Free stuff makes me feel good.  Thank you, Jalin Roze.

The first day of Forecastle was the most fun I’d ever had in a festival setting. I usually hate these kinds of super-fests, but everything just seemed right. Moving on to day two, the bar has been set pretty high. How did it go? Read on, my friends, read on..

WARNING: The shitty pictures and videos you are about to encounter were all taken by me from my vantage point. If you want quality photography, go here.

Anwar Sadat brutalize anyone close to the Ocean Stage

I hope people that were recovering from day one were ready for noise-rockers Anwar Sadat, because they didn’t give a fuck about your hangover. The setlist included songs from their excellent record Gold, their Mutilation cassette, as well as a few new ones. Perfect way to start another long day of music.

Forecastle fuel at Against The Grain

After Anwar Sadat’s brutal set, we escaped to Against The Grain, a microbrewery/restaurant nearby. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to be talking about music here, but I have to mention how good their pulled pork nachos were. The beers were nice, too, as was our server despite how crazy-busy the place was.

Jalin Roze slays at the WFPK Stage

OK, back to music. I had a lot of fun watching rapper Jalin Roze, who performed with a full band. He played a few songs from Grand National Dreams (download it here for free!) as well as others I didn’t recognize but enjoyed. There was plenty of crowd participation and free shit thrown at us, including a bright orange tank-top that reads “IS JALIN ROZE #BESTOFLOU?” Thanks, Jalin Roze!

Band Of Horses plays another song that sounds like the one before it

I don’t really feel one way or another about Band of Horses. I don’t hate them, but nothing about them grabs me. A lot of people seemed pretty stoked to see them, but all I could think was “I’d rather be watching HORSE the Band.”

Dwight Yoakam made my heart flutter

My biggest problem with day two was the fact that the sets from Dwight Yoakam and Slint ran over each other. What the hell were they thinking?!  Slint and Dwight were the two acts I was looking forward to see most, and now I have to choose who to see more of!! (I get upset when things don’t work out the way I want them to, and then I blame people that aren’t me.)  I was able to watch about 40 minutes of Dwight Yoakam’s set, which included “Turn It Up, Turn Me On, Turn Me Loose,” his version of “Little Sister” and a nice cover of the Buck Owens classic “Act Naturally.”  I really didn’t want to leave, as this might have been the most fun I’d had at Forecastle yet.  But there was no way in hell I was going to miss Slint.

Slint performs at the Ocean Stage

We speed-walked over to the Ocean Stage to see Slint, and there were already more people there than I expected. But that’s OK, because after every song, the younger people continued to drop like flies (as you’d expect), so we were able to get close fairly quickly. Holy shit, Slint were so damned good. I’d never seen them before, but have idolized these guys since I was a teenager, so it was pretty surreal to watch the legendary band perform. Their setlist included all of Spiderland (including “Pam”), a few from Tweez, and both sides of their selftitled EP, with “Rhoda” being their finale. 

I didn’t stick around for Jack White. Why? Because I don’t give a shit about Jack White. Slint was the perfect closer for me personally, and the only way to end the night. Overall, the second day was a ton of fun spent with great people watching great music. Onward to day three…