Not that there weren't other highlights out on Pendarvis Farm: Typhoon premiered songs off their new album, which they recorded a couple months ago at one of the barns on the property, and sounded excellent. And Southeast Engine—a band previously unfamiliar to me—found truth in classic Rust Belt rock 'n' roll. (They also covered fellow Ohioans Guided by Voices' "Tractor Rape Train.") Blitzen Trapper, after a lengthy sound check, blew away the Woods stage with a full volume set that was their homecoming after a long tour, and Laura Gibson, as ever, was magnificent in her endearingly low-key way.
It's dusty and dry out there. I ended up with filthy feet, which'll make you feel like even more of a hippie, and this morning I have some very dark stuff in my throat and nose. As soon as I can breath properly I'll be back for more. Maybe I'll go train-robber style and wear a kerchief over my face; you're bound to see odder things at Pickathon anyway.