ACL Festival 2021 is happening. The lineup is out, wristbands are available at noon. This is technically the 20th anniversary edition.
If you had wristbands for 2020, here is a path to verify your 2021 carryover. Find your email for your order by searching your inbox for ‘Your ACL Festival Weekend [One or Two] Receipt’. Get your order number. Click on the WE1 or WE2 ticketing links. In the top menu, click on Manage Your Order and enter the email, order number and phone number. You should get a confirmation page for 2021 wristbands.
Over the last two weekends, I have been out to see a couple of shows, as some of you may have noticed on the instagrams. Two Saturdays ago, I had procured tickets to see Sun June with Buffalo Nichols at 3TEN. This past Saturday, it was a quick trip down to The Far Out Lounge to support SIMS Foundation, see some friends and catch a bit of Moving Panoramas. I have to tell you, it was release of stored anxiety while being a source of stress. I wasn’t sure if it was okay to be out, to feel nearly normal. There were some fist bumps, goose bumps and even a few hugs. Let’s get into the venues, the bands, the CDC, the resulting social politics without being too political and a big batch of photos.
Members of A. Sinclair, Pocket Sounds and Royal Forest with Jana Horn and a crew of others covered REM’s “Exhuming McCarthy”. Then, Annie Nirschel put together a lyric video featuring some poignant call outs to Mr. Stipe’s word choices while photos by yours truly scroll in the background. The pics were from random nights, locals, fun times, the taken for granted shows on a Tuesday night or Sunday afternoon that we all miss so much. Quick write up over at The Chron.
Looking back, no matter how upset we were, cancelling SXSW prevented a potential super spreader event. Now, because of the failed attempt at reopening, we have to continue waiting for life to resume normalcy as other countries start to allow venues and festivals to resume operations. ACL made the right decision. We’ll see you on the lawn next year.
Profligate is a new to me, but not some friends in the know. Josh from Missions and Nathan from Austin Town Hall sent word of this jam. Those are two heavyweights in the industry. I’m sold. This is sparse and cold, dark synth pop from space. “Hang Up” is the first single from the pre-orderable LP on Wharf Records called Too Numb to Know. I get some Xymox and Yello (not the Ferris hit) vibes, yet having bits of playfulness peaking through.
Bandcamp is again waiving their cut of proceeds to help out artists again today. Moreover, there are also a ton of special releases and deals from several labels, details here. ATH Records has a bandcamp store. I also picked up some stuff from Ghostly, Dais and Partisan. Good times. A recent ATH release to listen to below while browsing…
If Interpol did a record of never heard before Joy division covers while being something completely not those two things, Ist Ist carries weight from the first note to the last. There is no let up, nor is there a single note out of place. Architect was released just a couple weeks ago and is very worthy of a front to back listen. That this track is song #6, kind of hints at how strong an LP it is.
What’s a weekend? Is it Blursday yet? As we try to reopen, we must also try to be safe.
Cut Copy provides a beautiful slow jam to ease into whatever evening you think it is and remind you that “Love Is All We Share”.
“It was written a year ago about the anxieties of imagined future times, as technology becomes more all-consuming. But in light of recent events, the song took on an eerie significance. Now, with our immediate future uncertain and people the world over self-isolating, love more than ever, feels like one of the best things we can share. – Cut Copy”
Nathan sent this one over to me a few days ago as my recent listening habits have included a high proportion of darker synth stuff, even for me. Xymox, Joy Division and Lust for Youth have been on the turntable as recently as last night. I let this simmer, but had not given it an honest listen. While crushing spreadsheets yesterday, I had the headphones up a little higher than normal (HD660s on JDS Labs Atom, if anyone cares about such things and if you do, let me know and we’ll talk gear a bit) and this track popped up again with its layered percussion and synth textures that move forward methodically commanding attention. “Dissolve the Floor” landed squarely.
Houses of Heaven are Keven Tecon, Adam Beck, and Nick Ott. Surrounded by the backdrop of the bay area’s social inequities, they have put together their first LP Silent Places on Felte Records, digital now and vinyl 5/22.