Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pitchfork Fest Tics Go On Sale;
I'm Waitin' for a Superman

Yes, tickets went on sale today for the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival July 18-20. I'm nonplussed. Not so much because ticket prices have risen $15 -- this was to be expected, and honestly I hope it means that city block they call concert grounds will be less, for lack of a better term, infested. At this point the initial line-up is a bit of a snooze.

Sure, you've got Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, !!!, M. Ward, Spiritualized, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Boris, and a handful of others. Not too shabby, I admit, and I have faith the Sat. and Sun. lineups will fatten up for the harvest.

I'm most worried about Friday's Don't Look Back performances. How can P4K top Sonic Youth performing Daydream Nation?

Don't let my title fool you; I'm not expecting to see The Flaming Lips perform The Soft Bulletin or anything (but dear GOD I'd believe in you again if they did). Right now Public Enemy is scheduled to perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (BAH), which means we can expect two more acts Friday night if the festival follows last year's blueprint.

So, who will it be? This will likely determine whether this music fan makes the summer trip to Chicago, after all. Recently Ryan did a post about who he'd ideally pick for a Don't Look Back performance. But who's most likely to have the honors?

The top contenders would be artists already performing Don't Look Back shows. This includes, yes, Public Enemy (Flavor Flav!), Raekwon/Ghostface Killah, and Mudhoney (though I only see them as playing one show back in Sept.)

So, without a superman waiting in the wings here, who will ATP/P4k pull out of their bag of tricks?


The Moon said...

I am buying tickets this year!!! I'm getting tired of missing this event!

I think I might skip Fri though...?

Hackworth Artifex said...

I've never been to Pitchfork. For those that have, what's it like? How does it compare to something like Wakarusa?

Brandon said...

the ATP wikipedia says that Sebadoh - Bubble and Scrape is forthcoming. I'd say that that has a good shot. I already got my tickets this week, and even though I'm not completely thrilled with the initial announcements or anything, I'm confident that the lineup will get deeper as more acts get announced.