The 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival is less than a week away. Fantastic music in a fantastic city. And it’s ridiculously cheap. You can’t ask for much more than that.
But there is more than that! Pitchfork and eMusic have teamed up again this year to give away free music: 25 free songs from bands appearing at this year’s festival. Unfortunately, the tracklist is lacking, in my opinion. So allow me to present my own (much better) Pitchfork 2008 Mix:
1) Public Enemy – Night of the Living Baseheads
“Here it is, bam! And you say goddamn…” Friday night kicks off with PE performing It Takes a Nation of Millions… in its entirety. So we start with a great song…which has an even greater video.
2) Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause
I’d have preferred Fear of a Black Planet since I think the production on that album has held up better, but somewhere in the deepest recesses of my brain are all the lyrics to It Takes a Nation of Millions that I learned when I was 11 years old.
3) Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus
These guys can get a little too Conner Oberst-overly-wordy-and-dramatic for me at times, but they’re pretty good in small doses. Unlike Mr. Bright Eyes, these guys at least rock out like they have man-parts.
4) Jay Reatard – My Family
I’ll probably miss Titus Andronicus, since I’ll definitely want to catch Mr. Reatard do his thing. Most of his stuff doesn’t sound this Devo-ish, but I dig this song a lot.
5) Jay Reatard – In the Dark
This sounds more like the amped-up Jay Reatard that I have (very recently) come to enjoy quite a bit.
6) Caribou – Melody Day
Some nice, pretty summer day shit that I will probably half-catch as I sit down and enjoy some Goose Island Summertime.
7) Dizzee Rascal – Pussyole (Oldskool)
How many self-described liberal, not-at-all-misogynistic kids will be chanting “pussyole” at the top of their lungs on Saturday?
8) Dizzee Rascal – Da Feelin’
Hopefully he’ll play this dope little summer jam, too.
9) Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
I don’t like their preppy Martha’s Vineyard d-bag image, but dammit if they don’t make some nice little summertime grilling music. Vampire Weekend will likely be enjoyed while munching on some of Wishbone’s delicious hoppin’ john.
10) No Age – Neck Escaper
My knowledge of No Age begins and ends with this song. I might check these guys out and become a fan.
11) Animal Collective – Did You See the Words
Despite the massive critical acclaim these guys receive, I’ve never been able to get into them…save for this song. They’re just too a-rhythmical for me. I’ll probably break out early for the Jay Reatard and King Khan after party at Bottom Lounge.
12) The Dirty Projectors – F*cked For Life
Sunday kicks off with another band that I know basically nothing about, but will probably check out.
13) King Khan & the Shrines – (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
Sunday offers my only real dilemma of the weekend: King Khan or Les Savy Fav.
14) King Khan & the Shrines – No Regrets
I saw King Khan a couple of weeks ago, and it was the best show I’ve seen since last July’s Oxford Collapse/Professor Murder show.
16) Les Savy Fav – What Would Wolves Do?
This video is fantastic.
17) M. Ward – Chinese Translation
This is some nice singer-songwriter stuff…as far as singer-songwriter stuff goes. But sorry, M., I’ll be busy getting a good spot for Rae and Ghost.
18) Raekwon (ft. Ghostface Killah) – Criminology
“I told you a long time ago NOT to f*ck with me!” They need to do a Don’t Look Back concert for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
19) Ghostface Killah (ft. Raekwon) – Apollo Kids
This show will likely be just like ziti.
20) Cut Copy – Future (Chromeo Remix)
I don’t know about these guys, but if they’re down with Chromeo, I might have to check them out for a second.
21) Spoon – My Mathematical Mind
Their show earlier this spring at Carolina Theatre didn’t get me all that excited, but I think their sound will translate better to the outdoor festival setting.
22) Spoon – The Underdog
Here’s to hoping they bust out a horn section for the show.