Posted in TV | music | pictures on September 15, 2009

photos by Ryan Muir

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"Those confetti-spewing, peace-loving, Bush-hating hippie weirdos the Flaming Lips are set to tussle with Stephen Colbert on a new episode of "The Colbert Report" airing this Wednesday, according to the TV show's official site. If previous musical guest appearances are any indication, the Lips will perform a song from their new album, Embryonic (due October 13 on Warner Bros.), and take part in a delightfully antagonistic chat with the host." [P4K]
The Flaming Lips played songs off that new album during their festival-closing set at ATP on Sunday night (9/13). One of them is available for free download above.

Employing many of their old, but still great, tricks, The Flaming Lips were the perfect Kutscher's headliner (and curator of Sunday's lineup). It was big, yet intimate. Their set was sensory overload with loud music, psychedelic projections, lights, smoke, confetti, balloons, streamers, lasers (that the band gave out to the audience), fans in costumes, people in costume on stage (fully dressed yetis on the left, scantily clad yetis on the right), stage hands in orange jumpsuits, lots of screaming people, Wayne in his gray suit with megaphone, and other various instruments. That includes an old style trumpet that he played a funeral march on, and the gong. Their was Obama cheering and sing-a-longs. There was no hand puppet, War Pigs or Hulk hands. There was talk of weed and the smell of it in the air.

The show started with a projection of a woman with her legs spread - a spinning hypnotic circle covered her most private of areas which got closer and closer and closer until all of a sudden the 3 non-Wayne band members made their grand entrance right through it (through a flap in the video screen at the back of the stage actually). Wayne then immediately kicked things off in the giant inflatable bubble.

They went on around 11:45 on Sunday night. I was outside of Kutscher's and on my way home in a car by 1:40 AM (then after some minor pit stops, I was home in Brooklyn around 4:30 Monday morning).

Wayne took time more than once throughout their set to repeatedly thank all the bands who played the festival including the Boredoms who played their killer Boadrum 9 set the same day. As others have pointed out, Yoshimi of the Boredoms (who I can't confirm was actually in the room watching) was there, and the Lips played "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" as part of their set.

"The lyrics of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots concern a diverse array of subject matter, mostly deeply melancholy ponderings about love, mortality, artificial emotion, pacifism, and deception, while telling the story of Yoshimi's battle. The title character is believed to be an allusion to Boredoms/OOIOO member Yoshimi P-We, who also performs on the album. Some listeners consider Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots to be a concept album; however, the story is debated, as it is only directly apparent in the first four tracks. However, despite the story-type title and science fiction themes of the album, the Flaming Lips frontman, Wayne Coyne, has made it clear that the album is not intended to be a concept album" [Wiki]
That kind of worked out that a Flaming Lips-curated NY ATP happened right around the time of 9/9/9 (when the Boredoms would want be be back in NY anyway to do their follow up show to 8/8/8 and 7/7/7).

Wayne could also be seen walking around and enjoying the upstate NY festival throughout the weekend. One great moment happened earlier on Sunday as Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier took time out from their set to thank everyone. As he thanked the Lips for inviting them, he turned his head to the side of the stage to direct his comment right at Wayne, who was in fact standing there watching.

No, there weren't old songs. Yes, they did play 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. BBG's take on it, and the rest of the pictures from the weekend are coming soon (though Day One are already HERE). An interview we did with Wayne (with Ryan Muir-taken portraits) is coming soon too. The rest of the Flaming Lips pics and the setlist, below....

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No Age's Husker Du set with Bob Mould happened right before The Flaming Lips, but on the other stage.

Flaming Lips ATP WRITTEN setlist - Sept 13, 2009
1) Intro
2) Race For The Prize
3) Silver Trembling Hands
4) Fight Test
5) Bad Days
6) Enthusiasm
7) HEX
8) Vein of Stars
9) Yoshimi
10) Pompeii
11) The W.A.N.D.
12) Jelly
13) Realize???

