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DOWNLOAD: Monotonix - "Give Me More" (MP3)
Montonix at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
At Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, there were very few bands that played the Yellow Stage that was tucked in the back of Waterloo Park. It was instead used for Anarchy Championship Wrestling, hot dog eating contests, jackass-like stunts and comedy. One of the few bands to play that stage? Monotonix, who actually fit right in (note that they played the main stage in the same park at the FFFFest-affiliated Mess With Texas fest during SXSW in 2009 - and they fit in there too).
Monotonix's sophmore LP, Not Yet, will be out January 25th, 2011 via Drag City - the first single "Give Me More" is available for download above. To support that effort, the nutty band will hit the road to tour first in December, and then again in the new year. Along the way they'll hit '285 Kent Ave' in Brooklyn with Pujol and Federation X on February 5th.
Even more exciting (for them at least) is that two of their upcoming shows are with Faith No More - one in LA and one in CHILE. Those two dates also happen to be Mike Patton and band's only scheduled reunion shows left. Their last shows were in Europe, Brooklyn and Philly in July. (UPDATE: Faith No More added a December 1st LA show too)
All dates and Fun Fun Fun Fest videos below.
It's 1PM in Texas and I just tied a bandana around my face before its time to get down to business. I'm not some outlaw out to rob a bank and hop on a speeding stagecoach; With the dry dirt and the hordes of kids in full-on circle-pit/floorpunch mode, a bandana or a surgical mask is a key tool in dealing with the clouds of dust that form around the chaos.
Chaos it was, off-stage that is, as the crowd popped for the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Snapcase, Dwarves, Municipal Waste, Gwar, Mastodon and others on Fun Fun Fun Fest's Black Stage (where I spent a good bit of my time). Though I wandered to the Orange Stage to catch amazing performances from Cap'n Jazz, The Hold Steady & Descendents (among many others) and the Blue Stage to catch scorching shows from Big Freedia, Pharoahe Monch, Dam-Funk, and A-Trak, but it was the Black Stage where I caught pretty much every single band in action.
And that's a lot! One of the great things about the Black and Orange stages is that they are actually TWO stages each. A band will finish their set, and then on a stage right next to it, another band will line check and play. Times between bands varied (due to set time length and on occasion, technical difficulties), but there were moments when it was as low as 5 minutes between sets. More music and less downtime.
I started out my Saturday (11/6) with Black Congress, whose powerful post-hardcore impressed the early crowd. Hatred Surge followed, and even with a new singer in tow, the brutality has stayed a constant. Power Trip was next, and they do crossover-thrash that is less DRI/ Municipal Waste, and more serious/furious. Bands this good shouldn't play this early.
I'm very picky about sung vocals and punk rock, so it's sort of no surprise that I didn't care for either Bad Religion (who had no guitar in the mix for the first three songs), The Briggs or The Vandals, but I did enjoy what I saw of Strike Anywhere's live set (even though I am not into their recorded output). Dreadlocked singer Thomas Barnett is as energetic a frontman as I would see on the Black Stage all weekend, and really added tremendous power to the band's melodic hardcore.
Muncipal Waste (more here)
Strike Anywhere is from Richmond, and the band got a "Richmond represent" shout out from the great Municipal Waste that day. The band thrashed their way through one of my favorite sets of the afternoon, complete with thrown trash cans, a wall of death, stage diving, and an "execution" courtesy of fellow Richmond band Gwar. Gwar was fun in a kitschy way and delivered a great set later in the day, but the crowd energy and the precision of MW's live show was the most memorable.
Also on the Black stage were Valient Thorr and The Casualties who both delivered energetic sets, with the latter giving a crusty spin on the Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop". The mohawk-ed kids went ape, and a wall of death, which was later faux-mocked by Municipal Waste when they initiated their own wall of death, was called upon by vocalist Jorge Herrera.
On the Orange stage, I managed to catch Woven Bones, The Appleseed Cast, and Jeff The Brotherhood. Jeff The Brotherhood is a staple of the small stage in NYC, so it was a bit odd to hear that guitar tone blaring out of 50 feet of PA speakers. Odd, but no less fun/impressive.
