It began with a car ride
Into the city
On a warm and pleasant
And a backpack
Don’t leave the ticket on the dashboard
Time to go for a hike
Through the concrete jungle
Then stand in line
Before the Pitchfork gates
Is this the right line?
The music vibrates in the background
As bags are checked for cannabis
Paraphernalia and weapons
Bar codes are scanned
“That’s a really colorful looking blanket,” the old man says
Port-O-Johns are everywhere
Some serious shit is about to start!
A basketball court
Is a social one?
Giant Twinkie Man dancing around
Long line for a free shirt
Cool graphic arts
All of this enjoyed without spending
A single dime
Guy waving a NICE big flag
Handing out granola bars
Saving the wallet from depletion
A couch made out of green grass
They’re giving away sweat bands and bandannas
Free codes to download
If you want to drink beer
Get a bracelet
Sitting on a pool
Of Wisconsin beer cheese
Made some hard cider
Hipsters with beards
Gothic girls in black
Tight leather pants (in the humidity)
Wild colorful hair
A young man reciting poetry
At a tent
Extremely long line
To fill up your empty bottle
With some pure water
It’s a festival for three days
Positive vibes are promoted
Many fun experiences
There are maps
Helping everyone figure out
Where to go
Or get lost at a record show
With over a dozen vendors
Selling their wax covered goodies
Over forty artists and acts
Tons of music
There are unique and rare finds
Its for the music lovers
Getting exposed to some really cool stuff
Who is this band?
Neneh Cherry…did you know she’s related to Eagle Eye? She’s only played in the U.S. one other time? That’s crazy! She played her nostalgic tune “Buffalo Stance” from the late 80’s in a very modern rhythmic way. But she also promoted her first album in 18 years that is really funky, smooth, jazzy, soulful and kind of trip-hop. By the way…I met her and got her autograph. It was cool.
Sharon Van Etten…her music is gloomy especially for this summer fest. But you know what? Who cares! She was awesome!! I totally dig her albums! ARE WE THERE and TRAMP where worth showcasing? She has a pretty voice and plays the guitar rather well. AWESOME!
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks…weird music side project of the band Animal Collective!
Circulatory System…really heady music and psychedelic stuff in a Beatles dipped in an acid bath sorta way. But good.
Beck…hushed melancholy of new and then jacked up energy of his wacky old hits! (it worked!) I’m a loser Beck so why don’t you THRILL me?
Cloud Nothings…I dig thier stuff, just a little boring for me….live anyway.
tUnE-yArDs….nothing like I ever heard before! British girl named Merrill Garbus. When she’s performing her art live, Garbus creates trippy drum loops on the spot, and combines these with the ukuleleas well as vocals, in addition to electric bass. But its really tribal sounding. Like Jamaican or African sounding but also really poppy!
Hundred Waters….similar to Sigur Ros but more feminine and its like dream pop and relaxing.
Factory Floor….definitley sounds really acid housey and some audience members decided to participate in the fun! Check out this clip: http://youtu.be/C2pEmFzW3Ik
Giorgio Moroder….he’s a living Italian legend. Godfather of EDM and synth disco! He mixed up some cool Donna Summers and Daft Punk tunes! The crowd went wild for him!
BUT NOW…..THE ONE….THE ONLY……ST. VINCENT!!!! Holy crap is she freaking awesome!!! Annie Clark is the best guitar player I have heard in more than a decade. She is such an actress on stage freaking out acting like a robot princess and then collapses on stage, drops her guitar, gets pissed off and then gets happy when a new guitar is presented to her. Lots of smoke, colors and thrashing on those fuzzy wuzzy guitars that she mechanically plays with such a rocking smooth attitude! She invents brand new sounds that most guitar noises don’t make. Best live show I have seen. Pink Floyd at soldier field 20 years ago is the only other show that was as good as this. And she only played for an hour. She’s a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. On stage she just had 2 other people: a drummer and co-guitarist/synth player to back up her wild and crazy show! My words cannot possibly do her justice. She WAS the reason I went to the Pitchfork Music Festival. Loved it!
Then I fell apart from my brain exploding
And then I shattered mentally
A night drive home with Syd Barrett tunes to comfort me
To sleep off the intense buzz
with memories of blissfulness
In my head……