FYF Fest 2014 Live Show Review: A Period of Transition for a Shapeshifting Entity

I went to the third Fuck Yeah Fest, in 2006, four months after I moved to Los Angeles. I went to the fourth one, too. At the third one, the still-ascendant local kids Silversun Pickups might have been the biggest draw, but clearly it was the punks’ three-day weekend: The Circle Jerks, Erase Errata, and No Age all performed. It was Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris (Black Flag, Off!) who helped a bored 18-year-old Torrance, California upstart named Sean Carlson start the festival in 2004. In 2011, the FYF group — by then four core people and a handful of part-timers — partnered with promoting giant and AEG acquisition Goldenvoice. The FYF Fest I went to this past weekend bore little resemblance to the scrappy Echo Park gatherings of nearly a decade earlier.

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Captured Tracks Record Label Feature: Keeping The Artist In Focus

“We’re a young company going about the music industry in what we think is the standard way, but it turns out we’ve been doing it pretty differently. There’s no ethos or philosophy, per se. We’re not looking for our label to be the topic of a release; we want the artist to be the focus. If exploiting whatever C/T is helps get a new artist’s music out in the world, than that’s great.” - Mike Sniper, Founder of Captured Tracks

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How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart? Music Video Trilogy (w/ Interview)

“It’s all about how to live and love and die right, in a world that makes these things so difficult.” - Tom Krell, on the What Is This Heart? music video trilogy

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Adult Jazz – Gist Is Album Review (Spare Thought)

What’s in a name? When they say Adult Jazz, are they referring to the easy-listening, dulcet sounds of Chuck Mangione or Kenny G? A brief observation of the knotty tones and convoluted song structures of Gist Is, the debut LP from the Leeds quartet, Adult Jazz, suggests this is not what they are aiming for. So we turn to a second possible definition: that of a grown-up and evolved jazz music. Gist Is is a world unto itself: 9 tracks, subscribing to their own inner logic, as beats, broken synthesizers, horns, and weightless vocals rise and fall, like buried memories, or half-remembered dreams.  

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Bear In Heaven – Time Between Music Video (Interview w/ Jon Philpot & Director Nick Bentgen)

For the “Time Between” music video, Bear In Heaven enlisted the help of director Nick Bentgen, who spent long nights hanging out with strangers and visiting the homes of acquaintances in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, to collect what must have been hours of observational footage. He then wove together an abstract piece of visual poetry, which plays off of the track’s dramatic percussion to create a striking portrait of the beautiful and bizarre nature of New Yorkers.

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Pickathon Festival 2014 Live Show Review (w/ Mac DeMarco, Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts & More)

Although bands like Nickel Creek, The Barr Brothers, Shakey Graves and Della Mae hearkened back to the Pickathon Festival’s old style, a surprisingly rock-heavy lineup was the face of the festival’s 2014 version. Bands like The War on Drugs, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco and Brownout/Brown Sabbath were the big draws — but looking back at it, you couldn’t really tell much of a difference in the end. The 2014 version of Pickathon was still the excellently curated, family-friendly (and even more adult friendly) affair that the 2013 Pickathon, and every year before that, was.

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