Entries tagged with: Fun Fun Fun Fest
Ian from Riverboat Gamblers
Ian got hit by a car and is recovering in the hospital A letter from the band with info on how you can help pitch in on his medical expenses, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Mika Miko @ Market Hotel in June
As you may have heard, it looks like Mika Miko's NYC shows they played in June will be their last in the city. The band told L.A. Times that they plan on breaking up after playing Fun Fun Fun Fest, which take place in Austin November 7th and 8th.
"There's no bad blood at all, we're all still really good friends" said guitarist Michelle Suarez. "We've just been a band since high school and all of us are ready to move onto different things. We started the band for fun and wanted to end on a positive note."...But Suarez cited returns to school, new projects, jobs and relationships as things that being in a touring act might thwart. "We finally realized it was just taking too long for us to make music," Suarez said. "And business-wise, everything is so hard to coordinate."The L.A. Times goes on to say that the band plans to release a 7" and is working on setting up a final show at L.A. venue The Smell (a space recently documented on DVD). Mika Miko's newest record, We Be Xuxa, came out earlier this year and runs in the Cali punk tradition with wormy, direct riffs and crypto-bubblegum lyrics. They sing into telephones, they break out into free-jazz sax solos, they play fast, loud and will be missed.
As just noted, Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin will be one of their final shows. Want to see it for free? We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the whole weekend. Details on how to win, with some videos, including some classic Nardwuar, are below...
"An errant malfunctioning power strip sparked a massive blaze Friday morning in the East Austin home of local band Bankrupt and the Borrowers. Founding member Jon Pettis died in the fire." [Austinist]
The Jesus Lizard plays at 11:45pm at ATP tonight (9/11). They play Irving Plaza in NYC on November 16th with recently added openers Skeleton Key and Noveller. They play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Saturday November 7th... at 8:35pm which means you need to decide between them, Ratatat, The Pharcyde and Destroyer. On Sunday, November 8th, people need to choose between Danzig and Of Montreal. Full FFFFest schedule below...
August 25th, 2009 (Austin, TX) - Transmission Entertainment is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin. Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Friday evening in 2006, offering a unique approach to festival booking, filling stages with talent bubbling from the underground: what sounded great, and what was making an impact, regardless of what mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites has become a movement -- a festival that fans and bands alike realize needs to be experienced year after year.Greatest. Festival. Ever...
Now in its fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has made a significant impact on the country's winter calendar, successfully combining the vast worlds of indie, punk, rap, electronica and comedy while showcasing some of the city's most unique local businesses.
DOWNLOAD: Death - Politicians In My Eyes (MP3)
Death of Detroit
Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors... Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in [bassist] Bobby [Hackney]'s attic. Released [in February] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years. [NYTimes]Just a few months after Drag City breathed life into ...For The Whole World To See, Death (not to be confused with the legendary Floridian death metal band featuring the late Chuck Schuldiner) was resurrected. The Brothers Hackney have scheduled three US shows over the last weekend in September in their former hometown of Detroit (they reside in Bulington, VT), Chicago, and Cleveland. They're also now confirmed to play Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.
No word on who will fill the shoes of guitarist David Hackney (he passed from lung cancer in 2000), though odds are one of the Hackney's sons in Rough Francis will probably be elected. Rough Francis, who routinely cover material by Death, will provide support on all dates (minus Fun Fun Fun). Earlier this year they appeared with members of Death at Joey Ramone's 58th birthday show on May 19th at Irving Plaza. Videos of their performance are posted below.
Death's back story is an interesting one:
In 1975 at Detroit's United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but asked the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. The following year they self-released 500 copies from the session on the 7" single "Politicians in My Eyes" b/w "Keep on Knocking," on their Tryangle label, which eventually became a collectors' item."Politicians In My Eyes", a song that Jack White of The White Stripes/Dead Weather/The Raconteurs described as "ahead of punk, and ahead of their time," is available for download above (and in one of the videos below). The videos and all tour dates are below...
