Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paleo 2009: the other days, questions and conclusions

Day 5 I didn't go. It was cold and only Cold War Kids interested me but they were on late. Day 6, the last day, I didn't go either. Full of french artist. I watched the fireworks from a pretty place close to my place instead.

And that was the end of Paleo 2009.

I do have some questions about Paleo in general that will probably be unanswered forever.
  • Why do people still eat Kebabs at Paleo? There are about 50 food stands, at least half of them serve delicious food, some of them quite cheap and yet I see people eating disgusting Kebabs. You eat a Kebab when you are in Geneva at 2 am because everything else is shut but you don't eat one at a Food Festival!
  • Why do concertgoers barge in to get to the front way too late? You want to be up front, come earlier.
  • And vice versa, if you don't want to be up front, then don't go there.
  • Why do people use earbuds watching concerts? That never makes sense to me.
  • A stand sells Red Bull. The same stand sells Vodka Orange. Yet they cannot sell me a Vodka Red Bull?
  • Why can't concertgoers clap in time to the song that is being performed? The clapping always speeds up. It ruins the song.
My conclusions from Paleo 2009:
  • Best concert: Kaiser Chiefs
  • Surprise concert: Rodrigo Y Gabrielle
  • Surprise he made it: Peter Doherty
  • Best food above CHF 10: Brochette XXL
  • Best food below CHF 10: Malakoff
  • Worst bit: iPhone + Orange not working
See you next year!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Paleo 2009, Day 4

Friday's weather was menacing. It was cloudy and windy, and it rained a bit during the day. I wasn't sure how the weather was going to be, until at about 19.00 the sky cleared up. Somebody t Paleo must have a hotline with the weather Man.

Peter Doherty - he actually showed up, on time and did not look too wasted! He's not that bad, it was just him and his guitar, strumming and singing. However, the man needs a shower.

Charlie Winston - didn't see much of him, but he can do a mean beatbox, even better than Justin Timberlake.

Fat Boy Slim - he was DJing for 25,000 and did not disappoint. He didn't play much of his own songs, instead he was properly DJing (with videos and all) and he looks like a man who was enjoying himself immensely. He also looks like a man in the pub who has supported Brighton Hove & Albion all his life. His set was great. Mixing up White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Daft Punk, etc to his own stuff.

Naive New Beaters - they look cool, they sound cool. Might check them out more.

TV On The Radio - they are as eclectic as Radiohead in every sense.

I had to have some Curry Magret de Canard from Paprika. One of the best dishes at Paleo. Then had a raclette and finished it off with the greasiest spring roll ever. And I actually had some red wine this night (with beer and white wine as well).

Friday, July 24, 2009

Paleo 2009, Day 3

It was raining in the morning and in the afternoon there was a hailstorm, so I wasn't sure whether to wear wellies and a raincoat or not. Luckily around 19.00 the weather cleared up and it was fine.

Rodrigo y Gabrielle - I literally walked in on them playing at the Chapiteau and boy were they good. They were each playing a classical guitar and did wonders with them. At one point Rodrigo was doing proper heavy metal licks (Master of Puppets).

Amy McDonald - she did a great version of The Killer's Mr. Brightside and did Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark. Her own songs all sound the same.

Moby - I left before he started, I already saw him twice before. I did hear him at home and he sounded good.

Brochette XXL - lots of meat on a stick, yummy! After that a Hot Fondue, which is a hot dog bun but with fondue poured into it instead of a sausage. Mostly drank beer.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Paleo 2009, Day 2

The second day of Paleo. It rained a bit in the morning, so the air was less hot and dry and it made for wonderful weather conditions.

Franz Ferdinand - they were there in 2005 and I honestly think that they're 2005 performance was better. The new songs just doesn't sound as good on stage as their earlier stuff. Dunno why. I had a chuckle when I saw a sticker with the letters "E A D G" on Bob's bass (if you're a bass player you'll understand).

Thomas More Project - halfway through Franz Ferdinand I left to watch this local band. I knew the guy who used to manage them and they are pretty good. Great sounds accompanied by animations, apparently it's an audio-visual thing. Not sure if they own the copyright of the videos though.

The Prodigy - Keith Flint is not as mad as I thought he is. He also doesn't do a lot (apart from running around and waving his arms like he just don't care), just a yell here and there. Maxim did most of the talking/singing/screaming.

The Ting Tings - pretty good. Jules is a great musician and him hooking up with Karen White for her vocals and rudimentary guitar skills proved to be great. I like it how all of Karen's guitar swtches and buttons were taped up so that she didn't fiddle with it.

Malakoff, Calamari, Sambusa, Gauffre. And beer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Paleo 2009, Day 1

Yesterday the Paleo Food (and music) Festival started. It was burning hot and the mood was festive. I was introducing Paleo to a friend, who despite living in the area for 11 years only made it there for the first time ever yesterday. He thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Gossip - Beth Ditto has amazing lungs and is an entertainer. The drummer looks like a hardcore lesbian, and the bass player (a session musician for the tour) must be the uncoolest person ever to perform on the Grande Scene. He dressed in normal jeans and a white t-shirt, with uncool shades.

Kaiser Chiefs - proper festival band. Nick Hodgson, the drummer, is indeed a frustrated frontman stuck behind the drums. And Ricky is good at getting people to do singalongs. It helps having songs like Ruby.

Placebo - just heard them in the background.

White Lies - they look like your average bored neighborhood teenagers but they have such a deep sound and sing songs about death. Pretty good.

Food & beverage:
Started off with some satays, then a sandwich au magret et foie gras, topped it off with spring rolls. Beer, rose, beer, rose, vodka orange, beer, beer, beer.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Einstein's Riddle

I found this riddle in my post today. It took me about 10 minutes plus an excel sheet to figure it out. Apparently Einstein himself made this riddle and he said that 98% of the world population would not be able to solve it. So this means that I'm part of the 2% that can. Are you?

Here's the riddle:
1. In a street there are five houses, painted in five different colours.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality.
3. These five homeowners each drink a different beverage, smoke different brand of ciggies, and keep different pets.


1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede owns a dog.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is next to, and to the left of the white house.
5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall owns a bird.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the center drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes blends lives next to the one who owns a cat.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

You can always Google the answer...