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Friday, August 15, 2014

Pickathon Pic-athon 2014! (Part 2)

Posted by Katie Summer on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Pickathon From Above, X Playing Below!

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]

Jonathan Richman at Starlight

Mac DeMarco on the Woods Stage

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.)

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pickathon Pic-athon 2014! (Part 1)

Posted by Katie Summer on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Valerie June at Pickathon

Pickathon withdrawal is a real thing. Maybe you don't snip off your weekend wristband first thing when you get home, even after you've showered and unpacked your camp gear. Maybe you're at work and you find yourself daydreaming of that perfect show you saw at sunset in the woods, or Valerie June's cover of a Sam Cooke song that sent an arrow straight to your heart at the Starlight stage. Maybe you're making a mental note to stay in touch with the girl who has the same birthday as you, and to try and remember so many more synchronicities from magic of the weekend. Going back to your daily routine and responsibilities can be a harsh contrast to the ease, comfort, and joy of Pickathon. And those are qualities, I might add, that can be said of very few music festivals. It's a festival that puts as much effort into the enjoyment of the guests as well as the artists; the parents as well as the kids; the volunteers as well as the crew.

If you, like me, have been having bouts of Pickathon withdrawal (real thing!), please enjoy these photos and may they take you back to all the amazing music you saw and the good vibes you had. And if you missed it, may they encourage you to check it out next year!

Shakey Graves

Lots of photos including Shakey Graves, The War on Drugs, The Barr Brothers, and more after the jump! And more to come in Part 2 tomorrow.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Going Off the Grid at Pickathon

Posted by Ryan J. Prado on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Ural Thomas and the Pain
For a lot of people, Pickathon is more than a music festival; it's practically a spirit quest. For three sweaty, dirty, stinking days, urbanites are afforded the opportunity to pretend that this hay-stacked oasis of Pendarvis Farm is actually somewhere off the grid.

The great part about it is that it kind of is.

Nowhere else can you see headlining performers shuffling into dark, hot barns to play for 100 people. And nowhere else can you see that same headlining performer standing in line for tempeh tacos while eyeing the Starlight Stage at night.

Pickathon is a kind of magic, and this year's festivities were every bit as ambitious (the new Tree Line Stage and the perimeter DJ area around the Galaxy Barn were both welcome additions), and every bit as laidback all at once as in year's past. I took a lot of photos that didn't turn out, thanks to copious head-bobbing and reluctance to learn how to use the camera properly (sorry, the Men), and generally reveled in a non-rigid show-watching schedule (somehow I missed Mac DeMarco completely). What follows is a recap of some of my highlights.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Destroyer, Dancing, and Diarrhea (Planet): A First-Timer's Pickathon Report

Posted by Robert Ham on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Dan Bejar, the singer/songwriter who plays under the name Destroyer, summed Pickathon up best: “This place is so beautiful, I just want to go wander around. Music schmusic.”

Maybe it’s because it was my first year attending the annual music festival out in Happy Valley, but nothing about the location felt conducive to really enjoying the many bands that were playing there. I kept getting distracted by the trees, and wondering how the wildlife in the area (and the horses that were penned up on the farm) must have felt about having their homes invaded by such noise and bustle.

I was reminded of a comment that former Willamette Week music editor Casey Jarman made to me when I expressed my reservations about attending Pickathon last year: “That’s the secret; it’s not about the music.” Seemed an odd thing for someone to say about a music festival, but once I got on the grounds of Pendarvis Farm, I see now what he meant.

Like most music festivals of its ilk, Pickathon is really more of a social gathering that just happens to have bands blaring or cooing away in the background. I don’t mean that’s the case for everyone, but for a lot of the people I ran into, there was a lot of talk about stuff they were planning on seeing after they got a beer, or got some food, or wandered back to their camp site to take a nap.

