Re: Spring Fling 2013!
This is embarrassing. Brown’s lineup is historically good, and it’s likely that we have as much or even more money. Macklemore is fine, whatever, but we can do so much better. Brown booked Dirty Projectors and Kendrick Lamar and A-Trak and Deerhunter. They made a fucking festival. If Yale is to remain culturally “relevant” (an awful word in the blogosphere, but highly applicable here), if our earbudded, festival-going generation is to respect the people who work hard and play hard at Yale, we must, must, must book great acts. This is the burgeoning age of the music fest, and Spring Fling is a ripe opportunity to have one in our backyard. No more washed-out unintelligent music “for the kids” like T-Pain. Instead — Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Grimes, Sleigh Bells. These are big names on the festival circuit, and it gives me hope to see them on this survey. They’re the elite minds and leaders at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo — the literal movers and shakers of tens of thousands of people having the time of their lives. They are, in short, the intelligent leaders of the future of music. And it makes eminent sense for the intelligent future leaders of the world to invite them to rage with us. These choices should be easy. Let’s not judge by sales (top-sellers are more expensive to book anyway); let’s instead judge by taste, and by quality of music. Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Edward Sharpe, Grimes, Sleigh Bells. Let’s make this happen.