Before I explain how you can access this comprehensive video collection, did many of you stop by the National Mall yesterday for Los Lobos/moe./Flaming Lips? I got there right as moe.'s set was wrapping and eased into the surprisingly thin, and vapid crowd about 100 feet back from centerstage, eagerly awaiting a killer set from psych-rockers The Flaming Lips. What I experienced was fairly mediocre. I've seen this band twice before, albeit both in festival settings AT NIGHT, which made a world of difference. The vibe just seemed pretty lackluster yesterday, and I really am not a fan of the slowed down sing-a-long versions of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" and "Fight Test." Regardless, I still love this band and will see them many more times, but yesterday's environment did not particularly suit them. David Malitz from PostRock has more on the show here.
This aside, I would like all of you to be aware of Wolf Trap's VodPod collection, which is publicly accessible and allows anyone to view a comprehensive catalogue of videos from 2009 Filene Center artists. If you're considering multiple Wolf Trap ticket purchases, and aren't entirely sure what a few sound like, I've put everything for you in one place so you don't have to do individual Youtube searches. You'll notice a few artists missing from this collection, particularly those on the bill for DooWop, Hippiefest and Regeneration Tour, but that's simply because video for those musicians does not exist.
So start browsing, and get educated on what to expect underneath the stars this summer at Wolf Trap.