Along with Municipal Waste, Big Freedia was another one of my favorite sets of the day. Her nonsense odes to ass, ass, and ass-clapping were a pure sugar-rush and left 90% of the crowd in hilarious amazement and the other 10% with a big old "WTF" look. The Freedia set was tamer than her usual appearances, but no matter, it was still much fun and much booty-shakin. Dam-Funk would also get the crowd moving on that same stage hours later.
Seeing Big Freedia meant missing a good portion of Cap'n Jazz, who announced on stage that Fun Fun Fun would be their last show. Unbelieveably kinetic and powerful, Cap'n Jazz reminds me that emo is short for "emotional" and not just a psuedonym for pop-crossover. Mesmerizing and awesome.
Sunday (11/7) was a late start for me, so I got to the venue to see the tail end of Junius (who played 2nd, after Eagle Claw on the Black Stage). They're a band I'm very familiar with for their latter-Isis crunch-and-clean vocals steelo. It was surprisingly the next band that really got me going: Peelander-Z. With a large crowd looking on, Peelander-Z delivered an incredible mix of energy, stage presence, audience participation, fun and simple song-craft, and plain old good times. They played from the crowd. They stage dove. They led the audience in a giant game of limbo. They had a footrace. Totally fun.
I have a lot of recent experience seeing OFF!, High on Fire, Kylesa, Floor, Mastodon, and The Bronx, who all played the Black Stage that day. All gave predictably excellent shows though Kylesa in particular seemed a bit more energetic that usual (lots of Laura pogoing). It might have been the fact that FFF marked the end of their US tour with Torche and High on Fire, but they were particularly good on that sweltering Sunday afternoon. Floor was great as usual, though I enjoyed them more at Red 7 later that night... possibly because their music felt like a bookend to a great weekend. Both High on Fire and Mastodon's setlist delved into all of their recorded efforts which, as a long time fan, was comforting.
I'm not particularly scared of anyone, but Human Furnace of Ringworm gives me the shakes. His gravelly voice propels the rest of the Clevo-hardcore band forward and blew my mind that afternoon. They were one of my highlights of the day, and if I had only seen them and Snapcase on Sunday, I would have been content.
If my dad listened to modern music anymore, he would go apeshit for The Hold Steady. The band cranked out a crunchy Springsteen-esque set and sounded better than I have ever heard them before. Though they were killing on the Orange stage, I made the hard decision to bounce to catch the rest of Suicidal Tendencies' set.
Nothing against Mike Muir, but he isn't in the same shape that John Joseph of the Cro-Mags is (Muir and the rest of the known universe). No matter, it doesn't stop him from zigging and zagging back and forth on stage as the rest of Suicidal Tendencies runs through hits like "You Can't Bring Me Down" and "I Saw Your Mommy". High energy stuff; I can't imagine running in circles while trying to recite the words to "Institutionalized". Catch Suicidal and Cro-Mags together at Terminal 5 on November 14th.
If I was to pick two of my favorite sets from Sunday, the winners easily go to Snapcase and Descendents. Snapcase was brutal, technical, confrontational, and totally fun; the crowd gave back every ounce of energy that the band put in. From the opening notes of their third song, "Zombie Transmission" from Progress Through Unlearning, I knew that this was going to be a highlight. We need more shows from Snapcase.
Descendents, who we also need more shows from, are one of the few bands that pass my "no clean vocals in punk rock" test. Their songs are funny without being goofy, melodic without being overtly pop, and driving/hard when they want to be. Classics like "Suburban Home", "Bikeage" and a good portion of Somery, "Everything Sucks" and many of the highlights from that LP, and tons of others all made their way onto the setlist that night. And yes, the band made sure to fit in "All" and "Weinerschnitzel". Too fun, and though I left Mastodon early to catch them, I have no regrets.
As far as pictures go, we already split the fest up into ten other posts, my pictures from Saturday included. This post is number 11 and it includes all my pictures from Sunday (and it is our final set of Fun Fun Fun pics from this year) which continue, below...
Madeline Follin of Cults & Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
It was like a buzz band explosion on Sunday when Bethany of Best Coast, who were playing the same stage later, came on stage during Cults' set to lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Cults member Madeline Follin who then wished Toro y Moi, who played the same stage earlier, a Happy Birthday as well. Cults were good too. I didn't see any of Best Coast's actual set, though Tim did.