BV would like to further leak that our most-favorite weekend in Austin will also feature sets by Alaska in Winter, Les Savy Fav, comedians Jake Flores, Joe Staats & JT Habersaat, VEGA, Lucero, Metallagher, The Night Marchers (they played Mess With Texas last year at the same venue), and Shonen Knife (part of their large upcoming tour).
Speaking of the Hot Snakes, Obits are scheculed to play the South Street Seaport in NYC tonight (7/31).
The official FFFFest "leak" page includes stage assignments, which are below. We have 2008's FFF Fest in pictures (day one & day two), and you can check out recap videos from 2006 and 2007, also below...
This fall, Atlanta's Atlas Sound and Birmingham, England's Broadcast are teaming up for an extensive North American tour. Both groups have new material surfacing this year - an EP from Broadcast, to be released on Warp in conjunction with the tour in October, and a new Atlas Sound album to be released this fall on Kranky.The previously announced Brooklyn show (10/21) is now on AmEx presale. The show happening one night earlier at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan is also on sale.
This will be Broadcast's first tour in North American since 2005, and their sets will be a stripped down, 'duet' of sorts, with Trish Keenan and James Cargill performing new work as well as Broadcast classics. Speaking about the new material, Trish had the following to say: "Okay people...Broadcast and The Focus Group have joined hands to create a new ep of seancing songs and witch cult rumbles"
The co-headlined tour will see both bands trading off set times, with The Selmanaires taking the opening slot each night.
The tour ends at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th. All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Anti-Nowhere League
Punk noteables-a-plenty are on their way to NYC in the coming months, and it all starts this Sunday (7/19) at Europa where The Anti-Nowhere League will team up with Duane Peters Gunfight (with pro-skater Duane Peters, also of US Bombs), Cobra Skulls, Ashers (with Mark from The Unseen), Jakked Rabbits, and The Nihilistics. Tickets are still available. The show was originally scheduled to be a two night affair with 999 headlining on July 21st, but the band has inexplicably cancelled their tour.
While we wait for Kevin Seconds and his impending reformation with 7 Seconds while touring with Bouncing Souls, the man has been busy scheduling more dates in July, August and September. That includes solo shows at Maxwell's on Sept 5th (Tickets are on sale), and another show two days before that at Union Hall in Brooklyn (no tickets yet). All dates below.
Tickets are also still available for both Bouncing Souls shows at Webster Hall: with Lifetime on 8/20, and the 7 Seconds date on 8/21. 7 Seconds will also be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this year (as will Jesus Lizard).
More punk greats are on the way too, including The Angry Samoans who are scheduled to play Southpaw on Sept 12th. It's the first time the band has played NYC since the CBGB farewell shows in 2006, which we're told marked 20 years since their previous appearance.
All tour dates below....
by Black Bubblegum
Red Sparowes with touring guitarist Brendan Tobin (Made Out of Babies)
I think it's safe to announce our new guitar player is Emma Ruth Rundle. She's an unbelievable guitar prodigy. A better guitarist than any of us. And, she works building and repairing guitars. Pretty awesome.What role Rundle will play on the bands upcoming full-length is not known, but the band have completed seven demos to be recorded in August for release on an upcoming LP due in 2010. Look for some of those tracks to surface while the band plays a few dates "in Oct/Nov" including a date at the Fun Fun Fun Fest with the previously announced Jesus Lizard. More details about FFF Fest and the Red Sparowes tour are forthcoming. The band plans a full US tour, followed by a European tour in spring 2010.
Red Sparowes next release isn't that LP follow up to Every Heart... though, it's the Toshi Kasai co-produced (with the band) Aphorisms DVD+12" which is due this fall. That EP along with the entire Red Sparowes catalog is now available for download as "pay what you want" (over $2.50 that is) from the band. Check that out here.
Some videos below...
