Posted in music | pictures on May 30, 2007

The following review of Day 2 (May 27, 2007) of the 2007 Sasquatch! Festival in George, Washington is brought to you by Jerry Yeti exclusively for BrooklynVegan.com. If you're just joining us, you may want to start with Day 1.

Sasquatch 2007

Blackalicious @ Sasquatch 2007

Things kicked off at the Gorge on Sunday with a few more blankets, a nice spot on the terraced grass, and a sweet DJ set by Mix Master Mike. This was followed up by the hip hop duo Blackalicious. Both of these acts got the early attendees jumping. Blackalicious brought out their "Alphabet Aerobics" with its increasingly sped up delivery, but it was "Rhythm Sticks" that got people truly moving. If the ground wasn't on bedrock, the floor would have given way under all that impact.

Bad Brains crowd @ Sasquatch 2007All warmed up, Bad Brains was the only set on Sunday we were sure not going to miss. While we waited near the epicenter of anticipated mayhem, one of their most enthusiastic fans attempted to get others around him equally as stoked. He singled out a small guy that -as he informed him- was going to be propelled into the air. And sure enough, when the band appeared, he launched the poor kid into the unsuspecting crowd behind him. No, the bedrock below him did not give way. As the mosh pit grew in size, so did the size of the guys thrashing around in it. One giant of a man wore a Professional Slam Wresting shirt and bulldozed his way around. H.R. is a startling front man, appearing quite tranquil despite the tumult below - like a prophet amidst a storm. Dashingly dressed, if you had a video on mute, you would be baffled by the calm on stage, and the reaction below.

Unfortunately that was the last full set on the main stage before Polyphonic Spree had to cease for the blustery wind. It got cold within minutes, and sundown was still four hours away. While the crew re-prepped the stage to handle the winds, and let the worst of them pass, people migrated over to Tokyo Police Club at the Wookie. The Toronto band sensed they were playing for a much larger crowd, and they delivered. Their invigoration and charm very likely won over a few new fans.....

YETI

In order to prevent last year's ending past 2:00 AM, Michael Franti & Spearhead were relegated to play last at the Wookie Stage, and the rest were told to keep it snappy. Aziz held down the main stage - giving constant updates to the crowd, and then finally after three hours and some odd minutes - Spoon at last went on around 8:00. "I Turn My Camera" and "The Way We Get By" were the obvious crowd favorites, and they kept it short and sweet. We were just glad to have things up and running again. Interpol followed suit with their own truncated set -an entire half hour shorter than scheduled and actually were better that way. Three new songs translated well within their existing work. Not entirely compelling or nearly as capable as they ought to be, but still, they kept us warm. The more it became crowded, the warmer and happier we were.

DOWNLOAD: Interpol - Specialist (early version) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Spoon - Paper Tiger (live) (MP3)

Britt Daniels of Spoon & Aziz @ Sasquatch 2007

Britt Daniels of Spoon & Aziz @ Sasquatch 2007

Britt Daniels of Spoon & Aziz @ Sasquatch 2007

Britt Daniels of Spoon & Aziz @ Sasquatch 2007

DOWNLOAD: The Beastie Boys - Rock Hard (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Michael Franti & Spearhead - War (live) (MP3)

The Beastie Boys finally came out promising to "heat things up", and they certainly did - at least for a while. Playing many of their hits early, they then slipped into a [trilogy? trinity? triage?] of instrumental tunes mid way which nearly killed the party. Reportedly the instrumental looseness worked like a charm the night before (they played both days), but here felt a little too noodly. By the encore they re-energized the crowd - hitting it dead on with "Intergalactic." The Boys even dedicated one song to the influential Bad Brains. They weren't the only ones. Michael Franti did likewise from over at the Wookie stage a few minutes later and even mentioned he was down in the pit earlier in the day.

Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys @ Sasquatch 2007

Michael Franti
Michael Franti @ Sasquatch 2007

Nearly battling heatstroke and hypothermia all in one day, the festival had come to a close. Supposedly the Polyphonic Spree were still going to play a set for Verizon late into the night, but we're not sure if anyone would be thawed enough to stick around. If they did finally play, maybe they won't have to return next year... for the tornadoes.

-yeti

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photos of Spoon & Aziz by Nilina of Not On the Guestlist. She also took the cool ones of Patrick Wolf & Grizzly Bear.

And here's a few more random shots from the festival....

Smoosh
Michael Franti @ Sasquatch 2007

Interpol
Sasquatch 2007

Total Experience Gospel Choir
Sasquatch 2007

Patrick Wolf
Sasquatch 2007

Michael Franti
Sasquatch 2007

Manu Chao
Sasquatch 2007

Arcade Fire's Win Butler
Sasquatch 2007

Beastie Boys' Mike D
Sasquatch 2007

The Hold Steady
Sasquatch 2007

Did you read part one yet?

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Comments (21)

Great review, thanks.

Anyone else think Mike D looks like Bob Dylan there?

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2007 10:54 AM

Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so...

Posted by James | May 30, 2007 11:02 AM

patrick wolf needs to kick his own ass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2007 11:12 AM

James:

That's just mean. Do you generally find girls less attractive as they approach adulthood?

Posted by WTF | May 30, 2007 11:28 AM

>>>Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so...<<<

C-mon what did you look like when you were 13 ?

...Bad hat head , pimples & 8th grade moustache no doubt..

Also did you spend your summers playing festivals ?

Posted by RT | May 30, 2007 11:32 AM

James & RT: Let's assume for the sake of argument that indeed "those Smoosh girls [were hit] with an ugly stick in the last year or so..." What was accomplished by James posting that, i.e., did anyone gain anything by reading that comment?

And if James isn't under 18, he shouldn't be commenting on the attractiveness of girls who don't appear physically mature.

Posted by Ruud | May 30, 2007 1:23 PM

>>>did anyone gain anything by reading that comment<<

I think we gained the knowledge that sexism starts early..even if you are a hipster...

Posted by RT | May 30, 2007 1:35 PM

again, nobody mentions Earl Greyhound, one of the best bands on the bill. next year they will be headlinign i bet.

Posted by filtermark | May 30, 2007 2:12 PM

>>>Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so...<<<
Anyway, goodness, it's a PICTURE! Everyone has a bad picture now and then!

Posted by n | May 30, 2007 4:03 PM

>>>Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so...<<<
Anyway, goodness, it's a PICTURE! Everyone has a bad picture now and then!

Posted by n | May 30, 2007 4:03 PM

Glad to see people recognize the importance of the Bad Brains being back...can't wait to see them at the School of Rock Fest in Asbury Park in June.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2007 6:06 PM

"Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so..." All I can say is James's seeing eye dog must be pulling his leg.

Posted by Smooshfan | May 31, 2007 1:00 AM

"Wow, someone really hit those Smoosh girls with an ugly stick in the last year or so..."

Weird - I don't listen to Smoosh so I didn't even know it was them when I saw the photo but anyway - my initial thought was "oh, what nice teenagers looking all sun'kissed - what a couple of cute teenagers! Then I read his comment and I think....I wonder what James looks like? He's probably beautiful. Beautiful in the way that shitting on your a**hole neighbors carpet when they are at work is beautiful. You know, for what they did to you.

James - do us a favor pal, post your photo. I want to see which ass you look like. Jack or Fat?

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