Lollapallooza day 1, who am I photographing today?

It’s day one of #Lollapalooza. It’s the first concert fest that I’ve ever shot.

I can’t say I’m not nervous.

I am.

The evidence is in the restless sleep I got the last three nights. It’s evidenced as well by the uncontrollable urge to approach complete strangers and say, “I’m shooting Lolla.”

I hope I can blog about my experiences everyday. At least today, I’ll give you an idea of who I’m shooting.

I’m working for Time Out Chicago, and I’m one of six or seven photographers covering every band and act throughout the weekend. I didn’t get to choose the bands I’m shooting, but we all got a mix of big and small acts whom we may or may not love.

How it works is, I’m one of a zillion press photographers at the Fest. Before each act goes on, I go wait in a line of photographers. Just before the act goes on stage, personel and security lets us all in a pit area which is a gated section between the audience and the bands. For the first three songs, I can shoot as much as I want from as many angles as they’ll let me get to.

It’s not all that glamourous, but the feeling of shooting a band live from the front is a BLAST. It’s a great, big adrenaline rush.

And you should try it.

For more information on Lolla and watch some live footage, go here.

Since the rest of this post includes several links to YouTube videos, I’m going to break it below the fold. 

First off, The Growlers, 12:45 (Red Bull Stage)

I’ve got The Growlers at 12:45. I found a few videos from them, and I’ll post one below that I liked of them playing live. You know they’re up-and-coming, because they’re playing early on Friday and their videos aren’t as high on hit counts. But the lead singer uses two mics, so you know they’re going to be great … someday.

Second: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, 2 p.m., (Perry’s Stage)

For all of you who don’t know, Perry Ferrell names the DJ stage after himself, since — well — he DJs a bit. I’ve never shot a DJ before, so I’m excited to try it. From what I understand, I’ll have more opportunity to turn my lens toward the crowd. I mean, how many shots can you get of a guy spinning a record.

The music is, for the most part, tame. Chill. Relaxed.

Here’s one song to whet your …

Third, Tame Impala 3:15, (Sony Stage)

Tame Impala is a band that exudes a retro feel. It’s not something I’m completely drawn to. But I have a feeling regular-reading Aaron might like to at least give this one a try. The feel is very Beetles to me. The bass player seems to use a Rickenbacker. And the drums have that symbol heaviness that brings you back to a 70s den of inequity. :0

The best song I found from them is the second clip.

4) The Head & The Heart,  5:15 (Sony Stage)

With the Head & The Heart, we drift toward bands that more people have heard of. I’m not saying no one’s heard of the previous acts. Just work with me here.

One motif for Friday is just how tame and relaxed the bands are that I’m shooting. Meanwhile, Bill’s going to shoot fucking Black Sabbath.

If you haven’t heard this track from The Head & The Heart, you need a new radio station in your town.

5) Porter Robinson, 5:45 (Perry’s Stage) 

Back at the DJ stage, and it sounds that Porter Robinson is a little less tame at points. But if you can’t find me at 6 p.m., look under the trees around the periphery. I will be napping there.

5) M83, 7:30 (Sony Stage) 

My headliner for day one is M83. Tina likes this band. Again, enough with all the lullabies already. I bet any amount of money that David Lynch will use M83 on his next movie soundtrack. They’re kind of Peter Gabriel meets a choir of crybabies. The stuff is borderline wrist cutting. But, hey, I don’t have to like everything I hear and photograph, right?

The second track, Midnight City, is their most popular.

What admirable Christians are writing about Chick-fil-A

Okay, okay, I lied. I have to post a link to Matthew Paul Turner’s post called, “5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday.

I justify it, because I didn’t write it, and it comes from someone attempting to lead the faith pack into an admirable direction. I’ve been following Matthew Paul Turner’s (MPT’s) blog since it was called, “Jesus Needs New PR,” and I’ve consistently gotten the feeling that he’s a guy doing things right.

Just a word, the blog is getting slammed. If you click the link above, you might get an error message or a web site that looks like it came from 1994. Refresh a couple times if that’s the case.

Some admirable bits from MPT’s post:

Many of yesterday’s appreciators were born again Christians, people who, I can only assume, claim to love God, put their trust in Jesus, and have a desire that all people hear and experience the Good News of Christ. That fact alone changes the headline of what happened yesterday.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Chick-Fil-A owners felt loved, made lots of money, and greatly appreciated the somewhat positive press they received all day long. And yes, Mike Huckabee has reason to be proud (dare I say, even cocksure?) of the influence he wields to get Americans to buy chicken. Those CFA cows no doubt love Mike Huckabee!

Jump.

The crowds were so big that you might have thought that Chick-Fil-A was giving away free iPads or Cabbage Patch Dolls or freshly fallen manna from Heaven. And while lots of Christians chose not to participate for various reasons, many did and the Church as whole suffered.

Later when talking about how at the end of the day, a group felt hated by Christians, MPT wrote:

And rather than acknowledging those feelings or trying to understand or engage them in any way, Christians everywhere marched off to their local CFA like it was a cross to bear, a necessity, a battle cry of some sort, the waffle fry’s last stand.

Jump.

By rallying behind CFA, Christians put an issue above people. And it’s impossible to follow Jesus when issues trump people.

And finally:

How many times do we hear Christians say something like, “I don’t hate gay people. I may not agree with their lifestyle. But I don’t hate them… ”

If you were gay, would you believe that? Think about it. Would you feel loved by somebody if they included rules, context, and/or explanations about your lifestyle every time they spoke about how much they don’t hate you? Only when talking about gay people do Christians feel the need to preface their “love” or “non-hate” with some variation of “I don’t agree with your lifestyle, but…” Christians don’t talk about any other group of people like that–only gay people.

Of course the responses range from people supporting MPT to opposing him and his views.

One of the first responses predictably says that Gay people are hurting themselves spiritually and physically, and that’s justification for holding a firm position against them.

Meanwhile, the log in that dude’s own eye is GIGANTIC.

Have you ever been in an argument with a loved one that was ignited by the dumbest fucking trivial reason and it turned into the shitstorm of the century?

Yeah, me neither.

But hypothetically, of course.

This is that dumb argument. And it’s out of control right now.

Once all the dust settles and people remember that people are people. And even think within the framework of their personal worldviews (Christians Christian, Jews Jewish, Muslims, Muslim, Athests Awesome, etc.), we’re all going to realize that the argument was fueled by stubborn, insensitive, ignorant bullshit. We’re going to stand there wondering why this began, why we’re fighting, and why don’t we all share a meal and toast a glass or two.

I, for one, am standing here with my glass raised, waiting for all your dumbasses to pick up the glass that’s already been poured for you.