WBEZ | Pitchfork Fest http://www.wbez.org/tags/pitchfork-fest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Video: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips does The Wikipedia Files (Part 1) http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/wikipedia-files-the-flaming-lips-part-1/4868 <p><p><em>Now that the Wikipedia Files are available <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-wikipedia-files/id386599556">as a podcast</a>, we're revisiting some of our &quot;classic&quot; interviews. This was filmed at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival and originally posted on July 20, 2009.</em> We're not sure exactly how we booked an interview with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, but around 5:45 on Sunday evening Justin, Carrie and I found ourselves in a trailer by the Union Park fieldhouse waiting to do just that. Wayne was a great interview, but a long one. That's why we're presenting this interview in five parts. Here's part one- check back all week for the rest. <!--break--></p><object height="375" width="500" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5686248&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1"><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5686248&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" name="src" /></object> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/wikipedia-files-the-flaming-lips-part-1/4868 Video: Eugene Mirman does The Wikipedia Files http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/07/eugene-mirman-admits-to-stealing-a-boat-on-the-wikipedia-files/31982 <p><p style="text-align: left;"><img height="210" width="480" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mirman_lg.jpg" title="mirman_lg" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-31984" />You might know him as one of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedians_of_Comedy">Comedians of Comedy</a> or as the landlord on Flight of the Conchords. We know him as that guy in the green shirt who we pulled away from watching Wolf Parade at Pitchfork Fest. Any way you slice it <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eugenemirman.com">Eugene Mirman</a> is a class act. Just ask the guy whose boat he stole, damaged and paid for with a suitcase full of cash. Confused? <!--break-->Watch the video: <object height="281" width="500" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"><param value="true" name="allowfullscreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><param value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13708962&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1" name="src" /><embed height="281" width="500" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13708962&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></p></p> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/07/eugene-mirman-admits-to-stealing-a-boat-on-the-wikipedia-files/31982 Video: The L Sessions with St. Vincent http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/07/video-the-l-sessions-with-st-vincent/30858 <p><a href="http://music.wbez.org/agill/2010/07/live-music-thursday-st-vincent-plays-actor-out-of-work-in-l-session/26787"><img alt="" src="http://music.wbez.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/stvincent_blog-e1279744597869.jpg" title="St Vincent plays near Pitchfork Fest" class="alignnone" width="500" height="294" /></a><br>At last weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival we asked some of our favorite performers to play a few songs for us near Union Park. <!--break-->We figured performing next to the L was more authentic than sitting in a press tent (even if the trains made a racket when they went past). We're calling these performances "The L Sessions" and premiering them all on <a href="http://music.wbez.org/category/performances/l-sessions">our new music site</a>. Today we present the first installment- St Vincent performing her song "Actor Out of Work." <!--break--> <object width="500" height="281"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13523037&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13523037&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="500" height="281"></embed></object> This is the first installment of a new weekly video podcast of music performances. <a href='http://music.wbez.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/LSession_StVincent_Actor_iPod2.mp4'>Download this video</a> or <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/WbezMusicLiveMusicThursday">subscribe to the podcast</a>.</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/07/video-the-l-sessions-with-st-vincent/30858 Video: Big Boi fact-checks his Wikipedia file http://www.wbez.org/blog/video-big-boi-fact-checks-his-wikipedia-file <p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncank/3786295592"><img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-30497" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//bigboi2.jpg" title="bigboi" width="500" height="412"></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>The one artist Justin Kaufmann was most interested in interviewing at the Pitchfork Music Festival was Big Boi, the Atlanta rapper who makes up half of Outkast. <!--break-->After braving an hour and a half of waiting, Justin's wish was granted. Here's the resulting episode of Wikipedia Files: (<strong>NSFW!!!</strong> You should know that Big Boi talks like he raps: very fast and using salty language. Justin joins in- when in Rome, you know?)