The reason I missed all of Best Coast's set was due to the veggie hot dog eating contest happening on the Yellow Stage. I first met Mike Litt in 2008 when we partnered on a SXSW day party (which was also in partnership with Transmission who puts on Fun Fun Fun). At the time, I didn't know much about Mike except that he was vegan, a bit of an activist, a local Austin event promoter, and that he was responsible for throwing an annual veggie hot dog eating contest every July 4th in Austin. And it was those reasons that made me immediately want to start working with him and we've stayed in contact each SXSW since, and so there was no way I was missing this special edition of his veggie dog eating contest which was happening right at the festival (not to mention I've seen Best Coast multiple times already, I've seen the Bronx, and I wasn't really planning on catching P.O.S. who was also on at the same time).
And I wasn't alone. A healthy size crowd showed up to view the grossness. Unfortunately there were too many contestants to fit at the table on the stage (forcing them to, at the very last minute with the timer ticking, add a 2nd table in the back for more contestants who couldn't be seen by most of the crowd), and there were a lot of introductions and comedy at the beginning that included getting volunteers from the crowd, plugging local comedy shows and musicians, some guys playing the National Anthem, and all the setup of plates and hot dogs and cups of water (not necessarily how you want to spend your valuable music festival minutes), but all in all (after a bit of anxiety waiting for the actual contest to begin), it was a good time, a rare break from the music for me, and for a worthwhile cause (I think). I (literally) love Mike Litt.
photos by Tim Griffin
"This solo project from Animal Collective's Deakin (or Deacon, or Josh Dibb) was just as psychedelic, but in more of a dub vein, with spacey, ambient guitar over echoing reverberating distorted drum-pad beats. A pair of smoking-hot yoga-body hipster girls were dancing throughout--no idea how they found a beat to lock into, as loose as the rhythm was, but none of the guys nearby were complaining." [Dallas Observer]From some of our posts, you might think metal and punk dominated at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and honestly it kind of was the metal and punk bands who packed the most punch making it harder to enjoy the lighter fare all in one day, but there are many who probably spent all weekend at Waterloo Park and never even ventured over to the Black Stage once, not even to check out the spectacle that is Gwar who were on that the same time as Dirty Projectors on Saturday.
If indie rock/pop/chillwave was all you were looking for, or even just dancing and hip hop, you had more than your share of best new music to keep you occupied from noon to 10pm on the Orange and Blue stages. Sunday alone featured Deerhunter, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Deakin, Magic Kids, Best Coast (Wavves played the day before) and Cults, not to mention Yelle, Polvo, P.O.S. and A-Trak. Those are most of the artists pictured in this post which continues below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Peelander Pink & fan
As just mentioned, Fun Fun Fun Fest closed out Sunday night with competing headlining sets by Mastodon and the Descendents. Earlier that day, NYC's own Peelander-Z played a set to a massive crowd of punks, metalheads and indie kids alike. I already thought Peelander were awesome before I saw them wow Austin, but now I'm even more enamored with them. Don't forget to catch them out on tour and greet them at Santos Party House on November 20th when they get home. Like LaneHolloway.com says:
"At first I had no clue what Peelander Z was about, but any band named Peelander Z has to be worth seeing at least once. PZ is off-the-wall fun -- it was the most fun I've had watching a band in a long time. Any band that replaces themselves with people from the audience then begins to run around in the audience doing human bowling, crowd surfing, calisthenics and banging on pots and pans is worth seeing multiple times. The songs were simplistic, but fun and the energy they gave off was something not to be missed."Another set of FFF pics, all from the Black stage on Sunday (11/7), continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest getting the Descendents as a last minute headliner fill-in for Devo was a big deal, and the size of the crowd that showed up Sunday night to watch the reunited California punk band proved it. It was almost definitely the biggest crowd at any one stage the whole weekend. They played on the Orange, aka the "indie" stage, that MGMT headlined the night before, and you could see that they pulled something like double the crowd, and there were a lot less people watching Mastodon one stage over Sunday night too, partially because the Descendents stole some of their crowd.
