Entries tagged with: Panda Bear
The next in Daft Punk's "Collaborators Series" videos is up and this time it's Animal Collective's Panda Bear. While we don't get to hear any of the Random Access Memories track he sang on (just more "Get Lucky"), he does get into how it happened and what it was like to work with them. Check it out below.
Daft Punk's Random Access Memories is out May 21.
Daft Punk are making a comeback this year with Random Access Memories (due out 5/21 via Columbia imprint Daft Life Limited), their first album since 2005's Human After All. They haven't revealed any full tracks from it yet, but from those two 15 second clips, we basically already know that we love it. Unfortunately, we New Yorkers never get a chance to see them. All they seem to do these days is pop up at Phoenix shows (but not last Friday's show), and then that secret show at 285 Kent turned out to be an April Fool's joke. Who knew?!
Luckily, we will get a chance to see the eight piece Daft Punk Tribute Band, imported from Toronto, who play NYC on July 3 at Highline Ballroom. What's more, we even know what time they go on (10 PM). Reportledly, these guys "have been melting faces and liquifying dancefloors with sold out shows at the most prestigious clubs and concert halls across Canada" since 2009. We can't wait to get our faces melted, Canadian style, in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In terms of the real Daft Punk, the rumored tracklist of their new album features appearances by Julian Casablanacas, Giorgio Moroder, Pharrell, DJ Falcon, Todd "The God" Edwards (who sang on Discovery), and Paul Jackson Jr. (who played guitar for Michael Jackson), in addition to previously announced guests, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams, and Panda Bear.
Like Giorgio Moroder just did, Todd Edwards also discussed the new album in a video interview, which you can watch, along with a live video and check out the full rumored collaborators list, below.
by Bill Pearis
There have been rumors flying that Daft Punk would release a new album in 2013 and it's looking that that's going to happen. Both Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter are confirming the the French electro duo have signed with Columbia Records. The Guardian, meanwhile, reports that the new album will be out in May. The album reportedly features guest appearances from Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams (!), Animal Collective's Panda Bear and more.
Not counting 2010's TRON: LEGACY soundtrack, Daft Punk's last album was 2005's underwhelming Human After All. The band last played NYC at Coney Island in 2007 but did make an appearance at Phoenix's Madison Square Garden show in 2010.
Animal Collective revealed the first and super distorted lead single for their new album, Centipede Hz. It's called "Today's Supernatural" and you can stream it below. The track was premiered last night on Animal Collective Radio, a new weekly online radio show, which airs every Sunday at 9PM EST, presented by Domino and Creators Project. Each show is hosted by a different member of Animal Collective. Last night it was hosted by Panda Bear, and in addition to the premiere of the new single, his show featured guest DJ sets by Black Dice, Sublime Frequenices, and Haunted Graffiti. If you missed last night's show, it will be streaming on loop for the 24 hours following its airing.
Stream "Today's Supernatural" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Teengirl Fantasy's Tracer artwork
Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy have been having a pretty solid year. Back in January, they inked a deal with R&S Records (James Blake, Lone) who are putting out their killer new single, "Motif," on vinyl on June 25 and digitally on July 9. That single comes with the b-side "Eternal" and an Actress remix of "Motif." Check out the video for "Motif" below.
Now, the duo have just announced the release of their sophomore LP, Tracer, which will be out on August 21 via R&S/True Panther. They've roped in some pretty impressive guests for the album, including Panda Bear, Romanthony (aka the voice of Daft Punk's "One More Time"), Laurel Halo, and Kelela. The album won't include "Motif," but it will include "Eternal." The full tracklist is below along with a teaser video and that's the cover art above.
You can catch Teengirl Fantasy at a local show this weekend when they open for fellow Brooklynites/True Panther labelmates Lemonade at the previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Saturday (6/2), which also serves as the NYC debut for Elite Gymnastics. Tickets for that show are still available. All TF dates are listed below.
Speaking of Laurel Halo, she put out her own (excellent) new album, Quarantine, in Europe this week and it will see a US release next week. You can stream that album in full below.
Videos, streams, tracklist and a list of all Teengirl Fantasy dates below...
We already posted Pitchfork's and SPIN's, so... here's Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2011. It's got tons of big sellers and major label players taking high spots like Adele, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Paul Simon, and Lady Gaga, but then something unexpected like tUnE-yArDs places at #13. There are also some odd inclusions like Wavves' Life Sux EP and then some albums you could only find on a Rolling Stone list like SuperHeavy (the supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and others). They also give shots to Little Dragon, Josh T Pearson, Das Racist, Wild Flag, and many more. Check out the full list below...
