Posted in music | pictures on September 6, 2010

words and pics by BBG, additional Sonic Youth pics by Samantha Marble

Thurston
Sonic Youth

Unlike Friday (and Sunday), people weren't throwing devil horns on Saturday. With the Saturday lineup dominated by indie acts, including many longstanding ones (Sonic Youth, Tortoise, Dave Pajo/Papa M, Shellac, The Breeders, etc etc) there were less shirts that repped the heaviest of the heavy, like Dystopia, Grief and Electric Wizard, and more "vintage look" Judas Priest and Dio with bowl cuts, and 80's style librarian glasses. In other words, there was a definite crowd shift from day one to day two at the 2010 edition of ATP New York.

While cruising through the lobby on my way to my first performance, Text of Light with Lee Renaldo, I paused to catch Helen Money (on tour with Shellac) at the "Lobby Stage". The 10+ minutes of Text of Light was a bust - squalls of guitar feedback with wailing sax made for a fascinating few minutes, but grew tiresome quickly. Helen Money's looped cello was already gone by the time I had returned from the second stage, but I wish I hadn't left. Later on I would catch Frankie Don at the lobby stage, who played hits of the 70s and 80s with Casio presets while the drunk, acid-drenched, and generally out-there spazzed on the dance floor. It was my own personal Tim & Eric Awesome Show episode.

Fuck Buttons were the first band I caught on the main stage, and the tribal drumming, rumbling saw wave bass tones, and pulsing electronic soundtrack were well-represented in the Stardust Room. The band's live show stuck to their recent recorded output and was quite the contrast with my next conquest, the out-there chamber-folk of Fursaxa on stage two, complete with cello and harp. I preferred the former.

Sleepy Sun
Sleepy Sun

After a bit of Tortoise's jazzy math post-rock rhythms, I scooted down to Sleepy Sun (playing Knitting Factory Monday night) on the second stage; the Cali psych-rock band impressed me so much in the exact same room last year. Their set was not as impressive this time around, but more so than The Breeders who played the larger stage later that night and were a touch messy/off-key as they stammered through hits like "Divine Hammer".

On the other hand, Shellac (who also played in 2009) and Papa M killed it though in much different ways. Shellac's treble-y stomping punk rock was a triumph, and their Kutsher's set ("We are Shellac, and we only play ATP shows") included recent faves like "The End of Radio" and "Steady As She Goes". The band nixed their now famous Q&A session during their show due to their shortened set time, so their usual dry-sarcastic humor didn't play out as much this go around. Hopefully they have no curfew Tuesday at the Bell House. Papa M delivered ambient-y guitarscapes on the second stage, impressing immensely.

If you live in NYC, you've probably had your share of live Sonic Youth experiences. I've seen them at least six times. But whether it was the atmosphere, perfectly balanced soundsystem, or the band having a particularly ripping night, SY delivered probably my favorite Saturday set, focusing primarily on earlier material (Daydream Nation was a focal point it seemed). The sound in the Stardust Room was (still) flawless, and they closed out the night with a bang (set list below).

I also saw bits of Avi Buffalo, The Books and Hallogallo on Saturday. I completely missed BEAK> (stay tuned for our coverage from their Bowery Ballroom show though), Sian Alice Group, and Apse (catch them Monday and Wednesday night in NYC). I also missed Explosions in the Sky, but Sam caught them (her pics coming soon).

Read about Friday HERE. Sunday coverage is coming. Saturday (with more pics also coming later), continues below...

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Helen Money

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Text of Light

Text of Light

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Fuck Buttons

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Fursaxa

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Tortoise

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Sleepy Sun

Sleepy Sun

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Hallogallo

Hallogallo

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Hallogallo

Shellac

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Shellac

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Shellac

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Avi Buffalo

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The Breeders

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The Breeders

Papa M

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The Books

The Books

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The Books

The Books

Sonic Youth

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Sonic Youth (by Samantha Marble)

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Read about Friday HERE

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Comments (47)

i can't tell if this is a seriously awesome event or a giant nerd convention. (or both).

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:36 PM

This is a seriously awesome giant nerd convention. The atmosphere is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:45 PM

Budweiser truck, eh? Is that the only beer they serve?

Ugh

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 10:49 PM

this doesnt look fun to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:05 PM

Is that Comic Sans on SY's setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:08 PM

additional negative comment

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:08 PM

Too bad you missed Explosions in the Sky...I hope they release a new album soon.

