Josh Baker from Monolith Music Festival

Written by  //  June 8, 2009  //  Concerned Interview  //  No comments

Photo by Laurie Scavo

While some of the most influential music magazines and daily papers cling to life, it’s probably a rough time to throw a music festival. Whatever the intention, it was probably a good move for the men behind Monolith, Josh Baker and Matt Fecher, to book and announce the fest in a decidedly digital fashion. They’re taking over Red Rocks for two days, Sept. 12th and 13th, with indie bands that are a blogger’s wet dream, like Passion Pit and Phoenix. And Monolith is announcing each band individually via Twitter and Facebook, an approach that is bloggeresque even beyond the plain fact that it’s digital: it’s also the blogger modus operandi, posting small, digestible tidbits of information often. Donnybrook had the distinguished honor of sitting down with Baker and doing what we do best: firing a bunch of stupid, inane, and sometimes offensive questions at him. I daresay he held his own. Check out Monolith’s lineup below!

The lineup: OF MONTREAL, GIRL TALK, METHOD MAN & REDMAN, M. WARD, THE DANDY WARHOLS, PASSION PIT, PHOENIX, THE WALKMEN, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE OF HEART, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, OK GO, THE GRATES, THE GLITCH MOB, THAO with THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN, MONOTONIX, HOLLYWOOD HOLT + MILLION $ MANO, VIVA VOCE, SAVOY, STARFUCKER, THE TWILIGHT SAD, HARLEM SHAKES, THUNDERHEIST, HEALTH, DEER TICK, THE ANTLERS, DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, THESE UNITED STATES, GENERATIONALS, WOODHANDS, THE ANSWERING MACHINE, FRENCH HORN REBELLION, THE PIRATE SIGNAL, SPEAKEASY, TIGER, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV


I hear you’re announcing the lineup via Twitter and Facebook. Can’t you afford to do it though real newspapers?

Newspapers? Do those still exist? I kid! I kid! We just wanted to do something different that made every band seem like they were equal. You always see a lineup announced, you look at a couple names and base your opinion on that. With this way there is some unique and genuine excitement for just about every band. This is all about the music for us. It’s important for us to play an active part in a band’s rise in notoriety.

Some people say that you love all your children equally, but we know that’s bullshit. Who is your favorite band playing the festival?

Well, since I am a Dad, I gotta disagree. Well, it depends on which kid crapped their pants that day, really. That might sway my vote a little. As far as the bands go. I can’t stop listening to the new records from Phoenix and Passion Pit. Both are excellent. And you know I’m an old school hip hop head, right? I grew up on that shiz. So pretty pumped about Method and Red. I also have this strange affection for Frightened Rabbit. Who else um…..The Thermals, Holt, Starfucker…. you heard this Neon Indian record yet? Pretty rad. Damn, I might as well just list them all. Can I start over?

Red Rocks has a lot of stairs. That’s all well and good for the commoners, but how do you plan on addressing that pesky “walking” issue for the Donnybrookites this year?

You know that is probably the biggest complaint we hear, and have heard for years. Listen, I lug my out-of-shape ass up and down those stairs probably 20x more than you guys, so let’s not go there. I did check into trying to install a bunny lift (not a Playboy reference) once. Then I realized how utterly stupid that would look. Just start hitting the Stairmaster in early August and you will be in good shape.

Why are there so many fucking stairs at Red Rocks? I mean, there are just so many! It’s unbearable!!!

I just wanna know if we can bitch about the stairs anymore? We should all wear pedometers and see who takes the prize of most steps at Monolith this year. The winner gets a massage from Matt Fecher. We all know that you can’t put a price on that!

If all the bands playing Monolith were at a party together, who would be the asshole who gets too drunk and pees on something expensive?

I may have to book (Matt Fecher’s DJ alias) Hot to Death; then I would nominate him. But I would probably say Michael from Passion Pit will be in a rare state after shotgunning multiple beers at that altitude.

Speaking of which, I really like this Passion Pit video:


So can Monolith Festival force Passion Pit to re-enact this video for me live on September 12th-13th? I would like to be the starlet of the film, please.

How much whiskey do you have?

A lot. Can Donnybrook’s fake Rock Band band play Monolith Music Festival? We will keep you in mind for our secret society in return, or at least our kick-ass Rock Band parties.

Yes. You can play the main stage at 10 am. Doors open at noon.

How did you decide which order to announce the bands in, since you’re doing it one at a time? Are you saving the best for last, or did you blow your load at the beginning?

Have you slept with me? You seem to know me pretty well. We would just randomly pick bands throughout the day. Of course we are saving some for the end, but there was no really method or plan. Don’t give us too much credit.

And lastly, the most important question: if WE go to YOUR music festival, what will YOU DO for US?

I could offer copious amounts of alcohol or an annual supply of those Fecher massages. You decide.


Hot diggity, sign us up! We have an infinite appreciation for anyone who would pimp out his business partner, and with free booze, no less. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to get a free massage from THIS guy, keep an eye out at http://www.monolithfestival.com/.

jb02

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