The Jesus Lizard's David Yow @ ATP UK 5/10/09 (Terekhova)
The Jesus Lizard: How a man nearing 50 can possess more energy than entire bands made up of younger souls is beyond us, but David Yow was never less than possessed during the legendary grungers' brace of Centre Stage sets on Saturday [5/9] and Sunday... 'Puss', 'Gladiator' and more were rocked out to for the first time since their break up in 1999. [Clash Music]The Jesus Lizard, who reformed to play two ATP UK shows on May 9th and 10th, will keep the reunion going with shows scheduled through the fall. Those dates include Primavera Sound on May 28th, Pitchfork Festival on July 17th, Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party on July 24th, ATP NY on September 11th and more (though still no NYC). They're also one of the first bands to confirm for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and 8th.
Singer David Yow's other band, Qui, played ATP UK too. For that appearance, the band released a limited-edition 7-inch, The Little Golden Blanket, on Infrasonic Sound. The 7-inch's two tracks, posted above, are from a forthcoming Qui LP, due in late 2009. Check 'em out.
Videos of The Jesus Lizard at ATP UK (with examples of David Yow's prodigious stagediving skills) and all tour dates, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
(CLL) PHN-LCKN 09This event is TONIGHT (Monday, January 26th, in Tribeca (NYC). Yacht is also touring with Chairlift in March and April. More previously-unpublished photos from Yacht's 2008 performance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, below...
Some time has passed since the original experiment and cell phones are more dangerous than initially anticipated. We invite you to test a new solution to protect from SMC at (CLL) PHN-LCKN '09 in Tribeca. This time you get to keep your phone, enjoy complimentary beverages and jam out to tunes by a top secret dance party engineer.
Bring your phone. And no, there are no points for style.
Please select the appropriate ticket based on your height and weight to participate in this experiment to protect against SMC.
Admission includes a full-body protective device, open bar provided by Dewar's and Sapporo, entertainment engineered by our friends over at 5th Finger and a secret performance by someone that will make your friends jealous.
This is a private event and you must be 21+ to enter.
(CLL) PHN LCKN 06
In 2006, we told the world about Severe Micro-Cellulotamination (SMC), a disease which effects cell phone users, and conducted a cellular deprivation experiment to stop the spread of SMC at MoMA. In short, it failed, but that had no effect on the open bar or Les Savvy Fav's art smashing performance.
Tim & Eric @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
In other Tim & Eric news, they will have a track on Causes 2, a new CD coming out to benefit causes related to Darfur, AND, as you may have heard, Eric Wareheim (Eric) has been directing music videos. He directed that Ben Folds/Regina Spektor video, and the new MGMT one. Season 4 of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (the TV show) premieres on Adult Swim on February 8, 2009. The MGMT video and all tour dates below...
On December 11th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Dan Deacon will unveil his new live set, which features a 15 piece live ensemble performing material from his forthcoming album, Bromst, which will be released on Carpark on March 24, 2009. Deacon plans to tour with an ensemble in 2009 in support of the new record. In addition to the songs with the ensemble, Deacon will still perform a few songs solo and there will be a few other surprises at this show as well. The evening will also feature sets from the always incredible Dirty Projectors and So Percussion.Coincedentally, four members of So Percussion are also in the ensemble which also includes members of Ponytail and the dude Adventure.
Sometimes BV-writer Andrew Frisicano saw So Percussion at Glasslands during CMJ. He said, "Headliner, So Percussion, a group that doubles as the rhythm section for Signal (who performed Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' Sept 13 and 14 at LPR) played a set of engaging, adventurous percussion pieces. The band changed instruments with each song, showcasing a number of intriguingly applied timbres. Its opening tune was comprised of mostly metallic sounds (paint cans, metal scraps); other pieces included a snare and live-radio composition and Reich piece 'Drumming,' performed with sticks on bongos."
I took the pictures in this post at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November. A couple more of those, a list of who is in Dan's ensemble, and all tour dates, below...
