Entries tagged with: Sleep
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Sleep @ Hopscotch 9/7/2013
Metal at Raleigh, NC's Hopscotch Fest wrapped up with a Saturday (9/7) night show at the Lincoln Theater. This one was a doozy, featuring Sleep, Evoken, Inter Arma, and Solar Halos. The reunited version of Sleep is one of the most devastating live bands I've ever seen, and both Inter Arma and Evoken are responsible for excellent albums within the past year.
Speaking of which: Al Cisneros of Sleep released some new drone material on August 20; stream some here. Inter Arma are currently on tour with Woe. And Evoken will hit Saint Vitus with doom greats Esoteric, Saturnalia Temple, and Velnias on October 4.
Check out the Hopscotch pics below.
by Fred Pessaro
Om at the Met, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisneros of Om/Sleep/Shrinebuilder quietly released a pair of 7"s on his own Sinai imprint, but now is preparing to go wider with a new effort with Drag City. The solo venture features a pair of tracks on a 10", "Arc Procession"/"Jericho," and is very evocative of the material he has produced with Om, yet leaning heavier on the drone side. Stream the A-Side below alongside his entire solo discography.
In related news, Grails (which features Emil of Om) has also released a new track from their forthcoming Black Tar Prophecies 4,5,6 titled "Self-Hypnosis". Stream that below, and look for them on the road this fall.
by Fred Pessaro
Down / Sleep / Melvins @ MDF 2013
Maryland Deathfest has closed another chapter after this past weekend, hosting sets from bands like Carcass, Sleep, Bolt Thrower, Midnight, Infest, Melvins and more across four days and as many stages. The outside stage came to an abrupt halt with a late cancellation of Carpathian Forest due to visa issues, followed by the power going off in the middle of Venom's performance of "Warhead":
In case you were wondering what happened during Venom's set last night, an unexpected strict curfew change from 12 am to 11 PM occurred over the weekend. At the time the schedule was made, we were told it would not be a problem to finish at midnight on Sunday, so this added to our list of headaches dealt with over the weekend. We realize it is fucked up and disrespectful to have to cut a set short, but we would've been facing a whole raft of shit and a very hefty fine had we not stopped when we did.Despite those issues, the festival featured some jawdropping performances, and you can see photo sets from the festival's day one, day two, day three and day four. You can also see additional photos from Maryland Deathfest at the InvisibleOranges Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In addition, we caught some sets from bands touring to MDF in the recent days too. Check out photos of Terveet Kadet / Iron Lung / Massgrav at Saint Vitus, Hellshock / Kromosom at Acheron, and Converge at Saint Vitus.
There are still quite a few bands on the road as part of MDF. You can catch Deiphago at Saint Vitus tonight (5/28, tickets), Weedeater at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/29, tickets) and Cobalt at Saint Vitus on 5/31 (tickets).
One of the most eclectic lineups in the US, Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, NC, will be back for 2013 on September 5 -7. Pulling from all genres, this year's line-up includes names like Big Boi (who plays NYC tonight), Spiritualized, Sleep, Wolf Eyes (who have a new video), The Breeders (performing Last Splash), John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Gorguts, Inter Arma (who play NYC on Saturday), Double Negative (who played NYC this past weekend), Swearin' (them too), Pissed Jeans, Dan Friel, Waxahatchee and many many others. Three-day wristbands are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale in June. Full lineup is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Al Cisneros with Om at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013.Good news, which hopefully also means the return of Sleep for recorded material as well. Wow. More details on the way including, hopefully, tour dates outside of their appearance at 35 Denton and at MDF.
Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band...
We look forward to MDF and beyond.
Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart
Current Sleep bandmates have been busy with their other projects as of late. Jason Roeder just celebrated the release of the new Neurosis LP in Oakland (pics). Matt Pike is currently on tour with High on Fire, and will play two NYC shows this weekend. And last but not least, Al Cisneros played with Om at Bowery Ballroom on 11/21 (pics) and will return to join Johnny Marr (who has a new solo album coming) and Kim Gordon at Terminal 5 on 12/1 for Dinosaur Jr's celebration of You're Living All Over Me. Tickets are still available.
