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The weekend in photos: Sasquatch! 2012, part II

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part two of a three-part Sasquatch! 2012 photo recap. Be sure to check out part one here, and part three here!}

Day three {Sunday} at this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival saw us a bit tired, a bit beat-up from the sun and the hills, and a bit gritty from the seeming "dust bowl" that was starting to kick up and cover everything with a fine dirty mist. But we forged on into the day with high spirits, knowing a slew of good bands were on tap — and we got things started with an uppy, poppy-tight set from Hospitality and a smooth, sexy, beat-laden set from Fly Moon Royalty. While the two bands hit opposite ends of the sonic spectrum, they both shared the commonality of putting on great performances, each showcasing their respective sounds near-perfectly.

Hospitality:

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Fly Moon Royalty:

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Then, the rockin' boy-band part of the day got going, with alternating takes from Gardens & Villa, War On Drugs, and Deer Tick. Gardens & Villa were a nice transition from the upbeat Hospitality and played a bright, synth-y dream-sound set and the War On Drugs ramped it up a bit with a bigger, bulkier sound before Deer Tick took the stage and jammed it on out into the rock-o-sphere. It's worth noting that Deer Tick were on the Sasquatch! campus for the remainder of the weekend, and wound up filling the hole in the weekend left by Mogwai (who had visa issues coming into the US) with a covers-only set, bouncing whip-tight renditions of the Replacements and Nirvana out into a thrilled crowd as Monday night started to fade to black.

Gardens & Villa:

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The War On Drugs:

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Deer Tick:

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

While all the bands we saw on Sunday put on a good show, our hands-down favorite part of the day was what came next: the intersection of the Wild Flag and We Are Augustines sets. Some see Wild Flag as their own entity, some call them "Sleater-Kinney lite" — we think you can call them whatever the hell you want, so long as you call them a damn good band. The day transitioned from jamville to shredville, as Wild Flag completely slayed from start to finish. We stayed on for most of their songs before bolting from the Bigfoot Stage over to the Yeti Stage to catch as much as we could of We Are Augustines. Again, like WF, WAA might just be "Pela lite" to die-hard fans, but I'll speak for all of us when I say that we'll take whatever incarnation of Pela we can get. True to form, WAA were a grateful, masterful force, giving their set (and the ever-building crowd) everything they had in them for each moment of the set. It was the best wind-up to the non-Sasquatch Stage part of the day that we ever could have hoped for! Sunset, Wild Flag and We Are Augustines? Yes, yes and YES.

Wild Flag:

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We Are Augustines:

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

There's more on the way — we'll be posting photos and notes from the last day of Sasquatch! any minute. Keep your eyes here for updates!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.}

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Alabama Shakes Beck Beirut Blind Pilot Charles Bradley Deer Tick Girl Talk Grouplove Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop Jack White Mark Lanegan Band Pickwick Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside Shearwater Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Tenacious D The Cave Singers The Head and the Heart Tune-Yards We Are Augustines Wild Flag

Totally legit: Sasquatch! 2012 lineup announced

{Physics / by Max Cook}

{Matthew Caws of Nada Surf / by Max Cook}

In the throes of a killer party at the Neptune last night, we were thrilled beyond belief to find out the details on another most excellent year for the Sasquatch! music festival, taking place out at the Gorge on Memorial Day weekend {May 25-28}. Sasquatch! is by far one of our favorite fests every year, and 2012 is going to be no exception.

We're particularly excited about partying down with the likes of Jack White, Beck, Tenacious D, Beirut, Girl Talk {hell yes!}, The Head and the Heart, Tune-Yards, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Mark Lanegan Band, The Cave Singers, Grouplove, Ted Leo, Deer Tick, Alabama Shakes, We Are Augustines, Shearwater {!!!!!}, Charles Bradley, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Sallie Ford, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, and Katie Kate — but by no means does that even scratch the surface of the seemingly-zillion fantastic bands included on this year's lineup. As usual, there's a thoughtful mash of notable locals and squee-worthy headliners, so much so that slapping down the ticket price to spend the long weekend with twenty-plus thousand of your closest friends is an absolute no-brainer.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 11th, and you can more info on everything at the official Sasquatch! site here. And stop by the imaginary flickr pool to check out some of our best shots from 2011 and 2010!

See you at the Gorge!

{Photos of The Physics and Matthew Caws courtesy of Max Cook.}

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Deer Tick Live Show Review The High Dive

20+ Deer Tick songs on a Thursday night

I had anticipated the Deer Tick show for several weeks prior to this night, having heard “Diamond Rings 2007” on KEXP one morning on the way to work. I was immediately drawn to the raw vocals and grungy country style. I did quite a bit of researching before the show, hoping to get a feel for what I was in for at the High Dive on Thursday night.

However I wasn’t prepared for the alt.country marathon that ensued, leaving me both ecstatic and exhausted. The band played approximately 25 songs in total, a scorcher considering that on a good night, most bands give us 14 or 15 tracks at best. Country songs are different though, I get that. Still, I tried to get a playlist at the end and was told that they “don’t use one.” I can’t even keep track of my family’s birthdays, how on earth did Deer Tick power through a 20+ song set without a guide?

