Plenty of guitar rawk to go around, but Lolla Day One was a dancer’s delight: Ghostland Observatory, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk … bodies were moved and clothes were drenched. But of course there was plenty of fun from the six-stringers, like Silversun Pickups who were surprisingly awesome, making up for a lame showing at our last night with ‘em, providing grungy goodness in the height of yesterday afternoon’s sun. SSPU dedicated “Three Seeds” to Blonde Redhead (cross-park at the MySpace stage) and questioned why people were watching them when such a great band was on at the same time. Didn’t deter anyone from sticking around, though.
That said, as was to be expected, the band getting the most onstage props was Daft Punk; Tapes ‘N Tapes raved about the French robots’ set, Ted Leo soundchecked with Daft covers, and of course, James Murphy made the obligatory acknowledgment prior to playing you-know-what: “So we’re gonna play this song about a band that’s playing over there (*points* … *shrugs*). Well, it’s not exactly ironic, but it is sorta funny.” Can always count on LCD for breezy cool, pomo banter. “I don’t have anything to say. Bands at these big festival things usually say ‘Are you reaaaaady!’ But what do you guys have to be ready for? We’re the ones who are playing. The question is, are we ready?'”
They certainly seemed it; we ran into Mr. Murphy earlier in the day and he didn’t seem too concerned with talking music. Instead we chatted about cameras, phones, and camera phones. Now you know what to get him for his birthday.
But yeah, it was all about Daft Punk. The stage setup was no surprise after their classic Coachella set: interstellar pyramid, stunning visuals, and Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo disguised as machines with inhuman abilities to shake asses. “One More Time,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” and Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” made the career-spanning setlist, capping the night perfectly for the better part of the fest’s attendees. Unless you liked Ben Harper. In which case, you were over at the Bud Light stage, taking in a surprise appearance from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Sorry no photos, but don’t think you’ll blame us for hanging with the robots.
We’ve got a spread of pics from the acts we managed to catch. Providing ace photographic assistance is our good friend Abbey Braden, with us all weekend long. We’re off to check in with the Clap kids (Muse/Interpol tonight!). And to buy sunscreen.
TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE