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Festival Analysis: Laneway2013

We go behind today's St Jerome's Laneway announcement to present a definitive guide to everything you need (and don’t really need) to know about the 2013 bill.

Laneway’s BFFs

The 2013 Laneway lineup is one for BFFs – and we're not just talking about the bromantic love-in that is Japandroids. Here are some recent loved-up collabs:

Yeasayer and Bat for Lashes
Yeasayer’s Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton contributed drum programming and bass to several songs on Bat For Lashes’ 2009 album Two Suns. And not just album tracks, the three songs with Yeasayer cameos were the album’s three singles Sleep Alone, Daniel, and Pearl's Dream.

Twerps and Real Estate
Melbourne’s Twerps and New Jersey’s Real Estate share a love for jangly Flying Nun pop, and on their joint US tour earlier this year even covered The Clean’s classic ‘Anything Could Happen’ on stage together at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio.

Nite Jewel + Julia Holter
Ramona Gonzalez (aka Nite Jewel) and Julia Holter have teamed up to create Nite Jewelia. Geddit?

Nicolas Jaar and Chet Faker, and Shlohmo
Nicolas Jaar has teamed up with two fellow Laneway dudes remixing both Chet Faker's Terms And Conditions and Shlohmo's Rained The Whole Time. We're looking forward to his remix of The Men.

Pitchfork gives this lineup a 7.7

If it's good enough for Pitchfork, it's good enough for us, right? We've tabled the album scores from each band's most recent records to come up with a mean for the festival – and it's just short of a high distinction at 7.7. (Yeasayer let the team down with a paltry 5.4.)

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katiecunningham said on the 26th Sep, 2012

hahah best one yet fl bravo bravo


Oflick said on the 26th Sep, 2012

Damn Yeasayer, always bringing everyone around them down.


jacegalvin said on the 26th Sep, 2012

The band playing is called Krabappel?
I've been calling them Crandall.
Why didn't someone tell me? Oh, I've been making an idiot out of myself!


felixmeister said on the 27th Sep, 2012

the fuck!?

no giant robots from japan?
i was really looking forward this festival but now's there's just no point.
i mean even if they brought over a a huge or medium sized robot it'd be okay but no, no fucking robots at all.

this is the kinda shit that loses you loyal festival goers, making promises then shitting all over the fans that made you!

fuck you laneways. fuck. you.


grattan said on the 28th Sep, 2012

Late addition for the Pitchfork graph.

Alt-J: 4.8

The members of Alt-J have been working on An Awesome Wave for five years, and it shows. It's both overstuffed and messy, and so overworked that what life there may once have been now exists as a kind of primordial paste.


oldgregg said on the 28th Sep, 2012

wow. well considering I hadn't heard of alt-j before Wednesday and got the album that day, and it's pretty much all I've listened to since then, I say bollocks to that. It's a worthy listen for sure.


VegetableLasagne said on the 29th Sep, 2012

pitchfork were unjustifiably brutal hey


sarcasm_mister said on the 30th Sep, 2012

can we swap the Pitchfork graph for a Where-Gregg-Would-Like-To-Stick-His-Fork chart?


grattan said on the 5th Oct, 2012

Another one for the P4k chart:

7.4 for Ms Mr


grattan said on the 12th Oct, 2012

Another one for the BFFs list as well - Chet Faker sings 'Left Alone' on the debut record from Flume.


grattan said on the 22nd Oct, 2012

More love for Laneway from Pitchy: 8.4 for Bat For Lashes "The Haunted Man sounds like effort magnificently realized. The rawness of feeling is achieved through equally raw ambition."


monokhrome_nite said on the 22nd Oct, 2012

Well-deserved score, imo. Fantastic album.