Entries tagged with: Odd Future
That promised tour is being announced like right now and instantly on sale. NYC show is March 20th @ Hammerstein Ballroom: ON SALE NOW (for what is a BOWERY PRESENTS show at Hammerstein Ballroom?!?). More dates in the poster above. All ticket links HERE Dates listed below are all on Ticketmaster.
Odd Future at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Odd Future are readying their new joint mixtape, The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2, and it's due out March 20 via their own Odd Future Records. Though other mixtapes have been released since their 2008 debut, The Odd Future Tape, this one seems to be somewhat of a conceptual followup. Their debut featured Tyler, the Creator, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, Super 3 (1/2 of The Jet Age of Tomorrow), and Casey Veggies, who since left Odd Future (and is featured on the new Rockie Fresh single). The new tape will again feature Tyler, Hodgy, and Left Brain, in addition to Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis (who raps on the new Smoke DZA EP), Mike G, Syd the Kyd, and The Internet (aka Syd Tha Kid and producer Matt Martians).
They're about to announce a 10 city national tour which will happen in March that will include an OF pop up store in addition to a show in each city that it hits. The shows will each open with an exclusive viewing of their Adult Swim show, "Loiter Squad," which makes its premiere on March 25.
In other OF news, Tyler, the Creator will release his third album, Wolf, this May and MellowHype will release Numbers in the summer. Listen to a recent MellowHype track, "45", on Hodgy's tumblr. As Hodgy points out, "whats funny is that 45 shit aint even on numbers. just be ready. MellowHype is ill as fuck. bank on it."
Tyler at FFF Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
TMZ reports that Tyler, the Creator was arrested at his show at Hollywood's Roxy Theatre last night (12/22) for "suspicion of vandalism" after he "just destroyed an electric soundboard belonging to the venue." The NY Times confirms. A video below also shows that while throwing his fit on stage, he punched a sound guy. The police reports that "as [Tyler] was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street, towards deputies." TMZ has a video of that, which you can watch below too. They also mention that "Tyler was taken into custody in front of his mother...who was visibly upset and yelled at the cops."
As expected, Tyler's fellow Odd Future members have wasted no time expressing their opinions on twitter. "Fuck sheriffs nigga WG," says Hodgy Beats, who continues, "Next year it wont be at the roxy." "Next year" refers to the fact that the show was the "Odd Future Christmas show." Jasper Dolphin tweeted, "Fuck The Police!," updating two hours later to, "Fuck The Roxy." Frank Ocean says, "dem hoelice yo," and Domo Genesis says, "fuck the feds!" And Mike G tweeted "Free Tyler."
Frank Ocean at Bowery Ballroom (photo by djerickidd)
"During this show Mr. Ocean didn't do much. Mostly he stood at center stage, moved his hands a little and allowed the audience to take note of his background visuals, which were thematically pegged to each song: clips from "The NeverEnding Story" during "Dust"; a montage from "Menace II Society," "Boyz N the Hood" and other black coming-of-age tales during "Songs for Women." For "American Wedding," a remake of the Eagles' "Hotel California," he strapped on a Guitar Hero controller, turned his back to the crowd and pretended to play the song on the game as the screen showed him ringing up a flawless score: "1000 note streak!"" [NY Times]Frank Ocean played his first two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday (11/27) and Monday (11/28). The dates were rescheduled from his original 11/6 date at the venue which he postponed at the last minute due to illness, and both were sold out. The show was performed like most of the other shows on his tour with his usual antics and a similar setlist (which you can check out below). Time Out New York thought the show was "all in all, a modest statement," but The Village Voice seemed to really like it, and mentioned that Frank "has brought a sort of relevance to [R&B], a hipness usually associated with indie-indie rock or underground rap." What did those of you who made it out to the shows think of it? If you missed them, some videos are below.
"YO LOS ANGELES...what a night. thank you." - Frank Ocean
by Andrew Sacher
Frank Ocean @ the El Rey
Frank Ocean concluded his tour, which didn't include a NYC show (though it is reportedly being postponed), at LA's El Rey Theater last night (11/15) to a sold out crowd. Like he's been doing at the other shows on his tour, he played some Nostalgia/Ultra cuts, Beyonce's "I Miss You," which he co-wrote, his Watch the Throne contributions, some new material, and of course, played Guitar Hero. He was also joined by fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator for "She" off Tyler's Goblin LP, which Frank sings on. He debuted a new track, "Super Rich Kids," which will presumably appear on the new album he's been working on. Videos of "She" and "Super Rich Kids" and more pictures from the show are below.
