Entries tagged with: Pitchfork Festival
DOWNLOAD: Times New Viking - Time No Hope (MP3)
Since we last spoke, The Breeders have expanded the dates and added openers to their August tour. Joining them at first will be Times New Viking (who have an MP3 off their forthcoming record, Born Again Revisited, above), and then Whisptertown 2000, who will be opening both of the Breeders' NYC shows at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows, happening August 18th and 19th, are still on sale.
Though the Breeders didn't play the Pitchfork Festival over the weekend, if you were there you did hear their song "Saints" coming off the stage courtesy of The Thermals, who also covered Sonic Youth's "100%," Nirvana's "Sappy" and Green Day's "Basket Case."
After the show, Harris and bassist Kathy Foster told Spinner they've been playing the Nirvana and Breeders songs fairly often, but the other two were new. "Those are all of our favorite songs," Foster said. "We were a little nervous, but it was really fun."They also played the Breeders and Nirvana covers at their last Brooklyn show. All tour dates, and TNV album art and release info, below...
Harris said he wasn't sure how 'Basket Case' would pop. "Pitchfork's such a hipster thing," he teased. "You've got to play it a little cooler. And it's Chicago too, so you gotta be cool. But we're not embarrassed to love Green Day."
photos by Tim Griffin
Frightened Rabbit @ the Siren Festival
"Before starting their encore, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit admitted to the crowd, "We had such a crazy year of touring last year that it was like 'Oh fuck, touring again?' But you guys have changed our mind tonight." It was clear that he was being sincere. The sold out crowd at Maxwell's in Hoboken (7/17) was a rabid one. They cheered loudly after each song, listened intently to most, and sang along to a few. The band grew more comfortable as the set went on despite how hot the room got." [Blackraptor]Scotland's Frightened Rabbit will continue touring North America, on and off, for most of July, August and September. Like Built to Spill, Frightened Rabbit played Maxwell's, the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, and the Siren Festival in Brooklyn over the weekend (including Thursdaya)....
07.17 - Hoboken, N.J. @ MaxwellsThe NJ show was also Oxford Collapse's 2nd-to-last show before breaking up. They opened, and Oxford's Michael Pace joined Frightened Rabbit on stage for "Keep Yourself Warm". More Siren pictures, with the Pitchfork and Maxwell's setlists, and some videos below...
07.18 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Siren Festival
07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Headlights
07.19 - Chicago, Ill. @ Pitchfork Festival
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
"TORTOISE was good and everything, but way better the first year i ever went (when i was 14) probably because they were the headlining band that year and played late at night when it was dark. and their setlist flowed better....the request the night thing was cool but i think it really put a damper on the band's moods. EXCEPT! for the JESUS LIZARD. that was so awesome and intense. they didn't act old at all. BUILT TO SPILL on the other hand was a disappoint. sadly :( they looked like they were having the worst night of their life and i could barely hear it. to top it off....drunk bros were behind me screaming the words. you don't scream or dance or yell for built to spill. they even "wooed" the instrument parts between singing. bleh. but it was still pretty sounding and cool to see. i didn't watch YO LA TENGO. i think they're eh." [maybemae]I watched some of the stream and what I saw of Yo La Tengo was much better than "eh"!, and I thought Tortoise sounded great (though it was funny to hear them say something like, "we have a new album out, but we're not playing any of those songs... BECAUSE NONE OF YOU REQUESTED THEM!"). I do agree 100% with the above review of the Jesus Lizard though. David Yow is still a monster, and I can't wait for the Irving Plaza show. I didn't watch Built to Spill, but according to Jim DeRogatis, that was probably the right decision anyway.
Tortoise is on tour and plays Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday night. The rest of the pictures from Day One of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival, below...
"Even if you weren't a big fan of Built to Spill--and I was never converted by their postmodern updates of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitar jams--you had to pity bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and Idaho native Doug Martsch for having the unenviable task of trying to follow the Jesus Lizard, headlining over that band in its home town.Built to Spill played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on Friday night (7/17). Saturday they headlined the Coney Island Siren Festival in Brooklyn. Sunday they played a much smaller show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (where they played for almost 2 hours). Pictures, videos and the setlists from the two festival shows, below...
