You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.
I know you and I go way back (hope all is well!) and it has been a long time since we have talked, but there is just something extremely exciting that has built inside of me about what is going to happen this weekend at THE GORGE for the 2012 version of the Sasquatch! Festival that I must tell you about. Last years Festival set the stage for a year of great memories and the need to “go back every year no matter what”. We’ll see if that every year thing happens, but the terrible trio of thenaturalstoner, Phishbeard and Mr. Sparklymade it at least one more year and are ready to dominate every single thing about the next several days. I feel like last years performances by Chromeo, Modest Mouse, Foo Fighters, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer and more have planted a seed at the Gorge that is about to sprout like a f’n weed and engulf all 20,000 of us that are going to be there for the entire four days.
But really who gives a shit about last year anymore. I know you don’t. We are talking about 2012 and hooolllllly shit does it look exciting. I will be heading in pretty early Friday night to see Of Monsters and Men kick off the Fest. Maybe even a little earlier for Allen Stone if I get the urge, but I have been hooked on that Of Monsters and Men album for a long while now. Most of Santigold will follow, and then one of the sets I am looking forward to most all weekend, Starfucker!! Sadly this means I have to skip the Mark Lanegan Band, which is a bummer, really wanted to see that one. Half of Girl Talkand then another performance to be VERY excited about, Explosions in the Sky. I have been told numerous times that their last Sasquatch! Festival set absolutely owned the Festival and was a “life changing experience”. I don’t want to get hopes too high, but that portion of Friday sounds amazing. Then Pretty Lights to take the night home aka into the raucous Gorge Campground to continue the party late into the evening.
Saturday looks to be my longest day inside the venue by far. Ideally I will make it in bright and early at Noon to see Reptar > Charles Bradley while Pickwick will be hitting hard on a different stage. I may still be asleep at this time however and might not make it into The Gorge until Blitzen Trapper at 2pm. One of my only conflicts of the entire weekend is after that, The Civil Wars vs. The Alabama Shakes vs. Portlandia. This is a game time decision friends. I know Mr. Sparkly and I will be at Jamey Johnson at the Sasquatch Stage afterwards, and then I will either see Childish Gambino or AraabMuzik. Seeing Gambino a few weeks back makes this a tough decision as I really like the AraabMuzik jams I have heard. Some free time where I will see an interesting mix of Metric, The Shins, St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs continues the evening. Probably my most anticipated set of the weekend, Jack White, followed by The Roots late night (HELL. YES.) caps off a Saturday for the ages.
I hope all is well back home. How is the family? Still got that pet, what’s its name? Come visit us sometime, we miss seeing you up here. Sparkly might be getting a new house, Phishbeards over in Oregon, I got an air mattress, come on up! It will be like old times.
Back to the music. Sunday to me is a complete free for all-except for the very end of the night. I don’t really have much I MUST see this day, but there is an interesting assortment of bands playing: Trampled by Turtles, Blind Pilot, The War on Drugs, Chiddy Bang, M. Ward, Deer Tick, Tycho, The Head and the Heart and We Are Augustines are all early in the day. I will be a roamer for sure (you remember how I do!). I might check out Apparat or Beirut before definitely catching half of Little Dragon. My highlight of Sunday, a James Murphy DJ set up in the Banana Shack promises to be off the charts. I’ll probably head over to get one song of Bon Ivers show on video so ConcertConfessions gets some web hits, and then its off to Feed Me (with Teeth!!) to dance the rest of the night away.
Monday will be somewhat bittersweet. A great day lined up to close out another long Memorial Day weekend full of memories (like back in the day when we were hangin’). I might get in there early for that Grouplove set, I don’t know. Gary Clark Jr. will be a for sure, especially after just watching his Hangout Festival set webcast, and then a little more free time for the MC. The Joy Formidable, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Cloud Cult, fun., Feist, Shabazz Palaces, and Shearwater are all early afternoon and I will bounce around the place. John C. Reilly and Friends over at the Yeti Stage will be a great time, but I will have to sadly miss The Cave Singers and most of Silversun Pickupsbecause of it. Then my only other real big conflict awaits. I am certainly going to see the start of SBTRKT in the Banana Shack, and will have to miss all of Spiritualized. However, one of your favorites, Tenacious D, is playing shortly after SBTRKT starts and I will have to decide if staying for them is worth missing half of The D. Another decision that will be made on the spot. I will at least see the end of Tenacious D before getting just a small part of Mogwai in. I wish I could see more but the great Beck is closing out the Festival over on the main stage. I have been wanting to see him for almost TWENTY years now, and this will be my first time getting to do so. Remember listening to Mellow Gold on end back in the day? I hope it’s amazing. It sure seems like a great way to end a Festival, way better than Wilcos tame set last year.