Speaking of his new album, according to an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, he is choosing to not collaborate with Kanye West, who he previously worked with on Watch the Throne. "I'm a big fan. He's a big influence on my music," Frank said. "I told him, 'As much as I want to work with you, I kind of want to do this without you.' I kind of want to do it on my own."
In other Frank Ocean news, SBTRKT recently remixed the single, "Thinking About You," which Frank released over the summer. You can listen to the original and SBTRKT's remix below.
Speaking of Tyler, the Creator, SPIN reports that he will release his third album, Wolf, in May. Tyler mentioned taking influence from The StepKids for the album musically, and that he'd be changing things up lyrically as well, because "talking about rape and cutting bodies up" just doesn't interest him anymore.
"The StepKids, a psychedelic, jazz-influenced band he likes, play on his laptop. "My new album [Wolf, expected to released in May 2012] is gonna sound like this," he says. "I wanna make the music I actually get all my influence from. I don't know how, but I'm gonna try shit like this out. I'm gonna make a band or something.""More pics from the LA show, videos and song streams below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).
After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).
Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.
The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).
Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.
The rest of day 3, below...
Frank Ocean hat (via tharealpandaa)
NEW YORK IS CANCELLED.The cancellation was so last minute that people were already at the venue. The consolation prize was one of the above-pictured hats which were otherwise for sale as part of his tour merch.
or should i say postponed. i played last night in new orleans, on antibiotics and some other meds. got sick a cpl days before i left los angeles. woke up this morning in new york and could barely speak. called a doctor to my hotel, got a steroid shot. took some more meds. laid in bed allday till soundcheck, got to the venue and could barely sing any of my songs. im really sorry yall. i been workin on this show for months, did everything i could to make it special for yall. i'll be back soon as i'm healthy. thats my word. tickets will be valid for that, or you guys can get refunded. damn. this shit sucks.
I tweeted that from Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin where his friends in Odd Future did go on as planned just a few hours later. Stay tuned for more on that.
Jay-Z and Kanye West played their second of two Izod Center shows last night, and play their first at Madison Square Garden this evening. Their setlist from the first NJ show is HERE.
Jay-Z & Kanye West @ the Izod Center in NJ (cohanlon64)
Kanye West & Jay-Z aka The Throne played their first of two shows at the Izod Center in NJ last night (11/5), and they do it again in the same location tonight, and then two nights in a row at MSG...
"The core of the show weaved together separate, alternating sets from Jay and Kanye. This especially benefitted Kanye, whose recent albums, and last tour, got bogged down in fodder. Here he culled the cream, from the strident gospel chorus of "Jesus Walks" to the gothic "Power." Jay-Z, the more consistent performer, drew on his wealth of favorites, from the stuttering "Jigga What" to "Hard Knock Life." The pair doubled up on that last one and others, together offering not just value for money, but a survey of recent commercial hip-hop at its height." [Daily News]Last night's setlist is below.
Odd Future associate and Watch The Throne guest vocalist Frank Ocean plays his first NYC show at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/6), part of a short tour that hit New Orleans last night, Frank's first-ever show...
"The show was his first solo performance, and it was truly solo--he was onstage alone with backing tracks on a laptop.When Frank's NYC show was first announced, it seemed like maybe he would make it to NJ for at least one of the Izod Throne shows. We know now that didn't happen/isn't possible. Since then the MSG shows were announced though, so maybe Frank will pop on stage in NYC on Monday and Tuesday.
Ocean's system still had a kink or two. "This is awkward," he said quietly when the video screen behind him started showing footage from western movies without audio. That problem was quickly solved, and having his band on computer didn't limit him in any obvious ways.
Song lengths never felt shorter than what the moment demanded, and he wasn't locked into a pre-programmed sequence. Ocean changed the set list on the fly, gesturing for his offstage computer tech to skip forward more than once. He solved the problem of not having a lead guitarist to play the solo at the end of "American Wedding" by strapping on a Guitar Hero controller, turning his back to the audience, and apparently playing along as the video game's footage for "Hotel California"--the song's key sample--ran on the video screen. "I've always wanted to do that," Ocean said afterward." [Rolling Stone]
Odd Future (obviously without Frank and vice versa) co-headline Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin tonight. We hear there will be no photopit.
