup but a question to people who have gone before: Doesn't it get "oppressive" listening to this kind of focused art music for four days? After a couple hours of sit-down chin-stroke sets I need to listen to a DJ set or go see a garage band or, like, clipping or whatever. I just feel like I really appreciate the dialed in curation of this on paper but I might be pulling my hair out at the real thing.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Bonnaroo is thataway.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:30 (one year ago) Permalink

i was almost pulling my hair out at Wilco a few years ago (it was free)

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Agreed, my only beef is that it is a little light on the unhinged stuff this year, but there's still Deerhoof, Aleuchatistas, Rangda and DJ Rupture if you need a good freak-out.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Not unhinged, but DakhaBrahka isn't exactly chin-strokey either. For me a lot of it comes down to sequencing. I usually won't plan to go to two or three drone/ambient things in a row, throw a curveball in there as a palate-cleanser. Plus, I imagine there'll be more stuff tba.

Mike Pence shakes his head and mouths the word ‘no’ (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 19:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Given the Wilco participation and general aesthetic of the fest, seems like a missed opportunity to book Loose Fur. I'd fly across the country for that.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 5 October 2016 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Bryars and Bley the obvious highlights


esempiu (crüt), Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I also have to say, Nief Norf and ACME are such a treat to get in a festival setting because like a well curated program of John Luther Adams and Morton Feldman and whatever doesn't feel as easy as seeing, like, a set of rock festival bands

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 6 October 2016 00:08 (one year ago) Permalink

gotta say, this is the least immediately attractive lineup of any of the Big Earseses since I started going back in 2014; the only acts that really jump out at me are Johansson, the Magnetic Fields, and obvious Gavin Bryars. but then again getting blindsided by new stuff is always part of the package with Big Ears so I'm not too concerned about that.

speaking of Bryars, given that he, Jeck, and Rupture will all be playing, what are the chances of their take on The Sinking of the Titanic being performed? it's actually probably my favorite version of that piece (their version > Bryars' original > the 1990 version, although all three are good in their own way) and the idea of seeing it performed live at the Tennessee gives me a Feeling.

thos beads (jamescobo), Thursday, 6 October 2016 03:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I really got to go over Jelico and get to some of these gigs next spring.

earlnash, Thursday, 6 October 2016 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

we are stoked to play our three act version of Robert Ashley's 'Perfect Lives' at this

the tune was space, Thursday, 6 October 2016 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink


sleeve, Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

i would go to see Colleen

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

just my own hang-up, but I feel weird about the idea of paying to get ahead of other people in line

dc, Friday, 7 October 2016 01:29 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I would feel weird about you paying to get ahead of me in line, too.

DLee, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

I hadn't planned to, but it looks like I'm going to this after all!

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Saturday, 7 January 2017 16:33 (ten months ago) Permalink


Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 7 January 2017 16:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

I wanna go back just to hang out in Knoxville when a bunch of music weirdos are in town.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 7 January 2017 17:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The daily schedule is now up at Let the planning begin.

DLee, Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:48 (nine months ago) Permalink


Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

app not updated tho

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This would be such a good chaser if I could afford a flight right now

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 17:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

damn now that's a lineup

sleeve, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 17:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

looks like NYCTaper is headed to Big Ears, expect some sets to be uploaded!

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 14:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Italian improv-jazz-noise-electroacoustic trailblazers Musica Elettronica Viva"

not italian. still the coolest thing on the lineup. christ, i didn't know richard teitelbaum was still alive!

budo jeru, Thursday, 9 March 2017 06:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Circle! Circle needs to play Big Ears.

example (crüt), Thursday, 9 March 2017 07:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Matthew Shipp and Alvin Curran are scheduled at the same time. If I go see Roedelius at St. John's Cathedral I would have to leave early to walk to The Mill & Mine for MEV. d'oh!

example (crüt), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm tempted to leave Matthew Shipp early and catch the last half of Alvin Curran.. but the Square Room is tiny and it will probably be packed, right??

example (crüt), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

square room is tiny but Curran's set is competing with Matthew Shipp, Meredith Monk, Johann Johanssen and Robyn Hitchcock, Frode Halti and a Secret Show at the Terminal so who knows

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just typing that sentence is proof enough that this is the best music festival in America

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

I know I should figure out my schedule before I pick up my wristband and such, but gah what a task.

scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:54 (eight months ago) Permalink


DLee, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Running late — we're gonna miss the opening event but hopefully we'll catch some of Nief-Norf!

Our schedule for today:
Carla Bley
Matana Roberts
Anna Meredith
Kapp & Shipp
Blonde Redhead

example (crüt), Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

hey y'all

this is gonna be fun

fingers crossed we can get through our string section rehearsal in time to make it to Matana Roberts tonight

tryna catch ILXors like Pokemonsters here at the fest so say hi

the tune was space, Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

That Anna Meredith performance blew me away. Never heard her before. Band was all smiles and so was the audience. Blonde Redhead was excellent too. Great night all around.

gman59, Friday, 24 March 2017 05:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

I hit up 'Swimming to Cambodia,' Nief-Norf, Aleuchatistas, Carla Bley, Matana Roberts, Michael Hurley, Shipp/Kapp and 'Stop Making Sense'

The Norf Oliveros piece is going to be hard to top. Also, Stop Making Sense on that sound system was amazing

SSN Lucci (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 24 March 2017 15:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

though getting up at 7 am to load in and prep for a noon show was . .. gnarly


and we have seen a lot of rad shit too

Matana was rad

Alvin Curran killed it, such a great musician and just really wild and loose and crazy

Michael Hurley was super charming

Carla Bley trio was exquisite

bummed I missed Rzewski but we had to pack our gear

gonna be on a panel w Matana and the Deathprod dude tomorrow at 10 am if anyone is feeling masochistic

the tune was space, Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

my review:

what an amazing time

SSN Lucci (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

What a great weekend. Just got home.

scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 23:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

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