Seattle definitely had a bigger handle on the local bands element at this year's Sasquatch than Portland did. Fleet Foxes, J Tillman, Throw Me the Statue, the Blakes and (all too many) more instantly outweighed Portland's showing of the Shaky Hands and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. There were backstage rumors swirling that the Builders and the Butchers would be doing a last-minute set (huh?), but that, predictably, didn't pan out. I'm thinking (hoping?) that Starfucker will be on the bill next year and maybe those good ol' meat-locker carpenters will be too. But the Shaky Hands were present on Saturday to put on a show right off the bat. I was there to shoot it:
Malkmus took the stage on Sunday flanked by the Jicks:
The only thing more elusive than Portland bands themselves was LC founder and former WW music editor Mark Baumgarten, who now bats for the other team—Seattle that is—by way of editing Seattle Sound. I spied him on Monday presumably after he a) only came for a day of the fest or b) parted ways with the reclusive Big Foot to finally venture out into public on site. Actually it could be both.