It’s no secret to anyone paying attention to the Austin music scene that Black Books created a steady stir of buzz about themselves when they quietly released their debut EP An Introduction To.. about a year ago. So..now that we’ve been introduced, when might we hear some new material and most importantly when will have full length from the band? That question has been on the minds of many and the answers are coming…
The band recently set loose a brand new track from their upcoming full-length titled “Out The Door” on their Bandcamp page just two days ago. And if this is any indication of what to expect from the pending release, which we hope to see early in 2012, we are all in for a treat. I’m pretty sure that we are…
The new track comes just a few days after a cover of The Cardigans “Love Fool” showed up on the SYFFAL (Shut Your Fucking Face And Listen) site. Love the name by the way.
And I bring you both..The beautiful “Out The Door” single and the fun, dreamy cover “Lovefool”..
MP3> Black Books ‘Out The Door’
MP3> Black Books ‘Lovefool’ (Cardigans Cover)1 comment
Fun Fun Fun 2011 is still fresh in many’s minds, but the Fun crew is already plotting and planning their next smash hit festival for 2012. Mark your calendars for Nov 2, 3, and 4 in 2012 for the next weekend of Fun Fun Fun happening at the expanded grounds Auditorium Shores.
A limited number of “earlybird” ticket are to be released soon, and those who purchased tickets last year will be notified via email when they become available…sit tight.
Keep an eye on the Fun Fun Fun Fest site for updates and register to receive updates.
And watch this little diddy of a tribute to FFF Fest 2011
You ever have those records, cds, or tapes that somehow end up in your collection, but you aren’t really sure how they might have gotten there? Those few gems that you developed an intimate relationship with, but it always was an unspoken, somewhat secret relationship. The Sea and Cake’s 1997 release The Fawn is one of those records for me.
Like reconnecting with an old friend, it’s nice to see that the band is still producing it’s unique style of jazz influenced post-rock, with a solid fan base still intact.
The band recently released it’s 9th studio album and show little signs of losing that creative edge that has propelled them since the early 90′s.
The Sea and Cake @ Mohawk 12/8 show 8 p.m.No comments
Being one of my top picks for bands to see at this past Fun Fun Fun Fest, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that M83‘s set took place during the daylight hours. Some things are just meant to be enjoyed in the cover of darkness with fancy lights.
Well, the chance to see M83 again here in Austin will present itself once again next May at Stubb’s. Pre-sale tickets are available now, believe it or not, and I’m willing to wager that this one will sell out.
Full updated tour dates and ticket info HERE.
And, if you haven’t check out the band’s 2011 release Hurry Up We’re Dreaming you are missing out on what is certainly going to be a frequenter on year end lists.No comments
Deer Tick hooked me with their solemnly beautiful 2010 release Black Dirt Sessions and continue to capture my attention with the raucous, raw, and rowdy follow up Divine Providence. Their recent show here in Austin took me back to time when I first caught a little band called Wilco on the A.M. tour, feeling as I had just witnessed something that will become great in minds of many for years to come.
The band released the clean version of the “Main Street” video last week, but if you know me, I’d rather wait for the dirty one to post…
And for you John McCauley fans, keep an eye out for another project of his called Diamond Rugs featuring members of Dead Confederate, Black Lips, and Los Lobos. Sounds pretty promising.No comments
Former Mighty Lemon Drops guitarist and songwriter turned producer/engineer David Newton, has resurfaced as a player once again with his latest outfit David Newton & Thee Might Angels and just released the Paint The Town EP.
I have to admit that my interest in some of the new music that is coming out these days has been fading in favor of revisiting some of the older stuff that occupied my time. The Mighty Lemon Drops were definitely a favorite of mine for awhile until they disbanded in 1992. Happy Head, World Without End, and Laughter all deserve a little revisit or visit if you haven’t done so yet.
Before you do that, check out David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels title track from the Paint The Town EP.
MP3> David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels ‘Paint The Town’No comments
Speaking of festival favs, The Antlers secured a spot with me as one of my favorite bands of current. They pulled off one of the best performances at this year’s ACL Festival despite an early, early time slot on one of the main stages. That, and they were some of the nicest guys.
A little late on board with these guys, just discovering the beautifully heart-wrenching Hospice earlier this year, but better late than never as they say. This year’s follow up to that album Hospice is about to find a same year EP following in it’s wake titled (together) which is set for release Nov 22nd on Frenchkiss Records. If the track “Parentheses (PVT remix) is any indication, The Antlers are having a damn good year.
You’ll find guest appearances on the EP from Neon Indian, Bear In Heaven, and Nicole Atkins
MP3> The Antlers ‘Parentheses (PVT Remix)’No comments
Just over a week after catching this intriguing Japanese trio Boris, weave their mystical sound of multitudes of styles and genres at Fun Fun Fun Fest, the band releases the second track from their upcoming release aptly titled New Album. “Flare” follows the first single released which was titled “Spoon” and can be found on New Album released on limited edition vinyl and CD at independent retailers on Record Store Day: Black Friday Nov 25th and worldwide on December 6th.
