Entries tagged with: Fun Fun Fun Fest
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...
This past Fun Fun Fun Fest weekend was filled with artists you might categorize as living hardcore and punk legends. There was the Dead Milkmen, Killdozer, Rival Schools (members), Bad Brains, Kevin (7) Seconds, All, and Cro-Mags, and there was D.O.A....
They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk, along with Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat. Their second album Hardcore '81 was thought by many to have been the first actual reference to the second wave of the American punk sound hardcore. Singer/guitarist Joey "Shithead" Keithley is the only founding member to have stayed in the band throughout its entire history, however original bassist Randy Rampage has rejoined DOA after a long absence and is in the current lineup. [Wikipedia]I haven't felt this nostalgic and excited about punk again since CBGB's closed. D.O.A. were pretty awesome. Check out some clips below, along with a few more pictures including one of the setlist...
Bad Brains FFF Fest, Waterloo Park, Austin, TX, Nov 9, 2008 - setlist
I'm not sure how much the Bad Brains stuck to the setlist because I'm stupid like that, but HR, dressed in a blue robe-like outfit, did keep pulling a copy out of his pocket to see what was coming up next throughout their headlining Fun Fun Fun Fest set on Sunday night. They definitely closed the pre-encore set with "Pay To Cum" (or "Pay to Come" as they spelled it on the set list) though. After that HR grabbed his bags (literally) and left the stage as the crowd yelled for one more. You can see all of that happen in the video below...
Deerhoof @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* PTV3 (Psychic TV) @ Europa
* Boris, Psychic Ills @ Maxwell's
* Longwave @ Sound Fix Records
* Nada Surf - Kidrockers @ Living Room
* Conor Oberst & Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5
* No Age & Titus Andronicus @ Santos Party House
* The Mountain Goats & Kaki King @ Webster Hall
* Matteah Baim, Sharon Van Etten & Otto Hauser @ Zebulon
The first issue of Rolling Stone was published today in 1967.
No Age also plays Market Hotel tomorrow.
Fun Fun Fun Fest continues in Austin.
Deerhunter and Deer Tick both played NYC shows last night while Deerhoof was performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Video from Deerhoof's set, mainly the drummer, from behind, below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Fun Fun Fun Fest (a music festival this weekend in Austin) successfully mixes punk, indie, singer-songwriter, hardcore, dance, hip-hop, metal, comedy, new and old. For instance, after blowing my mind to the thrash metal stylings of Municipal Waste, I immediately ran over to catch the end of Bishop Allen's family friendly indie rock set. I like that. One of the bad things, like most festivals, is how much overlaps. On Saturday I had to completely give up seeing The National, Z-Trip, Neil Hamburger, Yacht, and Hawnay Troof. Tonight (Sunday, November 9th), I'll probably have to miss all of Clipse, Tim & Eric, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in favor of seeing Bad Brains. I also have to decide between Bouncing Souls and Minus the Bear.
Highlights from day one (yesterday, Saturday) included Dead Milkmen, Municipal Waste (wall of death), Dead Milkmen, Walter Schreifel's solo set (Rival Schools was good too), Dead Milkmen, Killdozer (killed it), Dead Milkmen, Dan Deacon (camp counselor of the year), Dead Milkmen, and Krumbums (punk is not dead). What I caught of Octopus Project, Trail of Dead and Deerhoof was also great. If I say anymore, I'll be late for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and/or Kevin Seconds. For now, here are some more pictures from day one...
Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX - Nov 8, 2008
After Schulthise's death, the surviving Dead Milkmen took the stage once again for two consecutive nights in November 2004 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Proceeds were donated to a variety of mental health organizations and to a Serbian monastery that Schulthise supported. Dan Stevens, bass player of Genaro's band the Low Budgets, performed on bass.The band, with new bassist, did in fact play that show at Fun Fun Fun Fest last night (11/8). It was my first time seeing Dead Milkmen. I forgot I knew all the words. Full setlist and more pictures later. In the meantime here's some video....