Yo La Tengo @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* SWEETsons Greetings
* BETTY @ Joe's Pub
* Chris Cochrane @ Barbes
* Young Jeezy @ Gramercy
* Anand Wilder @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery
* John Waters Christmas @ BB King's
* Coconuts Comedy Show @ Union Hall
* Slaughterhouse @ Highline Ballroom
* Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show @ Maxwell's
* Drunken Sufis, Luke Reynolds @ Cake Shop
* Stephen Merchant : Hello Ladies Tour @ Town Hall
* Matisyahu, Dub Trio @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Nuriya, Pharaoh's Daughter, Haale @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Digable Planets, F. Stokes, U.G.O Crew @ Brooklyn Bowl
* George Langford & Tom Van Buskirk of Javelin @ The Stone
* Mala Strana, Night Manager, Ism, Tezeo @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Trippple Nippples, Hard Nips, New London Fire, Ghost Beach @ Pianos
* The Babies, Dive, Widowspeak, Ducktails (DJ set), Todd P (DJ set) @ 285 Kent Ave
* SMIF-N-Wessun, Uncle Murda, Green Lantern, Vita and Murder League, Bazaar Royale @ SOB's
* Dome Theater, Bow Ribbons, Hubble, Diamond Terrifier, Swarms (Nina Mehta of Rings) @ Zebulon
* Religious To Damn, Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth), Anasazis, Bootblacks, Jailbait @ Lit Lounge (JT benefit)
Happy Hanukkah! Yo La Tengo are Matisyahu celebrating tonight, and it's the beginning of the annual Sephardic Music Festival.com/.
Panda Bear released a trippy new video today. Watch it below...
New Moods (whose members include a Young Magic member and Gang Gang Dance's engineer) have been busy practicing for their 9pm set at the BV Holiday Party at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (12/13) (some tickets will be on sale at the door), but they managed to get this list in just in time for those going (or still thinking of going) (or wondering if they should show up for the opener) (you should!) to get to know them better. Here is a list of the top 10 music things that New Moods loved in/about 2011 (in no particular order)...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "As Young As Yesterday" [Ft. Victoria Bergsman] (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "Honey Mine" [Ft. Victoria Bergsman] (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "Another Dream Mixtape" (MP3)
Panda Bear at MHOW in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously mentioned, Panda Bear kicks off a short US tour next week after playing POPPED! Music Festival in Philly this Friday (9/23). The tour culminates in NYC at Webster Hall on October 1 (tickets) and Brooklyn Masonic Temple on October 2 (tickets). Later this fall, Panda Bear will play a run of European dates leading up to his appearance at the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP.
In related news, Panda Bear recently remixed a track off the upcoming Korallreven debut LP. Korallreven are a Swedish electronic duo consisting of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder (of The Radio Dept.). Their LP, titled An Album by Korallreven, comes out on November 15 via Acephale and features guest appearances by Victoria Bergsman (Taken by Trees/The Concretes) and Julianna Barwick, who also appears on a mixtape the duo have made, which you can download above. You can listen to Panda Bear's remix of "As Young as Yesterday," which features Victoria Bergsman, below. The original and another album track, "Honey Mine," which also features Victoria Bergsman, can be downloaded above. Tracklist and album art are below.
All Panda Bear dates, Korallreven song stream, album art and tracklist below...
Prince Rama @ Glasslands in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
As mentioned, Panda Bear is playing a few shows this fall including one on October 1 at Webster Hall and another on October 2 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets for the Webster show and the Masonic Temple show go on sale today (8/26) at noon.
Meanwhile, Prince Rama of Paw Tracks plays Music Hall of Williamsburg TONIGHT (8/26) with Sun Araw, Juliana Barwick, Pterodactyl, and Teengirl Fantasy (DJ). The show also serves as the NYC debut performance of Prince Rama and Sun Araw's joint project Prince Sunarawma. Tickets for tonight's show are still on sale and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to win are below.
Contest details below...
Panda Bear at MHOW in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Panda Bear plays Brooklyn Masonic Temple on October 2. We also mentioned that the show would reportedly be taking place one day after another NYC show that would probably be at Webster Hall. It's since been confirmed that the other show will take place on October 1 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/26) at noon for the Webster show and the Masonic Temple show. An AmEx presale for the Webster Hall show starts Wednesday (8/24) at noon.
