Oh Hai. FYF 2011, it was pretty great.
You need to know that. It looks like my own particular vanilla fudge swirl of stubbornness and optimism was rewarded yesterday on the dusty fields of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The FYF 2011 organizers took it up a notch, teamed with Goldenvoice and decided that they wanted to keep this festival around. From picking up tickets (Thursday offsite at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park, thank you) to the helpful, efficient (if a bit militant, "Please open your bag, Miss") and ubiquitous event staff to the varied and plentiful food trucks, everything went smoothly. Festival go-ers were smiling. I was smiling (don't tell anyone).
We saw so many bands I had to set my beer down: Ty Segall (badass!), Smith Westerns, the Olivia Tremor Control, Cults, No Age (everything I love about rock 'n roll), Broken Social Scene, Guided By Voices, Explosions in the Sky, Death From Above 1979, Dan Deacon (ruled the day). Our complete festival report is coming in the next few days, but until then here are a couple photos (after the jump) from our Radio Free Silver Lake team.