» Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]


 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]


 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

August 14, 2009
It seems like everyone is facing some sort of monetary crisis these days, but hard times and red ink are nothing new for the State of California. After years of what has turned out to be a perpetual financial freefall, in late July Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Golden State's latest legislative budget, a slash-and-burn style political stopgap that contained a new, additional $6-million cut to funding for California's state park system. The July 28th action is expected to result in the closure of more than 100 state parks.

In the spirit of the state and the rowdy days of summer, however, the parks won't be closed without a fight. To that end, on September 5th the organizers of FYF Fest will present SAVE OUR STATE PARKS, an attention- and fund-raising event at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown, just north of Downtown Los Angeles.

The music bill for the festival is being headlined by Black Lips and Lightning Bolt, with performances throughout the day's program by Tim & Eric of Adult Swim fame, Converge, Fucked Up, The Thermals, Glass Candy, No Age, Japanther, Times New Viking, Peanut Butter Wolf, Crystal Antlers, and a couple dozen other artists and comedians that are either already confirmed or to be announced shortly. Seriously, there's even a set from Har Mar Superstar on the table.

Advance tickets for the one-day event, which are expected to sell out, will run $20, and are on offer now via ticketweb.com. For those short on cash or just too cheap to shell out an Andrew Jackson, there is always the freebie option: write your way into the festival. FYF and the California State Parks Foundation are sponsoring a couple of letter-writing contests to not only give away event passes but also make some noise in Sacramento. The grand prize winner for one contest will receive a gift package full of albums by artists performing at the event, "a huge care package including backpacks, watches, magazine subscriptions, et cetera," and of course four VIP passes for the festival. An even 10 runner-ups (runners-up?) will receive passes to the festival, but no boatload of free stuff.

Not in the Los Angeles area? Don't fret, you can still get down with the event. There's another contest running that includes a prize package of not only four VIP passes to the festival as well as four tickets to see the Dodgers play a home game on September 6th, but a couple of nights in a hotel plus $500 in cash and gas money to fund a road trip from wherever you are to Los Angeles. It doesn't get more summer than that! Info on all the contests can be found online, but interested parties should crack to it, as there are only a few days remaining. Winners will be announced this Friday, August 21st.

VIDEO: www.videothing.com/thing.php?v=257

SEE ALSO: www.fyffest.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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