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Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Saturday

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.

The Atlas Moth. One of my favorite metal bands.

[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!

These kids from Cleveland brought it yesterday.

[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.

A crappy shot of the rain-drenched Liturgy set.

[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”.

Flying Lotus, playing on the Green Stage.

[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.

Some kid, enjoying Wild Flag’s music.

[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.

I was too far from Sleigh Bells’ stage to get a decent shot. So, I just took pictures of Sun-tanners instead.

[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.

Hot Chip. This band made me want to dance.

[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.

Parting shot:

Cloud Nothings’ crowd.

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My Lollapalooza 2012 Wishlist

The 3-Day Pass for Lollapalooza 2012 went on sale last Tuesday, and I’m one of the lucky ones who was able to jump in on their early bird special (which is $30 cheaper than their regular pass). So, I’m ready to go now. The problem, however, is that the festival isn’t until August. They haven’t even announced the lineup yet.

There are rumors and speculations on who will play at the festival. A fake lineup was even released. But, as of  now, no official lineup has been released yet. So, if Perry Farrell ask me, I wish that these 10 bands be included on this year’s lineup.

1. Cloud Nothings
My first favorite new band of 2012, Cloud Nothings are winning people over with their early-emo sound. There’s been a lot of buzz about them after playing on SXSW, and they’re already scheduled to play on Pitchfork Music Festival this July. Seems wrong not to include them on Lollapalooza.

“Fall In” by Cloud Nothings

2. Hospitality
This Brooklyn band won me over with their vocalist’s cutesy voice. So, I want to see them at Lolla and hear Amber’s voice live.

“Friends of Friends” by Hospitality

3. Tool
The best band in the world, of all times. They should be on every music festival. Just saying.

“Stinkfist” by Tool

4. At The Drive-In (or The Mars Volta)
To my delight, At The Drive-In, one of my favorite bands, announced their reunion a couple months ago and they’re playing at this year’s Coachella. So, I want to see them at Lollapalooza too. But if they can’t make it, I’ll take The Mars Volta (ATDI’s offshoot) anytime.

“One Armed Scissor” by At The Drive-In

5. Refused
Like with ATDI, Refused also went defunct before I could see them live. But they also announced their reunion a couple months ago, and they’re also playing at Coachella. It would be evil if Lollapalooza organizers don’t include them on this year’s lineup.

“New Noise” by Refused

6. Bon Iver
Bon Iver. Grammy Award Winner. My favorite artist of 2011. Wrote “Calgary” and “Blindsided”, which are two of my favorite songs of all time. He’s playing at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo. He should also be included on Lollapalooza’s lineup.

“Calgary” by Bon Iver

7. Yuck
I like Yuck’s brand of guitar pop and their debut album is one of my favorite albums in 2011. So, I’d be happy to see them play live on Lollapalooza.

“Shook Down” by Yuck

8. Soundgarden
After their reunion, Soundgarden was one of the headliners back in Lollapalooza 2010. But I missed them then. Now that they’re dropping some new material this year, I think that they should be included on this year’s lineup.

“Burden in my Hand” by Soundgarden

9. Real Estate
Their album Days is my ultimate soundtrack for chilling on a hot summer day. So, it’d be really cool if they can play at Lollapalooza.

“Municipality” by Real Estate

10. Phantogram
Same reason with Hospitality. I like the vocalist and I want to hear her sing live.

“Mouthful of Diamonds” by Phantogram

So, these are the 10 artists that I want to see on Lollapalooza 2012. Not all of them will play, I’m sure. But I have a good feeling that Cloud Nothings, Bon Iver, Hospitality and Real Estate will be there. And that is good enough for me.

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Cloud Nothings on a Good Friday

Two-thirds of my life was spent in the Philippines, where you need to work really hard if you want to date a girl. So, as an immigrant in the United States, it’s a bit jarring for me when a girl comes up and ask me out on a date. Not that I don’t like it. Just the opposite, in fact. But this thing is still new to me. Overall, I’ve only been asked out twice –once when I was in college, and then earlier today.

It was a slow day at the hospital. Unusually slow. So, I had time to chat and catch up with a couple of people at work. One of them was the social worker, who –according to my friend– couldn’t take her eyes off of me during a workplace event last month. I didn’t believe my friend, of course. But, apparently, she was right. Because this social worker has been paying attention to me –she knows my favorite bands.

I would’ve dismissed her as a stalker. But she’s a beautiful girl, like a younger and petite Teri Hatcher. She’s has this delicate face and a perfect set of eyebrows. She’s not as pretty as my crush though. But, nevertheless, I’m flattered that she’s interested in me, and asked me out to see Cloud Nothings –my favorite new band– with her this coming Good Friday.

I haven’t accepted her offer though. I’m not really sure if I want to go with her. Because I’m still in love with THE girl, my crush. If I ever go out with social worker, she could only end up as my girlfriend place-holder –the girl I’ll be dating until my crush becomes single. This has happened before, and I don’t want it to happen again. She deserves better.

Also, as a member of a Roman Catholic family, who’s important dates are Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas, I don’t think I’d be able to wiggle my way to Schuba’s Tavern and watch Cloud Nothings while my family prays the way of the cross. My mother will disown me if she finds out.

But her offer to see Cloud Nothings still stands, and it’s tempting me.

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Pitchfork Festival 2012: Initial Lineup

Cloud Nothings will play on Pitchfork Festival 2012. Nice.

So, Pitchfork has already announced the initial lineup for their upcoming music festival this summer 2012, last Tuesday. And, apparently, I missed the announcement. Good thing that a lot of people at work keeps an eye on this stuff, and they duly informed me of who’s playing. Here’s the list of the acts:

Vampire Weekend
Feist
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hot Chip
AraabMUZIK
A$AP Rocky
The Field
Liturgy
Kendrick Lamar
Grimes
Cloud Nothings
Tim Hecker
Willis Earl Beal

So far, I don’t know if I’ll be going yet. From the list, I only want to see Cloud Nothings, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Liturgy (WTF! A black metal band on Pitchfest?). Okay, maybe Vampire Weekend and Hot Chip too. But I want to see more bands on their lineup before I decide getting a three-day ticket. I hope to see Hospitality, Real Estate, Yuck and Wye Oak on their lineup.

Anyways, here’s a song from Cloud Nothings. It might explain why I really want to see them…or maybe not.

No Future/No Past” by Cloud Nothings

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