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Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees carry the day Sunday at Pitchfork

Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer called out to Ty Segall a couple of times during his band’s show at Pitchfork Music Festival Sunday. Segall was playing across the park on another stage. Later, Segall asked the entire audience to yell Dwyer. The joke is that these guys had to compete with each other even though they largely have the same fan base. If you’re a fan of both bands (like me), you had to miss part of one performance. I watched the entire set by Thee Oh Sees and ran across Union Park to catch most of Segall’s show. Both sets were great. To add to the scheduling frustration, the Men began perfoming while Segall was still playing. Why all the rock bands were clustered into a small window mid-afternoon is still unclear.

Saturday opened and finished strong with Cloud Nothings playing one of the early slots and Grimes ending the evening before a packed crowd on the side stage. In between, Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound overlapped a bit with Deerhunter bandmate Lockett Pundt’s Lotus Plaza. Wild Flag played a rocking set. Flying Lotus, Sleigh Bells and Hot Chip revved up the crowd so Godspeed You! Black Emperor could bring it down. Overall, it was a great fest.


Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Atlas Sound highlight Pitchfork Saturday

Grimes is playing the side stage Saturday night of Pitchfork Music Festival, while Godspeed You! Black Emperor headlines the main-stage area. I’ll likely opt for Grimes. The day is short of rock acts but includes a number of interesting options. I intend to get to the fest early enough to see Cloud Nothings, which I’ll (unfortunately) have to cut short to catch Lotus Plaza, a side project of Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt. Oddly, Lotus Plaza overlaps with another Deerhunter side project, Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound. I’m determined to see a bit of all three shows.

My other top sets for Saturday include Wild Flag and Sleigh Bells.  Check out the full lineup here.

Also see Japandroids, Dirty Projectors, Purity Ring kick off Pitchfork fest Friday and Pitchfork fest schedule is released: Grimes vs. Godspeed


Wild Flag, Atlas Sound, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees added to Pitchfork fest

The full lineup for Pitchfork Music Festival was released today. A number of ATYP faves were added, including Wild Flag, Atlas Sound, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Lower Dens, Beach House and Real Estate. Read the full list here.

Romance – Wild Flag

Terra Incognita – Atlas Sound

Carrion Crawler – Thee Oh Sees

You Make The Sun Fry – Ty Segall

Best albums of 2011: The top 20

A good rule of thumb for making a year-end list: Ask yourself will you still play this album in a year or two? That thinking has me rating Thee Oh Sees much higher than Tune-Yards on this year’s best albums list. Even though WHOKILL is a really interesting album, Thee Oh Sees are just a whole lot more fun.

Click here for the rest of the list, Nos. 21-40. Here’s my top 20 of 2011:

20. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread: A much more refined offering than last year’s scorcher Melted.

You Make The Sun Fry – Ty Segall

19. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams: It’s maybe better than the band’s first album — great old-school, girl group rock.

Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls

18. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake: Framing war through images of World War I’s toll on England, this is one of the greatest albums she’s made in years.

17. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong: These guys bring the rock for their second album. No, really.

Belong – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

16. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life: Forget that it’s a concept album — or a punk rock opera. It’s just as hard as the older stuff.

The Other Shoe – Fucked Up


Wild Flag plays two-night stand at Empty Bottle

This recently released Wild Flag album was actually much better than I expected. Be dubious of “super groups.” This one is made up of two former Sleater-Kinney members — Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss — Mary Timony of Helium, and Rebecca Cole of the Portland band the Minders. It’s a strong lineup — Timony has made some solid solo albums and Sleater-Kinney had moments of greatness. What impresses me is how good the album is from start to finish.

Unfortuntately, the band’s two-night stand at the Empty Bottle is sold out. Look for Wild Flag to come back to a larger venue in the near future. If you get offered a ticket this weekend, take it.

Romance – Wild Flag

Girls, St. Vincent, Wild Flag head new releases Tuesday

There’s a slew of new albums out today, including notable offerings by Girls, St. Vincent and Wild Flag, a group made up of two Sleater-Kinney members and Helium’s Mary Timony. Wild Flag’s self-titled debut really rocks. Girls offers an impressive and more sonic second album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, while Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) also stretches on her third full release, Strange Mercy.

A pair of semi-classic indie albums get reissued on vinyl today as well. The Meat Puppets’ Up on the Sun and Superchunk’s Foolish both get the vinyl treatment.

That Meat Puppets album, in particular, is really a standout. The Kirkwood brothers made a huge leap between the band’s debut in 1982 and the much more accessible Meat Puppets II. Up on the Sun further defined the sound of these Southwest punk legends. Up on the Sun is highly recommended.

Vomit – Girls

Surgeon – St. Vincent

Up On The Sun — Meat Puppets

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