Dan Deacon at Pitchfork Music Festival 7/15/07
photo by Mark C. Austin
Is there news without Pitchfork? A glance at this weekend’s newsfeeds proves not so much. The typically sparse selection of headlines was even more so, thanks to the three-day Pitchfork Music Festival, which gathered a dizzying array of musical acts, like The New Pornographers, Cat Power, Iron & Wine, Battles, Dan Deacon, Fujiya and Miyagi, and a whole lot more. Friday night’s sold out crowd witnessed three full-album performances with ATL’s Don’t Look Back series, featuring Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation, GZA playing Liquid Swords, and Slint playing Spiderland. So I guess you can see why the folks at Pitchfork were busy.
On the ‘Tube, the first round of videos are trickling in, enough to give you a taste of what you missed:
The New Pornographers open up their Sunday set, which mixed in a few new songs, with this exuberant number:
This clip of Cat Power is cut a bit short, but the stellar sound and close proximity make you see why she’s “The Greatest”:
Portland’s Menomena get weirdly funky with these two songs:
If you ever wanted to see what Grizzly Adams would look like channeling Thom Yorke, check out this fantastic clip of Sam Beam of Iron & Wine covering “No Surprises”:
The ever-haunting lyricism of Grizzly Bear:
The sound on this video is pretty bad, but if you want to know what it’s like to witness a Dan Deacon show (and, yes, you should want to), this is about as close as it gets without actually being there:
The crowd at Sonic Youth‘s performance was reportedly one of the rowdiest, and you can definitely jostle along with the fans in this video of “Teenage Riot”:
The bad: this mercifully short clip brings up bad memories of seeing Yoko Ono howling underneath a sheet on stage beside John Lennon, just before he split from The Beatles. The good: it features Thurston Moore.
Once the Pitchfork staff shake off their hangovers and come back to work, we’ll have more headlines for you.