""It really was the equivalent of a punk-rock half-court shot at the buzzer," James Moody, co-owner of music booking agency Transmission Entertainment, said backstage on Sunday. "Our backs were against the wall. We're not a big organization. When you've got 10 days to book a monster headliner that you really respect it's hard. We were sweating it."That said, I ran over to Mastodon at the Black Stage for a minute, and their crowd wasn't too shabby either. A-Trak was playing at the same time to a large crowd on the Blue stage too. The Austin festival manages to pull in enough punk and metal fans to actually make Mastodon vs. Descendents (which was supposed to be Mastodon vs Devo) work just fine, from a crowd control point of view anyway. Oh, and the Descendents didn't forget who they were replacing. Like Snapcase (who dedicated the appropriately titled "Energy Dome" to Devo) and Weird Al Yankovic before them, the Descendents paid tribute to Devo. Their way of doing it was by covering "Uncontrollable Urge" during the encore which ended with "Bikeage".
Transmission's players needn't have worried -- playing its first show in many years and its only scheduled United States date, the Descendents drew throngs of true believers, with frontman Milo Aukerman sounding as enthused as ever on frenetic classics like "I Don't Want to Grow Up." Not bad for a guy who's pushing 50." [Austin Statesman]
The show did not dissapoint. Video of the encore, and other videos and more pictures including one of their setlist, below...
Digital Retribution: When I last interviewed you, you said of the Dead Kennedys reunion, "I thought it was fucking pathetic, though, when The Dead Kennedys went out without Jello as their singer." What I meant to say instead of whatever monosyllabic witticism I spouted is: What's the difference between DK and the reformed Misfits, who GWAR toured with?With 46 acts spanning multiple genres, all worth at least checking out, and most worth more than that, playing on four stages in a 10 hour period along with side attractions like a bungee jumping thing and a mechanical bull, and with three of us at Fun Fun Fun Fest, it shouldn't be surprising that it took us ONE, TWO, THREE, and now FOUR posts to cover just the pictures from Saturday. They continue below...
Dave Brockie (aka Oderus): I think there is a big difference, but don't expect the original product in either. I like Jerry and I would rather have him out touring and having fun than have him working in his machine shop. You can't blame him for wanting to cash in on how great The Misfits were, and enjoy himself in the process, plus give all of his pals jobs in his crew, and show his kids the time of their lives! So in that aspect, I think Jerry and what's left of The Misfits is cool, as long as you don't go in there expecting to see Glenn Danzig! I feel Jerry has earned the right to do whatever the fuck he wants through 30+ years of dedication to this music. Jerry never lets up, he is always gigging. Whereas the Dead Kennedys thing was just a one-shot money grab. They knew they could get away with it, do a year or two, cash in, and bail...and also, The Misfits actually got away with replacing their singer, with Mike Graves, and did a couple of great records! That was when we toured with them, and that was great! American Psycho is a great fucking album!
Floor at Red 7 for the BrooklynVegan Fun Fun Fun Fest After-Party
Robotic Empire dropped the exhaustive Floor box set earlier this year and now Chunklet will release a Floor DVD entitled Sight & Seen, a two disc compilation on the mighty Floridian band that spawned also-greats Torche and Dove. The DVD includes multi-angle video from both Floor renunion shows at The Earl in Atlanta (pictures here) as the centerpiece, the set also includes a featurette on the band with more live footage and interviews, audio from both shows, and older video that spans Floor's original run. If it's anything like the Harvey Milk Anthem DVD, you'll want to get your hands on it... Get your copy via Chunklet, but hurry; only 700 will be released in varying colorways. Look for it the first week of December 2010.
After a long day of incredible performances Sunday at Fun Fun Fun Fest (pictures are on the way), I was a bit worn out (not just from the day, but from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday too). But the energetic performances from all bands- Ratking is brutal crusty noise/hardcore featuring Coop from Made out of Babies, Mammoth Grinder is a personal fave, and Landmine Marathon was especially great with their new drummer- got my heart racing. Even though I caught Floor earlier that day at the fest, I enjoyed them much more as my final band of the Fun Fun Fun trek.... just incredible. Thanks to Transmission and all that filled Red 7!
More pictures from Red 7, and the Sight & Seen trailer, are below...