Watch the Throne setlist below...
Hopefully you acted quick yesterday because Frank Ocean's Bowery Ballroom show is now sold out. The show, one of six now-announced, popped up so quickly that Frank himself didn't even know it was happening, as he explains in a video he has posted to his Tumblr.
As pointed out in the comments, the date of the NYC show (11/6) happens on the second night of Kanye West & Jay-Z's two-night run at Izod Center in NJ. It's impossible for Frank to be two places at once, but it makes sense that maybe he'll play with them on 11/5 at least, since he appears on their new album.
November 6th @ Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.
"And Niggas Got The AdultSwim Shit Nigguh What's Good???!" - Tyler the Creator
Syd the Kyd @ Highline Ballroom (more by Brook Bobbins)
Long rumored, but now finally realized:
Adult Swim announced it has picked up the live-action series Loiter Squad, a 15 minute live-action show that features sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and music from Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The cast, featuring the Los Angeles collective of rappers, artists, and skateboarders, channel their multi-faceted creative talents in this Jackass-style showcaseOr to quote Tyler, "Its Not OFWGKTA That Has The Show, Its Myself, @JasperDolphin @oddfuckingtaco And @TheMustacheMan Thats Has It, That Happens To Be From It."
As previously mentioned, PS1's 'Warm Up' series of parties was extended until today (9/10) due to Hurricane Irene. Tanlines, Teengirl Fantasy and Physical Therapy were supposed to play during the hurricane, but get to play today instead. MoMA have also added Brooklyn's Kenny Dope and Odd Future's Syd the Kid to the bill. Syd the Kid was supposed to DJ the series in July but cancelled last minute, so today is her makeup show too. Whether she'll bring the rest of the crew remains to seen, but Tyler has been tweeting from NYC. 'Warm Up' runs from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.
"The VMAs unite us as a people, a shitty, shitty people. #VMAs" - Dave Hill
Tyler's mom & Wavves @ the Video Music Awards (via Hipster Runoff)
"there are great moments in awards shows. bruno mars sounded really good doing 'valerie' for amy winehouse. i don't think anyone is bummed that adele is killing everything. her voice was real and focused when i went thru and watched highlights from tonight. kanye and jay z are always murdering. beyonce is pregnant. yes this is awesome as shit, culturally speaking. but can i just ask, the reader, us, we ... as non-rhetorically as possible: don't we seem dumb? didn't MTV lose the fight against themselves? Didn't Rock'n'Roll STOP? Why are the lights so bright? isn't our talent as artists enough? Why do we try SO hard? Does a moonman mean what it did back then? Should we feel pumped when we get one? Should our mom's cry? I am not even thinking about it that hard. I will close my eyes in 90 seconds and have total peace... But, seriously. Why are we waving around so much? Why do we NEED this shit so bad? Why don't we just have MUSIC? DO music? soul? I don't know. I don't mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog. Sorry. Im with my girls on this one. Its becoming increasingly clear as I think about it more and more, that the dollars, if they ARE apart of why you are doing something... they are apart of why you are doing something. that's fucked to me. that's the absence of spirit, glue, fabric of what makes us a person. it distracts us from what we could be doing: WORK. on EARTH. Better say this: Forget what I say. If you even read this, you'll probably say to yourself, who is this ass saying shit? It doesn't matter what i say. it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. But this one last thought: What would Bill Hicks say?"If you missed the show, or didn't read about it already, Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator won Best New Artist, Adele (as Justin points out) is a good singer, (so is) Beyonce (but more impotantly, she) is pregnant, Lady Gaga does a great Ralph Macchio, and Justin Bieber loves God and Jesus....
Odd Future at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Odd Future will tour the US and Canada this fall. That tour includes the 10/19 Terminal 5 show which quickly sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets, they've added another NYC area show the next night, October 20 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon.
Look for Odd Future to get even more famous when they join Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Rick Ross and others as presenters (and possibly winners) at the MTV VMAs on Sunday (8/28). Tyler's video for "Yonkers" is nominated in multiple categories including video of the year.