In 2008, the band announced its plans to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, their first performance since the Schulthise memorial show, with Stevens again on bass. When asked if they were planning a corresponding tour, the band said they were not planning to do so. However, the band played two unannounced concerts in Philadelphia in October, 2008, billed under their pseudonym Les Enfants Du Prague. Both shows, including one at the small bar Johnny Brenda's and another at the all-ages venue the First Unitarian Church, sold out despite their lacking proper billing. [Wikipedia]
During their performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on Saturday (11/8), Tony Foresta announced that lame bands like Atreyu and Yelloward were doing the wall of death at their shows and therefore this would be Municipal Waste's last. The crowd was essentially challenged to make it extra special, and this is how it came out...
Islands @ NY Mag Highbrow BBQ (more by Chris La Putt)
Islands have three shows coming up this week. The second is at Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Saturday (11/8) and the third is at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin (less than 24 hours later) on Sunday afternoon (for which we're currently running a free ticket contest).
What does that mean? (nothing really). That means that those in NYC can experience Alden Penner (Unicorn 1) (Clues) on Tuesday and Nick Thorburn (Unicorn 2) (Islands) on Saturday. All Islands dates below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest takes place in Austin, Texas on November 8th and 9th. If you haven't already, check out the ridiculous lineup and schedule. The only unfortunate thing, with four separate stages, is how many bands you have to make decisions to miss. For instance, you have to miss Clipse and CYHSY to see Bad Brains. You can't see The National or Neil Hamburger if you watch all of the Dead Milkmen. Municipal Waste (who replaced Flipper on the bill) overlaps with Rival Schools. Frustrating, but good problems to have.
One and two day tickets are still on sale. I also have a two day pass (worth $60) to give away. To get it....
I don't have a list of the cancelled dates, but I know it does unfortunately include tonight/Tuesday's Dilinger Four record release party at Danbro Studios. The updated Brooklyn show lineup is below...
by Black Bubblegum
Bruce gets Loose, some dude achieves Nirvana (anthonyrigano)
Flipper are kicking off a tour in the month of November at Fun Fun Fun Fest (um, who isn't playing this thing), scooting up the east coast and then out to Europe. NYC gets a date - it's Nov 15th @ The Knitting Factory with locals Excepter and Monotract. Tickets are on sale.
Flipper 2008 looks like this:
Bruce Loose (Not Original Vocals, but close - joined in 1979)Novoselic (Nirvana) hopped on board Flipper in 2006 when the band toured Europe with old friends The Melvins and played the Thurston Moore-curated ATP. The band recently finished recorded a batch of new songs with producer Jack Endino. Endino has produced High On Fire, Valient Thorr, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Nirvana, and most recently, Toxic Holocaust who are touring with Gwar and Kingdom of Sorrow and are playing Irving Plaza on 10/8 (tickets here).
Ted Falconi (Original Guitarist)
Krist Novoselic (Bass)
Steve DePace (Original Drummer)
You can catch Novoselic blogging about politics at the Seattle Weekly. All Flipper dates below....
by Black Bubblegum
Agnostic Front @ Knitting Factory, 8/21/08 (hardcoreshutterbug)
Hardcore is always screaming about unity, and in times like these, it's admirable that those aren't empty threats. A gang of NYHC bands have teamed up for a benefit for two of their own, Dr. Tom and Walter "Monsta" Ryan of Subzero and Merauder who has liver cancer. NYHC legends Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags (jam), Murphy's Law, Maximum Penalty, Subzero, Jasta (aka Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed) and many others are playing a benefit show at Studio B (we'll let you know if that venue changes) on 9/27. Tickets are on sale, check out the flyer down below. If you can't make the show, there are two other ways you can help..... buy yourself a CD and/or sign up for a free website.
