Posted in music | pictures on September 4, 2010

words & photos by BBG

Mudhoney

I'd like to think that the washes of green lights after projected flames on stage during Sleep's headlining set Friday night were indicative of the band's devotion to the holy leaf, but then again maybe it just looked cool. Either way, the band headlined the first night of ATP at Kutshers with co-headliner Iggy & The Stooges, Mudhoney, and The Scientists each playing classic material as part of the festival's Don't look Back series. Kutshers hasn't changed in the three years that I have attended the festival (not that I would ever expect it to); leaky ceiling tiles, a general musty smell prevails throughout the facility, and most importantly the vibe; I get none of the drag-and-drop feeling of most festivals and their Budweiser-commercial-with-funnel-cakes-and-apply-for-a-credit-card-here-and-did-I-mention-there's-music feeling. There is an openness at Kutshers that isn't easily replicated, much like the performances last night.

After settling in, slid into the Stardust room to catch the opening bars of "Touch Me I'm Sick" as Mudhoney launched directly into Superfuzz Bigmuff (the album they played in full). The record was them at their noisy, unhinged best, and although the feedback and some of the chunkiness in guitar tone was missing, the Seattle band was taut and fantastic live. I unfortunately missed The Scientists who played before them.

Iggy & The Stooges followed, and of my experiences with Iggy, of which there are a few, it's hard to imagine him wilder, more energetic, and more spastic than he was during his Raw Power set. Backed by James Williamson (Ron Asheton RIP), Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and saxophonist Steve Mackay, the band opened with the title track from the record before beating down the capacity crowd with the fantastic "Search & Destroy". Excellent set from these guys. BV photographer Greg Cristman was also in attendance last night, and as a long time fan of the band, he said that the ATP set was more impressive than their Atlantic City outing a few weeks prior. The crowd, who pogo'ed, crowd-surfed, joined the Detroit legends on stage for a dance during "Shake Appeal", and were generally nutty probably added fuel to that fire.

Iggy & The Stooges

From the opening solo riff of "Dopesmoker", Sleep ruled the Stardust Room, keeping to the electric vibe that Iggy touched on in his set. The room was full of metalheads (more Slayer shirts than Radiohead shirts at ATP Friday night). Matt Pike's tone and power is truly unmatched on the six (or nine) string, and the reunion of the guitar god with the thundering and similarly powerful low-end of Al Cisneros brought to mind their ancestors, Iommi and Butler.

Though original drummer Chris Hakius has retired his drum throne, Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder was no scab; handily backing what is arguably two of the most powerful instrumentalists in current heavy music. Much like it did when My Bloody Valentine played ATP two years ago, the Stardust rattled, though with a low-end power rumble (as opposed to MBV's earshattering and treble-y feedback). Classics like "Dragonaut" and "The Druid" and were intercut with sections of "Dopesmoker", and even the new-ish jam "Anartican's Thought" made an appearance during their two hour set which, for a portion of the crowd, was more punishment than could be handled (the audience thinned as the night went on).

Except for a brief moment when Matt Pike pulled out an acoustic (!) only to be plagued with technical difficulty (for "Some Grass"?), it was powerful, fantastic, and, to borrow an overused term that is totally applicable here, was truly epic. I can't wait to see them again (and again) in the coming week (tickets for the Monday night show are still on sale).

Sleep

The music kept me from really checking out the Syd Butler-chosen comedians who were performing in another room, though I did run in for a second to see some of Todd Barry.

ATP NY continues Saturday and Sunday. Three of Friday night's sets will be broadcast by WFMU on Sunday. More pictures from Friday (and even more are coming) below...

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T Model Ford (performing Sunday night)
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SLEEP at ATP NY, Sept 3, 2010 - "Dopesmoker" Excerpt

SLEEP at ATP NY, Sept 3, 2010 - "The Druid"

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Comments (67)

I see Joe Preston!

cannot wait to see SLEEP!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 4:22 PM

Sleep again and again... i know i wont be leaving the show early...mudhoney tonight... and three massive shows this week...bloody brilliant..

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 4:29 PM


Hey, did the comedians complain about how the music was loud?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 4:47 PM

god, i cannot imagine spending a weekend with you people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 4:59 PM

^what real music fans having a blast?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 6:03 PM

definitely hoping to make it out to ATP next year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 6:26 PM

Iggy Pop looks like beef jerky these days.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 6:36 PM

How much does all this cost?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 7:20 PM

"Iggy Pop looks like beef jerky these days."