In other Paw Tracks news, Prince Rama's collaborative show with Sun Araw happens at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday (8/26), and Prince Rama have a bunch of other shows coming up too including September 8th at Issue Project Room.
All tour dates are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Panda Bear - Last Night At The Jetty (MP3)
Panda Bear @ MHOW in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for an October 2nd Panda Bear show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The show is reportedly taking place one day after another NYC show, probably at Webster Hall (TBA soon). Total that makes at least six upcoming Panda shows including the previously announced POPPED! Fest in Philly (9/23) and the recently announced 9/29 Chicago show. All dates are listed below.
PANDA BEAR recently announced that his latest album Tomboy will be released as a special new limited edition 4x LP Box Set, on Oct 31st through Paw Tracks. It will feature the Tomboy album on 2x LPs, the Tomboy single mixes on 1x LP and several Tomboy unreleased instrumentals/acappellas, plus "The Preakness" and a 16-page art booklet. All profits from the sale of this set will go to the American Cancer Society. It's limited to 5000 copies worldwide.The tracklist for the set is also below...
Panda Bear @ MHOW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Panda Bear brought Tomboy's opening track, "You Can Count On Me," to Fallon last night (7/11) with Tomboy-producer Sonic Boom (Peter Kember of Spacemen 3) and ODDSAC-director Danny Perez on visuals. Video below.
Animal Collective play Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park tonight (7/12) with Black Dice and Beta & Hatch (wait, who?) (I think they're DJs?). The show is sold out. If you don't have a ticket you can always listen from outside the fence.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
After an opening set by recent Domino signees Ducktails, Panda Bear came on stage with Tomboy-producer Sonic Boom (Peter Kember of Spacemen 3) to perform the recently released album in its entirety at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (7/3). The sold out venue came off as a bit of an underplay for Panda Bear, whose last NYC show was headlining Governor's Island, though the intimacy made for the perfect setting. Panda Bear spent most of his time on guitar and vocals as Sonic Boom handled the knob-turning duties. Together, they took psychedelia to an entirely different level. Audience members' senses were blurred as the venue was filled with excruciating volume, while smoke machine smoke sifted through the air and trippy visuals swirled on screen. The hazy atmosphere was even more obscured by lights and colors shooting over the audience from projectors. I found myself needing periodic reality checks to remember I was at a Panda Bear show and not in some other weird dimension.
The delivery of the album was spot-on, and in typical Panda Bear/AnCo fashion, he ditched song breaks for droney interludes, extended passages, and trancelike repetition, adding at least 20 more minutes to the 50-minute album. The drone parts especially came through live. They added breathing room into the intense set that you didn't realize you were getting until the songs picked up again.
After one other non-Tomboy track ("Ponytail"?), he ended the show with Person Pitch-favorite "Comfy in Nautica" to much excitement from the crowd. And while I was equally excited to hear that song, it helped further illustrate how cohesive Tomboy is. The album's unlikely marriage of drone and Beach Boys-y psych pop is like no other. Tomboy lacks the immediate standouts like "Comfy in Nautica," and performing the album from start to finish showed how well it works as a continuous piece of art, and not a collection of singles. Panda Bear chose not to do an encore, which was fitting. The Person Pitch tracks, although great, already felt a little tacked on to what was a very complete set.
More pictures, the setlist and some videos from the show below...
Panda Bear at Governor's Island in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Ducktails, who recently signed to Domino opens the show. Panda Bear contributed vocals to "Killin The Vibe", a b-side off Ducktails' Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, which was released this past January. I wonder if Panda Bear comes on stage with him at MHOW and plays the song. Ducktails also plays Bowery Ballroom with Woods and White Fence on August 13. Tickets are still available for that.
Panda Bear and Ducktails aren't the only Animal Collective and Real Estate related acts playing together this summer. Real Estate's recently announced tour that hits Maxwell's on July 24 is with Paw Tracks artist Dent May.
Animal Collective's summer tour dates include a sold out show in Prospect Park with Black Dice who will also play MoMa's 'Warm Up' series at PS1 on August 13 with His Name is Alive (DJ set), oOoOO, Clams Casino, and others.
Still no word on where Zomby is playing.