Posted by Sanskar | September 6, 2010 11:09 PM

i'm surprised fuck buttons let this guy play with them:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/atpny/2010/day2/fuckbuttons/11.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:18 PM

They actually paid $500 to get the Budweiser truck towed out of sight so it didn't look like they were being sponsored by them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:26 PM

That is indeed comic sans.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:30 PM

Straight up, it's hard to tell the difference between Kim Gordon and Iggy Pop at this point. THAT is the modern condition.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:44 PM

10:36, under 30 nerd convention and the people who make money off of them. Aint no two ways about it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2010 11:46 PM

11:46 marks. NYC aint felling this

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:04 AM

^30 pimps, -30 marks. The kids of today need to defend themselves against the seventies.

Posted by sanskar | September 7, 2010 12:07 AM

HATERS!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:10 AM

It seems ok, but definitely the bands were too old and the tickets were too much money

Posted by Darts Player | September 7, 2010 12:22 AM

Sleep Killed! Haters!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:33 AM

The hummus scene upstate is really interesting. At first it seems they add a bit too much tahini and it makes the consistency a little mushy, but after a few rounds, you get kinda used to it and it's a welcomed variation.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:37 AM

12:07 right on! "It's not reality"!

Posted by OG blackhat II | September 7, 2010 12:37 AM

kelley deal = pretty damn lucky kim is her sister.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:42 AM

Was Pap M his own sidekick? How did that work?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:00 AM

you jerks will pay 20 buck to see each of these bands alone but don't wanna have a no security relax by the lake vibe for a portion of that. boo haters, atp rules and i didn't even go this ear

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:25 AM

should've went to this. i'm bummed i miss this every year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:32 AM

Yea, missing this concert seriously bummed me out too, in fact it was 2nd greatest bummer I've ever experienced. (the #1 greatest bummer in my life was when the local market was sold out of chickpeas)

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:05 AM

simply amazing fucking weekend

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:10 AM

Looks great and all seeing Shellac which I have not for a long time along with Tortoise but how expensive was it?

Sort of a nice atmosphere inside with that whole Holiday In\run down vacant golf course thing going on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:43 AM

brooklyn vegan is slacking

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:58 AM

I'm glad I went to Electric Zoo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:06 AM

[IMG]http://i477.photobucket.com/albums/rr135/redisdead88/Calm_Down.jpg[/IMG]

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:30 AM

CALM DOWN BRO

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:30 AM

U MAD

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:31 AM

U MADDD

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:31 AM

U MADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 6:31 AM

In other words, day two at the 2010 edition of ATP New York was my own personal Tim & Eric Awesome Show episode, impressing immensely as I scooted and cruised. I preferred the hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 7:22 AM

People who went loved it (because it was AWESOME)!
People who stayed home think it sucked!


People who stayed home making comments and had no real intent of ever attending, didn't get laid, joked about chick peas, went to bed lonely and woke up sad are F--KING LOSERS!!!!

You are kinda right though...for a social reject ATP prob would've sucked! You would've sat by yourself watching cooler guys pick up the hot girls that you will NEVER get! Yah, good thing you stayed at home...by yourself...life.sucks.for.you!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 9:11 AM

@911, but how was the music? you forgot to mention. was it at all like it was when you heard it at home? at least you got to go to kutshers and be with cool guys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 9:54 AM

Personally I thought Fursaxa's set was immense, way better than that hipster dance noise of Fuck Buttons.

This is my 3rd year of attendance, and even though I had great times @ the previous two, this year's lineup wasn't nearly as strong and I had my doubts.

Which was stupid. Once again a phenomenal weekend. People who've gone, know. People who haven't, should.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 9:57 AM

@9:54, there is little else to compare the monolithic sound that Sleep and Boris/Sunn O))) cranked through the system (Raekwon's beats were ridiculous as well). Ideal sightlines in the main room too, for the most part.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 9:59 AM

I'd seriously like to of checked this out. Next year, I'm in and would love to rest my head on that girl from Sleepy Sun's bum.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 10:35 AM

I hear Thurston eats a nutritious snack of hummus before every performance!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:08 PM

^ yes he does, thurston is also a vegan and he knows the phyto-nutrients locked inside the chickpea give him more energy for rock and roll moves like the hip-thrust.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:17 PM

Funny karaoke drawings

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:01 PM

Dilemma! Tonight in Philly....

SLEEP
or
Dungen/ Wooden Shjips

Keep going back and forth and can't decide! I know this is probably my only time to see Sleep but I've never seen WS either.

SUGGESTIONS?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:41 PM

depends on how much metal vs psych you like...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 3:08 PM

Go see SLEEP. They were amazing last night and like you said it might be the only time you can catch them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 3:21 PM

seriously though, need more pics of that saucy lass in the tight black spandex (?) pants.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 10:12 PM

hey 11.30 you don't know what you are talking about as that font is not comic sans its smakattack used in Spiderman and Fantastic Four comics. Your eyes are obviously filled with semen and you cant see properly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 7:23 AM

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