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Chortling Through FYF Fest '16

I went to FYF this weekend and it was fucking rad. List is an overview of the acts I saw
Dude Incredible

The old dudes. I haven't heard much of Shellac's recent stuff, but I decided to check it out for the Steve Albini factor. Gotta say he delivered, he was dorky as hell and he had some really weird (but cool) monologues, def entertaining. The music was pretty standard fare though
2Junior Boys
Big Black Coat

The dark horse. I'd listened to Big Black Coat only a few times, and while I liked it, this was kind of a random set to stop by but maaaaan was it fucking good. Amazing energy, and they totally electrified the crowd - there wasn't a soul not having a total blast there. They played the title track off this album and the whole house went down. Listening to the album as I type this and I definitely have a heightened sense of appreciation for it now.
3Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden of Delete

The disappointment. I love Daniel Lopatin, but I'm not the biggest fan of Garden of Delete (it's aight), and the sound of it definitely pervaded the show. The ambient sections were really good though, and it was awesome visually. Shout out to the fuck next to me who was moshing during the ambient sections and yelling "fuck yeah!!!" every ten seconds.
4Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.

The flash in the pan. It was pretty cool seeing Kendrick live (even if I could only see him on a screen bc it was so packed), but for me the novelty wore off quickly and after 20 minutes and him playing some of his worst songs I decided to leave to beat the crowd getting out. Regardless, he was p good for the time I was there.
5Julien Baker
Sprained Ankle

The bombshell. I didn't stay here as long as I would have wanted, but for the time I did, she really gave it her all. She has an incredibly powerful voice for her tiny frame and she really did a number on the audience.

The bad boys. I missed the first few songs (had to rush from Julien Baker), but I made it in time to hear March of Progress -> Memory -> Death which accounted for the last 40 minutes of their show. Absolutely incredible. I wish there wasn't so much schedule overlapping between artists on the second day, but I couldn't be happier with what I got to see. It's hard to choose, but this may have been the best act I saw overall. Also, their drummer is insane.
7Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

The ethereal one~~. One of the sets I was most excited to see, and I was completely spellbound. She was so genuine toward the crowd and everyone around me was just swooning over her. I was hoping she'd play more from Loud City Song, but she did play Horns Surround Me and Hello Stranger, the latter of which was one of the most transporting pieces of live music I've ever heard. She also played a completely new song and it was really great, so I'm excited to see where she's going next. Really amazing performance overall
8Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

The sex. Really good stuff. The crowd kind of sucked though and I was really tired at this point so I laid down in the adjacent street and listened there instead lol
9Gold Panda
Good Luck And Do Your Best

The one I should have stayed at longer. The only act comparable to Junior Boys with how much energy he gave crowd. He opened with In My Car and the whole place was just going crazy from that point on. I left about halfway through to go to Mac DeMarco and it's my biggest festival regret tbh.
10Mac DeMarco
Salad Days

The waste of time. I fucking love this dude, but leaving Gold Panda early to try and get some Mac was one of the worst decisions I could have made. The venue for him was probably half as big as it needed to be to accommodate everyone who was there, and being packed in with no room whatsoever was just awful. I couldn't enjoy it, so I ended up leaving after like 10 minutes of squeezing around the crowd trying to find a good spot. He did play Ode to Viceroy and Cooking Up Something Good while I was trying to get around though, which was nice.
11Andy Stott
Too Many Voices

The loud one. If you know me, you know it's pretty much a dream come true to see this man live as half my time on this site is dedicated to sucking him off in various Stott threads. Thankfully he delivered, he had a totally fucking awesome set. In the classic Stott sense, he started building something slowly and grew it into something insane over the 45 minutes he played, and eventually the crowd was going nuts. The dude is just crazy talented. I was standing near the front, and I don't think I've ever been to a louder set in my life, my wee ears are still a-ringin. This was the last set I went to, so I didn't have a ton of energy left, but it was still stella
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