So that’s basically what I am up to these days. Nothing else is really going on. I hope you guys are all good over there and your mom and dad are well. Tell your sister thenaturalstoner says hello, she’ll remember.
I will talk to you soon. You should try to come up for Quatch ’13.
Video highlights from 2011 Sasquatch! Festival:
Sharon Jones introduction and ownage!
Flogging Molly fun, near the end of the clip I get told “Vomit’s running down onto your bag”! Hahahahahahaha
The Texas based singer/songwriter stopped through St. Louis and brought along Lost Highway label mates HoneyHoneyto support him. We arrived to catch the last few songs of HoneyHoney’s set and I was certainly left wanting more. Suzanne Santo switches between the banjo and fiddle and sings while Ben Jaffe plays guitar and provides backing vocals. There were 2 other guys in the touring band on drums and bass respectively, but I was unable to get their names. The highlight of their set was the last song, a haunting tune called “Ohio” that featured Santo dancing around on banjo while singing haunting vocals. They left the stage to a well deserved standing ovation and I certainly hope they come back to St. Louis soon. I would suggest checking them out, catch them this summer at Sasquatch Music Festival, Coachella Festival and Newport Folk Festival as well as many other dates around the country. Check out a live version of “Ohio” below.
Hayes Carll is touring in support of his most recent album KMAG YOYO, which stands for Kiss My Ass Guys, You’re On Your Own and was hailed by many publications as one of the Best of 2011. After a brief set change, he took the stage right at 9PM and the first few songs featured just Hayes and his guitar. The set was heavy on songs from the newest album, but didn’t leave his prior catalog unscathed. All fans of the Houston born singer songwriter were able to leave happy as he covered songs spanning across all 10 years of his career and hitting all 4 albums.
After acoustic versions of “Live Free and Die” and “Grateful for Christmas”, Snider introduced us to his backing band, The Poor Choices consisting of Scott Davis on guitar, Travis Linville on pedal steel and dobro, Cody Phillips on the bass, and playing only his 4th show with The Poor Choices was Josh Burns on the drums.
After band intros it was into two tracks from 2005, “Good Friends” followed by the title track from the album that song appears on, “Little Rock.” We then got to hear a story from Hayes about how he got to make his first television appearance on Leno. He talked about the excitement he had to finally get a shot at performing live on TV, even though it was Jay Leno, and how psyched he was to get there and meet some big shot celebrity that was the guest on the show… the top guest on the bill that particular night ended up being Kathy Lee Gifford. He then told us that they received word that he was in consideration for a spot on David Letterman months later, and made it as far as to fly into New York only to find out when getting there they were going with another act. Upon watching the show that evening in their motel room, they found out the other guest on the show that night was all 14 of the Sports Illustrated swim suit models. Like most folk style singer songwriters, the stories told by Hayes Carll is one of the best aspects of his shows.
A crowd favorite and unreleased song called “One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles of Wine” followed, before which Carll told us how this was a song about every boys fantasy. You can check out a performance of him doing this song live in St. Louis last June at The Pageant across town below. I hope this song is on his next album, as it is one of my personal favorites.
“Drunken Poets Dream” led into a rocking version of “KMAG YOYO” and a stripped down rendition of “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart” that was not at all like the version that appears on 2008’s Trouble in Mind. Carll then told us that it was time for the closest thing they had to a St. Patrick’s Day song and Scott Davis rocked the accordion for “Bottle in My Hand”, a song on the new album that features guest vocals from the legendary Todd Snider. Hayes then sent the band away as fans began to shout suggestions at him. He took one from a guy right down front and said it was one of the first songs he had written, and also one of his longest. He was referring to “Easy Come Easy Go” from his 2002 debut album Flowers and Liquor.
We were then treated to a duet with Hayes performing both the male and female parts for “Another Like You”, a song that proves that “theres not a lot we cant overcome with a little attraction and a lot of alcohol” according to Carll. Instead of leaving the stage, Hayes chose to just stay out and perform one last song, “Long Way Home” from Little Rock. It sounded like he mentioned something about the band coming back out for the song, but that never happened. Unsure if I had misheard that, or if the band wasn’t paying attention. Either way, after Hayes received a standing ovation as he walked towards the door, it took less than a minute before the rest of the boys came out for a true encore.
The set was closed out with “Wild as a Turkey” from Trouble in Mind, followed by the opening track to KMAG YOYO and a rocking closer for a set, “Stomp and Holler”, in which we learn that Hayes Carll is “Like James Brown only white and taller” and tells us that all he wants to do is stomp and holler!