Tim's complete set of pictures from FFF Fest Saturday are split into two posts: HERE and HERE. A third set, that I took with far inferior skills and camera, but that fills in some blanks and includes stuff like a dude being thrown into a pool filled with thumbtacks, a member of Gwar storming the stage during Municipal Waste's set, and people waiting in line to get Wavves' autograph, continues below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Appreciative crowds turned up at all four [Fun Fun Fun Fest] stages [this past weekend], and the festival's vaunted circus atmosphere was out in force -- with plenty of traffic at the mechanical bull, the Eurobungy, the skate ramps and the arcade games set to free play. After a few weeks with unexpected, last-minute cancellations and other problems, Moody said the organizers were able to breathe a sigh of relief.The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest, complete with constant dust in the air (a few smart people wore masks or bandanas over their face), is now over (and it's true, the dust is a bit uncomfortable, but the mud and rain last year was worse).
"All the snafus [like Devo cancelling] happened before the fest. We don't have a record of great luck, you know? Whether it be weather or bands or whatever," said Moody. "So when that kind of thing starts happening you start to wonder, 'Oh (expletive), is this gonna be another year with some weird curveball?' We were just hoping it wasn't a run of bad luck and it wasn't. We got a little bad luck before the festival but all kinds of good luck at the festival."
Even the dust cloud had a silver lining.
"We love the dust this year, because at least it's not raining," Moody said. "We hated the dust when it first happened a few years ago, but after it rained last year we were like 'Bring on the dust!'" [Austin 360]
photos by Tim Griffin
The 2010 edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest is now complete. You saw pictures from the first night. We have lots of possitive things to say coming up, but for now here is a part two of our photos - all from day two aka Saturday (11/6). They continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
As I said, Weird Al was awesome. If I say anymore, I'll be late to the last day of the fest. A set of pictures from Friday night, along with Weird Al's 2 hour setlist, continues below...
Land of Talk @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Patti Smith @ the Met
* Laura Kahle @ The Stone
* Anders Nilsson @ Roulette
* Aziz Ansari @ Carnegie Hall
* The Dan Band @ Irving Plaza
* Givers, Guards @ Mercury Lounge
* Mary Black, Roisin O @ City Winery
* Crime In Stereo, Robbers @ Europa
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* Howard Fishman @ Abrons Arts Center
* Peter Case, Lydia Loveless @ Maxwell's
* Kemialliset Ystavat @ Issue Project Room
* The Revere, Men and Whales @ Fontana's
* Bob Mould, Chris Brokaw @ The Rock Shop
* Boy 8-Bit, JDH & Dave P @ Public Assembly
* Blues Traveler, The Cringe @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Vincent Chancey's Phat Chance @ The Stone
* The Dandy Warhols, Hopewell @ Webster Hall
* Y/Y, Teletextile, Bermuda Bonnie @ Fort Useless
* MiMOSA, Two Fresh, Gramatik @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Party Machine w/ Eugene Mirman @ Union Hall
* Point Blank Sound, Hypeman Guidance @ Littlefield
* Paul Weller, Erland & the Carnival @ Apollo Theater
* Land of Talk, Suuns, Little Scream @ Bowery Ballroom
* Roger Waters playing The Wall @ Madison Square Garden
* French Horn Rebellion, Tigersapien, Phonetag @ Glasslands
* Dear Comrade, Tyro Marks, My Pet Dragon @ Cameo Gallery
* Bassnectar, Beats Antique (DJ set), Emancipator @ Terminal 5
* Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Paul Dempsey, Katy Steele @ Littlefield
* Black Lips, Cerebral Ballzy, Fergus & Geronimo, K Holes @ The Shank
* Taylor Hollingsworth, Leland Sundries, Numbers and Letters @ Union Hall
* Song of Zarathustra, Primitive Weapons, The Fortune Healers @ Cake Shop
* The Honey Brothers, April Smith & The Great Picture Show @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Reagan Youth, Bambi Killers, Olde York, Nervous Breakdown, Blood Runners @ Party Expo
* The NY Art Book Fair w/ Lucky Dragons, Robert A.A. Lowe, Driphouse, Greg Fox @ MoMa PS1
* Jonathan Sexton, Dylan Sneed, Scott Chasolen, Luke Rathborne, The Renaldo The Ensemble @ The Living Room
* Double Entendre, Sore Eros, Mountainhood, White Laces, Sultan, No Demons Here, Animal Hospital @ Shea Stadium
* Method of Defiance, Grandmixer DXT, Jazzy Jay, Lord Apt., The New York Gypsy All-Stars Band, Jerome Derraji, World Invasion, Matt Dickey, Amir Parsa, Sean Schulluch, Abrazos Orchestra @ Santos Party House
Fun Fun Fun Fest has its first full, four stage festival day today in Austin (schedule here). Weird Al's two-hour Yoda-ending set was awesome last night on night one (which was basically a Weird Al concert with Todd Barry and Apples in Stereo opening). I wish I could say the same about the Antlers, but I missed their afterparty set due to me coming down with some nasty bug that has me hacking as I type this. Not only was I in bad shape by the end of Weird Al's outdoor set, it was cold out and The Antlers was an outside show too. Hoping to make it through this weekend alive.