Martsch and his bandmates tried their best, making impressive use of dramatic dynamics shifts with quiet interludes exploding into six-string rave-ups. But it was sort of like following a gourmet meal with a Twinkie for desert: It might have been fine as a snack at a different time, but after what had preceded it, there simply was no point." [Jim DeRogatis - Chicago Sun Times @ Pitchfork]
DOWNLOAD: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit - The Very Best Mixtape (ZIP)
DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart Of Africa (w/ Ezra Koenig) (MP3)
European producers Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya have been working together under the name The Very Best for the past two years. You can check out their debut mixtape, which came out last year and samples M.I.A, Vampire Weekend and Michael Jackson, reposted above. "For the recording, the band brings some guests on board: M.I.A. for 'Rain Dance' and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig sings on 'Warm Heart Of Africa.'"
The Very Best are making a limited number of US stops before their set at the Pitchfork Festival on July 19th. One of those will be at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday, July 18th, where they appear with Dragons of Zynth, the Que Bajo?! dance party, DJ Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Zuzuka Poderosa, DJ Supervixen and Açai Girl. Tickets are on sale.
Two Very Best videos, with a flyer for the show, and all tour dates, below...
Frightened Rabbit @ Bowery Ballroom in January (more by Natasha Ryan)
Frightened Rabbit are one of the bands playing both the Siren & Pitchfork festivals in the same weekend this year. They're also one of the bands playing a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken right before Siren happens. Tickets for the July 17th NJ show are on sale. It's an early show. Fellow Siren player Grand Duchy plays Maxwell's later that night. All dates below...
WAVVES @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
WAVVES headlines a Todd P-like bill at Bowery Balllrom in NYC on July 15th. Opening the show is Woods, Real Estate, and Popo. It's one of just two U.S. shows WAVVES has scheduled at the moment. The other is July 18th at the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 17-19 in Chicago) which recently announced its final lineup additions. They are Final Fantasy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bowerbirds, Michael Columbia, The Thermals and Killer Whales. Full lineup below...
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. All dates below...
Dan Snaith (Caribou, formerly Manitoba)
Message from Caribou: Summer Festivals. Caribou Vibration Ensemble. Marshall Allen. Daphni. John Schmersal.Snaith's last full-length, Andorra, came out in 2007 on Merge. The album won the 2008 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album of the year.
I'm sorry for the long silence. I've been busy making music for a new Caribou album which I'm really excited about. I've just added some summer festivals and DJ sets to our Live Dates. Hope to see you there!
In particular, the Flaming Lips have invited us to play at their ATP New York festival on September 13th. We've put together a special 14-piece band, named Caribou Vibration Ensemble, to play this show and a show at the Opera House in Toronto on Sept 10th. Caribou Vibration Ensemble features Kieran Hebden (Four Tet, Fridge, Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), a four piece horn section, choir, four drummers, etc.
In addition, for the ATP show only, we will be joined by MARSHALL ALLEN, Sun Ra Arkestra leader and Arkestra member for over 50 years! At both shows we will be playing new and old Caribou songs reworked to make the most of this special line-up.
Also I've just done a remix of Cortney Tidwell's track 'Watusii' under the name Daphni. It's out on City Slang shortly.
Finally, Andy Lloyd who has played bass with us these last couple years is unfortunately not going to be playing with us in the future (apart from the Caribou Vibration Ensemble shows) as he's now touring with our friends Born Ruffians [who just finished touring with Franz Ferdinand]. Andy is a dear friend and a great musician and will be sorely missed but we are very lucky that John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) will be joining Caribou and playing bass and singing with us from now on - starting with the upcoming shows this summer.
I think that's it for now. As always, apologies to everyone whose emails I have taken an eternity to reply to. Hope to see you at a show,
ATP NY in September is currently Caribou's only NY-area date. The band is playing on the fest's Sunday lineup, which (as pointed out above) is being curated and headlined by the Flaming Lips.
The Flaming Lips recently received an accolade from the people of their homestate, Oklahoma, who voted the band's "Do You Realize?" as their official rock song. After a resolution to recognize the song faltered in the state's House of Representatives, the honor was enacted by executive order from the state's governor on April 28th (declared "Flaming Lips Day").
EW: you won in the end. What was the official ceremony on Tuesday like?Not long before that, FL front-man Wayne Coyne made news by criticizing the Arcade Fire, saying, "They really treat people like shit," among other things. Win Butler responded online, and Coyne has since apologized, saying, "I didn't necessarily mean it about the people in the Arcade Fire. I meant it about the guys that were running their stages at a couple of festivals."