If you haven’t seen Hayes Carll, I would highly suggest you check him out. He is a true entertainer, and you will get to see elements of folk, southern rock, country and blues all incorporated into his show that clocked in at just over an hour and a half. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to go home and make babies, because these are after all true degenerate love songs
CHECK BELOW FOR MORE NEVER BEFORE RELEASED VIDEOS FROM HIS JUNE 2011 VISIT TO THE PAGEANT IN ST. LOUIS
Sasquatchis one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.
Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:
Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.
BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.
With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.
The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.
Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.
Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.
If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.
Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.
Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.
Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!
I’ve been to a ton of concerts this year, thanks in part to my awesome Dad for putting up with my concert-going needs. Well out of the many I’ve been to this year, here are my top 10. I am not doing top 10 live bands, but the top 10 shows. So here we go.
10. Social Distortion 02/12/11 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Although I didn’t write a review of this show (I hadn’t discovered CC yet), this is the show that kicked off my 2011 concert season. Punk legends Social Distortion playing three sold out nights in a row in Seattle is just an outstanding feat. They played a great setlist and they were loud and crazy. Mike Ness and the boys may be kinda old, but they still put out great music and put on great shows (Photo from 10/29/11).
Two days before seeing Soundgarden at the Gorge, I was seeing Hassidic reggae/rapper Matisyahu at the Portland Zoo. Matisyahu put on an energetic, albeit short, concert to a mostly Jewish crowd (I think there was a Hebrew school field trip there). There was certainly more weed than I expected, but it was a cool show with great vibes. Oh and being Jewish makes it more of a rite of passage than a concert.
I also had the pleasure of not only seeing but also being the youngest person seeing 90s post-grunge superstars Bush. After a decade-long breakup, the British band got back together for a tour that hit theaters and small clubs. Seeing them at the brand new venue The Neptune Theater just made it that much cooler, and Bush put on a brilliant show that rocked very hard. Gavin Rossdale sings better than I’ve ever heard him before.
Bumbershoot is an annual music/arts festival that takes place at the Seattle Center. While 2010’s festival sported big name acts like Weezer, Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Meat Puppets, Hole, and Rise Against, this year’s festival was headlined by Wiz Khalifa, Presidents of the United States of America, Ray LaMontagne, and Hall and Oates. I was almost not gonna go until I won tickets for day 2 of the festival. I was able to see bands like The Kills (kind of), Butthole Surfers, Atari Teenage Riot, NoMeansNo, and internet comedy act The Gregory Brothers.
The recently reunited alternative metal band System of a Down did a short west coast tour earlier this year, including Seattle’s own Key Arena. Not only that, but they chose gypsy punk collective Gogol Bordello to open for them, a band I happen to love. Both bands put on amazing shows, with SOAD playing a 29-song set. It was also my very first review. (Read with caution).
Unfortunately, there are people out there unaware of Echo Movement’s mind-warpingly fantastic music. Lead singer Stephen Fowler and his brother, keyboardist, Dave, are the greatest songwriting duo since Lennon-McCartney. They inspire nothing but good vibes, and they are some of the nicest dudes ever. So take their motto to heart, and “listen to Echo Movement.”
4. Zeds Dead (12/9):
Say what you will about dubstep, I love it. The overall energy and feel of it just makes me want to get up and dance way more than Ke$ha ever will. Skrillex has more talent in his ridiculous glasses than Ke$ha does in her whole body. Well anyway, Toronto-based dubstep duo Zeds Dead (named after the famous Pulp Fiction quote) rocked the house with their rockin’ house music (see what I did there?). After numerous songs mashed into one (nonstop!), they encored with The Pixies‘ Where is My Mind?, and Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So. Long story short, see a dubstep show.
After days of bugging my dad to get me tickets to this show, I had to settle with the upper seating area of Key Arena. It was ok, though. I had a great view of great bands such as Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie (blech), Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and Grouplove. The show was almost overwhelming with its sheer beauty, and it may have been more of a Christmas show (I am Jewish), but it was still wonderful.
2. Sasquatch 2011 Day 1 05/27/11 – Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA
Unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to see one night of the world-famous Sasquatch Festival. Fortunately, though, I was able to see Foo Fighters, one of the biggest bands in the galaxy. I also got the chance to see newly reunited garage rock duo Death From Above 1979, and new punk lords Against Me! The drive to the Gorge that day may have been difficult, but dancing to “Everlong” with strangers totally made up for it (Click here to read our review of Sasquatch Day 1 from our pals thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard.
No doubt, this is the best show I’ve been to. Not only did I have the opportunity to see the newly reunited Gods of grunge metal, but I got to see them with alt-rock stoners Queens of the Stone Age, muscular man metal band Mastodon, and classic indie rockers Meat Puppets. PLUS: I got to see them at the beautiful and fantastic Gorge Amphitheater. Soundgarden played through their classics, and I left the Gorge feeling tired and sore. Twas an awesome show.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 10!
