I just hope that I can make it into the Gorge in time for Vampire Weekend. Leaving Portland at around 2:00 on Friday (earlier if possible), but given that I spent about 3 hours in a car line last time I Sasquatched, I'm slightly nervous. Then again, that was before Friday was a thing - any educated guesses on Friday evening line time?
I've already come to peace with missing Reignwolf, Japandroids, Built to Spill, and maybe Father John Misty and Arctic Monkeys... fuck, that sucks to type.
I get chills every time I watch videos of it. I was smack in the middle of the pit and remember seeing a few people start this, and a couple minutes later I looked back on the hill and the entire crowd was doing it in unison. I think Sasquatch '10 sent LCD Soundsystem off into their hiatus pretty well, I'm sure that was one of their most memorable moments of the last tour.
Well I'll be damned. I have, quite literally, the exact same memory.
If you remember being in the vicinity of a girl on a guy's shoulders pouring a beer all over a second guy's face during "Drunk Girls," that was me.
Akron/Family --> Holy Ghost/Andrew Bird --> Bloc Party --> TEED --> Tame Impala --> Sigur Ros --> Empire of the Sun
Torche --> Tallest Man on Earth --> Shout Out Louds --> El-P --> Earl Sweatshirt --> Grimes --> Presets --> Primus
Dirty Projectors --> Twin Shadow --> Azealia Banks --> Death Grips --> Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti --> Danny Brown/Disclsoure (this would be the worst conflict of the weekend for me) --> Alt-J --> Postal Service
As for early bands, I'll probably just cruise around and try to find cool shit I've never heard of. That's typically how it works. Still working on listening to the unknowns, so I can navigate that part of the day better.
Wolfmother is to Tame Impala as Dr. Dog are to Owl City. Meaning, each pair shares nationalities and has obvious influences that shine through the music. That's about as deep as it goes.
Granted I didn't get a 1600 on my SAT (close), but you lost me at Dr. Dog. It's obvious Wolfmother was going for Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin, Tame Impala is going for the Beatles, and Owl City is going for the Postal Service/Shitting Your Pants While Crying To A Beat, but I think Dr. Dog has a unique sound, albeit somewhat familiar. What am I missing about them? Are they secretly Aerosmith?
Classic rock radio in general, I guess. Alls I'm saying is that a sound clearly rooted in the past doesn't, by itself, make you suck.
Sigur Ros vs Tame Impala shouldn't even be a question. You will have the opportunity to see Tame Impala twice a year for the next 5+ years. You will likely never see Sigur Ros on the Gorge main stage ever again. Don't be dumb.
Well, yeah. And if they actually put them up against each other I'm sure I'll go Sigur, by the same logic. But that's two of my top Sasquatch bands right there, so it'd be a bummer regardless.
They tend to mix the live drums in and out of the set, depending on the song, from what I've seen. Maybe that was the case?
Shit... I have no idea. My only visual memory is the two guys, but for the most part, I just recall having a blast and dancing my ass off. I dunno. Looking forward to doing it again, I'll say that (although, now, I'm sure that I'll pay a bit more attention to the stage).
I hope that the Presets incorporate live drums into their show - I saw them last year at Treasure Island and there were no drums, just Dude #hashtagsareforidiots #1 on keyboards / a laptop and Dude #hashtagsareforidiots #2 singing. That said, I smoked a joint to the face right before they went on, so it is possible that there were drums and I just didn't notice or remember them.