"Killdozer are a three-piece band hailing from Madison, Wisconsin - the dairy state, of all places. Anyone who has ever seen them perform can bear witness to their awesome bombastic aural onslaught. Vocalist/bass player Michael Gerald innocently jerks thunderous pounding rhythms from his instrument, while letting forth a mighty roar perhaps more startling because of his otherwise unassuming stage presence. Flanked by Bill and Dan Hobson, on ear-splitting guitar and bone-jarring drums, Michael conveys vivid impersonations of the Great American Dream gone astray, exaggerating in no small detail the potential for existential adventure in the lifestyles of the everyday man. Not to be confused for some trend-kissing band of posing pseudo-intellectuals, Killdozer offsets their warm visions of reality with songs you may remember from your past, bringing you back to those fond memories of jaded youth." [The New Puritan]Playing almost the same (but a slightly shorter) setlist (Neil Diamond cover included) as they did at Knitting Factory in NYC six days earlier, Killdozer proved, despite their age and new professions, that they can still grind at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 8th.
Michael Gerald is a lawyer now, and he graduated NYU School of Law in 2001, at least that's what his LA law firm bio says... and is consistent with the NYU Law hat he was wearing when he first came on stage to a relatively small, but excited festival crowd. Is there a demand for Killdozer in 2008? I'm not sure it matters, or that the band would care, but it was kind of sad that the majority of the fest's crowd chose Trail of Dead who were playing at the same time on another stage. I found that out when I walked over to catch the end of Trail of Dead after Killdozer finished their set. Regardless, Killdozer (to quote myself) killed it.
Among other things (like telling the crowd to drink beer), Michael pointed out that they, Killdozer, a reunited band who (according to Wikipedia) were active from 1983-1996, are "old". Maybe that's what guitarist Bill Hobson was trying to disprove when, towards the end of the set, he climbed to the top of the scaffolding, played some guitar up there, climbed back down and then played some more guitar with his back on the stage - it was all part of the awesomeness that was the climatic ending of the set. As Austin Daze points out, "The trio left stage with amplifiers feeding back, and the crowd (including members of the headlining acts) screaming for more."
After the show I talked to drummer Dan (brother of Bill) Hobson who told me that Killdozer are not finished yet, and that they're even, though slowly, working on new material. Austin Daze also talked to the band. Their video interview, more pictures, and the setlist below...
photos by Tyler Nutter
"Cro-Mags (jam)" were great, and a huge hit, at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Sunday, November 9th. They played to a massive, enthusiastic crowd. Who knew there were so many hardcore fans, in Texas, and in Texas and willing to to go see bands at an outdoor festival? I'm sure it helped that the bill also included Bad Brains, not to mention Bouncing Souls, Integrity, and DOA.
As previously posted, the difference between Cro-Mags and Cro-Mags (jam) is that the "jam" version is John Joseph with a mostly new Cro-Mags band that doesn't include Harley Flanagan or Parris Mayhew. And, as previously mentioned, the "jam" band at Fun Fun Fun Fest consisted of an impressive lineup of hardcore alumni. They were John Joseph, AJ from Leeway on guitar, Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass, and Mackie Jayson (one of Cro-Mags' past drummers and a former member of a million other bands, and currently in Madball) on drums. Collectively they ripped through at least 14 songs that mostly came from the Cro-Mags' 1986 debut album The Age of Quarrel and also included a cover of Wire's "12xU". Lots of people were going nuts. Lots of people knew all the words. Lots of people were slam-dancing, and I think there were more (and more experienced) stage-divers than during any other band's set at the fest.
John Joseph was on a roll with his between-song banter as well. He gave shout-outs to lots of other bands on the bill including Walter and Sammie of Rival Schools, and, of course, Bad Brains who John was also later seen watching from the stage. John also spoke about the government, about living with Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins after he went AWOL from the military, asked what happened to punk and hardcore meaning something, said 9/11 was an inside job, and found it symbolic that the stage was clearly facing the lit-up Texas State Capitol building that happens to be located in Austin.
