BADBADNOTGOOD. Saw them on Saturday opening for DOOM and they very nearly stole the show...never have I seen a crowd mosh so hard to an instrumental jazz trio, but boy was it awesome. The played a lot of cuts off their upcoming record and it all sounds great.
3.) Pitchfork has been too busy drowning in its own backlash (since 2006) to provide any relevant music commentary.
There are innumerable valid criticisms of Pitchfork but denying their relevancy is just silly. Pea was joking on the last page about Deafheaven but the sentiment in general is completely serious, bands get booked for festivals solely because they got support on Pitchfork.
In general, I feel like "hipster" is a term that has really outgrown itself as far as being a competent means of categorizing music...if it ever was...but for the sake of argument, if we're using hipster as a tag for bands that get good reviews or exposure on Pitchfork, then yes indeed, Squatch and pretty much all other festivals stake a good amount of their livelihood on catering to hipster crowds. There is a substantial contingent of people today who get literally all of their musical taste from a single website, and no festival organizer is foolish enough to ignore that
Now, would Sasquatch ever book a black metal band, or for that matter any extreme metal band? Probably not. But for what it's worth, I suspect the whole two Sasquatches thing, besides being an obvious money grab, is a way of expanding just what exactly Sasquatch can be, specifically in terms of line-up. Not saying we're about to get the West Coast's answer to the Maryland Deathfest, but I think branching out and including more acts beyond what we'd typically expect out of a Squatch line-up is an inevitability.
And if so, it's only natural to assume that they'd start with groups that are more hipster-friendly...like Deafheaven. Who are actually a quality band outside of their big red Pitchfork-approved stamp, but there you go.
I third the motions. I would also accept Panda Bear.
I think Chvrches are a pretty safe bet to be a back-to-backer, they're only getting more popular. Also wouldn't be surprised by:
Sleigh Bells Beach House Waaves
I'm pretty interested in the potential developments, if any, for the hip-hop and metal contingents of the festival. For the belt-sander (why is that a filter, again?), I just wonder how heavy Snacks is willing to go...I have a recurrent wet dream of Wolves in the Throne Room playing a nighttime slot at the Gorge, but that's fantasy. Deafheaven might be a viable option...Big Business are from Seattle and have a new record out in the fall.
As for the former...I also have a recurrent nightmare of Macklemore passing the mediocre-rap-headliner torch to Drake for 2014. I'm sure it's just nerves. Kendrick will probably get a fairly high slot at Coachella...so that leaves his relationship to the Squatch questionable. Run the Jewels would make up for the lack of El-p/Killer Mike crossover at 2013. Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson could be smaller acts.
Anyway, guess I should stop now. It's only October, can only spew so many names on a page.
1. Sigur Ros/Primus 3D. SR probably would've taken the cake if I wasn't distracted by my buddy and his horrendous drunken mushroom trip for much of the show. Epic (to finally use that word in its proper context), beautiful, and well put-together. And Primus just fucking brought it. The musical relationship of Lalonde and Claypool is just astounding to witness. Plus that 3d was the tits.
2. Grimes. I was in a perfect position soundwise - incredibly impressive performance. Lights, the dancers, and the woman herself. What a charismatic demon.
3. Danny Brown. Just great. High energy, got the crowd wilding out, and hilariously drunk. Good setlist too.
4. Red Fang. Great way to open the fest. Righteous rif***e.
5. Dirty Projectors. Put on a fantastic show despite the rain. Sound was excellent, they all played exceptionally well. Dave's the man.
Honourable Mentions: Torche, Holy Ghost!, Father John Misty, El-p
If you're wavering on going to see Akron it might be better not to go. I took some friends to the show here a few weeks back who were iffy on their recorded stuff and they absolutely hated it. It's a lot louder and droney in person than it is on the record.
Gramma's gonna be at Akron/Family, stingray. Don't sweat it, though; if you don't end up running into me over the course of the weekend, that just means that you weren't really looking. Just keep an eye out for a dude with hella long hair who is wearing the Party Pants. Can't miss 'em.
Oh I won't - even with that post now deleted, the man in the party pants is forever burned into my memory.
And I too am only more excited at the prospect of louder/dronier. I'm anticipating catching the opening thirty of Akron/Family before moonwalking to the Chupacabra.
And, incidentally, if anyone sees a Raoul Duke lookalike or a Space Jam jersey, come say hi.
Yeah, I'm pretty choked I wasn't a squatcher when the Beastie Boys came. Wish I could've seen one of my favourite rap groups at my favourite venue.
The Roots' MCA tribute last year was about as close as I'll get...sigh.
In conflict news, I'm inching ever closer to the Holy Ghost! side of the battle, away from Akron and Co, but the phrase "gametime decision" comes to mind. Haven't seen either of them, not really sure if one makes more sense than the other in terms of touring frequency (I'm from Vancouver.)
I do like beach balls...and seeing HG would serve as partial reparations for missing James Murphy's set last year...