Wayne Coyne: It was cool, uncomfortable, weird. All the things that you think talking to governors would be. I mean, he's a very cool guy. But it is another world for me. And he declared it Flaming Lips day as part of the ceremony, which we didn't know was going to happen.
EW: Did any special privileges come with that? Were you allowed to molest a goat or something?
Wayne Coyne: I asked the governor while we there: "Can I just go to a restaurant and get a meal for free?" I don't think anyone really had an answer. I didn't suggest molesting a goat.
With that under the bridge, the Flaming Lips have announced their follow-up to 2006's At War With the Mystics will be a double LP tentatively titled Embryonic, which the band expects to finish recording this summer and release in September.
The Flaming Lips are playing the Pitchfork Festival on Sunday, July 19th. Even though that's not the fest's "Set Lists by Request" night, it turns out the Flaming Lips will be will be following the format for at least part of their set anyway.
A video of the Flaming Lips accepting their "Official State Rock Song" honor and all Caribou tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
Beirut @ Coco 66 (more by Ryan Muir)
More bands were recently added to the previously announced lineup of the 2009 Pitchfork Festival. The annual fest is taking place Friday, July 17th to Sunday, July 19th in Chicago's Union Park. Tickets are still on sale.
New acts include Beirut, DOOM, Frightened Rabbit, Lindstrøm, DJ/Rupture, Ponytail, the Mae Shi, and Dianogah.
DJ/Rupture is also appearing at the NYC event for Barcelona's Sonar Festival on May 12th.
Another act on the Pitchfork bill, DOOM, will be performing his first show since the news broke in 2007 that he'd been allegedly lip-syncing and/or sending stand-ins to take his place at live shows. A few months after that, canceled DOOM shows spurred rumors that the rapper was in the hospital, addicted to crack, too lazy to show up...basically anything you can imagine or post on a message board.
DOOM somewhat addressed those questions in an interview with HipHopDX in April. His response started like this:
I'm a director as well as a writer. I choose different characters, I choose their direction and where I want to put them. So who I choose to put as the character is up to me. The character that I hired, he got paid for it. There's no impostor.He went on to say that maybe it was really him, he just lost a lot of weight (one fake rapper in question was noticeably skinnier than the hefty DOOM). He closed his answer like this:
But I'll tell you one thing, if you're coming to a DOOM show, don't expect to see me, expect to hear me or hear the music that I present. And it's gonna be a unique experience every time. So that's all I have to say about that.In short, expect the "DOOM Experience." P4k Fest is his only current date, but we think there will be more announced at some point this year.
DOOM's latest, Born Like This, came out in late March on Lex Records. Radiohead's Thom Yorke recently remixed that album's "Gazillion Ear." That remix is out now as a bonus track on iTunes. A YouTube rip of the song is below.
Japandroids are on the schedule for Pitchfork as well. The pair were scheduled to play two New York City shows this week at Pianos on May 6th and Public Assembly on May 7th, but the band had to cancel those and other dates because of singer-guitarist Brian King's "emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer," as reported by Pitchfork. Luckily, he'll be well enough to head out a tour that starts at the end of May. Japandroids' two rescheduled NYC dates will be Friday, July 10th at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery and Saturday, July 11th at Pianos. Tickets for the latter are on sale.
Other summer fests for Japandroids include Sasquatch Music Festival on May 24th, Calgary's Sled Island Festival on June 25th, and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party on July 24th. They also have tour dates across North America, posted below.
Japandroid's Post-Nothing is out now on Unfamiliar Records. An MP3 of "Young Hearts Spark Fire" from that record is posted above; a video of the guys playing "Heart Sweats" live, below.
All videos, updated Pitchfork Festival line-up, and Japandroids tour dates below...
Voodoo Experience Festival is happening in New Orleans's City Park on October 30th, 31st and November 1st.
The 11th annual VOODOO EXPERIENCE will once again celebrate music, as well as New Orleans' bohemian culture, arts and cuisine. More than 160 bands will perform in three distinct performance areas--Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival--and eight stages each highlight a unique side of the personality of New Orleans. News re: this year's line-up will be revealed in the coming months.Three-day weekend passes ($103) and VIP tix are on sale for fest. Its organizers have announced that ticket prices will be all inclusive aka no extra fees, despite being sold through Ticketmaster.
