Sunday, July 20, 2008


Not a ton of photos this year because I thought my camera's battery was dead when it was actually user error, so bummer for that. This was a better Saturday than last year's, all told, and that's mainly because of Animal Collective's set. That band--good lord. I think they're the only relevant band making music these days. Other folks make nice stuff to listen to, but A.C. is just on a different level. Can't believe I didn't get to hear "Brother Sport," though.
Day started out with the sweetest of rains, so gentle, like it didn't want to trouble you with getting wet, and then it left and the clouds just kept the sun off you for much of the afternoon. Cath and I were ready with our parkas and hats, though, just in case. Later in the day, Cath got to meet the designer of the Califone t-shirt she's wearing here, just by chance.
Apart from the music, this festival is all about ironic t-shirts and tattoos. I wonder if some day kids will get ironic tattoos. Most of the "clever" t-shirts just make you go "ugh," especially the hand-scrawled tank-top that read "This shirt is not ironic." Whoa--what a head scratcher that one is. Two shirts made me laugh: (1) 20-something guy wearing a shirt that said "#1 Grandma"; and (2) a shirt that said, simply, "Pot." Not that I condone drug use, but that is funny.

Almost all the tattoos I saw, including the one above, were ugly. I think tattoos need to be simple, in clean lines, iconic. Those like the one here just get too busy and from afar end up looking like bruises.
These two guys were sitting next to us before the A.C. show started. One of their friends found them and asked what happened and one answered "we fell." I think they thought they were at Burning Man, where antics like this are taken as evidence of . . I'm not sure what, but it's something the cyber-hippies out there would appreciate.

Did a fair bit of lounging around at stage B, playing Gin with these cool card Cath bought. For the record, these were my favorites sets of the day:

1. Animal Collective. I need to devote my life to seeing these guys live as many times as possible. That, and being a good parent to my kids, but really the latter. Kids will raise themselves.

2. Caribou. They played pretty early, and not as long as they could have, but I really liked the way they all faced each other and the drummer-facing-drummer drumming. I didn't expect him to be able to make his music translate live, but it was pretty dang great to see and hear.

3. Ruby Suns. Lots of this had to be looped or played-back or whatever, and I really wish he had brought one more band member there to flesh out the live sound. But still, the beats were really great and some of the harmonies, too.

4. F*** Buttons. Two guys with suitcases full of electronics facing each other across a table, but totally dynamic. It was cool how they cut their last song on a dime and then just walked off the back of the stage.

5. Atlas Sound. Dude was totally nervous at the beginning, but it was great for the 20 minutes or so I saw before we had to go to try and get a good position for A.C.

I missed some good stuff, like Dizzee Rascal and The Hold Steady, but there were more tough decisions this year than there were last year, with more good stuff going on at once. A great festival though, with lots of nice folks everywhere you go.

And I can't believe I missed out on running into Nathan and Joe. I was completely looking forward to watching A.C. with them especially, but after seeing them briefly during Caribou, I lost them and never saw them again all day. Shoulda had their cell # with me. Next year, we'll plan it better.

And Joseph, if you're back from Ghana yet, I only had one key--it takes two keys to open your apartment. No big deal. You can just pay us half the cost of the hotel room we ended up getting. (jk--not sure how I messed that up)
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Rachel said...

I'm making a promise to myself to never get a tattoo of a severed limb on any of my limbs. It's just confusing!

nathan_fisher said...

A.) We were talking the whole time too about trying to find you and saying repeatedly things like "Damn, I wish I had his cell number."

B.) The problem was after Caribou we just camped in front of the A stage the whole day--I had to wait for hour-long water-free periods of time, but it was worth it when we were about 30 feet from Avey Tare.

C.) I can't believe you saw F Buttons instead of Fleet Foxes. Interestingly though, you had the exact opposite day that Joe and I had--we never even went to B stage. Vampire Weekend was actually impressively polished; Fleet Foxes were pretty good, but had some feedback issues; Hold Steady was, well, enthusiastic..I don't really like them, but they definitely get a crowd going; and Animal Collective was...well, you were there.

I know you have at least one terrible candid picture of us Hill--can't hide it for long.

PS: I'm posting some pictures/videos on Facebook.

PSS: I'm also messaging you my cell number. Learn from our mistakes.

sarahjane said...

Oh, man. I thought the two keys thing was serious. I laughed pretty hard.

Mr. Hill said...

(A) When you were waving us up at Caribou, Cath didn't understand that I had actually seen you, and she didn't want to fight the crowd just to get closer, so we stayed put. I didn't figure out the misunderstanding until later.

(B) Such a bold strategy, the camp-out at A. I admire your perseverance.

(C) We saw all of Fleet Foxes, and they were pretty great. Their drummer has such a great voice. So, we just caught the end of F Buttons after FF were done. The B stage was running a few minutes late all day, so we saw a good 20 minutes.

And that picture didn't take--that's when I thought my camera died on me. I would have put it up if I had it. Photo-bummer of the day.

Oh, and the "two-key" thing was serious--I was only kidding about making Joseph pay for our hotel room. We had the outer door key, but not the apt. key!

countvonsexy said...

Disregard the comment I just left you on Myspace.

Well, except for that "--Animal Collective" bit.

Saturday was fannnntastic.

And I don't know how I missed you. I spent a lot of time over at the Balance Stage (isn't it perfect there?).

If you haven't yet, you've GOT to get the new RUBY SUNS record, it's terrific.

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Mr. Hill said...

I don't know how to take your AC comment. It couldn't possible be derogatory, could it?

I saw neither Maddy nor Mike, but did see Michelle O from afar. Have to make sure I have everyone's mobile next year.

I love the new Ruby Suns and went up to the guy to tell him just that--he was waiting to see AC like the rest of us. Pretty friendly.

I wonder if anyone mistook you for Jarvis Cocker. You have to admit . . .