</p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" width="500" height="281"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13467545&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13467545&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="281"></object><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/video-big-boi-fact-checks-his-wikipedia-file Pitchfork observations: Big Boi loves Billy Ocean http://www.wbez.org/blog/pitchfork-observations-big-boi-loves-billy-ocean <p><a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4806990357_ab5d997b4a.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4806990357_ab5d997b4a.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="383" /></a> <code><div> </div></code> Some last minute observations from Pitchfork: I was really, really exhausted around 3pm yesterday. I thought I was getting heat stroke. But it was the high of chasing Big Boi around the park that snapped me out of it (and maybe my new concoction of free mints, Clif bars and 6 mixed berry Amped energy drinks). At the end of the night, I could have done 3 more days. Book it. Next year, Pitchfork should be like 8 days. <!--break--> <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4806975329_ac1f7f1a96.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4806975329_ac1f7f1a96.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="333" /></a> <code> </code> <ul> <li>Big Boi was great. He skipped all the posturing, all the "Chicago are you ready!!!!!!" at the top of his set and just busted out on stage and started. He had something most of the other acts didn't have, a set full of hits. Yeah, they were songs from Outkast but he didn't go all artsy and just say he was doing his new solo work. Nope. Went right after all the tracks. He even brought up the same young breakdancers <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/07/pitchfork-day-2-festival-security-hot-bodies-and-whale-calls/30221#more-30221">Raekwon did</a> and for a performance almost appropriate for the 5-8 year olds.‚  That was, until he asked the audience to "show their racks" and then a little boy from the breakdancing crew also asked the ladies to "pull up their shirts." Again, is it me? Am I full-blown adult now?</li> <li>When we did get the interview with Big Boi (up later), we met him in his trailer. He was pretty low-key, unimpressed with our crew until I explained to him the bit. We were going to fact-check his <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boi">Wikipedia page</a>. He lit up. He said "Yeah, there's a bunch of bullsh*t on there!!!!!" He spent a good 2 of our 6 minutes talking about why he loves Billy Ocean. Sublime.</li> <li>I met a woman in the press tent who was interning for my former intern in Minneapolis. She said "You were my boss's boss!!!!" My youth was hanging on by a thread. This killed it.</li> <li>Major Lazer was pretty awesome. I just heard them as I waited around for Big Boi, but they put on a show. And the best part? <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/sets/72157624408322303/with/4806947345/">Their dancers</a>. They were dressed in skimpy fatigues and they were all over the backstage. And, as evidenced in this <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/07/video-jim-greg-review-day-3-at-pitchfork/30410">wrap-up video</a>, they weren't shy.</li> <li>There are a ton of people to thank because they put in the work. First off, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/">Kate Gardiner</a>. Gardiner used to be an intern on the WBEZ City Room and now is working the social media for PBS NewsHour. She was shooting the event and boy did she work. I can't say enough about how much she kicked ass this weekend. Almost every picture you see in our Pitchfork coverage was from her. She's probably zonked out on a flight back to D.C. right now. Also, the video crew of Andrew Gill, Sean Aucoin and Michael Catano really stepped up. Andrew is the point guard of our Pitchfork coverage and he set up some great interviews with key people, including live performances for our "L" sessions. Catano and Aucoin locked the production down! Both of them worked their tails off and recorded maybe 15-20 sessions. All the way around, brilliant.</li> <li>I left before Pavement ended. I walked home, read some stories to my little boy, took a shower and plopped down on the couch to watch Sunday night drivel. I sat there quietly and I heard the bass and vocals from afar, bouncing off my windows. I turned to my wife and said "Gee, what's going on in the park?" Life was back to normal.</li> </ul></p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/pitchfork-observations-big-boi-loves-billy-ocean Video: Wikipedia Files with Neon Indian http://www.wbez.org/blog/video-wikipedia-files-neon-indian <p>Today we are going to try and get as much of the video we shot this weekend to you. Maybe a few will bleed over til tomorrow. We had the idea of doing a real-time upload, but the festival's wi-fi capabilities and laptop power problems prevented us. So we'll make up for it with Wikipedia Files with Why?, Surfer Blood, Eugene Mirman and the one and only, Big Boi. Unfortunately, we couldn't track down Pavement's extra drummer. <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4800821035_55393b5410.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/4800821035_55393b5410.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="333" /></a> <code> </code> <!--break--> But we did catch up with the hot indie-rock band Neon Indian earlier this weekend at Pitchfork. Alan Palomo is the frontman and we talked about his page, which coincidentally doesn't mention why they are called Neon Indian (isn't that what Wikipedia is for?). Alan also talked about their recent performance on Jimmy Fallon, and how nerve-wracking it is playing in front of The Roots. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="483" height="273" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13437691&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="483" height="273" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13437691&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/video-wikipedia-files-neon-indian Pitchfork Day Three: wrap-up http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/pitchfork-day-three-wrap <p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img width="500" height="371" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20pool.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>If it's this sleepy next year, I'm blogging from the pool (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p>While almost everyone is in agreement that day three is the strongest of Pitchfork 2010, it started out on the main stages with only slightly more energy than the past two days.</p> <p>To be clear, I have nothing against chill-out music as a genre; I just expect ambient pop to measure up to the best of what I&rsquo;ve heard from that sound in the past, whether it&rsquo;s the godfather himself, Brian Eno, or Aphex Twin in his ambient mode, or the mellower of the early &rsquo;90s shoegazers. Too much <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chillwave">chillwave</a>, doesn&rsquo;t rise to those peaks on record. And even if it did, that&rsquo;s not guarantee that it can carry a crowd of 18,000 in the festival setting. Especially when it&rsquo;s interspersed with just plain generically jangly indie rock.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="375" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20alla.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Allá (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Kicking things off on Sunday, not long after a heavy rain yielded to plain old oppressive heat and humidity, Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.myspace.com/estiempo">Allá</a> gave the crowd a taste of chill sounds at their best, with singer Lupe Martinez cooing seductively as the musical team of brothers Jorge and Angel Ledezma created lush pillows of sound and gently percolating, occasionally Latin-flavored grooves behind her.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="333" height="500" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20McCombs.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Cass McCombs (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)<br /></em></p><p style="text-align: left;">At his mellowest, California-bred singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.myspace.com/cassmccombs">Cass McCombs</a> brings to mind a less polished Lloyd Cole; at his best, which is very good indeed, things tip more toward garage rock and Paul Westerberg. During the second main-stage set of the day, McCombs gave a taste of both, drawing from his fourth album &ldquo;<em>Catacombs</em>&rdquo; (2009), as well as dipping deeper into his back catalog for a strong if never really fiery set.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="422" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20girls.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Girls (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p><a href="http://www.myspace.com/girls">Girls</a>, unfortunately, were another step back toward mid-tempo mediocrity. The twee, tinkley sounds seem so fragile that merely listening too hard might cause them to fall apart&mdash;though the precious mix of the floweriest San Francisco circa &rsquo;67s psychedelia and mellowest Smiths isn&rsquo;t helped by the lack of charisma evinced by bandleaders Christopher Owens and J.R. White. Gotta say, I would have loved to have heard another set from Allá instead.</p> <p>By mid-afternoon, it was time for more mellow as <a href="http://www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic">Beach House</a>, the ethereal duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, played a wispy, dreamy set of songs that functioned as intimate pillow talk&mdash;that just happened to be overhead by 18,000 people.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20beach%20house.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Beach House (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">&ldquo;You know, as headphones music, this stuff is great,&rdquo; said one concertgoer standing beside me during the Beach House set. &ldquo;But here&hellip; now&hellip; <em>really</em>?&rdquo; My thoughts exactly, and obviously expressed not for the first time during this long, somnambulistic weekend.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="211" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20lightning%20bolt.jpg" /><br /><em>Lightning Bolt (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Thankfully&mdash;finally!&mdash;there was a welcome shot of adrenaline from the next main-stage act, the aptly named <a href="http://www.myspace.com/lightningboltbrians">Lightning Bolt</a> from Providence, Rhode Island. The earth-shaking, cascading rhythmic assaults of drummer and vocalist Brian Chippendale (he had one of those headset microphones hidden beneath his Lucha Libre mark) and bassist Brian Gibson were so powerful and overwhelming that it was hard to fathom that they were being churned out by only two guys&mdash;and both named Brian, no less.</p><p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20crowd%20part%20two.jpg" /><br /><em>&nbsp;(photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">The churling, co-ed mosh pit in front of the stage erupted during the first notes of Lightning Bolt&rsquo;s set, and it never let up. Clearly, at least some of the crowd filling Union Park was as eager for an outlet for their adrenaline as I have been.