* It was hot in the city. Before the Liars took the stage at 5:30, a member of the festival staff announced they’d be passing out free water from the front of the stage. Later, Angus Andrew, the lead singer of Liars offered up his personal water station, on the stage, in his pants, to any one who needed liquids.
* Fedoras are in. Sure, it could have been the sun and the heat, but Broken Social Scene sure looked dapper with all those fedoras. Plus, it wasn’t just the bands sporting the classic old-man hat. Many in attendance were also sporting white or tan fedoras.
* In what may be a festival first, three bands in a row — Robyn, Broken Social Scene, and Modest Mouse — all had two drummers with full kits on stage.
* Unknown to me, until about 1:30 in the afternoon yesterday, I happened to have booked a hotel room in pseudo-celebrity inn. Spotted on Friday, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav checking in to his room, and El-P and his band, lounging in the hotel lobby.
* I was in full support of Pitchfork expanding the festival to include more music on Friday. However, if more music on Friday means gal with guitar (Sharon von Etten), guy with guitar (The Tallest Man on Earth), and a bunch of dudes talking about their d*cks in between songs (El-P), then the money paid for the early day Friday artists would be better put somewhere else. No offense to Ms. von Etten, and the Tall Man, but their acoustic strumming added little more than background music for the gathering crowd late Friday afternoon.