So who wants to go to Austin? :)
Forget Coachella and their Kanye and their selling out in a weekend, THIS looks to the festival to see.
Matt & Kim, Chromeo, Foster the People, Old 97’s, Death Cab for Cutie, Fitz & the Tantrums, !!!, Yeasayer, Bright Eyes, Cold War Kids, Robyn, Beach House, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, Aloe Blacc, Sleigh Bells… and Flaming Lips performing Soft Bulletin?
Count me in!
FYF Fest pictures, finally, from Labor Day weekend.
FYF Fest took place at the historic Los Angeles park right outside Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, and it took place from just noon to midnight on Saturday.
Hundreds of hipsters gathered to sweat it out and stand in insanely long food truck lines and do weird hipstery dances to thirty seven different bands, including Best Coast, Wavves, AA Bondy, Panda Bear (of Animal Collective), Warpaint, Dead Mans Bones, !!!, Abe Vigoda, School of Seven Bells, Man Man, The Blow, Mountain Goats, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, the Growlers and Local Natives.
Bandwise, I absolutely loved The Growlers, Best Coast, Man Man, !!!, AA Bondy, Local natives and Dead Mans Bones. And I absolutely hated Panda Bear. Playing screeching noise with an epileptic slideshow is not music. Also, Big Freedia’s “Azz Everywhere” was… interesting, to say the least.
The Festival lacked any sort of coherent organization, which was a major bummer. Long lines for every single thing really hurt the fest, as did a lack of, well, everything. More Food Trucks would have cut down all of the lines by an incredible amount. Also, the rules for the Festival clearly stated no backpacks, blankets, towels, or large bags would be allowed in.
And I’m sorry to harp, but I lost count of backpacks at 237. It’s a small thing to complain about, but had I been able to bring a bag in, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, I would have been able to have, say, sunscreen. Or a book. Or whatever. As is, I followed directions and was penalized.
BUT… all of that aside, it was a fun time. It was easy to see the bands and relatively easy to get to all of the stages throughout the day. If they worked on the food and line situation, then it could be a pretty great festival.
Announced yesterday, the line up for the 30th Anniversary Sunset Junction festival in Silver Lake is like a dream team of artists I love and want others to love more:
You can check out the full line up at the link above.
The festival runs August 21-22, with multiple stages, carnival rides, DJ sets, tons of food, and as many hipsters as you can cram onto Sunset Blvd.
I’ve been the past few years, and I always, always, always have a great time.See you there!
Very cool congrats to Tyler and Adam Husky for this. If you’re in Norman on my birthday, you should see Gentle Ghost at the NMF.
So stoked that Gentle Ghost is playing the Main Stage at Norman Music Festival…we will be sharing the stage with…
The Electric Six
& Dead Sea Choir
This is going to be so much fun…
Reblogging this for my OKC/Norman readers. You have no excuses to not check this out. Great, great music. Free. Campus Corner. Free. Local arts and crafts. Free. ‘Nuff Said. Go there.
My wife has been working like crazy to get this thing off of the ground. It takes place this weekend on campus corner from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will include shopping for handmade art and goods from 10 - 6 and music from 2-11…music will include brian webb, jacob abello, gentle ghost (featuring yours truly), ryan lindsay, and countless others. This should be an awesome day and it is a great way to support the arts in and around Norman.
This is one of my favorite pics from Sunset Juntion this last weekend. It’s creepy in that cool, mysterious way.
Sunset Junction was a blast. But for tough economic times, it was pricey. $20 at the gate if you didn’t pre-buy. Beer was $6. Sweet corn cobs were a steal at $3.
And the prices reflected the attendance. Compared to last year on Saturday, it was definitely not as packed or as well-attended. I don’t knwo the numbers, but I can attest that it was a smaller gathering.
