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The Incredible Story of Fur State by The Boxing Lesson

Posted by teibs On October - 26 - 2010

boxinglessonposter@ZackTeibloom Interview a band about the recording process on their new album and you’ll hear the same shit over and over. Either they went for a grander production on the album with a big producer they can’t wait to name drop, or they insist they aren’t selling out and are going for a new direction, yadda yadda yadda who cares. Completely different story when I interviewed The Boxing Lesson’s Paul Waaclawsky and Jaylinn Davidson by the side of my car last week*. The story of their new album captivated me so much, that when anyone asks me what I’ve been up to this week, first I talk about Halloween, then I tell the story of Fur State. It’s scary good.

In 2004, The Boxing Lesson recorded an album** that they never intended on releasing. The album is full of dreamy synthesizers, acoustic guitar, drum loops and bizarre “field recordings,” left vocal-free despite having lyrics and song titles for all songs. It was mixed on cassette for Paul and Jaylinn to take psychadelics, trip out and just blast it for their own enjoyment when no other music was deemed suitable. They listened to it non-stop for months and then hid the tape away in a closet for six years, afraid to ruin the only copy of the master tape. In August of this year, Paul was listening to Ariel Pink and thought “Wait a minute, I’ve made this album,” dug out the tape and was crushed to find it unplayable. He texted Jaylinn “OMG the tape is broken. I’m devastated!” Read the rest of this entry »

Zack’s ACL: Top 12 shows, awards and contest

Posted by teibs On October - 12 - 2010

dirtydozen@ZackTeibloom There was no doubt in my mind Phish would be the show of the festival. To top them, it would take a hell of a lot more than Ezra Koenig coming on stage for an already superb Miike Snow show. It would take a super group of  ACL performers like Wayne Coyne on vox/guitar, Grace Potter on vox/keys, Matthew Bellamy of Muse on lead guitar, Patrick Carney of Black Keys on drums, and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth on bass produced by Danger Mouse to top them. Good lord I want to see that band. By the way, I’m curious your ACL super group. Throw ’em in the comments if you got a good one.

Anyway, Phish was #1 and LCD was #2. I called that in my preview. Yay me for knowing what bands I like after seeing them a million times. What an accomplishment! It’s a big mix-up from there on out to fill the dozen. Grace made a big leap from an honorable mention into the top 3 and My Name is John Michael lept up from no mention at all to #6. Let’s go through and see why this dirty dozen got the spots they did. The highlighted ones link to the full review. Oh, and I threw some awards in there for the hell of it and decided to turn this into a contest. I wanted to write a comprehensive overarching write-up of the weekend that tells it like the story it was, but Austin Writes Music did it so well, I feel like most of it’s been covered. I mean, come on. It’s not like a film crew followed me and Andy around all weekend so we could tell you the whole story one day or anything. Maybe one day. For now, listen to the Podcrash and read up on the music. There’s a quiz coming on Thursday. It’s open note, but you’ll want to know your material.

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Leslie Cochran and Thax Douglas Live from ACL

Posted by teibs On October - 11 - 2010

lesliethax@ZackTeibloom I don’t think either of these Austinites would want to be compared to the other, but they do have more in common than being the two most famous bearded men in town. Brutally poor men who live for their art. For Leslie, living as a legend, living is the hardest part. And at this time last year, that was in serious question. Thax came to us from Chicago just over a year ago and is as vibrant as ever, reading poems for bands 5 nights a week and growing into legend status in Austin more every week. Thax sleeps on the floor of an art museum. Who knows where Leslie sleeps. I ran into each of them at various points in the festival, and both graciously agreed to video interviews.

Leslie was funny and tragic without intending to be, as he always is. Thax was poignant and insightful, and a little beyond me, as he always is. Read the rest of this entry »

Giggle Fest

Posted by shore On October - 11 - 2010

gigglefest@AndyShore We’ve cured the blues. Sorry BB, there’s nothing to be King of. Buddy’s just a guy now. These wolves are a howlin.’ Now that we’ve captured a giggle fit, there’s no room for sadness. Zack cannot stop laughing when other people are laughing. When he gets going, there’s just no stopping it as long as someone else is laughing. Fake a laugh and the sound will keep triggering him. He’ll be in stitches, tears rolling down his eyes and gasping for breath. You can’t help but laugh along. I dare you to try.

