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The Spinning of Propeller 149

  I wish I had a better story as to how I came into possession of Guided by Voices' Propeller #149. I'd love to say I found it at a garage sale or at a Goodwill. Even better, I'd love to tell you how I found myself at a bar in Dayton, Ohio sharing drinks with Robert Pollard and how Pollard invited me back to his house for afterhours where I scored this baby and more during an all night game of poker. Sadly, I acquired ...READ MORE

Friday at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival

The best part about Friday, besides Mikal Cronin's shredding and Daughn Gibson's honky-tonk stomp, of course, was that I didn't here one peep out of Joanna Newsom and that goddamn harp of hers. She was so quiet, even if you were on the main field Friday night, you couldn't make out anything coming from the Red Stage unless you were right up there. Her sound did not carry at all. My voice was louder. More people heard me talk about ...READ MORE

Off the Record: Frankenstorm Is Real

Be safe Cleveland and don't do as I have done. You may think it's cool to go out to the lake and experience the full force of Frankenstorm from the shores of Lake Erie; You may think it's cool to stand on the edge of the shore with your arms outstretched and scream, "FRANKENSTORM!!!" You may think this is all a game, but the number of downed trees I saw all over Edgewater Park, not to mention those up and down the streets just so...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Milk Music

Alex Coxen, the lead singer for Olympia Washington's Milk Music is an interesting character, to say the least.  With his long, blonde hair, and mellow disposition, he had this whole Jeff Spicoli, surfer vibe to him when he first took to the mic.  Every word he spoke between songs was forgettable and/or regrettable.  Take, "Fuck your parents.  Kill Yourself.  Ha Ha Ha!" for example, or all of the other random f-bombs tossed t...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall

Rock o'clock came seven hours early to Chicago on Sunday.  At 2:50, Thee Oh Sees were set for the  Blue Stage.  Back at the main grounds, Ty Segall would go on at 3:20 on the Red Stage.  25 minutes later, it would be back to the Blue Stage for The Men.  Choices had to be made.  Half-sets had to suffice.  Scheduling a music festival is a bitch and at some point during the weekend someone's gonna get fucked due to overlapping se...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Vampire Weekend

Coming into this weekend's edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival, I openly questioned whether Vampire Weekend were headline material.  Sure, their modern spin on world pop has its mass appeal, as it did for artists like Paul Simon and back in the day.  But could they really engage a crowd of 20,000? The answer Sunday night was a rousing yes.  Should you scan the crowd during songs like "Cape Code Kwassa Kwassa," or "Oxfor...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: The Men

Although many of the songs by the Brooklyn five-piece,  The Men, carry hints of alt-country, southern rock, and country rock, I don't want you to think of any one particular band.  Not the No Depression set and not Ryan Adams.  Not Lynyrd Skynyrd.  And not the fucking Eagles.  I hate the fucking Eagles.  You can picture the Traveling Wilburys, but only if you team Tom Petty up with J Mascis, Thurston Moore, Greg Ginn, and D...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

There is no one right way to enjoy the music of the Canadian, post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. During their Saturday night headlining set at the Pitchfork Music Festival, for example, I spotted dudes in long-hair headbanging. Some, laid down in the grass and closed their eyes. Others were so wired, they wouldn't be closing their eyes for hours, maybe even days. Another man, played speed hackey sack with himself. ...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Wild Flag

For younger fans, the main draw of Portland's Wild Flag was seeing Carrie Brownstein from the hipster-skewing, sketch comedy show Portlandia play in a Rock 'N' Roll band. Older fans, had a different reason to catch the set. Brownstein once spent time in the influential, all-girl, rock band Sleater-Kinney and her co-lead, Mary Timony paid her dues in Helium. And with Rebecca Cole on keyboards and Janet Weiss on drums, they release...READ MORE

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival: Sleigh Bells

How loud were Sleigh Bells and their double six-stacks of Marshall amps during the early, Saturday evening set at Union Park? They were gut-rumbling and bone-crushing loud; Someone should have gotten Guinness out there to measure the decibels, loud; Get the lawyers and the lawsuits ready, loud; Let your toddler roam the grounds without ear production and you could be charged with child abuse, loud; If it was too loud, and you dec...READ MORE
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