Updated dates below...
Tyler, The Creator @ Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Feel Like I Have To Defend Myself. 1 Idk Who The Fuck Steve Albino Is 2. I Dont 'Nigger Everything Insight' 3. I Never Say Fuck U To Drivers 4. We (odd future) Never Discuss How Much We Are Making A Show In Public, Ever. 5. Me Nor Anyone i Know In My Age Group Know Who You Are, Old Ass. Surprised You Knew how To Use A Computer. And Whats Good With RAPEMAN? Okay, Back To Regular Shit: SO I FUCKING FAILED AT GETTING A PICTURE OF MY FART. FUCK - TylerPREVIOUSLY: Steve Albini doesn't like Odd Future (read his reasons why)
"I am quite happy none of them engaged me directly, because at least one of us would have regretted it." - Steve Albini
Shellac at ATP 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
A guy named Steve crossed paths with a guy named Tyler. See what Steve had to say about said encounter below.
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
UPDATE: The dates in text format are listed below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
We already talked about Odd Future's set and cupcakes and controversy at the Pitchfork Festival. Here are some pics...
"I Hope The Crowd Is Fun Today, Cus When The Crowd Is Like, Just Standing There Like It's Some RnB Show, We Stop Caring. ENERGY NIGGUH WHAT" - Tyler
"But, It'll Mostly Be Older White Dudes With Glasses Figuring Out How Their 'Review' Is Gonna Turn Out. So Annoying. Fuck It" - Tyler
"Thanks So Much @pitchforkmedia . That Shit Was Fun And Hot As Fuck NIGGUH WHATS GOOD? But Really, You Elitist Assholes Are Awesome, Thanks." - Tyler
"Went And Gave The People Who Don't Like Us Some Cupcakes." - Tyler
cupcake photo by Tyler
Odd Future played Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday. As anticipated, groups were set up to educate people about the group and their offensive lyrical content. Odd Future in turn brought the "people who don't like them" cupcakes (pictured above). Thomas Conner of Chicago Sun Times writes...
Less than an hour before taking the stage in Chicago's Union Park, members of the group delivered boxes of cupcakes to the anti-violence organizations on site -- the same organizations manning booths and handing out paper fans containing domestic violence resource information specifically to counter what they saw as dangerous expressions of hate, violence and homophobia in Odd Future's music.Ouch.
"They took some of the fans, too," said Amanda Wapiennik with Family Shelter Service. "One of them said, 'See, we're nice.' I said, 'We never said you weren't.' ... That's exactly the kind of dialogue and exchange we're looking for."
It was nice while it lasted.
Odd Future's set, at the height of Sunday's swelter, was rife with the usual foul language and appalling exhortations to violence and misogyny -- lots of "smack you, bitch," "f--- the police," "f---in' 'ho," happy tales of "punches to the stomach" and advice to "shoot that f---in' nigga, aim for the head," and I lost count of the number of times someone shouted "f---in' bitch!" -- even while they gave lip service to opposing voices. Group leader and breakout solo star Tyler the Creator, his left leg in a cast for a broken foot, said, "A big shoutout to the domestic violence groups out here." This came as the echo of the latest "f---in' bitch!" died away and right before the next song, "I Got a Gun (You Better Run)."
Shock tactics simply are in the young group's DNA, and the 15-song set was thick with the confrontation that's caused such a fuss all year around their mostly free online recordings and raucous live shows. Problem is, the shock and awe is all they brought. Odd Future knows how to engage a crowd with nasty talk, stage diving (even Tyler, in his cast) and the mystical bond between crowd and performer created by the middle finger, but musically the 45-minute set was a very average hip-hop show. (Big Boi, on this same stage and nearly same slot last year, brought so much more.)...
Our pictures from Saturday and Sunday at Pitchfork are on the way (Friday here). A tour announcement from Odd Future is also on the way, though we already know it includes Fun Fun Fun Fest. Syd The Kid will also be in NYC this Saturday.
Videos from Pitchfork and interview clips regarding the controversy below...
Fun Fun Fun Fest sort of revealed five of the artists playing the festival this year. The fest will take place from November 4-6 at
Waterloo Park Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX. Watch this video to figure out who the five artists are, though You may want to use this guide for help. If you don't have the time to figure it out, we've listed the artists along with the embedded video below.