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ACL 2010 Wrap

Posted by shore On October - 11 - 2010

aclpod@AndyShore I am absolutely shocked how coherent we sound during this episode of the Podcrash, considering it followed a 4 minute giggle fest from Zack and I (which we have recorded and you will soon hear). We managed to discuss the bands, the crashes and the crowds. It’s so much easier to record when we’re in the same room. Maybe we’ll have to get Zack a web camera. Or put us on TV. That would be good too… Read the rest of this entry »

Successful Crash #40: The ACL pass back

Posted by teibs On October - 11 - 2010

wristfake@ZackTeibloom Day one and two of ACL crashing were a breeze. We had beautiful fake wrist bands that weren’t always scanning, but the “ticket help line” was like a highway into the festival. With no tolls. By day 3, I didn’t want to get out of bed. When I finally dragged myself out to make final fantasy football adjustments and get back to Zilker Park, everything changed. The “ticket help” line was now closed off at the end. And if that wasn’t enough, there was a cop (not a security guard) waiting at the end of the line. Yikes. It wasn’t crowded enough to waltz by, and I was going to need a little help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Flaming Lips at ACL

Posted by teibs On October - 11 - 2010

bubble@ZackTeibloom Wayne Coyne is always in complete control of everything happening on and off stage in a Flaming Lips performance. Even if his spaceship veers a bit off course at times. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy wherever he chooses to fly it. I mean, tonight we had Wayne riding the shoulders of someone in a bear costume as he sang and later had the whole crowd acting like a cougar, cat, bee and locust (he wasn’t sure how we should act when we were locusts, but he got us to try.) The shenanigans and banter were as fun as ever, but I’d never seen a set like this. A set centered around Embryonic meant a real lack of electric guitar. Wayne barely picked one up the whole set. The only staples were “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Do You Realize.”

They played zero songs off of 2006’s At War with the Mystics, zero songs off of 1999’s The Soft Bulletin and only one song off of their most popular album, 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. But a Flips show is about so much more than the music. With only an hour, some of which he graciously gave to Thax Douglas for the first poem I’ve ever understood by him, Wayne stayed in control and made the most of it. Read the rest of this entry »

My Name is John Michael: Surprise set of ACL

Posted by teibs On October - 10 - 2010

mynameis@ZackTeibloom I was really hoping they’d be good. My name is John Michael follows @festivalcrasher on Twitter and asks us to see them every time they notice we’re at the same festival. Usually they get shafted with an early slot on Saturday and we’re still writing or crashing and haven’t gotten to see them yet. Thankfully, they had a mid-afternoon set and I was out of excuses. Time to give them a chance.

As much as I was enjoying the first 35 minutes of Devendra Banhart, I had to get there in time to see My Name is John Michael. Little did I know, I could have stayed for the entire hour. As I got nice and close for My Name is John Michael, I noticed they were still setting up. Actually, they were breaking down the band before. It ended up being a 25-minute delay and the crowd was growing restless as they checked and re-checked the mics. At this point, they had about 15-20 minutes left in their set time and I was worried my chance to see them would be ruined. Not the case. They not only made it worth the wait, they were the surprise set of the festival! Read the rest of this entry »

LCD Soundsystem at ACL: Dance Yrself Clean

Posted by teibs On October - 10 - 2010

lcdnew@ZackTeibloom Two things I never thought I’d see at an LCD show:  1) opening with obvious opener “Dance Yrself Clean” (they shockingly leave it off most set lists) and 2) Andy loving every minute of it (He has been strongly against them ever since Coachella. Both happened Saturday night.

Last festival they were sandwiched between Atoms For Peace and Jay-Z andended up feeling like filler from the position we had. This time they were opening for a Deadmau5 and Muse combo that appealed to us far more. From this position, LCD was the best show of Saturday night. From this position, Andy was yelling “They sound like a completely different band than Coachella!” From this position. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayer Hawthorne & the County @ ACL 2010

Posted by shore On October - 10 - 2010

mhacl@AndyShore Saturday was my day to see Mayer Hawthorne & the County, after much anticipation and at least one failed attempt. There was no scheduling conflict this time. I was finally going to see the funky Jew that Zack has been raving about. It was time to let my inner soul child run rampant at ACL. We saw a dude standing next to us gobbling a massive brownie, as we waited for the show to start. I saw a chunk of the brownie fall into the grass. The kid picked it up and popped it into his mouth. My first thought, which I vocalized, was there was drugs in that brownie. The kid’s friend overheard my comment and corrected me. He said the kid got fucked up, and then decided to purchase and eat a regular, every day brownie. That’s why he was eating it so hilariously. No drugs in that recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

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