Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08

Sunday couldn’t have been a more beautiful day, the sun was out and there was a light breeze; most importantly the music was worlds apart and totally amazing. In the short walk across Union Park you could hear folk, afro-pop, psychedelic rock and hip-hop. In my opinion, Sunday had the overall better schedule but delays and schedule changes made it really difficult to catch every band that I expected to see.

I opted to catch Cut Copy instead of Spoon for the last show of the weekend but it wasn’t in the stars. The Aussies were late due to travel inconveniences, Pitchfork waited way too long to tell the crowd and then tried to pass off a King Kahn/Bradford Cox jam session as a quality substitution. I caught the last half of Spoon’s set but alas no photos. Cut Copy did play and I’m a little bitter.

Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08

A few acts that impressed were The Dirty Projectors and Spiritualized; I expected Dave Longstreth and company to bring the incredible harmonies and music but I hadn’t experienced the power of Spiritualized’s sound just yet. The volume was airplane decibel — thank god for earplugs — and the music is a flowing Pink Floyd that really captured my attention.

The best moment of the weekend came when I rushed over to Bon Iver after Spiritualized just as Justin Vernon was busting out “Skinny Love”. The shade of the trees at the Balance Stage and Vernon’s soulful voice made for one incredible five minutes. I just wish I could have seen the full set. Follow the jump for some more semi-professional photos.


The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
The Dirty Projectors @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08

HEALTH

HEALTH @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
HEALTH @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
HEALTH @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
HEALTH @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
HEALTH @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Raekwon & Ghostface Killah @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08

Spiritualized

Spirituaized @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Spirituaized @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Spirituaized @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Spirituaized @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08
Spirituaized @ Pitchfork 2008, Chicago 07/20/08