Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 Highlights – Hum

One of the highlights of Fun Fun Fun Fest for me was seeing that “too awesome and before their time” band Hum was playing. Going on before Slayer of all acts. The band smashed through their more well known songs, including their hit, Stars. The band seemed nervous while they played, but played a solid set. I can only hope that Hum stay around and maybe records another record. Just to show these bands with the tight pants how they used to rock. Check out “Stars” and “I’d Like Your Hair Long”

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 Highlights – Odd Future

Odd Future was one of the acts I wanted to see live this year, but I couldn’t get it together to see them when they came through Ohio. So watching at Fun Fun Fun Fest, I’m almost glad I didn’t go. To say that it was wild was an understatement. What did surprise me was the fact that group leader, Tyler, The Creator didn’t have that many songs in the set, leaving open the opportunity for the whole crew to shine. Mike G, the most laid back of the group stole the show with his complete ease on the stage as he dropped his rhymes. Hodgy Beats also had a pretty strong showing, preforming songs from MellowHype and an unreleased track with Domo Genesis. Sure, in an environment like this, things can get out of hand. Like when whoever hit Tyler with a water bottle, the stage emptied looking for the offender. Those things seem to happen at an Odd future show. Lucky, there wasn’t too much of that going on. At the end of the set, OF beckoned fans to jump the guardrails and join them on stage. It’s what I effectively called “Shit getting extra real” for a minute. The best part of the set? Tyler thanking the crowd for coming to see them instead of seeing Slayer. (Who were playing on other stage at the same time) He seemed very appreciative about it and talked about how Slayer was “over there killing it and you guys came to see us? Thank you.”

Odd Future live proves that hip hop has gotten a very, VERY different look in 2011. You can’t just dismiss rappers as a whole as drug dealing, bottle popping ego maniacs. Punk rock energy infused with beats and swag.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 Highlights – Del the Funky Homosapien

Last weekend, I stumbled on a big festivals show called Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. It was one of those shows where a good handful of bands and artists I like were playing. And thanks to Pitchfork.com streaming the whole show for the most part, (the fiber optics cables for two of the stages got destroyed overnight on Saturday) I got to see almost the whole show. On Sunday, Del the Funky Homosapien rocked the stage. I’ve been a big fan for years and it was cool to see him after years of playing the tapes and CDs. Check out Del rocking “Virus” and “Mistadobalina” from his Deltron 3030 and I Wish My Brother George Was Here LPs.

My new songs…so far

So these are the new JFX316 tracks that are available right now. Take a listen to them and buy the album “Don’t Get Killed” on October 31th at JFX316.Bandcamp.com


“Watch the Groan” by JFX316


“The Red Ring” by JFX316


“Brooklyn Zoo” by JFX316 X BadBadNotGood

So, yeah….I’m a “rapper” now. Just what the world needs, right? More could be incoming before the album release. Stay tuned.

The Red Ring promo video – Coming tomorrow

In less than 24 hours, I’ll be releasing the first JFX316 track with vocals called “The Red Ring”. It doesn’t have anything to do with Green Lantern or the Xbox 360. It’s still pretty cool. Until then, here’s a video promo for the song. Yes, a trailer for a song. This is the future, kids. Anyway, see you tomorrow and remember that Don’t Get Killed comes out Oct. 31st.

Music I Like: Bad Bad Not Good

In this internet-based world I live in, it’s easy to stumble into new music and artists via the various outlets available on the world wide web. (Wow. Seems like forever ago since we used to use that term.) One of the new artists that I found through such outlets is the Canadian jazz/fusion trio, Bad Bad Not Good.

Like a lot of people, I first heard of BBNG from their video on YouTube, covering a number of songs from Tyler, the Creator’s album, Bastard. I have always liked jazz, but felt overwhelmed by the sub-genres and the fact that the genre doesn’t lend well to having a “starting place” or a “jumping on point”. My dad loves jazz and I’ve tried to get some pointers from him and I often browse Wikipedia, but I still have a hard time with the misstress that is jazz. BBNG broke out by covering songs by an artist I was already interested in. The drummer with the creepy pig mask didn’t hurt either. The music was pretty spot on, drifting off into the improv jazz field before bringing it back into the pocket was a sure fire way to hook hipsters, hip hoppers and new jazz listeners.

Since the Bastard medley video, BBNG have gotten a buzz from Tyler, the Creator himself as well as hip music sites like The Needle Drop and others, did another session of songs from Tyler’s Goblin album,released a self-titled EP with an awesome cover of Waka Flocka Flames'”Hard in the Paint” and now have a free mixtape album called “BBNG”. The record is expanding on with the trio have started on their earlier EP. Some original cuts, some covers (the medley of music from Zelda: Ocarina of Time is pretty choice) and freestyle jams is really interesting. The thing that I noticed most is that BBNG don’t shy away from non-standard jazz production and methods like using samples and drum synths. The combination of modern production and a three piece jazz backbone makes the listening experience very soothing, yet staying on your toes wondering what’s going to happen next.

“Fall in Love” sounds like could be a track that J Dilla produced. I could see Common spitting something on that track. The electric piano and use of synths though out the album really in the standout to me.
“Salmonella” and “Camel” are ill as hell and had me nodding my head while giving the screwface like I was listening to MF Doom. The drumming and bass playing by Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen respectively is the steady line that lets pianist, Matthew A. Tavares, go buck wild all over this record. If a young person were to wonder where to start with the wide world off jazz, why not start with people playing songs they might already know?

I can only hope to catch this cats at some point. I know how it is to make music and not really have a way to tour, so I’m at the very least hoping for some new videos of these guys playing to pop up on their YouTube channel soon. I really enjoy the “BBNG” mixtape and their take on some modern songs that have come out recently. Check them out. If nothing else, you can impress your friends and potential mates with Bad Bad Not Good when they pop up in your iPod/iTunes playlist. You can look smooth as you say “yeah. I’m into jazz. Didn’t you know?”