</p><p>Alas, things soon calmed down again with <a href="http://www.myspace.com/stvincent">St. Vincent</a>. With the temperature decreasing ever so slightly and the sun finally setting&mdash;though it had been obscured by clouds anyway for much of the day, anyway, with the threatened thunderstorms thankfully holding off&mdash;Annie Clark and a sizable band lilted through the songs she prefers to think of as mini-film scores, with lush orchestral pop arrangements and frequent hints of naïve and childlike touches straight from vintage Disney soundtracks.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20st%20vincent.jpg" /><br /><em>St. Vincent (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)<br /></em></p><p>It was charming. It was enchanting. But it was hardly revelatory or mind-blowing. And no, I ain&rsquo;t jaded, and yes, I still love Pitchfork. But where in 2010 were the sort of shear-the-top-of-your-head-off experiences like Art Brut, Os Mutantes, and Mission of Burma (2006), Clipse, Girl Talk, Mastodon, and Battles (2007), Les Savvy Fav, Titus Andronicus, and F&mdash; Buttons (2008), or F*cked Up, Ponytail, and the Vivian Girls (2009)?</p> <p>In way too short supply, that&rsquo;s where.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" class="size-full wp-image-30389" title="Crowd Part three" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Crowd-Part-three.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p>The tempo picked up again with <a href="http://www.myspace.com/majorlazer">Major Lazer</a> at 6:15 p.m., and -- hallelujah! -- it stayed at a pretty high level through the end of Pitchfork 2010.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--> <img width="500" height="200" class="size-full wp-image-30391" title="MAjor Lazer 2" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//MAjor-Lazer-2.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>Major Lazer (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p>During Major Lazer's set, the field in front of the main stages became one undulating mass of sweaty bodies gyrating to the globe-spanning grooves of DJs and producers Diplo and Switch, augmented by assorted dancers, partiers, posse members, and giant Chinese puppets. The Jamaican dancehall rhythms that form the basis of the duo's album &quot;Guns Don't Kill People -- Lazers Do&quot; were at the heart of the live set, too, though there are so many more ingredients in the mix that the sound is best described as a mash-up of a hundred of the best dance stations on earth, all received simultaneously through outer space, laid on top of one another, and remixed by a crazy stoner alien who's happened to set up a home studio on Venus.</p><p>There ain't no party like a Major Lazer party, and the Major Lazer party don't stop. (If only more of Pitchfork '10 had been like this!)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" class="size-full wp-image-30392" title="Big Boi" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Big-Boi.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>Big Boi (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p>As the penultimate act of the day and of the festival, moonlighting Outkast emcee <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bigboi">Big Boi</a> also brought the funk, delivering the challenging but tuneful genre-mashing sounds of his recent solo album &quot;Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty&quot; onstage&sbquo;&nbsp; with maximum energy and minimal trite hip-hop crowd-baiting tomfoolery (though he did pause once to ask the honies in the house to, er, show him their mammary glands, a request to which no one in Pitchfork nation responded -- and no, I would not count <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/07/pitchfork-day-2-shirtless-dudes-photos/30205">the dudes without shirts</a> that my colleague Justin Kaufmann has been chronicling).</p><p>Adding to the videos that provided most of the visual appeal of Big Boi's set, the rapper was joined by the same local troupe of young breakdancers who earlier adorned the stage as Raekwon performed.</p><p>Then, at last, it was time for the final set of the weekend -- but not before a bit of priceless comedy courtesy of &quot;Rockin' Rian Murphy,&quot; who claimed to have been a DJ on Q101 during the early '90s heyday of alternative rock, but who in fact is the wickedly satirical co-founder of Pavement's original label, Chicago's Drag City.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="293" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20pavement.jpg" /><br /><em>Stephen Malkmus of Pavement (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p><a href="http://208.100.14.212/jderogatis/2010/07/pitchfork-day-three-wrap-up/www.myspace.com/pavement">Pavement</a> always had an uneasy relationship with the corporate feeding frenzy that followed in the wake of Nirvana&rsquo;s &ldquo;Nevermind,&rdquo; though that did not stop the group from, say, courting modern-rock radio play with its middle and later-period singles, or performing as part of the original touring Lollapalooza (much to the chagrin of the band&rsquo;s nemeses, the Smashing Pumpkins, in what passed as rock&rsquo;s answer to the Tupac/Biggie feud back then).</p> <p>Murphy brought the silliest aspects of those days flooding back as he bemoaned his inability to &ldquo;break&rdquo; the band during his (non-existent) days as a Q101 &ldquo;personality,&rdquo; and the more the crowd shouted for him to shut up and let Pavement play, the more he rambled on, with the anger on the field palpably building. It was amazing, really, how few people &ldquo;got it&rdquo;&mdash;and it was just as surprising that a considerable number of the under-25 fans began leaving midway through Pavement&rsquo;s set, which turned out to be much better than I expected.