Yah, and he'll snap your neck like a fuckin Slim Jim...PUSSY!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 8:33 PM

can't wait for Monday night. and then Tuesday night for Boris/Sunn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 9:18 PM

The hummus upstate is INCREDIBLE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 10:21 PM

say no to crack.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2010 11:49 PM

nice tramp stamp, junior

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 12:03 AM

why can't this festival ever get good bands?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 12:25 AM

12:25 = clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 12:40 AM

Hummus is one of the more popular Middle Eastern dips. Served with fresh or toasted pita bread, hummus makes for a great snack or appetizer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 2:11 AM

@ 2:11 - please shut the fuck up you miserable waste of flesh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 8:25 AM

No flesh gets wasted in the preparation of hummus, as a thoroughly vegan treat.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 8:38 AM

DROP OUT OF LIFE WITH PITA IN HAND
FOLLOW THE CHICKPEAS TO THE MASH FILLED LAND
BEHOLD THE HUMMUSIAN, NAZARETH

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 9:29 AM

I kinda think it is funny that Hummus man gets everyone mad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 9:47 AM

iggy poop

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 9:47 AM

Someone asked Jim Jarmusch and Thurston Moore a question about hummus at their Q&A on Saturday. Presumably a BV reference?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 11:10 AM

The guy in the last pic with the shirt draped over his shoulder looks like he's off to get a good fuck from his girl.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 11:20 AM

Did Todd Barry make the same polish food joke he makes at every show? His routine was been the same for years. YAWN.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 11:34 AM

Lineup is a snoozefest, unless you like tuneless noise.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 12:23 PM

Hummus can be prepared with or without tahini sauce. Either way I will surely dip my balls in it

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 12:46 PM

mary wanna

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 1:06 PM

this thing would be a lot cooler if they booked bands that don't play around all the time anyway. or if the bands played full albums unique to ATP

The Stooges just did the entire Raw Power album in AC, and will certainly add a NYC stop soon, and have played a bunch of times recently.

Mudhoney just played Bowery last night and comes around a lot, playing all of SuperFuzz Bigmuff last time they played the City.

so as far as the Don'i Look Back full album aspect, it's nothing unique to this Friday night ATP.

Sonic Youth just played for free in Brooklyn and plays all the time.

etc etc etc

why shlep all the way up to the Catskills and pay lotsa money to see all this when you can see it easier and cheaper locally.

It's a great idea, this ATP, but it should offer something more unique for the money and the hassle....

just sayin'.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 3:24 PM

Agree with you, 3:24pm, or at least as far as this ATP went. This one just had too much senseless drone rock. Past ATP NYCs seemed a bit more special and maybe because of MBV and better lineups, but once you look at one ATP lineup, you've seen them all. Whether its in USA or the UK, Apse will always be there, Fuck Buttons will be there, Boredoms will be there, Shellac will be there, Deerhoof will be there, a member of Animal Collective or Sonic Youth or the bands themselves will be there, etc etc. Would it kill them to invite different artists?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 4:17 PM

I had a great time at ATP this year. I rented a zip car, loaded it up with friends, some kind buds, and thought iggy pop was the highlight of the show... However, a few things to remember for next year, don't forget sunglasses, and hummus. We had serious munchies and the snack area was lacking in any chickpea based nutrition.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 4:33 PM

Did Todd Barry do that one hummus sketch where he sits on the chickpea can? That shit is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 5:17 PM

4:17 - you forgot to mention Flaming Lips

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 5:30 PM

For those who missed out 16 years ago you get to make a trip to nowhere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2010 8:35 PM

Put a shirt on hot topic guy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 12:16 AM

bros. atp is a fun festival experience, regardless of who plays (the variety of white people who attend this fest and ones like it will always be hard to please, all of the ay). and prob something you wont forget. indie rock utopia.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 6:41 AM

mushroom print in the hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 6:59 AM

It would have been a lot cooler if they booked bands that don't play around all the time

Posted by Airsoft | September 6, 2010 7:50 AM

^it would be a lot cooler if you got lost

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 9:08 AM

^it would be a lot cooler if you two got past the sexual tension and fucked already

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 12:39 PM

^it would be a lot cooler if both of you had some hummus in the fridge.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 1:22 PM

to all the haters. maximum fun levels were reached at this festival. i've been to many different fests and this is by far most unique and fun one out there...ever. continue hating

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 3:05 PM

11:20 - that's not a shirt over his shoulder - that's a wolf's pelt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 6:55 PM

More importantly: Love doom, but 2 hours is far too long to watch any band

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 7:24 PM

this was an awesome festival again this year. it had a different feel from the previous two and it was all the better for it. would gladly go again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 8:08 PM

for those bitching about bands that are always in New York, get over yourselves. you fucking live in New York, every show comes there regardless, it will never be 'special' for you indulgent dorks. Iggy Pope was fucking awesome this weekend as well to dick way at the top.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 8:11 PM

my ball's itch

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 9:27 PM

^ try rubbing hummus on your balls. The phyto-nutrients in the chickpea combined with the olive oil should help you out brother.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 9:53 PM

