Posted in music | pictures on July 18, 2010

Day 1 photos by Weekly Dig, Wolf Parade photos by Kate Gardiner

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (Suckafreemike)
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"Dear panda bear: you're playing a music festival, not an art installation." - Etan

"The only explanation for Panda Bear's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is that it's a practical joke on people who are not on drugs." - lifeinzembla

"Panda Bear was nice but wayyyy too low key for a festival crowd" - Carleton Atwater

"hey i'm watching online and panda bear sounds amazing!!" - Nicole H

"Bet this new Panda Bear stuff sounds great on headphones but it's not really festival music" - Joe Colly

"Panda Bear mixing footage on the screen of a little girl jumping up and down and a Great White Shark eating a cow...weird" - Anthony Adamowicz

"Really Panda Bear?!! No "Comfy in Nautica" or "Bros??" Lame." - Michael Roche

"Panda Bear just put 20000 people to sleep at @pitchfork2010. No joke." - angelabosworth

"Panda Bear killed it. set was almost exclusively new stuff. pushing the art to the next level." - Luke Tipton

Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (iissaaacc)
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More pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...

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The rest of the Pitchfork pictures so far (Day 1 & 2) are HERE (except for LCD Soundsystem which are HERE.)

UPDATE:
Panda Bear's setlist & pictures from Day Three, HERE.

and some more videos...

Titus Andronicus @ Pitchfork 2010

Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything [Pitchfork 2010]

Reakwon - C.R.E.A.M. -Pitchfork Music Fest '10

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (Live @ Pitchfork Music Festival on 07/17/10)

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Comments (55)

No one should see anything involved with Animal Collective unless they are fully prepared to not hear a single song they like, or even know. They're one of THOSE bands, and like it or not, that's what you get.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 3:35 AM

saw AC at Lollapalooza last year and I've never seen more people walk away from a band before at a festival. Somehow they weren't too keen on one hour of random noise

Posted by matt | July 18, 2010 3:40 AM

Yeah Panda Bear was self indulgent shit today, it was so bad. Also AC last year at lolla was one of the worst experiences of my life. Anyone who says they enjoy that crap is lying to themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 3:58 AM

sounds lame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:39 AM

I was there and I was prepping myself to be disappointed but Panda Bear killed it.

Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:40 AM

Hipsters are turning on M.I.A. and now Panda Bear? Who's going to lead this generation?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 8:55 AM

Panda Bear should just play planetariums, and just hand out mesc right before the show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:45 AM

panda bear is the shit...fuck the haters

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:55 AM

panda bear sounded beautiful, if you wanted to rock out it wasn't meant for you , there were other bands here for that..plain and simple

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 10:08 AM

ac bonnaroo wasn't too bad last year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 10:20 AM

AC + side projects have been putting on shows like that forever. Fair enough if you don't like it, but it's crap to be shocked/surprised to go an AC show and get pissed that they don't play exactly what you want/how you want it. As someone who goes to see a lot of music, I always appreciate being challenged or hearing songs i've never heard before, but I also understand that it's not for everyone. AC+PB are weird acts to be so popular, but their success should not mean that they need to start catering their shows towards their newfound audience.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 10:40 AM

needs more blues explosion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:37 AM

Panda Bear sounded kind of cool when i was streaming it last night, but i can see getting way bored if i was seeing it live.

also, definitely needs more blues explosion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:54 AM

Panda Bear & Animal Collective are easily two of the most OVERRATED bands out there. I'm encouraged to see that people are finally realizing that!

Posted by M | July 18, 2010 12:03 PM

hahaha to anybody who want to be "challenged" by a concert.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:25 PM

Panda Bear set was beautiful. And yes, I smoked.

Posted by Eduardo | July 18, 2010 12:28 PM

This is all very unsurprising

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:41 PM

panda bear's performance was nothing more than auditory masterbation

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:50 PM

"AC + side projects have been putting on shows like that forever. Fair enough if you don't like it, but it's crap to be shocked/surprised to go an AC show and get pissed that they don't play exactly what you want/how you want it. As someone who goes to see a lot of music, I always appreciate being challenged or hearing songs i've never heard before, but I also understand that it's not for everyone. AC+PB are weird acts to be so popular, but their success should not mean that they need to start catering their shows towards their newfound audience."

exactly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:54 PM

"AC + side projects have been putting on shows like that forever."

