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July 12, 2007
So here it is again, kiddies! Pitchfork Fest, that time of year that makes Midwestern hippies, hiphoppers and hipsters alike swoon with love for their favorite 'indie' artists. Once again, untold quantities of people and pretension will amass in Chicago's Union Park on a hot July weekend and, just as they have over the past two summers, the good folks at Pitchfork Media have provided a line-up of musical acts so diverse in both sound and style that, in just three short Saturday hours, the audience will be wrenched from the flesh-ripping metal maw of Mastadon and into the street hustling rhymes of Clipse before winding up in the painfully shrill and mediocre court of Yoko still-milking-the-Lennon-thing Ono. Yes, there will surely be something for everyone this weekend in Chicago and thus please accept this, my very own weekend guide, as your source for the ins, outs, ups and downs of the 2007 Pitchfork Music Festival.

FRIDAY .: Unlike past years, the Friday portion of the 2007 PFMFest will be an incredibly nostalgic and insanely cool evening. Three classic albums will be recreated, live, before thousands of eager fans. A recently reformed Slint will kick off the festival with a performance of their entire Spiderland album - an album known for its innovation and also for being The Album to namedrop when you want to get laid by that hot chick at the record store. Following the Louisville post-rockers is the unshakable head of the Wu-Tang Clan, The GZA, performing the entirety of his Liquid Swords album. If properly executed, GZA's rhymes may result in a rash of bloody chess matches breaking out - all ending in decapitation. Those that survive the carnage will be treated to the night's capping dose of the insanely pleasurable sounds, courtesy of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation - the lanky, very American, honey-sweet response to the Shoegaze movement. Afterwards, when Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have bid fans adieu, make plans to retire to bed or bar.

SATURDAY .: Things kick-off at a not-too-early 1PM with the brutally Scottish collective known as The Twilight Sad. They are playing the Connector Stage, one of three distinct stage areas across the festival. The other two stages, the Aluminum Stage and the Balance Stage, serve to make the musical transitions between acts on any one stage easier, and of course to force the audience to walk, in a sheep-like herd, from stage to stage between sets. All who were witness to John Brion's equally anarchistic and egotistical PFMFest 2006 performance will remember the inherent problems with the multi-stage concept - there will be no encores and no one is allowed to exceed their allotted time. This means you, Cadence Weapon. Other Saturday afternoon highlights include the badass drumtastic Battles, the found-sound collective Califone, the imminently likeable Fujiya & Miyagi, the lo-fi meets electronic contradiction of Grizzly Bear and bearded soft-sweetness of Iron & Wine.
On Saturday night Chan Marshall will trot out as Cat Power for yet another roll-of-the-dice performance guaranteed to end in tears - either hers or yours. Then, for those who like their music shrill and unrelenting, Yoko Ono returns to the stage, probably to remind us all why the good folks at the original Woodstock said "Thanks, but no thanks" to her offer to play that festival.


SUNDAY .: Deerhunter and The Pony's kickoff the Sunday performances and the day closes with sets by The New Pornographers and De La Soul. Much more than Saturday, Sunday is host to an incredible lineup; the time between the first notes of Deerhunter and the last beats of De La Soul ought to form a diverse and enjoyable listening experience. Just look at the matchups: the rhythmic complexity of Menomena is paired with the sugar-pop of Junior Boys, while the time-tested insights of Stephen Malkmus are met with the increasingly interesting sounds of Of Montreal. Other Sunday highlights include the internationally pre-acclaimed Nomo and the vocal intensity of Jamie Lidell. Later, the New Pornographers' set will feature the rare, on-stage, dynamically gingerific prowess of both Neko Case and Carl Newman, and will hopefully include some songs from the Canadian collective's forthcoming album. After the canucks get off the stage, Dave and Mace of De La Soul close the night and the festival.

Those of us at Lost At Sea who are fortunate enough to be in attendance for PF 2007 will surely need sleep Sunday night. But rest assured that full coverage of this round-house-fuck-fest will be featured on LAS early next week. Until then, please click on the links provided and to the performers included below. Be sure to grab some MP3s while you are at it. Oh, and, if you see Josh Zanger or me at Union Park this weekend be sure and say hi - who knows… we might even hook you up with some freebies.

SEE ALSO: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com

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Jon Burke
A contributing writer and a Chicago resident who will not be goaded by LAS’s editor into revealing any more details about his potentially sordid affairs.

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