Sasquatch! 2009: The bands I listened to for three songs or less

I wasn’t able to catch every minute of every set by every band at Sasquatch! but I did manage to see 37 bands throughout the weekend. Here’s a brief rundown of my thoughts on some of the bands whose sets I was only able to catch for a few songs.

of Montreal

I was fortunate enough to be an actor on stage during part of the band’s crazy spectacle of a show. It was a very fun experience. As for the set itself, well, it involved men in pig costumes, a guy in a tiger mask “biting” another guys crotch, masked dancers, smoke, some odd video images and a Prince cover. Perhaps one of the most perplexing live shows I have ever seen. I definitely walked away with a WTF look on my face. I also walked away wanting to listen to Skeletal Lamping over and over again because the set and the spectacle that came along with it was that good.

Girl Talk

One of the biggest crowds on the Wookie stage all weekend was for Girl Talk.

I won’t deny the guy is a talented mash-up artists but his live show did nothing for me. It just felt like he was playing his own records loudly instead of actually performing. And I wanted to listen to a Girl Talk record loudly I would just turn up my stereo at home.

The Dutchess and the Duke

The only band whose record I purchased after Sasquatch! Lots of great melodies and harmonies here. It was one of too few discovery moments for me at this year’s Sasquatch!

The Knux

These guys were more or less the only non-local hip hop at Sasquatch! so I made it a point to check out some of their set. The Knux performed with a band, which is always a plus in my book, and their Outlkastian ways fit well into Monday afternoon’s docket of music.

Explosions in the Sky

Purely epic. Every song I heard seemed like it carried some massive musical magnitude. I was too tired to stay for more than three songs, but the three songs I heard felt powerful.

Beach House

Not my thing at all. They drew a big crowd, but too much electro indie pop for me.

School of Seven Bells

To quote Anchorman’s Brick Tamland “Loud noises!” Not good. Not good at all.

Silversun Pickups

Much better on record than live. Like Cold War Kids who played the main stage last year, their sound is much better suited for a small club than the vast outdoors setting of the Gorge Amphithatre.

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