Another year, another set of festivals in the books. My final one just so happened to be Fun Fun Fun Fest & boy did it end epically: I shot Slayer onstage, as this photo proves. (I mean, shit, I can hardly believe it myself) Despite festing it up like crazy, I’ve done quite a bit in a month’s time. Here’s yer round-up:
Alright, I know it’s been a bit but remember when I interviewed Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne? That was pretty rad. Not only did I get some awesome info about their Halloween show at the Fillmore in SF, (which you can read here; & yes, Tame Impala did dress up at the Spice Girls) but I ended up having quite the lengthy chat with Coyne about so much more.
Wayne Coyne on how the Enders Game EP came together:
"We were considered for the project and I talked to many people about it. Whenever I’d ask if they liked the book they’d always say, ‘oh, I loved it growing up.’ Now most of the time, I’m a good ten years older than the people I’m working with so if anyone asked why I hadn’t read it I would always say I was busy doing something then. Moby loved it, actually. We talked about the book on a video shoot and he just gushed about it… The director really shaped why we took this project on. He let me see the unfinished movie that was finished enough at the time. It was well done and the people were cool and the direction was solid."
& why he’s taken to holding a baby doll during performances:
”I go through phases where I feel slightly embarrassed about just standing there and singing and I made this video with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. My video guy at the time, his baby was not quite a year old and we made this video where I was just eating and carrying this baby and the backdrop had giant rotating eyeballs flickering at mega-speeds. The baby is really realistic looking. If you saw it in real life it would shock you.”
Greetings, y’all. It’s the night before FFF Fest proper & there are already night shows throughout the many rad venues of Austin, the supposed live music capital of the world. I’m exhausted as shit in a South Congress apartment cramming words into this blog post to make me feel like I’ve got a handle on my festival coverage.
It’s been a bit since I’ve tried something new fest-wise, so instead of hard must-sees, here’s a top
fiveseven of general things I’m looking forward to seeing & doing at Auditorium Shores. Enjoy & be on the lookout for my rad coverage via Antiquiet. Follow along on twitter @ayetalian & instagram @knottedkitelines :]
Y’all know I cover a shit ton of festivals, right? It may be the end of this year’s festival season run but to celebrate my four years of running between stages & losing sleep for the raddest of reasons, I’m starting Quick Picks: bite-sized recommendations of who to see at the next fest I’ll cover. See ya there :]
[last year’s coverage right here]
[what I’m doing this year: coverage with Antiquiet & Diffuser; don’t forget to follow me on twitter @ayetalian & instagram @knottedkitelines for live updates from City Park!]
Shovels & Rope - down & dirty southern husband wife duo Shovels & Rope are spooky good mixing bluegrass sensibilities with a gothic twist.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - there’s a reason I’ve seen Macklemore & Ryan Lewis four times already this year. Gimmicks aside, the Thrift Shop hero is an absolute blast live.
Pearl Jam - have you heard Lightning Bolt yet? Give it a listen & look back at Pearl Jam’s extensive catalog. Their closing slot set is set to be epic.
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister: HMBSMS are a must for their joyous Americana & tap-dancing drummer. Try not to move & groove to Nobody Dances in this Town. It’s damn near impossible.
Reignwolf: Reignwolf is punk enough to take over Chicago with guerrilla performances & win the heart of Rachel Ray at SXSW. Guitar fiends rejoice; this man is rockin’.
Nine Inch Nails: NIN are at the top of their game with total package production for their fest run & the career revitalizing Hesitation Marks; hauntingly good.
Sports & Leisure: NOLA’s indie rock scene is a robust one & Sports & Leisure make for a great way to wake up to the final day of Voodoo.
The Revivalists: One of my Voodoo Fest favorites. The Revivalists know how to completely take over a stage & uplift an audience.
The Cure: Robert Smith & co. do not give a fuck what you think about how they currently look. They’re more than content blowing your minds with how they sound.
Music journalism is a tricky bit of business when you’re trying to balance an overstuffed life with the even more overstuffed world of a touring musician. I had a rad interview with King Khan frontman Arish Khan that unfortunately didn’t run, thus I bring you Lagniappe: all the extra stuff from unpublished articles, expansive interviews, (like my previous Grouplove, Best Coast, & the Breeders posts) & maybe a few photos along the way. Enjoy :]
2013 has been a banner musical year for King Khan and the Shrines frontman Arish Khan, who found himself at his seemingly lowest just a few years ago. There had been recorded radio silence from King Khan and the Shrines since 2008, after the release of The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines. Khan returned to his music with the meandering, fragile “Darkness”.
Claymation may be a difficult medium to convey heavier emotions but the combined intensity of “Darkness” with its Hylas Films-made video, the sadness of the subject matter is almost too much to take. The song itself came about after a particularly dark three years in Khan’s life, in which he lost three close friends and eventually checked himself into a psychiatric facility.
“’Darkness’ came about after so much soul-searching,” Khan tells the Appeal. “I had my tarot cards read and they told me to be careful, that this was the year of my crucifixion.”
“For the video, I really felt like it was alchemic, almost. When we put it together, there were just so much synchronicity to the song and the video. The timing is perfect. All they [Hylas] really added was an extra thirty seconds and a few bits of Egyptian mythology and rebirth at the end.”
Religion and mythology factor heavily into the making of latest LP Idle No More as well as within Khan’s general style, whether he’s acting as an aerobics instructor/cult leader in the Moon Duo video for “Sleepwalker”, battling Jesus Christ alongside Hylas Film personnel in “Bite My Tongue” or leading fans through a revival-style experience onstage.
“I’ve always modeled my performances after kind of a gospel revival. It’s transforming from pain and chaos where you can abandon your troubles and uplift them. The best part is that people keep coming,” Khan explains. “I’m really happy to always see our crowds getting younger and younger. I fee like people regard the band as a well kept-secret in their heart.”
Oh my goodness. So much has happened in the month that I’ve been back in New Orleans. I’ve been to weddings & birthdays, learned a new lighting board, I’m gearing up to freelance with Curbed NOLA, & may soon start contributing to Firedoglake, depending on how well my audition piece is received. I also found out that jell-o pudding fails to coagulate with soymilk. Harsh life lesson right there & onto the round-up right here:
What was your favorite childhood toy?
For the life of me, I seriously can’t recall. And that’s okay.
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