Here’s to another great year of concerts. *coughREDHOTCHILIPEPPERS*cough*TOOL*cough*NOELGALLAGHER*cough*BONNAROO*
Sasquatch! Festival – Monday 5/30/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner
Monday morning was a little bittersweet. Of course we started with a morning drink, but Mr. Sparkly was already gone for a couple days and Phishbeard was unable to stay for one last blow out, so I rocked Monday at the Gorge solo. I had company from our neighbors of course, and the day turned out to be a total success. I got to meet an artist I really like, we had some crazy weather, and some totally awesome tunes made the last day of Sasquatch! 2011 one to remember!
I went into the venue solo, but eventually met up with my Calgary crew in time to see Chromeo on the Main Stage. I saw a couple Noah & the Whale songs on my way down to the Chromeo set, and they sounded good. Unfortunately there was no time to waste before my show and I couldn’t stay.
I just want to say that Chromeo was easily the best act on the Main Stage all day, although Sharon Jones gave them a run for their money. After watching the Coachella webcast, I was determined to see this performance. It was quite an odd placement at 2:45 in the afternoon but the Gorge boogied as hard as it had all weekend. Of all the 45 minute sets, this one was easily my favorite of the four days. “I-WANT-MY-CHROMEO”
Guided by Voices was next and the crowd really thinned out. Odd planning there. The reunion tour was fun for some, but many in the crowd decided it was time to check out other acts. After a few songs I left and saw one White Denim song (wish I had seen more) on my way to watch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings close on the floor.
Sharon Jones brought the HEAT to the Gorge. Her energy is amazing and she had that crowd on its feet from the very first second she was on the stage up until she left one hour later. I took the opportunity afterwards to go to the meet and greet and say hello. Sharon was very gracious and I got a picture, a kiss on the cheek, and the chance to ask her about signing with my favorite band Phish. It was a great moment for me. She also got a fan out of the crowd and danced and sang with him on stage during her set!
I had to sacrifice Best Coast to catch almost all of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who was amazing. This is one band that turned me into a little bit of a fan, and Gabriela kicks ass! The first poor weather (except for the wind) began during this set as rain would start to come down. Some thought it added an element of fun to the set and were tired of baking in the heat for four days, so it wasn’t all bad. After Rodrigo y Gabriela the weather did take a little twist, as we were greeted to many lightning blasts during The Decemberists and Wilco.
The Decemberists were a lot of fun, pretty darn good actually. I like these Portland, Oregon folks a lot and their set did not disappoint. I equate them to Iron and Wine, and I thought The Decemberists set was more fun. They opened with The Infanta and played many that I like. I remember Down by the Water, The Crane Wife 3 and others standing out and they finished with a fun version of The Mariner’s Revenge Song, a perfect song for the Pacific Northwest. The Decemberists said this was their last show for awhile, so I hope you saw them when you could. The weather got worse, not rain but lightning, during the set and got especially nasty for a little while before Wilco came out. I thought there was a chance the storm would go right over us, but we were spared!
I had a dilemma all day, a few days actually, about what to do with the Wilco/Major Lazer conflict. I didn’t want a repeat of the Sleigh Bells miss earlier in the week, but there was potential for Wilco to be amazing, and I certainly didn’t want to miss that. So I did what I ended up thinking was near perfect, and watched the first few Wilco songs, busted over for one quick Deerhunter song (it was cool too, I think I missed something good there), and then saw the last 45 minutes of Major Lazer before returning to the floor for the end of Wilco and the Festival.
Major Lazer was crazy. All that I had imagined and a little more. I don’t love this style of music, but they have insane energy and the party up in the Banana Shack was undeniable. Thank goodness I saw most of this set, as it was FUN. Lasers, crazy dancing, people having a blast and the dude on stage jumping from a ladder into the crowd (and other antics) made this set great! I wouldn’t mind going to another Major Lazer party, that’s for sure. “I love it here in Washington! I don’t ever want to leave. Will someone let me stay in their basement!?!” he said. A dance party with tons of chicks from the crowd up on stage and only the second collaboration I saw all weekend ended the set. Skrillex came out and they performed a demo that they have been working on (first time ever played) and the set ended with everyone in the crowd pumped!
After Lazer, the end of the Festival was near, and that was a bit sad. I headed down to Wilco, ran back into my Calgary buddies which was awesome, and finished the set with just Calgary Phil and I being the last of our crew there. The Wilco set was fun enough, it didn’t convert me into a fan like Modest Mouse did the night before, but the jams were cool and it seemed like a good way to close the show. Phil and I walked back to the Campground, had one of the funniest conversations of my life along the way, and then drank some beers before officially calling Sasquatch quits. The next morning came, camp was broken down, emails exchanged and goodbyes were said for all.