Also, all of Brian Posehn's (hint) tour dates are listed below, including a NJ show on September 30 at Starland Ballroom with Big Jay Oakerson and Bonnie McFarlane. Tickets are on sale now.
If you think that the ascendance of Kreayshawn is a bit of enigma, you aren't alone. After posting a video for the now banned "Gucci Gucci" to Youtube (due to terms violation) on 5/18, within five days the video had logged 600k hits. Soon after, it started to get surreal:
Though she has only performed live six times and has one official mix tape out, she recently signed a $1 million contract with Columbia Records and is making famous friends quickly. "Snoop hit me up on Twitter," she explained. "He was like, 'Yo, DM [direct message] me. I really love your song.' So we met up, hung out and recorded a song with my sister, V-Nasty." Other fans include Diddy and, puzzlingly, MTV comedian Andy Milonakis...Kreayshawn and her creatively-named crew the White Girl Mob (DJ L1l D3bb and V-Nasty), may also be benefitting from their own liberal use of the n-bomb:
A recent LA Weekly article described Kreayshawn's style: "If [Lady] Gaga is the coolly elegant Madonna from 'Vogue,' Kreayshawn is the gritty downtown Madonna with a girl posse from 'Borderline.' " -[The Daily]
OCWeekly: A lot of people have been criticizing your girl and White Girl Mob crew member Lil Debbie for her use of the N-word. How do you feel abut that word and the use of it in music?Regardless of the why, Kreayshawn is currently moving toward the interweb MC celebri-status of Lil B (who she knows and has shot videos for) . Though:
Personally in my songs I don't use it at all. If I'm freestyling and I said it, that's just for that point in time. Any songs I'm writing I don't use it. But like I said in Oakland, Asian people will call Mexicans that. A Mexican will call a black dude that. A white person will call an Asian that. Everyone calls each other that. I feel like that word is used in the low income community more than anything. I can see if I was some rich crazy trick and I was just saying this because it's hip-hop. No, I was raised around this. Me and my sisters were all raised around this. People call me that. But personally I'm not flaunting it around. I don't say it in my music because of how, if I'm putting myself out there to the world there are going to be a lot of people who don't like it.
Lil B took time to speak to Billboard.com's The Juice on Kreayshawn and her success. "When you're an artist you get what you deserve," Lil B says. "I'm happy that she's working for her dreams and following the world I have created. She's definitely talented and we will see what's in store for the future. But it's all about Lil B and the Based God."Her upcoming projects include filming a video for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and taking her live performance count into the double digits with a few new US dates in major cities including a NYC show on August 18th at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available (the Lil B and Odd Future shows at the same venue sold out a bit quicker) (yes, she's associated with Odd Future too).
She'll also be back east in September to play Philadelphia's POPPPED Music Festival that the Shins, Girl Talk, Panda Bear, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Titus Andronicus, Cults, The Vaccines, Foster the People, Rakim and many others are also playing. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, and the infamous "Gucci Gucci" video are below. Snag another new song, "Rich Whores" at her website.
Odd Future at Highline Ballroom (more by Brook Bobbins)
Notorious Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis writes...
When some 20,000 concertgoers arrive at Union Park on July 16 in the middle of this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival, they'll be greeted by members of several Chicago groups dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against gays, protesting that day's booking of controversial rappers Odd FutureTickets for the 2011 Pitchfork Festival are still available. The full Pitchfork lineup and schedule and the Between Friends PSA below...
This blog [at WBEZ] first asked the question "Pitchfork & Odd Future: Endorsing rape or showcasing art?" in a post on May 2nd that featured extensive comments from festival and Web site honchos Ryan Schreiber and Chris Kaskie, who defended the booking. The interview generated considerable comment here and elsewhere, from people disgusted by the hateful lyrics from the much-buzzed underground rappers dedicated to shock and outrage, as well as from their fans and boosters.
However, Pitchfork rejected a request by Rape Victims Advocates for space inside the fest to present their views, saying that all of the booths for non-profit organizations already had been assigned. And this blog still is waiting for comments from the most notable female performers sharing the weekend's bill with Odd Future: Merrill Garbus of tune-yArDs, Neko Case, and electronica musician Ema.
