Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fun Fun Fun Fest

And so ended a year of intensive touring... 13 months - 97 shows on 3 different continents - 2 guitars smashed to pieces - one proposal - 359 bruises - 3 sprained ankles - the equivalent of Guinea-Bissau's GDP spent on costumes - 5 gallons of red body paint and 750 cans of shaving cream used - 2,900,078,021,023,946 feathers blown in unsuspecting fans' faces... (all verified facts, of course...)

But to the point... Both James Husband and of Montreal (plus touring partners Sugar & Gold) played Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Tx last weekend.
Fun it was or so I've heard, but it will be remembered for its lack of media visibility - no webcast, no video, no bootleg (so far?), and hardly a handful of reviews. Pitchfork didn't humor oM with one despite their extensive coverage, but a couple of lower key blogs/magazines did.
Envy Mag apparently couldn't get a hold of a recent picture (much eye-rolling and head-shaking at this faux-pas, because Kevin's almost new outfit was worth breaking out the Nikon, guys!), but was nevertheless enthralled ("the most original set I've ever seen"), Neoows couldn't find "something more fun than dancing under the stars to the provocative and primal calisthenics of Of Montreal," Spin didn't mention of Montreal but gave a honorable mention to Jamey and his "slick songwriting." Meanwhile, 360 ranks amongst those who think the theatricality takes away from the music (but still enjoyed it somewhat).
In order to be as thorough as can be, I will add that the official festival site has videos coming, and that Townhaller TweakFreqStudios shot three songs from the side of the stage. Gorilla vs. Bear also has (once again) a very groovy polaroid of Kevin...

Picture by Brad C.

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On an almost unrelated subject, you have one day left to bid on Kevin's mixtape shirt - the money will go to - an "incredibly cool organization founded by Dave Eggers" that is "dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teacher inspire their students to write."
( (c) 2009 - Townhall Assorted Quotes Ltd.)

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This just in : watch James Husband's live performance at the Guest Appartment here. 3 live songs + an interview. Enjoy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

James Husband's Window

I'm not sure if we can call this a single (let's not start a debate over the relevance of singles), but this song now has its own video, and it's a video that apparently shot itself. Icing on the already very tasty hubby cake, Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor are in it! Well, I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty swell (that and the fact that Andy LeMaster got to, er, master the record) - it brings together the best of the Athens scene (if you haven't already done so, you seriously need to check out Now It's Overhead (especially the first two efforts) - records to get you through the winter while waiting for False Priest to come out).

Stay tuned for the Fun Fun Fun Fest wrap-up edition - waiting on my special reporters' pictures to post that.