I’d like to personally thank Sasquatch! 2011 for being an epic blast and I hope next years lineup makes me want to go the whole three (or four?) days again.
In some of the worst scheduling I have ever seen, Chromeo had the largest crowd all day on the Main Stage and got stuck with the 2:45-3:30 spot. Once they left so did the crowd. The floor was EMPTY for Guided by Voices who followed.
In lame joke of the weekend news: Jeff Tweedy, after egging the crowd on to throw as many glowsticks as possible at him (and I am paraphrasing): “You all suck! That’s probably why the Mariners are so bad too. Ohhh low blow, sorry.”
Sharon Jones is epic.
I heard the Skrillex set up in the Banana Shack was one of the best. Bummer to miss that. Also bummed to miss Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Sasquatch! Festival – Sunday 5/29/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Sunday morning started off much like Saturday, with a whiskey and coke. We battled wind the night before and made it through unscathed, but Sunday night would be an entirely different beast. The shows Sunday were great, possibly the best day musically, but the aftermath was about as lame as it gets. Read on….
We had a tough decision to make in the afternoon, and it was unfortunate, but we decided to stay in the campground, rest-up (much needed!) and then prefunk of course, instead of checking out Reggie Watts in the comedy stage early in the day. The sound issues the day before for the Trailer Park Boys had an affect on this decision as well, as did not wanting to pay $9 for beers all night.
Cold War Kids was the first act we were able to see, and they were decent. They had a pretty perfect time slot for them, before the big three Sunday night, and had many of the crowd on their feet. They played the one song of theirs I know, Hang Me Up to Dry, so that is all I really needed. A decent, fun little set. After the Kids we saw a couple Das Racist and Archers of Loaf tunes on the side stages, on our way to get ready for Flogging Mollys set to really kick off the night.
I just want to say that I thought Flogging Molly was amazing. We started the set up on the hill which we quickly discovered was a bad decision. Instead, we made our way down to the floor to get much closer to the action. Upon running into our Calgary campground neighbor friends, we watched the rest of the set with big grins on our faces. Not even when I was informed puke was running on my bag, which I have on video (check it out!), did I have a bad time. This set was one of the more fun ones with a rowdy crowd adding to the show. Once the set was over we decided to get a little closer on the floor for the next act, one I was pumped for, The Flaming Lips.
Wayne Coyne and company are a bunch of weirdos! The backdrop videos and the face camera and all the antics are just bizarre, but I like em! The Gorge got one of the Lips’ “Soft Bulletin” shows, and also a fun rendition of Happy Birthday for the 10th Anniversary of the Festival. A birthday cake made from the TV crew Ace of Cakes was brought our during the song, but it didn’t take long for Wayne to break it apart and throw it into the crowd. The only problem is this was all done mid set, a seemingly very odd placement. Wayne talks a lot too, and I left this set thinking that if Wayne would just shut up and play we could’ve seen a few more songs. A nice tribute to Elliott Smith brought the tears out of Wayne, and a few in the crowd (Phishbeard!! Hahaha). They ended the show with Feeling Yourself Disintegrate.
After the Lips we were in for what I think could be the single best set of the weekend, at least for me. I loved the Foo Fighters and J. Mascis sets, and Chromeo is a major ‘Best of’ contender, but to me Modest Mouse made me feel different from the others. I had EXPECTED to have a good time at the Foo, Chromeo etc. I had ZERO expectations for Modest Mouse and they were one of the few bands over the weekend that turned me into a fan. Opening with Shit Luck was a treat and after that we were in store for almost 2 hours of great. I remember This Devils Workday, Here it Comes, Bukowski, Lampshades on Fire (new song I think) and more all being top notch. Like I said, I was waiting for a band all weekend to turn me into a fan and this is the best example of that.
I left Modest Mouse feeling great. It can take awhile to get from the venue to the campground, so we were able to feel great for about an hour before we got back “home” and saw the damage. Some complete fucking asshole(s?) decided to vandalize or area of the campground, breaking into cars and tents and causing all kinds of damage. Phishbeards tent was cut open and his cooler dumped out inside. Others around us had their ipods and cell phones stolen, among other things. Why some dicks want to ruin the times of others at something as fun as Sasquatch! is something that I will never understand.
We still had some post show beers, but the party certainly wasn’t the same as the couple of nights before.
One last day of fun awaits.
Flogging Molly > The Flaming Lips > Modest Mouse was one of the funnest 1-2-3 combos I have seen.
Really bummed about missing Reggie Watts, sigh.
