Monday, November 25, 2013

Just a Little Checkin' In

First, did you know Clean, Nice, Quiet has an Etsy shop now? Wearing one of our morally bankrupt t-shirts will show everyone. EVERYONE! (laughs maniacally.)

Super cool bandcamp feature on some 60s Peruvian chicha with three great songs.

As always, more later.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Sunday!

NOON! Noon on the Black Stage is Melborne's totally metal 4ARM. I like this a lot:

Blue Stage at 12:10 is Houston's Bagheera, a 21 year old dude who does what us heavy metal kids used to call "techno" back in the 1990s:

Lemuria from Buffalo NY is on the Orange Stage at 12:30. This is pretty cool:

I think 4ARM and then Lemuria for my Sunday Starters.


On the Black Stage at 12:50 is Dallas' True Window, which purports to be a combo of stoner rock and shoegaze:

Chet Faker from Melbourne is on the Blue Stage at 1:10. Not really my bag:

At 1:20 on the Orange Stage is Santa Monica's Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails). This is okay but I think that sound where the vocals are coming from down a hallway is hacky:


On the Black Stage at 1:45 is metal-heads Narrows, from Seattle:

2:15 on the Blue Stage is Dessa, a rapper, singer and spoken word artist from Minneapolis.

The Polyphonic Spree from Dallas will be on the Orange Stage at 2:20...I'm gonna check out Narrows.


The Men from Brooklyn are gonna be on the Black Stage at 2:40. These guys should be good:

On the Blue Stage at 3:20 is Orlando's electronic act xxyyxx, which I feel may put me in a boredom induced coma, but at 3:30 on the Orange Stage is The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna's band and one of our main reasons for attending FFF fest this year. Stoked!


Cloud Nothings on the Black Stage at 3:40, Shlohmo, which to me sounds like another electronic snooze-fest, is on the Blue Stage at 4:15, and even more snooze-wave with Washed Out at 4:30 on the Orange Stage. The wife wants to see comedian Rob Delaney at 4:45 on the Yellow Stage, so that works out - Cloud Nothings then Rob Delaney during this leg.


Classic punkers The Cro-Mags at 4:40 on the Black Stage. Sarah Silverman at 5:25 on the Yellow Stage, Killer Mike at 5:30 on the Ride Stage, and D.C.'s The Dismemberment Plan at 5:40 on the Orange Stage. I'd love to see The Cro-Mags, Sarah Silverman, and Killer Mike. Decisions!


Lancaster PA's August Burns Red is on the Black Stage at 5:45. I didn't like their name, and thought they looked like dbs in their pic, but I thought I'd check out a tune anyway. This, I actively dislike. If this is your bag, no offense, but I bet you're a db:

Deltron 3030, apparently with a full orchestra, is the Blue Stage at 6:20, and on the Yellow Stage at 6:25 is Austin's folk-poppy Wild Child:

MGMT on the Orange Stage at 6:50, so I can catch Deltron and MGMT with no problem, I think, and try to seriously avoid that August Farts Red claptrap. Can't like everything!


Gojira at 6:55 on the Black Stage, Bonobo at 7:30 on the Blue Stage, and Daniel Johnston at 7:35 on the Yellow Stage. It's Gojira then Johnston for me.


The Locust is on the Black Stage at 8, which I'd like to see:

Jurassic 5 on the Blue Stage at 8:45, but I've always been a little bored by them.

On the Orange Stage, from 8:30 to 9:45, is one of my three grail bands when we first got tickets: Slayer. The other two were Deathgrips, who have since cancelled because they don't seem to have their shit together, and King Khan and The Shrines, who sadly for me play the Black Stage from 8:55 to 9:45, all but 25 minutes concurrent with Slayer.

I knew, when I was a child, that I was really wasting my time in school and what I should've been learning was how to bi-locate. That skill, to physically manifest in two places at once, would've really come in handy during this, the most serious of my scheduling conflicts during the entirety of this three day event. Since I can't bi-locate, I must choose Slayer. King Khan, I'll catch ya some other time.

Big Freedia

I'm really excited about seeing Big Freedia @ Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. This song he did with Katey Red and Akron/Family has been in my head since I heard it a couple of days ago:

Here's some more awesome:

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Saturday Part Deux!


3:15 on the Blue Stage is the Flatbush Zombies from Brooklyn. This is pretty good but I'm starting to bristle at a song that begins "Unhh...yeah." C'mon, man.

