Friday, July 13, 2012

Ultimate Fan Setlists: System of a Down

If given the improbable task of curating a setlist for a favorite artist, what would you choose? What would your approach be. Recently, I asked myself these questions for Radiohead and Asobi Seksu. For the third installment of Ultimate Fan Setlists, System of a Down fan Jeff Cunningham intimated his choices to Simply Fuss Free. In addition to the songs he holds near and dear, he also shared his rationale.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ultimate Fan Setlists: Asobi Seksu

Recently, Pearl Jam had a fan pick the setlist for one of their gigs. Bands such as The Flaming Lips and R.E.M. have taken requests online in the past, as well. What would you do if given such a golden opportunity? For a hypothetical dream set from Radiohead, Simply Fuss Free opted for b-sides and other unplayed rarities. What about something completely different? For example, how about venturing out of the arena and into the club for someone like Asobi Seksu? 

According to fellow fan Mohamed El Amin, his number one wish for seeing them live is "Definitely 'Stay Awake.' I want to sing/dance/walk/sleep/fuck/a billion other things to that song." Well said. Possibly the band's most breathtaking moment, "Stay Awake" was released back in 2007 as a limited edition 7", but is still available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and as part of Adult Swim's Warm & Scratchy compilation. For this installment of Ultimate Fan Setlists, Simply Fuss Free has attempted to strike balance between old and new, drawing from all eras, and incorporating some of their outstanding b-sides.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Overheard: Conversations at Primavera Sound

Welcome to the second installment of Overheard, where Simply Fuss Free recalls quotes and conversations had and heard at various places and events around the world and saves them for posterity. Read the Glastonbury installment here.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ultimate Fan Setlists: Radiohead

Recently, Pearl Jam gave a longtime fan the opportunity of a lifetime by flying him from Rhode Island to attend a couple gigs in Amsterdam and giving him the privilege of creating the second night's setlist. Read more about it at Stereogum. If your favorite band entrusted you with such a task, what would you choose? All the hits? All obscurities? What about new material? I asked myself these same questions and have come up with different results for different bands. and for the first installment in this new series, it's all about living in cloud cuckoo land. After all, what other band can compare to Radiohead when it comes to stellar b-sides and long-abandoned pieces of perfection?

Read below for Simply Fuss Free's dream Radiohead setlist.