That said, it was fun. The Submarines were sweet (and Blake is too cute). Delta Spirit delivered the goods. Conor Oberst was okay, and he pulled Jenny Lewis onstage for “Portions for Foxes”. That might have been the highlight of his set. He just seemed like he had other places to be.
The real highlight of the fest was KCRW’s own Jason Bentley, DJing his set from 9 til 11 or so. He knew just how to work the crowd, getting everyone fired up, moving, and writhing. Even in the heat, he could make you move.
As far as fair food, I only had sweet corn and a chocolate-dipped ice cream cone. Oh, and a free bottle of some sort of vitamen drink, Neuro Sonic. Only 35 calories, but it tasted like I was drinking vitamins. Cause I was. That said, I felt great the rest of the night. It’s supposed to make you smarter, increase your heart whatever, and improve cognitive functions. It did. Had I had that stuff in High School I might have graduated with some sort of distinction.
I also ended up with some free stuff… And by free stuff, i mean a bunch of condoms and lube. So nothing I can actually use.
Another shot of Delta Spirit at Sunset Junction, rocking the Bates stage.
They played some new songs, old songs, all good songs. Seriously, they’re just what I needed.
That said, I am polarized by all-ages shows.
On the one hand, teenagers suck. Hipster teens suck worse. Hipster teen wannabes throwing around a Lakers beach ball are a stagnant evolutionary dead end.
On the other hand, the cutest girl I’ve seen yet was standing next to me. She was the Boss’s “Girls in Thier Summer Clothes” personified.
Delta Spirit at Sunset Junction.
They brought the rock.
Too bad the SJ audience is always the worst freakin crowd. Yelling names to songs already played? Go home teenage hipster wannabe.
This track is Delta Spirit’s “People, Turn Around”. Delta Spirit will be one of the many bands playing Sunset Junction this weekend, August 22, in Los Angeles.
The Sunset Junction Street Festival is now in it’s 29th year. They close down Sunset Blvd in Silverlake, and fill the street with four separate music stages, outdoor food, shops, and rides, and it’s a fun time to be had by all.
I’m always amazed when I mention Sunset Junction to people who live there, in Silverlake or Echo Park, and claim to be “in the industry” ie they’re in a band or work for a label, and they have no idea what I’m talking about.
"What’s Sunset Junction? Is this the first year? What are you talking about? Are there known bands?" And then I just look at them like… where do you live? This is your city, this is what you want to do in life… and it is literally in your backyard and you have no idea what’s going on.
But it’s been my experience that these people are small-minded and don’t really know the industry they claim to be in. These are the same people who have never been to Spacceland or the Echo or Echoplex, and they live across the street from the venues. They dismiss them and then wonder why they are forming the 8th band in two years and yet no one’s at their shows.
Anyways, a great song by Delta Spirit, who put on a freaking fantastic live show. I caught them twice at SXSW this year, and they rocked my world.
Delta Spirit perform Saturday evening at Sunset Junction. Tickets are $15. See you there.Played 22 times.
This track is “Xavia” by The Submarines, who are playing the Sunset Junction Street Festival this Saturday in Silverlake.
This is one of my favorite Submarines tracks (along with “Swimming Pool”) and I look forward to seeing them on Saturday night.
Sunset Junction runs Saturday and Sunday, for only $15. Also playing are Delta Spirit and Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band on Saturday (I’ll play tracks from those two bands on Thursday and Friday, respectively). And then on Sunday night, Built to Spill and Morris Day and the motherf*ckin’ Time take the stage.
They’ll be joined by a slew of other bands and DJ’s, as Sunset Junction features 4 stages going all day. Along with fair rides, tons of food, shops, boutiques, local flavor, and anything else you could want… And if this weather holds, it’ll be perfect (it’s currently fall/wintry weather here in the City of Angels, cool days and cold nights. Usually we’re suffering from hot august nights, leaves hanging down and the grass smelling sweet and all that.)
You can find out more about Sunset Junction here. If you’re going on Saturday, I’ll see you there!Played 29 times.