Melt Banana is apparently a legendary noise band from Toyko that I've never heard of. Now that I have heard it, it seems like a must-see. They'll take the Black Stage at 3:20 on Saturday:

She-median Jenny Slate is going to be on the Yellow Stage at 3:35. The wife wants to see her.

At 3:40 on the Orange Stage is Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving.

As each day of the concert moves forward, I'm bummed about scheduling conflicts between stages. Never having seen Sonic Youth, I'd like to see Thurston Moore's new project. Never having heard of Melt Banana, which has been playing almost as long as Sonic Youth apparently, I'd really like to see them too. Oh, the agony.

So hopefully I can catch a little Melt Banana and a little Chelsea Light Moving and my lovely wife can watch Jenny Slate.


The Chromatics, synth-wave from Portland's Johnny Jewel, are on the Blue Stage at 4:15. I like synth and I like wave:

Pelican, instrumental post-metal from Chicago, is on the Black Stage at 4:20. My buddies like these guys but snooze snooze snooze fest, IMO:

Geographer, electro-pop rock from San Francisco, is on the Orange Stage at 4:45. This song is okay:

At 4:35 on the Orange Stage is Craig Robinson, who played Darryl on The Office and was also excellent in one of my favorite movies of all time, "Hot Tub Time Machine."

I'll catch whoever up until 4:35 and then I'm excited to see Craig Robinson.


5:15 on the Blue Stage is Glass Candy, another Johnny Jewel joint, apparently.

At 5:20 on the Black Stage, the Subhumans will be performing the entire From the Cradle to the Grave album:

At 5:20 on the Yellow Stage is Tenacious D.

At 5:50 on the Orange Stage is Televison. I think I'll watch the D then mosey over to Television. I'll be the asshole that constantly shouts "PLAY MARQUEE MOON!"


At 6:20 on the Blue Stage is Tycho, synth from SF:

At 6:25 is Body Count, and I am excited about this almost as much as Slayer on Sunday evening. At Lollapolooza '92 I saw Ice Cube along with members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Flea from the Chili Peppers cover "Cop Killer," and, it was awesome. I saw Ice-T himself around the turn of the century and it was super cool too.

At 6:30 on the Yellow Stage is Quasi, which, ya know, if Body Count wasn't playing opposite them, I'd go see just to say I saw 'em.


At 7P on the Orange Stage is Deerhunter, and at 7:30 on the Black Stage is Judge, on the Blue Stage is Simian Mobile Disco, and on the Yellow Stage is Sparks. Judge is "militant straight edge" so, and I don't like to be negative on CNQ, but seriously, that's really stupid, and Simian Mobile Disco just doesn't sound like anything I'm into. I'll catch Deerhunter for 30 minutes then go see Sparks, who I've only recently discovered, independent of knowing they'd be at FunX3 fest:

The headliners for Saturday evening are M.I.A. on the Orange Stage at 8:30, and at 8:45 is Ice-T on the Blue Stage and the Descendents on the Black Stage. I'd like to see Ice-T again but since I'll already catch him with Body Count and the wife wants to see M.I.A., I assume we'll see M.I.A. Which is cool with me.

Next up: Sunday.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest Saturday Doin's Part One

Saturday Noon to 2:30 is all I could cover tonight.


At 11:55, the LNS (Leaders of the New School) Crew from Austin kicks things off on the Blue Stage. I featured one of the members of the LNS Crew, Kydd, on a CNQ post back in December of '12.

Venemous Maximous, heavy metal from Houston, opens up the Black Stage at noon:

Also at noon, on the Orange Stage, is Frank Smith from Austin, which is a band, not a dude:

If we sleep in and miss the first round on Saturday I wouldn't be terribly upset.


At 12:45 on the Blue Stage is the ambient minimalist melodies of Austin's Roger Sellers.

At 12:50 on the Orange Stage is another Austin band, Ola Podrida. This song is cool:

12 year old heavy metal kids from Brooklyn Unlocking the Truth are gonna be on the Black Stage at 12:50:

Unlocking the Truth is a must-see, I feel.


Big Black Delta is on the Blue Stage at 1:35. Dig that synth!

California's Retox, featuring members of The Locust, are on the Black Stage at 1:40 -- should be pretty awesome. I couldn't find any embeds I could use so check out Retox here. It's righteous hardcore.

LA's Bleached is on the Orange Stage at 1:40:

The 1:30 round is a toss-up, all those songs sound pretty cool.


