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.

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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!

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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





“Summer of Fear” by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

24 09 2009

MBAR-SummeroffearBrooklyn’s emotive indie crooner, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (MBAR) made quite the impression last summer with his self-titled debut album. With members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio’s, Kyp Malone assisting in the creation, they’ve once again come through to lend their skills to his second studio album, “Summer of Fear.” Moving from Say Hey Records to Saddle Creek, “Summer of Fear”brings in both a bigger sound and label.

From the moment I heard MBAR’s self-titled debut album, I fell in love with it. It was something so different, fueled with bruised emotion and lyrics that painted a story just like the amazing Bob Dylan did. Now with “Summer of Fear,” I find myself once again enthralled by his heartfelt singer/song writing skills and pleasurable orchestrations of sound. Although his vocals are quite hard to make out at times, between his unique cantor and stylized crooning you’ll find yourself shouting out your own lyrics to his powerful anthems.

Fueled by a soundtrack culminated of years spent in eight-track studios, cypher-fueled jam sessions, and dicey club dates that often ended in fist fights and broken glass, MBAR has delivered a most personal album. With tales of love and loss, betrayal, regret, and the ugly picture bitterness can paint of us, “Summer of Fear” is the product of all the negative shit life can throw at us. Amidst the chronic frustration and rage behind the lyrics, the production of instrumentals embodies everything from striking horns, enchanting brass to melodic guitars—such a magnificent display of sound, pure enough to balance out the dark lyrics. I can only hope when MBAR tours in support of “Summer of Fear,” he takes the stage with a large band so we can all see those beautiful sounds come to life.

Pros: “Always an Anchor” commences with gentle guitar strumming and storytelling words that roll into a sudden break of emotion, suspenseful drums and the childlike sounds of a playful xylophone. I love how the energy and feeling of this song rises as it gets closer to its calm ending―a series of ascending “boings,” the kind you would hear when cartoon characters jump on an old mattress. It put a smile on my face.

For having some of the most painful lyrics, “Summer of Fear Pt. 2” is one of the most beautiful songs on the album. The orchestration goes from light to dark cascading on a variety of instruments set to put your mind in aural bliss. Absolutely fuckin’ amazing.

Cons: Are you chewing on tobacco, because I can barely make out your lyrics!





DJ Red-Cent’s “Two Weeks Of The Hard Knocks”

14 09 2009
Photo: Lana Winter

Photo: Lana Winter

Over 1,000 downloads in two weeks! Check out Brooklyn’s DJ Red-Cent’s Two Weeks Of The Hard Knocks.” The shit’s hot and fuses Jay-Z and Grizzly Bear in the illest way!

Download for the track for FREE here!

Check out more DJ Red-Cent here!





3rd ANNUAL TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP

13 07 2009

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San Francisco’s Indian summer is around the corner and with it brings the 3rd Annual Treasure Island Music Festival, the West Coast’s most anticipated boutique music festival. Set against panoramic views of the city by the bay, Treasure Island Music Festival will stick true to form in offering an electronic and dance centric lineup on Saturday, October 17th and an indie rock lineup on Sunday, October 18th. With two stages and no overlapping sets, fans can enjoy every note of every act. Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are pleased to announce the following lineup:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2009

MGMT
MSTRKRFT
Girl Talk
Brazilian Girls
The Streets
Passion Pit
LTJ Bukem feat. MC Conrad
DJ Krush
Federico Aubele
Dan Deacon
Murs
Crown City Rockers
The Limousines

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2009

The Flaming Lips
The Decemberists
Beirut
Grizzly Bear
Yo La Tengo
The Walkmen
Bob Mould
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down
Vetiver
Spiral Stairs
Sleepy Sun
Tommy Guerrero
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros





New York Magazine’s 40th Anniversary

16 09 2008

Check out the good tunes being blasted at New York magazine’s 40th anniversary! For their over-the-hill celebration they have two great bands you’re not gonna wanna miss, so if you’re in the NYC or can make it, I’d check this shit out: The National and Grizzly Bear (if you like Grizzly Bear or TV On The Radio, you probably dig MBAR, check him out here). Besides good music the event is being hosted by comedy group STELLA aka Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter. I hear these dudes are pretty funny and like to flick bogars at their audience, no not really, but they are some good laughs. So get your trippy indie rock on and expect to see far to many hipsters and tryhards! More info here.

Friday, October 10 at 8 PM at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street.





Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

30 05 2008

Damn that’s a mouthful, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. Can’t we just call him M-Bar or something? I can’t quite remember where I came across this super talented individual, but I’m so diggin’ his music. A jewel in the Nile, in which case the Nile he represents is Brooklyn. On the same label (Say Hey Records) as Shy Child once was, I’m sure that Miles will graduate onto a bigger label too.

When I first listened to his song “The Debtor,” I immediately loved the sound and lyrics, but couldn’t quite pin-point the influence. For some odd reason I was leaning towards a toned down Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but then I got the fog out of my head and realized it reminded me of the soulful crooning from TV On The Radio (what the fuck is up with all these long names). Re-affirming my assumption, Kyp Malone of TVOTR indeed helped out with the sound.

This rising 24-year old is one to keep your radar on. He sings from the heart with some intense lyrics fueled by some dark blues floating over a sonic landscape. His self-titled debut album hits July 1. Recorded by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor with contributions from Taylor’s bandmates Chris Bear and Daniel Rossen, and we musn’t forget the previously mentioned Kyp Malone. Get the album when it drops! But until then listen to the album’s first single “Buriedfed” below.