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FFF6 – day two

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Day Twostarted off perfectly! Little to no traffic, great parking spot, partly cloudy
day so no sun  burn! And then, the line…why for a line!?! I have to say, for a
festival the Fun Fun Fun fest (http://funfunfunfest.com)
is so organized! You hardly have to wait for anything. The stages flip in
record time (other than cranky artists, I’ll talk about that later) everyone is
sooo nice. Can’t count the number of times I’ve been called honey, cutie,
sweetie…that doesn’t generally happen in San Antonio. The line was long because
they having issues with the connectivity with their IPhones. Yep, everything is
run on Apple at this joint. EVERYTHING! One of the other very nice things about
this festival is the bathroom set up…this may seem like a minor things but
being there for seven hours, you might have to use one right? So they have them
grouped in area near the various stages. They are blue or pink so no using a
potty after a boy… no offense but I don’t like going in after a guy. And they
have wash area, now, they were empty yesterday, but they worked very well day
one. The merch area is so thorough you hardly have to wait a minute before
someone comes up and asks for your order. As I said, they are super organized
and so nice. Ok, now back to the show.

Joy Formidable

I listened to them as I was standing in line, didn’t get to watch them (http://www.thejoyformidable.com). They were ok.

Their sound does not change much between songs, so I had a hard time telling if I knew
the song or if it was a new one. I do like listening to them on the radio, but
didn’t seem like they had a lot of diversity to their music.

My attitude might have been colored by my time in line.

tUnE-yArDs

I don’t just love her because of the Yards part (she’s not a Yard, but she sure does look like
a branch of my family tree). I had high expectations for this show, and she
surpassed my wildest expectations (http://tune-yards.com). I had heard she
travels with a guitarist to round out her sound (she records everything herself
on the album) but she also had two saxes with her for this one. She is so
vibrant, intoxicating and lively. I think I have a girl crush on her.  So, she starts off recording sections of the
song she’s going to sing on the looper and then and then that cacophony of
sound comes spilling out as this beautiful melody that gets into your soul and
implores you to dance like a maniac! I have seen the looper used at a Bob Schneider
solo show before and it was cool, but Merrill Garbus takes it to a whole
new level. Now, it is a love/hate thing with this band, there is no sort of. I
LOVE this music. It’s fun, different and has an amazing quality to make you
smile. Her performance alone was worth the price of admission. I wish it had
been longer, I wanted more the second she stopped. Will definitely go and see her again.

Walk about

So after tUnE-yArDs I went for another walk about waiting
for the next band I wanted to see. There is so much to see and do! Picked up a
bandana from Smart Car (who sponsored cars for the event). Had my picture taken
in front of the peacock painted car the day before. Grabbed a drink and cookie
so I didn’t get worn out again. The whole time the sky was getting darker and
the wind was picking up. It was crazy dusty! I had dust everywhere. I took my
glasses off and the dust was on my nose where the glasses touch, great look by
the way.  I was pretty tired of being grimy at the end of the day, my eyes hurt from the dust.

I was very grateful that the darkening clouds didn’t decide to produce any liquid and drop it down on the dusty crowd.
Was not ready for my first mud fest…nope, not at all. Disappointment: no Ryan
Gosling spottings. However, there was a Toadies (http://thetoadies.com)
sighting! That was exciting, I wonder if any of the acts here will be seen in
the next Dia de los Toadies (fingers crossed!)

M83

I was looking forward to M83 (http://ilovem83.com). I’ve heard several of their songs and
figured it would translate well into a live show.  There was a small technical snafu to start,
the mic wasn’t working. The sound was amazing, not so much the visual/live part….I
had a really hard time watching them. So I took some snaps and moved over to
the other stage to get ready for Girls. They sounded much better from afar. I
don’t know that I would have enjoyed them if I had paid to see them in a show. There
were just a lot of “things” on the stage and they weren’t facing the audience
while performing, they face each other like dueling pianos. It just was sort of
off putting for me. I was glad I heard them, and now I can move on.

