FTC 2016: Kissimmee’s Largest Block Party

ORL is hot right now. No one doubts that. But you might be a little surprised to know how hot Kissimmee has been getting over the past year or so. Whether it was a response to Kissimmee kids seeing the Orlando arts scene and wanting a flavor of their own, I don’t know. What I do know is that more creativity flowing around Central Florida is always a good thing and that I always want to be a part of it. In comes FTC Music & Arts, a platform for creatives of all colors. They recently announced FTC 2016a block party with over 30 different artists expressing themselves in whatever way they choose — music, dance, visual arts, tattoos, body painting. It’s happening this Saturday and TVW is honored to be included in the movement. I’ve picked out a handful of the artist’s gracing the event, but know that the talent doesn’t stop here.

FTC Kissimmee

TIGER FAWN

DEADMONBERNZ!

MOJAVA

LIL GOYA

LYRICAL MENACEZ

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Tiger Fawn’s “Little Fuckin’ Birdie Tour”: PLACES (photos pt. 2)

If you feel lost, and this all feels new,
then start from the start, because this is part two. 

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

— Dr. Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)

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Tiger Fawn’s “Little Fuckin’ Birdie Tour”: PEOPLE (photos pt. 1)

The “Little Fuckin’ Birdie Tour” was exhausting, exciting, and rewarding. I’ll be posting a few of the thousands of photos I took from our time on tour. This first group is of all the strange characters we encountered. Enjoy.

Explore Part II: PLACES.

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Tiger Fawn + TVW “The Little Fuckin’ Birdie Tour” w/ day1 photos

Usually, people would write about the tour before the tour, but I was so nuts getting ready for tour that this kinda had to wait. But, yeah … I (Matthew) booked an 8 day tour with Dani aka Tiger Fawn, and we’re on it now. I’m writing this while in Dani’s parents house — they are not here — preparing to leave for Miami. TF played a dope show last night at Jump The Shark with Celebratorrrrrrr and SKAG BOY.

So yeah. Here’s the tour poster; if you’re in any of these cities or are willing to travel, we can’t wait to see ya. I’ll be updating this periodically with more pictures; but for now, enjoy the undoctored day one.

an impromptu porch performance

just some shows. (1:6-1:11)

just some shows. (1/6 – 1/11)

WEDNESDAY

Punk On The Patio

The brain child of Marshal Rones, booker at Foundations Presents and commissioner of Olde 64’s free Monday shows, Punk On The Patio is a soon-to-be monthly series of local bands (not just punk), playing to the open air nightclub, The Patio. Oxygen lovers rejoice! Your time is now!

This first installment features three bands, none of which fit the “punk” label to a safety pin point, but all whom possess the snotty grit associated with the culture. Out Go The Lights, possibly the furthest from punk, use harsh winds of technically tight noise to create sound cyclones. Slumberjack are a noisy two-piece with the voice of hundreds. And Flashlights~~ Prepared to get pounded. They’ll be your closers, spewing fuzzy vomit into the open air like very clean cat. Good thing this show is outside; I’m not sure four walls could handle it.

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THURSDAY

Judging by the Cover

In 2015, Time Waste Management, a non-profit dedicated to empowering local artists, opened the doors to their A Place Gallery. The space was gutted and turned into a pristine venue for paintings, book releases, and performance art. On January 7 and 9, it will house a festival of zines from the likes of Bad Anime, Is It Over Yet?, Late to the Party, So Evolved, and Tittie-Thyme. Additional zines will be out for patrons via TWM’s own zine library.

If you’ve yet to experience Orlando’s zine community, take this opportunity to dive right in.

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Priest, Saskatchewan, & Day Joy

For some stupid reason, I haven’t seen Priest yet … and that’s stupid. Their blissfully atmospheric self-tiled debut was the soundtrack to many dreary, and just generally emotive, drives. The synthpop twosome are sharing The Social’s stage with fellow auditory meteorologists, Saskatchewan and Day Joy.

The former makes bipolar indie pop that could radiate the best day of your life, or mark the crypt of your grave. The voice of Chandler Strang can go from an smooth to haunting within the confines of one song, furthering these two emotional opposites.

The latter also shines, but in a more personal way. Day Joy’s folk-influenced shoegaze brings the clouds back to earth, fogging genres. I can firmly say that you should not miss one out of the three of these bands. GoOd ViBeS coming ur way~~

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SATURDAY

Body//Talk: Island Science & Someday River

The B//T DJs you met that one time at a party, but love to dance to, are teaming up with two mint Orlando bands — one old, one new — to curdle The Milk District until dawn — probably until more like two in the morning.

Someday River (formerly Bellows) are the vets. They’ve seen da shit and are pros at live performances. I’m pretty sure new music is coming in 2016, so stay close children; Uncle Someday River is coming to tell you about his military days.

The three fresh, young faces of Island Science’s members are playing live for the first time on Saturday. They’ve released a slew of singles (find two of them here and here), which is brilliant, because they already feel like a band I know. I have no idea what their set will bring, but I’m eager to see the poppy trio prove themselves to a Body//Talk crowd.

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MONDAY

Ladies in Experimental Music

The musical product brought by one person is oftentimes surprising. The task of building large, multi-layered song structures by yourself is no easy feat, akin to an artist painting live. Monday at The Space Station, a crowd will see three ladies attempt to string instruments together and entertain. What makes this opportunity even more interesting is that many of these “instruments” aren’t the traditional ones we’re used to.

New York City touring artist Alexa Dexa uses toy pianos and bells as her tools. Orlando’s Tiger Fawn chooses to loop the pounding animal bones and finger-sized cymbals. The third of these musketeers, Renee is a Zombie, also incorporates looping technology, but uses accordion and classical guitar as her paints. Each of these artists appears raw before their audience, who are expecting more than your everyday singer-songwriter. I seriously doubt they will disappoint.

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just some songs. (11/13)

just some songs. (11/13)

Before I brought this song to experimental folk artist Tiger Fawn’s attention, she didn’t even know it existed. According to TF, a bunch of students reworked the song for class, and this particular remix made its way onto the internet. Thank dog it did.

I’ve been keeping up with the Soundcloud of Orlando MC Bernz for a minute now. He drops new music almost every week, all of which contain a top notch instrumental and Bernz’s ever-changing flow. This new track, “INSANE,” is no exception — the hook is monster!

DVWEZ is the moniker of Drogue Record‘s Delia Albert. The PBR&B songstress’ sweet lulls are so smooth as BUTTA. The instrumental on “Haunted” is just that, an eerie sweeping electronic, produced by Albert and fellow Orlando dynamo, Dromes.

I was introduced to yrs*trly through fellow producer, Side C. Both are members of With Love., a collective of supremely talented electronic artists, all based out of Orlando. With “greetz2.0,” I’m instantly thrown into a euphoric relaxation. This is music to get lost in.

“Satellite” is the third song off of Island Science’s forthcoming debut release. This melancholic drone pop outfit has yet to play live — fyi girls, people want it.