Panda Bear at Governor's Island in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
"This show will be will call only. No hard tickets will be issued. There is a 2 ticket limit per person and tickets are non-transferable. Tickets will be available online only. Not available at any outlets."Tickets go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon. Noah's only other upcoming solo date is as part of a big fest at Hollywood Bowl on September 25th with TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Warpaint, and Smith Westerns.
In related news, Panda Bear's voice can be heard on the new Zomby album, and Animal Collective has dates coming up too including a sold out show in Prospect Park with Black Dice who also opens the Merriweather Post Pavilion (the venue) show three days earlier. Black Dice also opened for AC in Prospect Park in 2009. Zomby did not.
Check out a new video of Panda Bear's "Slow Motion" directed by Cheryl Dunn spliced with an interview and live footage of his set at Governors Island in 2010, along with more dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Zomby - "Things Fall Apart" (Feat. Panda Bear) (MP3)
UK producer Zomby is releasing his first album for 4AD, Dedication, on July 11 in the UK and July 12 in the US. Panda Bear provides guest lead vocals on the track "Things Fall Apart," which you can download above. Dedication is/was currently streaming in full on hhv (it doesn't seem to be working at the moment). Check out the full album tracklist below.
July 12 is the same day Animal Collective play Prospect Park in Brooklyn, two days before Zomby's TBA New York show (7/14) which is listed on his myspace. Stay tuned for more details, and hopefully those details aren't a cancellation this time.
Remember when Zomby was supposed to open Animal Collective's Prospect Park show in 2009. It would be cool if he makes up for it by opening at the same venue in 2011. Don't hold your breath though. Zomby also recently cancelled his appearance at the Animal Collective curated-ATP last month. According to 32 RPM...
"Zomby has cancelled and lots of people eager to suck up his revivalist bullshit rave music were forced to mull around wearing their best faces of disappointment. I didn't mind. Zomby is a REDACTED and if it means he's ten fans down after blowing the festival out then that goes to shape a better tomorrow. For one he confused Steve Moore completists and for two the world needs a 90s rave music revival like it needs an airborn Aids strain.Harsh. Zomby cancelled Sonar in 2010 too. All currently scheduled dates and the album info below...
Now much as I was left non-plussed by them I have to say 'good one' to The Frogs for filling the gap and playing a second show."
Austra @ Santos in Feb (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Cocorosie @ MHOW in Sept (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* John Mulaney @ UCB
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* CocoRosie @ Glasslands
* Dive Comedy @ Freddy's
* Thurston Moore @ Other Music
* OUTMUSIC Awards @ Irving Plaza
* Elvis Costello @ Beacon Theatre
* Rob Paravonian @ The Bell House
* Carol Wincenc, Tali Roth @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr Trio @ The Living Room
* Glasvegas, The Dig @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Manzarek-Rogers Band @ Highline Ballroom
* Caucus, Persian Rugs, Smilelove @ Cake Shop
* Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy @ Gramercy Theatre
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* Tidal Arms, Memory Map, Slothbear @ Bruar Falls
* Tribeca New Music Festival @ Merkin Concert Hall
* Laura Goldhamer & the Silvernail, Wrest @ Coco 66
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Andy Friedman, Paul Curreri, Matty Charles @ Union Hall
* Diarrhea Planet, Liquor Store, Battle Ave. @ Shea Stadium
* Filmstrip, Company, Shark?, The Denzels @ Death By Audio
* Battle Circus, Moonlight Towers, The Mantra ATSMM @ Pianos
* Austra, Trust, Silver Swans, Spanish Prisoners @ Mercury Lounge
* Tune-Yards, Eugene Mirman, Elizabeth Wurtzel @ The Greene Space
* J-Roddy Walston & The Business, Gunfight!, Brothers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* High Priest, Beauty Apes, Solus, Goldie Luxx (Precious Metal) @ Lit Lounge
* Crinkles, Golden Girls, Future Shuttle, Jefferson High, Octo Octa @ Cameo Gallery
* Sherlock's Daughter, Bronze, Edelweiss, Bear In Heaven (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory
Ray Manzarek of the Doors plays Highline Ballroom tonight (the was moved from BB King's).
It's an all NYC Popfest bill at Cake Shop tonight (2 bands from Japan, 1 from Canada).
Panda Bear's new video for "alsatian darn" can be watched below...
NPR currently has two new Panda Bear things streaming: you can hear Noah be a guest DJ, AND you can now hear "Tomboy" in full. On Record Store Day, you can get "Tomboy" with the above-pictured t-shirt...