Dinosaur Jr recently added a grip of European dates to their current slate of shows. Check out those dates alongside a stream of the new live album recorded in 1987 titled Chocomel Daze (out now on Merge).
Scout Niblett in Montreal, October 2010 (more by Rachel Kowal)
Scout Niblett has released the new No More Nasty Scrubs 7" featuring a pair of reworked pop favorites. The A-side features a reworking of "Nasty" by Janet Jackson while the flip features TLC's "No Scrubs" with Emil Amos of Om/Holy Sons/Grails. Stream the latter below and look for a video of "Nasty" in the coming weeks.
In related news, back in August of 2010, Emil Amos said:
I've finally decided to prepare a re-release of My Only Warm Coals next, god knows when it will come out exactly...That day has finally come with the announcement of the Holy Sons release on Important in February 2013. The LP spans tracks from 1995 - 2010, look for it in the new year.
All tour dates and that stream is below.
Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.
Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.
Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.
Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.
We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.
A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:
The Lollipop King is suing South Park.
Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.
More stuff below...
Matt Pike and his Les Paul at SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep just encountered some pretty terrible news:
Matt Pike's Les Paul guitar has been stolen from storage in a North Bay studio. Please be on the lookout.Best of luck to Matt, and we hope he recovers the guitar.
Details of the guitar:
1992 Les Paul Standard, tobacco burst finish.
Serial number 92462499.
Lace "Pike" signature pickups installed.
The 70's style strap has no strap locks, it's screwed directly to the guitar with fender washers.
The truss rod cover on the headstock is says "Jimmy" in script letters.
The SKB case has "pike" stenciled in 3" white old english letters on the lower left corner.
There is a label on top that says "TEMPEST".
This guitar is legendary and has been used in both High On Fire and Sleep.
If you see this guitar listed on eBay, Craig's List, a web classified forum, pawn shop, etc, please contact us immediately at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: there are many Tobacco burst Les Paul's out there, please contact us if you see this specific one only.
The new Om (officially now) at Europa (more by Chloe Rice)
Om, now officially a three piece with the addition of Robert Lowe (Lichens) to the lineup, will take to the road in celebration of the Advaitic Songs, the band's new LP due on Drag City on July 24th. The band to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 29th and tickets go on sale Monday (7/16) at noon. Daniel Higgs, who is currently in the midst of a residency at Zebulon, will open for the band at MHoW.
While you're patiently sitting at home, waiting for the tour to start, you might want to check out "Gethsemane (Edit)" from Advaitic Songs which is streaming below, along with "State of Non-Return" and all upcoming tour dates in the popular list format.
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
Scion Rock Fest have announced their first round of 2012 bands, including some very interesting and out-of-the-box choices. Among the announced so far include the impressive Repulsion, All Pigs Must Die, Merzbow, Sleep (who just played Roadburn), Church of Misery (them too, and they play NYC soon), and Oxbow, but the lineup also includes names like Terror, Psychic TV, and Cerebral Ballzy and more... bands that seem a bit out of the ordinary for a traditionally all-metal festival entering its fourth year. The show goes down on June 2nd across four venues in Tampa FL. As always, the show is free (with RSVP that opens on 4/20 at noon).
UPDATE: Full lineup has been released, check out the flyer and lineup below.
Sleep at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
As many know, the history of Sleep's Dopesmoker is almost as fascinating as the seminal release itself. A few different versions have been released, but now it seems that Southern Lord will release the ORIGINAL version of Sleep's epic album, done the way the band intended for release in the mid 90s:
For the 2012 reissue, there are some very notable changes. The original studio tapes have been remastered presenting the album as the band had originally intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and at last brings a true representation of SLEEP's hour-plus Weedian chronicle. Exclusive to this Southern Lord edition is brand new artwork by long time SLEEP artist Arik Roper, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Additionally, this reborn version of Dopesmoker boasts an unreleased live recording of one of the band's best all-time performances: "Holy Mountain" from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994.No word on when the release will actually surface but break out the bong, it'll probably be worth a listen. All Sleep tour dates and a stream of the Tee Pee edition of Dopesmoker are below.
Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.
As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.
All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.
Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.
Sleep at Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
It was inevitable. Sleep will headline Roadburn 2012. Al Cisneros' other current project Om (with Robert Lowe) and the previously announced curators Voivod also ae on the bill of the European festival. More impressive additions are surely to follow.
Meanwhile, Maryland Deathfest's lineup has finally solidified with the final addition of Autopsy. The band will headline the first night of the jawdropping lineup, alongside other Thursday bands like Agalloch, Eyehategod, Rorschach, Dying Fetus, Desaster, Needful Needful Things, Die Pigeon Die, and Extermination Angel.
The show is one of two Baltimore festival appearances scheduled for Eyehategod, who will also play the A389 anniversary with Integrity, Gehenna and a cast of others.
Full MDF lineup and flyer is below.
Disma at Union Pool last year (more by BBG)
Save the date folks. August 6th will unleash the most holiest of lineups as part of a record release for Disma's brand new tower of destruction, Towards The Megalith (due via Profound Lore in July). Disma will celebrate their record release at Saint Vitus with the return of Coffinworm (!), an exclusive east coast appearance from Loss (who I recently interviewed), and the mega-destructive Oak from Baltimore (who killed it at MDF)! Ticketing information is forthcoming, but the show will be $15 and kick off at 8PM. More details as they come available. The show is one of a few scheduled for Coffinworm this summer, and one of only two East Coast dates so far.
Dark Castle at Scion Rock Fest (more by Adam Murray)
There are a few must-see shows this summer, and Yob/Dark Castle/Batillus (yep! thats right... Batillus just added) is definitely one of them. The trifecta of doom killers at Le Poisson Rouge on July 12th is one of the biggest doom shows of the year, as the Yob/Dark Castle tour checks into the tri-state area as part of a larger US tour that preceeds a European one. Tickets are still available. Both Yob and Dark Castle played Scion Rock Fest (the former in 2010, the latter in 2011) and if you missed the LA show (like I did) then live vicariously through videos of the band at the fest, which make their debut below.
Batillus play NYC again 11 days later (7/23) with Mutilation Rites and Phantom Glue at Saint Vitus. The tour is part of a larger set of dates for Batillus & Mutilation Rites in celebration of their split 7" with Shinebox Recordings. All tour dates are below.
Painkiller have a few new releases including the new Scapegoat LP, the Brutal Supremacy 2x7" (with Mind Eraser, Hatred Surge, Scapegoat), a Stab cassette, and various represses by Vaccine and others. Check the webstore for more details, and download tracks from those releases above. In addition, Painkiller also has a new 7" by Put To Death, which features members of Mind Eraser and Hatred Surge playing "some good old fashioned No Comment style PV".
Pollution has called it quits. Bum. Out.
Sourvein have a new LP in Black Fangs (out now) , and the band will hit the road for a string of dates that will include Saint Vitus on July 8th. Full tour schedule is below.
More suggested NYC shows, tour dates and videos below...
Sleep played Terminal 5 last night (6/22) with help from death-doom pioneers Winter and Brooklyn's own White Hills. It was one of only a few dates scheduled for the legendary stoner doom gods.
Similar to their appearances at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (pics from night 1, night 2) and ATP New York (photo set 1, set 2), Sleep kicked off their set with a segment of "Dopesmoker" before moving into faves like "The Druid", "Dragonaut", and "Holy Mountain". I've heard the complaints about Terminal 5 sound and while they can be somewhat warranted, I must say that from all three levels and every vantage point Sleep sounded incredible in that space.
Supporting bands were impressive too. Winter's set seemed more relaxed and (naturally) larger in the Terminal 5 space vs Union Pool, while White Hills (which featured Liturgy drummer/phenom Greg Fox for the evening) were the best I had ever seen them. Catch White Hills at their record release party on 7/14 at Union Pool. Excellent three band bill, and the perfect way to come in from the downpours that drenched the folks waiting in line as doors opened.
More pictures from Terminal 5, including Sleep's setlist, are below.
DOWNLOAD: White Hills - "The Condition of Nothing" (MP3)
White Hills performing Mudhoney at Bowery (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Hills are preparing to release their new full-length H-p1 on June 21 via Thrill Jockey where you can preorder it. Download "The Condition of Nothing" from the LP above, and check the video for that song, and a brand new video for the title track from the LP below.
The Brooklyn band will play a headlining show on home turf to celebrate the record as well. Look for them at Union Pool on July 14th with Oneida side project Man Forever and Weird Owl who have a new LP on the way too. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and videos below...
Winter at Union Pool (more by Greg Cristman)
As if you didn't have enough reason to see Sleep when they come through NYC and hit Terminal 5 on June 22, here goes another one. The weedian loords of the riff-filled land will be supported by none other than Winter when they return to NYC, as well as Brooklyn's White Hills. Tickets are still available.
White Hills is in Austin now to play Austin Psych Fest along with names like Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Spectrum and more over its three days (April 29-May 1).This is what the lineup looks like for tonight (4/29), on just one of the stages:
Stage OneWhite Hills play on Saturday. The whole schedule is HERE.
06:30 - ZaZa
07:30 - Beach Fossils
08:30 - Night Beats
09:30 - Atlas Sound
10:30 - Crystal Stilts
11:30 - A Place to Bury Strangers
12:30 - Omar A Rodriguez
All Sleep dates and some video is below.
Krallice (photo by Justina Villanueva)
Tickets are on sale for the Sleep show coming to Terminal 5 on June 22nd. Openers still haven't been announced, though Magrudergrind was added as support for the Floor show coming to Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 13th. Tickets are still available for that too.
Tickets are also now on sale for the previously discussed Krallice/ Withered/Ipsissimus/ Cleric May 2nd show at The Studio at Webster Hall. It's one of two NYC dates on the calendar for Krallice (who play Union Pool on 4/20 in honor of Brendan of Orphan).
Ipsissimus killed it at Union Pool on 3/27 with The Funeral Pyre & The Secret.
The Krallice tour with Withered is in preparation for Krallice's newest marvel/LP, Diotima, which drops via Profound Lore on 4/26. Diotima is more of the dizzying, well-crafted, intelligent and complex black-metal that marked their previous two releases with Profound Lore. The Brooklyn now-veterans (three albums in three years? the Jay-Z of USBM, anyone?) have perfected the art of brutal technicality as you can hear in "The Clearing" and in the punky/powerful second track to be released, "Litany of Regrets" which premieres in this post. Download above. Stream below.
All Krallice tour dates and the song stream is below.
Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2010 (more by BBG)
Sleep will reportedly be getting back together for a few more reunion shows, one of which will take place at Terminal 5 in NYC on June 22nd. $25 advance tickets go on sale Friday March 25th at noon. Stay tuned for more dates and openers.
Update: all three (just three) dates they'll be playing are listed below
Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)
After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.
Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.
In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.
Sleep (by Justina Villanueva)
Sleep played their second and final show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Wednesday (9/8, first show was two days earlier), this time with an assist from A Storm of Light and Lichens. As with the previous night, support was fantastic though in much different ways. A Storm of Light featured Zohra Atash (Religious To Damn) on vocals, new drummer RJ from US Christmas, and Will Lindsay (Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room) on second guitar, which added tremendous depth to the already massive sound that the band has cultivated and on the PA at the Masonic Temple, it only sounded larger. Lichens followed, and although technical difficulties truncated Rob Lowe's set to a paltry 15+ minutes, his vocal and primitive synth harmonies were enthralling in those brief moments. Excellent set.
