It was august third. I'll cut to the chase.Illinois
was very cool. I'd had a couple songs before seeing them, but didn't know them well enough for anything but a general good impression of the band. We missed the beginning of the set, but came in during something kind of epic loud. As the set went on it got more and more Pavement-ey and Beck-ey, which was cool. Then the one guy whipped out a banjo, and I was a fan.
I didn't really know any songs at the time, but in retrospect they definitely played Nosebleed
and a song about not going to work. and slipping on ice. They were swell.Chin Up Chin Up
was cool, we saw the first few songs of their set. The music reminded me a bit of the National, but the vocals were kindof a turnoff for me. I'll checkout the recorded stuff to compare.Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
were really really ridiculously good. I only knew The Sons Of Cain
and Me and Mia
, both of which were played. Noteworthy was Ted's epic trip during Cain. oh hey, the setlist according to the lolla website: