Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties guaranteed to be Fun Fun Fun as long as you pace yourself

Fun Fun Fun Fest afterparties guaranteed to be Fun Fun Fun as long as you pace yourself

The sixth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, one of Austin’s 1,586,463,359 top music festivals, just announced the FFF Nites series — afterparty shows that are free to festival wristband holders. Taking place from November 4-6 (conveniently the same dates as the actual fest), the afterparties will be an extension of the festival and “allow for the Fun Fun Fun experience to continue after the park closes,” according to a press statement.

FFF Nites performers include Cold Cave, Kool Keith, The Thermals, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, DOM, Mates of State, Big Freedia and many more, with DJ sets by bands like Passion Pit, Neon Indian, and Austra. The shows are scheduled to take place in venues around Austin’s Red River district, including Mohawk, Beerland, Red 7, ND, and Beauty Bar. So if the festival’s name didn’t already give it away, with the addition of all these late night shows, there is now empirical proof that at FFF Fest the fun never stops.

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Rhapsody buys Napster from Best Buy and picks up some gummi worms in the checkout line

According to Billboard, Rhapsody announced today that they’ve bought Napster, which was previously owned by Best Buy. This makes for an even bigger year for the streaming music subscription service, as they acquired Yahoo! Music’s Music Unlimited (along with their 400,000 subscribers) in February. While Best Buy was not able to help Napster secure deals with labels as they had hoped, Rhapsody already has an estimated 800,000 subscribers and an attractive new freemium model, which should keep their competitors — such as Spotify — at bay.

Rhapsody president Jon Irwin stated, “This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market. There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.”

The remaining paperwork is expected to become final by November 30, 2011.

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Thom Yorke, Caribou, Jamie xx to do online DJ set, bring the experience of being sweaty and cramped to your very home

If you are like me, you wish you could be in a dark room packed with sweaty people who can’t hear each other speak all the time. Furthermore, if you are like me, we should be friends. We can hang out in dark rooms with a bunch of other people and smell bad and never hear each other’s words. Then we can go somewhere else and wish that this second location was dark and loud and sweat-covered, because those are the attributes we desire all locations to possess. Sadly, our dreams are not to be. But wait! Radiohead, the famous group of problem solvers, have a solution of sorts for us. They won’t be able to make us sweaty or our room’s dark (though I believe we can take care of those problems ourselves), but they will bring some DJ sets into our homes, presumably to be played at an extremely high volume.

On October 11, online radio station/music show will broadcast DJ sets from Thom Yorke, Jamie xx, Caribou, Lone, and Ilium Sphere. These sets will be broadcasted live from 8 PM to 11 PM BST. But where does that leave Americans, those that do not live within the time parameters of BST? I’ll tell you right now, it leaves us watching from 3 PM to 6 PM EST. If you live outside EST but cannot figure out when this broadcast takes place, then I cannot help you. Well, I can help you. I just won’t help you.

But what do all those DJ guys have in common, besides logically seeming like they might be in a room together? Simple: it’s their involvement with the Radiohead remix album TKOL RMX 1234567. That album will also see release on October 11 and seemingly stands for The King of Limbs Remix Many Xylophones One Two Three Four Five Six Seven. If the title is to be believed, this record will feature remixes of songs from the most recent Radiohead record The King of Limbs (TMT Review), along with the involvement of many xylophones. Also, numbers!

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Bill Orcutt to tour Europe in dissonant support of new album How the Thing Sings

If you listen to any of guitarist Bill Orcutt’s solo recordings, it’s easy to ascertain the basic pieces of equipment that he utilizes: a vintage four-string Kay acoustic guitar with pickup (okay, I googled the specifics), an amp, a single microphone, and most importantly, a hammer — which he presumably uses to smash the aforementioned pieces of hardware, helping to create the unmistakably noisy, harsh, and lo-fi aesthetic that colors his albums and more than warrants his current relationship with Editions Mego. That relationship, along with the release of his most recent album, How the Thing Sings (TMT Review), forms the basis for his upcoming European tour.