Anyway, it was a great time. They opened with a few bars of the good ol’ boogie-stomp “Who Do You Love?” and then segued into the little honky-tonk dance number “Spend The Night” featuring some nice work on the standup bass and great blues guitar. After these promising beginnings, the night went on with a series of solid original country-rock stylings on songs such as “Smith Hill,” “These Old Shoes,” and crowd favorite “Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)” and some pretty spectacular covers as well. These included a very swingy “Maybellene” (Chuck Berry) in which half the crowd seemed to be dancing, and a funny, unexpected “Break Down” by Tom Petty. Other favorites were “Song About A Man” containing great vocals in John McCauley’s singular and raw singing style, good use of harmonica on the bridge and depression-era lyrics.

Just as I was wondering why Deer Tick wasn’t at the No Depression festival this year (as they would have fit in perfectly), the band cracked open a wonderful cover of The Replacement’s “Can’t Hardly Wait” which was also covered by Townes Van Sant at No Depression! Coincidence? Hmmm…

One of the highlights of the night were the amazing talents of drummer Dennis Michael Ryan. He pulled out a few epic, jaw-dropping solos that left the crowd speechless. References to John Bonham did indeed abound and I was totally impressed.

All in all, Deer Tick put on a really great show. The crowd was easygoing and everyone was in a good mood, clapping along and singing, dancing, cheering. Around song 17 or 18, I realized I shouldn’t have closed my bar tab so early. The set continued with more howling blues guitar, thumping bass, zydeco tinkerings and swamp swing. During the break, I met a local musician from Ballard who informed me that Deer Tick’s show at the Tractor in June was nothing compared to this night, referring to the High Dive show as “magic”. I’d have to say he was right.

The encore began with guitarist Andrew Grant Tobiassen shouting “Who wants to hear another motherfucking Deer Tick song?” which was received with wild cheers from the audience. The first song began with another big rolling drum solo, followed by huge bass drum and screaming psychedelic guitar on perhaps the best known Deer Tick song, “Easy”. This was followed by perfect rendition of the old school slide guitar song, you know the one? It’s in all the 50’s film soundtracks… Try as I might, I just cannot put my finger on the name. And then finally, the crazy and perfect “La Bamba”. The remaining audience went wild at this point, everyone dancing, lots of big overhand claps (ha), guitar madness and a huge finish. They played for almost 2 whole hours, y’all. I’ll definitely see Deer Tick again next time they play, but I’ll be sure to get in a nap and some Gatorade beforehand.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M3pBhgYEcU]
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Recommended Show: Deer Tick tonight (9/24) at High Dive

I heard Deer Tick on KEXP a few months ago and immediately rushed to buy their latest record. What I heard was a mix of grunge, country, rock and blues and it’s just right for the Northwestern indian summer we’re about to have. Fans of the Cave Singers and the Maldives will appreciate John McCauley’s slightly ominous Americana stylings coupled with a plaintive, raspy singing style.

Deer Tick were recently named the #1 Breaking Band To Watch at SXSW 2009 by Rolling Stone’s own David Fricke, which is kind of a big deal, right? I know! Apparently they’re also quite funny to watch live, so I’m excited to see what they might pull out of their hats: “I’ve seen so many people play with virtually no stage presence and it’s a bummer. I don’t want to watch that. Besides, my songs are too sad to sing one after the other and not tell a few jokes.”

I’ve had this show on the books for over a month now and I can’t wait! Deer Tick plays tonight at (9/24) the High Dive (sponsored by The Tractor Tavern). I think it’ll be a great show for one of these last warm summer nights. Come drink a beer with me!

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M3pBhgYEcU]

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Deer Tick Partisan Records Record Review

War Elephant

John McCauley was another 18 year-old bedroom cassette expressionist in Providence, RI in 2004 when he discovered Hank Williams, Sr. A greatest hits compilation of that intuitively great songwriter's work inspired him to focus his talents on communicating his lyrics and music as intelligently crafted as he could, with a razor-sharp feel for listener commonality (having to drink to forget, getting out of this city of sin, shivering all night long while tjinking about you, and the things that will always be like that) as much as creating great rustic vocal melodies to get them across.

Touring, picking up the backing players he needed (Dennis and Chris Ryan on drums and bass respectively), putting out his inspired new material on CD-R, and following the yellow-teeth brick-of-skunk-weed road to balmy Brooklyn (which is for modern basement folk singers what Paris was for poets and artists about a century ago I guess) led to originally releasing this album in late 2007. Now Partisan is putting legs on it, for the enjoyment of acoustic anomie and alcohol anthems everywhere, as it begins with several of the best songs of its type I have heard in months.

"Standing At The Threshold" has a two-chord bite that digs in before McCauley delivers the dark tale of filial disconnection and emotional draining ("to fall apart from the inside out and die") between a father and daughter and probably more than that. "Ashamed" is a whorl of pick-up-and-get-away-from-the-good-girl blues, the age-old tale of having to cut yourself out of someone better's life before you both get much worse. "Art Isn't Real (City Of Sin)" seems to be about hating to fake it to make it, using distraction to live with inauthenticity. The music on all these and the other songs avoids any trendy dissonance and allows traditional rules of folk, blues, bluegrass and rock to be sufficient in their expression.

That expression is rarely subverted on War Elephant which is not a problem at all with fourteen songs this strong and worth listening to over and over, which I'm doing right now and should be for some time to come.