Posted in music | pictures on September 7, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr

Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Local Natives

Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF Fest
That's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.

The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.

Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink

Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.

Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."

Big Freedia
Big Freedia

There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.

If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).

By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.

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Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.

Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...

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Abe Vigoda by Rachel Carr

Abe Vigoda

Growlers by Rachel Carr

Growlers

Growlers

Growlers

Cults by Rachel Carr

Cults

Cults

Cults

Screaming Females by Rachel Carr

Screaming Females

Screaming Females by Chris Juarez

Screaming Females

Screaming Females

Screaming Females

Screaming Females

Screaming Females

Davila 666 by Rachel Carr

Davila 666

Davila 666

Davila 666

Davila 666

Davila 666

Davila 666

Davila 666

Warpaint by Rachel Carr

Warpaint

Warpaint

Best Coast by Rachel Carr

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast by Chris Juarez

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast

Thee Oh Sees by Rachel Carr

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees

Titus Andronicus by Rachel Carr

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus by Chris Juarez

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

The Soft Pack by Rachel Carr

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack

Wavves by Rachel Carr

Wavves

Wavves

Wavves

Wavves

Wavves

Wavves

Wavves

Local Natives by Rachel Carr

Local Natives

Local Natives by Chris Juarez

Local Natives

Local Natives

Local Natives

Local Natives

Local Natives

Ariel Pink by Rachel Carr

Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink


Dead Man's Bones by Rachel Carr

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones by Chris Juarez

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

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Big Freedia by Rachel Carr

Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Big Freedia

Vetiver by Chris Juarez

Vetiver

Vetiver

Vetiver

Ceremony by Chris Juarez

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

Ceremony

AA Bondy by Chris Juarez

AA Bondy

AA Bondy

AA Bondy

AA Bondy

AA Bondy

Unbroken by Chris Juarez

Unbroken

Unbroken

Unbroken

Unbroken

Unbroken

Unbroken

Unbroken

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists by Chris Juarez

Ted Leo

Ted Leo

Ted Leo

Mountain Goats by Chris Juarez

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Sleep by Chris Juarez

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Rapture

Rapture

The Rapture by Rachel Carr

Rapture

Rapture

Rapture

and the Panda Bear pics are HERE.

and the Off! pics are HERE.

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Comments (40)

tell the guy photog to get a better vantage point and lighting. the photos look identical, did two people really take them?

Posted by FYF Attendee | September 7, 2010 5:02 PM

The Fest was amazing! hot and packed! fun times!

Posted by Alex | September 7, 2010 5:03 PM

No festival is perfect. Sean is a hardworking dude, so hey good job.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:03 PM

5:02pm, do you really think one person can be in two places at once?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:16 PM

No mention of Unbroken and a few weak photos = EPIC FAIL.

And for anyone about to complain, the fact that the Rapture and Panda Bear were headliners should have kept any expectations extremely low.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:24 PM

Sleep and a bunch of crap...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:32 PM

The lines to get in really, really, really, really, really sucked.

(People still say "epic fail?")

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:33 PM

My favourites were Titus Andronicus and Big Freedia. And Davila 666. And Screaming Females. And Oh Sees and Mountain Goats and Dead Man's Bones.

Posted by rachel | September 7, 2010 5:40 PM

so happy to see the chick from screaming females wearing a new dress

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:06 PM

too many bad pix

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 8:19 PM

Is that the guy from Possum Dixon holding up the Dead Man's Bones sign?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 8:28 PM

Sounds like this guy should fly over to the UK and take a crash course in running a music festival with Barry from ATP. Sounded miserable and the on-the-ground and press accounts were pretty abysmal. Did anyone even have a killer set? The best I've heard about any act is "they were okay." Straight disaster it seems like.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 8:33 PM

Very nice pics. Big Freedia was amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 8:49 PM