##?) They closed with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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Comments (61)

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Posted by Nike Dunk | September 15, 2009 4:05 AM

No Bad Days or Jelly. Upsetting to know these were planned but not played!

New songs were highlights. Old songs (Yoshimi, Fight Test) are starting to border on lounge act schmaltz and were dragged out to interminable lengths. I have little desire to see them again, which deeply saddens me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 5:44 AM

I understand how you feel 5:44....They have been doing this schtick since Soft Bulleting Tour...they need to cut out all the crap and start playing rock and roll again. No screens, props or 6 foot tall bunnies! Rock and Roll!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 7:20 AM

The Lips were a ton of fun and it was an awesome weekend all around! Thanks ATP! I am glad they didn't play Jelly, but could have used Mountain Side... The new stuff sounded cool live as well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 8:10 AM

How big is your memory card? That is a lot of pictures. Looks like a fun show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 8:29 AM

great set of photos...sorry to have missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 8:50 AM

I love the Flaming Lips. I enjoy their shows. At moments I was dancing to their music but I have to admit there were large moments of boredom within me. Their slowed-down approach drags on way too long and with his continuos commentary between the songs, the energy is lost so often. Regardless, I love ATP and what they do - I'm sounding like Wayne - but it was a somewhat anticlimactic ending to an ATP weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 8:54 AM

Those costumes are very "Max" from "Where the Wild Things Are"

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:11 AM

i love that shot of the megaphone coming through the smoke

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:31 AM

more yetti boobz plz

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:34 AM

Lips were really great at ATP, but I could do with a little less talking between songs to keep the flow of the show going, too. Maybe with a little less talking we could have got Bad Days. Never the less, an awesome weekend!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:38 AM

the lips were disappointing to me. caribou's 9 piece, the boredoms, oneida, no age, jesus lizard, and other folks really did something special, and the flaming lips gave just their standard set with a couple new songs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:38 AM

i bet they could play 5 or 6 more songs if wayne would shut the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:54 AM

Thanks for copy pasting part of a horribly written wikipedia page!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 9:56 AM

That wiki quote is fucking Shakespeare compared with this run-on fiasco from the actual review:
"It was big, yet intimate. And their set was sensory overload with loud music, psychedelic projections, lights, smoke, confetti, balloons, streamers, lazers [sic](that the band gave out to the audience), fans in costumes, people in costume on stage (fully dressed yetis on the left, scantily clad yetis on the right), stage hands in orange jumpsuits, lots of screaming people, Wayne in his gray suit with his megaphone, and other various instruments including an old style trumpet that he played a funeral march on, and the gong."

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 10:05 AM

I really dug the new Lips material…it was pretty heavy stuff. Wayne is so damn honest and awesome that I don't mind when he rambles on a bit. He stayed around long after the show ended and signed autographs and took pictures with anyone and everyone that wanted to. He truly is a class act.

Shellac, Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Black Dice, Sleepy Sun, Panda Bear and Animal Collective were among the highlights. The Boredoms Boadrum 09 had to be seen to be believed, it was absolutely mind blowing in intensity. The Oneida continual jam session at the Ocropolis was inspired as well.

Did anyone hang around for the Brad Cox lead jam leading from the outside "smoking" area to the the piano in the lobby? That was truly special. I would have no problem if Deerhunter was chosen to curate ATP 2010! He also did a hysterical interview with WFMU.

Thanks ATP for pulling off another truly great festival. See ya in 2010!

Posted by Half Chemical | September 15, 2009 10:46 AM

I was bummed they have completely abandoned their pre-1999 catalog (Priest Driven Ambulance/Transmissions is my favorite era) but that performance was the perfect positive way to end that festival.

Posted by noamjamski | September 15, 2009 11:09 AM

ryan, great set of shots. really carries the flavor the show.

i'd not seen the Lips since '95 so the big confetti-strewn spectacle was fun, but it also sounds like that's become the de facto Lips show...wayne, don't forget the early stuff! that said, the newer songs sounded pretty good.

