I have my ideal schedule all worked out, but based on my experience last year back-up plans must be at the ready. Some of these venues will reach capacity before my spot in line hits 100 yards of the entrance. It's part of the fun.
Admittedly, this year there is no Iggy Pop-caliber performer; nothing at that same level of must-see madness, but there's plenty to be excited about. Here's my top 5 wish list, excluding acts that are only playing showcases (e.g. REM, My Morning Jacket, Ya La Tengo, etc.)
Since it is so hard to name just five, I'll just keep going: Jens Leckman, Okkervil River, Shearwater, Fuck Buttons, Yeasayer, Matt & Kim, Handsome Furs, White Williams, Fleet Foxes, Ola Podrida and of course, The Breeders. A predictable list and surely a common one, so here's hoping for some unexpected discoveries. If I'm able to see half of these bands, I'll come home happy (and tired).
List aside, I think all I really want is to do is see Lou Reed in person. Just run into him on the street. Forget the music. If I could just meet Lou, that'd be it. I'd drop everything and head home early.
Tomorrow's travel day and I'm waking up at 4am. Best be going.