Radio K at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Pitchfork Music Festival
Radio K's Best
Written by: Josh Olson
Edited by: Jerod Greenisen
Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo took the main stage and immediately began to start into a jam with Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley both playing guitar while James Mcnew played drums. The band switched instruments no less than 10 times throughout the night, each member playing every instrument on stage. Their set was also a great mix of noise-y jams and chilled out ballads. A fantastic highlight was when they played “Autumn Sweater,” with Ira singing and playing keys, while both Georgia and James played drums.
It's a gift to the world that Yo La Tengo is still around. Since before the time of Radio K's birth (1993) Yo La Tengo has consisted Georgia Hubley (drums) and Ira Kaplan (guitar), who are married if you didn't know with James McNew (bass). However that is not to say that that's how it always is, each member switches instruments several times each show. Yo La Tengo's most recent album, Fade, is the most shred-worthy to date and seems to spiral off wildly until you can't hold still any longer. Lots of respect for Yo La Tengo and their long haul.
Toro y Moi
Toro Y Moi brought the funk to the Green Stage this evening. Throughout the course of their 45-minute set, the band played a combination of new and old songs, with the latter being newly arranged to fit in with the band’s move away from their “chillwave” roots to more synth-based funk jams. This was easily one of the best sets of the entire day.
The product of a move from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, Toro Y Moi’s third full-length, Anything in Return, puts Chaz Bundick right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There’s a consistent sense of peace coupled with the tendency to dabble in both pop music and delicate introspection. He sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated catharsis. The producer’s hand is prominent— “yeah”s and “uh”s give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence—and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with one of Radio K’s favorite spins to date.
By far one of the funk pacted shows of the entire weekend, Blood Orange played to a packed crowd on the Blue stage, with singer and writer Devonte Hynes doing his best to channel his inner Prince. His set consisted of songs from his album and 7 inch release, as well as a cover of a Sky Ferreira. Everyone in attendance seemed astounded at the way Hynes played guitar, and he was shredding hard all night.
Domino Records' funkiest of the funk. We still love this 2011 release and we are very pleased to know that Lightspeed Champion is still touring with Blood Orange. Although more recently you've heard his project TRAAMS on Radio K. Lots of things happing from this artist, and he surely keeps us entertained.