Posted by tim | September 15, 2009 11:22 AM

When Wayne talks, you listen.

Posted by Philip | September 15, 2009 11:52 AM

when was the outside bradford jam session? That piano lobby was awesome.

Posted by anonymous2 | September 15, 2009 12:21 PM

12:21 -- I was outside walking around the lake and came across a small group of people sitting around a few musicians. They were playing some songs and the crowd was clapping along. It was dark so I couldn't make out who they were. After a song or two I heard Brad start to sing something. He stands up and starts strumming his guitar....really quirky and fun. I left to go to the and when I got back they were gone. I stated walking around the lake again and found a bunch of people walking through the doors to the lobby. It was a very Pied Piper scenario. When we got to the piano is the lobby everyone sat down. Brad and assorted other musicians (cellist, guitarist) just stated to jam to random songs. Audience members came up and played along. It was truly an awesome way to end the night. I think it was still going when we I had to get back on the bus to Raleigh at 4ish. Brad Cox is the shit!

Posted by Half Chemical | September 15, 2009 1:00 PM

the bradford show was really amazing. i recorded a short clip of him playing Recent Bedroom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeexjfcr7XQ

i was with them when they were outside also, but missed when he played Walkabout...

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 1:10 PM

the consensus I heard was that Atlas Sound really blew it. But I missed the set, personally.

Also, David Cross was wasted.

Deerhunter were good.

Animal Collective was boring.

Mould Age was pretty good.

Crystal Castles really took advantage of the huge PA to blast MP3s of their songs. Not sure what was going on onstage, but seemed wholly unrelated to the music that dude was pod djing. His garage band tunes are ok.

Oneida jam was a great thing to keep going back to. Nice times.

Flaming Lips had a lot of lights and confetti.

Mini Sway Smiths party at the end of Sunday night in the bar was fun.

All and all, it was ok. Indie rock is kinda square these days but it was a nice weekend with my friends in a place outside of New York. I probably would have been ok with a quieter vacation, but it was interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 1:32 PM

1:10 -- Thanks for that video!

Posted by Half Chemical | September 15, 2009 1:39 PM

the festival was almost perfect for the 2nd year. i personally find wayne coyne tiresome--i agree that his constant yammering messes with the flow of the show, but even more annoying is his nagging of the audience to show more enthusiasm. if lights, lasers, confetti, balloons, costumed dancers and a giant manster ball still don't get people riled up enough for you the problem is not with the audience.

i appreciate that what the lips do makes a lot of people happy, i'm glad people liked them as a closer, and they picked some great bands doing great thingd for sunday. that said, their schtick (or just Wayne's schtick) seemed not of a piece with the rest of the festival.

Posted by sc | September 15, 2009 2:58 PM

best bands at ATP/NY, in order

Boris
Dirty Three
Caribou Vibration Ensemble
Melvins
Boadrum 9
Feelies
Boss Hog
Autolux
Shellac
No Age/Mould


Oneida get their own special category. best dudes there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 2:58 PM

Animal Collective were pretty awesome. Brother Sport and Summertime Clothes was a sea of head bopping/ dancing on the floor. They were easily among the best sets with Boredoms, Boris, Caribou...just a great weekend really. I will be there in 2010.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 3:19 PM

AWESOME shots ryan

Posted by rez | September 15, 2009 4:41 PM

Can anyone give any info on the Super Furry Animals set? Did everyone skip them or something, because no blogs are even mentioning them in their ATP recaps.

A setlist would be awesome but even like.. did they play any rarities since that seems to be the point of the ATP shows... was it all off DD/LY?

