FYF Fest 2012

Sep 5th

FYF Fest, my how you’ve grown. I remember you back in 2005 (your second year, I believe) when you were just a charmingly cobbled together free festival in Echo Park. I wandered up and down Sunset Boulevard to various venues, merrily clutching a 40 of Mickeys in a paper bag seeing bands like The Dillinger Four, Mojo Filters and Toys that Kill. Thankfully, we’ve both grown a bit since then. You’ve got your big bro Goldenvoice helping you out and I’ve somehow wrangled a job! I didn’t go to the previous FYF Fest’s at Los Angeles State Historic Park, but based on my first trip this weekend I say, “Congratulations, man!” Sure, there are a few kinks to work out, but overall it was a raving success. This is LA’s version of Coachella, maybe, just more indie, and I hope it stays that way.

Highlights

  • Reasonably priced tickets ($89 total for both days)
  • Not-too crowded beer garden between Main Stage and Hill St. Stage that allowed walking back and forth over the hill with beer/cocktail in-hand to easily view both stages
  • More free schwag than I could imagine (seriously, I should’ve bought a lottery ticket this weekend)
  • Dude with crutches crowd surfing at Gold Panda
  • The Hundreds carnival games
  • FYF bubble suds letters floating away in the sky
  • Cheap Blood Is The New Black t-shirts
  • Meeting the amazing Touch Vinyl guys (look into them, there are doing great things)
  • Interviewing Future Islands just before their amazing performance¬†(coming soon)
  • Bands on Hill St. Stage going on early and adding 5-10 minutes to their sets (props to Future Islands, Father John Misty and Atlas Sound)
  • Clean and line-free Porta Potties

Lowlights

  • High potential for sprained ankles due to footing/gopher holes
  • Coachella parking lot levels of dust
  • James Blake’s amazing performance being drowned out by sound bleed from Tanlines (who were also great)
  • Scarcity of food (vendors running out of food around 9 p.m. on Saturday night)
  • I <3 Spicy Pie changing their logo (booooooo! ¬†keep it classic!)

Favorite Performances (in no particular order)

  • King Khan & The Shrines (complete with 3 crowd-surfing tambourine players)
  • M83
  • Gold Panda
  • Future Islands
  • James Blake (when Tanlines weren’t drowning him out)
  • Tanlines (when I wasn’t trying to listen to James Blake)
  • Dinosaur Jr.’s “Feel The Pain”
  • Chromatics’ cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”
  • Yeasayer (and they’re amazing Creator’s Project stage set up)

Great Things Overheard

  • Tanlines, “…we’re playing the comedy rave tent!”
  • Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound) sound checking after Aesop Rock, “Can I get a lot less ‘bra’ in the side fills.”
  • Jeremiah being asked by our new friends (we met at a shared picnic table) after photographing Health, “Did you capture the magic of the hair whips? They’re beautiful.”
  • Q: “Is Gold Panda down tempo?” A: “Nope, he’s folktronica.”

Best Things Eaten

  • My fill of Spicy Pie (4 slices, yikes!)
  • Deano’s Deli turkey sandwich (that garlic-mayo spread is amazing)
  • Babycakes’ vegan cookie sandwich (I can’t believe there’s no dairy in it)

Trends

  • Film cameras
  • Aztec patterns (still)
  • Free sunglasses
  • Fancy fishnets
  • Boots
  • Ear stretching (haven’t seen this many since 1990’s era Lollapalooza)

Images Courtesy Ice Cream Man