LOLLA. PALOOZA. day one.


Ago 8 2007, 23:09

It was august third. I'll cut to the chase.

Illinois was very cool. I'd had a couple songs before seeing them, but didn't know them well enough for anything but a general good impression of the band. We missed the beginning of the set, but came in during something kind of epic loud. As the set went on it got more and more Pavement-ey and Beck-ey, which was cool. Then the one guy whipped out a banjo, and I was a fan.

I didn't really know any songs at the time, but in retrospect they definitely played Nosebleed and a song about not going to work. and slipping on ice. They were swell.

Chin Up Chin Up was cool, we saw the first few songs of their set. The music reminded me a bit of the National, but the vocals were kindof a turnoff for me. I'll checkout the recorded stuff to compare.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists were really really ridiculously good. I only knew The Sons Of Cain and Me and Mia, both of which were played. Noteworthy was Ted's epic trip during Cain. oh hey, the setlist according to the lolla website:
Building Skyscrapers in the Basement
The Sons Of Cain
Me and Mia
Army Bound
Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone
Annunciation Day/Born On Christmas Day
A Bottle of Buckie
The Unwanted Things
Heart Problems
Timorous Me

The moral of this story is, I am a committed fan now, and everyone should probably get into this band immediately. They're hard not to like.

Anyway, next was The Polyphonic Spree. This might be the most dramatic, theatrical (albeit slightly creepy) show I've ever seen. Really really good showmanship exhibited by these folks. I only previously knew It's the Sun (which they played for about 10 sweet minutes) and Light and Day which they sadly did not play, but I'm def. gonna buy that album there. Their intro was epic, and i found it on the tube. Wasn't that sweet? They closed by prancing through the audience in a dazed congo line, and then coming back onstage to play a song or two... topped off by an indescribably cool cover of Lithium. 'nuff said.

Silversun Pickups were the reason I came to Lollapalooza all 3 days instead of just 2 and 3. Although the setlist was pretty predictable (pretty much the album), they did not disappoint. SETLIST.
Well Thought Out Twinkles
Dream At Tempo 119
Rusted Wheel
Waste It On
Little Lover's So Polite
Future Foe Scenarios
Kissing Families
Three Seed
Lazy Eye
Common Reactor

anyhoo, after that we got some subway and came back for LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk. LCD was cool - they played Daft Punk Is Playing at My House, which was probably the most appropriate thing ever. I was too pooped to get into it that much - when you're not dancing, even the best dance music just sounds kinda repetitive - I liked some of the newer songs though, it sounds like they're really tightening up their chops compared to the first album.

Daft Punk emerged from a UFO and pressed play. Then I'm pretty sure they proceeded to just jerk around in their robot suits for an hour and a half as their studio tracks played to a light show. I'm not saying i didn't expect the somewhat monotonous show from a performer of that genre, but I feel like for something like lollapalooza they could have expanded their routine a bit or something. But hey.

Day one was pretty much a warmup day.
DAY TWO will come when I feel like it! YEAHHHH


  • heytheremaria

    basically two of my life goals are to go to lollapalooza and cornerstone. both of which are in illinois, and far away from my house. but it will happen. um. i'm going to get back to learning spanish verb tenses.

    Set 19 2007, 22:28
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