Austin City Limits (2009) Day 2 Photos and Review!

7 10 2009

WORDS: Q. Manning

You’d be hard-pressed to imagine a way that Day Two of ACL Fest could have been different from Day One. Whereas the day before had everyone putting on sunblock and buying cowboy hats/sunglasses (I know I had to), Day Two created an ocean of umbrellas and ponchos.

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After the first day, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the supplies necessary to brave ACL Fest. I headed to Wal-Mart at 5:30am and grabbed a new backpack, hand sanitizer, Febreeze, gum, band-aids for my newly acquired blisters and everything else I could think of. I was pretty damn proud of my ability to plan and off we headed to the festival.

But all my planning was for naught, as I forgot the one thing needed most: the poncho. We waked our way to the festival, or in my case, hobbled my way, and as we crossed the Colorado River/Ladybird Lake, all you could see on both sides were rain clouds and drizzling. But we had hope things would let up, and onward we soldiered.

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We started the festival with an interview with the Suckers, a progressive rock-band based out of Brooklyn, New York who played 2009 SXSW here in Austin. The band only has out a single EP of 4 songs, but is currently in the studio finishing up some new material for a full LP release, but more on that during Sunday’s coverage when the band plays.

After the interview, the rain let up and we were able to get out to the Grizzly Bear show at the Dell stage. The crowd was excited with seeing the band away from the bad weather as the sun had finally started to peak its way through the thick quilt of clouds. Grizzly Bear played a solid set, being forced a little back from the front of the stage due to the rain. Grizzly Bear played SXSW already and apparently rocked the house, but this time around, some of the pure musicianship from the album just didn’t translate. Maybe it was the potential of rain or maybe it was the open-air format, but when the mud settled, it felt like some of their magic was lost.

Grizzly Bear

By this time, the sun had come out and we were thinking today would end up being great. The rain wasn’t too bad to have destroyed the landscape and Paul and I were both comfortable taking photos and not being worried about our equipment getting destroyed. Flogging Molly was the next stop for us and the energy and anticipation of the crowd made the air crackle. Or that’s what I thought it was, because about 5 minutes before the band started, the rain went from a drizzle to a torrent and we just couldn’t risk the equipment.

To the chagrin of all in attendance, we had to push our way back out of the crowd and stand on the edge of everything where the band did their thing. From the first note, the crowd was going and many folks there were warning people to go ahead and put their umbrellas away because once the pit started, all rules were off. Big words, but the actions didn’t quite match. Even the diehard who were willing to let the music move them found their spirits a little soggy. But the band never let up, probably because they’re used to this sort of weather in their native Ireland.

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We headed back to the Press area to escape the rain and hopefully wait things out. Luckily for us, a media outlet didn’t show up and their tent was available for some of us to hang out in. After about an hour we checked the weather and it just wasn’t going to let up for the rest of the day, so we made the call to leave for the day and see how things would be the next day. For my purposes, I could watch coverage on Hulu and see some of the bands we wanted to cover. Unfortunately for Paul, photos of his computer screen don’t have quite the same impact.

As for the bands later that night, only Ghostland Observatory was being broadcast on Hulu. Watching the show online was a much lesser experience, but some of GO’s patented badassery still came through. Austin music fans have no doubt seen this distinct duo, but it was nice to think of all the exposure the band would get from Hulu and ACL itself. Electronica fans know who they are, but what about fans of Pearl Jam or Flogging Molly? Now they’d get a chance and Ghostland didn’t let Austin down. Frontman Aaron Behren stalked around the stage like a pro, his high pitched, Freddie Mercury-laden voice echoing throughout the park.

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Right before I hopped into the shower to wash off the funk of the day, Paul told me he had a 103 degree fever and wouldn’t be able to shoot on Day Three. Now I was going to be writing and photo-documenting the event.

All I could hope for was a better climate than Saturday, otherwise, things were going to get really tricky, really fast.

CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTOS FROM DAY TWO OF AUSITN CITY LIMITS HERE!

CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTOS FROM DAY ONE OF AUSITN CITY LIMITS HERE!





