Entries tagged with: Fun Fun Fun Fest
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...
forgetters @ Red 7 (Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty) in Austin - 11/8/09
forgetters, the newish trio fronted by Jawbreaker's Blake Schwarzenbach (a punk rock poet and a scholar), have scheduled a short tour down the East Coast that kicks off with a Brooklyn show at Market Hotel on Friday, December 11th with Humanbeast and Chastity Wig.
forgetters made an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year. Actually they played one of the fest's official afterparties at Red 7 on Sunday, November 8th. The two pictures here are from that stelllar and surprisingly tight show where Blake introduced and closed the set by reminding the Texas crowd that they were "forgetters from Brooklyn, NY". Two weeks earlier the group played one of their only other shows ever, an in-store at NYC's Generation Record (10/25). A video from the in-store show and all tour dates below...
This Saturday (11/21) will be exactly two weeks since I saw Negative Approach at Red 7 in Austin. It will also be the day NA returns to Southpaw in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale (for the early show).
Austin & Brooklyn are two of seven cities NA announced shows in. There's also Sunday (11/22) in Long Branch, NJ.
The Austin show was one of a few official Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties (another I went to was Forgetters at the same venue one day later). That dude in the cart above was one of many going crazy in the pit. Trash Talk was one of the openers and you can see their singer stagediving in the pictures that are continued below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin - Nov 7, 2009 (by Chad Wadsworth)
There have been plenty of chances to catch The Jesus Lizard since they reunited. They've played Europe and a bunch of festivals. They played the Pitchfork Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, and even ATP NY just a short drive north of the city. They even played in NYC on Halloween at a Vice party. They have not however yet played a completely public show as a reunited band in NYC. That is until tonight, 11/16, at Irving Plaza with Skeleton Key (and tomorrow at the same venue with Noveller). Tickets are still available for both shows (though only a "handful" left for tonight at the door).
If you stand close to the stage, be ready to catch David Yow. He is known to jump the second they hit the stage. Above picture from Day One of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Video and all dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Yeasayer - Ampling Alp (Memory Tapes Remix) (MP3)
Yeasayer @ Guggenheim in October (more by Chris La Putt)
Yeasayer will be playing Bowery Ballroom on Monday, February 8th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, November 18th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
The shows will coincide with the release of Yeasayer's new CD, Odd Blood, on February 9th through Secretly Canadian. They recently put up the record's first single, "Ambling Alp," as a free download. It's also posted below, and you can grab an official remix by Memory Tapes above.
Recent shows for the band included Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and Novemeber 14th at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Videos from both those shows are below as well...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Walter Schreifels Band, led by Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits Civ, Rival Schools, and Youth of Today fame, performed at the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 20th (with Fanfarlo, Laura Marling, The Antlers, Think About Life, and The Wheel.) Since then, the band (which also features Dave Hill on guitar and Arthur Smilios of GB/Civ on bass) played another show in Austin. They were actually on the same bill as Voxtrot at the Mohawk on Saturday night. It was a Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparty and Walter and Arthur were already in town because Gorilla Biscuits played the fest proper (those pics coming soon).
Walter's next show will take place this Saturday night, 11/14, at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. Also on the bill are Atlantic/Pacific (Garrett from Texas Is The Reason), Dave Walsh (The Loved Ones), and Tom Dunphy. Walter is also making an appearance at Lolita Bar in NYC on Wednesday, 11/18, but at that...
"I'll be reading with this Italian translator reading some choice Italian pop songs in translation, A banjo playing double decker bus tour guide and the beautiful banshee Kamara Thomas from Earl Greyhound."He also has two shows coming up in California. All dates, the NJ flyer, with more pictures, video, and the setlist from CMJ, below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No.1 (live) (MP3)
King Khan & BBQ @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The rumor started spreading as early as 7 p.m. that Arish "King" Khan and Mark Sultan weren't going to show up for their nearly sold-out show Thursday night at Off Broadway in St. Louis.John McCauley was there because his fiance is a member of Those Darlins who are on tour with KK & BBQ at the moment. Those Darlins were one of the above-referenced opening acts.
