The 2010 Treasure Island Music Festival lineup pleased electronic and indie rock music lovers alike. Despite the uncomfortably cold weather, people still made the trek to the island. Popular acts over the weekend included Die Antwoord, Deadmau5, LCD Soundsystem, The National and She & Him to name a few. Other favorites among hipsters on the island included crab garlic fries and silent discos. Check out our photo recap and relive the TI Music Fest experience.
DAY ONE: The coldest day of the festival was kicked off with a uniquely entertaining performance by Die Antwoord. Performances by !!!, Phantogram, Little Dragon and Kruder and Dorfmeister were just a warmup for the stellar day 1 evening lineup. Deadmau5 set off a nonstop dance party with his giant light-up cube and laser show. Miike Snow kept things going and prepped people for a highly anticipated headlining show from LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy and Co. offered up a high-energy set and even opened with a rare performance of the infectious This Is Happening hit “Dance Yrslf Clean.”
Die Antwoord was later created as a group in 2009, consisting of performers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album$O$ was made available as a free download on their official website. $O$ features Cape Flats rappers Garlic Brown (aka Knoffel Bruin), Scallywag and Isaac Mutant, and Jack Parow and Jaak Paarl (aka Jaak). In 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage (along with co-director Ninja) shot the video for their single “Enter the Ninja.”
The eight members of !!! had grown up playing various breeds of punk and experimental music (!!! frontman Nic was vocalist for the infamous hardcore band, Yah Mos), and increasingly found themselves wanting to play music in the vein of the stuff theywere dancing to. Which is not to say !!! are a punk band, nor a funk band, for that matter. They are both. And neither.
Their mixes are usually flavored with sampler-processed vocals, deep bassline dub, trip-hop elements, bossa grooves and smoothly-shaped echoes to achieve their unique sound. Some of their better-known works include “High Noon,” “Original Bedroom Rockers,” and remixes ofMadonna’s “Nothing Really Matters,” Depeche Mode’s “Useless,” Count Basic’s “Speechless” and Roni Size’s “Heroes”. Many of their remixes are collected on the double album The K & D Sessions.
Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed of diverse and escalating musical talent. From the mighty Soundtrack of Our Lives to idiosyncratic songsmiths José González and Jens Lekman, through to the unpredictable pop styles from the likes of Love is All and Audrey, not to mention the infamous black metal scene, Gothenburg now boasts the dynamic, organically soulful pop sounds of Little Dragon.
Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, rolls his eyes a the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he explains. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see Deadmau5 I want them to hear Deadmau5 music.”
Miike Snow was formed in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Band members Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg were childhood friends who spent time playing in bands and working on various projects in studios throughout Gothenburg. Karlsson used to be a member of Swedish hip-hop band “Goldmine” who toured with The Fugees.After separate moves to Stockholm they reunited in 2000. In 2004, whilst working on writing a pop album for Britney Spears, the pair met the third band member, American songwriter Andrew Wyatt.
LCD Soundsystem released a double disc set simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February 2005 to critical acclaim. The first disc contains the album and the second contains re-releases of previous singles. The opening track “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” quickly gained popularity and entered the UK Top 40 in March 2005 and was later featured on several video game soundtracks like SSX on Tour, Forza Motorsport 2, Burnout Revenge, and FIFA 06. The band toured with M.I.A.
DAY TWO: Day 2 was definitely indie day. Despite the rain festival goers still enjoyed the sounds of indie rock band Superchunk, who founded Merge Records. The most awaited act of day 2 was She & Him with their most energetic live performance yet. Or maybe they did all the jumping around due to the cold weather and rain. Next up was the ever-rotating members of Broken Social Scene. With so many members on stage you would think you were at a Wu-Tang Clan concert. Finishing off our last highlight would be The National performing a little bit of standup comedy in between songs. We can’t wait to see what Treasure Island Music Festival has in store for us next year!
Superchunk was formed in the college town of Chapel Hill in 1989 by singer/guitarist McCaughan, bassist Laura Ballance, drummer Chuck Garrison, and guitarist Jack McCook. Initially dubbed merely Chunk — the “Super” prefix was later added to avoid confusion with a similarly named New York City avant-jazz band — the group’s debut single, What Do I, was soon issued on Merge, a label jointly run by McCaughan and Ballance.
The success of She & Him’s Volume One came out of left field, as Deschanel and Ward’s seemingly unlikely pairing—the effervescent actress-singer and the sought-after yet self-effacing guitarist—proved to sound absolutely right. When the record was finished, they didn’t so much announce themselves as simply step up to the mic and start playing.
So yeah, it’s been five years since the last Broken Social Scene album, but it also hasn’t. In the time that’s elapsed since the release of 2005’s self-titled opus, we were more than tided over by the 2007 release of founding member Kevin Drew’s solo album, Spirit If…, followed a few months later by co-founder Brendan Canning’s own solo set, Something for All of Us — both of which were released under the “Broken Social Scene Presents” banner, both of which were supported by tours that featured careerspanning setlists, and both of which featured pretty much the same group of players you hear on this new BSS release, Forgiveness Rock Record. In hindsight, Broken Social Scene’s period of supposed inactivity was arguably their most productive stretch yet — yet another contradiction that makes up the byzantine BSS myth.
Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).