Fun Fun Fun Fest may be over and we may have written approximately several million words on the event and shared just as many photos, but we still got a little misty eyed at the recap video the FFF team posted. Take a look for yourself, and be sure to pay attention at the very end for a special callout.
As you hopefully already know, this weekend was the debut of Austin’s first hip hop festival Weird City, and the combination of badass local talent and must see national acts made Red River the place to be on Friday and Saturday. In case you missed out on all of the action, though, the Weird City team has been releasing quick recap videos of the festivities, with a slew of awesome local videographers (including our own Carlos J. Matos) aiding in getting the shows documented. Check them out and keep an eye on Ovrld for more Weird City recaps.
Austin Mic Exchange, the weekly hip-hop open mic night that takes place at Spider House Ballroom on Tuesdays at 11 pm, got some of its emcees together last night to make a video showing their support for the people of Ferguson. The video features a diverse array of new and established artists, including Austin hip-hop vets Zeale, Pojo the Idealist and AMX co-founder P-Tek himself. Check it out, and don’t forget Weird City, the hip-hop festival AMX has been building, kicks off in about a month.
As well as being a sterling example of how long Austin has been keeping it weird, The Pool’s lost classic “Dance It Down” video also provides a great snap shot of how Austin looked in the ’80s, opening with shots of a relatively small but clearly expanding downtown before moving on to shots of scenesters on roller blades shuffling around what I’m thinking are Channel Austin soundstages. There’s also a “dance off” in a corridor of UT and plenty of shots of pre-gentrified Austin areas and some “Dance It Down” tagging of alleyways. How could you possibly resist dancing it down?
It’s always great to see a local band get some attention at a national outlet, especially when it’s an outlet on the level of the AV Club, which premiered The Young’s new video for “Cry of Tin” today. If you haven’t heard it yet, “Cry of Tin” is slight step away from the more classic rock oriented sounds of the band’s Matador Records debut Dub Egg, featuring a motorik rhythm and forboding guitars screeching out noisy, delay-drenched riffs. The video itself is a riff on the standard broke band practice of taking over a storage unit and making it a DIY practice space, but since these are especially bleak economic times, the band is surrounded by lawyers, massage therapists and other professionals who agree commercial real estate rent is too damn high. But then some amoral locksmiths get involved and everything goes to hell. Go see for yourself.
We raved about Meenk a little while ago in our From Our Living Room to Yours column and she e-mailed us this week to share a video she made of her new song “Firefly.” On her Facebook page, Meenk describes “Firefly” as her “first love song,” but to our ears it’s more of an anti-love song, detailing some one way affection gone wrong. Without other instrumentation supporting Meenk’s voice and guitar work, “Firefly” is almost uncomfortably vulnerable, like an entry in the diary of a dead friend, your fingers turning the pages without consulting you first. Give it a listen and be sure to check out Meenk’s debut EP, too.