"Panda Bear's Tomboy album is in stores on April 12, and on Record Store Day, April 16, an edition of 1000 limited LP / T-shirt bundles will be available at participating Record Store Day stores. This shirt design will not be available again, and is not available online anywhere!"Does eBay on April 13th count as available online anywhere? Panda released a 2-track Surfer's Hymn single via Kompakt on March 28th. The b-side is the "Actress Primitive Pattern Remix" of the song which you can listen to at Soundcloud.
In related news, Animal Collective will soon kick-off a pre-Coachella California tour with Sun Araw. Those dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Panda Bear - Last Night at the Jetty (MP3)
Panda Bear is the project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox. Tomboy, his long-awaited fourth album as Panda Bear, and follow-up to Person Pitch, is now complete and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks on April 12, 2011.The MP3 of "Last Night at The Jetty" above is the final version of track #5 on Tomboy.
Paw Tracks is pleased to present a listening party for Tomboy on Feb. 16 in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge Gallery (158 Bleecker St.) - there will be two separate listening sessions, one at 6pm that is open to all ages (rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org ) and one at 7:30pm that is 21+ (rsvp is now closed)
Over the past six months or so, Panda Bear has released a series of vinyl singles on different labels, including Domino, Paw Tracks, and Fat Cat, with the final single forthcoming on Kompakt. The Tomboy album is a compilation of these songs, along with new ones that have not been released. Additionally, all the songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to give the album a wonderfully rich and warm sound. [press release]
Panda Bear's new album "Tomboy" will be out on April 12th via Paw Tracks. "This is one week earlier than the originally announced release date - it was moved up so that the record will be available for Record Store Day on April 16." That's the cover art above. The full tracklist is below along with a set of fellow Paw Tracks recording artist Prince Rama tour dates (Glasslands included) (and some Animal Collective dates too)...
"Panda Bear is the project of Animal Collective member Noah Lennox. Tomboy, his long-awaited fourth album as Panda Bear, and follow-up to Person Pitch, is now complete and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks on April 19, 2011.It was back in September that we learned we definitely wouldn't be seeing Panda Bear's album in 2010, or maybe even anytime soon, so this is good news.
Over the past six months or so, Panda Bear has released a series of vinyl singles on different labels, including Domino, Paw Tracks, and Fat Cat, with the final single forthcoming on Kompakt. The Tomboy album will be a compilation of these songs, along with new ones that have not been released. Additionally, all the songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to give the album a wonderfully rich and warm sound. stay tuned for more details." [PRESS RELEASE]
In related Animal Collective news, Animal Collective member Deakin will share a bill with Black Dice and Mirror Mirror this Saturday in Brooklyn at Secret Project Robot, a venue which is moving to a new location at the end of 2011. Meanwhile they have a full schedule at the current location. More details, more event listings (including a Knyfe Hyts residency) and this weekend's flyer below...
photos by Erez Avissar
Noah: "I was living in Brooklyn, right on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, right near Red Hook over there. I was walking to work actually and walking towards the subway and I didn't know anything about it. The first plane had crashed when I was walking and everybody was walking the other way from the subway towards somewhere else. It just felt weird and smelled weird and I guess a women saw me going towards the subway stop and she was like, 'The subway isn't running right now.' And and I was like "What happened?" She just pointed up in the sky and I could just see a really big pillar of smoke and you could see the building on fire."With the NYC skyline aglow from the Sept 11th memorial, Panda Bear headlined the Beach stage at the serene Governor's Island with his AnCo cohort Avey Tare on the one's and two's, and opening sets from Teengirl Fantasy and Portugal's Gala Drop.
...The 100-layer-electro-pastoral-pop burrito thing [aka Panda' Bear's sound] has its charms: His new "Tomboy" shows up early, a few angry-sounding power chords giving it form and drive; his songs are better the more they sound like temper tantrums, particularly "Song for Ariel," wherein he bellows "I want what I want what I want what I want what I want" until you're ready to give it him already.The easiest thing to stare at Saturday night was the visuals on the screen, which when not covered by the smoke from the smoke machines, made for excellent eye candy though I couldn't help but look towards the skyline at times as well. The full Panda setlist, courtesy of NYC Taper who taped the show, is below. Teengirl's setlist is down there too along with a 20 minute Big Ass Lens video that you need to check out.