Girls

From everything I’ve heard in either interviews or musically, I knew this was going to be an
interesting show (http://www.facebook.com/GIRLSsf). Oddly, they had someone
putting flowers on all of the stands and the keyboard and the speaker…it was
weird, very weird. I don’t really like set dressing when it comes to live
music. I’m sort of a minimalist. All that stuff can be a distraction, either
from great music or to try and make bad music seem better than it is. There has
only been one show where the dressing made the band that much better, Avenge
Sevenfold. So, while watching this set up I was concerned that this was going
to be a distracting from bad. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to watch the
whole show, so maybe it won’t be that bad. They were pretty darn good. They had
backup singers in sequins, with flowers in their hair. The sound was fairly
round with the keyboards and drums. They were pretty fun to watch too, especially
the backup singers. I wish I had more time to stick around and watch them, and I
would definitely give them another watch if they came back.

Childish Gambino

Alright on to the Blue stage, this one I went to just to see what the deal was. So Donald
Glover (http://www.iamdonald.com) of Community fame has this band. I’ve heard
some of his music, it’s pretty funny. It’s almost like a joke. One of the lines
was “scaring the blue out of you like Gargamel”.  His song Heartbeat is actually kind of
infectious. The computer went down for a little while and he did some great improve
to get through. He was really good. I don’t think I’ll buy any of his music,
but I might pick up a t-shirt for kicks.

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1366584

It’s pretty nasty, so if you are sensitive to things, might not be for you.

Neon Indian

I had high hopes for this show. I have really enjoyed all of the music I’ve heard from
them so far. They are a Texas band, so hey, going to be fun. Well, as I’ve
mentioned the stage flips are really quick, not so much for this one. They sound
checked for what seemed like FOREVER! And THEN, they walked off the stage as if
to make an entrance. I left. I really dislike that stuff. Don’t be all annoying
during set up and then leave the stage as if we didn’t see you…just add in the smoke
machines and stupid Lord of the Rings music and it’s up there with the worst
show I’ve ever been to. I listened from a far as I tried to get a cupcake and
drink (which was a fail with swipy swipy machine being out).

I moved back to the orange stage to await Spoon.

Lykke Li

I purposefully left the Orange stage so I didn’t have to see Lykke Li (http://lykkeli.com). The stage had a pretty nifty
set up, but I just don’t get it…I think I really have a problem with female
artist (except tUnE-yArDs) they annoy me, are whiny, nasally, dress inappropriately
and prance around with little substance. Yeah, I clearly have issues. I did however
love how she asked the crowd is there was anyone out there with the rich kid
blues to start out one of her song and she was met with stone silence in a
crowd of a few thousand people. So, now, onto Spoon!

I’ve been to Amoeba so I thought it was kinda cool.

Spoon

The final act on the Orange Stage was Austin natives Spoon (http://www.spoontheband.com/)I
have followed them for almost four years since Ga Ga Ga Ga. Guess I jumped on
the band wagon with everyone else at that point. One of their peeps came out
and introduced them and let the crowd know that they had a bad night at a surprise
concert the night beforeThey had a really great set up with strings of lights hanging
around the whole stage and wrapped around the mic stands. It was a night show,
it’s subtle and doesn’t distract.

They played some oldies and some of the new stuff, did a great job on the set. I did head
out early cause I was tired of being buffeted with sand and smoke. I got to
listen to them some more while I was walking back out to the car. All and all,
it was a fun day.

P.S. updated photo page…check it out.

Next is Day 3…I’m still thinking about
skipping. It’s been a rough couple of days with the drive and all of the dust.
But I want to see Mates of States and Architecture in Helsinki. Will let you
know if I go. If not, I’ll have a review or two up later.