Absolutely. Their MPP fame was well deserved, but the newer fans are probably going to go as fast as they came.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 1:06 PM

@12:50

Masturbation is beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 1:31 PM

Is it just me or do those pictures make it look like Noah has been hitting up the gym latley? he looks different, better! Healthier! Not that any of that has any baring on the quality of the musical output just saying...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 1:38 PM

^^ i think you're confusing noah with spencer from wolf parade.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 2:42 PM

i will trippin on peyote and it blew my mind.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 2:59 PM

I never give myself what I want when I masturbate, I like my masturbation to be challenging.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 3:45 PM

His kind of music is, simply put, not festival music. Stuff meant for dark tents, at the very least. Being outdoors for a show like that... don't think it would work that well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:44 PM

It was a Panda Bore. A real Panda embearassment. On the other hand, I understand those who think they should not pand-er to their audience, and that the crowd should just bear it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 5:11 PM

oh goodness, i guarantee if someone from pitchfork reviewed the show and gave it a 9.6 a majority of those complaining would call the performance "genius" or "innovative" but because the pitchfork generation doesn't have the site to tell them it was good, they dislike it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 6:05 PM

Panda Bear, a.k.a. Noah Lennox, played a way-too-long set of drony trance grooves punctuated by atonal yelps, yodels, and the occasional wounded whale noise. If this sort of thing had been delivered by a third-tier Grateful Dead offshoot band on one of the smaller stages at Bonnaroo, the Pitchfork crowd would have scoffed in derision. But since it was Pitchfork-endorsed, most stood politely and soaked it in, though there was a steady stream of refugees fleeing for the other stages, the food lines, or the Porta-Potties.

Without the aid of mind-altering substances, Panda Bear’s performance was an indulgent, unlistenable mess. With them, it may well have prompted the sort of bad trip that would lead someone to believe that they could fly off the steeple of First Baptist Congregational Church across Ashland Avenue from Union Park.

Posted by Big Jim DeRogatis | July 18, 2010 6:51 PM

As the sun began to make its exit from the cloudless sky Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, took to the stage armed with his brand of psychedelic experimental fair that his made him a favorite of Pitchfork writers. He started out the set with his new single off the Tomboy seven-inch record Slow Motion. The irony of the song title only begins to describe what ensued. A very long, droney set with little to keep the crowd engaged took had most festival-goers complaining about his selections instead of enjoying them. The first moment of the day when Pitchforkers could probably move around and start to shake off the days extreme temps and they were saddled with long periods of experimental music better suited for an art gallery than an outdoor festival. We heard one festival-goer remark that it would be more entertaining to have an actual panda bear just hanging out doing panda bear stuff than Lennox whaling into a microphone amongst sythns and loops.

Posted by ML | July 18, 2010 6:53 PM


what the fuck is 'festival music'. why do people keep using this phrase? why isn't ambient music chillworthy at a festival? what is wrong with an artist trying to experiment with new stuff in front of a day crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 7:16 PM

am i the only one that has never been to pitchfork.com and has no idea what pitchfork likes? i had no idea pitchfork even existed before some commenters mentioned it. how "powerful" can they be, really

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 8:05 PM

It's pretty funny how most of these comments say this set was masturbatory or self indulgent or some variation of that idea, considering the fact that most of the people who attend pitchfork go for masturbatory reasons in the first place, thinking about which pair of glasses w/o lenses to wear each day of the festival. Apparently 5 minute songs are too long for a crowd? As mentioned in other comments, Animal Collective (and Panda Bear solo) usually have a habit on touring their new songs and then releasing an album. Get over it. And haven't music festivals been inundated with drug use since the beginning of time?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 8:16 PM

what?! no Pavement?! I rush home to watch this stream! what is this crap Pitchfork lied

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:43 PM

wtf happened to Pavement stream!?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:45 PM

fuck you Pitchfork you need to issue a massive apology asap you fuckers you lied, false advertising. Total fucking bullshit. BV - can you please do so investigative reporting on this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:53 PM

"Challenged?" Give me a break. If music is challenging you it's cause it sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:58 PM

not news

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 10:03 PM

I was there and thought panda bear was great, my favorite from today was lightning bolt

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:22 PM

Challenging = requires some thought + understanding, not just candy (which is also capable of being fun/rewarding/good).

