Posted in music | pictures on September 25, 2012

photos by Luis Ruiz; words by Andrew Frisicano

The Magic Band / Thee Oh Sees / the facilities, ATP NY 9/232012
ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3
ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3
ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

The books have closed on ATP NY 2012, the series's first excursion into the five boroughs, which replaced the getaway-style retreat of the previous four NYC-area events. Music festivals in the city are notoriously tricky propositions, and the way that this one played out has been less than smooth. The location was announced as Asbury Park, NJ, then changed to Manhattan, and anyone who looks back at the initial lineup will not only find that fest didn't really add many more significant bands, but that a number of acts dropped off completely (Louis C.K., Reigning Sound, Sharon Van Etten, Death Grips, Factory Floor, Chavez). Through it all, the tickets remained $199 for the weekend and $60/$75 per day. The whole situation seems closely related to the company's recently reported financial difficulties. For music fans enamored with ATP NY's past iterations, the whole set up required a different set of expectations.

Once it was up and running, the festival experience was exceedingly smooth and comfortable. The weather cooperated and the stages, minus a few brief technical hiccups, sounded great (the FDR over the outside stage didn't make a peep, aside from the occasional passing police siren).

Friday night brought the biggest names, with Frank Ocean and Philip Glass topping the bill. For me, that was the most unique match up of the fest, though hardly its only exclusive pairing. Other acts exclusive whose only area show this year was ATP, included the Dirty Three, who raged in their Saturday afternoon slot, and R&B-punk quartet the Make-Up, who tore up the indoor stage Sunday night. (Warren Ellis and Ian Svenonius vied for the title of best frontman, bringing wild yelps and James Brown-esque leg kicks, respectively.)

JEFF the Brotherhood turned out one of the best sets I've ever seen them play (often it seems the band is hampered by shoddy sound, despite only having two instruments). For them, the outdoor stage filled with billowing smoke and trippy laser lights. Afterwards, Jose Gonzalez took the same space, plucking his acoustic amid the impressive surroundings. He finished right before a downpour.

On Sunday, the psychedelic blues of Captain Beefheart's group, The Magic Band, wowed on the same stage, followed by the always sturdy Thee Oh Sees. who played to a raucous crowd at The Well the night before with Ty Segall.) By Sunday night, the festival did have a bit of a ghost town feel, with Hot Snakes closing out the outdoor stage and Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing a crushing set indoors.

Definiltey, the fest could have used a few more hip-hop acts (especially considering curator Greg Dulli's love of the genre). As it was, not counting Edan who DJ'd on Friday and perhaps Frank Ocean, the Roots were the closest thing on the lineup to representing the genre (Run DMC would have been a dream addition). Overall this year seemed less about dream lineups/reunions and more about getting its footing in Manhattan with a solid, more-modest three days.

More photos from Sunday are below, including pictures of Braids, Endless Boogie, The Psychic Paramount, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Tall Firs and The Album Leaf, with another set from Sunday still to come. Friday photos are here. As for Saturday... the dog ate them? We do have the Afghan Whigs ATP setlist below, however.

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Endless Boogie

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

The Psychic Paramount

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Quintron & Miss Pussycat

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Blanck Mass

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Braids

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Tall Firs

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

The Magic Band

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

The Album Leaf

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

Thee Oh Sees

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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

The rest of the Day Three pictures are coming soon.

Afghan Whigs set list
Crime Scene, Part One
I'm Her Slave
Uptown Again
What Jail is Like
Fountain and Fairfax
My Curse (with Marcy Mays)
Gentlemen
66
My Enemy
Son of the South
See and Don't See (Marie "Queenie" Lyons cover)
Lovecrimes / Thinkin' Bout You (Frank Ocean cover)
Going to Town
Debonair
Bulletproof / Where Did Our Love Go
Summer's Kiss
Faded / Purple Rain

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Comments (50)

Seriously, no day 2 coverage?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 9:59 PM

Thee Oh Sees ruled this, amirite? What other acts were good?

Posted by Obama 2012 | September 25, 2012 10:14 PM

Best sets: The Make Up, Dirty Three & Godspeed

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:18 PM

Remember when people said there would be NYC shows for Godspeed and Dirty Three and other acts that played atp? What happened?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:19 PM

People thought that there would be NYC shows when ATP was in Asbury.

Thee Oh Sees played a great set but the crowd was limp. Dirty Three, Godspeed, Hot Snakes and surprisingly Jeff the Brotherhood were also all great sets.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:29 PM

What was great: Phillip Glass/Emeralds/Dirty Three/Afghan Whigs/Charles Bradley/Jose Gonzalez/Blanck Mass/Godspeed You! Black Emperor/ and Demdike Stare.....I was so mad about the whole move from asbury to NY and with the line up changes but at the end of the day the festival was an absolute blast. I really hope it comes back next year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:33 PM

So surprised of the crowd how dead they were when the Thee Oh Sees performed.. as the photog shooting this day, I had my most fun shooting it, but wow..the crowd should of been alive ..

