Music festivals have their fair share of ups and downs. Lines, heat, crowds, underage drunk kids shoving their way and screaming to each other while you try to watch a band you love and that they have never heard of…There really is hardly a way to have everything turn out perfect where humans are involved, BUT festivals are also such exceptional ways of discovering new music or getting the opportunity to see a handful of your favorites all in one tight packed day. Needless to say, FYF does a pretty damn awesome job with it’s line up. It has it’s crowd pleasers like Health, Haim, Darkside and Strokes mixed in with it’s iconic music head influencers like Slowdive, Slint, Built to Spill, and Motor City Devils to name a few. FYF has come a long way from when I remember watching Dinosaur Jr. play in a dusty field in no man’s land Down Town LA ( which venue I personally loved ) into a real deal stadium, large scale event. With that said, they still have the heart and soul of promotion of local venders and bands that are known for the truest of music lovers, keeping it’s initial soul alive. Fuck yeah. It’s interesting to watch festivals evolve over time, ( what ever happened to the nihilism of Burning Man, now turned drug fashion show, or what’s that one called…oh yeah Coachella..haha, yeah whatever ) and it will be interesting to see how FYF continues to grow. I am going to go ahead and throw out some old fashioned hope and say that they will remain true to the line ups thus far and beyond. The people behind it have great taste, and I believe they will continue to keep it fresh… in addition to making others happy.
Let’s always remember the ancient advice ” Keep it simple stupid.”
Here is to another great year of FYF and I know many more to come. Below are some bands we loved and got some radical photos of all shot by Ethan Delorenzo ( AKA Lord of the Ring Pop // AKA UGLYHIPPIE // AKA The Burglar ) :
Aaron from Father John Misty
Derek from The Kings English
Grimes and dog with funny tongue
Mac taking care of some business and observation
Rory from Connan Mockasin
Thank you FYF for letting us cover your awesome festivities !
Today marked the end of 512 Hours, the latest performance art piece by Marina Abramović and collaborator Lynsey Peisinger, which was held at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Said to be deeper and more profound than anything Abramović has ever done before, over 100,000 visitors came and immersed themselves in the performance, following directions to perform simple meditative tasks and in turn becoming the art themselves.
I was lucky enough to attend three times; each session was different from the others but all incredibly moving. To be given the opportunity to explore such profound introspection in the company of strangers created a powerful energy of collaboration and trust. To wash away the bustling world and be silent allowed for transformation in myself and many of the people around me.
Kept strictly void of cellphones and cameras throughout the three-month duration of the show, there has been no digital record of the experience until now. To celebrate its completion today, the Marina Abramović Institute has released a selection of photos (via A Magazine Curated By) and a video of reactions from attendants. Enjoy.
All photos by Marco Anelli
Stephanie von Watzdorf cut her teeth in the fashion industry under Yves Saint Laurent, had her first paid job for Giorgio Armani, and served as the Vice President of Design for Tory Burch. Now at the helm of her own lifestyle brand, Figue, she is creating a line of luxurious clothing and accessories inspired by her love of travel and the global aesthetic she encounters on her journeys. We sat down with Stephanie and asked her some wanderlust-related questions in celebration of her summer pop-up store in California. Enjoy!
WORK: Sometimes traveling, I see something that is perfect in every way but for whatever reason (not enough space to bring it home, too expensive, a moment of insanity) I leave without it and it then becomes burned into my mind forever as something that should-have-been. Do you have any of those? Does one haunt you more than the others?
SvW: Yes, that happens to me sometimes, but usually I find a way to squeeze it all into my suitcase. There was a blue and green beetle wing mirror in Bangkok I still think about, and there are two beaded talisman dolls I found in the heart of Nairobi (photo below) that I dream of finding again.
WORK: What are your top 3 favorite markets in the world?
SvW: The souk in Marrakesh, the fruit market in Jodhpur and the “Thieves Market” in Goa, India
WORK: List the items you cannot pack a suitcase without.
SvW: I always bring at least two embroidered cashmere pashminas, two pairs of sunglasses (in case one break, which as happened), a small flashlight, my mini iPad, Figue kaftans (good for both warm and cool weather), Weleda Skin Food cream, ginger candies and a book.
WORK: Favorite outfit to travel in?