Orcutt’s albums are largely improvisational, and the same can be said for his live performances. In an interview with Pitchfork, he remarks, “It’s hard to go out in front of people with an acoustic guitar and improvise for 30 or 40 minutes, but I had a compulsion to do it. I just had to in a way that I can’t really explain. I had opportunities to play with other people and give my self some sort of security, but for some reason I wanted to play solo and just put it out there.” Thankfully, Orcutt’s compulsion is for the benefit of all of us who relish noisy unpredictability, in combination with a style reminiscent of the blues guitarists of yesteryear.


10.06.11 - Lisbon, Portugal - Out.Fest
10.07.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.08.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.09.11 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Tusk Festival
10.11.11 - Sheffield, UK - The Riverside *
10.12.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill *
10.13.11 - Bristol, UK - The Cube Cinema *
10.14.11 - London, UK - Café Oto *
10.15.11 - London, UK - Café Oto $
10.16.11 - Bremen, Germany - Friese
10.17.11 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - WORM
10.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus %
10.19.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Gunther
10.20.11 - Paris, France - Espace en Cours
11.12.11 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Fest
12.03.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Urbaines Festival
01.21.12 - San Diego, CA - SDXG 2012

* Jessica Rylan
$ Steve Gunn
% Chris Forsyth

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Bruar Falls venue closing in November

Numerous Brooklyn DIY venues have been dropping like flies, such as the closing and burglary of Silent Barn, and Monster Island soon to join them this month. Now news has spread that Bruar Falls, the Williamsburg counterpart to the Lower East Side’s Cake Shop, will be shutting their doors for good in November. Interestingly, Bruar Falls’ story is a bit different than those of the DIY scene, as the two-year-old host for free music was an actual legitimate venue.

Co-owner Andy Bodes explained in an official statement:

We opened with nothing but optimism and excitement, after designing and building our ideal combination of a local jukebox bar with a stage to showcase all the great bands coming out of Brooklyn. It was soon apparent to us, however, that people in Williamsburg have lots of other options to see bands. We love and are inspired by these places, but really, between loft/warehouse parties and D.I.Y spots, where you can bring in your own cheap beer, smoke inside and hit on the same people…we totally understand why it’s hard to spend money at your local legit small club. It is difficult not to be a bit jealous of their freedom, but we have always worked hard to be in for the long haul. Our closure is not a victim of Whole Foods’ bulldozers, nor did we get our sound equipment stolen by thieving assholes. Actually, we wish it was something that dramatic and awful.

So while we were scraping up funds to help these illegal party places, we let a legitimate hang-out expire entirely. Lesson learned. Bodes hints, however, at the possibility of saving “the name for another location” so it can “start anew.”

Some of the venue’s final performances will include sets by Shooting Spires, Forest Fire, and Yvette.

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Ecstatic Sunshine’s Papich releases first LP for NNA Tapes under Co La moniker

Attention fans of all things Baltimore: Ecstatic Sunshine’s Matthew Papich has a new name and a new release. On Daydream Repeater, Papich is going by the very un-Googlable moniker of Co La. And as Co La, he’s veering into loops ‘n’ samples territory and away from the guitar wackiness for which he was known in Ecstatic Sunshine. The album, due November 15, promises touches of Cornelius and The Avalanches, with bits of pretty much every genre you can think of, including some that NO ONE has thought of EVER, which begs the question: Is Co La God? Are we all just figments of Co La’s imagination? Will the next “person” to walk into my office be a yak in a business suit?

Who knows? In Papich’s musical universe, anything can happen. Co La may be a new concept, but Co La releases aren’t. Since Papich took on the frothy, tooth enamel-rotting name back in March 2011, he’s released three other cassette-only releases:Rest in Paradise (Watercolor), Dial Tone Earth, and Fugitive of Leisure (Friends). Yes, I said March 2011. Six months ago. But on the seventh month, he ain’t gonna rest. No! Aside from releasing Daydream Repeater on NNA Tapes — the label’s first foray into vinyl, mind you — he’s performing at a little thing called CMJ as part of NNA’s label showcase.

Daydream Repeater tracklisting:

01. Cocktail
02. Vanity Plate
03. Wanna Say Faux
04. Turned Twice
05. Burning One in Stockholm
06. Smooth Solidarity
07. Egyptian Peaches
08. Belgian Pillow
09. My Jamaican
10. Siamese in Greece

10.22.11 - New York, NY - Death By Audio (Software/NNA Tapes showcase)

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