More pictures, the setlist, and some videos below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words By Black Bubblegum
"Just 'cause you're underground doesn't mean you have to eat a bologna sandwich; I stay in five-star hotels!" Keith barks. "I hear a lot of people talking about the streets. What streets are they talking about? There are no streets. I respect someone who says, 'I'm coming out of the Wal-Mart with the shopping cart, and I'm gonna tear you apart!' If you want to talk about Kmart, Motel 6, and the Waffle House, then we might have a record."The ever mysterious Poppa Large, aka Kool Keith, is back at it... and this time the halfsharkalligatorhalfman will play a show at Blender on April 3rd as "Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom"... presumably, that means material from his albums under those psuedonyms. Tickets go on sat Saturday 11/15 at noon here.
Since his pioneering days with the oft-overlooked Ultramagnetic MC's, the Bay Area rapper's accused a long line of spitters of jacking his style.
"The only rapper I respect out there is Puffy," Keith concedes. "He sounds the best to me, and everybody else is straight garbage. I just listen to Puffy, and I throw everybody else's CDs out the window. He's the only one I want to do a record with."
[The Austin Chronicle]
Kool Keith is scheduled for handful of other dates, including the upcoming ATP Nightmare Before Christmas (curated by Mike Patton and the Melvins). Hip-hop's favorite weirdo also recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (billed as "Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon"). More pictures from that, and all dates below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
4AD is pleased to officially announce Dark Was The Night - a compilation album (double cd, triple vinyl) to benefit the Red Hot Organization. Red Hot is an international organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. This release marks the 20th anniversary of the Red Hot Organization, and is also the 20th Red Hot release! Dark Was The Night was produced by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National, and will be released by 4AD in February of 2009. "Dark Was The Night" is the title of an early blues song by Blind Willie Johnson, which is covered on this album. The album consists of 32 exclusive tracks by a multitude of today's most beloved and respected independent recording artists.
As Aaron Dessner told us, Dark Was the Night will feature contributions from Sufjan Stevens, Feist with Grizzly Bear, Feist with Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear by themselves, the Decemberists, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the National with Nico Muhly, David Byrne and Dirty Projectors, Bright Eyes, Spoon, the New Pornographers, Antony (with Bryce Dessner), Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, the Books with José González (covering Nick Drake's "Cello Song"), Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, My Brightest Diamond (covering "Feeling Good", famously interpreted by Nina Simone), Sigur Rós offshoot Riceboy Sleeps, and TV on the Radio's David Sitek. [Pitchfork]More pictures from the National's Saturday set at Fun Fun Fun Fest below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Every other band at Fun Fun Fun Fest over the weekend made it a point to give the fest's co-headliner Bad Brains a shout-out - a respect kind of thing. It makes sense. That's kind of what you do when you're sharing a bill with a band that helped paved the way for your own sound. That said, it was also really refreshing to hear one band take a slightly different approach. Leftover Crack's Stza also gave Bad Brains, or more specifically HR, lots of shout-outs. They were even positive shout-outs, but they were to call out HR's questionable politics/alleged-still homophobia. They were positive because they started with a speech about equality for all people, and were said in a way as to educate HR (if he was listening), AND Stza even announced his cell phone number in case HR wanted to give him a call. You can hear that last part in the first video below.
...Oddly, the visit from detectives came just after cops arrested Leftover Crack lead singer Scott Sturgeon [also known as Stza Crack] on Friday for--no kidding--throwing donuts at the police during a demonstration outside the 9th Precinct in the East Village. Sturgeon says he was pissed off that the cops wouldn't let the band play their music at a reasonable volume....police. The other video below is the band performing their hit "Fuck the Police" at the Austin festival. The show was a ton of fun. There's more pictures down there too...
In the complaint, Officer Richard Labore wrote that Sturgeon's antic "caused people to express alarm." Labore also wrote that Sturgeon was chanting "kill the police, kill the police."... [Village Voice, September 2008]
Gelatin's dad, bottom left of the picture
gelatin posted this on November 9th, 2008 @ 2:12:06 pmI never thought I would find out who the man I saw almost die in the pit during Integrity's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Saturday was. I also never thought I would find out how the fight started. Somehow, not only did I find a message board with a description of the incident (see above), the whole thread is amazingly dedicated to this man who "gelatin" claims is her/his dad.