The rapidly approaching Bonnaroo (June 11-14) has added a David Byrne curated stage to its lineup...
We are very excited to announce that David Byrne has assembled a number of performers for the first artist-curated stage! On the evening of Friday, June 12 Byrne, who is performing the "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno," will host his recent collaborators Santigold and the Dirty Projectors, singer/songwriter and founder of Righteous Babe Records Ani DiFranco, former Polyphonic Spree member and Beggar's Banquet recording artist St. Vincent and up-and-coming multi-instrumental all-female Norwegian alt/folk band Katzenjammer.Also in the curating news -- My Bloody Valentine, who curated part of ATP's first festival in NY in 2008, is putting together the lineup for ATP UK's Nightmare Before Christmas 2009. It was mentioned previously that Sonic Youth will be there.
[Nightmare Before Christmas '09] event will take place at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England from December 4th - 6th, 2009. So far confirmed to join the legendary sonic sculptors are:Tickets for that are on sale now. If you don't have the cash upfront, there's an option to pay through the ATP "installment scheme," which, though it sounds sketchy, is actually a way to buy part of your ticket now and pay the remainder in July. The poster for the fest is above.
De La Soul
Sun Ra Arkestra
And of course, My Bloody Valentine themselves.
That's somewhat similar to the layaway plan announced by All Points West (Jul 31-Aug 2). Tickets are still on sale for APW. You can also get advance round-trip ferry tickets from Battery Park to the fest for $15. They go up "$20 the week of the show, and $25 if purchased at the ferry box office on the day of the show. Individual tickets must be purchased for each day."
My Bloody Valentine is among the artists playing All Points West this year.
Other quick festival news:
The lineup for Lollapalooza (August 7-9) was announced.
In NYC, the Tribeca Film Festival is happening now, through May 3rd.
The lineup for Pitchfork Fest (July 7-9) was updated. That's posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
M83 @ Webster Hall (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
M83 has been added to Pitchfork Festival, which is taking place from July 17th - Sunday, July 19th in Chicago. Other bands added to the bill include Black Lips, Fucked Up, Wavves, the Dutchess and the Duke, and Matt and Kim. The whole, updated lineup is below. Tickets for the fest are still on sale.
Five days before he performs in Chicago, M83's Anthony Gonzalez will perform a free show at NYC's World Finanial Center Winter Garden (July 14th). For that NYC gig:
Anthony Gonzalez, M83's chief stargazer, performs a special one-off ambient performance. New York-based artist Janet Biggs begins the night with a screening of her short film, Vanishing Point.The NYC show announcement is one of the first for the mostly unannounced 2009 River to River Festival (a series of free shows at various venues all over NYC all summer). More WFC show updates on the way.
More Pitchfork Fest info below...
Built to Spill @ ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival -- to be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19 -- is announcing the first round of band's to perform at this years festival, as well as a new series that will include Friday's performances. On Friday, the festival welcomes Yo La Tengo, The Jesus Lizard (first show in Chicago in eleven years!), Tortoise and Built to Spill; Saturday will see performances by The National, Pharoahe Monch, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while Sunday's event includes Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Vivian Girls!To recap the 2009 line-up so far:
In years past, Friday night has been presented in conjunction with All Tomorrow's Parties and their "Don't Look Back" series, which is devoted to artists playing one seminal album from their back catalogue in its entirety. In 2008, Mission of Burma performed Vs., Sebadoh played Bubble & Scrape, and Public Enemy performed It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. 2007 saw Slint performing Spiderland, Gza/Genius performing Liquid Swords, and Sonic Youth performing Daydream Nation.
