This year saw a handful of minor alterations — it was held on a Saturday rather than a Thursday; there were food trucks; the Union was added to the list of venues — but The Pitch Music Showcase of 2012 was essentially what it always is: a six-hour party celebrating the diversity of Kansas City's local-music scene. Did you miss it? Were you there but you still want us to explain it to you? We would be happy to! Here are some highlights.
• The teenagers of Best Emerging Act nominee Radkey blasting out a super-enthusiastic set of Danzig-style punk jams. The St. Joseph act also wins the award for best song intros: "This next song is called 'Little Man.' It's about our grandpa on our mom's side. He's a dick." Or: "This song is called 'Is He Alright.' It's about asking someone if he's all right."
• Some guy in an Affliction-style T-shirt urinating on a telephone pole near the back entrance to Riot Room. As he zipped up, he staggered backward into one of those knobby, yellow, 4-foot-high parking poles and nearly fell over. Then he walked back into the Riot Room. The back of his shirt read, "REDEMPTION."
• Rapper Reach joining Diverse for its Riot Room set, transforming the jazz ensemble's sound into something more like the smooth, positive hip-hop of A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul. The bass lines cut sharp and low, and the vibraphone and trumpet cast a dreamy vibe over the room. At one point, Reach hopped off the stage and watched the band perform, as though he were an audience member. "I like the view from here. I kinda want to stay out here," he said.
• Amy Farrand playing a solo set of gritty acoustic blues songs at McCoy's and confronting everyone in the place with her amazing, preposterously hardcore mohawk. McCoy's isn't always an ideal venue — it's kinda hard to rock when there's an eight-top chowing down on chicken fingers — but Farrand seemed unbothered. "Now that I'm playing in a restaurant, it occurs to me that my songs aren't all that family-friendly," she said, and then played a song that contained the lyric Kill everybody and quit my fucking job.
• An absolutely dreadful barf smell wafting downstairs at the Union; fat chunks of half-digested food splattered on the floor next to a bar stool. (The Union was quick to mop up, though.)
• Making Movies, outfitted in ponchos and Zorro masks (and frontman Enrique Chi in a woman's dress) working the Beaumont crowd into a glorious fury.
• Hearts of Darkness rapper Les Izmore up front and dancing his ass off during what seemed like every single show of the night. Gotta respect that dude's enthusiasm.
• The last line of Them Damned Young Livers' first song: Now she's fuckin' my cousin Pete. Frontman Jody Hendrix continually asking the crowd for beers and then taking one drink and throwing it up toward the ceiling.
• During At the Left Hand of God's set, a dude running around the periphery of the crowd doing high kicks with one hand raised in a devil-horn sign. "Don't take yer fuckin' foot off the gas yet, guys!" frontman Brett Carter yelled. "This last one is for all the zombie-lovin' motherfuckers out there!" At which point a man in a wheelchair, who presumably loves zombies, wheels himself out into the pit and barrels into two unsuspecting metalheads. Then somebody grabs hold of one of the wheelchair handles and starts spinning the dude in circles. Holy shit. Good night.