The Black Lips play a very late show in Brooklyn tonight.
Inquisition @ Red 7
Will the whole thing be like this? I'm currently in Austin, TX prepping to see Fun Fun Fun Fest (tickets here) this weekend and already in the two days leading-up Red 7 has hosted a pair of killer shows. The Wednesday show featured the new Faiza Kracheni (ex-Hatred Surge) project Mindless alongside the crusty and blackened Wolvhammer. Last night (11/4), Chaos in Tejas hosted a free and eclectic heavy shindig headlined by Saviours and featuring Inquisition, Pack of Wolves, HOD, and Naw Dude.
The punishment at Red 7 continues through the weekend and into Sunday (11/7), when BrooklynVegan will host Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, Ratking (mems Made out of Babies, Gorilla Biscuits) and an act that was previously listed as "special guest" that we can now reveal as Floor! The Red 7 show is their only non-Fun Fun Fun Fest show (they play the festival proper that afternoon) coming up, and quite possibly could be their last show EVER. If you are in the area, get down to Red 7... it's free with your FFF writband and a measly $5 without.
Unfortunately I missed all support for the Wolvhammer/Mindless show, as well as Pack of Wolves, HOD, and Naw Dude (all bands I was looking forward to seeing), but pictures of the rest, below...
Cap'n Jazz at Brooklyn Bowl over the summer (more by Leia Jospe)
Joan of Arc play Columbia, Missouri tomorrow (11/2) as part of a string of US dates leading up to a November 6th appearance at the Mohawk in Austin for a Fun Fun Fun Fest after-party event (Tim Kinsella's other project Cap'n Jazz will play FFF proper the same weekend). A couple weeks later, Joan of Arc will blast off to the EU for a string of dates with Joan of Arc/Make Believe member Bobby Burg's other project Love of Everything.
Then after some time off, Joan of Arc will return east for for a NYC appearance at Mercury Lounge on February 1st, 2011 with Soft Circle. Tickets go on presale Wednesday, 11/3 at noon, and general sale Friday 11/5 at noon. The show looks to be part of a TBA tour with Philly and DC dates also scheduled so far (they're listed below).
Joan of Arc recently dropped a cassette box set of their recorded output to date on Joyful Noise Recordings (listing is below). The full set is sold out, but tapes (with lossless MP3s) of all the LPs are still available. Order them now while you still can.
Joan of Arc also recently released the new Meaningful Work 7" (with download codes) via Polyvinyl (cop it). And Joan of Arc's 11th LP is on the way too... that's if the band can muster up the cash for it via Kickstarter. Steve Albini will produce and although it looks like the band is well on the way towards that goal, contribute to the cause if you can and get some merch and rarities in return.
Though Devo, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, and Cold Cave have all cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest, (they were all replaced and) you can see Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Descendents, Weird Al Yankovic, Mastodon, Scream, Floor, Cults, The Antlers, and even BrooklynVegan at Fun Fun Fun Fest and its associated after-parties this coming weekend. Tickets are still available.
All Joan of Arc tour dates and some video below...
