Posted in metal | music on September 8, 2010

ALTAR @ ATP NY (more by Samantha Marble)

It's true that for a while the 100-year-old building buckled under all the power ALTAR was drawing, but after some ingenious electrical surgery the band played their entire set at its maximum volume, exactly as intended. If you were there you felt it throughout your entire body - it was mesmerizing. The cops did come to see what the noise was all about, right as ALTAR was playing their final song. They did not shut it down - in fact they seemed amused at the spectacle.

ALTAR, their crew, and the staff from All Tomorrow's Parties (on hand for extra support) performed incredibly last night. All bands should be so fortunate to have the kind of serious and dedicated fans that Sunn O))) and Boris share. It'll take a lot more than a temporary electrical hiccup to keep them from experiencing performances as rare and momentous as this one.

Adam Shore
Blackened Music Series

Pictures and more from the night coming soon.

PREVIOUSLY: electrical problems & then police show up @ sunn O)))/Boris



Tags: Boris, cops, Sunn O)))

Comments (39)

the extreme power of MEH!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 11:55 AM

So they played again after they told everyone "I guess that's it." and sent the crowd packing? Third times the charm I suppose. Things seemed to be getting a little hostile in there and the ATP show was far superior anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 11:56 AM

all I felt was hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:03 PM

@ 12:03 - Not funny and not even the right crowd or context, asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:19 PM

Not true. They played the rest of the set with only half the PA, and the show was shut down by the venue security/staff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:48 PM

I'm confused why last time they played, they went on at 2 AM, but this time which was plagued with the power only went until till 1 or so...I had to leave...and the G was fucked last night too, so it was a major bummer all around. Would have loved to just see Boris though...that runthrough of 5 songs was short.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 12:52 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:32 PM

Hummus guy, you are so boring. Seriously, at best it's only on the mediocre end of retarded. You comment multiple times on every single post on here which is not only weird and lame, it's boring.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:37 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:39 PM

Maybe they don't have to give refunds because, you know, the bands played the show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:48 PM

i can say for sure, absolutely 100% that this show was shut down by the cops. i was outside by the bouncers who agreed with the cops that it was time to shut down. no less than 5 minutes later the show was done and the "venue" began to flash the lights as cops stood in the exit. totally bizarre night

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:51 PM

Despite the problems, it was a great show. Weird to see the cops on the way out, and I felt the show ended a tad too abruptly, so I am unsure which side makes a stronger case.

What I do know, is it was a unique experience for my first Sunn O))) show, and it met my expectations--a lot of people in black tee-shirts and some dude yelling in some girl's ear that he was on the guest list.

Music was fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 1:58 PM

@ 1:37 the thing is, there are multiple hummus guys. we've been over this. i may not make a hummus comment for a week, but i will eventually. it is all a numbers game

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:08 PM

the pigs ruin everything

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:14 PM

my hummus is vegan

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:33 PM

which is worse, the pigs or hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:36 PM

show ruled, despite the problems. maybe even more with them, because holy shit what is more rock n roll then blowing up the buildings power with the first riff? hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:43 PM

I truly don't understand how anyone would be offended by hummus. It's a peaceful humble snack and tan in color.
Your little weiners you eat are gross and the mustard you put on top may also be tan in color, but not the beautiful shade of mashed chickpeas.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:37 PM

Unfortunately, I was so drunk at this show that I don't remember any of Sunn when they came on. I fucking hate myself right now. I hope I can find some way to get over this, ugh...

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 4:58 PM

It was allover a bizarre night ... and powerful despite the powerlessness.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 6:00 PM

A number of hummus guys? What a pack of fucking losers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 8:49 PM

Hmmm Daycare Rex seems to agree that the show was shut down by the cops too. Check out their Twitter feed.

Posted by c | September 8, 2010 8:56 PM

I called the cops at 12:20 and all I had to say was "I live on Clermont and Lafayette" for them to reply, "Masonic Temple, right? We're sending someone over." I'm actually impressed by brick-pulverizing volume, in theory. But not when it's happening after midnight on a weeknight and the two-year-old whose bedroom is below mine is screaming bloody murder because it sounds like Satan's wrecking crew is outside his window and about to kick it in. A message to the organizers of these concerts: the Masonic Temple is in a residential neighborhood; go find yourselves a venue out in bumfuck Bushwick. Peace.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 9:24 PM

9:24 is my hero.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 10:21 PM

you're both assholes, actually

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 11:30 PM

both trolls. or just one really bored guy. even in the hypothetical situation the troll post the venue isnt in the wrong at all because its a giant prolific music venue thats right near your apartment and its been there for almost 100 years and you signed up when you rented. its like raging against madison square garden when you rented their basement, except it's not MSG and it's in bourgeoisfuck fort greene. i cant believe i typed this much in response to something that's not real.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 11:56 PM