While I was there solely to dig into the impressively diverse lineup, it still took me a bit to get acclimated to the whole experience: the uneven pathways between stages, the disturbing cleanliness of everything thanks to the reusable cups and dishware situation, and the young moppets selling fake tattoos and spritzes from a water bottle. Once I did, I fell right into the swim of things and was able to give myself over to the music fully. And there was much to delight in on that front.

My highlights from the two days I was able to attend:

• I’m a big Destroyer fan so I made a point of catching both of his quiet, stately sets on two of Pickathon’s smaller stages. As ever, I couldn’t tell if Bejar was enjoying himself for not, in spite of comments like the one above. It didn’t dull the enrapturing effect of his solo acoustic renditions of “Chinatown,” “The Sublimation Hour,” and “Streets of Fire.”

Jonathan Richman is still as exuberant and weird as ever. His early afternoon set on Saturday found him often putting his guitar aside in favor of distinctive dance moves and backing up his drummer Tommy Larkin on percussion.

• The locals in the house really soared this past weekend. Blind Pilot played songs both new and old with laidback passion. Ural Thomas and the Pain grinned madly through the Friday night heat and got a lot of people dancing. Jolie Holland had a delicious push-pull going on between her powerful voice and the two Sonic Youth-like guitarists that are part of her backing band.

• As my colleague Alison Hallett reminded you already, the best set of the fest was by the band with the worst name: Diarrhea Planet. They threatened to collapse the Woods Stage under the weight of their raging garage punk, never letting the foot off the gas pedal for more than about 30 seconds. The greatest moment of the performance though came via one of the band’s four guitarists, Jordan Smith, who gave a huge high five to a 10-year-old kid that was standing right at the foot of the stage. That young man was beaming after that happened. Here’s hoping it inspires him to start his own shit-spewing rock band.


Monday, August 4, 2014

I Guess I Love a Band Called "Diarrhea Planet" Now

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Here is a video of them performing their hit song "Ghost with a Boner":

I saw these guys at the Woods stage at Pickathon over the weekend and it was hands down one of the best shows I've seen in ages—lots of happy jumping. Watch the video! Doesn't it remind you of how fun shows were when you were 17, before you started being all "ugh why can't this show be at the Aladdin so I can sit down"? I want them to be the house band in every teen party movie from now on.

Pickathon Hack: The Hammock Tent

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Festivals are memorable affairs, and while I really appreciate all of the experiences I have had at Pickathon, especially the one that just passed (for most of us working stiffs at least, though I know there are still people sleeping it off on the grounds of Pendarvis Farm as I type this), these things are also kind of a trial. Simple tasks become 30-minute journeys, like getting a glass of water, finding a port-o-potty with toilet paper (harder than it sounds after midnight), grabbing a hoodie out of your car, etc. So it's nice when you figure out little hacks that make life at a festival a tiny bit easier, cleaner, more comfortable, and convenient, and oh boy did one experiment this year come out a winner: the hammock tent.

As I've often griped before, camping isn't my first choice of lodging, but a few years ago I was camping with friends on the coast and one of them had what can only be described as a hammock tent—literally a hammock made out of normal vinyl tent material, with a mesh top so its occupant can see and breathe. Like a little banana shaped cocoon, basically*.

I don't really have a gauge of how commonplace these are, but everyone I mentioned it to at the festival was curious about it, and if you have ever known the pain of trying to find a good spot to pitch a tent among the camping crowds of Pickathon, you should seriously consider getting one of these bad boys for next year. I didn't arrive at Pendarvis until Saturday, and because I had been out of town earlier that week I missed my chance to set up early with the rest of the Mercury crew. Ordinarily I'd just be fucked. There's no way I would have been able to pitch even a small tent on anything resembling flat earth next to them. But with the hammock tent I borrowed from aforementioned friend, I was able to lash up my shit in a small, very-not-flat gulley just adjacent to their tents, a pole-free process that took me—who sucks at pitching tents, who doesn't know about tying fancy knots—all of about three painless minutes.

