Dave Yow’s stage dive (the second of many) while singing “I can swim/ I can’t swim,” the opening line of “Seasick.”
The notable lack of good humor from Yo La Tengo.
The Omar Little-style scar across the face of the first person I saw at the Jesus Lizard set. Clearly something was about to go down.
The weather was particularly cruel on Friday. After optimistic forecasts, clouds overwhelmed the sunlight Friday, promising rain that almost never came except in a handful of bursts. It was unseasonably cold and windy, even by Chicago standards. It made everything a little less exciting.
WTF Clothing of the Night:
A McCain–Palin 08 shirt at Yo La Tengo’s set. Was it ironic, sincere, trying to be edgy, or just generally obnoxious, or meant to point out the flaws in Pitchfork’s audience? I don’t know, nor do I want to.
Most notable clothing trend.
A significant drop in ironic t-shirts, and a significant rise in band t-shrirts.
Best in Show
The Jesus Lizard. They may hold this title for the entire weekend.
Worst in Show
Tortoise. Not their fault, but the atmosphere was so dry, I was half expecting to become a PBS member by the end of the set.
Saturday brings the bulk of the new exciting acts, and I will be doing my best to keep up. Again, follow me on Twitter @tynansager. This time, the cell phone will be charged.