WBEZ | Nicolas Jaar http://www.wbez.org/tags/nicolas-jaar Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Pitchfork Day 2: Youth Lagoon and Nicolas Jaar http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-youth-lagoon-and-nicolas-jaar-100906 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/youth%20lagoon.jpg" title="Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p>&quot;Looking forward to a literal <strong><a href="http://www.fatpossum.com/artists/youth-lagoon/">Youth Lagoon</a></strong> at the Blue stage,&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZMUSIC/status/224233998531043328">Andrew Gill tweeted</a> earlier this afternoon. He was right; the young Trevor Powers has the crowd to match, the weather finally held up and who ever said the young weren&#39;t wise? (A lot of people, that&#39;s who.) Powers, who was joined by &quot;my friend Logan [Hyde]. Everyone say hi to Logan,&quot; kept it energetic and sweet, making reference to Snapple as his drink of choice for the day.</p><p>Songs blended together with a sound that could be slightly too similer at times but when the beat dropped, I wasn&#39;t complaining: This is band where the instrumental parts work so well together that the vocals felt almost superfulous, especially on songs like &quot;Montana.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is our last song for today,&quot; Powers said so when &quot;My friend Logan&quot; came in on guitar I managed to get nostalgic, for a time that had barely begun.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/logan%20youth%20lagoon.jpg" title="Logan Hyde (Photo by Robert Loerzel)" /></div><p>I&#39;d like to say I saw a lot of <strong>Nicolas Jaar</strong> and that I enjoyed it, but both would be a lie; after many minutes of waiting for some never-explained sound issue to be resolved, Jaar finally started off with a &quot;Thank you for waiting,&quot; before launching into a long endless stream of what amounted to ambient noise.</p><p>That time waiting did give me the opportunity to mull over the aesthetic of the band; saxophonist Will Epstein looked like the hippest I&#39;d ever seen but had interactions with the microphone that rivaled Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, which caused my companion to remark, &quot;What <em>is </em>he doing to that?&quot;</p><p>As for the music, Jaar and his band sounded a lot like the soundtrack to an 80s classic, conjuring up memories of movies like <em>The Fabulous Baker Boys</em>. Once they actually got going, the beat was, for a moment, identical to &quot;Safety Dance&quot;, a feat in itself. If I&#39;ve learned anything, it&#39;s that saxophone is the instrument of the weekend and that delayed gratification isn&#39;t all it&#39;s cracked up to be.</p></p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 13:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-07/pitchfork-day-2-youth-lagoon-and-nicolas-jaar-100906