The duo that comprises the King Khan & BBQ Show missed its early evening soundcheck and were M.I.A. and incommunicado throughout the night. Even as the eager crowd filed into the packed venue and witnessed a pair of impressive (though clearly stalling) opening acts, the chatter was that the headliners hadn't been heard from since they left Nashville--their previous tour date-- around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
At approximately 11 p.m., local concert promoter Joey O'Farrell grabbed the mic and sheepishly delivered the news: The King Khan and BBQ would not be performing. No, he didn't know where they were or what had happened. Yes, Off Broadway was offering a full refund to anyone who wanted it.
Then Deer Tick singer John McCauley took the stage and delivered an impromptu set of classic rock and roll covers...
According to O'Farrell and Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman, Khan and Sultan were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis. The charge is rumored to be drug possession, but neither party could offer any specifics. [St Louis Riverfront Times]
Those Darlins & BBQ & King Khan running (from the law)
King Khan & BBQ were last in NYC for two end-of-October shows. From there they hit the road and played shows along the way to Austin where they were scheduled to play Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday. That show didn't go as planned either. The rain that plagued the 2nd day of the outdoor festival caused the stage they were supposed to play on to get super wet (The Strange Boys who played before them mentioned the possibility of getting electrocuted while they were playing). King Khan didn't want to play on the wet stage, so the festival staff quickly dried it, but not in enough time. Instead the duo played a free show that night at the venue Red 7. I went to that, partly because they played right before forgetters (who were awesome) at the same venue (though in a different room). King Khan and BBQ was fun though I could barely hear them because I was deaf from just having seen Danzig.
@ Red 7 on 11/8: seconds earlier KK asked someone to stick their fist in this girl....
No word on whether King Khan & BBQ are actually in jail or whether they'll be at their show in Lawrence, KS tonight (11/13). Hopefully they're OK. Stay tuned. All dates below.
UPDATE (12:30pm): King Khan & BBQ definitely were in jail. They have been released, but their tour manager is still behind bars. The KS show is
UPDATE (1:00pm): the KS show isn't completely cancelled! King Khan & BBQ just won't be there. Jessi Darlin says "we're still planning on playin' the craziest fuckin' show in hopes of lifting any KKBBQ fans spirits and keepin' this badass tour on the move. We are so proud to be playing with this band and just want to keep the tour rollin'."
UPDATE (7:00pm): Tour manager Kristin Klein has been released from jail and charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, possibly mushrooms.
In related news, Deer Tick is releasing an iTunes Exclusive, four-song EP called "More Fuel For The Fire" on December 1st. The above free MP3 (which was also just released by the band) is not on it. The track list, cover art, and all tour dates, below...
words by BBG
DOWNLOAD: Coalesce - "Through Sparrows I Rest" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coalesce - "Absent in Death" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coalesce - "Questions To Root Out Fools" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coalesce - "The Comedian in Question" (MP3)
Yellow pages have not been able to confirm a Cobra Kai dojo in Kansas City, but Coalesce are definitely living by the way of their sensei: "Mercy is for the weak". The OX LP, their first album in 10 years, was released in June and is already creeping on to many year-end short lists, and now the KC crew have hit the public with part II; the OX EP is out NOW via Relapse Records! Download a pair of tracks from the OX EP above, and order the EP with a Coalesce knife (not to be confused with the Khanate knife that surfaced earlier this year).
Though a force a nature all their own, Coalesce battled the elements (it was pouring rain during their set) at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, along with a cast of some of heavy music's finest like DRI (who may or may not be playing NYC), Danzig, Reign Supreme, Melt Banana, Austin's The Roller, and many other faves. More pictures from Coalesce's performance at that show are below.
Coliseum was also on hand for the killer festival, and they will join Coalesce when the pair team up with A Storm of Light, Your Skull My Closet, and Tournament for the BV-sponsored show at Europa on 12/30. Tickets are on sale.
BV is also proud to sponsor Shrinebuilder/Rwake/Liturgy at LPR in NYC on 11/15 (tix still available). And speaking of Austin, tickets are also still available for a Shrinebuilder show happening at Emo's the day after the NYC show.
