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August 4, 2006
Ok, so all joking aside, Pitchfork Fest 2006 was a great time. Unlike Intonation Fest '06, this festival, which was also held in the same Union Park in Chicago, had a performance list with reason and real substance. Not that Blue Cheer isn't a "real" band, but there wasn't an overwhelming cultural call for their reunion until Intonation happened.

Pitchfork's innaugural festival brought out some amazing performances on the two main stages and a third, smaller but highly energized Biz 3 side tent stage, and there were also better vendors, a WLUW record sale, and a Flatstock poster festival to boot. High points from the festival included acts like CSS, Matthew Dear, Aesop Rock and Mr. Lif, Tarantula A.D., Liars, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Art Brut (and their fucking hilarious stage banter), and Spank Rock, the latter of which setit off during intense humidity and 90+ degree heat. No one complained, but just performed (and sweated) their asses off.

So here you have it, a pictorial recount of two days at Pitchfork Music Festival (you can also check out Jon Burke's textual recap).
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Mr. Lif and Aesop Rock lead off their set backed by an instrumental version of Masta Ace's "Born To Roll." Well done.



Aesop claimed that this was one of only three shows that he had ever performed wearing shorts. Doesn't mean you have to roll 'em up, too!



Art Brut's Eddie Argos does a little leg kick to reveal some choice striped socks. Ballsy move, my friend. Later he told stories behind some of songs and left the large crowd cracking up.



Kanye West's DJ A-Trak lurches during his advanced turntable performance.



A-Trak between scratches.



A rare performance from Chicago Underground Duo. Onlookers included Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot, members of art rock band Pit Er Pat, and Thrill Jockey owner Bettina Richards.



The gathering crowd was significantly larger than that of Intonation Fest, only weeks earlier.



CSS's Adriano Cintra.



Brazilian dance-punk band CSS tears the Biz 3 tent the fuck up. Whoever said a wig, leopard skin pants, and cowboy boots wouldn't get you far in life was dead wrong.



Destroyer.



Destroyer.



The massive setup crew that was needed to place and mic Wilco member Glenn Kotche's massive drum set.



Kotche's act included compositions from Steve Reich and boxes of mechanical crickets, not to mention the drummer's incredible chops and appendage dexterity. Onlookers included Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen, co-Wilco member Nels Cline, and Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis



Lost At Sea's very own Jon Burke (the original JB) surveys a $3 purchase made in the vendor's tent. Sidekick Kato, yes sir.



Liars lead man Angus Andrew feels his stage-roasted dogs.



A Liars drum circle and Andrew in a dress. [Doesn't he know that a rainbow-colored guitar strap will likely have him labeled "gay" by the Midwesterners?]



Andrew growls at the audience...



...and then hides behind the Pitchfork Festival banner.



Matmos.



Matthew Dear whips the crowd into a beat-clapping frenzy.



Spank Rock's Naeem Juwan preaches his sex-words to the tent people.



Juwan revving it up to full Spank Rock-age.



Dude was going so hard he spent an entire song rapping from his backside.



The National.


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There you go. With any luck we'll be back to cover Pitchfork Fest 07, which should be better than e-var.

SEE ALSO: www.pitchforkmedia.com

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Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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