Despite this year's subpar sound, the Pitchfork Music Festival has firmly established itself as one of the most laid-back and all-around-enjoyable fests around. The weather was ideal, the Ice Cream Man was in full effect, and we left Chicago with the revelation that all festivals should be required by law to feature at least 3 legendary hip-hop acts. Here are our top 5 highlights from the fest, accompanied by a shit ton of Polaroids(TM):

1. De La Soul bringing out Prince Paul to DJ and just hang out. Whoa.

2. The Clipse busting out "What Happened to That Boy" and "Grindin'," as well as a generous helping of We Got it For Cheap jams. These guys seemed genuinely psyched to be there, and their energy was unmatched all weekend (except maybe by De La). Malice and Pusha T also reminded us that no matter what Pitchfork or anyone else thinks, Hell Hath No Fury was the album of the year.

3. This:

Clipse Power

4. GZA tearing through an abridged version of Liquid Swords (with help from fellow Clan member Cappadonna), then revisiting a few Wu-Tang classics. I don't think he had any idea what Pitchfork was. Update: Read Gza's thoughts on gorilla vs. bear here.

5. Grizzly Bear, Victoria Legrand from Beach House, and Bradford from Deerhunter joining Girl Talk for a live "Knife" mashup. This will probably never happen again, but it worked better than you might imagine, and Victoria's awesome drunk-dancing was one of the best things I saw all weekend.

We also thoroughly enjoyed Jamie Lidell, the Cool Kids, Grizzly Bear, Cadence Weapon, and Menomena. Check out some of our shots from the weekend below, and be sure to visit our friends at You Ain't No Picasso, Muzzle of Bees, MFKWCRG, and Stereogum for more comprehensive coverage...

girl talk + man man

the gza

chan marshall

iron & wine


Kevin Barnes: Of Montreal (photo by Matt Picasso)

the clipse

Check out even more polaroids after the jump (yeah, I brought a lot of film)...

jamie lidell

posdnuos of De La Soul

kim gordon

The Cool Kids

Kid Sister

Cappadonna of Wu Tang + crew

Jared of Voxtrot/Sparrow House

the Ice Cream Man

Girl Talk + Dan Deacon

Grizzly Bear + Professor Murder

Victoria from Beach House + Daniel from Grizzly Bear + Bradford from Deerhunter

Trugoy the Dove: De La Soul