|Jet Bin Fever |
Ahh, time passes so quickly. The yearly Anthrocon parade of shame and GOTJ infomercials are the two cardinal points that mark the passing of time for our site.
Jet Bin Fever
add a "gathering of the juggalos" tag to link to the other great infomercials.
|infinite zest |
If I had a choice and was given a golden ticket to one festival this summer I'd still choose Sasquatch or Pickathon, but I'd take this over Burning Man. A while ago I commented something like "why would Hannibal Burress do a set at The Gathering" assuming some of their early lyrics were either perpetuating intolerance towards different races or different sexual preferences. I listened to those songs again and realized that, for the most part, I was wrong. So in hindsight, I take that back. I can't criticize a caucasian group for saying something like "fuck pretty much everyone" anymore than I can criticize Primal Scream for writing a song called "Kill All Hippies."
Still not my cup of tea musically but it's a bunch of people getting to have a lot of fun for a couple of days and that's awesome. Can't be worse than Woodstock 2000 anyway.
Back when I was in college the GOTJ was pretty close to Madison, I think in Peoria or just outside, so people would just come back to Madison to crash. For a few days it was the Gathering of the Juggalos in Madison. Same thing happened in Milwaukee, which coincided with people coming in for the Harley Davidson Gathering. Because of Summerfest the bikers would get there like a month early and just hang out until the parade. I wish I could've filmed it but it was thousands of juggalos and probably a million harley owners. If vice hires you can I come along?
I had to look up the NEMHF, I think Iced Earth is the only band on there I know. So much new music to explore!
It's kinda off topic but I don't associate myself with metal even though it's part of my cultural heritage and my buddies play in Red Fang and Lord Dying. I don't know if that's metal on the same level. Anyway I go to their shows anyway, and everyone is dressed in.. wait for it.. black. I'm in a white coat everywhere I go, made out of synthetic sheep skin. For a while I felt like an outsider, like a white sheep surrounded by black. Then they accepted me. I think Juggalos feel that way too. The Juggalo Family is their extended family and even though I don't necessarily listen to the music I have respect for that. ICP gained a bunch of bonus points in my book when Violent J was describing his own upbringing, which was much more turbulent than my own. They'd be willing to take accept a non-Juggalo into the fold the way I was accepted as a sheep of a different color.
NEMHF is pretty great, if you're into metal or hardcore and live on the East Coast. ProgPower is another good one, but if I'm going to go all the way to Georgia for a music festival, I might as well go to Germany for Wacken, instead! Wacken is basically the Gathering for metalheads; pretty much every big name in metal has played or will play there. For example, this year they've got:
Megadeth, Iced Earth, Children of Bodom, Devin Townsend, Archenemy, Emperor, Apocalyptica, Hammerfall, Slayer, Skid Row, Motorhead, King Diamond, the Red Hot Chili Peppers for some reason, and Hatebreed, who are terrible but come from my hometown, so whatever.
Apparently all 100,000 or so tickets sold out in two days.
Woah! I just go to SMMR BMMR but I'm usually working it too, if there even is one this year :(
Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Oh my god, Devin Townsend isn't in an institution yet!?
|infinite zest |
It's soooooo weird.. the other night I was at some guy's birthday party where I felt like "ugh" a bunch of professors talking about stuff then me, a disenfranchised poet laureate in my own brain but they were talking about someone in Australia at a pool party who got hit by a little piece of a meteorite. Went right through his chest and killed him instantly. Everyone felt bad because they basically told him to fuck off and then he's dead. I jokingly asked if they were talking about a meteorite hitting me because I had nothing to add to the conversation and they were like "oh no no no no" but may a meteorite hit me if I didn't mention something about dying and going to the Gathering of the Juggalos, which I then proceeded to explain.
Collective consciousness maybe? I don't know. Poetv give me a pinch.
protip sugar slam starts at 7:43
Obligatory "R.I.P. Ass Dan" referencing-comment.
|Adham Nu'man |
They had to move this to an actual indoor venue this year. So I can't imagine it'll be nearly as ludicrous as years past. Which is a shame.
I would definitely like to hear Gilbert's take on the gathering.
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