Lots of people were talking about how good the smaller stage acts were. Some I heard were great but missed were MSTRKRFT, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus, Ratatat, Sam Roberts Band.
Not very much hiphop here at this fest, but Das Racist was pretty sweet!
The wind up on that Gorge hill can be brutal…
Sunday Video of the Day:
3:13 into the video “Vomits running down onto your bag”!
Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Waking up on a Saturday at the Gorge Campground is about as great of a feeling as one can possibly imagine. If it weren’t for the hangover from the night before and a tent in shambles, I would have been feeling great! So of course as soon as I got up it was time for the Gorge breakfast of champions AKA whiskey and coke! Drinks were plentiful and everyone was having a blast all day in anticipation of the full day ahead (compared to the night before where there were many less bands).
I will be honest, I think Saturday was my least favorite day of the four. Mechanical problems and mellow vibes (when I wanted to party) brought an interesting atmosphere to this day. Of course there were some awesome points as well, and we will touch on those, but as a whole Saturday fell a little short in my opinion.
We made it into the Gorge in time to catch the Trailer Park Boys up in the Banana Shack, a tent that doubled as a comedy stage during the day and a dance tent at night. The Boys weren’t performing a standup act though, it was more of a performance of a Trailer Park Boys episode. From where we were in the tent the sound was pretty terrible, so we bailed in time to check out souvenirs and get some $9 beers.
We headed over to the Yeti Stage to see J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. at 4:35. This was a set that I was extremely looking forward to, and we got to about 4th row in the crowd. As mentioned above there were mechanical problems on Saturday during a couple sets, and this one had a few. The music was great, but there were some big pauses and tunings between songs and some loudness/feedback that wasn’t supposed to be there. Also during this set, the kid on the rail three people in front of me was hunched over, apparently asleep/way too wasted on whatever drugs he was on. Security came over a few times, doing nothing of course, and then eventually they got the kid to wake up and head off to the side. It was an interesting and funny sight watching these big security guards confused.
After Mascis we went over to the huge lawn of the Gorge and watched Pink Martini. This was one of the surprises of my weekend, as they were unexpectedly excellent! I really enjoyed what they played and wished I could have seen more of their set-I think we got about half of it.
Phishbeard and I then took the long walk down to the floor and got close for Iron and Wine. Sam Beam and backup crew played for an hour and brought a cool vibe to the crowd. I like Iron and Wine a lot and thought they played great. They opened with Boy with a Coin and closed with Tree by the River, a fitting song as we watched the Columbia River flow behind the stage. Walking Far From Home and Summer in Savannah seem like highlights, memory is a little foggy here. After Iron and Wine we walked up to the Bigfoot stage and caught a few songs from Matt and Kim. I liked these two a lot and this is another band that I wish I could have seen more of. Instead we made a bad decision and went over to the hill and watched the start of Bright Eyes, which I absolutely could not get into at all, and then went over to see Robyn party it up.
Robyn cancelled her fan meet and greet earlier in the day and came out over 25 minutes late for her set. I am not sure what the deal was, but she was the artist I would consider the least timely of the weekend. We watched a few songs and then went to watch Death Cab for Cutie. This is where the possible worst decision of the weekend was made.
Instead of going to see Sleigh Bells we decided to give Death Cab a shot for about 30 minutes. Like Bright Eyes, Death Cab was another band I just couldn’t find an appreciation for. It was too quiet of set for what I wanted. Eventually we went over to see the end of Sleigh Bells and that was possibly my favorite part of the day. We only got 3 songs but they were a freaking blast and I really wish I could’ve seen more. I will definitely put Sleigh Bells on my concert watch list.
The night ended when we went over to see the late night set of Bassnectar. Another party I was looking forward to for a long time had an up and down go of it. The power went out three separate times, including immediately after announcing “We are back!” and Bassnectar could only keep going (even though no one could hear anything) and pray to the Bass Gods (which he actually did) and hope the power would stay on for the remainder. The glowstick war I was promised was nice, but I have seen better; see Phish performing Loving Cup on 10/31/09 in Indio. The last hour of Bassnectars set went off without a hitch and I can see why the kids these days like to dance. I had a pretty good amount of fun standing near the back of the crowd watching the crazies get their groove on.
The concerts ended at 12:30, but of course there is the long trek back to the Campground and then the party that awaits there. Like I said, there were some great moments Saturday, but if I had to throw one of the days back in the water it would have been this one. Maybe if I had seen all of Sleigh Bells I would think differently??
Getting four people from the stage at J. Mascis was the closest we got all weekend, except for future ConcertConfessions contributor Mr. Sparkly who got two people from Death From Above 1979 and the Foo Fighters the night before.