This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival is mixing things up a bit and putting the set lists in the hands of the fans, under a new series titled "Write the Night: Set Lists By Request." When someone buys a ticket they will receive a confirmation email that will include a link to a web page where they can vote on which of each band's songs they'd like to hear during their set - and truly be the ones to "Write the Night." Voting will begin on March 13 (when tickets go on sale) and will end on June 12.
haircuts @ the 2008 Pitchfork Festival (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival will be held in Chicago's Union Park Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19. This year marks the fourth anniversary of the festival - and the fifth time Pitchfork has presented a music festival in Union Park. The three-day event will once again showcase a wide range of global artists on three stages, with a focus on forward thinking programming at a reasonable price. Beginning with the music and continuing through all facets of its production, the Pitchfork Music Festival is dedicated to providing both attendees and musicians an overwhelmingly positive, comfortable, and fun experience.Pitchfork also announced their SXSW party. Lineup below...
by Black Bubblegum
Wata, Pitchfork Fest 2008 (more by Joseph Juechao Xx)
That East Village Radio Festival on September 6th looked pretty damn interesting already..... I mean how many times do you get to see Devin The Dude, John Oliver, AND Awesome Color on the same stage? Well, its about to get a little bit LOUDER, because the mighty Boris has been added to headline the whole shindig! Yikes! Boris for free? You guys shouldn't have.
So far, that makes the uber-ecelectic lineup look like this:
Hosted by KRS-One,Boris recently vibrated the stages of Pitchfork Music Festival (check out the pics here) and Webster Hall with the Miami badasses Torche. Watch a video from that Pitchfork below...
Dr. Lonnie Smith,
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble,
Devin the Dude,
John Oliver of The Daily Show
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Earlimart (who are playing an in-store at Sound Fix tonight) were supposed to open at Masonic Temple, but now they're going to play a late show that night at Union Hall instead (after the Spinto Band residency show). And as you can see....
The Apples In Stereo - 2008 Tour Dates
...The Apples ask that we go to the Jersey show at Blend on Friday. And then we can watch them on The Colbert Report too. A few more pics from last weeked's Pitchfork Festival (that they DID play) below...
DOWNLOAD: Icy Demons - Miami Ice (MP3)
Icy Demons @ 2008 Pitchfork Festival (more by Joseph Juechao Xu)
Icy Demons is an experimental music project started by Bablicon's Griffin Rodriguez (credited as Blue Hawaii) and Man Man / Need New Body's Christopher Powell (Pow Pow). A project of various Chicago musicians, they have released three albums, Fight Back! on the Elephant 6-associated label Cloud Recordings. Tears of a Clone on the Eastern Developments Music, and in 2007 Miami Ice on Easel (Japan release only). [Wiki]Tour dates below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
"Sunday was the ideal day to visit the church of Spiritualized, who reminded everyone they've all but secured their status as Gen-X's Pink Floyd, with mastermind Jason Pierce pleasing his unwashed congregation by pulling out Spacemen 3 songs along with material from the recently released Songs in A&E." [Seattle Weekly]
Spiritualized are working their way around the United States since playing the Pitchfork Festival on Sunday. On Friday night they make a stop at the 9:30 Club in DC and NPR is making that show available to everyone with an internet connection. Then Saturday and Sunday it's Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5 in NYC respectively. A few more Pitchfork pics below...
photos by Joseph Juechao Xu
dancing in the mud
and much more....
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Bon Iver is out on tour and making his way to NYC to play two sold out shows in less than a week from now. On Sunday he played a set at the Pitchfork Fest in Chicago.
Justin Vernon expands Bon Iver to a four-piece and they infuse the lonesome, dark-night-of-the-soul songs on his debut album a with a communal, campfire glow. [Chicago Tribune]More pics from that below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Lessons in how to win over a crowd start now. Hope the guys in Vampire Weekend were in the wings taking notes. Jarvis Cocker is so skinny, his glasses so large, he's practically a caricature of himself. Yet he commands the stage like a pro, a veteran of countless European festivals dating back to his days in Brit-pop giants Pulp. He jumps from glam-rock audacity to blue-eyed-soul sincerity, and sells each song to the far corners of the park. Cocker's no hack. His songs brim with clever wordplay, devastating humor and honesty, and supersized hooks. But he never assumes his audience is just along for the ride. [Chicago Tribune]That review, and these pictures, are from Jarvis's performance Saturday (July 19, 2008) at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Moving on, Jarvis is now in NYC to play two more American shows. The first is tonight (July 21) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The next is Tuesday at the much larger Terminal 5. Tickets are still available for the latter. More pics below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
Friday night featured three groups performing their respective definitive albums. Mission of Burma's trademark post-punk sound pervaded for its performance of 1982's Vs. Sebadoh's set, which comprised the noisy-to-folk renderings of Bubble and Scrape, found the trio trading instruments and vocal leads. The set was derailed in the midst of Lou Barlow's acoustic Think (Let Tomorrow Bee) by Public Enemy's production duo, The Bomb Squad, which started its set before Sebadoh was finished. This incited audience members to chant for Public Enemy. Sebadoh completed its set, and The Bomb Squad spun dance rhythms as a precursor to Public Enemy's performance of 1988's groundbreaking It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. Flavor Fav was missing on stage during Bring the Noise, though his vocal parts were curiously present in the mix. Later, even though Flavor Flav and Chuck D exchanged terse quips during the Fight The Power finale, Chuck D departed the stage leaving Flavor Flav to lead the audience through "peace" and "power" chants. The set included Party for Your Right to Fight and Don't Believe the Hype. Flav's antics caused tension with fans, too: While plugging his reality show, he was booed, to which he responded, "Boo your girlfriend, don't boo the Flav." Chuck D brought the show back on track, and other gems included Public Enemy No. 1 and for the first time live in 18 years, Terminator X to the Edge of Panic. [USA Today]More Sebadoh pics below...