Amazingly, my bullshit knots didn't threaten to shimmy my hammock down the trunks of the two small trees I chose, nor did I sag down to have my ass poked by the various shrubberies that made the spot so ill-suited to normal tented camping. I was inobtrusive and compact, with the one arguable downside being that sleeping and storage were the same place, which meant snuggling with my purse, duffle bag, and boots. Not a big deal, really. Also, getting in and out of the little Velcro hole that was the entrance was not a graceful process. Have you ever seen livestock give birth standing up? It looked a lot like me plopping out headfirst on Sunday morning into a fern. Still, even if I have the option next year of early setup, I'd rather just get a hammock tent again. My back wasn't full of the painful kinks that sleeping on the ground inflicts, even with an air mattress (actual mattress: air), it's way more compact than a tent/mattress/poles set-up, and if you are feeling lazy you can just untie the ends and use it as a sack to haul all your belongings out to the parking lot. Lesson: learned.


*Now that I've seen images of the particular model I used online, I can tell that I didn't set it up at all the way you're supposed to (the mesh wing on top?), but fuck it. Worked for me.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pickathon: Keep It Clean

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I don't go to many music festivals, because most of the Coachellas and SXSWs of the world sound like a fucking nightmare—corporate shlock, obscene prices, crowds of drunk chodes, etc. Pickathon is pretty much the only game for me (the Doe Bay fest is nice too, but good luck getting in there... I managed to make it once), for all the many reasons we can't stop frothing at the mouth about it. A big part of the overall pleasantness of the festival is its cleanliness. The reusable dishware and lack of literal trash helps, of course, but because staying the night at Pendarvis Farm involves camping in a tent, you might encounter a dirt-booger or two. But just because you're camping it doesn't mean you gotta go full dirt-dog.

The first time I came to Pickathon I assumed I would just have to get into being a filthy, stinko hippie. I put my game face on, until I heard someone mention showers. Sure enough, tucked subtly away at the festival's fringes were not just showers, but gorgeous transportable wood showers stocked with towels and Dr. Bronners that you can use for a highly justifiable $5. They've since pared down the offerings, but at the time you could also take a sauna in a converted trailer and get a full-body massage. (I hope they bring this back, because sleeping in a tent—even with an air mattress—always makes my body feel like someone stuck me in a sack and dropped me off the side of a mountain.) Anyhow, I don't know why they don't trumpet this more. There's just one tiny mention of $5 showers buried deep on one page of the current website, but for some of us it's crucial, beautiful information. Pack a couple fivers, my fellow shower fans, cuz spraying eau de toilette in your pits and crotch (also tastefully known as a "whore bath") is fine for many types of parties, but it doesn't really scream "Pickathon."

Behold: the clincher

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Eating at Pickathon: Reuseable Dishware and Free Water!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Among music festivals, Pickathon is notable for the extremely low impact it leaves on Pendarvis Farm and the surrounding area. As Ned noted in his article about Pickathon this week, that's in large part "thanks to the reusable cups and dishes that Pickathon has instituted for festivalgoers, eliminating all single-use cups, bottles, and food containers." Plus: free water. (Why is that revolutionary? Everything is the worst.)

PROOF. He really did not want to take this picture.
  • PROOF. He really did not want to take this picture.

Here's how it works: You can bring your own dishware—that's probably the best option if you're just going for a day and won't be eating much—or you can pay $10 for a token that gets you clean dishes and utensils all weekend, and take a set home when you're done. (I've accumulated quite a stash of Pickathon dishware over the years, including a few metal cups and a cute green bowl that I use as a water dish for my cat*.)

It's worth thinking about food in advance, because Pickathon's food lineup is always ridiculous: Bunk Sandwiches, Pine State Biscuits, Boke Bowl, Al Forno Ferruzza, Bollywood Theater.... And if, like me, you've missed the extremely kind folks at Spunky Monkey since they got ousted from their spot on NE 20th, don't forget to visit their cart for coffee.