BV is also sponsoring Dark Castle/The Atlas Moth/Wetnurse/Tiger Flowers at Union Pool on 11/17, and (Special Guest), Javelina, Black Tusk, and Batillus at The Charleston on 11/18. What a week!
Coalesce has no other shows scheduled. More pictures from FFFFest, below...
The thrash band formed all the way back in 1982, and though I never actually saw them live back in the day (or even in 2004), they were just as brutal at FFF Fest as I imagine they were in their youth. The very large crowd responded appropriately, circle pits and all.
It has been a while since Texas' own Dirty Rotten Imbeciles have appeared live. Guitarist Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but thankfully he has since recovered and the band is back in action. This show was the first since their reactivation, and anticipation was high amongst the scrappy ensemble of punkers, hipsters, and handful of errant metalheads. Once the band hit the stage the crowd erupted into a gigantic tangle of bodies crushed towards the front barricade by the force of a large mosh pit. It seems like people haven't forgotten what crossover thrash is all about, but DRI was here to remind everyone just in case. They commenced appropriately with "Who Am I?", and then followed with a scorching selection of favorites primarily from the essential Dealing With It, along with choice cuts from Crossover, Four of a Kind and Thrashzone. [Examiner]Don't hesitate checking them out if you already considered it. One slight problem for New Yorkers though. I was about to write that "Tickets are still on sale for a January 17th NYC show at Gramercy Theatre", except that show has disappeared from Live Nation's site (though I'm told it's still "on hold" whatever that means). Tickets are actually still on sale for the show at Starland Ballroom in Jersey one day earlier though (With The Zombie Mafia, Ash Monday, the Stun Gunz and Ganto Barn). All dates and more pictures from FFFFest below...
"Metallica songs played with front man Gallagher."
The hippie in me doesn't approve of the waste of food. The kid in me rejoiced in rocking out to "Battery" while avoiding pieces of smashed watermelon (in the rain). More pictures, and some video, from Metallagher's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, below...
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...
"I might have seen Alice Glass stab a man to death with a strobe light. It was dope." - Dead Presidents' Social
...electro-pop band Crystal Castles played opening with their hit "Crimewave." Alice Glass' voice came off more screechy then on the album, but it totally set the ambiance for the show, instigating glow sticks to fly and feet to splash mud. After frivolously cancelling a show in Dallas last spring because the venue "didn't have enough kick drum," I was expecting to be blown away by the power of the kick. Crystal Castles, however, exceeded my expectations. As if the songs themselves didn't rock enough, the kick drum literally shook my internal organs." [Envy]Crystal Castles were technically not one of the headliners at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year, but they may have pulled the biggest crowd of the weekend. If it wasn't the biggest gathering of people in the muddy Waterloo Park on Sunday, it was definitely the most enthusiastic (though admittedly I didn't catch everyone... like Of Montreal who played on the same stage after CC, but at the same time as Danzig who was on the stage next door) (maybe some people in the large crowd were there because they were waiting for Of Montreal to go on... I don't know, but...).
Alice Glass is a force of nature. She flails around with strobe lights flashing and techno music thumping at super high volume while screeching out lyrics and hypnotizing the dancing masses. The energetic crowd push closer and closer, eyes wide open and arms reaching forward as if hoping to magnetically pull her through the air from the stage. Then she does leave the stage for a bit, propped up and protected by security at the base of the barrier. She even crowd surfs for a minute. That makes her actually in reach and the mayhem just increases.
Mosh pits during other sets at the fest may have been more dangerous (I'm looking at you D.R.I.), but none matched the energy of the CC mass. Maybe there was more excitement when Danzig played "Mother" to close his set (though not to the same crowd of people) (then again I doubt anyone poured their friend's ashes on the stage after Alice Glass walked off stage so Danzig still wins).
It was awesome to witness even though I've seen it before. There seems to be just as many haters as lovers of CC, but they've been proving their strength, aka young and rabid fan base, for a while. They packed the dance tent at All Points West over the summer, attracted thousands to their stage at Lollapalooza, and have pretty much instantly sold out any NYC show they've played in recent times... actually it's been a while since they played a show here that wasn't a festival (the
most recent fest being ATP).