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FFF6 – day one

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Drove up to
Austin and to Auditorium Shores (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auditorium_Shores)
on Friday to attend my first multiday festival! While I was standing in line at
will call with the hot sun beating down on me in the 60 degree weather my heart
was beating to the sounds of the Thermals. I looked around at the bicycles and
the people, the smart cars and the city’s skyline wishing I had someone to
share it with. Despite the fact no one could go with me, I wouldn’t have missed
this for the world! After a minor hiccup of not being on the will call list, I made
it through the gate, 3-day pass on my wrist (I have to sleep and shower in this
thing for two more days, gross!).   By  the time I got thought the gate they were bringing Black Joe Lewis and the
Honeybears  (http://www.blackjoelewis.com) on the  stage. It’s a pretty neat set up. Each of the stage areas has two stages so the  band get swapped out very quickly.  I  walked around for a little while and looked at the tents until I found the  merch area. Of course I had to pick up a Black Joe Lewis tee to add to my  collection!

Black  Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

Went up  toward the stage and watched one my favorite bands play. They rocked a lot of
the new songs off their latest album Scandalous and some of the classics. I was
able to make my way up to the front because they still aren’t as popular as I would
like to see. They have a small following in their native Austin, but they are
making their way out.  A few months ago  they were on David Letterman (see previous post for clip) As I was watching
them I thought I saw a familiar face behind them on stage, it looked a lot like  Ryan Gosling…and apparently it was. As much as I’m glad to see someone well  known watching one of my favorite bands, I was disappointed by his obvious
disinterest in them…move off the stage dude if you don’t like it rather than  hanging the black cloud over the fun.

Okkervil River

After Black  Joe Lewis the stage switched over to Okkervil River
(http://www.okkervilriver.com). I walked around some more while they played. They
seemed to play a very long set, and joked that their set up was eating into
their stage time. I walked a way for a little while and by the time I got back
Okkevil River was still playing (see next paragraph for walk about). I’ve heard
them before and they played a really great set. They had a little bit of a Quiet Company action going.

Walk  about

I wanted to  see the other stages. The yellow stage is for the spoken word business (comedians
etc.) and the Blue stage is for a bit more hip hop/DJ music. That area had some
ramps for skaters and BMX. They also had Hey Cupcake
(http://www.heycupcake.com), yummy! I noticed something as I was walking, a lot
of people with bandanas on their faces…there is A LOT of dust. There was dust
everywhere! I coughed a lung up on my way home because it had settled in my
mouth and nose. Ok, back to the fest, the Black stage is in the far side of the
fest and has metal! Didn’t hang out down there for very long, all the goth kind
of scared me and I was looking a bit more alt than metal. I walked around some
more as the sun sets, grabbed a brownie from Tiff’s treats (http://www.tiffstreats.com)
and waited for Black Joe Lewis to get set up to autograph (had tee in hand,
wish I had my vinyl!) They were delightful to meet and signed my tee. They are
sooooo cute and friendly! If I were more bold I would have hung out, but I had
meet my boldness quotient by going to the show on my own.

Clap  Your Hands Say Yeah

I walked  around a bit more and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (http://www.clapyourhandssayyeah.com)
came up on stage. I had not heard them before. They have a bit of a Bob Dylan
sound to them but with drums and piano. They were interesting. Not something I would
normally drive up and just see. They had a song were Satan was said like 20
times in a row. I’m sure there was a point to it…I just missed it. I was
standing in front of the stage waiting for Passion Pit to start!

At this point  I was tired and getting a head ache, either from the not eating or the dust or
both. I wasn’t going to hang for Passion Pits whole show, or was I? Crowd was
closing in on me. I was fairly close to the front of the stage…well, here it  is.

Passion  Pit

Passion Pit (http://www.passionpitmusic.com) were
the headliners for the Orange stage. I was predisposed to like them from what I
had heard. They are a little Jack Mannequin meets Jimmy Eat World. They rocked
that stage! The sound was amazing and they were polished! There sound was practiced
but not rehearsed. The lead singer Michael Angelakos was running around
the stage singing to and with the crowd. The crowd was jumping (even I was
jumping). It was a great show and I would totally drive to see them perform
again, maybe a more intimate venue though. They played at Stubbs (http://stubbsaustin.com) a while ago, would
go see them there.

Now, I’m getting ready to head out to Day 2 of FFF 6! Can’t
wait!