My boots are still dusty and my face only shows relative signs of being tanned, but my ears are alive and buzzing from the overdose of music I heard this weekend. Let me begin by saying the best problem to have during a 4 day festival is knowing that there are 4 days worth of shows that you want to see and that you don’t have time to see them all. It’s like going to a buffet and only making it through two plates, even though there’s so much more to eat. If you’re lucky, all the shows you want to see are spaced out so that you’re only conflicted on one or two sets. That way you can more through the festival with ease and hear what you wanna hear.
My favorite shows: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Thunderpussy, Sylvan Esso, Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis, St. Vincent. Everytime I think back on my favorite moments from Sasquatch, these bands keep popping into my head. Yes, all of it was good but these were the goodest of them all.
Here are a few Led Zeppelin songs Robert Plant sang: “Black Dog,” “Going to California,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.” Thunderpussy are going to be your favorite band this year, for they absolutely kick ass and favor leather and fringe and glitter and all things rock n’ roll (they covered “Dazed and Confused” – it was fuzzy and droning and amazing). Sylvan Esso sounded powerful and controlled, making everyone at the Bigfoot Stage dance with delight. Father John Misty is the essence of showmanship and bravado, making his set intense and more memorable than your own name. Jenny Lewis sang beautifully and made me feel all happy and warm inside, not just from her colorful stage sets and rainbow romper. St. Vincent was like an otherworldly goddess android, robotically stomping around the stage and wearing the shit out of her guitar.
There’s been some back and forth about Kendrick Lamar’s set. I wanted Kendrick Lamar to play at least more than one song from To Pimp a Butterfly. I saw Kendrick after Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, a year ago and heard the hits. I heard them again this time: “Swimming Pools” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” “m.a.a.d. city” – he only did “Alright” from his new album. His performance was energetic and attentive, not just another night with another crowd where you turn and burn, get off the stage without any audience interaction. My favorite moments from the set were a twinkling vigil of lighters and phones to “Sing About Me,” and his encore song from Section 80. I think he’s still working out the live performances of To Pimp A Butterfly. It’s a fantastic studio record, but it has to translate to shows. No one wants to see a magician do the same tricks over and over again.
My Sasquatch Superlatives are on the Do206 Latest blog, and you can hop over there to read about my top picks for Best Show to See When You’re Still Drunk From Last Night, Best Sunset Show, & more. Also included are beautiful photos from Do206’s Martha Tesema, who rightfully put all of my blurry iPhone photos to shame. Some of the better ones are below, but there are a thousand sites you can go to with professional photographers and you’ll get a better idea of the magic.