My first thought on this is…Fuck! Second thought…Fuck! I really, really like this band and they could quite be one of my favorite bands to watch live. While The Walkmen never really rose to any level of commercial fame, the band definitely resonates with a large community of true music lovers. Sometimes that just isn’t enough in this day of music business. 14 years of of touring and 6 or so albums later, it seems as if the band feels like this was their effort. A valiant effort at that, but the question years have settled upon the boys and a decision has been made. Some fond memories have been made with myself including the opportunity to meet frontman Hamilton this year at Fun Fun Fun Fest. I shrink at the idea of no new Walkmen material being recorded..but that’s me being selfish.
“We really just have no idea. I don’t think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won’t, maybe we’ll play shows. I think it’s weird to make a hubbub about something if there’s nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve been a gang properly for a long time, so there’s not much to break up, I guess.” Peter Bauer
If you haven’t consumed any of The Walkmen material, I suggest that you do so. A lost art with their modern simplicity, and ability to capture the spirit of honest human experiences and emotions.
I wish I could get excited about this news, but frankly I don’t care for the Arcade Fire, but I know that a lot of you folks out there do…so here it is.
3/7 Louisvillem, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
3/10 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palaces of Auburn Hills
3/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
3/13 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/14 Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
3/16 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
3/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/18 Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
4/9 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/10 Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
4/23 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
4/26 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
4/17 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
4/29 Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
5/1 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
5/2 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood
7/30 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/8 Seattle, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
8/11 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
8/12 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
8/14 Winnipeg, SK @ MTS Centre
8/17 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
8/19 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
8/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
8/26 Chicago, IL @ United Center
8/30 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
Fun Fun Fun Fest, hands down, is my favorite Austin festival. And we have a lot of festivals in Austin. It surprises me how many people aren’t aware of the festival, or are and haven’t attended. You like good music? You like comedy? You like good local food? Maybe you like skateboarding or getting on your bike? Fun Fun Fun Fest bitches!!! It starts tomorrow and there are 3 full days and nites of Fun available to those who like…Fun.
And a look at last year’s Fun:
Despite the fact that I don’t know what the f*** they were attempting on their latest release Monomania, I still have some fond memories of their live performances. Each time different and each time great. A sure bet that Bradford Cox will be in rare form, and hopefully will be reaching back into their catalog of material that sparkles with greatness at times. No need to be superfreak guy, just do what you do.
Deerhunter on The Orange Stage Saturday 7:00No comments
There are a few locals on the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup this year and these two happen to be favorites of mine. I know it’s early, but beer at noon tastes pretty good when you are at a festival listening to some good tunes.
Seems that David Wingo is more consumed by his film /soundtrack career these days, so the opportunity to see him wearing the Ola Podrida cap and playing some of those songs that we love so much, is attractive. Belly Of The Lion remains a constant go-to in these parts.
Ola Podrida on The Orange Stage Saturday 12:50
Standing solid on their 10th album, Frank Smith keep knocking on that door where on the other side is a listener that appreciates the craft of songwriting and diversity. Moving from the whiskey soaked acoustic desperation to guitar driven ambition, Frank Smith still have a lot of fuel in the tank.
Frank Smith on The Orange Stage Saturday 12:00No comments
No…the band Ride isn’t playing FFFFest, I’m talking about the skate and bmx installation that has become a fixture at the festival and continues to grow every year. This is what is cool about Fun Fun Fun Fest, it not only embodies the music that resonates with the youth and the young in the older, it combines the components into one weekend of FUN. The mastermind behind the Ride installation and performances is a man who does more than just build ramps and half-pipes. He’s a man that lives behind the scenes for the most part, but does a lot for the local youth community through his non-profit Project Loop.
What is Project LOOP?
Project LOOP LLC. (Lesson’s On and Off The Pavement) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that consists of a network conceived to benefit youth through lessons in creativity, exercise, and hard work in a real world experience outside the classroom. We are a network comprised of creative professionals that have a desire to give back. Our goal is to build confidence, motivate, and give kids hands on experience in order to teach and prepare them for the future. The LOOP is not just for kids but adults who yearn to see community enhancement and improvement.
Let’s face it, kids are faced with alot in their teen years. Having to decide on a career at an early age can be intense. We give kids on hand experience at what they think they aspire to be this dispelling any myth and potentially lighting a fire early on. This way our kids get a head start in the real world. We’re committed to teaching both leadership and teamwork skills. As a society, we should be focused on grooming more leaders and less followers and we believe passion is king. Nowadays, a college degree doesn’t come with any guarantees and we feel kids should learn how stuff works, develop trade skills and start interning early. We believe in creative thinking and encourage outside the box approaches.
Take a break from the tunes and bring your board for a ride or check out some of the pros that will be showcasing their skills on the Ride.
