Pitchfork has been my main source of independent music news and reviews since 2003. But I’ve only been to their festival as recent as yesterday. To sum up my first experience, I had a blast. So, now, I’m regretting why I didn’t get a 3-day pass. I’m pretty bummed that I missed acts like Japandroids and Real Estate.
Anyways, here’s my recap in photos.
[1:00 PM] The Atlas Moth: 1 of the 4 bands that I wanted to see (another 1 of 4 is Psychic Paramount, which also played at 1:00 PM), and I’m pretty happy that they brought it. I had goosebumps all over when they opened with “Perpetual Generations”, which happened to be my favorite AM song. I’m also grateful that the Blue Stage has a lot of shade.
[1:35 PM] The Atlas Moth: Then, just when Psychic Paramount at the Green Stage started pulling me, they brought out horn players to mix things up. I loved it!
[1:40 PM] Cloud Nothings: I left the Blue Stage for the Red Stage, and tried to find a decent spot for photos before Cloud Nothings starts. Like The Atlas Moth, Cloud Nothings brought it too, as I’ve expected. They’re even better live. The crowd also went wild and kept dancing, even with all the humidity.
[2:10 PM] Cloud Nothings: Just when the first mosh pit of that day was building up, rain started falling. Most of the crowd scattered into the four winds to seek shelter. I would’ve stayed but I didn’t have a Ziploc to secure my camera and phone. I found shelter at a parked CTA bus that was meant for cooling.
[3:10 PM] Liturgy: After a pizza and a couple of beers, I went back to the Blue Stage to catch Liturgy. Unfortunately, rain started falling again. Even harder and longer this time. I only had a glimpse of the band, heard a bit of their playing, and took a crappy shot. Then, I ran back to the cooling bus.
[3:40 PM] Cults: The rain finally stopped. At this time, all of my bands are done playing. So, I just fooled around and went to go see the Cults. Surprisingly, I found myself singing along –and messing up the lyrics– when they played “Go Outside”.
[4:20 PM] Flying Lotus: I’ve never been to a live electronica set before. So, Flying Lotus gets that honor, and I really dug his performance. Especially when he played “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys, a homage to the late Adam Yauch.
[5:00 PM] Flying Louts/Wild Flag: Meanwhile, on the Red Stage, Wild Flag kept doing equipment checks while Flying Lotus was still playing. It was annoying.
[5:15 PM] Wild Flag: I’m not that familiar with Wild Flag’s music. But, man, I loved them yesterday.
[5:30 PM] Wild Flag: My friend and co-worker, Stacey, along with her friends and boyfriend, shows up. I’m not by myself anymore. Then, she tells me they don’t like Wild Flag.
[6:30 PM] Sleigh Bells: While not 1 of the 4 bands I wanted to see, I’ve been a fan of Sleigh Bells since day 1 of Treats. But I wasn’t sure if they’re any good live. Last night’s show, changed my mind. They sounded good. They’re set, with stacks of Marshall speakers, looked bad-ass. And Alexis looks sexy as hell.
[7:30 PM] Hot Chip: After getting drunk with my friends, we went over to the Red Stage for some Hot Chip.
[7:50 PM] Hot Chip: Honestly, I’ve never heard of this band before. But, wow, they got people dancing. I would’ve been dancing too if I wasn’t sober enough.
[8:10 PM] The End: I wanted to see Goodspeed You! Black Emperor. But, after the fun I had with Hot Chip, I didn’t had it in me to listen to some droning post-rock. Besides I have to drive to my friend’s house that night to babysit her kids for 2 days.
So, that’s my Pitchfork 2012 Saturday Recap. Like I said earlier, I had a good experience, even with the rain. There were some great performances, especially from the bands that I wanted to see, and I got drunk as hell. Also, I’m happy that my new point & shoot camera, a Panasonic DMC-LX5, did great.