Entries tagged with: Fun Fun Fun Fest
by Bill Pearis
Icona Pop at Glasslands, June 2012
Swedish dance duo Icona Pop will return to NYC for a show at Santos on September 12. Tickets are on sale now. The band's only other North American dates are Chicago on August 30 and Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November. All Icona Pop tour dates are listed below.
Icona Pop's recent Charli XCX-penned single "I Love It" may still be stuck in your brain like a Centaurian slug. (The video's below.) The band played Glasslands last month and I thought they were pretty good for basically being two people onstage singing to backing tracks with occasional knob-twiddling. There was definitely no lack of energy on stage, with much dancing and fist-pumping. Video of them performing "I Love It" there is below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
One of the greatest hip hop crews of all time will reunite to play Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) in Austin, Texas! Darryl McDaniels (more commonly known as DMC) and Joseph Simmons (Run or Reverend Run) will reunite Run DMC to play the Austin Festival. The show will be their first in ten+ years, since the tragic passing of the great Jam Master Jay.
The festival goes down on November 2nd-4th in Austin, TX and features previously announced names like Atlas Sound, Baroness, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Starfucker, Rakim, Lagwagon, The Head and The Heart, Danny Brown, David Cross, Bob Mould, Tomahawk, Against Me!, and many that will be announced with the full lineup on Thursday (7/12), the same day weekend 3-day passes go on sale. A few PIP Passes are still available now. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket goes towards Jam Master Jay's JMJ Foundation for Music "which is dedicated to providing access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status, for children and young adults."
Some classic Run DMC tracks are below.
The Queers and Agent Orange are playing a Rocks Off Concert Cruise on August 18. Tickets for that punk rock show on a boat are on sale now.
P.I.P. (aka VIP) Passes for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (which just announced a third round of artist leaks) are on sale.
Meek Mill plays Irving Plaza on August 27. Tickets for that show went on sale today at 10 AM.
Alexandra Lawn @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011
While this is not a 'goodbye', the time has come for me to leave Ra Ra Riot.Countdown to news of a solo record?
Thank you for the wonderful 6 years-- so many beautiful places visited, with incredible fans & close friends made along the way. I will carry on what I have learned from each and every one of you in future endeavors, whether it be music, becoming a pilot, or the next Iron Chef.
Playing music with Rebecca, Milo, Wes, Mathieu, John, Kenny, Gabriel, and Cameron has provided some very special opportunities in my life, alongside all the talented and amazing bands that have shared the stage with us throughout. I have learned so much from all of you, and most importantly, you have have taught me to strive every day to be a better musician and songwriter.
The pictures in this post are previousy unposted pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 which took place in Austin in November not long before the band played Metro in Chicago (pics at the link). Chicago was the fourth-to-last date of the band's November tour. They've maybe played a few shows since then, but not many. More (of these pictures from one of Ali's last shows with the band) below...
G-Side @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Huntsville, Alabama rap duo G-Side are on a tour that brings them to their BV-presented show at Glasslands TONIGHT (12/6) with Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire (who the Village Voice just interviewed) and Cities Aviv. (Facebook invite HERE.) Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair here. Details on how to win are below.
Earlier on in G-Side's tour, they played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. More pictures from their set there, where they came out into the photo pit to be closer to the crowd toward the end, are in this post. The five people you see on stage include the duo, their two much-more-than-backup singers and the DJ. The crowd started relatively small for their daytime set, but grew large by the end due to their undeniable talent and charisma. Read more about another recent show they played HERE.
SPIN profiled G-Side for their December 2011 issue, 'The Changing Face of Hip-Hop.' They talked about the town of Huntsville, Alabama, where NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is located, and how G-Side rides "past the rocket to test records out." That rocket is the "363-foot-tall white Saturn V" off the highway, I-565. They talked about the tightly knit scene there. G-Side's manager Codie G. said, "In a city like this, all you get is small wins, If I see somebody here get some success, I feel like that's my success." Then the members of G-Side discussed their difficult childhoods and how they eventually met up in their pre-teenage years and began making music together. According to Yung Clova, their new album Island (which is streaming on bandcamp) "might be the last album," Either this album is gonna make us or it ain't. Struggling, trying to pay your rent -- it gets old," he said. Come support at Glasslands tonight or at one of their other upcoming shows.
