THIS IS DAY ONE OF OUR CAPTIOL HILL BLOCK PARTY (SEATTLE) COVERAGE. CHECK BACK ALL WEEKEND LONG FOR UPDATES!!!
Friday was a wonderful day as it entailed six hours in the front row of the main stage. I was a little worried after Shabazz Palaces’ 40 minute set that the bands that caused Friday to sell out would follow suit. But as it turns out, the more excited the crowd grew to see Yeasayer, Holy Fuck and MGMT, the longer the sets were. The avant-rap group’s staff entertained the marijuana-friendly crowd by pretending to throw a joint into the crowd, and Ishmael Butler followed the lead by saying that his hometown Seattle has “really good marijuana.” Unfortunately, the crowd was more memorable than their set. Shabazz Palaces brought the start of nearly unconscious girls being rushed to medical aid, guys sneaking in over the fence and running to safety, and a drunk girl trying to put a water bottle on her foot because she lost her shoe. These are the the moment I will remember. And Butler’s conga drums. A beautiful sound.
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Before young girls screamed about Anand Wilder’s biceps like he was the star of a boy band, Seattle congressman Jay Inslee awkwardly introduced Yeasayer by calling them “the greatest band in the history of New York” and repeatedly referred to them as “The Yeasayers.” Needless to say, the crowd was mocking him. Poor guy, relating to the young, half-hipster crowd can’t always work out. Yeasayer was lively, fun and everything the crowd was yearning for. Chris Keating seemed to be in a world of his own, often closing his eyes, and dancing with a quick intensity that made him nearly impossible to photograph. He looked like a blurred ninja in all my rejected photos.
And I though Yeasayer was amazing…
Holy Fuck made the night. MGMT’s set was calm and filled with more acoustic and newer songs than the crowd was expecting. It was disappointing hearing how few of the crowd members appreciated or knew their new album. So it was Holy Fuck who felt like the headliner, who really allowed the crowd to rock out and get it out of their system before mellowing out slightly with MGMT.
Second highlight of the night? Getting to stand and chat with Holy Fuck throughout MGMT’s entire set. If you’re in Seattle, stay tuned for another Holy Fuck show this September or October.
I’ll be back Saturday and Sunday with more coverage from the main and smaller stages!