*personal challenge: work my cat into as many blog posts as possible in the month before I leave.

Q&A with Pickathon Performer Courtney Barnett

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

  • Tajette O’Halloran
Courtney Barnett's two Pickathon sets on Sunday are her first-ever in the Portland area, and it's been a few months coming. I first heard The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas—her de facto debut album, cobbled together from two excellent six-song EPs—late last year, and it blew me away. It's woozy but direct, loose but full of purpose: "a tough, untamed collection of tunes that's equal parts sandpaper and salve," as I described it in this week's Pickathon feature.

Barnett lives literally half a world away in Melbourne, Australia, and when I tried to pick her brain for her upcoming Pickathon show, we ran out of time to connect with her. But! I emailed her some queries, and trouper that she is, she answered them on the flight over. Check out our Q&A below.

Barnett plays Pickathon this Sunday at 7:40 pm on the Fir Meadows Stage, and a second set almost directly after that, at 9:40 pm in the Galaxy Barn. Both will be great. If you don't believe me, listen to her cover the Lemonheads' "Bein' Around."

MERCURY: Portland's been waiting a long time for you to play a show. How have your first experiences in North America been so far? Do you have a favorite place that you've visited in the last year? (doesn't have to be North America)
BARNETT: I've got lots of friends from Portland who tell me I would love it and I trust them, so I've been waiting a lonnnng time to come visit. We drove through Oregon last month on the way to Seattle and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The trees, the rivers, the deer. Good window watching.

How long does it take you to write a song? It sounds like you write a lot, in notebooks and on phones and things. Does a lot of stuff get cut in the editing process?
It can take anywhere between 30 minutes and seven years. I edit a lot, I'm always editing. I'm a weirdo perfectionist.

Is there any connection you'd care to draw between your fine arts education and your songwriting? Do you think a particular field of artistic study can inform another completely different field?
I think everything you experience informs your art. I was only 18 when I was at art school. I loved hearing new and unusual ideas, and other people's perspectives. Up until then, I guess you're kind of stuck in high school mode with friends and teachers and parents. Then you leave school and people question your work and question your answers and question your questions. If I went again now, I'd probably experience a whole new thing. Always learning is a good way to be.

Are you a natural live performer? I'd imagine that, in theory, writing songs in private vs. performing them in public are completely different things. Do you like being up in front of a bunch of people?
I'm pretty quiet in everyday life. I've always been pretty nervous on stage and in front of people in general. But in the last year or so especially of constant touring and recording and hanging out with my friends in the band 24/7 I've discovered a really comfortable and natural presence.

Can you tell us a little bit about the new album? Will you be playing songs from it?
Yeah, we are doing a couple of new songs! It's fun to play the new stuff. The new album is pretty varied. Dark, light, heavy, timid. All the emotions wrapped up in 10 catchy songs.

Will you be bringing the band to Pickathon? Who's currently playing with you?
We're currently playing as a three-piece so I'll be bringing Bones [Sloane, bass] and Dave [Mudie, drums].


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pickathon Putt-Putt Golf

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

  • Eagle Landing

While Pickathon has more than its fair share of entertainments... music, eating, camping (glamping, if you're fancy), and spa la la-ing... but you can never be too prepared for fun times this weekend. So let's check out a nearby extracurricular activity in case you grow tired of frolicking at the farm. I'm not in the know about swimming around Pendarvis Farm. (The slim things I do know: The Clackamas River is quite close, but it's going to take a bit of driving to get to it. Also, there looks to be a pond and/or swimmin' hole right by the farm in the nearby fields, but it's potentially on private property. Ask a friendly Pickathon volunteer or the Pendarvis family if they know of any good Happy Valley spots to dunk your junk.)

