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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

July 20, 2007
+Most of the time, no matter how excellent a writer one might be, it becomes utterly pointless to make an attempt at accurately explaining, with words, the experience that is live music. The bond formed between a performer at the top of their game and a receptive audience is one of the most personal, amazing experiences of human communication. All the fanciest Ivy League words in the world can be dressed up in the fanciest of prose, but the words, no matter how perfect, will always pale in comparison to seeing and hearing the real thing.

In part, fellow LAS staffer Jon Burke and I explained how we felt about the 2007 episode of the Pitchfork Music Festival (read that here), but in our coverage we couldn't translate every onstage improv moment, the random flashes of musical spontaneity, or the humor (and lack thereof) within a great big sea of music loving people. The only way to experience such things is to be there, to hear them and see them in person. Since most of you couldn't be there this past weekend, we'll give you a visual rundown with our modest picture diary. Here's what we saw, maybe you caught a similar glimpse. (Was that you in the sundress?)


+Ian Williams and John Stanier of Battles.

+Williams and Stanier again.

+Battles, full group.

+Another full group shot. Battles' sound was probably the most powerful of the entire weekend. Loud, looped, and all over the place, their set was great.

+Tyondai Braxton of Battles.

+Chan Marshall of Cat Power and backing band.

+De La Soul with Prince Paul giving shout outs to the V.I.P. section.

+Legendary DJ Prince Paul joins De La Soul to spin a few hits.

+Posdnuos of De La Soul.

+Dave and Posdnous of De La Soul.

+Dave of De La Soul.

+Zanger and Burke, probably half in the bag.

+GZA came with the flows of Liquid Swords for his Friday set.

+Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake solos during the William Parker Quartet's set.

+Sarah and Sam Beam of Iron & Wine.

+Iron & Wine.

+Jamie Lidell getting into it with streamers and a golden robe.

+Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, including Ken Vandermark on saxophone.

+Lonberg-Holm dictates the mood of the players with cue cards, signals and lights. Here Tortoise's Jeff Parker takes direction.

+Mastodon rocks the crowd.


+They even brought their banner.


+The lead singer plays a friggin bari sax.


+New Pornographers' Carl Newman.

+New Pornographers.

+Ann Arbor, MI's Nomo.

+Professor Murder.

+Professor Murder.

+Britt Walford and David Pajo of Slint sit down for "Don, Aman."

+Apparently Burke was reeeealy close to Thurston Moore when he took these pictures of Sonic Youth.

+Sonic Youth.

+Sonic Youth.

+Sonic Youth.

SEE ALSO: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com
SEE ALSO: www.pitchforkmedia.com

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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