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Notes on Pickathon 2016

"Cause we're on our way..."

Yo La Tengo // Photo Credit: Hollister Dixon

By Hollister Dixon

Editor’s Note: Due to some unfortunate technical issues, all of the actual photos I took over the weekend were lost. I have a few decent ones I got with my cell phone, however. I apologize for this.

I’ve been hearing about Pickathon for years. Two years ago, Faces on the Radio cohost Arya Imig went for the first time, and came back with stories of immeasurable joy and brilliance. I resolved to get there as soon as I possibly could. It took a year longer than I would have liked, but I finally made it: I spent three unbelievable days at Pickathon 2016.

I’m just going to get this out of the way, before we move on: I really struggled to find things that could be better about the festival. Eventually, I realized that “There’s just too much hay for my liking” and “It’s about five degrees too hot out” weren’t valid criticisms, but minor ways for me to try and rectify the fact that I am, by and large, an incredibly positive critic. Still, Pickathon is a festival made for people like me: people with an obsessive need to geek out about music, with other people who want to do the same, in an environment that breeds that kind of behavior. Pickathon isn’t so much a festival as it is a four-day summer camp where all of your favorite bands are playing, and nobody feels like they’re there out of obligation. I had a few conversations with different performers about how they felt about the festival, and the consensus is that it’s the perfect antidote to just about every other North American festival out there. It’s clean, it’s free of gigantic sponsors, it’s eco-friendly. It does everything right.

I really, really wish I could talk about things that are wrong with it, but I haven’t got much. All I actually have is the fact that I would have liked to do and see more. There were some tough scheduling conflicts, and the smaller Lucky Barn was so consistently packed, I never actually saw a band perform there. I also never saw the Starlight Stage or a night show at Galaxy Barn, but this is a consequence of a) seeing the final act at the Woods Stage every evening, and b) not camping out, but instead going home every night. I also never made it to the fabled Pumphouse, which apparently saw a set by Dan Boeckner and Arlen Thompson’s Frankfurt Boys, the “the one-millionth Wolf Parade offshoot band” (in Dan Boeckner’s words), which was plagued with technical issues. And still, the experience I got was truly satisfying, in a way I haven’t experienced at any other festival – or, at least, haven’t come close to since the old multi-venue days of MusicFest Northwest.

It was impossibly hard for me to figure out how to break this festival down, because doing it day by day feels wrong. So, I’m going to do it in two Top Fives: The Old (bands I already knew), and The New (acts I discovered this year). All said and done, I saw 24 performances by 20 different acts (with four acts seen twice).

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Episode 135: Lost In The Stream

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Big thanks to Colin McLaughlin for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download the episode right here.

And, friendly reminder: you can also subscribe to us via iTunes! Just click right here to head over.

Topic:

  • Streaming and the future of digital music
  • Is the current business model for digital music working?
  • Is streaming paying the artist enough?
  • How has the relationship people have with music changed?
  • How much is music worth?

Songs:

  • Yo La Tengo – “Deeper Into Movies” (Stuff Like That There version)
  • Rolling Stones – “Get Off Of My Cloud”
  • Sufjan Stevens – “Eugene”
  • Ryley Walker – “Primrose Green”

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BEST OF 2013: Darren Hicks

Our good friend & collaborator Darren Hicks put together a list of his favorite (and least favorite) musical moments of 2013. Check ’em out below:Songs:
1. The Knife – A Tooth for An Eye
2. Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey
3. Little Green Cars – The Kitchen Floor
4. Disclosure – Latch
5. Arcade Fire – Here Comes the Night Time

Honorable mentions:
Chrome Sparks – Send the Pain On
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Blood Orange – Chamakay
Chvrches – Lungs
James Blake – Life Round Here

Albums:
1. Typhoon – White Lighter
2. Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
5. Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

Honorable mentions:
Kanye West – Yeezus
Disclosure – Settle
The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Shows:
1. Dan Deacon @ Pioneer Square
2. The Rest of MFNW
3. Phoenix @ Crystal Ballroom
4. Yo La Tengo @ Wonder Ballroom
5. Anamanaguchi @ Backspace

Disappointments:
Chris Owens – Lysandre
Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
Blurred Lines hype
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll
Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience Pt. 2

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Episode 13: Getting The Band Back Together

Episode 13 is HERE! Give it a shot HERE – click to listen/right-click to download! Topic:

  • Band reunions
  • What are some of the best (and worst) examples of this?
  • Is there anything wrong with a band “doing it for the money”?

Songs Used:

  • David Bowie – “Where Are We Now?”
  • Destiny’s Child – “Nuclear”
  • Pavement – “Gold Soundz”

Bands Mentioned:

  • Our First Brains
  • Swingset Showdown
  • Kithkin
  • Lee Corey Oswald
  • Your Rival
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Deerhunter
  • Christopher Owens
  • Low
  • Yo La Tengo
  • The National
  • David Bowie
  • Kevin Shields
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Pixies
  • R.E.M.
  • The Strokes
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Pavement
  • The Smiths
  • Oasis
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • The Jam
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • The Fall
  • Guided By Voices
  • INXS
  • Storm Large
  • Nirvana
  • Pink Martini
  • The Velvet Underground
  • U2
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • The Police
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions / The Imposters
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
  • The Beatles
  • Third Eye Blind
  • The Mountain Goats
  • Jack White
  • Blondie
  • Talking Heads
  • Tom Tom Club
  • The Stone Roses
  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Undertones
  • The Replacements
  • Daft Punk
  • Skrillex
  • Ween
  • White Stripes
  • The Kinks
  • New Order
  • The Byrds
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • James Taylor
  • Portishead
  • Mercury Rev
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Sonic Youth
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Fun
  • Kansas
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Yardsss
  • Italics
  • Altered Beats
  • Pat Benetar
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Lawless Religion
  • Thom Yorke
  • Sparklehorse
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