Dan reads Sentimentalist
Dan Deacon gets all Sentimental!

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So said the back of a lone, angry man’s t-shirt, the torso supporting it all lifeless as a tree trunk. There is no possible way that the Junior Boys, then mid-set, could ever have noticed this man. And they didn’t. They paid no mind, and instead shotgunned their electro-pop to everyone who seemed to be well versed in the meaning of ‘dance’.

Yoko Ono said it best on Saturday – people today are “confused,” they are in “fear.” People are “angry.” She was speaking worldly, but confronted with this year’s Pitchfork attendees themselves, the feeling was that dance rock would save them all…even the lone outliers.

Yoko sings the blues

Sure, Sonic Youth thrashed waves of revitalization by way of good old rock and roll experimentation, in all its Daydream Nation entirety, even took us into the future a bit with a few encore newbies. Iron and Wine, they were just plain therapeutic, adding an extra seven musicians to their normal hushed, dual line-up, weaving a steel lap guitar more seamless than that mighty Chicago wind cruising through the trees. Mastodon, yeah they took the apeshit and moshpit route. And Malkmus…let us not forget about the souls he healed with just an acoustic guitar and that sweet brand of quirky, sentimental indie-nite poetry. Pavement nostalgia made the masses swoon.

But the fire, the spastic electricity that scorched the Earth of any fear or anger, Yoko or anyone, could stress over came in furious electronic bleeps and tweaks ala future shocker Dan Deacon and his impromptu dance-a-thon, from the front row of his audience, as he refused to play on stage. Kids were po-going in unison, joyously sweating over Deacon’s 8’ x 10’ kickstand table. A speakerbox became a platform for uninhibited hotsteppers, their names chanted by the crowd for encouragement. The power, it had to be (very ironically) cut just before the bass burst of one of his hits – “Silence Like The Wind” – because of the energy busting about.

Dan's keyboard
I wonder how Dan explained that this wasn’t a bomb to airport security?

Same with sample master-masher Girl Talk. The fire marshal shut the operation down because of the crowd surfing, the climbing of trees, on a strip of a third stage no wider than the length of a one way street. Meanwhile, R&B laptop warrior, Jamie Lidell, and Brooklyn math rockers, Battles, actually had enough space, in the main fields of Union Park, for the release of Uzi guitars and synths. Dancing, dancing everywhere…in place, with heads, shoulders, kicks, fist pumps. There was even a giggly child, shimmying about his father’s feet, guided by the weight of airport, ground control strength headphones.

Klaxons! WILL PLAY!

And then there were the Klaxons. Festival staff got their shit together at this point, so there would be no shutting down of anything. Deacon and Girl Talk, they scorched people’s troubles, but these new rave Britons went so far as to throw down salt to make sure those worries never came back. It was gear-trashing punk. It was hugging security guards. It was elbow and arm flailing. It was a drone of chucked mike silenced by the roar of a thousand bouncing and clapping fans.

mastadon set
Pre-historic mosh pit – Mastodon at Pitchfork 2007-GOT DIRT?

Pitchfork brought the rock, and the dance followed. – By Gavin Paul

  1. This is one smashing, smash-it-up review! Makes me wish I’d gone and joined the sweaty throngs!


  2. I was there!! In the very front! By James!! It was the best ever! Sound check was TERRIBLE to go through though. But Klaxons were amazing! I touched Jamies arm and after the show, me, my sister, my brother, my mom and my friend went to the side of the gate and talked to this awesome guy and he gave us picks. I made a necklace from Jamies bass pick and Simon guitar pick :D My brothers the only one that got a used one though. Simons. It was great.


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