10 (or so) Bands I Would Love to See Play Sled Island

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2013/02/05 by Mr. DNA

As of February 5, Sled Island has announced its festival guest curators for 2013.
curatorsNeedless to say, I’m stoked.

Sled Island is always a good time and, since the beginning, they have always done a good job bringing in a diverse slate of acts, big and small.

Even still, each year I can’t help thinking of a series of bands that I would love to see play this festival, both for selfish reasons and because I think they would be a great “fit” for Sled Island.

In no particular order:

LIGHTNING BOLT
I have always wanted to see this band. Maybe more than any other band I can think of. They are legendary for their performances, which seem to be few and far between, and never seem to relent from making a noisy, exhilarating mess.

WIZARDZZ
If Sled Island could actually get Lightning Bolt to come to Calgary, fly one more guy out and you basically have two bands for (nearly) the price of one. Wizardzz features Lightning Bolt’s Brian Gibson and fellow Providence musician Rich Porter.

PINK AND BROWN
Okay, last Load Records band, I promise. With John Dwyer curating this year’s festival, it would be amazing to see a reunion with Jeff Rosenberg for a performance by their band Pink & Brown.

COACHWHIPS
and/or the Coachwhips.

MAN OR ASTROMAN?
I had the pleasure of seeing Man or Astroman? play a slaying set Touch and Go Records’ 25th Anniversary and it was one of the most memorable concerts for me to date. One part Dick Dale, one part Devo, all parts awesome.

SECRET CHIEFS 3
Nearly indefinable in terms of what genre to classify them in, Secret Chiefs 3 (formed by Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle) are an eclectic blend of middle eastern music styles as well as metal and electronic music. Maybe if they came, they could convince fellow Northern Californian multi-genrists, Estradasphere to come as well.

TRANS AM
Trans Am has come to Calgary before, but not for Sled Island. I can only imagine the band would be well received. (Song actually starts about a minute and half into the video above.)

THE F—ING CHAMPS
In seeking to keep this blog (more or less … apparently less) “family friendly,” I think you can guess this band’s name between the dashes. The boys are MIGHTY young in this video, but still show that even at a tender age, they still know how to rock it. Not to mention, if you could get both of the last two bands listed, you could do a secret show of this.

OXES
They may be one of the lesser known bands on this list, but they put on one of the best live performances I have ever seen. Engaging, raw and unbridled.

THE SPITS
Year after year, I had hoped that The Spits would come to Sled Island. After both the elation and deflation of the news that they would be playing the festival, but then had to cancel, I would highly doubt that there is much chance of them ever actually coming. But, hey, man can dream can’t he?

BABLICON
Perhaps one of the most underrated bands of all time, Bablicon (which featured Jeremy Barnes of A Hawk & a Hacksaw and Neutral Milk Hotel fame) would potentially be the most exciting reunion that I can personally think of.

But you don't have to take my word for it.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

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