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The Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft!

ralph stanleyFreeFest is tomorrow: Who willl you pick?

By Chris Richards and David Malitz

One festival. Two reporters. Twenty bands. How to divvy up responsibilities? There's only one way: the Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft, in which Chris Richards and David Malitz prioritize and strategize in order to mobilize. Check out our pick-by-pick action conducted live over G-chat at Washington Post headquarters.


Richards: I won the Franz Ferdinand commemorative coin toss, so I get first pick. I'm going with headliner LCD Soundsystem. I don't want to miss one solitary drop of analog synthesizer goodness from this set.

Malitz: If I miss out on my favorite band of the past decade at least I get to choose my favorite band of the previous decade. Pavement's 75-minute set will basically be the best indie-rock greatest hits set you'll ever see.

Richards: I know we're only on the third pick, but I'm going to get all Russell Westbrook on you, Malitz. I'm taking Trombone Shorty. The guy was molten when he played 9:30 Club last month and I feel like he's going to be the best act of the day.

(The draft continues, after the jump!)

Malitz: The first time I saw Neon Indian it was just terrible. You were there, Chris. Remember how angry I was? But that was, like, their fourth show ever. I want to see if the chillest of the chillwave set has gotten better and how they'll fare in the not-so-chill mid-afternoon.

Richards: Really!? Dude, you were SO angry! This is shocking. But accordingly, I'll go with an artist who's frustrated me plenty this year: M.I.A. I approach this performance the same way I approached "Avatar" and the 2009-10 Washington Wizards basketball season: With equal parts hope and dread.

Malitz: Next pick is an easy one: Emo originals/survivors Jimmy Eat World. Not only will I get to be in the pavilion while the sun is beating down most brutally but I will get to hear "The Middle," which might be the catchiest song of the day, right? Maybe?

Richards: You don't deserve that pick. Everyone knows Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness" is the catchiest and the most anthemic, singalongable tune FreeFesters will hear all day. Except for maybe "I Love Rock-n-Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I pick Joan.

Malitz: You may have a point with "Sweetness" -- bonus points for the whoa-oh-ohs. Nothing really jumps out at me at this point, so I think I'll go with the blue-eyed-soul/electro-funk of Chromeo, because it's what Allison Stewart would want me to do.

Richards: If you're taking the Dance Forest's blue-eyed funk, I'll take the wild-eyed rock clatter of Sleigh Bells. BYO earplugs.

Malitz: I know I already took Neon Indian, whose set is at the exact same time as Yeasayer. But I think halfsies is OK in this instance. Yeasayer's percussive, electro-worldy sound could work very well in wide open spaces. Or it could be kind of boring, like their most recent album.

Richards: I'm going to close my eyes and travel back to the 2000 of my mind. "Southern Hospitality" is the best song on the radio and Ludacris is still a good five to seven years away from completely annoying me. THROW DEM 'BOWS.

Malitz: Back to the Dance Forest for me. Modeselektor could be the secret great party act of the festival and nobody will even know because they will be up against LCD and M.I.A.

Richards: I'm snatching up all the West Stage talent I can get. Thievery Corporation should offer a nice breather in the middle of the day.

Malitz: Take the West Stage. It's all yours. I will counter by taking the rest of the Dance Forest. I just like to type it/say it. So that means I get TV on the Radio side project #291, Maximum Balloon, DJs Sharam and Wolfgang Gartner who are probably used to playing swanky nightclubs on other continents, and our boy Will Eastman, the U Street Music Hall impresario who is responsible for many memorable nights so far this year.

Richards: Power move! Since you're so egregiously breaking the non-existent rules of this festival draft, I'm going to one up you and take... T.I.! Did you forget about him? Okay, so there's a 0.0000000001% chance of T.I. actually showing up. But if he does, I got dibs. Your move, Malitz.

Malitz: Very clever. Now we're down to simple logistics. If I choose Matt & Kim it means I don't have to walk anywhere for the Pavement set that follows. It does mean I have to listen to Matt & Kim, though. Alas.

Richards: I see how you play. Shrewd and rude. But I'm not getting stuck with Diet Devendra Banhart on my side of the fence. Temper Trap, welcome to to Team Richards.

Malitz: Every time I see Temper Trap I get excited because I conflate them with K Records twee faves Tender Trap. But this ain't YoYo a Go-Go. So that leaves me with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. I'd be concerned about catching a contact high, but they're just fake hippies, right?

Richards: And so concludes the Click Track 2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest Draft. I think the likelihood of actually sticking to the schedule we've just established is about even to the chances of T.I. showing up. But at least I know to buy you a Neon Indian t-shirt for Hanukkah!

Team Richards:
LCD Soundsystem
Trombone Shorty
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Sleigh Bells
Thievery Corporation
The highly probable absence of T.I.
Temper Trap

Team Malitz:
Neon Indian
Jimmy Eat World
Maximum Balloon
Wolfgang Gartner
Will Eastman
Matt & Kim
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

By Chris Richards and David Malitz  | September 24, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Virgin Mobile FreeFest  
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You got SMOKED Malitz. You could have waited on that Pavement pick. No way Richards was going to go for that as his #2.

Posted by: josh18 | September 24, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going, but if I was I'd do Chromeo-->maybe a few songs of Pavement-->some Modeselektor-->all of LCD, from the lawn. Bam, power finish.

MIA and Pavement should be in swapped schedule positions, IMO.

Posted by: agl132 | September 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Didn't really want to rub it in, josh18, but yeah, he got smoked. Although you're wrong about one thing -- I would have definitely picked Pavement second. (I almost picked them first, but didn't want to be cruel.) I'm not sure who Malitz would have picked first, if not Pavement, however. The coin flip really won me the whole day.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | September 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

My pick = more trash talk on Click Track. Seriously, when you two argue, we all win.

Posted by: universaltravaler | September 25, 2010 3:38 AM | Report abuse

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