Posted in music | tour dates on March 30, 2008

No Fun Fest

No Fun Productions is pleased to announce the initial line-up for No Fun Fest 2008. Taking place for three nights (May 16, 17, 18) at the legendary Knitting Factory in New York City, this year's festival, which includes some of the most acclaimed names in experimental music, avant electronics, and noise and beyond will without question create a cacophonic haven for all fans of noise and dissonant experimental sounds.
Full lineup and ticket info below....

Returning to the Upstairs/Downstairs split of the first three festivals, this year's line-up is an apt conglomeration of both season chaos crafters and future forefathers to new sounds. Perhaps most notable among the many eye-grabbing names include minimalist pioneer Tony Conrad, who will be performing with M.V. Carbon of Metalux fame, German avant-electronic legends Cluster, and Phillip Best's under-documented but deservedly admired Consumer Electronics Project. Also appearing will be extolled mainstays like The Haters, Lee Ranaldo, Sudden Infant, The Skaters, Thurston Moore and Lassa Marhaug plus recent talents like Burning Star Core, Demons, Religious Knives, Nautical Almanac, and Carlos Giffoni himself. The downstairs stage will play host to various geniuses of cacophonous glee from deep underground including FFH, Sewer Election, Halfings, Damion Romero, and Emeralds.

No Fun Fest 2008. May 16,17,18 at the Knitting Factory In NYC
3 Day Festival Pass ($50) available
single day tickets:May 16(18$) May 17(20$) May 18 (18$)
Hotel Information coming very soon
Questions :

FRIDAY 16 at 7pm

Stage 1:
ASTRO (Hiroshi Hasegawa)
Tony Conrad + MV Carbon
White Out
Burning Star Core
Thurston Moore + Nancy Garcia
Dinosaurs with Horns
Randy Yau

Stage 2:
Damion Romero
Handicapper Hornz
Greg Kelley
Jason Crumer
Failing Lights
Sewer Election
Black Quarter


SATURDAY 17 at 7pm

Stage 1:
Religious Knives
Carlos Giffoni
The Skaters
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Nautical Almanac
Nevari Butchers

Stage 2:
Tovah Olson and The Jasons
Alvars Orkester
Baby Cobra Headsz
Eskimo King
Pax Titania
Afternoon Penis

SUNDAY 18 at 6:30pm

Stage 1:
The Haters
Consumer Electronics
Illusion of Safety
Lee Ranaldo: Blind Piece #2
Lasse Marhaug + Dror Feiler
Sudden Infant
Werewolf Jerusalem

Stage 2:
Joseph Hammer
Rick Potts
Alan Licht
James Plotkin
The Cathode Terror Secretion
Shallow Waters



Comments (38)




Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 11:08 AM

I am not thaaaat impressed either....

Posted by UN:ART:IG | March 30, 2008 11:33 AM

i was at the first one back at was so goddamn boring and filled with all dungeons and dragons fans.

not a great place to meet women in my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 12:15 PM

are you guys crazy? burning star core, the skaters and religious knives all on the same day/stage?!

thats pretty amazing if you ask me

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 12:29 PM

oops i meant CLUSTER instead of BSC. but still, shit! im psyched.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 12:31 PM

Afternoon Penis is playing?!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 12:54 PM

Amazingly Afternoon Penis is the solo project of one of the guys from Mouthus and Mouthus is signed to Thurston Moore's label Ecstatic Piece

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 1:14 PM

worst lineup ever if you slavishly suck pitchfork's dick and listen to whatever softcore cutesy acoustic/electro shit mostly featured here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 1:25 PM

this sucks because there is no one to cut my chest with razor blades while listening to. a true disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 1:36 PM

worst lineup ever? why, because the decemberists aren't playing? this is going to own.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 1:53 PM

ASTRO is Hiroshi Hasegawa’s solo project. He was in the band named C.C.C.C. which was one of the biggest Japanese noise group. Born in 1963, Hasegawa has begun his improvisation with his voice and drums. And in 1990, he made the group C.C.C.C. which’s concept was impovisative mass-noise with very loud sound. The group became legend with the members Mayuko Hino, Ryuichi Nagakubo, Fumio Kosakai. Also he has begun his solo unit ASTRO with analog synthesizers in 1993 as well as playing in C.C.C.C. Now he is actively playing and issuing and doing many collaboration with other artists. His playing style is like drifting between the meditation and awakening state with electronics and still he is pursuing it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 1:59 PM

This lineup seems pretty typical for the fest. The act to see is Consumer Electronics, aka Phil Best of Whitehouse. If you enjoyed the Sucliffe Jugend (as SJ) and Slogun sets in the past, you'll dig CE.

Posted by NOYOKONO | March 30, 2008 2:08 PM

wait, THE Cluster? like...krautrock Cluster? No, this is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 5:06 PM

yes, them

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2008 5:32 PM

This is the festival of the year and all you people who love melody in your music can just suck it.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | March 30, 2008 9:46 PM

the knit is ruling right now (no fun, ya who wa 13, teenage jesus, low end theory residency, beefhart tribute, KTL, subtle ... ) no other venue is doing shit like this.

Posted by Nate Smithwieser | March 31, 2008 10:36 AM

Does anyone have an extra ticket to see for Saturday/Cluster night??!!

