Posted in music | pictures on September 14, 2009

photos by Ryan Muir

No Age
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"I'm going to remember ATP 2009 as the festival of bass, though, and fondly, because this event takes sound seriously. Somebody in the organization is aware that the small, judicious audience for something like this--including many fans flying over from England to see it--wants to feel music physically. In just about every show at the two principal stages, all weekend, the sound was loud and broad and clear; it got inside your bones.

But this may be why the Bob Mould and No Age collaboration didn't quite get off the ground. Mr. Mould, once of Hüsker Dü, and No Age, the young punk duo from Los Angeles, apparently admire each other. They came up with a good and relatively easy idea: working as a trio for one night only, playing songs from both acts. The set included all eras of Husker Du ("Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"); it also ran through No Age's "Eraser" and "Boy Void," as well as a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Chinese Rocks," with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter joining in. But there was no bass player, and it felt light in the wrong way."
[NY Times]

Bass or not, I disagree. The No Age/Mould show, Sunday night's second to last performance of the upstate NY festival (and one of the few that I saw from start to finish), was a personal highlight for me in a day that also included great sets by the Boredoms, Oneida, Super Furry Animals, Boris and of course the day closer/curator The Flaming Lips (pics & further review coming).

Bradford performed with his own band Deerhunter, and solo as Atlas Sound, on the Saturday of the festival. Atlas Sound tours with Broadcast in October.

Bob Mould tours with his own band in October too.

No Age, who played an NYU show at Le Poisson Rouge right before ATP, is back in NYC for four shows in October. The one happening at the New Museum goes on sale on September 16th.

More pictures of No Age/Mould/Cox @ ATP, below...

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Comments (37)

bradford you're the best!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 4:26 PM

Agree with BV. Mould was amazing! At that point in the weekend I needed some straight up punk as a palette cleanser.

Posted by noamjamski | September 14, 2009 4:40 PM

a rock band without bass is like trying to fuck without testicles.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 4:41 PM

No Du was fucking awesome!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 4:45 PM

any video?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 4:54 PM

4:41 - such a strange comment. your mom and i fuck all the time. i don't think she has testicles(?)

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 4:55 PM

actually, i like the 441 comment a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 5:01 PM

IN A FREE LAND!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 5:07 PM

in a free land was rad. i was hoping for 'real world' or 'deadly skies,' but it was still damn good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 5:25 PM

wow, this sounds awesome!

Posted by iamtheangel.com | September 14, 2009 5:29 PM

No bass? That's some serious disrespect to Greg Norton...

Why couldn't the guitarist from No Age play bass for the Hüsker Dü songs? No matter how good they were, gotta believe they would have been better doing it as the original guitar-bass-drum trio.

And they probably didn't play any Grant Hart songs (or Greg's few). Sounds more like a performance of Bob Mould Band than neo-Hüsker.

(or maybe I'm jealous just because I wasn't there)

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 5:32 PM

Husker Don't

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 5:37 PM

for the one whose mom has kiwis: they might be like Semenya's, you know, all up inside her an' shit. Not a bad system, actually. Never have to shave the things!

Posted by nope | September 14, 2009 5:42 PM

Why do you need testicles to fuck? See you at the troubadour.

Posted by spike | September 14, 2009 6:13 PM

i believe 4:41 means that it will always be missing something, like the ambience of balls slapping against ass cheeks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 6:19 PM

I now understand slap bass more than ever before

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 7:31 PM

great bands w/ no bass player:

Dead C
JSBX
Gories

what husker songs did they play after 'makes no sense at all'?


i gotta say it was funny see bob mould dance around behind the decks to the eurohouse disco crap he was playing after the Lips show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 7:52 PM

^^
Please add Wavves to this list, thank you

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 8:00 PM

MinuteMEHn > Huskers

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 8:07 PM

jarmusch is so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 8:10 PM

this worked.

also, Bob Mould's gay house disco dj set in the Oneida bar until 4am was pretty memorable

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 10:09 PM

WHEN is someone going to bring up the blonde, rail thin, spaced out drummer, who played with Oneida probably around 7pm-ish UNTIL he went a bit too far...stripped off his clothes all the way down to nothing but his just as spaced out willie...dismantled his kit, APPEARED to shoot up or at the least do a little self mutilation "hiding" being his kit, then put a veil over his head and carry around his entire drum kit, naked, until some cross legged hipster just couldn't stand it anymore and had to start beating on the naked guys drum?

WHEN?

All truly captivating stuff. Oneida was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2009 10:31 PM

Gotta agree with the "no bass" comments. Why play songs with two guitars (generally playing almost the same chords) when they're set up to be played with the bass and guitar complementing each other? It just sounds better. I heard that Bob Mould will be playing some Husker Du on his latest solo tour, can anyone confirm?

Posted by tone77 | September 15, 2009 9:58 AM

balls deep

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 10:26 AM

"Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"

wow... the best of the best. although i don't even want to imagine (let alone hear) I Apologize or In a Free Land without the bass. Got a ticket for his show at Irving, hope he does these songs properly then.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 10:31 AM

no Sugar songs????

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 10:41 AM

brooklyn vegan comments pagers are outraged!!!

stand up for bass rights people, the time is now!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 10:47 AM

im gonna play bass on your grave! im so high....on love!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 11:03 AM

Radfurd Cocks!

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 11:18 AM

slappa da bass

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2009 1:56 PM

not even remotely cumrag.

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 11:54 AM

Everyone seems to have alot of fun! Wish I was there :-(

Posted by Russ | December 25, 2009 1:51 PM

Wow looks like a lot of fun hopefully I can make it to the next one. Great high quality pics! :)

Posted by Dreamweaver Books | December 25, 2009 1:55 PM

Great show! love the people and the performers, keep up the good work!

Posted by Watch Movies Online | January 13, 2010 5:40 AM

Really amazing project just keep it up. Thanks

Posted by Love Lyrics | February 19, 2010 1:31 PM

I now understand slap bass more than ever before

Posted by Illinois Guy | March 20, 2010 8:53 AM

Husker Don't

Posted by JenniferHill | May 31, 2013 11:11 PM

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