Part of the beauty of Pickathon is the relaxed way the musicians integrate into the whole experience. They camp! They see other bands sets! They hang out and chat backstage! They return, like King Tuff and Ty Segall* did (and who both played last year), just to hang out! The "nice celebrity" award of the weekend goes to John and Exene of X, one of my absolute favorite punk bands of the '80s. They were so much better than other bands at the time, yet seem to hardly get the recognition. Pickathon was the final show of their all-acoustic West Coast tour, in which they played tons of old crowd favorites—just a little on the folk side. They even had a vibraphone! They were one of the only bands of the weekend for which I was determined to see both sets—and it was an experience I am so happy to have had.
* [I saw those guys outside the barn, jamming a made-up song about the Keebler elves! It was historic, or something.—Ned]
Part two of our Pickathon Pic-athon! Lots more photos after the jump, including Blind Pilot, Warpaint, Mac DeMarco, and Diarrhea Planet! (Which we had to stop saying at some point in the weekend because of the weird feelings.)