Jump Clubb “The Love of No Dance” – Album Review

7 10 2009

jumpclubb_albumcoverThere’s been a lot of hype about Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). I’m not quite sure who they are but I do know that I really enjoy the beats they’ve been spittin’ out. Their debut album “The Love of No Dance” dropped yesterday, Oct. 6, 2009 and its all sorts of good. Pushing seven tracks of sweet electro sounds and seductive lo-fi vocals, “The Love of No Dance” boasts a mere 20 minutes of music. With an album so brief yet alluring, why not review the whole damn thing track for track:

1. Green Light – This track has beats that resonate from the mid 90’s rave stylings. Although a bit more refined and echoing with sexy, subtle male vocals, there’s a very provocative essence to “Green Light.”

2. A Frozen Hug – By far one of my favorite songs on the album. Carrying a dreamy, yet tribalesque beat, this vivacious dance number will get your body moving to the lush sounds and whispering vocals doused in this track.

3. The Love of No Dance – With galactic bursts of sound riddling the background with ambient life, title track “The Love of No Dance” is very mellow, very chill, and very sexy.

4. Please Excuse Us – I have no idea who they’re sampling at the intro of this track, but he sounds very big and scary. That deep dark voice quickly looses all its shake appeal once the lovely strings and melodic beats come into play.

5. Lets Crash This Party – Breaking into a groovy jam of beats and elegant woodwinds, “Lets Crash This Party” carries the loveliest of instrumentation on the entire album. At one point it reminded me of ancient Incan flute music. It was very delicate and organic, but oh-so-hot! Another favorite of mine.

6. I’d Rather Be Played – This is probably the only track where the soft and mysterious vocals actually show any emotion or changing energy. The fuzzy words start slow and then climax into a demanding plea to “dance with me tonight,” while an almost-annoying robotic chorus chimes in with their two cents.

7. Spraypaint – Closing up their debut LP with a calm track rolling with trance beats, ambient synths and light drums, “Spraypaint” will leave you craving more of that mysterious Jump Clubb sound.

So who the fuck are these peeps? Although their band goes by the name of Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills), I do hear some references to Brooklyn in “Spraypaint.” Hmm …

Stay tuned for an interview with Jump Clubb and be sure to pick up their debut LP “The Love of No Dance” here. It’s short and sweet and something your gonna wanna Jump on.

Click here for FREE music from Jump Clubb.





Animal Collective Set to Reissue 2003 Album “Campfire Songs” on Paw Tracks

7 10 2009

CampfireSongs900RGBPaw Tracks is proud to present the reissue of Animal Collective’s 2003 album “Campfire Songs.” Since the CD’s original issue on Catsup Plate recently went out of print it is their intention to simply keep the cd in print for as long as possible.

While the songs were completed in the apartment that three of the members shared (Geologist does not play on this album) they chose to record the music on a screened-in porch in Maryland using portable mini disc players so as to allow the ambience of trees blowing in the wind, the birds chirping and the insects in the area to become an integral part of the sound flow. What remains intact are the melodies that have always
been a part of the AC sound-though here they have been stripped away of any electronic accompaniment and stretched and slowed to a calmer place than anywhere AC had been before and perhaps has gone since.

Animal Collective
“Campfire Songs”
(Paw Tracks)
Street Date: Jan. 26, 2010

1. Queen In My Pictures
2. Doggy
3. Two Corvettes
4. Moo Rah Rah Rain
5. De Soto De Son





“Adventures of Power” Featuring The Honey Brothers!

7 10 2009

“I’m not pussy-footing, I’m double bass drumming!”

You gott check this flick, it looks all sorts of ridonkulously funny! Ari Gold is like a cooler (but still-so-nerdy) version of Napoleon Dynamite, while Enoturage’s Adrian Grenier has never looked so sexy-cheezy all at once! Watch the trailer below.

If you’re in the NYC, there’s a kick-ass premiere party today! More deets below!

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POWER NEW YORK CITY PARTY

  • KnittingFactory, Brooklyn, Metropolitan and Havermeyer
  • Wed Oct 7, 8pm-3am.
  • The Honey Brothers, The Prigs, World War, and DJ Jonathan Toubin from New York Night Train spinning tunes all night!
  • $10 minimum suggested donation to support The Impact Repertory Theatre, the Oscar-winning children’s music non-profit school, who will also be performing!
  • Prizes, movie clips, puppies and kittens!
  • 18+. NO GUEST LIST. NO RSVP. NO VIP. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

ABOUT: “ADVENTURES OF POWER”

  • Opens October 9 in New York and Kentucky!
  • Opens October 16 in Los Angeles!
  • Opens in theaters around the country–watch the trailer and join us at:http://www.adventuresofpower.com
  • Starring Hoyt Honey and Honey duContra (Adrian Grenier), music by Raw Honey, with some harmonica by Dory Honey and a character named after Dr. Carl Honey!




