Posted in music | pictures on November 10, 2009

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It's hard to find time to discover new music at Fun Fun Fun Fest because so many bands I already like play (and many of them at the same time), but exploring can still be done, sometimes accidentally and especially in the early hours. That's when I came across Austin's The Black and White Years (who I have since found out were just in NYC for CMJ) (they played Bowery Ballroom on 10/20). The impressive voice of their mustached frontman Scott Butler channels David Byrne and other greats. They have the new wave sound of Devo, and the legendary Ohio band's good looks too.

Before their set was finished I headed to the appropriately named Black stage (aka where Danzig would play later) to see some of Philly hardcore band Reign Supreme who were thrilled to be playing on such a big stage at such a big festival. They sounded good despite the early hour and having just lost their drummer (he quit) (their manager or someone was filling in), especially to the five-or-so floor punchers who must have gotten a good night's sleep the night before.

From there I walked around the grounds a little. The festival, in addition to having four stages of music, has plenty of things to look at and spend money on (food, posters, glass pipes, etc) scattered throughout the park (not the least of which was the mechanical bull which I featured prominently in the pictures of Day One). Then I caught some of Texas post-rock band (think Explosions in the Sky) This Will Destroy You, but not for long because that's about the time it started to rain. The rain didn't stop me from getting soaked for almost the entire rest of the day, but at this early point I decided to take shelter at least until Fuck Buttons came on.

I hoped/thought the rain would stop actually, if not for Fuck Buttons, then definitely for Mika Miko who were up after them. Everyone was optimistic that it was going to pass quickly, but it never really did until right before the end of the day (before Danzig went). I watched Fuck Buttons from various angles, trying to stay dry and get used to getting wet. Read all about their recent NYC show with Growing (who also played Sunday at the fest, but before I got there) HERE. More pictures from Sunday below...

The Black and White Years...

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4:20 Spot

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New Movement Comedy Group walking on dry land, soon to be mud

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This Will Destroy You...

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Yoni Wolf of Why?

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Fuck Buttons

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Yoni Wolf again

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New Movement Comedy Group trying not to slip in mud

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Mika Miko

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Mika Miko pictures continued HERE. Day Two pictures to be continued.

Crystal Castles pictures HERE.

Danzig pictures HERE.

Day One pictures HERE.

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Comments (25)

LOL Floorpunch shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2009 11:24 PM

yoni wolf was everywhere huh?

Posted by imkoreansowhat | November 10, 2009 11:49 PM

is this what you're required to look like in order to be eligible to listen to this music? if not, that's the impression i'm getting these days. unfortunate.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 12:31 AM

Thanx for the pics of the black and white years. I love that band!

Posted by david | November 11, 2009 12:36 AM

this did not look like much fun. glad i did not go.

Posted by debbie downer | November 11, 2009 12:39 AM

That girl with the red hoodie and the short shorts got a fat ass. id hit it 3 times

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 1:12 AM

Even with all the rain, nobody seemed to care and were still going batty and having funfunfun. It was surprising in a way, but I, like the folks around me were having a great time. Maybe cause I'd already bought my ticket and was there, so ya know...live it up!

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 2:07 AM

There are more people at any random ABC NO Rio show

Posted by tengo | November 11, 2009 6:53 AM

LAME

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 7:33 AM

It was too much fun there in fest.I really enjoyed it.

Posted by PhotoBooth | November 11, 2009 8:44 AM

wow, fuck buttons really "killed it" , just look at the place getting "rocked the fuck out". fucking sheep ....

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 9:28 AM

i like the one man pit, way to be into it dude

thats not Fuck Buttons, thats Black Dice, they sound exactly the same

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 9:43 AM

where's LUCERO?????

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 9:43 AM

that looks miserable

Posted by JT | November 11, 2009 10:22 AM

I love the Black and White Years, thanks for featuring them, but I think you are incorrect...they did not appear at CMJ unfortunately. Thanks,

Posted by suzanne | November 11, 2009 10:53 AM

Fuck outdoor rock shows unless it's out west.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 11:28 AM

i want to FUCK "That girl with the red hoodie and the short shorts got a fat ass" in the BOTTOM.

Posted by rear end | November 11, 2009 11:45 AM

"where's LUCERO?????"

"There are more people at any random ABC NO Rio show"

The Festival went to 10pm. This is all before 3pm on a rainy Sunday. The rest are coming later, but look at the Crystal Castles pics from the same day to see the size of the crowd.


Posted by brooklynvegan | November 11, 2009 12:14 PM

this looks like a serious shit show.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2009 12:53 PM

All and all, the Fest was a good experience (as outdoor fests go). The fest was well-organized, with short lines for everything (compared with Pitchfork this year), and with an interesting assortment of bands.

The rain kinda sucked (although manageable), and there were a few knuckleheads in the crowd--why would someone throw an LP into the crowd? Will be back next year.

Posted by PC | November 11, 2009 5:38 PM

That looks like the least fun fest ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2009 3:27 PM

The only people in this thread trashing on the fest are the people who weren't there. It had everything that I'd want in a music festival with little of the negatives that usually keep me from going. The point of FFF is to not be like Pitchfork/ACL/Cochella or the other hype-driven fests.

Posted by Fun Fun Fun | November 12, 2009 4:51 PM

Actually they didn't make it to CMJ this year, unfortunately

Posted by Mike | November 25, 2009 11:44 PM

This was a great event! jamming in the middle of rain. But who can stop you from enjoying the party? The KJ are those who weren't there. :)

Posted by unblocking drains | April 20, 2010 9:41 AM

Haha I lol'ed when I saw my photo, pretty odd!

Posted by hhh | April 21, 2010 10:46 PM

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