Choosing Death Cab for Cutie over Sleigh Bells goes down as the weekends most epic fail. Unlike Sunday with Major Lazer and Wilco (which I feel I managed almost perfect), I should have balanced Death Cab and Sleigh Bells much better.
Pink Martini goes down as possible surprise of the weekend. A really fun set that seemed to come out of nowhere!
Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Since we have 4 days worth of Sasquatch! content to post, I thought it would be best to put each days items up on ConcertConfessions.com individually. Friday was the opening night of the Festival, and it was a super rocking good time. There were less bands on Friday, and we were testing out our camera access limits, so the Friday content isn’t as voluminous as the rest of the days (we have a couple of HOURS of footage from Saturday-Monday!), but the party was just as strong! I think for these reviews I will talk a little about each band I saw, whether it be for a full set or only one song. Obviously I had to make decisions on whom to watch, so my review could be quite different from someone elses who was at the Fest.
We arrived at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon to a wind storm of epic proportions. Over the weekend we lost both of our tents and another shade tent, and we weren’t the only ones. Eventually everything settled, we met our neighbors (hey Phil!), got a solid buzz on (when I say solid, I mean SOLID), and we went in for the opening festivities.
Bob Mould opened my Sasquatch! Festival and the floor of the Gorge was pretty open, so we went close and got a great spot. The set was nice, a little more mellow than I was expecting, but good. I had been looking forward to this set and it went about as I expected, although I wish it was longer. Bob would also make a guest appearance (one of only two I saw all weekend-weird) later in the night.
After Mould, Phishbeard and I decided to walk up the hill and check out some of the smaller stage acts. Against Me! was playing on the Bigfoot Stage, the second largest Gorge stage, and we caught a few of their songs. I don’t know these guys at all, but their songs were good enough for my ears. Eventually we decided to go to the Gorge lawn and check out the end of The Bronx set. Again we only caught a couple songs (and we missed their ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ set on the Yeti stage), but they were fun and set the scene for the nights two biggest acts.
Death From Above 1979 was the second to last act on the Main Stage and we decided to go to the floor and get as close as we could for their set. We got a decent spot, but not as good as our friend and future ConcertConfessions reviewer Mr. Sparkly, and rocked the hell out for a solid hour of tunes. I have been hearing a lot about DFA1979, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a lot of fun and my ears may still hurt from their awesome sound. After an hour, DFA1979’s set was over and the stage was clear for the biggest name of the Festival to rock us home, The Foo Fighters.
The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite acts in the world, and one of the few bands that I love but have not seen live. I was looking forward to this set the very most all weekend, and the boys brought everything they could for over two hours. Bridge Burning opened the show and went into a loud Rope. Another new song came and then they opened up the setlist for some of the older stuff. I think my personal highlight was Hey, Johnny Park! > Monkey Wrench, which was unbelievably perfect, but the show was pumped full of hits. Times Like These, My Hero, All My Life, Learning to Fly, I’ll Stick Around and more blew the non-existant roof off of the Gorge. They got my favorite off the new album, Walk, in there, and brought Bob Mould out to sing on Dear Rosemary (a tune he sings on The Foos new ablum). An Everlong closer was the perfect way to send us back to the campground for an even longer night of drinking and general debauchery. I thought the Foo set was A+, but little did I know the best of the weekend was yet to come….
Foo was amazing! Probably a top 3 set of the entire festival for me.
I was a little too drunk this night. Not terrible, but a little more than I was going for. This contributed to the lack of video. My apologies.
Anyone who showed up Friday early afternoon to set up camp had to deal with one of the suckiest wind storms in a LONG while. I can’t believe my tent made it all 4 nights (but eventually lost the battle).
There was a Sasquatch! Festival birthday cake made from the Ace of Cakes guys from TV. They rolled it out Friday and then again during the Flaming Lips set on Sunday. During the Lips set we all sang Happy Birthday and then Wayne Coyne threw much of the cake into the crowd.
I would guesstimate that the Sasquatch! crowd was easily 50% Canadian. Could have been more like 66%. I asked my new friend Phil from Calgary why there were so many Canadians at the show and he said ‘Unless you are in Vancouver, there’s nothing else to do up there”. The “GO CANUCKS GO” chant got VERY old however.
I wish Bob Mould would have been a bit more rocking.
It’s hard to believe that out of over 100 bands performing at this years Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre, I have only seen two. I go to a lot of concerts, and like a lot of these bands, so it’s really freaking odd to me that I have only seen the Old 97’s (at an old Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, approx. 10 years ago) and Sharon Jones, although I didn’t see her with the Dap-Kings, only as a backup performer to Phish at their legendary Festival 8. With that said there are some amazing acts this year, and as always, Sasquatch! is plum full of up and coming bands we will all love in 2-3 years. This preview will look at my favorite acts I am looking forward to, and why. There are lots of different reasons that these bands appear on this list, and after the Festival I am sure some of my favorite sets from the event won’t be any of these listed, but these are the top bands I am most looking forward to seeing perform live (ALL for the first time!).
