I have to thank Grant Brissey for inventing the FASHION TUNNEL™ tag last year, because 2013 Sasquatch is HOT FASHION CENTRAL! We're keeping a flower-headband tally (Josh Bis reported the premiere of the flower headband at Coachella, which seems to have replaced the bad-taste headdresses in festival fashion wear), but to tide you over, here are two of the best things we saw:
Where can I get one of these??
Plastronaut (disclaimer: do NOT wrap yourself in plastic in the blazing sun)
If you find kaleidoscopic imagery as enchanting as I do, you might also like the trailer for the upcoming Washed Out album, Paracosm, the second full-length from Georgia musician Ernest Greene. The doubled images from nature—trees, flowers, moss-covered stones—harmonize nicely with Greene's chime, harp, and birdsong-bedecked melody. As one YouTube user put it, "Somebody's been listening to Yes's Close To The Edge."
The Sub Pop press release also cites Jessica Yu's 2004 documentary In the Realms of the Unreal about outsider artist Henry Darger who invented a paracosm populated by the same young, blonde warriors who inspired the band Vivian Girls.
paracosmnoun a prolonged fantasy world invented by children*; can have a definite geography and language and history —APA (American Psychological Association)
* It also applies to adult-created fantasy worlds, like Middle Earth of Narnia, though the APA definition reminds me more of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures than Darger's Vivian Girls.
(Barboza) These normal-looking, nature-loving humans are a band backing up frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg, and their sound is of the now. Cue up their first single, "What's In It For," and hear the dulcet tones of the current indie era—aaaahs and a tambourine and some surfy guitar, oooooohhhh, ambiguous feelings. They're signed to Sub Pop and opened for Modest Mouse; they look earnest and sweet in their videos. They seem to meet approval everywhere. Their 2011 single "How Come?" whisper-whine-sings over layers of pleasant organ and guitar. My skirt, it hath not been blown up—but boy, if you want to put a band in a time capsule to explain now to your kids in 10 or 20 years, Avi Buffalo would be a solid choice.
(Tula's) Thomas Marriott (a prolific local jazz trumpeter who has won several awards), Cuong Vu (a Saigon-born, American-raised jazz trumpeter), Mark Taylor (a popular local jazz saxophonist), George Colligan (a New York–based jazz pianist), and Matt Jorgensen (a local jazz drummer who has worked with Marriott) come together tonight to celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest musicians and heroes of the 20th century, Miles Davis. If you've read my criticism, you know that I'm not a fan of his late work, work after his second quintet, the work he electrified [i.e., his best work —Dave Segal]. But altogether, my feelings for Davis's style, mode, and thinking are some of the deepest feelings I have. Consequently, I can't help feeling strongly about the different stages of Davis's career. If you feel mildly about Miles, then you've never really heard his music. Tonight will be a special night.
It's not commonly known that there's a discerning group of foodies that travel from music festival to music festival to taste what America's top trailer chefs are serving to the masses. Luckily, I stumbled onto an extra friendly Canadian as soon as I arrived who was happy to give me a rundown on the mound of fried chunks that he was holding.
Hey man, what's your name?
What are you eating, Chris?
Boneless chicken wings and curly fries.
What do you think happened to the bones?
I don't know.
How is the food at Sasquatch?
It's really tasty, actually! Very tasty!
How is the price of the food at Sasquatch?
Uh, it's a little pricey. But that's expected at a festival.
Where are you from?
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Can you get this caliber of food in Edmonton?
What's better, America or Canada?
Oh, you're going to put me in the spotlight. Right. I'd have to say Canada.
What's the main reason that Canada is better than America?
Alright! We are HERE! Your "Sasquatch Team of Excellence Oh Thirteen" will be yours truly, Derek Erdman, Anna Minard, Kelly O, Josh Bis, and Bree McKenna, with an assists from Jon Essinger (he brought a whole keg!).
So far, it's really windy with a little rain/sun combo, and everyone we have encountered is insanely wasted! And colorful! But mostly wasted.
Kelly O stepped outside the press hut for three minutes and already found these wonderful revelers:
"On Your Way Down The Drain" is a fantastic fuck-you song, perhaps my fave.
Although the New York group the King Bees sound like teens in a garage here, they were in fact a working blues band. In late '66, after three singles and no breakthrough, they split; members Danny Kortchmar (gtr) and Joel O'Brian joined James Taylor's Flying Machine, while organist John McDuffy replaced Al Kooper in the Blues Project.
It wouldn't be the road to Sasquatch without a stop at Bob's Summit Deli* at the pass. And wouldn't you know they have the best book selection! Do I get both? They also had one called Northwest Disasters, but I can't imagine anything more boring than reading about forest fires and fully-clothed firemen.
(Sunset) In honor of Bob Dylan's 72nd birthday, a whole bunch of local musicians—including Garth Reeves, Kevin Murphy, Fredd Luongo of the Swearengens, Ian Moore, and Kim Virant—light up the Sunset with a show devoted to the beyond-amazing Dylan songbook. I imagine there will be the requisite standards—"Knocking on Heaven's Door" is practically mandatory for cover bands—but here's hoping they get into some weird stuff. (I don't mean lesser-known "Sign on the Window" stuff. I mean weird-ass "Wiggle Wiggle" stuff.)
(Cafe Racer) At times, Half-Breed sound like a rough sketch for stadium pop. Like if they had big production money behind them, their sound could be huge and super slick. Which makes the contrast all the better when these delightful pop songs are filtered and presented in the lo-fi/K Records aesthetic while still simultaneously lending themselves to a larger sound. The upbeat, queercore, guitar/drum duo gave an impressive show to a lot of first-time listeners during their slot at this year's 'Mo-Wave festival and gained a bunch of new fans. Plus, it's always fun to see an on-the-rise Capitol Hill band like Half-Breed play the flourishing U-District DIY music scene at Cafe Racer.
by Dave Segal
on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM
The Clark Sisters’ “Overdose of the Holy Ghost” provides the title of a new compilation of ’70s and ’80s gospel curated by David Hill of the Ballistic Brothers and Nuphonic Records. It’s the best track on the collection (which Z Records released April 30), which includes contributions from Shirley Caesar, Sharon Johnson, Norman Weeks & the Revelations, and Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark (Twinkie!). If you like your Jesustastic music inspired by disco and boogie, then Overdose of the Holy Ghost might just be your bible. However, this agnostic dabbler likes his gospel a bit more gritty and brimstoned—check out Numero Group’s Good God! comps for examples. Is that such a sin?
I suppose we all remember "Tan Mom?" Maybe? She was a mom who was arrested for allegedly taking her six-year-old into the tanning bed with her. In all her public appearances she had tanned/self tanned to the point of being brown, like it was fucked up, hence her nickname "Tan Mom." Kelly O posted about this as it happened. Anyways, now "Tan Mom," Patricia Krentcil, has a single out...