Devo, Crocodiles, and Dum Dum Girls have all cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the past few days. Sucks, yes. But the evil geniuses at the Austin, Texas Festival (November 5-7, 2010) have already drummed up some replacements. New bands include Cults, and Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos (who were originally on the fest, but had to drop off a few weeks ago and were replaced by The Antlers, and now are back but on a different day). Washed Out also recently replaced Cold Cave, and the Nortec Collective was a recent addition too. Oh, and to replace Devo: new headliner Descendents!
"I really can't believe it. The Descendents were one of those bands on my dream list that I thought I would never get to book" Says Graham Williams, FFF Founder. "A week ago, we had no idea what we were going to do, and now we couldn't be more happy".The show is The Descendents' lone US scheduled appearance, and only appearance before the re-reunited band heads down under in December for some dates in Australia. Get your Fun Fun Fun Fest tickets at their site.
Speaking of Cults, they recently played a gang of shows during CMJ, and their only other show at the moment is with The Morning Benders and Twin Sister at Webster Hall in NYC on 11/18 instead of Oberhofer (tickets).
I'm preparing to head down to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend as well, and along with all of the incredible heavy music that's already going on at the festival (Mastodon, Floor, Snapcase, High on Fire, Kylesa, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatred Surge, Ringworm... the list is endless) we'll be hosting an event of our own. On Sunday, November 7th BrooklynVegan will host a killer after-party at Red 7 (doors at 9) with incredible secret guests, along with Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, and Ratking (mems MOoB, Gorilla Biscuits). The show will be FREE to Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband holders and a measly $5 at the door for those of you without.
Not into metal or need something to do on the other nights of that weekend in Austin? Not to worry. Like the lineup of the festival itself, the selection of bands playing other afterparties on each night of the fest is diverse. There are plenty of options including a November 5th Gorilla Vs Bear shindig (also with secret guest), and many more.
BrooklynVegan show flyer, some video of those bands in action, info on the fest's 2010 Circus Stage, and more, below...
Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of PurchaseAccording to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.
Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.
Dee Dee & a Crocodile @ Woodsist Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
"SO SAD TO ANNOUNCE WE MUST CANCEL THE REMAINDER OF OUR SHOWS WITH THE VASELINES AS WELL AS OUR OWN. DEE DEE NEEDS TO GO HOME TO BE WITH HER FAMILY. SOMETIMES LIFE IS FUCKED UP. MUCH LOVE & RIP TO ARI UP & ANDY KOTOWICZ AS WELL." - Dum Dum Girls
Crocodiles were scheduled to play Maxwell's Tuesday. Dum Dum Girls were supposed to headline Music Hall of Willamsburg on November 1st. Both bands were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest. All cancelled DDG dates below...
The Jesus Lizard at FFF 2009 (more here)
Dear lord. In their fifth year in existence, it looks like Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest have gone all out. First, the previously two-day fest will expand to three (!). It's happening November 5th, 6th & 7th at Waterloo Park and will feature headlining sets from MGMT, DEVO, Mastodon, Bad Religion, Slick Rick, RJD2, A-Trak, GWAR, The Hold Steady, The Dirty Projectors... WEIRD AL YANKOVIC and more. In addition, look for sets from such notables as Cap'n Jazz, Deerhunter, Polvo, Wavves, Municipal Waste, High On Fire, Suicidal Tendencies, Jeff The Brotherhood, Floor, Kylesa, The Bronx, Devin The Dude, Yelle, Pharoahe Monch, and too many other names to count. Looks amazing, and tickets are currently on sale. - BBG
Get your plane tickets now. Full lineup of music and comedy (and veggie dog eating contest and wresting and air sex and...) and some video from last year is below...
Off! (photo by Lindsey Byrnes)
Whether or not the band name Off! is a not-so-subtle reference to another band that featured the great Keith Morris and dealt destruction to the insect populi, one thing is certain, they rule. Besides the incredible vocalist for Circle Jerks/Black Flag, punk supergroup Off! also features a killer lineup including Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and the foursome have announced their debut material to be released with Vice Records!
Off!, who you may have caught at SXSW this year, will release the accurately titled First EP via limited edition 7" inch on October 12th. Featuring art and an exclusive poster courtesy of Raymond Pettibon, aka the evil genius behind Black Flag's iconic album covers, the release is the first of four 7"s to be compiled on the First Four EPs (another Black Flag nod) due on November 23rd - a collection of 16 songs which will each feature its own Pettibon sleeve art.