All tour dates, more pics from FFF Fest, and contest details below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Alan Palomo from Neon Indian @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 6
Alan Palomo, better known to most as Neon Indian, will play a New Year's Eve celebration in Dallas followed by a New Year's Day show with The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, and after a few weeks off will embark on dates in Japan and Australia. Shortly thereafter comes the US dates, kicking off with a March 7th show at MoMA and concluding on May 12th at Terminal 5. Presale details are available at the Neon Indian site. All dates are listed below.
For the Flaming Lips, the 1/1 show is part of a 2-night New Year's run in Oklahoma City.
Neon Indian released Era Extrana in September, one of Rough Trade's favorites of 2011. Check out all tour dates, two videos from that record, and a another set of pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 6 below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Hum @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
I can say without any reservations that this was a moment I had thought about for nearly 15 years. HUM was a band that I worshiped from my mid teenage years until well into my twenties. Their two major label records, You'd Prefer An Astronaut and Downward is Heavenward, I clutched tightly against my chest and listened to on repeat in the closed world of my angst-fueled bedroom. Next to ninja turtles bed sheets, posters of Nirvana and Issac Asimov novels, were cassette and CD copies of both albums. I can still remember hearing when I was 13 or 14 that HUM would be playing a small festival show at Worlds of Fun with my other favorite band of the time, Kill Creek. I've been beating myself up for missing that show for over a decade. -[Demencha]The above review comes from the Kansas City reunion appearance of Hum, which went down a month after they played the AV Fest in Chicago and right before their Fun Fun Fun fest showing. We only posted one picture from their Austin show. This post attempts to remedy that situation.
If you missed them (possibly because you live in the East Coast), we also have a consolation prize in the form of a live recording via Cavis Tapes who recorded the whole Fun Fun Fun Fest set and posted it as a free download, Grab that before the link expires.
You can also get your Hum fix via a tribute LP which was recently released via Pop Up Records. The record features contributions from names like The Esoteric, Constants, Junius, City of Ships, and many others.
So far Hum has not announced any more shows. More of those belated Hum pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Their excellent debut LP, Feel It Break, which came out this past May on Domino, was reissued as a deluxe edition by the label last week (11/29). The deluxe edition comes with a bonus disc which features the b-sides "Identity," "Young and Gay," and "Energy," which have appeared as b-sides to the band's singles and have been appeared in many of their live sets. It also includes a few unreleased b-sides, a remix of "Beat and the Pulse" by Clown of Slipknot (whose bandmate is coincedentally playing Highline Ballroom tonight) (why are we talking about Slipknot???), which can you can stream below, and covers of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and a recently recorded cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying," which you can also stream below. The album is available now at the Domino webstore.
Austra also recently filmed a live acoustic version of "Believe Me," which appears on disc 2 of the album, for Paper Bag, their Canadian label. That video, more FFF pics, the album's tracklist, and song stream is below...
Hot Snakes (and guest) @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Hot Snakes made their overdue return to the stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest last month. If you took a look at the pictures we posted, you may have noticed that it was their original drummer Jason Kourkounis behind the kit. However, as you can see in the picture above (and few more new ones below), their second drummer Mario Rubalcaba got in on the action too.
For those not familiar with Mario's good looks, note that he is NOT the one wearing the red shirt that is banging on the top of the bass drum. No silly, that was in fact a THIRD drummer that played with the reunited band at the Austin Festival. Who was she? Nobody knew, not even the band who made an announcement that if anyone was missing a little girl, she was safe (minus her lack of earplugs) with them on stage. Like the Hot Snakes, she was a hit (also running back and forth across the stage and dancing earlier in their set).
How many drummers will there be at the Bell House tonight?? We'll find out tomorrow, after the Hot Snakes play their first of two super-sold-out NYC-area shows which are their only non-Austin North American dates. They also tour Europe this month. All dates and more Fun Fun Fun Fest pictures below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
YACHT @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
At the beginning of December, YACHT will kick off another string of dates that includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Santos Party House on December 3 with Parenthetical Girls and Midnight Magic. Tickets are still available.
Earlier that day (12/3), both YACHT and Parenthetical Girls will perform at Purchase College for 'House Our Queer Youth: A Benefit for the Ali Forney Center,' whose mission is to "protect the LGBTQ youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood." The show also includes sets by DOM, MEN, DJ/Rupture, Tearist, Advance Base, Sam Mickens, Hilly Eye, and others. Tickets for the all ages show which is open to the public, are on sale now.