Posted by Paul | September 15, 2009 5:13 PM

I watched most of Super Furry. I am an avid fan, loved Rings Around the World. I saw them live once before and they were good, but in my assessment they were a little weak and didn't have much energy on stage, or from the crowd. Plus the signs the singer kept holding up were really annoying. I left early and was annihilated by Boris.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 5:22 PM

Also, the only songs I remember by name were Rings Around the World and Juxtaposed With You.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 5:23 PM

Super Furry Animals was the weakest show I saw all day on Sunday. I like a lot of their recorded stuff, but they had no stage presence whatsoever and weren't really doing anything dynamic musically. Just sort of perfunctory renditions of their studio stuff. Kind of a let down. I walked out halfway through the set, a friend told me they built up some momentum and got the crowd going by the end of it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 5:30 PM

I hear there was literally nobody at Birds Of Avalon

Posted by Ray | September 15, 2009 5:34 PM

The Sunday morning 2nd stage shows were pretty sparse. Birds of Avalon was the worst I saw. I would assume Hopewell was worse since it was exactly the same time as Caribou. Was anyone there?

And I hate to say it (since they were one of the main reasons I did a Sunday day trip) but the SFA hate is accurate. Perhaps their gimmick was to impersonate Built to Spill's stage presence.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 6:03 PM

Some mobile pics of ATP.....please send any my way as well.

http://arthurkaligos.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/all-tomorrows-parties/

Cheers,

Art

Posted by art | September 15, 2009 6:33 PM

good god that show was dank nuggets.

animal collective had some good times. the pan-flute jam they did was tighter and easier to dance to than ever.

deerhoof murdered it, the projections behind them filled in any gap that existed in their sets. martha colburn = fucking awesome.

panda bear was unbelievable. just seeing him solo was enough, but he gave us a better "guy's eyes" than animal collective has ever done, live or on mpp.

boredoms. shredded. sets. some of the greatest live music i have ever seen. when they passed around the solo, i could have exploded.

fuck atlas sound for not playing walkabout. seriously, he made us sit through 15 minutes of awkward fooling around with his 'new' instruments, then he played some of the most boring bullshit i have ever heard. i dragged friends to that show guaranteeing the power he flexed in walkabout. lame. lame. lame lame lame.

he was however cool on the piano sunday night. i recall someone telling him that he sucked immediately after he got off of the piano and he said "i know i do, but i make a decent living anyhow." and walked away.

it was my first time seeing flaming lips, but my god they were fun. i have read a lot about people thinking wayne talked too much, and i suppose hearing JELLY would have been baller, but it all added to the show. he had such control. lovely, really lovely.

other highlights: furry dancer man at BLACKMOTH, strobe lights and alice of Crystal Castles ( she is sexier than megan fox ), fourtet at caribou, marshall allen at caribou, nick cave at dirty three, dirty three at dirty three, eugene mirman.

i will say that david cross' set hurt to watch. he will forever be a comedy legend, but wow. self-deprecation has never been so honest and sweaty.

if atp2010 is anything like this year's lineup, count me in again. kutsher's is creepy, leaky, and freaky but it was filled with likeminded music loving beautiful people.

Posted by sadpanda | September 15, 2009 6:47 PM

when wayne talks, i fall a fucking sleep

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 7:24 PM

i walked into the lobby and started playing the piano after the show on sunday, and then thoes oter people with the stings came in and started playing along...it was awesome...there were also ppl recording videos...does anybody know who they were recording when i played a cover of "Stronger" by K.west or "clint eastwood" by Gorillaz....everybody claped along and it was really cool how ppl just sat and watched and then it turned into a jam sesson ... somebody played "tiny dancer" by elton john, he was also really good...

Posted by robert scott | September 15, 2009 8:16 PM

Highlights were the Bradford Cox piano session, Crystal Castles not belonging on the bill yet slaying everyone, and Animal Collective obviously.

Posted by gary | September 15, 2009 9:13 PM

Yea, Crystal castles was the shit! the sound system was bumpin, but i think her mike went out at one point or the volume wasent as loud as it should have been....never the less, she didnt let up and just rocked on!

Posted by Robert Scott | September 15, 2009 10:11 PM

i would be elated for someone to post pictures fom the impromtu jam session in the hotel lobby. One of my favorite moments - hands down- from sunday night. Amazing how music can bring strangers together. so laid back and cool.

