Jubilee - Arts District - June 7 and 8, 2013
This year the Jubilee festival departed Silver Lake and set up camp under the 6th Street bridge in the arts district. The new digs gave welcome respite from the previous bottleneck at Sunset Junction and offered beautiful views of Downtown's smog-infused sunset skyline. A collection of outdoor and indoor stages built into scrap-metal warehouses set an austere yet comforting scene; it looked like a wasteland but, you know, with good beer.
Unfortunately, the attendance was not up to par especially on Friday; bands griped about early Friday set times, worried people wouldn't be able to get off work. Angelenos have never had the great passion for the this event as they had for, say, FYF, and even with this year's lineup heavy on L.A. acts, it felt a bit barren. Still, there were plenty of great moments. Here are our highlights:
Over the last couple years, Pangea have become an indispensable part of the L.A. garage-rock scene. Sure they have the booze-drenched antics and don't-give-a-fuck attitude down, but there's also a serious songwriting here. They recently signed to Capitol's newly relaunched Harvest imprint, joining the ranks of titans like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and Iron Maiden.
On the outdoor stage, Pangea mixed in a fair amount of new material in with familiar songs like "Night of the Living Dummy". The new songs have a more old-school straight up rock n' roll feel to them -- they would be right at home on a '60s variety show. Single Badillac has a rollicking harmonica lick running through it. Towards the end of their set, they played "Too Drunk to Cum," which singer William Keegan insisted didn't have any deeper meaning.
Per usual, Black Lips brought the ruckus. Although their set was under-attended for a headlining spot, the Atlantans showed everyone why they're banned from India. Cole kept his pants on but a mosh pit erupted and everyone TP'ed the stage.
The Black Lips have a pretty extensive catalog to draw from: "Family Tree," "Modern Art," "Veni Vedi Veci" were all played. But they also performed some new tracks, which must be going towards the follow up to 2011's Arabia Mountain. They ended with their hit "Bad Kids," after which Jared Swilley smashed his bass into pieces and threw it into the crowd. One lucky guy (a lifeguard from Redondo Becach, pictured above) caught it and, being a diehard Black Lips fan, plans to frame it.