As the tour dates indicate below, Off!, in addition to playing FYFFest and Riot Fest this year, has announced their involvement in Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest (happening November 6th and 7th). For those of you counting at home, that brings the list of confirmed FFFFest bands to Woven Bones, Suicidal Tendencies, Slick Rick, Best Coast, Dirty Projectors, Cap'n Jazz, The Gories, Yelle, Snapcase, The Dwarves, High On Fire, and The Hold Steady! Stay tuned for more lineup announcements for the great Texas festival.
Meanwhile, Mario Rubalcaba was NOT part of the recent (and impromptu) Hot Snakes reunion that took place on July 29th at an Obits/Night Marchers show in San Diego, CA (the bands were on tour together).
You can view video of the three Hot Snakes songs from that set, as well as all Off! tour dates & a video from their first show in LA, below...
Death, alive at Fun Fun Fun fest (more here)
The question on everyone's mind before the set was if the members of Death (who had just reunited this year) would be able to recreate the songs on their debut album ...For the Whole World to See, despite not having played them in 35 years. While it didn't start off good with a 20 minute soundcheck, but from the opening notes that echoed into the crowd, any fears were instantly shattered into a million pieces. ...Punk dreams do come true and Fun Fun Fun Fest helps every step of the way. - [A Review of Death at Fun Fun Fun Fest by The Creative Intersection]Proto punks Death reportedly did well at Fun Fun Fun Fest, and now the band is turning those positive vibes in to more shows, or more specifically, a NYC show. Tickets are on sale for Death with Rough Francis (they share members) at Europa in Brooklyn on April 2nd.
Death are also set to play an official SXSW showcase at the Mohawk in Austin on Saturday, March 20th. More dates TBA.
Videos of Death from FFFFest below...
What was once an inconceivable notion - that Mission of Burma, one of Boston's most influential if short-lived punk bands, would someday return to the stage for a celebrated second act - has, amazingly, become a regular, if not exactly routine, occurrence.Mission of Burma released a new album in October which wasn't long before I last saw the band play live. They played Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th. Never-before posted pics from that great show are in this post.
Since reuniting in 2002 (with Bob Weston replacing sound effects/tape loop guru Martin Swope), Burma has been back longer than its original '79-'83 slash-and-burn across the sky lasted. The band has released three albums during this span - two more than the old Burma managed before flaming out after guitarist Roger Miller developed tinnitus due to the outfit's fearsomely loud shows. [Boston.com]
The two NYC shows were preceeded by two in Boston, one of which is reviewed at the Boston Globe link above. Their next scheduled shows are scattered through February, April and May. Those dates along with the video for their new song "1, 2, 3, Partyy", a video interview they gave to Dirty Laundry, and more pictures from FFF Fest, below...
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Pictures and the setlist from Gorilla Biscuits' set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, continued below...
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
Check out that picture of Todd Barry standing in the rain with Nick Thune on rainy Day Two of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year (he performed at the fest on the same day). If you're in San Francisco, check out Todd Barry "with Greg Behrendt, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney,Amy Schumer,Chris Porter, and music from the Reigning Monarchs" on New Years Eve, and then, exactly one month later (also in San Fran), with "Jon Benjamin and John Hodgman, Larry Murphy and musical guests Mates of State" at SF Sketchfest. Todd Barry reads the news in the video below...
The Strange Boys & girl...
Mika Miko have three more shows, all in L.A., before they break up for good to concentrate on "returns to school, new projects, jobs and relationships." The other half of the story is that Mika Miko drummer Seth Densham and vocalist/sax player Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt (with a new name due her engagement to Cali Dewitt) are now full-time members of the Strange Boys. Both bands played FYF Fest in L.A. this September and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this November. Videos from both are below.
The updated Strange Boys are releasing a new record this February on In The Red (US) and Rough Trade (elsewhere). The album, Be Brave, was recorded in September 2009 and will be preceded by a limited edition 7" single of its title track on January 25th (UK) and 26th (US). The song is streaming on their MySpace, and played live, below.
Videos and all tour dates are below...