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 12:57 AM

Panda Bear is one of the most progressive artists out today... in any media. Was sorry to see that the pitchfork crowd as a whole couldn't find it in them to chill out to enjoy panda. Sucks for them tho... Pandas sounds and song transitions were incredible. Extremely satisfying stuff... the best I have seen this year.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 1:31 AM

"Panda Bear is one of the most progressive artists out today... in any media."

Cut it out, Dad - you're embarrassing me!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 19, 2010 1:40 AM

panda bear is always bad live. when will people realize this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 9:08 AM

To all previous comments... It is because of you that music sucks in 2010. Not Panda Bear, who like it or not can pretty much do whatever he wants musically and still have a career... not Pitchfork or Brooklyn Vegan, who merely leech off of your interest in music and culture... but YOU.

Yes you, who have been brought up in the burgeoning era of civilization in which a person has been taught to expect his/her wishes will be catered to exactly, and any time there is a deviation from that expectation, some form of dissatisfaction ensues that will be expressed on the internet in a gang mentality-fostering forum much like this one.

You have two options on how to solve this dilemma: 1) stop listening to music and make your own, or 2) die. Considering the level of intelligence put forth in the above comments, it looks like option 2 would be preferable for the majority of you. Enjoy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 1:56 PM

panda bear has never been very good live. go look at his videos on youtube or even watch an AC show. that's why avey tare has always been the front man in their shows. he could have very easily (like most popular artists) play a recorded track of his voice over a barely audible live voice but instead he did his own thing. understandable that people were frustrated. AC/panda bear have always had their way of frustrating people

Posted by tony | July 19, 2010 3:39 PM

1:56 Dude, isn't there a third option--to grow and change?

Posted by LKJ | July 19, 2010 3:45 PM

"Hipsters are turning on M.I.A. and now Panda Bear? Who's going to lead this generation?"

The Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 5:43 PM

people probably skipped wolf parade, and were stuck in the back for lcd soundsystem to panda bear. lulz to those idiots.

Posted by scott | July 20, 2010 10:37 AM

After enduring the heat all day, I was semi-excited for Panda Bear's set as I have enjoyed most of what he has put out with Animal Collective and some of his solo stuff, but this was unbearable. The fact that he walked back out on stage as if he was doing an encore, but realized everyone had already turned away said it all. By far the most disappointing set of the weekend. Maybe its the constant lack of melody and the annoying drone, but Panda Bear has definitely lost me on this one. Each time he lost the crowds interest he would yelp into the mic, what a waste and hopefully Pitchfork learned its lesson and never brings his boring set back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 11:14 AM

haha panda walked back on stage... to say thanks, but that he wasn't allowed to do an encore because of pitchforks strict set times. He is a pretty humble guy, and only performed his set because pitchfork invited him to be there. People need to ease up on the guy. His set was awesome and exactly what you should expect from a panda bear show if you actually do listen to him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 11:29 AM

I was at the panda bear show. he had a few good moments, and the rest was boring as hell. the set was exactly what I expected from the guy. I'm pretty sure he was totally out of tune when he played ponytail. now I know to only listen to his records and avoid his live shows.

Posted by cjc | July 20, 2010 11:45 AM

"He is a pretty humble guy, and only performed his set because pitchfork invited him to be there."

Yeah, I'm sure they paid him in psychedelic t-shirts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 12:17 PM

uhm this show was incredible. youll be eatin yr words when the new LP comes out. surfer hymn + benefica are JAMS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 5:15 PM

too many people here have no idea what they're talking about. panda bear's set was brilliant, arguably the best of the festival. when the album comes out and you start recognizing the songs he played , you'll be thankful you didn't miss it. Ponytail was beautiful, and at least he tried to do the ONLY encore of the festival, which of course didn't work cuz of the previously mentioned strict set times. I'm glad I was there to see the guy play some tunes on his birthday, a real honor for the crowd and definitely not something worth walking away from.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 8:59 PM

I went to Pitchfork mainly to see Panda Bear...and I was not disappointed.

His vocals were spot on even though he appeared to be under the weather.

Kurt Vile was on the side of the stage vibing along with many others who appreciate what Panda Bear is doing (something totally unique).

Panda Bear rules.

Posted by Nick | July 29, 2010 5:05 PM

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