The location - a scorched, downtown industrial park surrounded by chain link fences and a nightmarish, Great Gatsby-style all-seeing billboard of the chief creep from that upcoming facebook movie - was a dystopian joke. Limited shade led to the comic sight of skinny rock fans collecting under a thin, dead strip of tree for relief. The advertised description of food trucks was misleading: no nourishing Echo Park pitas or much organic fare at all (excepting the excellent brownies provided by a tent full of vegan women for a reasonable price of I think three dollars). The event quickly became known in long lines as the WTF Fest, not the FYeah Fest. Sadly, an ATM machine stationed alone like the monolith from '2001' on a strip of ashen grass said it all. Later on, thick clouds of golden dust rising into the air at sundown from the stack heel boot tracks of thousands provided some environmental beauty. Were it not for the exceptional bill - 7 Seconds returned with a vengeance, assorted bands in the daytime were routinely excellent, with Sleep finally providing a power surge strong enough to reboot the people's cooked and mistreated operating systems - all would have been lost.

Posted by OD | September 7, 2010 9:56 PM

is that Wareheim? And who's the dame?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 10:18 PM

That's definitely Yasmine of Tearist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 10:32 PM

Holy shit, I think that IS the guy from Possum Dixon!

Impressive call, 8:28.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:04 AM

Unsane played a rare runion (sic) set? Are there runion (sic) shows really considered rare?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 10:59 AM

Dat's Wareheimer. Dat's step-pepps.

Posted by SKYPED FROM MY GOOSE PUMPLES | September 8, 2010 11:49 AM

Having only positive experience at FYF in the past, it's going to take a lot to get me to go back. I feel like the organizers make more mistakes each year the festival goes on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 3:03 PM

Three days later and I'm still pretty laid out from the dust. Spent 16 dollars on water. That was hard for me and I had a summer job, can't imagine what it was like for the 16 year old punk kids there.

That being said, everyone played awesome sets, the bands weren't the problem. Raddest were Davila 666, Thee Oh Sees, Ariel Pink, Man Man and The Growlers.

Posted by PErson | September 8, 2010 11:50 PM

Good Festival. But the whole water thing was very live nation. 4$ really? 1 water fountain? Not cool. Towards the end of the day every veg option was out. There was so much room for more food trucks too. I understand the organizer worked hard. He did it shows. I would go back. However, this is not his first time to the rodeo.
What was up with the oak stage's sound? What was up with Ted Leo? He tweeted some very cryptic stuff on the festival.

Posted by Mee | September 9, 2010 11:19 AM

yes, that is rob zabrecky of possum dixon. he is an amazing magician as well. great fella overall. ryan gosling discovered him at a magic show and asked him to be part of the show.

Posted by bb | September 10, 2010 12:28 AM

terrible photos but, then again, terrible subjects. wot a shit line up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2010 2:19 AM

yes, Rob Zabrecky reinvented himself as a classic magician years ago, and wrote a fascinating account of performing at Michael Jackson's house for the LA Weekly following MJ's death. Come to think of it, some magic shows on the FYFest bill would have indicated some creativity on the part of the organizers, instead of the cynical cash grab this festival has become. I don't care if the organizer 'works hard': you can't 'plan' for 'WATER'? I wasted money I didn't have on food I object to eating, overpaying for water I could have brought myself. Having energetic, creative bands on a lineup to provide a smoke screen (or dust screen, in this case) for craven, cynical exploitation of music fans is BULLSHIT.
Also, this festival forced me to realize why people hate *get ready for it* 'hipsters': parochial group-think, minimal attitudes of self-actualization and rebellion, unearned worldliness, way too much robo-cel-activity, lame clothes...the usual.
but the bands were excellent.

Posted by wong | September 10, 2010 11:52 AM

The only real fest this summer.
Fuck the East Coast!

Posted by Grape Soda | September 10, 2010 12:24 PM

Entrance line was to long, 1 water fountain, beer garden/food lines to long, ran out of beer, VIP ran out of beer, then ran out of mixers, port-a-potties placed at bad locations (some overflowing with filth), & felt lost throughout festival.