What I have gathered: There's amazing putt-putt golf on your way to Pickathon at Eagle Landing golf course. Talked up by our fearless art director Scrappers, he who scouts adventure, this is a three-par course with 27 (!) holes, and it also has 36 (!!) holes of mini-golf. WHA?! That's crazy! But this isn't your standard scurvied pirate ships and molten volcanoes putt-putt, this shit is EXECUTIVE! Actually, I'm not sure what that means, but here at Eagle Landing the course has real waterfalls, mountains in view, forested holes, and it's open 7-10 pm every day in summer. Plus, the mini-golf holes are situated alongside the actual golf course, so no worries about your ball ricocheting around a cement bunker when you let loose with your itchy putter. It would make for a nice outing away from the hula hoops and dusty trails of Pickathon.

Eagle Landing's 36-hole mini-golf course
10220 SE Causey, Happy Valley
daily 7-10 pm, June-September
18 holes for $8, 36 holes for $11 (rates cheaper for children)

Can't Go to Pickathon? Here's the Livestream Schedule

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

This is what Pickathon looks like RIGHT NOW.
  • Michael Chan
  • This is what Pickathon looks like RIGHT NOW.
Pickathon is right around the corner. For lots more about the incredible fest, and our picks for the jam-packed event—which takes place this weekend at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley—pick up today's Portland Mercury newspaper.

If you can't go, stop crying. (Baby.) For the past few years, Pickathon has offered a livestream of live highlights, this year is no different. The stream, which you'll be able to view on, is co-hosted by Livestream and KEXP, and today they announced the schedule for this weekend's stream. Now you won't have to worry about missing Unknown Mortal Orchestra's late night barn set, or checking out the Men on one of the two main stages, or Ages and Ages bidding good night from the Starlight Stage.

For an idea of what the livestream is like (the audio and video quality is excellent), here's an exclusive premiere of Lightning Dust performing "Never Again" on the Woods Stage at last year's Pickathon. It's haunting, trippy (that setting is just otherworldly), and beautiful.

The complete broadcast schedule's posted on Pickathon's site.

Meanwhile, if you ARE going to Pickathon, you'll need to act. Today's the last day they're selling pre-sale tickets online. Starting at midnight, they'll only be selling limited walk-up tickets at the gate for single days and the full weekend. Here's the ticket link. See you there.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Here's Your Schedule for This Year's Pickathon

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Over the past few days, Pickathon has unveiled the schedule for this year's festival, stage by stage. First we got a look at the Woods Stage, then the Galaxy Barn, and so on. Today Pickathon announced the lineups for the two main stages—the Mountain Fir and Fir Meadows stages—bringing to completion this year's schedules for all seven stages.

One of the pleasures of Pickathon is seeing established acts on intimate outdoor stages. This year we'll get Destroyer on the teeny tiny New Stage—formerly known as the Cafe Stage. (Pickathon is accepting suggestions to rename both the New/Cafe Stage and the Workshop Barn.) And Jonathan Richman is performing on the late-night Starlight Stage. Plus an incredible assemblage for the Woods Stage, including the War on Drugs, Blind Pilot, X, Woods, and Diarrhea Planet.


Click the jump to see the complete schedule, and start planning Pickathon weekend now. Tickets are on sale at Pickathon's site.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Pickathon Adds the War on Drugs, Destroyer, More; Is Hosting a Film Event Next Week

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

An off-stage performance by the War on Drugs at 2012's Pickathon festival, in which they cover the Waterboys' "A Pagan Place."

Pickathon made four additions to this summer's lineup this week, culminating in today's excellent announcement that the War on Drugs will be playing the 2014 installment of the festival. It's the Philly band's second time at the annual Portland-area music festival; they first played in 2012. The War on Drugs just came through Portland this past Sunday night, blazing through a rock-solid set at a very packed Wonder Ballroom. During the encore, My Morning Jacket's Jim James came out to duet on a cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games" (check out the video on Stereogum). James is currently in town with MMJ to record with local producer Tucker Martine, who worked on the band's 2011 record Circuital; James also performs tonight at Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders benefit show at the Aladdin.