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
"Sun is falling down/Sky is falling down/Seasons falling down/Air is falling down," Boston art-punk legends Mission of Burma sang in "Weatherbox" Friday night, midway through the opening set of the fourth Pitchfork Music Festival, as their guitars, bass, drums and tape loops evoked the fury of bombs falling in the midst of an earthquake during a vicious thunderstorm.More pics below...
Thankfully, the real downpour stopped not long before the band officially opened the three-day festival in the West Side's Union Park. But it was an ominous message nonetheless, with the weather threatening to dampen souls if not spirits all weekend long at what has become the premier celebration of the musical underground in Chicago and the entire U.S.
It's easy to take shots at Pitchfork's opening-night "Don't Look Back" concept of bands performing one of their classic albums in its entirety and to dismiss it as a gimmick or cheap nostalgia. But as with everything else, it all depends on the music in question.
A long since gone-Hollywood Liz Phair performing "Exile in Guyville" or the reunited sorta-Smashing Pumpkins rendering "Gish" arguably are as sad as any state fair act. But a band like Mission of Burma is a different story: Its music was always far ahead of its time; it ended the first round of its career prematurely, in part because of guitarist Roger Miller's tinnitus, and the new albums it has recorded since 2004 have been every bit as good as "Vs." (1983), the subject of Friday's retrospective.
[Jim DeRogatis @ Chicago Sun Times]
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
8:17 p.m.: Public Enemy takes the stage. Yeah!!!! Or, do they? No, wait, it's really their Bomb Squad production team --- Hank and Keith Shocklee --- laying down some dub-reggae beats on the turntables.This happened Friday night (July 18, 2008) @ The Pitchfork Fetsival. More pics below....
8:45 p.m.: The band shows up but seems in no particular hurry to get going.
8:50 p.m.: Air-raid sirens, three guys in Desert Storm camouflage (the S1W's, who double as dancers and security guards), and finally the megaphone voice of Chuck D. "Bring the Noise" begins a tour through "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." This 1988 album served as a rite of passage for a generation in the way it distilled African-American dissent into a series of Molotov-cocktail songs. It still feels like the soundtrack to Eldridge Cleaver's "Soul on Ice" or "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." Its beats --- built on James Brown's "Funky Drummer" syncopations --- were every bit as fierce as Chuck's rhymes. It hasn't dated a bit.
9:10 p.m.: Flavor Flav, who shows up late and is chastised by Chuck D, trumpets his reality-TV show and the audience lets him have it. "Sell-out!" "Boooooo!" Flav is not amused.
9:17 p.m.: Flav momentarily redeems himself by restarting "Mind Terrorist." "Where the volume at?" Indeed, the volume is a few dozen decibels short of adequate. The band's urgency isn't matched by what's coming out of the speakers.
9:45 p.m.: Like a heavyweight boxer sensing a knockout, Chuck D closes in for the kill. "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" creeps with menace, and the music surges. The crowd is into it too, as the set closes with a furious "Rebel Without a Pause," "Prophets of Rage" and "Party for Your Right to Fight," before seguing into "He Got Game" and its central riff from Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."
10:30 p.m.: The band roars through a half-hour's worth of hits after wrapping up "Millions." "Fight the Power" sends everyone home. Time to get home and recharge for Day 2.
[Greg Kot @ the Chicago Tribune]