Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sasquatch Scheduling for the Indecisive: Sunday

Stumble out of your tent, underside of your car, or wherever you spent the night, down some water, man up and go out for your final day of rocking. You have one more day/night before you have to go back to reality and dead week/finals week. Make the best of it.

11:45 A.M.: Though many speak highly of Jamie Liddell's live show, nothing kills a hangover like hip hop. Go for Seattle's own Blue Scholars to start off your day.

1:00: At 12:45 on the mainstage, Pretty Girls Make Graves make interesting vaguely punk music, and Big Japan (the guy from the O.C.'s band OMGLOLROFL) don't even sound that bad based on their myspace. But both should be just for killing time for Chad VanGaalen, who I just recently heard but should have listened to long ago. Really awesome Canadian bedroom singer/songwriter-ish indie rock. Definitely check this guy out.

Chad VanGaalen- Clinically Dead from Infiniheart

2:30: Don't be a hype whore. The Arctic Monkeys are derivative, uninspired tripe. While nothing else on the schedule grabs the attention, the only viable reason for attending the Arctic Monkeys' set is to throw bottles. Any other reason only encourages the British music press to export more flavor-of-the-week Oasis/Blur ripoff bands. Heavenly States and The Village Green are both decent alternatives. But my pick? Go back to your campsite for some hot dogs and a couple beers.

4:00: Laura Veirs is very pleasant, but you really shouldn't miss out on The Decemberists' live show. Go buy The Tain EP if you need more proof. Definitely the one set of the day you shouldn't miss.

The Decemberists- Mariner's Revenge Song from Picaresque

5:30: We Are Scientists should experiment in making good music (OH SNAP, Caleb: 1, We Are Scientists: 0) and Matisyahu really isn't all that good once you get over the novelty of the whole rapping Jewish rabbi thing. Go instead to the Yeti stage for Rocky Votolato, whose material is pretty decent acoustic indie folk stuff, with the exception of "Mix Tapes/Cell Mates," which is absolutely incredible acoustic indie folk stuff.

Rocky Votolato- Mix Tapes/Cell Mates from Suicide Medicine (M4A/iTunes file)

6:30: Stay at the same stage for David Bazan's Headphones, who aren't as good as David Bazan's Pedro The Lion, but are still worth your time.

Headphones- Gas And Matches from Headphones

8:00: Queens of the Stone Age provide a good time killer before Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who will have to do until the Talking Heads reunite.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

9:00: You can skip the first couple songs of Death Cab For Cutie's set, because they'll probably be some of the mediocre new songs, but then get on over the main stage and pray for "A Movie Script Ending," "Coney Island," "A Lack of Color" or something else from the older records.

Death Cab For Cutie- 405 from We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes

10:30: Beck closes the night, and will probably play stuff off the new album and Odelay. His live shows are supposedly quite entertaining, though I'd rather see him just sit down with a guitar and play folk covers like these:

Beck- Pink Moon (Nick Drake cover)

Beck- True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston cover) from Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered


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