And they say dreams don’t come true. Here’s Wavves soundchecking for the Jesse Miller Show Comedy Central pilot. We here at Aural Standards typically like to couch our bragging in faked newsworthiness, but we’ll make an exception (and a sudden perspective switch) here: I’ve been booking bands for the live Jesse Miller Show for the past few months in part with the goal of building to this. It’s thrilling to see some real-world results of your work, at least as an occasional alternative to writing about the real-world results of others’ work. Anyway, stay tuned for more Jesse Miller news, more live shows, and more great musical guests curated by yours truly. Me and Jesse are feelin’ buff.
We came, we camped and we conquered. Frankly, SPIN covered the shit out of this festival. We also emptied its moonshine reserves, but you won’t read about that here. Nay, instead you’ll viddy glorious retellings of such historic events as:
The 5 Best Sets of Bonnaroo 2011 Day 1 (I wrote on Wavves, Twin Shadow), Day 2 (Atmosphere), Day 3 (Low Anthem, Gogol Bordello) and Day 4 (Explosions in the Sky, Junip); AS WELL AS Lil Wayne Returns Sober, AND Buffalo Springfield Reunites, AND Iron & Wine Goes Free Jazz (with set lists!) .
Yes, it happened over a month ago and nobody reads this stuff more than 12 hours after the fact, but … well, um, consider it? Maybe?
(Photo by Ian Witlen) Continue reading
Posted in live reviews, SPIN
Tagged Atmosphere, Bonnaroo 2011, Buffalo Springfield, Explosions In The Sky, festivals, Gogol Bordello, Iron & Wine, Junip, Lil Wayne, Low Anthem, Twin Shadow, Wavves
Nathan Williams shreds from the crowd. (Andrew Herrold)
The totally freaking awesome Wavves and Best Coast co-headlining tour hits Los Angeles tonight at the Music Box. I had the pleasure of trucking down to San Diego to cover the first night of the thing back in January. You should go to this. Really. Read why via Spin.
Also, hop over to LA Weekly to download a new, free Wavves song about how much the dude loves his TV. We didn’t dub him “King Skinny Shitster” for nathan. Er, nothin’. Put down the bong, Miley …
Wavves and Snacks the cat -- which one looks more together?
A little while back I had the hazy, kinda strange pleasure of interviewing Wavves’ Nathan Williams in the Los Angeles apartment he shares with girlfriend and Best Coast singer, Bethany Cosentino. What I discovered was the living embodiment of all that on-album ennui — a dude who probably hasn’t sat up straight since … well, ever. But that may very well be to his music’s advantage, as Wavves’ new album, King of the Beach, is mighty high on my list of the best albums of 2010 so far.
Read the feature, All Hail King Skinny Shitster, over at L.A. Weekly (also in print this week). As a supplement to that, you can check out a few choice scraps from the cutting room floor on West Coast Sound, in the blog post, “Wavves May Leave Fat Possum Records, Wants to Meet Lil Wayne, Plays FYF Fest on Saturday,” whose title is also quite self-explanatory. Also: go to FYF Fest this weekend. You won’t be sorry.
Posted in features, LA Weekly, news
Tagged Beavis & Butthead, Best Coast, Bethany Cosentino, Fat Possum, FYF Fest, Lil Wayne, Maury, Nathan Williams, the Culture of Duh, Tyra, Wavves, Zach Hill
N.E.R.D. kick it with Clifford (so Team Jacob)
We’re finally, truly all caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound. We’ve saved best for last — here’s the highlight reel expressly designed for your reading (and viewing, and listening) pleasure.
- FEATURED: Can Yeasayer Save N*E*R*D from Totally Sucking?*
- New Wavves Album, ‘King of the Beach,’ Streaming Now
- MP3: ‘Simple Severin,’ by Echo Park Pop Stars Superhumanoids
- Peanut Butter Wolf’s 5 Favorite Stones Throw LPs
- OK Go Loses Drummer to the Muppets in Staring Contest
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)
* Can a Yeasayer RMX save the Virginia Beach-born, Hollywood-bred band from it’s nearly decade-long obsolescence? “Hot-N-Fun,” featuring Nelly Furtado, is neither of the things that its title suggests.
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged Animal, awesome, bad wagers, Baron Zen, bedroom pop, Chad Hugo, Dudley Perkins, eagle rock, Echo Park, fake news, Franklin Thompson, Gary Wilson, grunge-pop, Hit City USA, Homeliss Derilex, Jim Henson, Koushik, Madlib, Nathan Williams, Nelly Furtado, NERD, OK Go, Peanut Butter Wolf, Pharrell Williams, San Diego, slackasses, Stones Throw, Superhumanoids, surf-noise, that other guy, The Franks, The Muppets, The Neptunes, Wavves, Yeasayer
Wow. That was intense. And incredible. Those who survived FYF Fest this weekend in L.A. should be easy enough to spot: dusty clothes, compulsive head-bobbing, bleeding ears. The LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound blog has been posting some solid roundups of what went down in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, kicked off by yours truly with this entry.
FYF through sunglasses (as most saw it)
Posted in LA Weekly, live reviews
Tagged awe, bleeding ears, festivals, FYF Fest, Japanther, live music, Los Angeles, MP3s, Ninjasonik, No Age, noise, sunglasses, Wavves, Zach Hill
Check it out here. It’s hard to imagine this festival being anything less than incredible. You’ll find text from me on these two fellas: