I share my thoughts on my Sunday Pitchfork experience as well as a video of Real Estate performing “Green Aisles.”
On Sunday, I headed down to Union Park and caught the final day of Pitchfork Music Festival. I caught sets by Ty Segall, Real Estate, Beach House and Vampire Weekend. I wasn’t very familiar with Ty Segall, but there is quite the buzz surrounding this song writing machine. I was very impressed with his brand of garage rock and he even threw in a shaky, but honorable cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”
Real Estate was the band I was looking forward to seeing the most. I was turned onto the the New Jersey based band late last year and quickly fell in love with their catalog. They took the stage around 4:15 as the sun was blazing down on us. Luckily, I was camped out by the sound board and the security was passing out bottles of water. Their set was comprised mainly of tunes from their latest effort, Days, but they threw in some older tunes as well a song that’s only lyric was “Budweiser shower until you feel alright.” Their breezy rock was the perfect cure for the heat.
The beginning of Beach House’s set was pretty dreamy (as is most of their music) and I remember turning to a friend and saying they need to turn up the energy a bit or they might lose some fans. Some people did leave, but they did manage to pick up the energy towards the end and finished quite strongly. Their set was a mixture of tunes from their excellent debut, Teen Dream and their latest release, Bloom.
I can’t really say that I am a fan of Vampire Weekend and I didn’t plan on staying for their entire set, but that all changed after their first song. The NYC based band had the exhausted crowd dancing from the very first note (myself included). The only lull in their set came when Ezra Koenig decided to bust out his acoustic guitar for two slower numbers. The band closed out their set with ”One (Blake’s Got a New Face).”
Check out this video of Real Estate opening their Pitchfork set with “Green Aisles.”