Adult Swim announces first ever Adult Swim Festival, feat. DAWN, Zola Jesus, Run the Jewels, Thundercat, and ???????

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Adult Swim is still principally a collection of absurd television shows (I think), but there’s no ignoring the brand’s increasingly prevalent foray into an artistic form that tends to touch our emotional cores a bit more than prepubescent meatballs. I’m talking about music, of course — and it’s certainly possible that you’ve come across or even listened to the Adult Swim Singles Program, which debuted eight years ago as an annual playlist of new music from artists that even we snobby jerks at TMT would recommend without caveats.

LOGICALLY, then, the next step after these extreme musical indulgences would be an actual music festival…hmm…perhaps in Los Angeles…and perhaps called Adult Swim Festival?

Boom: The first annual Adult Swim Festival is set to take place October 6-7 in the ROW DTLA district, and though the lineup is still literally filled with question marks, many noteworthy artists have also been announced. Attendees can look forward to headliner Run the Jewels (who have a longstanding connection with AS), Julianna Barwick, Zola Jesus, Thundercat, Wavves, D∆WN, Com Truise, Big Freedia, and more. Some comedic performances are also scheduled. Single day passes are currently $75, and weekend passes (which include entry to the Friday preview day) are $230.

Go here for more info, and check out the festival trailer — as well as some relevant music from a few of the artists in the lineup — below:

Wavves – “All Star Goth”

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Wavves self-titled debut album turns 10 years old in September. And tomorrow, to celebrate the anniversary — and Record Store Day — frontman Nathan Williams is reissuing the LP on limited edition colored vinyl. Today, he’s shared a prevously unreleased bonus track featured on the reissue called “All Star Goth,” a lo-fi, tunefully noisy demo … More »

Wavves – “Onie” (The Electric Prunes Cover)

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Over the last couple months, Wavves have teamed up with Culture Abuse, covered a Christmas classic, and remixed a video game theme. Today, Nathan Williams’ project has released a cover of the Electric Prunes’ “Onie,” off the California rock band’s 1967 debut album. It’s a lo-fi take that’s more in line with … More »

Wavves & Culture Abuse – “Big Cloud”

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Have you been paying attention to the San Francisco punk band Culture Abuse? Because you should! Back in 2016, they released their debut LP Peach, an album full of catchy, tuneful riff-ragers that immediately marked them as one of the best bands on the DIY underground. But they’re not really underground anymore. Last year, … More »

Wavves – “Christmas Time Is Here” (Vince Guaraldi Cover)

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I was a tad worried that a Christmas song from Wavves would get covered in psychedelic fuzz beyond the point of recognition. On the contrary I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely cover of the classic “Christmas Time Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and that is saying a lot. Not only am I a shameless Christmas … More »

Wavves, Ryan Hemsworth Remix The Street Fighter 2 Theme

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Cali rock band Wavves know video games. They styled their music video for “Stupid In Love” like one. Their video for “Leave” is literally Grand Theft Auto V. And in case you missed it, Nathan Williams’ brother Joel actually made a video game in which you can punch a Neo-Nazi in theMore »

Wavves & Culture Abuse – “Up And Down”

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Wavves main man Nathan Williams is no stranger to collaboration; in 2015, Wavves and Cloud Nothings released a full-length collaborative album called No Life For Me. Right now, Wavves are on a co-headlining tour with Joyce Manor, and the tour’s opening act is Culture Abuse, the San Francisco punk band who released a great … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Wavves – “The Lung”

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Wavves is the latest artist to contribute a new song, “The Lung,” to Adult Swim’s year-long singles series. It’s the first new song we’ve heard from them since they released their sixth album, You’re Welcome, earlier in the summer, but this one has the submerged, harmonic quality of early Wavves. You can listen … More »

Adult Swim announces YEAR-LONG singles program, featuring SOPHIE, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, DAWN…but not my little bro’s Ableton project, though! :(

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Oh wait…

hang on;

there’s more:


The end.

…oh wait.

…A few more things are stuck inside here still. Let me scrape them out for you:

• 7th annual one of these things

• will run 52 weeks straight this year (hence, 52 artists; hence, 52 tracks, blah blah blah)

• follows last month’s LUXE comp.

• first track “Pose to” by Zaytoven (feat. Bankroll Fresh, Yung LA, and Twista) out now and listenable below.

• background info: Adult Swim is a television channel that operates at night (from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Eastern and Pacific Time) on another television channel called Cartoon Network.

foreground infos:


NOW that’s it.

Wait. One more thing:

tell your friends!

Adult Swim Singles Program 2017 full lineup (again):

Anna Meredith
Big Freedia
Brian Eno
Code Orange
Colin Stetson
Dinosaur Jr.
DOOM ft. Jay Electronica
Downtown Boys
Flying Lotus
G Perico
Helado Negro
Jacques Greene
Julia Holter
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
Juliana Barwick
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Low End Theory (Daddy Kev, Nobody, The Gaslamp Killer & D-Styles)
Maxo Kream
Moor Mother
Nef the Pharaoh
Nick Hook
Run The Jewels
SAD13 [Sadie Dupuis]
Shabazz Palaces
Spark Master Tape
Tanya Tagaq
The JuJu Exchange
Tim Hecker
Venetian Snares
Waka Flocka Flame
Washed Out
Witch Mountain
Wolves in the Throne Room
YFN Lucci
Your Old Droog
Zaytoven ft. Yung La, Bankroll Fresh, and Twista
Zeal & Ardor
Zola Jesus