Yesterday, Between Friends, a nonprofit agency with a 25-year history "dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse" announced that it will be taking to the West Side streets around Union Park, handing out 5,000 cardboard fans "with a powerful message about violence against women and resources listed on them" resulting in "a sea of fans cooling down concertgoers while hopefully getting them discussing the issue and knowing where to turn for help."
The group, which presents educational programs at schools and community centers, frequently makes use of music to illustrate the plague of violence against women--witness its video below juxtaposing Rihanna and Odd Future hero and progenitor Eminem--and some of its leaders regularly attend the Pitchfork Festival, which usually takes pains to be the most socially conscious and community-oriented of Chicago's big musical celebrations. Pitchfork booking Odd Future is not unlike Whole Foods deciding to sell fried Twinkies, factory-bred chicken, and tuna with 10 times the mercury content.
"It's contrary to what they stand for," said Between Friends Programs Director Yesenia Maldonado. "We do respect the fact that they have the right to have the music that they feel people are interested in at their fest. But we'd like to make sure that they have the resources available while they're there. This is a huge venue and we really want for people who haven't heard these shocking lyrics--maybe they're coming for another band and this is the first time they'll be hearing [Odd Future]--we want to make sure that we let them know that this is something that we're taking notice of, and we really want to get the other view out there as much as possible."" -[Jim DeRogatis]
Kathleen Hanna at Planned Parenthood rally in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Feminist artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson's documentary !Women Art Revolution made its theatrical debut at Manhattan's IFC Center on June 1. The film is still screening every day at 4:25 PM through June 16. The film features a score by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), an appearance by Yoko Ono and much more. Get your tickets for the remaining days (and go see Wild Flag at Williamsburg Waterfront).
The movie is one example of how "the Riot Grrrl movement still inspires", as NY Times puts it. The article talks about the Kathleen Hanna tribute show that took place at Knitting Factory this past December and discusses the effect the movement has had on today's indie rock scene. Amanda Warner of MNDR said, "I remember it being weird if you saw a girl in a band, and now it's not weird at all, it's just totally normal."
That Knitting Factory show in December not only served as a tribute to Kathleen Hanna, but also the debut of her new band The Julie Ruin. The project formed as a revival of her late '90s solo project Julie Ruin, the moniker under which she recorded one album of the same name in 1998. The new band also features Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman, Justin Bond's sidekick in Kiki and Herb. They are currently working on a debut full length. Details on the album are limited but Kathleen posted pictures from an overdub and mixing session for the album back in May.
A Le Tigre documentary titled Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (pictured above) chronicles the band's 2004 tour and is out now. You can purchase it on Amazon. Last week there was a screening at at Maysles Institute in Harlem which was accompanied by a Q&A with director Kerthy Fix and Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman. Joly was there and taped all 45 minutes of it. If you missed it, check out the Punkcast video below. AND, they do it again on June 26th at the Ace Hotel, complete with Johanna Fateman, Kerthy Fix, AND Kathleen Hanna for the Q&A. All screening dates are listed below.
Kathleen Hanna recently spoke to Spinner, to promote the movie and stuff, and they asked her about Odd Future:
Spinner: Have you been paying attention to the controversy with Odd Future and their homophobic, misogynistic lyrics?CNN also recently spoke to Kathleen who discussed Katy Perry in that one.
Kathleen: No, not really. They don't seem that interesting to me.
Spinner: Sara Quin just spoke out against them and it created a bit of a media storm.
Kathleen: I feel like, if you don't want to listen to them, don't listen to them. If you do want to listen to them, do listen to them. I couldn't really comment about on exactly what their lyrics are about, because I haven't gotten that deep into it. But if people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like s---, don't listen to it. I don't think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don't talk about them and they'll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn't even know this band existed if they weren't talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don't want to focus on boring people.
Odd Future's lesbian member Syd tha Kyd, who famously responded to criticism that she associates with a sexist group by saying, "That's what I do. I slap bitches", is DJing at PS1 'Warm Up' on July 23. Gang Gang Dance also DJ and Laurel Halo, Miracles Club, and Lunice play live sets on the same date. No word on if any other members of Odd Future will be in town at the time.
Film trailers, dates and a mash-up of Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers" and Tegan & Sara's "Call It Off" by The Jane Doze, below...