Austin, TX – Music festivals come with a bag full of issues, sound issues and drunk fucks are to be expected and there were plenty of each on Day 1 of Austin City Limits 2012 music festival. The surprises are the payoffs and Day 1 provided many.
Austin, TX – The sold-out Parish on 6th St. in Austin, TX, played hosts to Father John Misty and Dry The River to end day 1 of ACL 2012.
Austin, TX – Austin City Limits 2012 festival kicked off Thursday night with Alabama Shakes at Stubbs. The young Athens, Alabama quintet have skyrocketed to critical acclaim and music industry hype in a short amount of time, and judging by the sold-out show, their commercial appeal has no ceiling.
Guess what? This is a special article I’ve scripted for you. Bands With The Worst Fans. That’s right. This article is about people who don’t love music but attend rock shows. Many of you, maybe? Warning. This is not about how awful the bands I’m about to list off are. They are irrelevant aside from one fact: These bands, for whatever marketing/musical reasons they were able to tap into, bring out the worst people to a show.
Joie De Vivre, the sometimes-5-piece band from the very poor region of North America called Rockford, IL, has come a long way from their previous LP, “The North End”, with 2012’s “We’re All Better Than This”. Where their previous record attracted a specific audience, ages 16-25 and midwesternâ€“if thatâ€“this one breaks grounds, emotionally and musically, with a wider audience that anyone feeling lost and wandering through life at age 40 will connect with.
Memphis, Tennessee’s musical roots have shown up in Lucero’s previous records, though, with “Women & Work”, they’ve written and recorded a formal 10-song love letter to the place they’re from. The 9th full length record (if you’re including the 2005 documentary soundtrack, Dreaming in America) is a pitch-perfect southern rock soundscape channeled through with Memphis’ soul and whole lotta swagger.
The very popular song, “The Greatest Love of All” was originally written for George Benson in the late 70s by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and featured in “The Greatest”.
True Stories of Native American Massacres for your July 4th American BBQ Celebration and the Best Of 2012 So Far Summer Special
American BBQ and Best Of 2012 So Far Summer Special! Andy, Reggie, and Thom, check in with some of the year’s best releases so far while spinning songs about America’s history, somewhat, not really.
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
– Kurt Vonnegut
“Boredom” is episode 10 in Andy & Reggie’s Songs About Stuff & Things Radio Hour. The boys talk about what bores them, John Mayer, and they fulfill online & phone song requests by Russell Gillespie, Erica Softley, and Alex “Danger” Stewart. Songs by Lupe Fiasco, Built To Spill, Al Jolson, Sparks, Paul Westerberg, Cracker and more.
“Curve Balls” is episode 9 in Andy & Reggie’s Songs About Stuff & Things Radio Hour. In-studio performance by Donkey Boy (USA). Songs centered around baseball and life featuring: Whiskeytown, Joie De Vivre, The Baseball Project with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. Bill Cosby, Reggie Jackson, Joe DiMaggio and Thom Derby chime in.
“Fools” is the 8th episode of Andy & Reggieâ€™s Songs About Stuff & Things Radio Hour. Special guest, Thom Derby, buys out the entire hour to host the episode alone. Thom’s experience with dealing with day-to-day fools while running his company, DERBY | REYNOLDS, turns out to be entertaining-between-song banter. Songs by The Stone Roses, Miles Nielsen, Elvis, Donkey Boy (USA), Gorgeous George, Kort, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Tweedy, A Tribe Called Quest, Van Halen and so much more are played. Special online requests of Neko Case, O.A.R and Paul Anka tunes, by Jojo Wrinkles, Katie Dunbar Davison and Debbie DeCastris, are played too.
“Sexy Time” is the 6th episode of Andy & Reggie’s Songs About Stuff & Things Radio Hour. Songs selected to help people make more babies, or not, performed by GAYNGS, Spoon, The Pimps, Carla Bruni, Common, George Michael and more! Lord Derby stops by once more to talk about how sexy time divided his company.
“SOUL CRAYSEE” is the 3rd episode of Andy & Reggieâ€™s Songs About Stuff & Things Radio Hour. Songs by Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, Baby Huey, Nina Simon, Cassius Clay, and many more artists comprise a brief rundown on the hosts favorite songs related to soul. Thom Derby makes another timeless appearance to talk about his company’s soul. Reggie gets upset at Andy for not playing a Prince song. Special mashups of J.Dilla & Morgan Freeman, and Miles Davis and Richard Pryor.
Happy 2012, enjoy a live performance by one of our in-house favorites, Cameron McGill, recorded in the fall of last year by MONKEYEATSMONKEY, and just released over the new year weekend.
Richard Edwards, singer/songwriter of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s is an Indiana native. Many people in other states believe people from Indiana are basketball lovers by default, but is Richard?
Francis Goes Solo is Daniel James McMahon and Darren Garvey. It was never planned that way but it accidentally happened one night in Rockford, IL. August 29th at Underground Squirrel Studio between 12am and 6am.
Thank you, all of you, for talking about nothing, loudly, and for the football or the flu.
A day of thanks, a day remembered that whitey (pilgrims) kinda set up the Indians for a century plus of epidemic genocide with an offering of peace in the early 1600s. Oh let us give thanks for the diseases, and warfare tactics, delivered from across the seas to what was the Native American Indian’s home. Thanksgiving, sort of their Last Meal. Lest we forget our own American history, your welcome.
Live at Kryptonite, Rockford, IL
Rockford, IL’s Super Pussy Gold is Lizard Skynard minus Austin’s Lizard Man. Led by sonic alchemist, composer and lead guitarist, Jason “Mossy Orenthal” Vaughn, SPG blazed through 40 minutes of mostly instrumental compositions, focusing on texture and proficiency more than song messages and meaning.
Martin Scorsese’s four hour reflection on the most private Beatle of them all, George Harrison, is short on revelation but high on respect towards the man apart from the Fab Four.
Noel Gallagher on iTunes, Kaiser Chiefs, and the Internet; starring some F words
Paper Towels hails from “a bridge near the ocean in Los Angeles, CA”, but their roots can be traced back to Mobile, Alabama, according to the 8 page bio (instructional guide) that arrived with the mysterious press package. Creepy? Sure. Inviting? Yes.
TV On The Radio and My Morning Jacket amongst day 2’s highlights at ACL’s 10 year anniversary.
Rain came and stuck around for most of the afternoon at Zilker Park, home of ACL’s 2011 Festival. Along with it came cooler air and well timed Crazy Horse inspired performances by roots-rockers, Phosphorescent and The Moondoggies. Each band performed unfazed by the gray clouds , while winning over new fans from their 2010 releases (“Here’s To Taking It Easy” and “The Tidelands”). Those slowly strolling into the park after Friday’s hip-hop fused kickoff trying to avoid the rain missed some good-ol fashioned rock n’ roll.
Kanye West, Bright Eyes, Big Boi and free water refills are amongst Day 1’s highlights.
Zilker Park plays host to over a 100,000 people who migrate to Austin, Texas, for the ACL Festival. This year’s 10th anniversary crams over 130 bands onto 8 stages in 3 days; and then there’s the heat. This year’s festival organizers, performers and fans alike faces the unknown challenges that a caustic heat wave brings to thousands of people crammed into one spot. Some bands succeeded, some didn’tâ€“ but not because they didn’t try, the heat was brutal.
The 9 person outfit that is Bon Iver, live, has become a full realization of the 2011 self-titled, second record. In Austin, Texas, Tuesday night at the Long Center for The Performing Arts, those ideas, fragments and soundscapes presented on the recent record become their own musical vernacular in a live setting, a testament to Justin Vernon’s vision for Bon Iver, the record. With an orchestral setting as beautiful as the Long Center, all the little pieces crafted by Vernon on “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” to the bare bones of first record, “For Emma,” (and to a few choice song surprises) come into full ligh
Paul Simon “The Sound of Silence” – September 11th, 2011
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place “, performed by The Animals, was written in 1965 by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Brill-Building-era composers responsible for many timeless hits). The song’s timeless angst has been embraced by many fed-up, walks of life in the past 5 decades; the military, graduates, and most recently, peasants known as Rockfordians from Illinois who are seeking a better walk of life somewhere else.
Bryan Adams’ “Reckless” is majestic.
Released in 1984 on A&M Records, “Reckless” features 10 songs, hit after hit after hit (Run to You, Heaven, Somebody Summer of ’69)â€“ and a hit duet with Tina Turner (It’s Only Love). Produced by Bob Clearmountain with Bryan Adams, the songs and their mix stands up well despite the era’s knack for sheen and synth abuse- which there is a lack of here. It’s the 80s and there’s no denying it on “Reckless”, but great songs always outlive production quality, era fads and ironic, indie snobbery.
The Onion’s AV Club has been putting on a fun series of video posts titled “A.V. Undercover” the past 2 years. 25 classic songs performed by bands/artists stopping by the A.V. office. 2011’s highlight (so far) has to be Parts and Labor’s cover of Kanye West’s hit, “Runaway”
Stuff and things about MTV, food, Steve Jobs, VMA the acronym, Micky Rosenquist & The Black Squirrels. Stuff.
It hurt to type it but you read it right. Lou Reed & Metallica’s project, “LULU”, sees a worldwide release date on Halloween, October 31st, 2011; and a formal North American release date of November 1st. Will you care? Do I care? It’s either going to be all kinds of bad, or all kinds of bad ass.
Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” is one of those songs that can transfigure your human existence if you let it in. It beholds 11 minutes and 20 seconds worth of musical and emotional riches to be discovered, examined, re-discovered and enjoyed as best as you let it. Dylan historians have…
I have many good things to say about Jay-Z & Kanye West’s recent collaboration, “Watch The Throne” but cmon- yawl won’t care to read further unless I ink n’ hint at trashing it, right? Sorry, this is as good as records get, over the top and entertaining. With that out of the way, I have nothing more to say about the Throne’s substance. The Throne’s timing- considering the rest of the world, this country, being in turmoil- is perfect and worth discussing.
Children of the 90s, now we are old.
Francis Bean (the daughter of Kurt Cobain and the lead singer from Hole for anyone living in a tree), as photographed by Hedi Slimane.