OK, so I’m not live from Sasquatch any more. But I had to share a few more pics. Plus, this post is kind of a Critic’s iPod thing, too, since you can click on the links in the cut lines below to hear samples from all the CD’s I picked up at the Gorge.
Also, scroll down the Nine Inch Nails set list and click on the first couple of songs for something special (but well within "fair usage" standards. Too bad my recorder conked out before Reznor and company covered Gary Numan’s "Metal."
South African indie-rock outfit BLK JKS features (from top) singer-guitarist Lindani Buthelezi, guitarist Mpumelelo Mcata, Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba on the Yeti Stage. I knew next to nothing about the band – which blends prog-rock and dub into its trippy, uplifting sound – but checked them out on the Yeti stage at the insistence of Seattle Weekly’s new music editor, Jonathan Cunningham. I like! Good pick, J.C. Listen: “Summertime, “Lakeside”.
I was a little apprehensive about picking up "Body Language" by Monotonix since parts of their set were a bit repetitive. And, you know, the album doesn’t come with the wild, mustachioed party dudes don’t come with it. (Just as well, since they’d just trash my apartment. Plus, they don’t wear a lot of clothes. Awkward!) But the CD rocks. Listen: “Body Language,” “Not Metal.”
Based on blurbs in Spin, among other places, Mount St. Helen’s Vietnam Band is Seattle’s next big thing. I especially dug "Albatross, Albotross, Albatross," the cut they took a bow with. Listen: “Albatross,” “Albatross,” “Albatross,” “On the Collar.”
I haven’t gotten my filthy mitts on Mos Def’s new CD "The Ecstatic" yet. That’s due out next month. But I couldn’t go without mentioning one of my favorite rapper’s off-the-chain Sasquatch set. I was kind of worried, since I’ve seen him mail it in before. But Mos delivered a nice cross section of Black Star cuts, solo cult hits and promising new tracks (listen to a few here here. And unlike a lot of rappers, he pulls of these lyrical gymnastics sans vocal backing track.) Plus, he threw in a tight mash-up of "Close Edge" and one of its inspirations, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s "The Message.”