Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sensory Overload

Between recuperating from Austin Psych Fest and then catching a cold, I'm late returning.

Austin Psych Fest 2012
Between Record Store Day, big sales at AllThatIsHeavy and Boomkat, Austin Psych Fest shopping, the Ad Hoc comp from Kickstarter, and random purchases, I think I'm set for awhile...
But what to start with?!

"Adounia" by Bombino, live at Austin Psych Fest 2012

Psych Fest was really, really excellent. The best was seeing some band I expected to be good, and having them blow out those expectations by a lot. Bombino was king of that. The floor was only about half-full when they took the stage, but Emo's had filled up by the end of their set. People were just blown away! I would also add Moon Duo, Quest for Fire, Entrance Band, Woods, Meat Puppets and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to that list - all exceeded fairly high expectations.

"Hero" by Federale, live at Austin Psych Fest 2012

Federale was probably the best out-of-nowhere surprise of the festival. They were true Spaghetti Western players (even more than Spindrift), with the whistling, trumpet, percussion tricks, and the whole vibe. Really good sounding, with a ton of people on the (small) stage - including guest stars.

"Sloop John B" by Meat Puppets, live at Austin Psych Fest 2012

Then there were the surprise covers. Meat Puppets were one of only a couple of bands to take it into full space-out territory, out of which they shocked me with a Beach Boys cover. Apparently, it's something they do, but I hadn't been keeping up with recent Puppets bootlegs, I guess. Entrance Band also got all abstract some, and then covered Love's "A House Is Not A Motel." In addition to their award-winning (at least on this blog) psych-folk indie-pop, Woods also went deep-space like 3 times, which was certainly beyond the call of duty.

"Straight Up and Down" by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, live at Austin Psych Fest 2012

That video was shot from right in front of me, and that's how the whole fest ended. BJTM played an epic show, including several extended rants from Anton. Afterwards, while trying to find a taxi, I saw the "Spokesman for the Revolution" heading towards me on the Riverside sidewalk. I told him good show, then turned to see Anton being shoved into the cab we just missed, surrounded by various shouts from adoring fans. It was nice getting to at least say hi to lots of the musicians - including the drummer for Bombino, Stephen McBean, Paz from Entrance, a couple of dudes from Quest for Fire, the 12-string player from Brian Jonestown, etc...

Really good time!! For the record, a full list of the bands we caught:
Moon Duo, Acid Baby Jesus, Disappears, Sleep ∞ Over, Sun Araw, The Black Angels; Quest for Fire, Spindrift, Entrance Band, Pink Mountaintops, Pure X, Woods; Wooden Shjips, Bombino, Federale, Meat Puppets, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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