More pictures and some videos from FFFFest, below....
The show was outside, in the afternoon, and it was raining. Even worse, the band forgot their telephone mic in LA! Neither of those factors stopped Mika Miko from putting on a great 2nd-to-last (unless they add more) punk show at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Sunday (11/8). "This will be the last time you see us... or maybe the first time..." they announced to the crowd, though I'm sure at least some people in attendance (like No Age for instance) will be at their very last show at the Smell (whenever they have it). As previously posted...
"In sad news for telephone-microphone hybrid fans everywhere, the L.A. art-punk quintet Mika Miko is calling it a day. The group, known for its breakneck rhythms, trashy guitar riffs and the slumber-party romp of its dueling vocalists, will wrap up their career after playing Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival and, according to a band representative, a last 7-inch single and a show at the Smell."Co-vocalist Jennifer Clavin, when not moving to the side with a guitar, spent most of the show center stage with a mic and tambourine. She cleverly wore a Misfits shirt while performing on the very stage that Danzig would headline on six hours later (Mika Miko are also known to cover the Misfits).
Co-vocalist and saxophone player Jenna Thornhill did just fine with a standard microphone, both at this show, and later in the day when she played with her new band, the Strange Boys. Drummer Seth Densham is also now in both bands (but more about that later).
To add to the specialness of the show, many of Mika Miko's friends supported on the side of the stage including both members of No Age (who performed on day one of the festival) (Dean Spunt and Jennifer also happen to be a couple). Mika Miko encouraged everyone to crowd surf. One kid did so with the help of a skateboard. Dean even stage dove - over the security/photo pit, and into the crowd where he watched some of the show from the front row. He returned to the stage in time for the ending though. There were hugs all around and everyone was really wet and muddy. More pictures below...
Neon Indian's NYC debut was on October 24th at Root Studios, and their next round of NYC dates are coming up in December. They have a previously scheduled, now-sold-out show at Mercury Lounge on December 16th, and they've added a second show at the venue for December 15th. Tickets for that go on sale Tuesday, November 10th at noon. it will no doubt sell out quickly too (and may be your last chance to catch them at a venue that small).
Austin Town Hall: So I hear that you guys were tearing things up at CMJ. How has that experience been?Technically Neon Indian didn't even play one CMJ show (the Topman gig was unaffiliated), but who's counting.
Alan Palomo: It was pretty wild. It's definitely very different from SXSW. That was sort of the universal thing we were anticipating but it really doesn't have the same sort of homely vibe to it. It's hard to navigate through the city and if you're playing a lot of shows it can be almost like complete insanity. The actual venues and the show experiences themselves were actually completely amazing, but getting around can be hard. We did about 4-5 VEGA shows, 1 official Neon Indian show and I did a couple DJ sets apart from that. It was awesome, pretty wild and we got to see some really cool bands. It's definitely a different environment from what you would find in a normal festival. The official Neon Indian show in Brooklyn ended up being really great too. It's kind of surreal now that the album is out and kids come out to the show and just chant all of the lyrics. We got all kinds of crazy crowd participation and that always makes the live show go a lot more smoothly.
Neon Indian lived up to the hype at their set during day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Saturday, November 7th (frontman Alan Palomo also played the fest as Vega the same day). A video from Neon Indian's set and more pictures are below...
DOWNLOAD: Voxtrot - Trepanation Party (MP3)
The real story here is that Voxtrot still exists! Or at least they did for one night at the Mohawk in Austin on Saturday (11/7). It was one of a few Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties and the Octopus Project was also on the bill. They're now a four piece (Jared left the band), and the little I caught of their set (I got there late) brought me right back to the pre-backlash stage of the band. It helped that the show was in their hometown of Austin and the crowd wasn't afraid to cheer and dance.
It's unclear what the band's future plans are (probably even to them), but they did release a limited edition 7-inch & digital single called "Berlin, Without Return" in August. Earlier in the year they posted the new song that you can download above.
As mentioned, this show happened after a full day of music in Waterloo Park (which is only like six blocks away). More pictures from the Mohawk below...