Now that our ACL coverage has fully wrapped, it’s time to start focusing on the upcoming Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November. We’ll start things off just like we did with ACL and touch on a few bands that we’re excited about seeing during the festival. Starting our spotlight coverage off is Brooklyn based band Yeasayer. Being from Brooklyn in this day and age it’s easy to get lost in the massive quantity of bands coming out of the area. When you’ve got MGMT, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grizzly Bear, and countless other acts, one can easily forget about a great band like Yeasayer. We haven’t. The band first caught our ear after their incredible 2007 debut LP All Hour Cymbals and we’ve been hooked ever since. We’ve also seen the band live a few times now and we can say that this won’t be a set you want to miss over the Fun Fest weekend. The band is also said to be hard at work on their sophomore effort which is due out in January. You can catch Yeasayer at 6:45pm on Friday November 7th on the orange stage.
Download: Yeasayer – 2080 [MP3]
Today we focus on some of the lesser known bands of ACL with an interview spotlighting relatively new Brooklyn band Suckers. We spoke to the man simply known as Pan this week via phone to find out a little bit about this new project. I think you will all be glad to know that Pan is in full support of my Pearl Jam pick for ACL. So there. Follow the jump for full interview.
Friends of Yeasayer, Suckers have just thrown out their latest single in Europe, and as a fan of B-Sides, we bring you this sweet little number. This tune has a whole hint of The Walkmen, but that might just be my impression. Jam out, nonetheless.
Download: Suckers – Out On The Water [MP3]
Fun Fest just anounced 4 more bands playing the festival in November. They are:
Yeasayer (Brooklyn / Baltimore)
Kid Sister (Chicago)
Vega (Dallas / Austin)
Apparently more will be up tomorrow. Lookin’ good. Check back manana for the next four.
So as many of you may know, a huge new compilation disc called Dark Was the Night was recently released by the 4AD record label and Yeasayer laid down this track for it. We’ve loved ‘Tightrope” since we first saw it on The Current and then again on La Blogotheque so we were excited to hear that the band was giving the jam a proper recording session. But then bummer, the Dark Was the Night version just didn’t compare to the live tracks. Maybe the band felt the same way and maybe that’s why they played/filmed yet another version of the song for the fine folks at 4AD (or maybe they can’t make up their damn mind). This new version brings in the banjo with some melodica and can be heard/seen over on youtube. It’s way cooler than this studio version.
Download: Yeasayer – Tightrope [MP3]
After …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s rowdy set at Funx3 Fest this weekend, ATH had the opportunity to speak with band members Conrad Keely, Jason Reece & Kevin Allen. The Austin-based guys tell us why two drummers are really necessary, what we can expect from their new LP, and how music in Austin has changed over the years. Follow the jump for the full interview.
Minnesota Public Radio brings us another fine set in their studios with a performance from Brooklyn based band Yeasyaer. Listen to the 3 song set now. This is also a good time to post the band’s most recent single “2080” which should spark your interest.
Download: Yeasayer – 2080 [MP3]
We decided to take a different route in reviewing the events of ACL and we thought a Top 10 List would be the way to go. This isn’t just a list of our favorite bands, rather a list of the best things, moments, memories or any other tasty randomness we could come up with that went down over the weekend. We obviously would love to hear what else we maybe missed from our list. This isn’t just our opinion, it’s what we heard from you good peoples that attended this year’s ACL. List is after the jump.