SvW: I love to wear a long sleeve t-shirt, Figue military jacket, leggings and slip on shoes. I’m obsessed with my Newbarks and Toms.
WORK: If you could rotate living between three places and three places only, what would they be and why? You can divide the year however you see fit.
SvW: I would choose New York in the fall/winter for all the new exhibits, shows and cultural happenings, Marrakesh in the spring for the exotic treasure hunting and inspiration, and the Mediterranean in the summer for peace of mind, good food, sunshine and endless amounts of figs.
WORK: Name one place you think every person should see before they die.
SvW: The bush in Kenya to see all the wild animals.
WORK: Magical cure for jet-lag (or a hangover)?
SvW: There is no magical cure. I try to go to bed for a few hours as soon as I arrive at my destination - even if it is early in the morning. I also drink one liter of flat water on the flight and drink one before I sleep.
WORK: What do you like to read most while you’re home or on the go? Does it change depending?
SvW: I generally read political spy thrillers and biographies/autobiographies. I am a news junkie so I love to read the newspaper and Vanity Fair.
WORK: What makes a magazine great?
SvW: Interesting stories and beautiful photography.
Figue’s pop-up shop at 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, California, will be open until the end of September. You can also shop for Figue at the flagship store on Elizabeth St. in NYC and online.
- Katherine Aplin
We had such an amazing time in Brooklyn on August 5th with the four amazing bands and DJ All Night Sucka, who indeed kept us dancing… all night, sucker. If you missed it, sorry to say, you really did miss out. BUT don’t fret for there will be more on both coasts! Thank you CMJ for the awesome write up and Baby’s All Right for the more than all right time!
"Tuesday night’s showcase at Baby’s All Right, presented by Work Magazine, featured a stacked bill of prolific talent. The stage was graced with kinetic melodies of tambourine from opening bands to the spacey synth-pop stylings from headliner, Leisure Cruise.
Legs kicked off the evening with their approach of indie dance songs. Lead singer Tito Ramsey delivered a stellar performance of animated arm movements, entertaining but not distracting from an addictive cadence you couldn’t help but move your, well, legs to. Catchy rhythms and lower body workout aside, Legs has started production on their first full-length album, funded via Kickstarter, and hopes to release it this fall. Definitely check outTouchtone, a great track exhibiting the band’s dynamic beats, invigorating tambourine and compelling application of vintage Hohner synths.
Halfbluud took the stage next and altered the setting from the previous happy synths and chipper harmonies. Instead, swooning dark vocals, courtesy of Harley Cortez, were harnessed in a soulful berth of guitar distortion delivered through an unruly mane reminiscent of an early Jack White.
Napoleon continued the showcase with a quirky set of doom-bop numbers. Their endeavors were successful as the Brooklyn based quartet got music-goers on their feet and grooving to each song. Frontman Julian Anderson presented himself short in stature (callback to the band name, perhaps?) but not in sound with raspy vocals and heightened spirits.
Leisure Cruise closed out the night with selections from their new self-titled debut album onLast Gang. Brainchild of Dave Hodge (Broken Social Scene) and Leah Siegel (Firehorse), Leisure Cruise takes you on an audible space journey, bridging retro and futuristic synth anthems. Each ballad, rich in pop progressions, gives a platform for Siegel to express herself through interpretive dance and flow. High energy in conjunction with cosmic visual projections add up to a visceral live performance that is not to be missed.”
Photos by Kassy Balli; words by Gabrielle Westfield.
Our friends at BOLD present:
B6 Debut IRL:
The first physical art show by digital IT girl and online artist B6 (aka 22-year old Brittney Scott ). She’s the enfant terrible of the electronic music scene in LA + founding member of internet clique Yung Klout Gang. The show will feature her repertoire of coveted digital portraits (Diplo, A-trak, Major Lazer, Jerome LOL - another LA-based underground darling) as well as new mixed media pieces.
Her work has risen up on the tides of Twitter as the dominant visual moniker for the URL generation, who works with the screen as the canvas. This is her first, and long awaited, foray into a physical gallery.
Is there anything better than puppies and music? There probably isn’t (because both puppies and music are great things). FYF and LA Animal Rescue are teaming up on August 3 for a pet adoption drive called The Great Escape. If you do not have a dog, please attend and find yourself a musical canine.
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