The Underachievers from Flatbush are on the Blue Stage at 2:25. I like this song:

Vancouver's White Lung is on the Black Stage at 2:30. We got a chance to see them not too long ago and they just rule the school. Their latest, "Sorry," is a great album. Mish Way, the lead singer, writes articles for Vice and Noisey and stuff. White Lung is my punk rock girlfriend who hates me. WHY WON'T YOU LOVE ME WHITE LUNG!!?!

Merchandise will be on the Orange Stage at 2:40. This song really gets on my nerves:

Naturally, we're gonna see White Lung.

Next up: Saturday into the evening!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday Sampler

Fun Fun Fun Fest is happening down in Austin at the end of next week -- so many bands, it's pretty overwhelming. I'm disappointed the Death Grips have cancelled but whatevs. Mostly to help myself wrap my head around the entertainment, here's a rundown of the noise on Friday:

Phranchyze, hip-hop from Austin, will be on the Blue Stage at 12:10:

Spray Paint, garage rock from Austin, will start on the Black Stage at 12:20:

The Tontons, rock with a lady singer from Houston, will be on the Orange Stage at 12:35:

I think we're gonna catch the Tontons during this opening volley.

RATKING, "no wave rap" from NYC, is on the Blue Stage at 1PM:

Black Stage at 1:10 is the Code Orange Kids, heavyosity from Pittsburgh:

On the Orange Stage at 1:25 is Active Child, electronic music from LA. Not really my bag but check out that link to his soundcloud page if you're curious. RATKING sounds promising but if it doesn't hold our attention then we'll mosey over to the Code Orange Kids. There's a comedy stage and like a skateboarder stage or something too, ya know.

Title Fight is hardcore punk from Kingston PA, on the Black Stage at 2PM:

On the Blue Stage at 2PM is LA's Poolside:

On the Orange Stage at 2:15 is Brooklyn's Beach Fossils:

All three sound promising, so we might try to check out a little of all three of the two o'clock shows?

At three on the Black Stage, is GTA V's Ceremony:

Blue Stage at 3:05 is Star Slinger, a producer/DJ from the UK. Again, not really my bag.

Montreal's Mac DeMarco, who has a Deerhunter thing going on, is on the Orange Stage at 3:15:

Austin's The Impossibles will be reuniting on the Black Stage at 4:05, and since the combination of ska and alt-rock makes me physically ill, I won't be catching that show.

London's electro-poppy Little Boots is playing at 4:10 on the Blue Stage. Check out this tasteless video:

Caligula means "Little Boots" in Latin, ya know.

At 4:15 on the Orange Stage is the Smith's Johnny Marr. Not my bag, wife sez she wants to Little Boots -- I might make 4PM my brupper and catch comedian Kyle Dunnigan.

At 5:15 on the Black Stage is No Age, and at the same time on the Blue Stage is Small Black. At 5:20 on the Orange Stage is Kurt Vile. If that wasn't enough, Patton Oswalt is on the comedy stage at 5:20 also. Since we've seen No Age and Small Black (enjoyed 'em both), it's Kurt Vile for us (I'd go see Patton Oswalt too even though he annoys me a bit, but since Kurt Vile is playing I don't have to make that choice). No links to any of these guys, they all get a lot of press and are easy to hear across the world wide internets. The same goes for the big acts coming up:

Thee Oh Sees at 6:25 on the Black Stage, Big Freedia on the Blue Stage at 6:20, and The Walkmen on the Orange Stage at 6:25?!?! This is getting frustrating in regard to the very first world problem of choosing who to see. I'd really like to see Thee Oh Sees but the wife will want to catch Big Freedia. I wouldn't mind seeing The Walkmen either. Truthfully, Big Freedia will probably be the most fun:

At 7:25 on the Blue Stage is Lupe Fiasco, at 7:35 on the Black Stage is reunited Quicksand, and Cut Copy on the Orange Stage at 7:35. I've seen Cut Copy and don't have an interest in Lupe Fiasco so Quicksand it is.

FINALLY on Friday (I'm worn out already!), at 8:45 on the Blue Stage is RJD2, 8:45 on the Orange Stage is Snoop Dogg, and 8:55 on the Black Stage is Flag (some of the dudes from Black Flag). I am incredibly excited to see the entirety of Snoop Dogg.

Up next: FunX3 Fest Saturday Sampler.