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Battles were just awesome. They kept up the rep of having a lot of musicians around watching them. Really phenomenal, and it seemed like they let loose a little - they seemed to be having a good time, not all Jeff Tweedy OCD.

Xavier Rudd was pretty mind-blowing to finish the night.

Posted by left coast | September 2, 2008 9:38 AM

about dan deacon: i would imagine that the shtick would get old if you're not participating. although i'm probably a little "old" to be giddily obliging to deacon's commands (just a hair under 25, if you were wondering), his set was one of the funnest shows i'd ever been to.

Posted by douglas martin | September 2, 2008 10:00 AM

@2 Agreed. Deacon is best enjoyed by "the kids." I'm sure he changes many lives per show among those still in school.

That being said, his music is excellent on a pure sonic level, but often shenanigans overshadow proceedings and we get 30 minutes of sounds in an hour-sized bag.

Posted by segal | September 2, 2008 10:06 AM

stay tuned for my video interview with Deacon - he claims that the next time he's in Seattle - the next time he tours - that he'll have a full band with him... and a brand new bag of live show tricks

Posted by KELLY O | September 2, 2008 12:50 PM

The Dan Deacon Show was one of the best shows at Bumbershoot. It's about time people enjoyed themselves and had fun. If the kids didn't want to participate-they wouldn't have. They just needed someone to help direct the energy and that man was Dan Deacon. THe music was fun and the whole show was way way far from dull. It was completely entertaining. If you didn't dig it.. you may be old at heart.

Posted by dan deacon | September 2, 2008 8:17 PM

BTW Dave Segal-- You always seem to take the negative route when reviewing artists. It's very tiring to read your articles.. because your shtic is always the same too- maybe try to be more positive - that would be a way to entertain people.. because one of those kiddies running around the Dan Deacon show may one day take your job-- my advice to you would be to stay vibrant and open to life - and not breed your critiques in sarcasm and apathy.. Afterall it's not the artist's job to cure your depression.

Posted by Dan Deacon friend | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM

You always seem to take the negative route when reviewing artists... maybe try to be more positive

"Deacon unleashed some of the most effusive electro pop ever, something so joyous it would’ve been too much for Mardi Gras and the Fourth of July combined. The track gradually slowed until it seemed like it was being sucked into a black hole, and then it was resurrected into a gruesome brown tone before transforming into a Boredoms-on-Ecstasy flourish. Jesus should be so lucky to have the Second Coming scored by this piece."

Yeah, in retrospect, I was was rather harsh on Deacon. I hope he wasn't too bummed by that vicious critique.

Posted by segal | September 3, 2008 10:04 AM

Excuse the redundant was.

Posted by segal | September 3, 2008 10:05 AM

I hope he wasn't too bummed by that vicious critique.

Oh, he'd be sure to let you know.

Posted by Eric Grandy | September 3, 2008 11:14 AM

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