Amoeba In-Store Shows for the First Half of October!

7 10 2009

A little on the lighter side for the first half of October, here’s your FREE,  all-ages Amoeba in-store performances. amoeba

Amoeba Hollywood
10/8 – Stewart Copeland Book Signing
10/9 – N’dambi
10/11 – Poncho Sanchez.

Amoeba San Francisco
10/9 – Damon and Naomi
10/10 – Stewart Copeland Book Signing

Amoeba Berkeley
10/7 – Home Grown Presents- The Super Cutes

For start times and additional information check out the Amoeba in-store calendar.





San Fransico’s, Brilliant Colors, Prep Debut Full-Length LP, “Introducing”

7 10 2009

slr108-lo-resMore all-fem rock bands for your listening and viewing  pleasure.  San Francisco based, Brilliant Colors are ready to release their new album “Introducing” off Slumberland Records this Nov. 3, 2009! If you like that 70’s punk sound in the likes of The Runaways and Suzi Quatro with a hint of today’s Mika Miko, you’ll love Brilliant Colors.

Singer/guitarist Jess Scott started Brilliant Colors in early 2007, and she’s been mighty busy since then. After a steady stream of line-up changes, Scott has finally settled on a permanent line-up with the addition of East Coast transplants Diane Anastasio and Michelle Hill (a veteran of a number of Bay Area underground punk outfits, as well as touring guitarist for legendary UK punk / dub group The Slits!), in the meantime sharing bills with fellow Bay Area acts Nodzzz, Grass Widow, and Ty Segall and opening for the likes of The Urinals and The Homosexuals.

Stay tuned for a full album review!

Tracklist:
1. I Searched
2. Absolutely Anything
3. English Cities
4. Yell In The Air
5. You Say You Want
6. Over There
7. Mythic
8. Short Sleeves At Night
9. Motherland
10.Should I Tell You





Treasure Island Music Festival Set Times!

6 10 2009

Treasure Island Music Festival is only 10 days away!!! Get your dancing shoes on, this is going to be a weekend of smiles, jams and dance. The best part about is, no bands play at the same time! You don’t have to rush from stage-to-stage or miss any sets!

Check out the set times below and be sure to get your Treasure Island Music Festival Tickets here! See you there!

SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2009Treasure_Island_Music
MGMT
Bridge Stage: 9:25 – 10:40PM

Girl Talk
Tunnel Stage: 8:35 – 9:20PM

MSTRKRFT
Bridge Stage: 7:45 – 8:35PM

LTJ Bukem Feat. MC Conrad
Tunnel Stage: 6:55 – 7:40PM

Brazilian Girls
Bridge Stage: 6:05 – 6:55PM

DJ Krush
Tunnel Stage: 5:15 – 6:00PM

The Streets
Bridge Stage: 4:25 – 5:15PM

Dan Deacon
Tunnel Stage: 3:35 – 4:20PM

Passion Pit
Bridge Stage: 2:50 – 3:35PM

Federico Aubele
Tunnel Stage: 2:05 – 2:45PM

Murs
Bridge Stage: 1:20 – 2:05PM

Crown City Rockers
Tunnel Stage: 12:40 – 1:15PM

The Limousines
Bridge Stage: 12:00 – 12:40PM

SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009
The Flaming Lips
Bridge Stage: 9:05 – 10:35PM

Yo La Tengo
Tunnel Stage: 8:10 – 9:00PM

The Decemberists
Bridge Stage: 7:10 – 8:10PM

The Walkmen
Tunnel Stage: 6:20 – 7:05PM

Beirut
Bridge Stage: 5:30 – 6:20PM

Bob Mould
Tunnel Stage: 4:45 – 5:25PM

Grizzly Bear
Bridge Stage: 4:00 – 4:45PM

Vetiver
Tunnel Stage: 3:15 – 3:55PM

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Bridge Stage: 2:30 – 3:15PM

Spiral Stairs
Tunnel Stage: 1:55 – 2:25PM

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down
Bridge Stage: 1:15 – 1:55PM

Tommy Guerrero
Tunnel Stage: 12:40 – 1:10PM

Sleepy Sun
Bridge Stage: 12:00 – 12:40PM








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