Mountain Oasis Festival preview
The North Carolina mountains just got a little more interesting. In late October, the Mountain Oasis Festival will converge on Asheville for a three-day extravaganza of music. It's subheading is "Electronic Music Summit", a nod to previous years when the festival's name was tied to longtime Asheville resident Bob Moog. In reality, there is a lot of music (electronic, and somewhat not electronic) to check out. There are a number of big names that will headline the festival, but let's cut straight to why I'm going.
Friday night, October 25th. Neutral Milk Hotel. Yes, I said Neutral Milk Hotel. If you're an indie rock fan of a certain age, and younger (if leader Jeff Mangum's recent solo shows are any indication), the news of the band's improbable reunion of the Aeroplane Over The Sea-era lineup is enough to make you drop everything. Birthday parties, wedding plans, bar mitzvahs and family interventions included. Combine this news with a lineup that includes Daniel Johnston, and Half Japanese on the same bill, and yes kids, the best just got better. And if you're mind isn't sufficiently blown yet, you can see Sparks, AND Silves Apples in other venues, on the same night. As Einstein once said, damn. (I'm sure he did. He was an intelligent guy.)
The other two nights? Just a few other bands you probably have heard of. Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gary Numan and more on Saturday night, and Pretty Lights, How To Destroy Angels and the Orb, among others on Sunday. So there. Come to Asheville. The mountains are pretty, and the NC General Assembly is safely tucked away in the other end of the state. Let the mirth commence. Let the heck yeah's begin.