9:24 may that howling 2 year-old crawl up your gentrified ass

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 1:19 AM

Hey people, love each others like the music of Altar is about love and peace. :-D

Posted by Schweißgerät | September 9, 2010 8:41 AM


Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 9:26 AM

11:56 -- you're right about the Masonic Temple having been around for 100 years, but it hasn't been rented out to music promoters/concert organizers until fairly recently. That's why 311 operators regularly have to be convinced that it's not a religious ceremony that's causing people to fall out of their beds but live music and dance parties in a building that's not sound-proofed and, as far as I know, not actually classified as a music venue. It's completely beyond me how the owners and organizers can get away with what they're doing, given that there have been dozens of noise complaints over the past couple of years. And to you, 1:19 -- if Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill weren't being gentrified, I'm sure you'd have to drag your ass out much farther in order to see your favorite doom metal bands, as Mr. Shore would probably never have considered booking the Masonic Temple for his Blackened Music Series.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 11:02 AM

Douche with the baby, go back to Park Slope or whatever crappo white-bread city you're trying to re-create in Ft. Greene. Life is more fun without your intolerance.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 7:10 PM

a 2 year old is not a baby, is my favorite part of that might-be-trolling post. the phrase "whiny kid" would get as much sympathy. we all know how sensitive those toddlers are to loud noises protected by several walls. permanent ear damage... good man, (non-existent?) aspiring yuppie.

actually my favorite part is that it's not even bragging because the show supposedly wasn't even shut down by the police.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 7:43 PM

I love the post from the guy who thinks the Masonic Temple was built 100 years ago to host rock shows. Classic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2010 10:14 PM

I live catty corner to the Masonic Temple, and yeah, its loud sometimes, about twice weekly at the most, for no longer than 4 hrs a shot. So what. So are any bars in the neighborhood. But then they're quiet after a while, too. I like the Masonic venue because it's a bizarre and unique integration of old school black dudes and new school whites. Offering us (whites, duh) a safe place to rock out to great fckin bands, loudly, and helping them sustain their community center.

They also host community events, too, like Gnarly Vines anniversary party, which was free food and free booze. And, it was loud. Didn't hear any complaints about that night, though...

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

@10:14 masons partied hard as hell before that place was taken over by local BBQin' black church groups or whatever. the music venue part however is still relevant ecause that dude is obv on a year lease (because fort greene property is expensive) and there have been shows there for at least 2. way to miss the entire point for a completely idiotic comment + prove how little you know about kickass mason/shriner parties from the 1920s.


Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2010 12:16 AM

@12:16 "That dude" has been living on the block for five years and actually went to the first "rock" show at the Temple (Beirut) and has also seen Big Star, Jose Gonzalez, Psychic TV, and Tindersticks there. "That dude" likes the fact that there is an interesting and culturally diverse venue 50 yards from his front door. "That dude" also enjoys loud music, although nothing he's heard since comes close to the volume of MBV at Studio 54 in 1992. What "that dude" doesn't care for are shows and parties that go on well into the early morning, are disruptively loud, and whose patrons are often inconsiderate and/or disrespectful. The Masonic Temple was not designed for amplified music (which sounds the way it does in there, and halfway down the block, precisely because the building was designed to resonate acoustically; electric PA systems didn't exist in 1909). The Temple is therefore not properly soundproofed and, as it is currently NOT zoned as a music venue (and never was, despite what you want to imagine about 1920s Masons kickin' it old-school with two turntables and a microphone) is not subject to New York City's noise laws -- yet. Go back to whatever neighborhood YOU'RE in the process of gentrifying, crank to 10 whatever flavor-of-the-blogs music you're quickly making irrelevant, and do it at, say, 1:15 a.m. on a Tuesday. Then, for good measure, go out and piss on someone's front stoop. Now repeat these steps three nights in a row. Then feel free to get back to me about how YOUR neighbors feel about YOU.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2010 12:58 PM



Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2010 4:45 PM

"I used to be 'with it,' but then they changed what 'it' was. Now what I'm 'with' isn’t 'it,' and what's 'it' seems weird and scary to me. And it’ll happen to you!" -- Abe Simpson

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2010 5:49 PM

not gonna read that stupid massive comment because it's dumb but no amount-of-years-lived-in-Fort-Greene stupid guy statement can validate bragging about attempting to cheat a bunch of concertgoers out of experiencing the show they paid for to stop a toddler from whining. which is prolly why this has all been a real good troll... dang

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2010 5:04 PM

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