This is very fine news about the War on Drugs, of course, and Pickathon's other additions are terrific as well. We'll get sets from Destroyer (with Dan Bejar performing solo), Those Darlins, and the Black Lilies.

And that's not the only bit of news Pickathon has to share—next week, on Saturday, April 12, they're hosting a film event at the Mission Theater. They've got excellent quality video and audio of performances of last year's fest, including tunes from Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Shakey Graves, and a lot more. I've seen some of this footage and it's terrific. They'll have shows at 6 and 9 pm, and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to Buckman Elementary. (DIscounted tickets for kids are on sale too.) Get tickets here.

Since we're on the topic of Pickathon, did you know that they've been nominated by the Studio Live Design Excellence Awards in the "Excellence in Live Design" category? Anyone's who's been out to Pendarvis Farm knows this is well deserved, and it's a great achievement for an all-volunteer crew, especially looking at Pickathon's fellow nominees, who make for strange bedfellows indeed: the Ultra Music Festival, Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, the Essence Festival, Bassnectar, and Train. You can vote for Pickathon here, although you'll need to create an account on Studio Live Design's site.

This year's Pickathon—with the War on Drugs, Destroyer, Those Darlins, the Black Lilies, and all the previously announced bands—takes place August 1-3 at Pendarvis Farm and is going to be great. You can get tickets over on Pickathon's site.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Here Is Your (Almost) Complete Pickathon Lineup for 2014

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

There are still a couple "TBAs" left in the Pickathon lineup grid, but for the most part, here is the complete list of bands that'll be performing at 2014's festival. (As far as the bands yet to be announced, I'd personally venture a guess that one of them is something that's coming up very soon in the Portland live music calendar—Pickathon veterans, perhaps—that can't be announced until after they play their upcoming Portland show.)

I admit I was skeptical of Pickathon's slow rollout of their lineup, but it turned out to be a coup. The anticipation for this year's festival built slowly but steadily, and the conversation and buzz has gathered steam over the past couple weeks. (How long did we all talk about the Sasquatch lineup—a day? Two at most?)

This year, I'm personally most excited to see Courtney Barnett, the Barr Brothers, Parquet Courts, Angel Olsen, Diarrhea Planet, Ural Thomas and the Pain, Woods, Eric D. Johnson's new project (EDJ), and a LOT more. It's a very deep bench the Pickathon crew has put together. Take a look at the (almost) complete lineup after the jump, along with Pickathon's lineup video. Tickets are on sale here, and they've announced a 3,500 capacity this year so I expect it will sell out.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pickathon 2014 Rumblings Begin

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

If you're like me, you blocked out the first weekend in August on your calendar for Pickathon long ago. But this morning the local music/arts/goodtimes festival officially announced their 2014 dates. Yes, those dates are August 1-3, and they'll be rolling out this year's lineup in a somewhat unconventional way. Instead of a single blast with a complete list of artists, they'll be announcing three to four bands per day over the next 16 days. (In other words, it's a nightmare for bloggers.) It'll be worth keeping an eye on their site over the next couple weeks to see what they've got up their sleeve this year. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday morning at 9 am.

In the meantime, they've released seven excellent videos that were shot at last year's Pickathon. I was present for many of these performances; it's nice to see them again. Yes, they're as good as I remember. Here's a list of what you can watch, with appropriate linkage.

Ty Segall: "The Man Man" - Woods Stage
Divine Fits: "Would That Not Be Nice" - Mountain View Stage (main stage)
Shabazz Palaces: "Youlogy" - Woods Stage
Lake Street Dive: "Just Ask" - Galaxy Barn
Andrew Bird & Tift Merritt: "Give It Away" - Woods Stage
Jessica Pratt: "Central Park" - private Farm session
Vieux Farka Touré: "Gi Ku Chi Fo" - Woods Stage

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