10. Flogging Molly: While “celtic punk rock” isn’t my favorite genre, it certainly jumps up big on the list after a few cold beers. So Sunday night’s Flogging Molly set on the Main Stage at the Gorge should be epic (so should The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse to follow on the Main Stage-what a way to start the night!).
9. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: As mentioned above, I have seen Sharon Jones once before, backing up Phish at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This will be a nice treat seeing her with her own band. Sharons throwback funk/soul sound gets me going every time and her voice is amazing.
8. The Decembrists: I will admit, an ex-girlfriend got me into this band. Usually the kiss of death, but I have always kind of liked their sound (their 2011 album The King is Dead is a lot of fun) and these guys will be great at the Gorge.
7. Chromeo: When the initial Sasquatch! lineup was announced, I asked concertconfessions own Rev. Justito to give me some names of bands to check out that I might not be familiar with. I’m pretty sure Chromeo was on his list because they made it onto my iPod, but after a couple listens it really wasn’t for me. However, I decided to give their recent Coachella Festival webcast a chance, and after watching the ENTIRE set, this Prince-meets-Devo funky pop band is something I am really excited about seeing. I can only imagine the dance party that awaits.
6. Modest Mouse: The great Northwests own Modest Mouse, returning to Sasquatch! for a night for the ages. Sunday nights headliner is a band that I like (not love), but maybe that will change as this will be my first Modest Mouse show. I have heard their concerts can be hit or miss, especially these days, but I have to think the Sunday night magic of Sasquatch! will leave the Gorge Amphitheatre in awe.
5. Bassnectar: Dubstep, a genre I am a total noob about, is intriguing to me. And Bassnectar is one of the best blowing up right now. After hearing about the legendary glow stick wars (that supposedly put my band Phish’s to shame) and seeing some YouTube clips, I have a sneaking suspicion that this late night set could be one of the best of the entire Festival.
4. Iron & Wine: Another ex-girlfriend introduction for me, but I thank her greatly for it. Iron & Wine (traditionally a one man band, but I have heard he sometimes tours with a group) is one of my favorite mellow “rock” acts. The Main State of the Gorge will be a perfect setting for a Saturday night dusk time set and the new album is super, so the tunes should be great.
3. J. Mascis: The front man for legendary alternative band Dinosaur Jr. will be at Sasquatch! performing a solo set. J.’s past solo performances are great and his latest all-acoustic album “Several Shades of Why” is fantastic. This will be a small side stage act not to be missed! I think I just pee’d my pants a little thinking about it.
2. The Flaming Lips: Not sure how I have not seen this band before, but am SUPER excited for this set. The Lips will be performing their 1999 epic “The Soft Bulletin” in its entirety, plus other additional songs to follow. I’ve been told a Flaming Lips show can be life changing, so Sunday May 29th may be my last “normal” day as thenaturalstoner.
1. Foo Fighters: The first band announced for this years Festival is the one I am looking forward to the most. Nirvana was always my favorite band growing up, and to have the opportunity to see Dave Grohl and Pat Smear play together will rock my mind and soul. Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic performed on the Foos new album “Wasting Light” (as did Huskur Du’s own Bob Mould, also at the Sasquatch! Fest), so who knows, maybe a Nirvana reunion will rock Central Washington in May. Regardless, this is one set I have been looking forward to for months on end. I had the chance to see the Foos only one other time, also at the Gorge with Kool Keith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some mishaps along the way caused me to miss the show. That will NOT happen this time.
Just missing the cut: Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Washington state hip-hop represent!), Bob Mould, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Trailer Park Boys, Reggie Watts, Wilco.
Things I am pissed about: J. Mascis and Chromeo only scheduled for 45 minutes; The Decemberists, Iron and Wine and Bassnectar only scheduled for an hour; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings scheduling conflict.
So that’s my list. The best part about Festivals, especially 4 day long ones, is that your list will differ greatly from mine. I can’t wait to check these bands out (plus 90 others!) and report back on who was amazing and who failed to live up to expectations. George, Washington, here we come!!!
For those who can’t make it – NPR will be broadcasting live from the festival all weekend long.
As we reported late last year, the Sasquatch Music Festival is set to return to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. As we already reported, Foo Fighters will be headlining one of the four nights. Also on the bill are Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips and a lot more. Four day passes are on sale now and single day tickets will go on sale on Feb 14th.. For all the details on this festival (which we hope to have our very own Thenaturalstoner attend) please click here.