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Pitchfork Music Festival Kicks Off With Sonic Youth

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Pitchfork Music Fest diary

JIM DeROGATIS, the Pop Music Critic for the Chicago Sun Times, is keeping an online diary of the Pitchfork Festival - you can check it out HERE

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Steregum provided some pretty good coverage of the festival and you can read their writeups HERE.

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The New York Times weighs in on the Pitchfork Music Festival:

"Pitchfork cult followings aren’t a sign of commercial failure, but of elite taste. This year the festival started naming a canon. Opening night, produced in partnership with the British festival All Tomorrow’s Parties, consisted of three acts performing their best albums from start to finish: Slint doing its 1991 “Spiderland,” the rapper Genuis/GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan doing his 1995 “Liquid Swords,” and Sonic Youth doing its 1988 “Daydream Nation.” (In New York City, Slint brings “Spiderland” to Webster Hall on Tuesday, and Sonic Youth performs “Daydream Nation” at McCarren Pool on July 28.)

Indie rock lives on self-consciousness and paradox. So starting a new music festival with oldies, and celebrating the album in the era of the MP3, provided an opening twist. Slint meticulously replayed its album’s grim, haunted songs, with their banked-down dynamics and elusive, irregular rhythms, like a rock chamber recital. Sonic Youth was far more improvisational, revisiting rather than recreating the songs in a set that was uneven but eventually overwhelming. And GZA, with fellow rappers onstage including the Wu-Tang Clan associate Cappadonna, treated “Liquid Swords” as a rap-along."

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