Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where the Hell Have You Been?

Ok, so it's been nearly a week since I've posted anything but I have a good reason. You see I went to Chicago for Pitchfork Fest this past weekend. To say Chicago is an amazing town is an understatement.

There's a pace there that is absolutely awesome and the city is alive with activity and a kill or be killed attitude and I LOVE it. Surprisingly, there are nice people downtown and they were actually more than nice enough to give directions. It's nice to have my urban edge back after being stuck here in Jacksonville for over 10 months.

As for the festival, it was absolutely unbelievable. Aside from seeing more American Apparel than anyone has ever seen before, the festival itself was awesome (you know can wear other kinds of clothes other than screen printed, day glo, OVERPRICED t-shirts with girls jeans and or leggings and fake Ray Ban Wayfarers) . Here's a quick run down of some of the things I remember.

Best Beer: Goose Island or 312 (Goose Island also makes a heck of good Root Beer and Orange Cream soda)

Best Tent: The Incase Spray Paint Shirt Tent. (Stencils, tons of spray paint and free t-shirts = amazing customized Pitchfork souvenir plus the best conversation about Drum and Bass I've had in the last 5 years.)

Best Way to Part With Cash: TIE 1) Record Fair area 2) Flatstock Poster Fair

Best Performance: TIE 1) Les Savy Fav (FOUR costume changes including mud = absolutely mind boggling live show...this could very well have been better when he mooned us in St. Augustine) 2) Jarvis Cocker (He may not have Pulp behind him anymore, but he's still pervy and cool as fuck PLUS he was doing acid house covers for his encore)

Best Lashing Out : Spiritualized (When the sound cut out during the last song Jason Pierce saw fit to hit shit with his guitar and then throw it toward the drummer and walk off stage. The crowd went ape shit.)

Best Crowd: Cut Copy (They showed up WAY late, only played about 30 minutes but blew the proverbial roof off the fucking joint...the crowd was jumping up and down, throwing their hands during every build up, dancing, and singing every word to every song...meanwhile 200 feet away Spoon lulled everyone else to sleep with another set that was the aural equivalent of lithium)

Most Boring Band: Spoon. (Seriously guys...when there are 4000 people there to see you, DON'T do down tempo songs, you could hear Cut Copy over their drone and people started sprinting toward them)

Who The Fuck Signed/Booked These Guys? Bon Iver (Over hyped band with crap songs that's total blogosphere WANK. If you chin stroke then you probably love these guys, if you're 'avin it, you think they should have been pummeled with rocks. I think Cut Copy who followed them, packed them in their travel cases and sent them somewhere no one could hear them ever again.)

So there you go. That's my excuse...I was having too much fun in the sun! That was the best $50 bucks I've spent in a long time and I can't wait til next year. Do yourself a favor and go to this festival in 2009. New bands and cool shit were everywhere and you can't beat that.

Now on to regular posts. Seriously....

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