Updated dates and more pics below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Big Freedia @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Shake away that t(of)urkey and stuffing on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Public Assembly (11/26) when bounce queen Big Freedia returns to Brooklyn. The $12 show will also feature appearances from Freedia's DJ Rusty Lazer, Phi Unit, and Lil Ray along with Freedia's cavalcade of rotund posterior dancers.
The NYC show is one of a handful of dates that Ryan Gosling's good friend Freedia has scheduled right now. The full list is below.
If YOU think you've got what it takes to be a Big Freedia dancer, then here's your chance:
Are we playing in your town soon? Would you like to arrange a bounce dance class before the show to learn how to shake!? Contact Miss Altercation through either booking agent: www.etbagency.com or email@example.comWith that offer, there better be some experts in the house on 11/26.
We last caught Freedia at Fun Fun Fun Fest (where Freedia met Gosling) and here are some more pictures from her set (which was maybe a PG-13) along with a retrospective video from the fest which includes her majesty in action. It's all with the dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Cloud Nothings @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
After a stop in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest (new pictures in this post), Cloud Nothings toured to Brooklyn to play a show at Glasslands last weekend (11/12). How was that show? If you missed it, the band will be back soon. Catch them on January 26th at The Studio at Webster Hall with Reading Rainbow and more TBA. Tickets go on sale at 10:20AM on 11/19.
That's a one-off show, but the band will head out on a big tour soon too. That tour runs from February through the first week of April and alternates between A Classic Education and Mr. Dream as support. There's no NYC date announced as part of that yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if at least one gets announced shortly after that 1/26 date (one at Mercury Lounge maybe even). All confirmed dates are listed below.
Cloud Nothings recently released a video teaser and a new track from their forthcoming LP Attack On Memory. Check out the slow burner "No Future/No Past" from the Albini-produced effort below, and look for the LP via Car Park on January 24th (two days before the next NYC show). Car Park is also the label that is releasing a free Cloud Nothings Christmas song in December.
The new song, all tour dates, and more Fun Fun Fun Fest pictures are below...
Dan Deacon & fans @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Dan Deacon, now signed to Domino (!) for a record due in 2012 (more details TBA), has still got it. Earlier this month, as you can see in the pictures here, I witnessed him play to a giant crowd of rabid fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest. As usual he played from the ground instead of the stage, and luckily with the help of a security guard to shield his equipment from the wild, swaying mass. More pictures are below.
====| FRIDAY 11/18 @ RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |====Dan will be back in NYC again in March to play a fancy show with the NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet as part of the recently-announced Ecstatic Music Festival. He also has lots of other dates scheduled which are listed below.
|| JM RAMBO presents
|| WHAM CITY COMEDY TOUR
|| Adam Endres
|| A Funny Clown
|| Alan Resnick
|| April Camlin
|| Ben O'Brien
|| Connor Kizer
|| Dan Deacon
|| Ellie Beziat
|| Erin Gleeson
|| Mason Ross
|| Peter O'Connell
|| Robby Rackleff
| RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $8 | all ages
Last but not least, Dan is one of a few artists who have contributed tracks to a free holiday album that Carpark is releasing on 12/6. The full tracklist and more details on that are also below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Grimes @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Grimes is still out on dates with Austra post-Fun Fun Fun Fest, but the Canadian and her uber-talented stage-dancer (see video below) have already mapped out their return to NYC as part of a string of shows with Born Gold who were also ridiculous amounts of fun at one of our CMJ day parties. This is definitely a double bill I'll want to be checking out.
Look for the pair to hit Mercury Lounge on March 23rd, 2012 and Glasslands in Brooklyn on March 24th. Tickets for Mercury go on AMEX presale at noon on 11/16 with regular sale hitting on Friday, while Glasslands tickets are on sale now. The shows are two of at least three dates scheduled for the pair, who will also play Allston, MA a few days later. Is this part of a larger tour? Probably. Details are forthcoming.
All known dates, more Fun Fun Fun pictures and some videos (including Born Gold's new one for "Lawn Knives"), below...
