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Notes on Pickathon 2017

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By Hollister Dixon

“Your favorite band two years from now is playing two sets this weekend at Pickathon.”

-Peter Shaver, Sound Advice

Pickathon is the festival that I want to be, but as a person – sonically omnivorous, ceaselessly welcoming, and full to bursting with life and love.

It’s hard to know just where to begin with a festival like Pickathon. I’m still a newbie to the festival (this is only year two for me, and my first year camping [or, at least, attempting to]), but I could talk for hours about everything the festival does perfectly right. There’s a willingness to grant concertgoers the ability to truly experiment and see bands they never knew they needed to see, and for those who get the chance to see those sets, it gives them the ability to tell all their friends, “Go see them again with me tomorrow.” It’s a festival that breaks down what it means to even be a festival in 2017, shrugging off corporate sponsorship and mass appeal for something much, much more interesting: the spirit of curation, and the thrill of discovery.

It’s also hard to really explain Pickathon in some ways, because it’s so unlike other festivals. There’s a magic in walking up a hill in the woods and hearing the steadily growing sound of “Freak Scene” by Dinosaur Jr. being played by Dinosaur Jr., or wandering down a random path and discovering a band playing a tiny set in the middle of nowhere.

I saw bands that shook me hard enough that I started pre-apologizing to people for how much of an insufferable fanboy I knew I’d become, and on one occasion I did so directly to the band. I got to see bands I’ve loved for years play sets that felt almost too good to be true, in places I never expected to get to watch them.

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Episode 61: Under Pressure

Thanks to Peter Vaughn Shaver for joining us for this episode! You can listen above, or download the episode HERE!

Topic:

  • Sampling in music
  • How legal is sampling? How do you go about doing it legally?
  • Why do some sample-heavy or sample-based artists get sued for not paying for samples, but others do not?

Songs Mentioned:

Supplementary Materials:

Bands Mentioned:

  • Maurice Jarre
  • Travis Morrison / The Dismemberment Plan
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Michael Lerner / Telekinesis
  • Wild Ones
  • Thomas Mars / Phoenix
  • Portugal The Man
  • Dresses
  • Grown Ups Too
  • Color Coder
  • Boys Beach
  • On
  • DJ Yousef Hatlani
  • The Pynnacles
  • The Lovesores
  • Needful Longings
  • Waver Clamor Bellow
  • William Ingrid
  • East Forest
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Bill Callahan
  • James Blake
  • Beyonce
  • Frank Ocean
  • Jay-Z
  • David Bowie
  • Negativland
  • Danger Mouse
  • John Lennon / George Harrison / The Beatles
  • Buchanan & Goodman
  • John Tenney
  • Merzbow
  • 2 Live Crew
  • Roy Orbison
  • Biz Markie
  • Gilbert O’Sullivan
  • Beastie Boys
  • Kanye West
  • King Crimson
  • Hudson Mohawke / TNGHT
  • Nina Simone
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Suge Knight
  • The Verve
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Chiffons
  • Chuck Berry
  • Rick James
  • MC Hammer
  • Gregg Gillis / Girl Talk
  • DJ Shadow
  • Deee-Lite
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Michael Jackson
  • James Blunt
  • G-Unit
  • The Avalanches
  • AC/DC
  • Notorious BIG
  • Elton John
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Grateful Dead
  • Animal Collective
  • The Winstons
  • James Brown
  • Ellie Greenwich
  • Beach Boys
  • Jesus & Mary Chain
  • The Shins
  • Adam Brock
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Robbie Fulks
  • Holograms
  • Italics
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Exene Cervenka / DJ Bonebrake / X
  • The Blasters
  • Douglas Jenkins / Portland Cello Project
  • Howe Gelb
  • Laura Veirs
  • TeenSpot
  • Mr. Bones
  • Sweeping Exits
  • Paper Brain
  • Youngins
  • Shaky Hands
  • The Radiators
  • Sun Angle
  • XDS
  • Summer Cannibals
  • The Breeders
  • Taylor M.
  • Kyle Morton / Typhoon
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