So, I met up with my dad at the Dirty Dog Saloon [in Austin, TX] before the [fun fun fun] fest. I didn't get a chance to eat anything, and we decided we'd have a couple of drinks and then go get some food. Well, about 8 pints later and I still hadn't eaten and it was time to go to the fest.
My dad didn't buy a ticket, so he hopped the fence and somehow didn't get busted. I almost immediately lost him in the crowd. And many hours later when I eventually found him, he was totally wasted and missing a shoe. Apparently, a "skinhead" had pushed him into the mosh pit. My dad didn't take kindly to that so he poured his beer over the dude's head and they got into a fist fight. I guess the cops pulled my dad off the dude and that's when he lost his shoe.
Somehow the cops decided my dad was an innocent victim in all of it and they let him back into the fest, even though he didn't have a wristband. After the fest we couldn't remember where he parked so we walked to my friend's car which was really really far away, and I guess the walk really fucked up my dad's foot.
We finally found his car, but for some reason he had brought a gas-powered generator with him, and it had tipped over in the car (which was a rental). So the car just overwhelmingly reeks of gasoline. However, he insisted he'd be fine and was just gonna sleep in the car for a while. And I left with my friends.
He called me this morning and somehow made it home. Still with only one shoe.
I noticed the fight when, all a sudden, all of the scariest members of the pit acknowledged knowing each other by packing together with their eyes locked on this guy (gelatin's dad), and with their faces clearly reading "kill". I was really scared for their target. Now I understand why they were so pissed off.
On a related note, when I saw gelatin's dad (I realize stereotyping is not good), my first thought was, "this guy paid to come to this festival?". I now know the answer to that question. And speaking of sterotyping, it is unconfirmed whether these guys actually consider themselves "skinheads" (You'll notice gelatin also put "skinheads" in quotes), but it worked for the title, and I'm sure they're very nice guys normally..... More pictures of the attack below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
I've never been super in to Bishop Allen, but what I saw of them at Fun Fun Fun Fest was pretty good. And if the fact that they recently added a 2nd show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is any indication, I'd say they're also doing pretty good. Tickets are on sale for both November shows. All dates, and more pictures, below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Blessed with perhaps the nicest weather in modern Austin music festival history (even with the early evening dust clouds), the first day of the third annual Fun Fun Fun Fest proceeded nearly hitch-free Saturday in Waterloo Park.As you know, the Dead Milkmen played Austin on Saturday. Towards the end of the set Rodney said something like, "I don't know why we ever stopped doing this shit". Hopefully that spark leads to more shows in the future. In the meantime, Milkman Joe Jack Talcum continues to play solo and even has a NYC show coming up (Dec 26th @ Rehab). All of Joe's dates, more Fun Fest pictures, another Fun Fest video and the Fun Fest setlist, below...
Touring acts such as Bishop Allen and the National shared four stages with Austin acts such as Latin psychedelic rockers Brownout! , grindcore band Mammoth Grinder and sometime Austinites And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead .
Far smaller and aimed at a more specific demographic than the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun focuses on club-level punk, indie rock, hip-hop and electronic music. Think of it as the bands one might see over a month in the Red River club district packed into one weekend.
The vibe couldn't be more different from ACL Fest in other ways. ACL Fest sells out 65,000 tickets a day every year, packing Zilker Park for three days. Fun Fun Fun producer and Transmission Entertainment partner Graham Williams said he hopes to break 7,000 a day. [Austin360]
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Scotland's Frightened Rabbit's great performance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun fest on Sunday was also their last on their most recent North American tour with the Spinto Band. It won't be their last for long though. This band tours more than rabbits procreate, so after they spend the rest of November-into-December touring Europe with and without Death Cab For Cutie, they'll eventually make their way to Australia for New Years Eve and then back to the US for some January shows that include the 17th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale. More FFF Fest pics and all tour dates below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.
One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...