Henry Rollins @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With four stages running at the same time, it's hard to see everything at Fun Fun Fun Fest, but I did manage to catch part of Henry Rollins's Sunday night set in the Yellow Tent. He's a great storyteller and I try to catch his spoken word shows whenever I can. This time I heard him talk a bit about an encounter with Dennis Hopper and Captain Beefheart, a funny story about meeting a young Metallica, a bit about his favorite past time, traveling, and his tendency to get frisked a bit extra due to his passport having countries like Iraq stamped on it (or so he claims). He also started talking about the voice we could all of a sudden hear from the other stage that started bleeding into his. That voice was Brian Posehn who was warming up the crowd for Slayer and actually that's when I decided to leave and go listen to some of Brian.
Henry heads out on another giant tour in 2012, called "The Long March". It starts in Europe and ends in the United States. Along the way he hits places like Philadelphia and Buffalo (though no NYC this time). He plans to "share stories from the road less traveled - including recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba." Maybe he'll throw in some bits like his Metallica story too. All dates are listed below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Tedzig @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Speaking of Ted Leo, who just announced some shows.....
After some wondering and hinting, it actually happened... Glenn Danzig, who didn't have enough time to play his full Misfits set Friday night, showed up during Ted Leo's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday! (sort of)
First Ted & the Pharmacists played their regular set, but it ended 10 minutes early and abruptly because Ted said he was cold (like Danzig was on Friday night). Ted quickly reappeared on stage though, but in a black wig complete with devil's lock, and full band including Andy Nelson (who was in town with both Ceremony and Paint it Black) on bass. Misfits (aka Misfits tribute band TV Casualty, 3/5th of them anyway) were in effect!
The tribute band played four Misfits tunes: "Where Eagles Dare," "Bullet," "Angelfuck", and "Skulls" which Tedzig preceded by saying he reads Facebook a lot and he knew some people at the fest really wanted to hear it. Check out the video of that one below.
TV Casualty, who have played live shows before, now also have a release (what perfect timing for all that to go down at the Austin Fest...)...
On October 31st, Matador [released] a charity 7" from Philadelphia's TV Casualty.Order your copy via Matador. Check out Ted's tour dates HERE. See more pictures and a video of the Misfits tribute, below...
This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!
As part of Matador's famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7" features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only LGBTQ Youth Center.
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).
After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).
Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.
The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).
Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.
The rest of day 3, below...
On the weekend of the 25th-27th May 2012 at Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow's Parties will present the second UK I'll Be Your Mirror event. Tickets are on sale via ATPFestival.com from Friday 11th November at 10am.While any festival that features Slayer playing Reign in Blood in its entirety along with Sleep & Melvins is an absolute mind-blower, the really impressive addition in this announcement is the reunion of the great Codeine! The slow-core greats passed this mortal plane in 1994 after five years as a band and the release of their final LP The White Birch for Sub Pop. The band says:
ATP are incredibly excited to announce that this year the event starts on Friday 25th May when the incomparable SLAYER will present their undisputed classic Reign In Blood live in it's entirety during their headline set to celebrate it's 25th anniversary! Released in 1986, it is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time - in 2006 Metal Hammer named it "The best metal album of the last 20 years." Joining Slayer on Friday night are influential doom metal trailblazers SLEEP - this will be their first UK visit since reforming for two amazing ATP festival shows in 2009, and legendary Washington sludge group MELVINS, with more to be confirmed.
On Saturday 26th May, the first ever ATP festival curators MOGWAI will return to headline, and to curate the rest of the day's line-up - this will be their only show in England in 2012 and their first choices to play alongside them are another great Washington band in the form of the fantastic MUDHONEY, and playing their first shows since 1994 with their original line-up in anticipation of also re-issuing their astounding back catalogue, reformed slow-core heroes CODEINE return to the UK. More of Mogwai's choices are to be confirmed very soon.
"These are Codeine's first public performances since 1994. We are performing to celebrate the release of WHEN I SEE THE SUN - the reissues of all our music by the esteemed NUMERO GROUP, of Chicago, Illinois, coming in the spring of 2012. The 3 albums will be released as vinyl double albums, which will include compilation tracks, 4 track demos, peel sessions, and entirely heretofore unreleased songs. The six albums will also be released as a limited edition boxed set, possibly with a bonus 7-inch. Our hope is to make our music and legacy available to all who are interested. To spotlight this release, we will be performing a very limited series of concerts in the US, UK and Europe.In related news, Mogwai released multiple releases by UK's Part Chimp on their own Rock Action imprint. TONIGHT (11/9) marks the band's last ever NYC appearance (they are calling it quits after this tour) as part of a round of dates with Torche. Tickets are still available for tonight at Mercury Lounge.