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="332" title="" alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19%20ibold.jpg" /><br /><em>Mark Ibold of Pavement (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p>Having caught the band several times in its earliest days with drummer Gary Young, a middle-aged (at the time) drunk who spent as much time running around in the crowd as he did behind his drum kit, I always considered that to be the ultimate live Pavement. The other musicians could be shoegazers, and at least Young offered a bit of silly visual excitement. Mid-period Pavement was fine musically but offered little to look at, and the late period of the band was marked by the occasional pointless noodling.</p> <p>Though Young is missing from the reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his bandmates were musically concise, tight, and focused, and they delivered many of their best songs&mdash;&ldquo;Range Life,&rdquo; &ldquo;Frontwards,&rdquo; &ldquo;Greenlander,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Unfair&rdquo; among them&mdash;in versions that were every bit as strong as they were back in the day, and better in some cases than that last stage of the group. Since the music always seemed timeless, there was less of a taint of nostalgia here then with, say, the Pixies reunion, though to be sure, the motivations probably were very much the same, and mostly colored green.</p> <p><strong>So that was that for the fifth (or sixth) Pitchfork Music Festival, and the one&mdash;and I trust you&rsquo;ve gathered this by now&mdash;that I liked the least. But I do need to make one more thing very clear: The festival consistently remains the best-run, most community-oriented of any of the (conservatively) four dozen of these sorts of events that I&rsquo;ve attended across the country and in Europe over the last three decades.</strong></p> <p><strong>Pitchfork is the festival Chicago needs and deserves. So it had an off year; that doesn&rsquo;t mean I&rsquo;m not already looking forward to 2011. And even a mediocre Pitchfork will always be infinitely better than the soulless and corporate Walmart on the Lake known as Lollapalooza&ndash;which, as my recent reporting hopefully has made clear, is a very Chicago event in all of the worst ways, while Pitchfork continues to stand for the local music community at its best.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/pitchfork-day-three-wrap Video: Jim & Greg review day 3 at Pitchfork http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/07/video-jim-greg-review-day-3-at-pitchfork/30410 <p>The final installment of Sound Opinion host's Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reviewing Pitchfork Music Festival. Look for a cameo from a random dancer from the Major Lazer show in this video. She has something to say! <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="448" height="329" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13445477&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="448" height="329" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13445477&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422&amp;fullscreen=1" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 23:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/07/video-jim-greg-review-day-3-at-pitchfork/30410 Pitchfork Day 3: Major Lazer, Big Boi, and Pavement http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/pitchfork-day-3-major-lazer-big-boi-and-pavement <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" class="size-full wp-image-30389" title="Crowd Part three" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Crowd-Part-three.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>(photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p style="text-align: left;">The tempo picked up again with <a href="http://www.myspace.com/majorlazer">Major Lazer</a> at 6:15 p.m., and -- hallelujah! -- it stayed at a pretty high level through the end of Pitchfork 2010.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--> <img width="500" height="200" class="size-full wp-image-30391" title="MAjor Lazer 2" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//MAjor-Lazer-2.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>Major Lazer (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p style="text-align: left;">During Major Lazer's set, the field in front of the main stages became one undulating mass of sweaty bodies gyrating to the globe-spanning grooves of DJs and producers Diplo and Switch, augmented by assorted dancers, partiers, posse members, and giant Chinese puppets. The Jamaican dancehall rhythms that form the basis of the duo's album &quot;Guns Don't Kill People -- Lazers Do&quot; were at the heart of the live set, too, though there are so many more ingredients in the mix that the sound is best described as a mash-up of a hundred of the best dance stations on earth, all received simultaneously through outer space, laid on top of one another, and remixed by a crazy stoner alien who's happened to set up a home studio on Venus.</p><p style="text-align: left;">There ain't no party like a Major Lazer party, and the Major Lazer party don't stop. (If only more of Pitchfork '10 had been like this!)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" class="size-full wp-image-30392" title="Big Boi" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Big-Boi.