By Captain Comannokers
Recently overheard conversation:
Guy 1: Are you gonna go to Boomslang?
Guy 2: Don’t know what you are talking ‘bout dude.
1: The music festival thing. Jeff Mangum…ya know! He’s in it.
2: In it? Like how? Is it a play or something?
1: No, Jeff Mangum–do you know who that is? Anyway, he’s playing–a bunch of other bands, too.
2: Uhh, yeah, I don’t know who that is.
1: Whaa? His music is pretty killer. He was in a band called Neutral Milk Hotel–I’ve got some of their songs on my phone. Plays “In the Aeroplane Over The Sea.”
2: Kinda sounds like the Beatles to me. But, ya know, not really.
1: Sure, I guess.
2: Who else is gonna be at it?
1: I don’t know, ummm, Jesus and Mary.
2: That’s a dumb name–why do people put ‘Jesus’ in band names?
1: Probably to get your attention–and make you say “Why do people use ‘Jesus’ in band names?”
2: Fuck it, it’s still stupid. OK, so the Beatles and Jesus are coming.
1: Yeah, that’s pretty epic.
2: OK, yeah, I don’t think I can miss out on that. My dad would love that too–he loves the Beatles.
1: What about Jesus?
1: Does your dad love Jesus, too?
2: I guess? I don’t know…I never actually asked him if he loves him. He goes to church most weeks. So, sure!
1: Nice! He should come then!
2: Yeah, I don’t think so.
1: Oh, oh, shit–that rap group that does Taco Bell Pizza Hut–they are coming too–Das Racist.
2: Awww really? God, that song still cracks me up. They’re gonna be here? That’s weird.
1: Yeah–I wanna see them, too.
2: But is it all like Taco Bell Pizza Hut? I think that would drive me crazy.
1: No, from a couple other things I’ve heard I think they are weird, but like weird/funny/challenging.
2: Do they rap about other restaurants?
1: No, I heard that one of the dudes has referenced Paul Laurence Dunbar before.
1: Yeah, like they actually have a bunch of songs with some deep shit–or some messages–not just jokes.
2: Wait, so wait, they are from HERE?
1: No. What?
2: You said they one of the dudes went to Dunbar?
1: No, he drops Paul Laurence Dunbar as like, a reference or something–I just heard that all their stuff is not like Pizza Hut Taco Bell Long John Silver’s.
2: Long John Silver’s? I thought you said they don’t sing about other restaurants.
1: Yeah, shut the hell up.
2: (sings) I’m at the combination Long John Silver’s Raising Cane’s.
1: Yeah, come to the show and tell them you’ve got a new one for them. I’m sure they’ll love that!
2: Maybe. So what? Are they like really racists?
The fourth installment of Boomslang unfolds Sept 20-23 at various venues in Lexington. Presented by UK’s student-run radio station WRFL, the festival prides itself in putting out a diverse and eclectic mix of music, literary art, film, and usually whatever else they can wrangle up. The Beatles and Jesus are not confirmed performers; Das Racist is however!
Visit boomslangfest.com to get the full low down.