Monday, June 2, 2008

The Spin: Terrastock Tea Party @ Springwater

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2008 at 8:30 AM

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Please excuse us if we seem a little fried—we went to the Terrastock Tea Party at Springwater Saturday night, and we went to watch Klaus Kinski paddle the slow boat to crazy town over at The Belcourt as part of their Veekends Vith Werner series. There's something about Aguirre, the Wrath of God that puts the grueling life of a music critic into perspective. Sure, life might be a a slow descent into madness, a steady trajectory of dementia in the quest for something that may or may not be there, but really we're all just monkeys on a raft, right? Maybe not. Hey, we're trying here—cut us some slack.

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It's not that we didn't have a good time at the Terrastock Tea Party—we did—it's just that it didn't make our thesaurus tingle the way we wanted it to. It wasn't the transcendental experience that you hope for in a psychedelic rock show, frankly. Cross-branding your local rock show with an event like Terrastock really raises the level of expectations, offering that vague promise of a truly mind-blowing evening. Which didn't happen.

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The bands were good—we really enjoyed 84001's Tangerine Dream-by-way-of-Detroit techno vibe, the shoegazy stylings of Hollow Ox and Heathern Haints were, er, shoegazey and Magick Plantz have an awesome song about space clowns, but for the most part we were just underwhelmed by the pleasantness of the night. That's right: We had a great night, and we're kind of annoyed by it. How are we supposed to write scathing indictments of a stupid industry with all this actual fun happening, dammit!

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Somebody made cupcakes. Chocolate with sprinkles and gummi worms. Sprinkles. And gummi worms. Like we were at a 4-H club meeting. For real—they were delicious, but disappointingly non-”magickal.” Where's the danger in music these days, we ask? Do you think anybody brought cupcakes to CBGB back in the day? Probably not. Fer cryin' out loud, we want to travel into the goddamn heart of darkness and you people are ruining it! But, again, the cupcakes were delicious. Now if we can just keep this boat heading down river We're sure we'll find that city of gold sooner or later....

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