Ringworm / Mindsnare split 7" art
Now that Scars is in the open, Ringworm has teamed with Mindsnare for ANOTHER new release, this time a comic/7" split which is available NOW on vinyl/download via A389 Records. The release, which features a pair of tracks from each band, is being released concurrently with a new spit 12" from Seven Sisters of Sleep/Children of God AND a Ringworm flexi of the Madness of War demo from 1999. Order all three at A389. Stream the Rigworm/Midshare split exclusively below.
Reminder fellow East-coasters, A389 Anniversary 2012 goes down on January 12th, 2012. Eyehategod will headline the affair, which will also feature Integrity, Gehenna, Starkweather, Weekend Nachos, and many many others. Flyer below.
Eyehategod at Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday
Eyehategod ALSO played Fun Fun Fun fest over the weekend, and pictures from that appearance, as well as the full Ringworm/Mindsnare stream is below.
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
Girls @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
San Francisco's Girls, who just played the Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend in Austin and next roll through NYC January 14 for a show at Terminal 5, have announced a new single, "Lawrence," to be released via True Panther on December 6. The song, which isn't on Girls' album Father Son Holy Ghost, was "written and recorded as a gift to Lawrence Hayward" who fronted cult bands Felt in the '80s, Denim in the '90s and Go-Kart Mozart currently. Christopher Owens explains in an open letter:
I wonder who will be writing me in twenty years, and what they'll be looking for. Don't worry, I'm not writing to talk about the things I'm looking for in life, I'll spare you that. I'm writing to FINALLY be able to send you a song that I wrote in 2008. When I wrote this song I was the guitarist in a band called Holy Shit, Matt Fishbeck (our fearless leader) was the one who turned me on to Felt. I fell in love with your songs, I wouldn't stop listening, I loved you and Maurice.
To make a long story a shorter story, I once wrote this song and wondered what you would sing to it, I could sometimes hear your voice but I didn't dare write down any words. I never thought for a second you would ever hear it, I wondered if you would like it, all that. I called it Lawrence, after you. To send it to you now is incredible for me, I want to show you I'm thankful. You gave me something to love, or in other words you gave me love itself. You took something that can sometimes feel so common and dull and brought it back to life with so much beauty and verse. You gave me happiness, and you still do.
Anyway, I'd just like you to have it, it's yours, take it as yours. Do anything you want with it. I hope you enjoy listening to it. And all the best to you forever and ever.
With love- Christopher Owens
This is not the first Girls/Lawrence interaction, as French website Magic RPM managed to get the somewhat reclusive singer to interview Owens and Chet White on video two years ago and all three parts of that exchange are watchable at the bottom of this post, along with more pictures from Girls' FFFF set.
Coincidentally, Scottish group Girls Names also have a song called "Lawrence" which is about the Felt/Denim singer too, and can be found on their Slumberland LP Dead to Me from earlier this year. Weird, huh? Maybe somebody can work out a split 7" with both versions.
There's more Lawrence-related news. Paul Kelly's long-in-the-works documentary Lawrence of Belgravia finally made its debut, premiering at the London Film Festival two weeks ago. Reviews have been positive... maybe it'll get American distribution. And First Third Books is putting out a coffee table book of rare photographs of Felt from Lawrence's personal archives with a forward by St. Etienne's Bob Stanley. Only a 1,000 copies are being printed, each signed by Lawrence himself.
If you're unfamiliar with Lawrence's oeuvre, you should start with Felt who released ten albums and ten singles in ten years for Cherry Red and Creation, and whose influence can be heard in Pulp, Belle & Sebastian, The Tyde, Crystal Stilts among many others. It used to be hard to get your hands on the albums but pretty much all of Felt's work is in print now, and available digitally. Felt's sound ranged from uber-jangly indie, to organ-driven pop and even instrumental jazz, so a good place to start is with compilation Absolute Classic Masterpieces which you can listen to on Spotify if you have it.
With his 10-year-plan for Felt complete, Lawrence then formed Denim whose glammy sound was a 180 from everything his previous group stood for. Denim's 1992 debut, Back in Denim, is a classic and still get-able (and Spotify-able), but 1996's Denim on Ice (and the b-sides comp Novelty Rock) is not. Denim's career was derailed in the summer of 1997 when their single "Summer Smash" unfortunately coincided with Princess Diana's death. The single was banned by the BBC and the subsequent album, Denim Take Over, got shelved indefinitely.