Thirty minutes earlier than the night before, Sleep launched into their set with the opening bars of "Dopesmoker".
Your primary document tonight is 1993's Sleep's Holy Mountain, a churning monolith wherein tunes like "Aquarian" change tempo and velocity in a real casual, nonchalant way, a nice balance of dirge and thrash, narcotics and histrionics. "Traveling toward the atomic sky!" Cisneros growls on "Inside the Sun," and verily you soon feel like you're standing in it yourself. (The Brooklyn Masonic Temple remains a fantastic place to hear these bands, your Sunn O)))s and Mastadons and Neuroses, thanks to the high ceilings, the grimy feel, the liberal approach to volume, the conservative approach to stage lighting, the words "Masonic" and "Temple.") The miniseries-length "From Beyond" is like a portable natural disaster, ebbing and flowing, a super-brooding trudge that powers down to a soft, almost gentle interlude (Roeder tapping cymbals with his bare hands) and then inevitably supernovas into an extinction-level event, with Pike's wildest and most eruptive solo of the night as punctuation. The cops didn't even bother showing up to gawk at this one, most likely because they were completely terrified. Their loss, your hearing loss. -[Village Voice]A second set of pictures from night one, as well as more pics from night two are below....
photos by Keith Marlowe
Iggy Pop & friends @ ATP NY Friday
"Big brands seem determined to top last year's appearance by Courtney Love at Alexander Wang's gas station-housed Fashion Week after party, and Tommy Hilfiger has lured some big guns: The Strokes. We hear they'll appear at Hilfiger's bash following his 25th anniversary show at Lincoln Center, on Sunday, Sept. 12. Invitations haven't yet been dispatched, but the event already has a surefire guest: 17-year-old model Atlanta de Cadenet, the stepdaughter of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who makes her first Vogue appearance in the September 2010 issue.We can't confirm an appearance by either The Strokes or the leathery one (and I think the entire article quoted above was a quoted NY Magazine article that was since removed), but the current rumor that Iggy Pop will perform at the Varvatos store doesn't seem that far-fetched since he has been in the area, Guns N' Roses performed in the store earlier this year. New York Fashion Week is underway (Blonde Redhead played a show at Tribeca Grand last night).
Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced that Iggy Pop, who took the stage for [a sunglasses company] in May, will perform at John Varvatos's annual party in his Bowery boutique (the former site of legendary Manhattan punk club CBGB)."-[Fashionologie (actually post from NY Magazine?)]
Iggy & The Stooges played ATP NY on Friday (9/3) along with the Scientists, Mudhoney, and Sleep. We posted a few pictures and commentary about that already. A second set of pictures from that show (our first of the Scientists who played Blood Red River in its entirety) continues below...
words & photos by BBG
Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Monday night
Back before Boris and Sunn O))) took over the place, Sleep played their first of two NYC shows at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Monday night, Labor Day (9/6). Unearthly Trance and Doomriders opened the show, and the legendary stoner band will do it AGAIN TONIGHT (9/8), this time with different openers: Lichens and A Storm of Light. The show, which WAS sold out, will now have tickets available when doors open at 7PM TODAY.
Unearthly Trance's next NYC show is at Union Pool on 9/29 with Swedish doom destructors SUMA and NJ's Pharoah. The show is part of a short stint of dates for the duo and doubles as their record release party for the forthcoming V due on Relapse Records at the end of this month. Unearthly Trance and SUMA will share a collaborative EP on Throne Records in the coming months, not to be confused with their previous, and now sold-out, split 10".
If you miss them tonight, Lichens also have another show coming up soon:
Wednesday September 15th @ SHEA STADIUMMore pictures from Monday's show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, including one of the setlist, and all Unearthly Trace dates, below....
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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...