Before you read this post, pause for a moment and guess at who you predict you might see heading up this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. OK, did you guess Animal Collective? Then give yourself a high five. How ’bout those crazy Fleet Foxes? Bingo, you’re a winner! And what about Deerhunter — did you hazard them among your prognosticated Pitchforkers? Yahtzee! You’re really on point today, Nashville.
Over the weekend, master curators of the indie-rock Zeitgeist, Pitchfork Media, announced the preliminary lineup for the this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, which will take place July 15-17, once again at Chicago’s Union Park — for one weekend making it the world’s coolest destination to be caught wearing a pair of shorts. The lineup will feature previous P4k Fest vets the likes of Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy and Destroyer. Rounding out this first round of announced artists are TV on the Radio, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, James Blake, Das Racist, OFWGKTA, Curren$y, Woods, Yuck, Sun Airway, Kylesa and a reunited, reconstructed Dismemberment Plan.
The ’Fork will announce the rest of the lineup in the days, weeks, maybe even months to come. We’ll keep you posted — don’t be surprised to see a few more species of the animal kingdom, a handful of earthy single nouns, or maybe even a few more colors of the rainbow represented.
Personally, I’m hoping to see a few more ’90s indie oldie acts added to the bill. I mean, Dismemberment Plan are cool and all, but Pitchfork did give us Pavement last year, so, you know? I’m a sucker for nostalgia, and by “Nostalgia” I mean the Archers of Loaf jam. Archers are, at least in a limited sense, back in action these days. And if the festival can’t score AOL, perhaps they could reach out and tap Polvo to bring their angular guitar science. And what about Guided by Voices? Remember, back in January Bob Pollard told me:
I plan to play shows sporadically as offers come in until the fall. That will be the wrap-up of Guided By Voices, barring some sort of spectacular "can’t refuse" offer.
I’m pretty sure July is one of those pre-Fall-ish months and, even if it wasn't, I doubt the P4k peeps would give them an offer they could refuse. And hey, Superchunk are still making the rounds here and there, although, literally speaking, neither here nor there (yet). J. Mascis has a new record on the horizon, so it wouldn’t shock me to see him on the bill, again. Also, Wilco are hitting the road this summer. Aren’t they from Chicago? (Or am I thinking of The Blues Brothers?) Anyway, Union Park wouldn’t be the worst place to hear J-Twee & Co. bang out Summer Teeth, in its entirety, of course, or something. At least four of these artists are slated to play Sasquatch this year (which has a better 2011 lineup than Coachella, BTW), so I'm talkin' educated guesses here. Hey, maybe The Monkees — you know, the OG animal collective — will play. They unveiled dates for a, sans-Nesmith (sad face) 45th Anniversary Tour. (Yes, I too was surprised to find there have been 44 Monkees anniversary tours.) Cream contributor Ashley Spurgeon is stoked. As is comedian Eugene Mirman, who Tweeted in response to the band's announcement:
The Monkees are doing a spring tour! I hope they only play new, original songs. That would be awesome.
Yeah, that would be "awesome." But at Pitchfork, I could see Head, recreated as a stage-show, going over like Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo.
Another thing: Is it totally unreasonable to expect to see a Nashville act or two end up somewhere in the mix? JEFF the Brotherhood perhaps? Maybe William Tyler — whether by his lonesome or as a member of KORT? And, hey, PUJOL has a fan site now — that’s the sign of a star on the rise, right? Come on, Pitchfork, we have cool, hip, blogworthy bands who are more than capable of playing outside, in daylight, while keeping their guitars in tune amidst the Midwestern summer humidity. I promise. Food for thought, now stick a fork in it.
In the meantime, if this assembled mélange of musical relevance flies your fancy, head over to the festival’s official site to purchase tickets. This announcement came Friday and, not surprisingly, three-day passes managed to sell out in, well, less than three days. Sorry. At press time you can still snag single-day tickets for $45 a pop. Check out the artists announced, as listed by their corresponding days, below to prioritize your purchase. Click here to read our coverage of last year’s event.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 Lineup So Far:
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
TV on the Radio