Still trying to wrap my head around this stuff, but it’s fun for sure.
MP3> Boris ‘Flare’No comments
Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 edition has come and gone, and while the dust has settled (literally), a look back at what has become one of Austin’s hottest festivals showcasing scores of indie bands sprawling genres that appeal to audiences as diverse as the festival’s lineup.
Relocating Fun Fun Fun Fest from the friendly confines of Waterloo Park to a much larger venue Auditorium Shores, was met by little skepticism by some of us who have grown to love the comfort and convenience of the smaller setup. A setup that gave us relief from the larger festivals that aren’t as quite as forgiving when trying to experience as much as you can at a festival with the ease of accessibility. Would FFF Fest still be able to maintain that feel that we’ve come to love so much about the event? Would the grown spurt be handled well enough technically and operationally that the quality of the fest not be compromised? And the dust? Most of us dealt with it years ago at ACL Festival and the thought of repeating the experience weighed heavy.
I should begin by stating that my approach to the festival experience has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Being that I really enjoy experiencing my favorite bands and live music in general in smaller venues, the idea of standing in a field in mid day watching a band run through a set that in some situations doesn’t replicate their club performance in many ways, just doesn’t appeal to me much. My approach to festivals is catch the handful of bands that I really do want to see and hope it translates well enough, and spend the rest of the time trying to experience other artists that might not be of extreme interest to me, but have built themselves a certain reputation or “buzz”. That, and catching up with peoples, and enjoying some beverages and the occasional tasty food offerings. Tasty food offerings a definite must at a festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest probably had the best selection of food that I have experienced at a festival.
I was only able to attend the last two days of the event, and as I entered the wind swept compound of Auditorium Shores, the dust was almost enough for me to consider my even staying for too long. The constant grit in my beverage, and the idea of trying to eat any food in the dust storm, played heavy on my mind, but the pending performance by M83 outweighed any decision to leave.
Throughout the course of the afternoon few bands achieved holding my attention for very long. The middle of the afternoon presented two, of which I was hoping to gain more interest in, tUnE-YaRdS and Ra Ra Riot failed to change any previous opinion that have on the recorded material. I know..gasp!
The pleasant surprise of the day, not really knowing much about the band was The Joy Formidable. I believe that there have been some comparisons to a local trio fronted by an axe wielding blonde front-woman, and understandable to a degree, but the energy, stage presence, and full band sound was impressive for such an early set.
M83 provided a great sounding set covering a fine selection of tracks from the band’s most recent release Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, but the band’s sound and visual performance would have benefited from a later set time after sunset.
Girls continue to impress as they blossom into a band that embraces the challenge of the larger stage with a sound that has evolved from quaint, quirky, cute jangly band from California into a full sounding rock band, incorporating a little psych with loud guitars.
This year my interest in the half-pipe and BMX ramp was a bit more than in the past, and it was a nice change of pace for shooting photography than the crowded photo pits where photo assigned wristbands at times sported nothing more than an iPhone for shooting. It’s great to see more interest by other media sources in the local fest, but the organization and security of the photo areas was a bit inconsistent.
In the interest of keeping this fairly short…
Sunday bands that failed to move my interest into to the plus category. Mates of State and We Were Promised Jetpacks. Always heard great things, but maybe on a smaller stage?
Kudos to Ted Leo for working through an almost non-existent voice and delivering his always infectious, high energy, sets of post-punk from one of today’s hardest working in the business.
Cannibal Corpse…that’s right. The opportunity to see something that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, and what a weird, humorous experience. Not to offend anyone, but wow. And that guy must pay thousands to his chiropractor to keep that neck in shape.
Consider me a new fan of Boris and once more impressed with the progress of Blonde Redhead in regards to their live show.
Sure, the dust was an incredibly unpleasant unfortunate part of the event. The reported exclusion of many of the local media photographers from the last two acts on every stage seems a bit of a slap in the face of the locals that have been supporting the festival since it’s infancy, and hopefully will be revisited next year.
The food was amazing, the lineup continues to grow and bring bigger acts, and the feel of the park still maintained it’s comfort while providing pockets of diversity that allows the attendee to experience something completely different in every corner of the park.
Now what are the reported numbers and facts about FFF Fest 2011? Just released:
- FFF6′s economic impact on Austin can be seen HERE
- FFF grew by over 40% in 2011, while still remaining progressive, intimate, creative, and relevant to the independent music scene
- FFF is made up of a mix of homies from all over - Austinites, Texans, U.S citizens, and International homies (45%, 41%, 13%, 1% respectively)
- FFF added over 5.3MM to the local Austin economy and over 700 jobs
- FFF employed 217 artists this year across the fest and NITES
- FFF got greener! Alternative transportation use cut emissions in Austin by 1,348 lbs (Amovens). Over 3,000 bicycles were parked on site. Over 4,000 people were shuttled to and from the park!
