At some point we called this year’s Austin City Limits festival “Friday and Sunday heavy,” but that shit ain’t right; this year’s ACL dance-card was tilted entirely toward the tail end. In fact, pretty sure we saw more bands on Sunday than the first two days combined. Generally that means bailing on a band after two or three tunes, but the National wouldn’t let us go easily, opening with “Start A War,” moving into “Mistaken For Strangers,” “Brainy,” “Slow Show,” “Squalor Victoria,” a crowd pleasing “All The Wine,” “Apartment Story,” “Abel,” “Fake Empire,” etc. and etc. Somehow, they never get old live. Through the weekend, there were enough superlative moments for to put together a list of Gummy Awards (ACL Edition):
BEST NON-BLEEDING NOSE: Ben Kweller
BEST DRESSED: My Morning Jacket
BEST DANCING: TIE — M.I.A. / Ghostland Observatory
BEST LISA HANNINGAN-ESQUE BACKGROUND SINGER: Fionn Regan’s
BEST USE OF FEMALE FAN: Common
BEST BRANDON FLOWERS SIGHTING: At Grizzly Bear’s Hot Freaks! set
BEST LIGHTBULBS: Muse
GREATEST SCHEDULING GAFFE: TIE — Wilco Vs. MMJ / M.I.A. Vs. LCD
MOST MEMORABLE SET: TIE — My Morning Jacket / Arcade Fire @ Austin City Limits
MOST MEMORABLE FIRE: TIE — Arcade Fire / Toilet Fire
MOST ATTRACTIVE BAND (I.E. COULDN’T TEAR OURSELVES AWAY): The National
A few more notes from Sunday … Yo La Tengo drew an impressive crowd for their early, 12:30PM set, while later in the day dapper rapper Common owned the Dell stage with a big draw and typically commanding presence (per usual, as mentioned, he made a fangirl’s life, pulling her up onstage and doing the ‘lemme rap to you/hug you/love you bit). The Bloc Party kids were in high spirits, mixing the Silent Alarm (“Positive Tension,” “Banquet”) with the Weekend In The City (“Hunting For Witches,” “Waiting For The 718″), and telling us they were “hella hot” (that’s American slang, see).
Toward the end of the day, as it goes, the clothes were sweat straight through, the feet killing, and the ears mushy, so Ghostland Observatory didn’t do much more for us than they did at that Movable Hype show two or three years ago. But dude can dance, and that may have been the biggest crowd we saw all weekend.
Anyway, that’s all from ACL ’07! Our last spread of pics await you below. See ya come South By, Austin. San Loco will have to satisfy the taco cravings for now.
YO LA TENGO
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