What the hell is a Cro-Mags (jam) anyway? No, it isn't Trey Anastasio playing a 25 minute version of "We Gotta Know" nor is it the latest concoction from Smuckers..... Cro-Mags (jam) is the throat of Village Voice cover star John Joseph with a crew of "No-Mags" providing the soundtrack (aka John is the only original member in the group. The other original members have toured as just "Cro-Mags") . The jam band is also on board for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest along with ALL (who recently reunited), Dead Milkmen (who also reunited), Flipper, Adolescents, Integrity, Young Widows, Trash Talk, Walter Schriefels, Bad Brains, Bouncing Souls and many many many others.
Bouncing Souls AND Sick Of It All are also playing a NYC show, together, at Terminal 5, with Grey Area. Tickets are still available.
In possibly-related, possibly-NYHC news, Vision Of Disorder will put up their dukes with Indecision, Overcast, and Nassau Chainsaw on Nov 16th at Irving Plaza. Who is Nassau Chainsaw, you ask? NC is a collective of musicians from two very different NYHC bands, Neck and Locked in a Vacancy. Tim Williams (VOD), Sal Lococo (Sworn Enemy), and Mike D(Car Bomb) all lend vocals to their album. VOD's Dead in NY DVD is due on November 11th on Koch. Tickets go on sale 8/30 at noon. VOD's last reunion show was at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. This will be their first NYC show in a while.
As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, the original line-up of Biohazard is playing Irving Plaza on Oct 5th. Tickets are on sale. The band recently did the same thing at L'Amours (which is now in Staten Island).
Subzero recently opened up for Body Count.
Check out a bunch of related videos and the benefit flyer below....
Bad Brains (HR) on a Rocks Off Cruise in 2007 (more)
Bad Brains have three upcoming shows that I know about. The first is soon - September 2nd in Chicago. They're opening for N.E.R.D. at House of Blues. The "presented by Converse" show is on sale.
One of the other upcoming shows was just announced. That's November 9th at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. I hoped Bad Brains would follow that up with a NYC show announcement, and they did. Tickets will go on presale (PASSWORD=fans) on Friday at 10am for a November 6th show at Irving Plaza.
But that's not all... HR is also doing his own show back on a Rocks Off Boat cruise around NYC. The date is September 8th and tickets are on sale. I can't imagine exactly what that will be like, but at the very least the boat offers good views of the waterfalls... All dates below...
"the Dead Milkmen are back?" [Anonymous]
Dean setting up in Philly, November 2004 (via)
Yes its true. Looks like they posted about it in the newspaper already. Keep your browser pointed here to find out more as it develops: http://www.funfunfunfest.com/
Of course I"ll be posting info about it on the home page when more details are available.
So...y'all come on down to Austin to see us ya'hear?!
AUSTIN, TX - Transmission Entertainment is proud to announce this year's Fun Fun Fun Festival line-up. In the tradition of years past, FFF08 once again teams punk rock legends with the hottest indie buzz bands, crowd-pleasing dance and hip-hop acts, and cutting-edge comedians. Fun Fun Fun Fest will be held November 8 and 9 at Waterloo Park in downtown Austin, TX. A two-day pass will be $59.99, available through FrontgateTickets.com. Children under 10 get in free and discounts will be made available to all students.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The National, Magnetic Morning, Clipse, Walter Schreifels, Flipper, Bad Brains, ALL, Dead Milkmen, St Vincent, Deerhoof, Trail of Dead, and Dan Deacon are just some of the many bands on the four stage bill....
Candence & Owen @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - Nov 11, 2007 (CRED)
Owen was good as usual. The opening act was weird, weird, weird. The second act was Cadence Weapon, a rapper, but he was actually pretty enjoyable. Owen came out and did one song with him and it was really good. Then Cadence Weapon came out for one song of Owen's set and that was ok.One of the songs they do together is a Destroyer cover, but at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin earlier this month, it became more like a collaboration....
Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
Videos - with and without Destroyer in attendance, below....