SUPER POST: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 – A Prelude

:deep breath:

Holy fucking shit.

Ahem. At long last, after many painful months filled with speculation and innocent hope, the complete lineup for this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest has been released. And in quite a creative way, too.

A room was created on the new music-nerd haven-site a few days ago and with each new song on the founders’ playlists, a new name on the lineup was revealed. This idea reminds me a lot of the relationship listeners used to have with the radio before the Internet existed. That is, if you wanted to learn something regarding any kind of promotion or contest, you would have to tune in at the right minute to hear the news. Oh, the anticipation! The suspense! Unfortunately, I was not in the room to witness this grand event. However, I was able to check the festival’s website and a string of gasps and “WHAT THE FUCK!?”s followed. Much to the dismay of my fellow coffee shop patrons’ eardrums, of course.

And now, here is what I’m looking forward to at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Please keep in mind that quite a few of these acts’ set times will probably overlap and I won’t be able to see them all. This is more or less what I would try to see if I could clone myself into at least three people.

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)

SPOKEN WORD/STAND-UP (in alphabetical order)

Donald Glover

Brian Posehn

Henry Rollins

BANDS (in alphabetical order)

BANDS (in alphabetical order)

BANDS (in alphabetical order)

Asobi Seksu
“Walk On The Moon”

“Beat and the Pulse”

Big Freedia
“Azz Everywhere”

Blonde Redhead


Cloud Nothings
“Hey Cool Kid”

Cold Cave
“Life Magazine”

Dan Deacon

Danzig Legacy‘ (Danzig, Samhain, Danzig & Doyle playing Misfits)
“Where Eagles Dare”

Davila 666

Del the Funky Homosapien
“Make No Sense”

Dengue Fever
“Cement Slippers”

Flying Lotus
“Tea Leaf Dancers”


Joe Lally (of Fugazi)
“What Makes You”

Keep Shelly In Athens
“Running Out Of You”

Kid Dynamite

Major Lazer
“Pon De Floor”


“No Romance”

Neon Indian
“Polish Girl”

No Bunny
“I Am A Girlfriend”

Okkervil River
“Wake and Be Fine”

Public Enemy
“Bring the Noise”

Purity Ring

The Radio Dept
“Pulling Our Weight”

“Angel of Death”

Thee Oh Sees

“Imidiwan Afrik Temdam”


We Were Promised Jetpacks
“Quiet Little Voices”

“See A Penny, Pick It Up”

Time to get excited.


a danish iceage

“I never saw anyone play like that before. It was like they were trying to break themselves into pieces with the music.”
– Henry Rollins on the first time he saw Black Flag (Get In The Van, 1995)

I’ll go ahead and cast the first stone. I’m not the most consistent music blogger in the world. In fact, I’m quite lazy. I find that Tumblr is more of an immediately rewarding way to spend my time compared to taking the time to write a blog post about a band. However, deep in my cold, blogger’s heart there remains a single fiber of intrigue that pulsates with purpose and vigor when I hear a new band that actually makes me straighten out my posture and wipe the crust from my eyes while dusting off and popping my 10 fingers which, to my surprise, are still in good working order. Bands like these remind me of the very purpose of this blog; to spread the word of good music to others who might have not already heard it. This is a rare experience, so when a band gets me out of my grey shell, you as the reader would be wise to take note.

The band in question is called iceage. They are a four-piece from Copenhagen, Denmark that play an incredible, abrasive form of punk the likes of which I haven’t heard from a new band in a long time. Just listen to the track I’ve posted below, “New Brigade”, and you will get a pretty solid idea of the band’s raw energy that does not let up for one second throughout their debut album of the same name.

I’ve been listening to Henry Rollins’ audiobook, Get In The Van, for the past few nights. For those of you who have not had the chance to hear it or read the actual text, it’s a chronicle of his years in Black Flag from start to finish. Somewhere in the second minute, he talks about the first time he ever saw the band as a fan. I feel that the same words he used can be applied to iceage. I hope I will be able to see them when they come to Austin next Saturday.

New Brigade is out now on Escho. Pick it up.

iceageNew Brigade