Posted by Serena | May 14, 2008 8:43 PM

Like any other line up was more exciting than this one. They are all a snore fest. I'd rather see this than any of those pretentious indie bands that are usually just rich NYU kids. In any case that doesn't mean that this ain't a totally pretentious snob fest. What ever happened to fun weird shit like Suicide or Throbbing Gristle? Not to mention actually original. Oh I forgot you have to be into "no fun" now to be cool. No fun = Snore, Bore, Ignore. Close the door.

Posted by roger | May 15, 2008 8:43 AM

Roger, you're a tired, saggy twat. Shut up and go see live music. We're all snobs, we all think we know what's original and what isn't, we all have fixed and stupid notions of how "pretentious" a crowd is going to be or not. Given this, just follow your tastes, enjoy music live in a good place with other humans while you're on the planet, and let all the banal boo-hooing & speculation about snobbery and rich privileged kids rest. It's pathetic.

Personally I'm excited as hell to go to Saturday's show -- for Cluster alone, a band which certainly fulfills my criteria for fun/weird/original (to the extent that there is really 'originality' in art; all artists have antecedents, and that's not bad thing). Will there be snobs there? Rich posers? Who gives a fuck. There'll be just as many, if not more, people having a blast and staying involved with challenging music old and new. Oh and finally -- this:

"No fun = Snore, Bore, Ignore. Close the door."

Did you stay up all night penning that brilliant summary? What a sad, hilarious turd of an attempted put-down. Man, you nailed it with that one.

Posted by Snailboy | May 15, 2008 10:09 AM

According to the NY Times, this will be "$50 shamefully wasted." Village Voice says "Don't traumatize yourself by attending." Both seem to agree that it's going downhill, time to ditch the knitting factory as a venue.

Posted by Connor | May 16, 2008 4:04 PM

Ironically, all the crying indicates the show will be exactly as advertised, which begs the question of why anyone is crying about it.

Posted by Tito | May 16, 2008 4:08 PM

clearly it's called the No Fun Fest because all of you "witty" (No fun = Snore, Bore, Ignore. Close the door) commenters won't be there. what ever will we do without you?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2008 4:13 PM

like the NY Times or the Village Voice have any credibility whatsoever...even less than brooklyn vegan.

Posted by jim | May 16, 2008 4:15 PM

I'd rather work at Mckinsey & Company than go to this festival.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2008 4:27 PM

The day I let thee NY Times tell me what music to listen to will never come. The first two nights already sold out, so clearly NFF is doing SOMETHING right, you haters*.

*(Not to be confused with Sunday's headlining act The Haters.)

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 10:48 AM

noise music exists so that its devotees can say they listen to something noone else can stand.

key phrase in that sentence: "SAY they listen to"

noone actually listens to noise records, they exist simply to be collected and proudly displayed on the shelves of angry, dateless masturbators.

you get into noise records when you've gotten bored with the manga and the action figures, still perfect in the box.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 11:32 AM

the above statement, 11:32, refers only to harsh noise, aka power violence, etc.

the pretty drone noise music is actualy pretty great.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 11:41 AM

"the pretty drone noise music is actualy pretty great"

Would Flying Saucer Attack fall into that category?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 12:54 PM

"noone actually listens to noise records, they exist simply to be collected and proudly displayed on the shelves of angry, dateless masturbators."

You yourself, with this self-important & ignorant posturing, come off like the masturbator BRO.

No doubt there are those who buy noise records for the sheer shock factor of it. But to deny that there are those who actually derive enjoyment from, say, a Merzbow record here and there, is to be willfully ignorant of the vast range of what humans find enjoyable in art.

Fuck, if there are people who can find pattern, harmony and meaning in a Pollock painting, or a post-Rothko color field, why not an LP or live gig of artfully presented noise? Everyone who's ever sailed along on a thurston+ranaldo solo squall of noise for 5 minutes has a part of them that loves noise music. They may not want a full record of it, and that's fine, but it's also fine that some people want a bit more of the same kind of experience.

I don't think anyone here is making some kind of claim for the pre-eminence of noise music, or that people who like it are on some exalted plane of enlightenment. It's just another fucking niche among millions of niches, with its same breakdown of devotees, posers and fools.

Posted by snailboy | May 17, 2008 1:11 PM

and it begins...

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 1:16 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 1:19 PM

well said 11:32, and 1:11.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 1:25 PM

Can I get an RSS feed of whatever event "Snailboy" is attending on any given night? Knowing where not to go is half the battle.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 5:47 PM

all of sonic youth was there on friday night, hanging out at the bar - twas cool

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 5:57 PM

oh my god! was yo la tengo there too??

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2008 6:48 PM

There were tons of hot girls there. Seriously.

Posted by Autonomous Anonymous | May 19, 2008 2:52 PM

Anyone know the name of the guy that performed in the upstairs room near the end of the night (I think around midnight)...really brilliant collage piece with the train noises, water and children's laughter? Thanks.

And yeah...dozens of beautiful girls there. I don't know what you are complaining about.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2008 8:36 AM

That was probably Illusion of Safety... if you're thinking about the laptop-dude.

Posted by Jonas | May 21, 2008 2:11 PM

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