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>Big Boi (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour) </em></p><p style="text-align: left;">As the penultimate act of the day and of the festival, moonlighting Outkast emcee <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bigboi">Big Boi</a> also brought the funk, delivering the challenging but tuneful genre-mashing sounds of his recent solo album &quot;Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty&quot; onstage&sbquo;&nbsp; with maximum energy and minimal trite hip-hop crowd-baiting tomfoolery (though he did pause once to ask the honies in the house to, er, show him their mammary glands, a request to which no one in Pitchfork nation responded -- and no, I would not count <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/07/pitchfork-day-2-shirtless-dudes-photos/30205">the dudes without shirts</a> that my colleague Justin Kaufmann has been chronicling).</p><p style="text-align: left;">Adding to the videos that provided most of the visual appeal of Big Boi's set, the rapper was joined by the same local troupe of young breakdancers who earlier adorned the stage as Raekwon performed.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Then, at last, it was time for the final set of the weekend -- but not before a bit of priceless comedy courtesy of &quot;Rockin' Rian Murphy,&quot; who claimed to have been a DJ on Q101 during the early '90s heyday of alternative rock, but who in fact is the wickedly satirical co-founder of Pavement's original label, Chicago's Drag City.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="293" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19 pavement.jpg" /><br /><em>Stephen Malkmus of Pavement (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://208.100.14.212/jderogatis/2010/07/pitchfork-day-three-wrap-up/www.myspace.com/pavement">Pavement</a> always had an uneasy relationship with the corporate feeding frenzy that followed in the wake of Nirvana&rsquo;s &ldquo;Nevermind,&rdquo; though that did not stop the group from, say, courting modern-rock radio play with its middle and later-period singles, or performing as part of the original touring Lollapalooza (much to the chagrin of the band&rsquo;s nemeses, the Smashing Pumpkins, in what passed as rock&rsquo;s answer to the Tupac/Biggie feud back then).</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Murphy brought the silliest aspects of those days flooding back as he bemoaned his inability to &ldquo;break&rdquo; the band during his (non-existent) days as a Q101 &ldquo;personality,&rdquo; and the more the crowd shouted for him to shut up and let Pavement play, the more he rambled on, with the anger on the field palpably building. It was amazing, really, how few people &ldquo;got it&rdquo;&mdash;and it was just as surprising that a considerable number of the under-25 fans began leaving midway through Pavement&rsquo;s set, which turned out to be much better than I expected.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="332" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/201-07-19 ibold.jpg" /><br /><em>Mark Ibold of Pavement (photo by Kate Gardiner/NewsHour)</em></p><p>Having caught the band several times in its earliest days with drummer Gary Young, a middle-aged (at the time) drunk who spent as much time running around in the crowd as he did behind his drum kit, I always considered that to be the ultimate live Pavement. The other musicians could be shoegazers, and at least Young offered a bit of silly visual excitement. Mid-period Pavement was fine musically but offered little to look at, and the late period of the band was marked by the occasional pointless noodling.</p> <p>Though Young is missing from the reunion, Stephen Malkmus and his bandmates were musically concise, tight, and focused, and they delivered many of their best songs&mdash;&ldquo;Range Life,&rdquo; &ldquo;Frontwards,&rdquo; &ldquo;Greenlander,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Unfair&rdquo; among them&mdash;in versions that were every bit as strong as they were back in the day, and better in some cases than that last stage of the group. Since the music always seemed timeless, there was less of a taint of nostalgia here then with, say, the Pixies reunion, though to be sure, the motivations probably were very much the same, and mostly colored green.</p> <p><strong>So that was that for the fifth (or sixth) Pitchfork Music Festival, and the one&mdash;and I trust you&rsquo;ve gathered this by now&mdash;that I liked the least. But I do need to make one more thing very clear: The festival consistently remains the best-run, most community-oriented of any of the (conservatively) four dozen of these sorts of events that I&rsquo;ve attended across the country and in Europe over the last three decades.</strong></p> <p><strong>Pitchfork is the festival Chicago needs and deserves. So it had an off year; that doesn&rsquo;t mean I&rsquo;m not already looking forward to 2011. And even a mediocre Pitchfork will always be infinitely better than the soulless and corporate Walmart on the Lake known as Lollapalooza&ndash;which, as my recent reporting hopefully has made clear, is a very Chicago event in all of the worst ways, while Pitchfork continues to stand for the local music community at its best.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 23:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/pitchfork-day-3-major-lazer-big-boi-and-pavement Pitchfork 2010: 'You people are serious FATTIES!' http://www.wbez.org/blog/pitchfork-2010-you-people-are-serious-fatties <p>Til next year: <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4806685686_154cca3e9d.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4806685686_154cca3e9d.jpg" width="500" height="347" /></a></p> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/pitchfork-2010-you-people-are-serious-fatties