SMI Contributor and Fake Label Records honcho Timmy Held runs down his Sasquatch top Ten for Sunday and Monday.
10. Feist: With three Juno awards from the 2012 ceremony: Artist of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Metals, Feist will be a highlight for me personally. Her song “Mushaboom” had me hooked years ago and I am delighted to be able to watch her set with the backdrop of the beautiful Columbia River Canyon.
Monday 5:30-6:30 Sasquatch Stage
9. Hey Marseilles: Seattle’s own Hey Marseilles is a must see with their sometimes melancholy, but always dramatic mid-paced arrangements peppered with joyful musings from the piano, trumpet, cello, violin, and accordion.
Sunday 12-12:45 Sasquatch Stage
8.) Beardy Man: Hailing from London, Beardyman is a renowned musician known for his beatboxing skills and use of live looping technology. Often taking suggestions from the audience as to what subject matter he should incorporate into a particular genre, also selected by an audience member, his improvisational skills rival his production chops to create a wildly entertaining, and often comedic performance.
Sunday 2-2:45 Banana Shack
7.) Silver Sun Pickups: Maybe it was their tune “Lazy Eye’ that hooked you but do you remember 2006’s “Kissing Families”? One of the best indie songs I had heard up to, and since my introduction to this abrasive outfit from Los Angeles. What can I say; I am a sucker for indie-rock singers with an androgynous tonal quality to their voice.
Monday 7- 8pm Sasquatch Stage
6.) M. Ward: Do I really have to tell you who this man is? M. Ward rose to popularity in Portland Oregon in the late 90’s and since has been a key figure in the world of indie-rock. He is known for his lyrical capacities as well as his innovative approach to guitar tones.
Sunday 5:25-6:10 Sasquatch Stage
5.) Beirut: With an uncanny ability to make World music appealing to the indie-hipster in all of us, Beirut is one of the acts that I am most excited for. I highly suggest you familiarize yourself with these chaps before Sunday.
Sunday 8:10-9:25 Sasquatch Stage
4.) SBTRKT: With a festival like Sasquatch I am always anxious to check the line-up schedule. What if there is a scheduling conflict between two acts that I really want to see? My fears seeped into reality when I saw that Ted Leo goes on stage at 7:50 and SBTRKT
goes on stage at 8! The punk-rocker in me went to battle with my inner electronic aficionado and the outcome of the bout is still unknown. What should I do?
8-9pm Banana Shack, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 7:50pm – 8:50pm Yeti Stage
3.) Beck: I was 10 years old when Beck came into my life with his immortalized anthem “Loser”. He later shaped my early teen-age years with albums such as Odelay and Midnight Vultures. Can you say “one off of the bucket list”?
Monday 10-11pm Sasquatch Stage
2.) Tenacious D: I saw The D open up for Weezer in 2001 at The Key Arena in Seattle. These two pudgy metal-heads stole the show with their acoustic guitars and hilariously vulgar lyrical content. The 17 year-old me was swept away into their world of low-brow humor and the 28 year old is still there and has no intentions of leaving.
Monday 8:30-9:30 Sasquatch Stage
1.) James Murphy (DJ set): This man is by and far the cherry on top of my Sasquatch Sundae. Lead vocalist/producer/keyboardist of the recently dis-banded LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy has returned to the road doing what he does best; spinning wax! As a super-fan of LCD Soundsystem and the record label that Murphy heads, DFA Records, I was destroyed when I heard about LCD calling it quits. I never got to see them live! This Sunday will be the closest I will ever come and I am completely ok with this.
Sunday 9:30-11 pm Banana Shack