Posted in comedy | music | pictures on September 20, 2008

photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum

Zach & BB are up at Kutscher's this weekend for the first-ever NY All Tomorrow's Parties festival...

Patton Oswalt

"I feel like David Lynch would walk into this place and say 'This is perfect! Production designer, you're fired.'"

Leave it to Patton Oswalt to say exactly what I was thinking.

"I half expect to walk by a room and see a guy getting blown by somebody in a bear suit."

Kutscher's Country Club is an odd "resort"... a decaying, frozen-in-time artifact from the 60s with shag-carpeted walls, pale pink wall paper, musty smell, and brown water showers to prove it. But let's get real, no one came to Kutscher's for the surroundings.... It was for the sights, sounds, and overall vibe and in that respect, the location for the New York version of All Tommorrow's Parties delivers in spades.


Due to more traffic traffic than I anticipated, I ended up missing both Bardo Pond and Meat Puppets, sliding into Kutscher's slightly before Tortoise hit the main stage, the Stardust Room, on Friday (Sept 19, 2008).

The Stardust Room is circular, comparable in size to NYC's Nokia Theater and also tiered, presumably for dinner-shows. It's painted black and covered in stars and while it may have passed for "class" in the age of the beehive, in 2008, Stardust feels more like a rejected set from Star Trek. Where it counts though, the sound, I was definitely impressed, and from all viewpoints.

words to be continued. more assorted photos from Friday below....













to be continued...



Comments (13)

i grew up going to kutschers with my grandparents for the jewish holidays...that ice skating rink was a big part of my youth.

that said, the place really is stuck in time...for me, a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:35 PM

"With changes in demographic and travel patterns, caused partially by the widespread adoption of air conditioning that made the cities less unpleasant in the summer, the area has declined as a major vacation destination. Perhaps the single biggest factor was the decline of discrimination or "restriction" in the hotel and travel industry by the 1960s as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which made discrimination on the basis of race and religion flat out illegal in the tourism industry as well as in other arenas. Prior to that time, many upscale resorts and hotels, implicitly or otherwise, did not welcome Jews. Also, the end of rail service to the area added to the decline of the area. The replacement of old travel routes such as old New York State Route 17 (superseded by an express highway of the same name, now in the midst of an upgrade to Interstate 86), had left the area with a veritable museum of abandoned or decaying travel-related businesses from the Borscht Belt's heyday.The post WWII decline of the area also coincides with the increase of air travel. When families could go to more far off destinations such as The Caribbean, Hawaii, and Europe for the same amount that they could go to the Catskills, new venues began to win out."

All I wanna know is, who's fuckin? I feel like this is a safe place where we can explore that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:39 PM

just watch out for the bedbugs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2008 7:05 PM

The room is much smaller than Nokia ya nitwit

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2008 7:21 PM

The Catskills have been hit pretty hard in these economic times, it's kind of nice to see an event curated up there. I'm sure they'd like to lose the shag carpeting and the tackiness, but without the cash flow it's easier said then done. Leave it up to a bunch of hipsters to stand around and go "Wow, isn't that ironic how dated and tacky that rug is...."

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2008 9:18 PM

looks pretty cool to me

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2008 12:09 AM

Dr. Doom: Yes their abilities to reimagine and repurpose 20th century public and private detritus is an unexpected surprise. Crucially, they have no qualms about lucrative and mutually beneficial sponsorship from responsible parties, unlike some prior quite unreasonable generations.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2008 3:54 AM

"The room is much smaller than Nokia ya nitwit"

You are the nitwit becaue the room actually holds more than Nokia.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2008 11:58 AM

i just think dirty dancing

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2008 12:11 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2008 12:22 PM

The place is fucking awesome. If you were staying on site, it was hands down the best location for a festival that I've ever been to: the best size, the best weather, the best time of year, the most chill security program, a location convenient to the city, the rooms perfectly clean and sufficiently sized for the use, the stages in close proximity and acoustically isolated, plenty of hot water, an awesome collection of activities... I think nearly everyone who attended would agree that it was an amazing smooth weekend. While the venue was a bit kitschy and old, the site was beautiful and truly charming. In fact just how awesome it was became a theme for the conversation for the whole weekend and it never got old! Without the kitschy design of the resort a rural location like that never would have absorbed and embraced brooklyn hipsters as graciously as it did in terms of style and comfort. People wearing uniforms of black t-shirts don't fit in nearly as well to the 'tasteful' john muir inspired mountain retreats of the wasps. It was like a home away from home. Everyone was having such a great time. So perhaps there could have been more girls, but because the guys and girls who attended skewed a little older, the testosterone levels allowed for a really fun, chill vibe without all the bullshit. The girls who were there were cool and you could pretty much rely on that. No alcoholic attention whores, no prissy douchebag accessories or sorority-girl gaggles. Consequently the late nights remained somewhat tame, but most people there had a commitment to the music and a reason not to go too far off the deep end. If you weren't a dweeb hemmed in by the clique you arrived with, there were plenty of hot, hipster, smart or geeky girls to meet there all with good taste in music. They just didn't end up in the photos. I can't wait to see next year's line up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2008 8:37 PM

"If you weren't a dweeb hemmed in by the clique you arrived with, there were plenty of hot, hipster, smart or geeky girls to meet there all with good taste in music."

I cant believe how long your post was only to conclude with this moronic statement

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:42 PM

Might be moronic, but it was true.

Posted by dok | September 25, 2008 11:46 AM

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