Photo by Sean Pecknold
We went to Sasquatch, and all we got was this lousy ten dollar beer.
Our lovely Saturday at The Gorge was a learning experience for us. First off, once the sun goes down it gets cold. Not a wee bit nippy cold, but fucking freezing cold. My hoodie was not cutting it.
Secondly, hippies like anything. Anything! The shittier the music, the better. That explains why this amazing band was watched by so few, while this clown performed to a sea of fans hanging on his every word.
Portland held its own at Sasquatch, as Blitzen Trapper, The Blow, Viva Voce and Mirah all played excellent sets, especially The Blow, who attracted the largest crowd to the tiny "Yeti Stage." Blowette Khaela Maricich was chatty, very chatty, (Chas would be bummed), but her summertime dance jams worked well in the Washington Valley sunshine.
Best set of the day? Hmmm. As always Arcade Fire were spectacular, Two Gallants debuted some great new songs from their The Scenery of Farewell EP (due out next month), Neko Case (who was short a bass player due to a car accident) was her usual classy self and Björk's set was worth the wait, and freezing temperatures. The pride of Reykjavík (thankfully) didn't play too many new songs, instead peppering her set with some older hits ("Army of Me" and "All Is Full of Love") plus an onstage laser show! Lasers!!!
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