Lawrence then formed Go-Kart Mozart with a novetly-ish bubblegum sound, a direction Denim were already heading in. Some of the songs meant for Denim Take Over ended up on Go-Kart Mozart's 2005 album Tearing Up the Album Charts. Lawrence claims to have a new GKM album in the can and ready for release.
Click through for that Lawrence/Girls interview and a live version of Girls Names' "Lawrence," plus some Felt and Denim videos, more pics and all upcoming Girls tour dates.
photos by Tim Griffin
Spoon @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Spoon had nothing to promote and no surplus of new songs to unveil. This was just an Austin band -- Austin's biggest indie band ever -- playing an Austin festival for their only major show of 2011 (at least so far). As a live unit, the four-piece that recorded Transmission (augmented here by an additional percussionist) is as precise as Spoon has ever been, cranking out savagely controlled, often slow-building versions of such songs as "Written in Reverse," "Delicate Places" and the instantaneously applauded "I Turn My Camera On." "We got horns!" frontman Britt Daniel proclaimed, bringing out a six-man section for "Cherry Bomb," "The Underdog" and "Jonathan Fisk." By the four-song encore, the crowd had both increased in enthusiasm and decreased in size -- no doubt some people had wandered to another stage to see the Damned, which Daniel himself had said he wished that he could do. [SPIN]Personally I started at the Damned (who were great) and finished Saturday with about 30 minutes of Spoon which felt like the perfect chill ending to a long first-two-days of the outdoor Austin fest (right after their set I went back to the hotel, skipped all afterparties and crashed for 12 hours straight which made Sunday great).
Our first set of pictures from Saturday, Damned included, are HERE. Our second set continues, more of Spoon included, below...
The Damned @ F F F Fest
Day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 was definitely more taxing than day one (pics here and here), in part due to the unrelenting dust storms. But despite a case of brown lung and some fatigue, it was still a blast and I managed to catch most of the sets at the Black Stage, as well as select shows at the Blue Stage and even popped over to checkout M83 at Orange for a bit. Highlights for the day included the Death Grips, the crowd going bat-shit crazy and creating human launch ramps during Paint it Black, Cold Cave blasting out destructive white noise, the return of Hot Snakes and watching The Damned rip through favorites like "New Rose" and "Smash It Up" from their first two albums while making jokes about Danzig (who played a notorious set the night before on the same stage at the same time). Completely different vibe from the night prior (and not the only time a Danzig joke was heard).
The rest of my pictures from Saturday (with more to come) are below...
Jeff Mangum in Jersey City last night (photo by cecurran)
today in NYC
* ASSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* The Four Bags @ Barbes
* Frank Ocean @ Bowery Ballroom
* Jay-Z, Kanye West @ Izod Center
* Jeff Mangum @ Loews Jersey City
* David Witham Quartet @ The Stone
* Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg @ The Stone
* Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre
* Freestyle Love Supreme @ Gramercy Theater
* Blockhead, DJ Shiftee, Kotchy @ Glasslands
* Koen Holtkamp, Mike Weis, United Waters @ Zebulon
* Neptune, Man Forever, Dan Friel, Raft @ Union Pool
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Here to Help: Dave Hill, Phil Jackson, Neil Casey @ UCBeast
* The Toasters, Obi Fernandez, Royal City Riot @ Highline Ballroom
* Dariius, Meager Sunlight, Skeleton Warrior, Shams @ Death By Audio
* Scott Rudd, Jon Palmer & The New Complainers, Morrison Brook @ Cake Shop
* Bambara, Hilly Eye, Bugs In The Dark, Butchers and Bakers @ Mercury Lounge
* Afuche, Pretty Monsters, The Oracle Hysterical, Vavatican @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* No Redeeming Social Value, The Krays, Creepout, Red Eyed Devil, Desensitized @ Saint Vitus
* Shilpa Ray, Three Blind Wolves, Avalanche City, Gabriel and the Hounds, Alessi's Ark, Willy Mason @ Public Assembly
Jeff Mangum plays his 2nd Jersey City show tonight. Tickets went back on sale today.
Fun Fun Fun Fest concludes today in Austin and is streaming online. It may rain in Austin today, so hopefully that doesn't mess with the stream (since from here it looks like the people filming are doing so mostly from handheld cameras in the photopit).