JotD’s putting together a new 3-hourlong playlist for a goodbye bash. If there’s a way to get you good access to it, I’ll certainly do so. In the meantime, don’t be surprised if JotD gets a little party-ready over the next couple of weeks (and a lot nostalgic).
Here’s Cut Copy with “Lights & Music” (2008). These guys put one one of the most memorable dance parties I saw in Chicago.
JotD has been so sick/busy (mostly sick) that I forgot to give you a proper Pitchfork Music Festival preview. Here’s enough of a skinny: If you want to go: It’s happening Friday-Sunday. Tickets for Sunday are still available. Tickets for Saturday you can easily find through Craigslist. If you are going, there’s an app for it. If you can’t/don’t want to go: Even if you don’t want to go or can’t cough up the cheese (or can’t stand all of the 20-year-old hipsters), you can watch the whole thing live on PitchforkTV for free. The lineup is here.
By my count, we’ve discussed at least two dozen of these bands at some point on our blog. So if you’re thinking, “This isn’t my kind of show; I’ll wait till you tell me about Lolla,” then you might give that lineup a second look.
Here are my five recommendations for Saturday, easily the busiest and most popular day: (1) Wild Flag, (2) Hot Chip, (3) Cloud Nothings, (4) Schoolboy Q, (5) Cults. Grimes is headlining, but I just can’t tell you whether or not her live show is any good. But I’d definitely go to it and see what’s up, especially because that will have the biggest crowd draw, likely. I also left Chromatics off my list; I’m just not sure how their excellent new album is going to play in a festival-style venue.
Here’s a band you might have missed tonight on account of my oversight. This is the Japandroids with “The House That Heaven Built” (2012).
Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, the Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker and Willis Earl Beal. The Union Park event is going down July 13-15.
"Cold Nites" might be the most accessible song I’ve ever heard from How to Dress Well — while still managing to be totally him. This gorgeous live-performance clip was filmed at the Pitchfork Music Festival and features added strings from the Magik*Magik Orchestra. BTW, How to Dress Well has a new EP out, and word is it’s not too shabby.
Pitchfork usually does a nice job with its photo spreads, but this one has outdone itself. This year for their own festival here in Chicago they turned their photo book into a series of .gif files. So, now you can see some of our favorite bands deflating balloons, spraying cans of whip cream, playing with fireworks, twirling, etc. Cut Copy’s above, and I’ve put a couple other favorites below. See the whole thing here.
JotD’s guide to the Pitchfork festival (even if you’re not going)
First of all, since the majority of you are NOT attending, then the first thing you should know is that you can watch every concert as it happens by heading here: It also should be streaming off Pitchfork’s main page.
Second, JotD has already posted plenty of resources and free music for you related to this festival (#pitchfork music festival). Highlights include:
* A sampler 29 free tracks from eMusic. * Some official and unofficial afterparties you can attend (whether you’re going to the fest or not) * Spin and JotD’s picks for must-see artists at the fest, plus a free 10-track mixtape from Spin. * The official time chedule so you know when to log on (if you’re not physically there)
Now, for those of your going, here are two additional features:
* Pitchfork’s Twitter feed will be all retweets all weekend of concertgoers messages. So have fun with it, if you like (just include the include the #p4kfest hashtag).
* There’s a P4K fest app you can download for free, with a map, list of shows, etc. Not super functional, but in case you’re a little challenged with your planning and navigating, it might be helpful.
And now for my favorite P4K fest moment ever: the inaugural year, when the Go! Team brought children from the adjacent neighborhood public swimming pool over to dance on stage. I hope festivalgoers have THIS much fun:
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