Admittedly, I was drawn to The Walkmen by their early breakthrough single “The Rat” and didn’t pay much attention to the band for a few years after. I bought their records and listened a bit, but they didn’t seem to grab me at the time. Maybe my head space wasn’t quite ready to appreciate what an amazing band they were developing into being. The revelation came to me while witnessing their performance at The Parish a few years ago, completely sober and shoved up against the stage I witnessed something. A band shrugging the easy access to technology that could enhance their presence, instead mastered their vintage instruments and produced the most perfectly executed replication of what you hear on their records. A stand up piano, lead guitar with one solo pedal, and an exuberant, passionate vocalist, The Walkmen delivered one of the most memorable performances I have seen in my many years. Every experience with them since that night expands my admiration and appreciation for the art that these guys create. Honest, simple, and damn good.
The Walkmen on The Orange Stage Friday 6:25
Post-hardcore from a band that put out one of my favorite heavy albums of the 90′s….I can’t f****** wait! The New York band formed in 1990, Quicksand, put out one heavy as shit records that still resonates with me, and the opportunity to see them at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest absolutely rules. Lump them in with Fugazi and Helmet if you may, Quicksand’s 1993 release Slip stands tall still to this day.
Quicksand on The Black Stage Friday 7:35No comments
I’m generally not one to spend much time at the Blue Stage, which hosts mostly electronica/dj framed tunes, but I have a past with this genre and there is the occasional band that strokes that memory into a pleasant experience. Small Black are one of those bands. The band’s 2013 release Limits Of Desire is a solid piece of work that drifts somewhere between the mellow calm of chillwave and beats that move you to shake it a bit. The cover art is pretty cool as well.
Small Black on The Blue Stage Friday 5:15No comments
Why pick Johnny Marr? He’s Johnny Marr. You know, the guy that played in that little band called The Smiths…and The Cribs, Modest Mouse, and The The. That in itself is enough of a reason to head to the Orange Stage on friday and see the legend himself. The guy does have an album that came out this year, and I’m sure that his set will be heavy on this new material from The Messenger, but fingers crossed that he’ll delve into some of those Smiths songs that we love so much.
Johnny Marr on The Orange Stage Friday 4:15
Maybe better known for his work as frontman for Dead Confederate or collaborator in Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris released his debut solo album Audition Tapes this past summer on Dangerbird Records. Leading up to and beyond the release, Morris presented a series of videos for most of the tracks on the album. Most of them involving Morris working with the historic nonprofit organization Georgia Trust to bring attention to what has been deemed the Places In Peril list. The final in the series features one of my favorite tracks off the record “Quit Diggin”, and the video was shot at Saint EOM’s Pasaquan.
The final film in the series, which features his song “Quit Diggin’,” was created at Saint EOM’s Pasaquan, a farmhouse from 1885 that was repurposed in 1957 by native son Saint EOM, neé Eddie Owens Martin, into a sprawling artist compound with more that 15 thousand square feet of painted concrete sculptures and surfaces on the outside of the buildings alone. The site is decaying, literally, and the bent here is to raise awareness (and hopefully funds) to keep the four-acre spread intact. Morris has this to say about it:
“St. EOM, like Howard Finster, says he was compelled by a vision to create Pasaquan. The two were friends and peers, and I find it pretty interesting that these two men were tirelessly creating these places at the same time and in relatively close proximity: rural Georgia in the 1950s and ’60s. That’s not exactly the time or locale you’d expect to find these massive expressions of art & creativity. But I guess that’s why they stand out and continue to be these beautiful curiosities down here.”
Now watch “Quit Diggin”
The young masters of “freak-rock” have just released the official video for “Alien Days” off of their recent self-titled album MGMT. Falling somewhat into the theme of Halloween, “Alien Days” features..some aliens..
Superchunk are doing their own part to celebrate this Halloween, with a cover of the Misfits tune “Children Of The Heat”. The track was released on the Misfit’s Horror Business 7″ vinyl release that saw the debut of what would eventually become the band’s mascot, “Crimson Ghost”.
Superchunk recently released their 10th studio album I Hate Music and will be on the road sporting their tunes. Catch them here in Austin on Feb 6th at Mohawk.
Check out the jam:
- Nov 12 Brisbane, Australia | The Tivoli
- Nov 14 Sydney, Australia | Enmore Theater
- Nov 15-16 Melbourne, Australia | The Forum
- Nov 29-Dec 1 | All Tomorrow’s Parties ‘End of an Era Pt. 2?, Camber Sands, UK
- Dec 2 Leeds, UK | Brudenell Social Club •
- Dec 3 London, UK | Electric Ballroom •
- Dec 5 Copenhagen, Denmark | Loppen
- Dec 6 Stockholm, Sweden | Debaser
- Dec 8 Helsinki, Finland | Tavastia
- Feb 5 Dallas TX | Trees
- Feb 6 Austin TX | The Mohawk
- Feb 7 Houston TX | Fitzgerald’s
- Feb 8 New Orleans LA | One Eyed Jack’s
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Bear Hands just released the title track from their recent release Giants. New tunes and a tour to set soon..
I didn’t know you that well, but I do understand the impact that you had on the music that I do listen to these days.. Sorry to hear that you have left this planet, and hope to believe that there is something happening out there that allows you to do what you did so well…
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