After seeing approximately 25 bands over three long, amazing days under the Chicago sun at Union Park, Pitchfork ended last night. After waking up at 4:00AM, flying back to Atlanta at 6:30AM and a 10 hour workday, I've finally had some time to sit down and process the weekend. Here's 10 thoughts and observations to recap the weekend.
1) LCD Soundsystem was one of the best performances I have ever seen. I feel truly fortunate to have seen them, especially if the rumors of this being their final tour are true. Their back-to-back selection “All My Friends” and “I Can Change” was beyond words.
2) Best Coast are so simple, but so damn effective at what they do.
3) Titus Andronicus were hands down the breakout band of the festival. I knew they were good, The Monitor is great, but I had no idea how much better their live act could be.
4) Modest Mouse was a huge disappointment.
5) Jon Spencer takes the cake as the best frontman of the festival. No one can deny that after he played for an hour non-stop in that heat with the energy he exuded.
6) I'm no big hardcore/metal fan, but I surprisingly dug Lightning Bolt. Their drummer is nuts.
7) “Freeway,” “Seasun” and “Actor Out Of Work” all really impressed in their respective sets.
8) “Hellhole Ratrace” and its glorious, dissonant build up get better and better as Girls expands into a larger act.
9) Beach House's best move in the past year was adding their drummer. He's subtly powerful, providing the heartbeat to their drifting ambient layers.
10) Pavement was entirely underwhelming but totally worth it.