Let's get right into this, shall we?
**I know the pictures aren't great and that the grammer and probably some spelling will be screwed up. Enjoy.
bold and names are ones that you should check out right now
Michael Columbia - For the first batch of bands on Saturday, we weren't that interested in anything, nor had we listened to any of them before. We chose Michael Columbia, a synth-pop/rock duo (except they have a third member for live performance, so trio, I guess would be better). The songs were upbeat enough, and the band was solid in terms of skill. Besides that, though, they weren't anything special. All of the synth and bass hooks sounded uninspired and generic. There were some songs where the lead singer bused out a sax, and those were lots of fun. But besides that it was pretty stale.
Killer Whales - I liked these guys. They were great for what they delivered, and what they delivered was fast, jittery, summertime punk-rock. Just imagine the kind of music four shirtless, shockingly skinny guys (two of them are drummers) might make in a bar/garage in 100 degree weather. And that's pretty much what Killer Whales did. Lots of silly shreaking and yelling, and lots of energy. Check them out, if that sounds like something you'd be interested in.
Pharoahe Monche - Great crowd interaction and onstage chemestry with his dj/backup singers. I had never heard any of his stuff before, but it was a lot of fun and easy to get into. The crowd was way into it and that always pays off. Not to mention I was standing next a guy dressed as a banana the whole time. Also, see that real tall guy in the green shirt? He rapped along, perfectly, to every single song. So I guess this Paroahe guy has some pretty dedicated fans or something.
Here's another just to show off the awesome backup singers, who were awesome. :)
DJ/Rupture - One of the real big, welcome surprises of the weekend was DJ/Rupture. I had no idea what kind of stuff to expect him to spin, but was very, very pleased when he started his set off some some nice dub-raggae. Throughout his set, the beats started deep and slow, and gradually built energy. Making his way through raggae, salsa, and other tropical sounding dance tunes, the guy never once stooped into the cheesy electro/bloghouse area. That's what really made his set special. It just sounded so fresh and different to be hearing real instruments in a dj set. It also made it irresistable to dance like a complete idiot for about 45 minutes straight.
There were large streches of buzz-kills throughout the crowd, but then little pockets of about 15 people who would form a little cirlce of dancing (in which it looked like everyone was getting electrocuted). If the camera guy in this video moved a little bit to the right you would be able to see me throwing down my moves. Too bad, right? :P
watch it here!
The Walkmen - For some reason, I bought one album buy these guys and really, really liked it, but then never continued to listen to them. Seeing them live really made me question why I wasn't a bigger fan. They were great. Lots of lazy, summery, fun songs. Beautil horn sections and lots of loud, powerful singing. They even went and played us a fantastic new song (that they didn't seem very confident in).
You can't really tell from the picture, but the horns were alternating gold/silver/gold/silver. That was cool. :P
Oh yeah, and this girl was standing in front of me. Meerkat and Cheeta earings: big in 2k10?
after the Walkmen, we started our near 2 hour camp for none other than...
Grizzly Bear - I'm not even going to spend time describing how perfect and gorgeous the music the band makes is. We'd be here all day. I'm not gonna tell you that their live performance is flawless, every single time. Because you already know these things, right? You already know that Grizzly Bear is one of the best bands of the last 10 years and that they'll soon be huge. Instead, I'll tell you all the interesting stuff.
About an hour before the show was scheduled to start, my main man, Ed Droste showed up on stage. Why? To help the roadies set up the equipment, obviously! Shortly after Ed's appearance, the rest of the band started showing up. It was crazy seeing them just walking around doing a job that they didn't need to do, when they could just be lounging about backstage. But instead, they went ahead and worked right along side the guys who are meant to be doing that sort of thing.
As I watched them walk aruond the stage and plug stuff in and whatnot, I thought to myself: Thank god Radiohead didn't do this when I saw them. I probably would've died of excitement. :P
It's them! Setting up their own equipment!
I really don't know how to start describing how great the show is. I just don't know! So I'm not going to try. Just take my word that it was unbelievable. It was the drummer's birthday, and Ed suggested that everyone sing him happy birthday. Of corse, he said he didn't want us to, but one "DO IT ANYWAY!!" from a fan in the crowd got it started up. :)
A few trouble makers were hitting beach balls around during the sit (before, that's fine. But during Grizzly Bear should be a federal offence) So myself, a friend of mine, and a guy we met in the crowd, took the liberty of destroying every beach ball we got our hands on. We did this by ripping to it shreads. With our teeth. :)
Hmm...what else. Ah yes. Right before Two Weeks, the bands' montiors went out (the speakers that point towards them so they know what their mates are playing, in order to stay in time with the eachother). The band aksed if they should wait until their fixed or if they should go on without them. another "DO IT ANYWAY!!" erupted and things got underway, with extra support and sing-along power from the fans.
All throughout Grizzly Bear's set, the sun was setting and the crowd across the park at the opposite stage was growing larger. The giant screen could be seen lighting up every now and then as the sky got darker.
(taken while running from Grizzly Bear stage)
Once Grizzly Bear ended, this left us no time to make a dash to the other stage for the main attraction of the festival: The Flaming Lips.
We were fairly close, but on the side of the stage, once the show got underway.This allowed us the perfect view of Wayne rolling out onto the crowd:
During these antics we were able to sneak through the distracted fans, to a more centered view. We were finally locked in a little bit in front of the sound tent, just in time for the Yeah Yeah Yeah Song! No to mention the releasing of the giant balloons (although this was probably the third releasing of the giant balloons, since they did it about every other song :P)
Massive sing/scream alongs followed, and were accompanied by crazy dancing.
Most of the set was great. This came as no surprise, considering the fans voted on what they would play. The second half of the set consited almost entirely of huge crowd pleasers and sing alongs, so that was perfect. Not to mention a few new songs played for the very first time. :)
The band finished with a goreous, extended version of Do You Realize?? in which the crowd was nearly singing louder than Wayne and the guys. Troughout the entire song, graint cannons were blasting confettii over the crowd. It was like a yellow/orange snow storm. Nobody could resist waving their arms back and fourth in the air to feel all of it. It really was amazing.
I'll admit the FLips set did seem short, but that's obviously due to all the time set aside for the theatrics and on-stage banter, and Wayne talking to the crowd. But really, I'm happy it was the way it was. A Flaming Lips show isn't about the songs, it's about the experience. And what an experience it was. :o
click here for every song of the Flaming Lips set on video!
There you have it!
I just can't believe it was already one week ago. :o :(