Posted by andrea | September 15, 2009 10:55 PM

did people seriously forgo Boris to see Crystal Castles?

talk about bad decisions...

Posted by tim | September 16, 2009 11:34 AM

crystal castles were the phoniest bullshit ever. her mike didn't "go out", it wasn't on. They're a lip sync band, but they don't even bother syncing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:47 AM

did you notice the drummer with that huge kit is just visual wallpaper too? the drums are all samples bearing no relation to the movements the drummer makes. it's mediocre theater.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2009 11:49 AM

well @tim, not everybody digs prog metal :/

Posted by monsoonseason | September 16, 2009 6:14 PM

Awesome pics, I was a super yeti!

Posted by Mary | September 16, 2009 9:15 PM

Awesome pics, I was a super yeti!

Posted by Mary | September 16, 2009 9:37 PM

boris overlapped crystal castles, i think, for the last fifteen minutes on stage two. this allowed you to see the majority of both sets.

crystal castles, despite thinking they were out of place on the bill, and having preconceptions of them sucking live, were, actually, halfway decent. the sound on stage one was solid, and this showed through during their set, including a live drummer. but yeah: a lot of it is button-hitting pantomime. which could be said of more than one band that played atp.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:17 AM

saw Boris til the end, then caught a few songs of Crystal Castles, could have stayed longer because No Age / Mould took so long to go on. Crystal Castles weren't that bad. Not as good as they were at Studio B June '08 but not as bad as many people were fearing (and probably hoping).

Caribou was surprisingly great. I expected a bunch of hippie flute crap, and they started slow, but they actually had rhythm action going on. well done.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 12:41 AM

i liked the cable-tv viewing option of an event like atp. if you didn't like one band, you could easily leave and saunter over to some other spectacle. and if that band particularly sucked you could go have your eardrums blown out by oneida, which is something no one seems to be talking about. also, did anyone see black dice? haven't heard mention of this at all.

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Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2009 1:27 AM

Great photos, I have some pretty astonishing videos of the Lips, Sufjan, and Iron & Wine up on my webpage:
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Posted by Fredrick | October 2, 2009 1:13 PM

most of you are cunts. i cant believe you have something to complain about after what wayne and the lips did for us that weekend. it may or may not have been the weed. but the first few songs were the best moments of my entire life. tell me a better moment????

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 11:36 AM

New songs were highlights. Old songs (Yoshimi, Fight Test) are starting to border on lounge act schmaltz and were dragged out to interminable lengths.

Posted by healthy aging | December 3, 2009 8:51 PM

Well, I had never seen The Flaming Lips before so I just had alot of fun period.

Crystal Castles tore shit up... I don't understand why they're being called a "lip sync" group... that's bullshit. And none of this "button pantomime" shit either. I can't stand when people call out electronic artists for using samplers and such, it doesn't make them any less good musicians.

And if another "pantomime" act being alluded to is Panda Bear or Animal Collective, you can just go fuck yourself. They have live percussion, live vocals,live guitar, newer samples that haven't been used on the album recordings, different transitions and everything. I heard some guy talking shit about them on Sunday at Kutsher's to a couple people, like he was music aficionado or something. I'm tired of people trying to knock them down, they're brilliant musicians who put on an entertaining show. The weekend was great, while I'm kicking myself and my friends for missing the Caribou/Fourtet/Burial set I still really had an awesome time and can't wait for 2010

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 2:11 PM

Super Furry Animals was the weakest show I saw all day on Sunday. I like a lot of their recorded stuff, but they had no stage presence whatsoever and weren't really doing anything dynamic musically. Just sort of perfunctory renditions of their studio stuff. Kind of a let down. I walked out halfway through the set, a friend told me they built up some momentum and got the crowd going by the end of it.
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i liked the cable-tv viewing option of an event like atp. if you didn't like one band, you could easily leave and saunter over to some other spectacle. and if that band particularly sucked you could go have your eardrums blown out by oneida, which is something no one seems to be talking about. also, did anyone see black dice? haven't heard mention of this at all.
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