I went to the final day of the Pitchfork Music Festival yesterday. Even though it was really freaking hot and I got bug bites all over my feet, it was a good time. I saw High Places
, Apples in Stereo
, Les Savy Fav
, M. Ward
, and Bon Iver
- and I enjoyed all the sets. A very good deal for $30. I was going to stay for Spoon, but I was tired and dirty, and ready to leave. Which meant I got on the el before everyone else. Score.
In Time Out Chicago magazine, and on the back of these paper fans that were handed out, were some "scavenger hunt" type things, asking you to find various hipster attributes, like rain boots or babies with ironic t-shirts. I did see a lot of these things, but I also kept my own running list. Most of this was observed at the beginning of the day, because I started caring more about the music as the day went on.
I took the train in from the suburbs; the following trio was sitting below me:
a girl in a t-shirt with music notes on it eating some celery and peanut butter she'd packed, a guy with one of those Dean Martin hats with a pack of Pall Malls in his shirt pocket, and a girl studying a book on Tarot with a pack of cards. Behind them was a grown woman with a purse in the form of a stuffed dog and a blue and white lace headband. I don't know if she was going to Pitchfork or not, but it was awesome nonetheless.
pink plastic Backstreet Boys backpack
"Es muss sein" tattoo
so many shirtless guys with neckerchiefs
a 15-year-old very elaborately trying to smoke pot surreptitiously
someone behind me trash-talking the House of Blues ("don't EVER go there...it's SO horrible)
several leather headbands with feathers & beads hanging off of them
a drunk woman trying to convince her new best friend to switch from Parliaments to some other kind of cigarette
a girl basically dressed as the Statue of Liberty without the crown
a girl who had written "Cellar Door" on her messenger bag
a guy wondering aloud why everyone was waiting to see Bon Iver: "Spiritualized is playing right now. Why aren't you checking them out?" Um, dude, you're standing here too.
and the following on t-shirts:
God Bless Iraq
Kimya Dawson loves me
so many t-shirts from http://www.threadless.com
, Achewood, and Married to the Sea
I did not, unfortunately, see anyone knitting in the dirt. I may, however, not have been looking hard enough.