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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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Going to Pitchfork

My Summer schedule just got a whole lot busier. Well, no, not really. But it’s going to be busier and much more exciting compared to the Summers I had these past seven years. Let see. I’ve already secured my 3-day pass for Lollapalooza, then a trip to New York with my family this July and, now, I’m also going to attend the Pitchfork Music Festival.

At first, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to go. After all, I only wanted to see a couple of bands (Liturgy, Hotchip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Cloud Nothings). Then the organizers announced more bands, which includes Psychic Paramount (an experimental/noise rock band that I really love) and The Atlas Moth (one of my favorite metal bands that came out last year) to the lineup.

What’s more is that all of the bands that I wanted to see are scheduled to play on Saturday. So, for one day, and for $45, I get to see all of my favorite bands. I already bought my ticket, and I can’t wait until July.

Anyways, here’s some music from The Atlas Moth.

“Holes In The Desert” by The Atlas Moth

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Best Music of 2011

As a blogger, one of the best things I love about the year’s end is that I can write a definitive “Best of [insert year here]” list. So, in the next couple of days, I’ll be writing and posting my 2011 definitive list in different categories. I’ve already done my list for comicsgamesfilms and books. Today, my list is for the best albums of the year.

Making a list for best music is always a hard thing to do for me. Unlike comics, games, films and books, I listen to almost a hundred albums per year. I can’t help it. I love music more than anything else. So, it’s always difficult for me to pick out one album and rank it above others. That’s why, to make it more easier for me, I picked 10 items for this list (instead of 5) and divided it into two categories: Indie/Alternative and Metal/Hard Rock. I’ve also included songs for you guys to stream.

But enough talk. My favorite music of 2011:

Indie/Alternative

#5. Civilian
by Wye Oak

There were two albums in 2011 that made me a bit weepy and feel a little crumpled. One of those albums is Civilian. It’s a great collection of beautifully tormented pop rock songs. Although, honestly, this almost didn’t make it on my top 5. But, after repeatedly listening to it for the whole month of December, it grew on me even more.

“Civilian” by Wye Oak

#4. Yuck
by Yuck

If Yuck came out a year ago, I wouldn’t have even bothered giving their self-titled debut another listen. But, in a time when I’m being bit by 90’s nostalgia, Yuck came out at the right time with the right sound –similar to 90’s bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. Every song in this album is so catchy, it’s just a pleasure to listen to.

“Shook Down” by Yuck

#3. Days
by Real Estate

Nothing relaxes me more than listening to Real Estate’s sophomore album, Days. Every time I listen to its jingly-jangly guitar pop songs –which conjures laid back images like laying in a hammock tied to coconut trees or just reading a book out on your porch in a quiet afternoon– my stress just melts away. That’s why it’s #3 on my list.

“Municipality” by Real Estate

#2. David Comes to Life
by Fucked Up

I had a hard time categorizing Fucked Up’s music. It’s too ferocious to be in alternative. Yet it’s not too ferocious to be in hardcore. That’s how complex and interesting their music is. And in their sophomore album, David Comes to Life, their music is more alive with a punk opera narrative about love, loss and mourning.

“Queen of Hearts” by Fucked Up

#1. Bon Iver
by Bon Iver

When I heard Bon Iver 3 years ago, he was still a small singer/songwriter. Now, his name is everywhere after he got nominated in the academies. So, this might seem I’m jumping at the Bon Iver bandwagon by ranking this as my #1. But, Grammy’s or not, I love this album. It made me weep like a baby.

“Calgary” by Bon Iver

Metal/Hard Rock

#5. Murder the Mountains
by Red Fang

I never knew of Red Fang before. But I had the chance to see them live when they opened for Mastodon here in Chicago last November. I was impressed by their brand of hard rock. So, the first thing I did when I got home is purchase Murder the Mountains. This album is just plain. No bells and whistles, just good, hard and heavy music.

“Wires” by Red Fang

#4. One
by TessaracT

I like djent bands. Although I’m not really a rabid fan of the genre. But after listening to One, I was drooling like an idiot. Then again, TessaracT is more than just a djent band. Yes, they’re chuggsters, and the guitar work in this album is ridiculously great. But they also have some pop sensibility and added atmosphere to their songs.

“Lament” by TessaracT

#3. The Hunter
by Mastodon

A lot of fans that I know of bemoans Mastodon’s departure from their brand of prog-metal in The Hunter. Me, I welcomed the changes. Yes, the 13 minute epic songs and lengthy instrumental solos are gone. Instead, we got 3 minute songs, concise and free from weird concepts, that are as hard and heavy as any other Mastodon songs.

“Stargasm” by Mastodon

#2. An Ache for the Distance
by The Atlas Moth

I was blown away when I heard An Ache for the Distance. This band draws their sound from a wide range of styles –doom, stoner, psychedelic, you name it. The best part is: they also managed to stir those styles pretty well that you won’t be able to differentiate which is which. You’ll just hear them altogether at the same time.

“Holes in the Desert” by The Atlas Moth

#1. Hisengen Blues
by Graveyard

Hisengen Blues was the first album I reviewed in 2011 that received a score of A (see here). That was last May. But I haven’t heard anything else that has pounded my head as hard as this album since then. It screams of classic rock, with its sludgy riffs, soulful vocals and a lo-fi recording that makes the band seem so close.

“The Siren” by Graveyard

So, with my best music of 2011 already picked and posted, these concludes my best of 2011 lists. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did when I picked them.

Happy New Year to you all!

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