It all just starts to blur together garishly after a half-hour or so, though there's rarely not a sweet, simple tune buried under there, and he's much better at keeping it at least faintly audible: Even at his worst it only sounds like, say, two Passion Pit songs and a Bruce Hornsby song playing on top of each other. And his voice, as always, will rescue both him and you, huge and brassy, traces of both Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright, selling his more grandiose drama and doing major damage the softer and sweeter and simpler his backdrop gets: "Ponytail," the slight, painfully delicate closer to his rapturously praised Person Pitch, is the exception that makes the rule bearable. As for the rest, just do what you do when you're drunk: Find something in the room and stare at it until the room stops spinning. -[Village Voice]
The Panda Bear show was one of two Noah Lennox played over the weekend. He played Baltimore the next day (9/12). Panda Bear will also appear at Moogfest on October 20th, and that's it for now. Hopefully he'll spend that time working on Tomboy, which currently has no official release date (new single out in October).
More pictures, video, and setlists from the 9/11 show are below....
the view from the Panda Bear concert - 9/11/2010
Great show. Emotional night. More later. (anyone write down the setlist?)
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Juarez & Rachel Carr
Local Natives & the crowd @ FYF Fest Saturday
Yesterday was FYF Fest. We know all the problems... The lines... And are addressing them now. In no way are we sleeping on these problems. The bands were amazing and the turn out was unreal. I'm speechless. -Sean Carlson & FYF FestThat's how the FYF Fest organizers started their post-fest email, which also outlined new, cheaper pricing to the three "fan fest" shows it hosted on Sunday in LA. For all the organizational problems on Saturday, FYF still managed to put on a highly enjoyable day of bands, around 37 total across three stages (plus a comedy tent), at LA State Historic Park.
The day's short sets kept you wanting more from nearly every act, many of whom played for a half hour or 35 minutes (which expanded in 5 minute increments up to an hour for the headliners). That made for tough decisions between overlapping sets. Ted Leo and band blew through their 45 minutes, and Titus Andronicus could've continued for another 35 at least with the momentum from their Monitor songs. Those two, along with Screaming Females, were part of what Ted Leo termed the "New Jersey Takeover" - three punk bands with Garden State roots who all played great sets at the fest.
Los Angeles represented with a number of notable hometown acts. Growlers, in grey facepaint, brought an earthy, ramshackle sound and lots of friends. Best Coast, Abe Vigoda, Local Natives and Ariel Pink also repped their hometown - the latter two with mezmerizing late afternoon sets.
Other acts brought some nice surprises. A chorus of kids, costumed as zombie versions of dead historical figures, backed Dead Man's Bones' Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields. The Blow introduced some of her new songs written for an unnamed celebrity (and played recognizable earlier songs too, including one "written with Sting...when [she] was 7"). And Big Freedia, the fest's only act with any trace of hip-hop, shocked the crowd with a short pre-headerliner dose of "Azz Everywhere."
There was plenty of garage rock (Thee Oh Sees brought the man responsible for their cover art, William Keihn, to play tambourine), punk and metal. A reunited Sleep, in New York this week, grinded away, as !!! had people shaking their ass on the sister stage. On the fest's third stage, hardcore band 7 Seconds reminisced about their first time in LA almost 30 years ago and lead a spirited circle pit. Add to those bands, breezy folk from AA Bondy, the jams of Warpaint and Delorean to name a few.
If FYF's organizers are a bit defensive above, it may be with good reason: the few critical organizational errors were fairly memorable. A long line at will call (an hour would be a short estimate) kept many waiting in the 90 degree sun while the first bands of the day (Magic Kids, Let's Wrestle and The Goat) could be heard starting in the distance. Water inside was also an issue, with limited access to free drinking water and bottled water at $4 (which, according to Noah Lennox, ran out).
By the end of the night, the two final acts - The Rapture and Panda Bear - set up on competing stages. Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox interspersed his dreamy lullabies with patches of noise and dissonance while videos and images that could be described only as "trippy" played behind him; I think your response to the set depended largely on your state of mind after the long day: exhausted or ready for a patience-testing string of songs and sounds. He and The Rapture provided, alternately, a place to dance or doze.
Unsane also played a rare runion set at the festival where Off! shared a bill with Lower Dens. School of Seven Bells, Davila 666, Cults and Ceremony were there too.
Read what Noah thought about his own set, HERE. More pictures from the entire day, below...