- Pitchfork Stream was viewed by a kujillion people
Check out the rest of our photos by Loren Root and myself…
Quite honestly, I’m not that familiar with much of Lykke Li’s music, but “Little Bit” from the 2008 Youth Novels recording has seen some serious spin time around my parts. Maybe because of the lyric “and for you I keep my legs apart, and forget about my tainted heart”? I can’t help it, I’m a guy. You have to admit, she is pretty sexy as well. I’ve been giving the music some serious consideration as well. I’m not that shallow. Curiosity sparked, so this young lady is on my list of artist’s to check out at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.
Lykke Li plays the Orange Stage Sat 11.5 @ 7:25No comments
I had a wordy, descriptive post planned for recommending Murder City Devils as a must see at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011, then I came across this video from their 2007 performance..Let it speak for itself.
A rare opportunity to see this great band.
Murder City Devils play the Black Stage Friday 11/4 @ 7:20 p.m.No comments
The real true heroes of rock-n-roll never really disappear, and Guided By Voices are the perfect example of that. Six years after the members laid Guided By Voices to rest, the original members reunite, tour, and tool away on some new recorded material. Bypassing the traditional studio setting the band has recorded 21 new tracks in living rooms, basements, and garages, to be released in album form in early 2012. Let’s Go Eat Factory will be prefaced by the release of three 7″ singles, the first of which, titled The Unsinkable Fats Domino / We Won’t Apologize For The Human Race to be released November 22nd on Matador.
Sometimes things are just too good to really disappear forever…
Listen to “Doughnut For A Snowman”..No comments
Ever seen the Black Lips perform? I haven’t, and the band has a pretty solid reputation for putting on what some might call an “interesting” show. Interesting enough, that they fled India in mid tour fearing that they would be arrested and jailed for “homosexual acts”…hmmm. Debauchery will ensue. Can’t say that I’m much familiar with the music, but sometimes a band’s reputation strikes up enough interest warranting some attention. That, and I need to see what “Flower Punk” sounds like live.
Black Lips play the Black Stage (?) Sun 11.6 @ 7:50No comments
It’s official, our little festival is all grown up. Can’t make it to the hottest ticket in town this weekend, but want to catch some of the action? You are one lucky pup.
FOUR STREAMS PROVIDE A DIFFERENT MUSIC EXPERIENCE CATERED TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRES – FROM INDIE, METAL AND PUNK TO HIP HOP, ELECTRO, & MORE
AUSTIN, TX (October 31, 2011) – Fun Fun Fun Fest and Pitchfork announced today that the 6th annual festival in Austin, Texas will be streaming live on pitchfork.com November 4 – 6, 2011. This will be the first time ever that the music of Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of the most progressive independent music festivals in the country, will be available to those outside of Austin, and live.
Unlike other music festivals with similar live streams, Fun Fun Fun Fest will present 4 separate streams with each tailored to different musical tastes, streamed live on one of the most widely read music websites in the world that reaches 3.3 million unique visitors each month. Like the Fun Fun Fun Fest stage setups, each stream will provide a different musical experience, from punk and metal to indie rock and electronica, from bounce and hip hop to competitions and comedy. Fans will be able to toggle the streams to cater to their favorite styles of music, thanks to smart, the quirky, irreverent car.
When asked about the new partnership, Pitchfork had this to say: “Fun Fun Fun Fest has absolutely become one of the great festivals in the country, one that shares the same spirit of adventurous booking and music- and fan-community focus that we bring to our own Pitchfork Music Festival and our other events,” said Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie. “Pitchfork has produced a number of live streams in recent years, and we’re thrilled to be producing the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream this year, for the first time bringing the festival to music fans outside of Austin.”
Pitchfork Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Stream Schedule
- Friday, Nov 4th at 12:20pm Central
- Saturday, Nov 5th at 12:10pm Central
- Sunday, Nov 6th at 12:15pm Central
To check out the Fun Fun Fun Fest live stream on Pitchfork, go to www.pitchfork.com. The stream will begin at these times:
Who doesn’t love Superchunk? How can you not? Don’t be Foolish.
Happy Halloween from Superchunk via the band offering up a cover of the Misfits “Where Eagles Dare”.
The band says, “Happy Halloween everyone! An omelet of disease awaits your noontime meal! In the tradition of doing something we did last year, we’ve got another Misfits cover for you. We recorded it with John Plymale at Overdub Lane. Everyone sings! So it’s festive.
MP3> Superchunk ‘Where Eagles Dare’ (Misfits cover)No comments