BUT, I got in for free, got free VIP bracelets, and saw some amazing bands. I went to the Delorean pre-party (AWESOME), and the Big Freedia afterparty at La Cita (FUCKING AWESOME). Had a great time!!! I WILL GO AGAIN!

Posted by Justin | September 10, 2010 7:00 PM

"The only real fest this summer.
Fuck the East Coast!"

Aw, man, Grape Soda is right. I guess we gotta shut down the East Coast now. Dang.

Posted by Pineapple Soda | September 11, 2010 2:18 AM

The 4 dollar water was horrible. And the 2 hour line for the drinking fountain was pretty bad as well. I managed to get around the expensive water by buying a bottle and then dipping it in the melted ice which the water was in for the rest of the day. Probably got some nasty virus, but I'd rather not spend 20+ dollars on water.

Posted by retrospect | September 11, 2010 2:22 PM

i hope eric banged that girl real good, ya know what i'ma sayin. fuck at first sight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2010 5:30 PM

With seeing Wareheim there, i was hoping to see an elements of need, intospect or maybe strength reunion

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2010 5:42 AM

i'm sure eric was up for a good poke. great job!

Posted by joe | September 13, 2010 9:10 PM

The only difference between Sean Carlson from FYF and a bag of human feces is the bag. I've dealt with him, I know.

How many years in, and this clown still cops his lameass "it's all good, Bro" attitude when he drops the ball and others suffer from his incompetence.

Bands, employees, and sound companies have been ripped off to the tune of thousands every year he's been doing shows, and since he never has to make good he doesn't ever have to get his act together.

Fans get crap shows that run late, or sound like ass, or, (in this case), involve sweltering in a 90+ degree dustpit without water available. I notice there's no mention of a first aid tent in this recap. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if there wasn't one, because Sean doesn't plan for the unexpected.

Going to a Sean Carlson/FYF show is like letting an 8 year old plan a week long camping trip: plenty of candy and video games, but no rain gear or cookware.

He's an idiot. I think any agent who books their band on an FYF show/fest/tour should be required to attend. Getting out and dealing with the misery he inadvertently inflicts on people might be educational for them.

Posted by Your Uncle Who Knows Better | September 15, 2010 12:35 PM

anyone who expect organic shit at a fest is a fucking idiot.

awesome. a ton of shitty bands in the heat.
and sleep to put everyone to sleep.


WHERES THE HUMMUS.
WHERE IS MEGADETH.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2010 2:28 AM

goooood Man OK /

Posted by صحيفة | October 2, 2010 3:03 PM

The 4 dollar water was horrible. And the 2 hour line for the drinking fountain was pretty bad as well. I managed to get around the expensive water by buying a bottle and then dipping it in the melted ice which the water was in for the rest of the day. Probably got some nasty virus, but I'd rather not spend 20+ dollars on water.

Posted by وظائف | October 2, 2010 3:05 PM

The 4 dollar water was horrible. And the 2 hour line for the drinking fountain was pretty bad as well. I managed to get around the expensive water by buying a bottle and then dipping it in the melted ice which the water was in for the rest of the day. Probably got some nasty virus, but I'd rather not spend 20+ dollars on water.

Posted by وظائف | October 2, 2010 3:06 PM

FUGGIN WEED SMOKER: THIS IS ABOUT WEED SMOKING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFJGQE8VLfk&feature=player_embedded

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2010 12:18 AM

Entrance line was to long, 1 water fountain, beer garden/food lines to long, ran out of beer, VIP ran out of beer, then ran out of mixers, port-a-potties placed at bad locations (some overflowing with filth), & felt lost throughout festival.

Posted by ارزاق | October 10, 2010 7:27 AM

anyone who expect organic shit at a fest is a fucking idiot.
awesome. a ton of shitty bands in the heat.
and sleep to put everyone to sleep.

Posted by صحيفة الرياض | October 10, 2010 7:28 AM

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