If you've never been to ATP at Kutsher's you're not qualified to judge whether it's "special" or not. The lineup is an important component of an overall vibe and feeling at ATP that is difficult to explain. There are no lines, no security pat downs, no corporate sponsors, no overpriced and shitty food, no port-a-potties, and almost no assholes. The late night dance parties, the hidden nooks and corners of Kutsher's, playing poker with Steve Albini or baseball with Bob Weston, rocking out to The Stooges alongside Jim Jarmusch, watching The Monkees "Head" blazed at 2 AM and so on and so on...all of it is pretty fucking special.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:14 PM

but 2 hours plus is way far too long to drive to see any band

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:14 PM

I cannot imagine anyone who has actually been to this festival bitching that it's not "special". Yes, it's expensive and worth every penny. The atmosphere is amazing. If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:55 PM

Hey 10:55pm I totally agree I could only afford Friday but omfg was it worth it !Iggy & the Stooges destroyed that
'sweat box' ! ;) ATP in NY again next year, I'll be there the whole weekend for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:47 PM

How did one miss The Scientists? One of the most important Australian bands, next to The Saints, The Lime Spiders, etc... That amazes me that nothing is said about them. Then, maybe I expect too much. Anyone get a chance to see them?

Posted by Fortyver | September 7, 2010 9:31 AM

HEAD is on DVD. You can watch it in your apartment at 2am. Save yourself a 'trip' upstate.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 10:04 AM

wonderful!!!!! love uu soo much

Posted by Defamation of Character | September 7, 2010 10:56 AM

Yeah, why would anyone go see a movie? Wait for the DVD you idiots and you'll never have to leave the house just like 10:04. Point well taken - thanks, 10:04!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 11:00 AM

you don;t have to wait for the DVD. The DVD of HEAD has been available for over a decade now.

And there's a big difference between leaving your house to see a movie and driving three hours to see a movie.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 11:18 AM

the movie HEAD is worth a three hour trip.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 11:19 AM

The director of Head demanded that hummus and other chickpea based snacks be served exclusively at the kraft services table during filming.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:05 PM

No one on here is talking about driving 3 hours just to see a movie, except for you. People drove 3 hours to see lots of bands in a special setting and then to wind down with a drink and perhaps a late-night movie.

You are dumb. Really, really dumb. For real.

Posted by Antoine | September 7, 2010 12:26 PM

12:28:

you need to really relax and get a sense of humor. No one was honestly suggesting here that anyone was driving to ATP just to see a movie. Your need to explain that people (read:YOU) go there to wind down with a drink, tells me that you really need one and that you haven't wound down enough or had enough to drink.

loosen up. We all know that people were there for the bands

You are tightly wound, humorless, really really serious. For real.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:29 PM

and also dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:30 PM

You are dumb. Really, really dumb for real. Home-home homeboy.

And you can't tell time.

Posted by Antoine | September 7, 2010 1:54 PM

To Fortyver...I saw the Scientists and they melted the stage. It's strange to me how that band has been overlooked for so long.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:57 PM

You complainers are fucking faggots. Remember the football guys that hassled you in high school? Well, you are still the same bunch of sniveling pussies you were bsck then.

Let me get this straight: Iggy and The Stooges with James motherfucking Williamson on guitar, Mudhoney playing their 8 great songs, and The Scientists whom 99.9% have never even fucking heard, never mind SLEEP who are 10x better than High On Fire ever were...that's not a jaw dropping lineup to you?

Are you fucking kidding me? I really wish I could hurt you through the internet. I mean cause you immense suffering without the sweet relief of death.

You goddamned fucking candy ass losers. And you wonder why the world seems so fucked up? It's because YOU are living, breathing crimes against nature.

You had best unfuck yourselves before you turn 40.

Posted by dan | September 8, 2010 10:42 PM

the best thing so far about this fest is that all the whinny complainers dont go so its great for the rest of us

Posted by caleb | September 10, 2010 9:48 PM

U clueless MFrs u saw scientist Jim salmon wake up assholes!!

Posted by Jimitits | January 25, 2011 9:32 PM

Need a time machine, Kim salmon in USA! Fuck!!!! Scientist in USA double triple fuck !!! Waited 30 years, even have considered going uk in past to see few times. ! N here they were, with Igg mun. / all doing timeless classic material! Even a tune from kill city!! Super fuck,
reality is Scientist were the deal here! N few sadly got it, they were always ahead of the time, as now, my hope is I see them. Or Kim as surrealist before I die! No must be scientist, can the supper Koop Kim n thutston, n mike Gira get them back here , gira lives in that hood. Saw swans this year, n see pj grinder cave n swans doing uk ju lie
I will make that scene, n tell gira to book n NYC , who is NYC curator this year, I can recomend jimitits! He knows how to book em, tell Lou n Hal he should be the man!!!! Contact him at Soldrench@ aol .com will consider adding current 93 for all the day trippers!!!

Posted by Jimitits | January 25, 2011 11:00 PM

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