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Capitol Hill Block Party: Day One

Posted by dancehallhips on July 26, 2008

Day one at Capitol Hill Block Party was quite the uncomfortable experience, for starters. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said there was 10 times more people there than the first time I attended five years ago. I think it was a combination of Girl Talk and Vampire Weekend that drove everyone in, both of which ironically fell short of expectations. Girl Talk is not a mainstage (or really any sort of stage) musician; Vampire Weekends sounded mediocre in comparison to their album, which just so happens to also be mediocre. Definitely a bad closer in comparison to acts like Murder City Devils who killed the stage a few years back.

I managed to also catch United State of Electronica, Past Lives, the Dodo’s (my favorite of the night), Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Menomena, and Jay Reatard, who was awesome until I was shoved around by drunks who thought it was still cool to mosh.

Unfortunately my camera was dead for the first half of the concert, so I didn’t get photos, but I did manage to snap some once I made a quick run to the convience store for some batteries. Here’s what I got:



United State of Electronica


Past Lives (ex-members of the Blood Brothers)


The Dodo’s


Jay Reatard

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