Posted by Luis Ruiz | September 25, 2012 10:55 PM

What time did Demdike even go on? I left kinda right after godspeed around midnight so hopefully I didn't miss too much! How long did they play for?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:15 PM

Wait! No day two coverage by BV means ATP fail and no GY!BE pics and only six pics of Magic band means coverage fail for day three. ATP- you're done, put a fork in it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:24 PM

against all odds this was still the best festival.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:57 PM

FYI all of the above comments were written by the same person

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:58 PM

nobody watched autolux i guess

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:13 AM

cause they autosux

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:55 AM

Godspeed and Demdike and Blankc Mass were the greatest. Best festival by 100 miles.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:57 AM

Could use more hiphop acts? ATP? You're out of your mind!
I stop reading after that nugget. Andrew, you're an idiot!

Posted by ME | September 26, 2012 1:40 AM

They needed a non-pandering rap set. That Roots performance was fucking awful. Also, all the snooze-core (Vetiver, Joseph Arthur, Tall Firs) hurt momentum.

All that being said, that incarnation of ATP was a really Goddamn great time. I don't blame people for writing them off, and God knows I'd trade this whole thing in for Kutcher's in a heartbeat, but it's still near the top of the American festival circuit, if not the best one.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:02 AM

I am totally agree with your work... Hats OFF..

Posted by Custom Swim Hats | September 26, 2012 2:06 AM

Great post! Thanks!

Posted by loterie nationale | September 26, 2012 3:46 AM

And just a bad location for this ATP.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 3:59 AM

The line up just wasn't that strong this year. They'll be back with a better line-up and, oh god, can you imagine ATP being sold-out? I predict it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 5:30 AM

It was great. Psychic Paramount and Magic Band were both awesome as well

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 5:49 AM

So that's what those Psychic Paramount guys look like .... who'da thunk?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 6:01 AM

"The line up just wasn't that strong this year."

Yeah, just a reformed Afghan Whigs giving the strongest set since reforming, a reformed Make-Up, special appearances by Hot Snakes and Magic Band, Phillip fucking Glass and a new work in progress by a recently reformed GYBE. Pairing that with a fabulous film setup on the boat and perfect weather .... yeah, pretty forgettable weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 6:05 AM

No mention of Blanck Mass?set of the weekend for me.outstanding

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 6:07 AM

I was expecting an epic fail, and what I got was a real good time. Heard a bunch of bands that I never would have otherwise paid to see (now I might), had some nice weather, got to see Godspeed You Black emperor again (real, real close), found out that Frank Ocean is not all the emperor's new clothes, and a couple stops on the F train and I was there and back. It was fun, and I'd most definitely go again next year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 8:39 AM

1:40 - Please shut up ME. Your comments are usually retarded (and you appear to be a closet racist at times).

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:09 AM

The music was great but the location was awful. Asbury was much, much better.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 9:50 AM

I have been to all of the NY/NJ ATPs and I thought this was great and would go back next year if it was in the same location.

Barry never dissapoints.

I miss Kutchers - but it was nice to go home and sleep in my own bed too.

Thee Oh Sees, Hot Snakes, Braxton/Glass, GYBE were the highlights.

The Make-Up were underwhelming.

Glad I went to Lightning Bolt at 285 - the sound was horrible for their set.

Magic Band were way cool to see.

ATP 2013!

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:09 AM

The location was perfect. Short subway ride home, no hotel rooms that smell like farts, and right on the East River without douchey tourists.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:11 AM

I'm disappointed that there is no coverage of that awesome game of Duck, Duck, Goose that broke out in the back before The Roots on Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:13 AM

^ I wanted to smack those people silly, or rather smack the silly out of their hipster asses

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:27 AM

I missed Hot Snakes to get a spot on the railing for GYBE. One day maybe I will see Hot Snakes. I love Obits - are they garage-y like them? I know that they have a common member.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:37 AM

You missed out. GY!BE better from a little back, you can't get full effect of visuals from the rail. I left The Make-Up early to be in front for Hot Snakes - they destroyed, definitely second best set of day (after Godspeed)...

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:49 AM

I actually like Hot Snakes better at the Metallica festival...kinda wish they were on earlier in the day instead before godspeed

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:00 AM

What's a good place to start for Hot Snakes?

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:10 AM

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:43 AM

11:10AM I like the album 'Suicide Invoice' a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:12 PM

^ thanks man, I'll check it out

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 12:15 PM

Hey, random question, but does anyone know the name of the song The Oh Sees dedicated to Brian Turner (of WFMU) in their set?

Just curious - it was a great song. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 1:07 PM

No exaggeration - every single Thee Oh Sees song sound exactly the same to me. Fun, good times for sure, but basic novelty surf-punk with kitchy vocals.

Write the song titles on a cork board, blindfold yourself and throw a dart - you'll have an excellent chance of finding out from that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 1:37 PM

^Same could be said for most of John Dwyer's other bands like the much missed Coachwhips (R.I.P.)...it's more about the energy and vibe than the songwriting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 2:59 PM

A terrible location in comparison to the past ATP getaways, but i'd go here for another fest. Sound was solid.

Great sets by thee oh sees, jeff the bros, the whigs, dont remember much else.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 3:44 PM

Pathetic apologists, the whole fest was a rip off. Admit it, you lost.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 5:54 PM

1. afghan whigs
2. thee oh sees
3. frank ocean
4. dirty three
5. jeff the brotherhood/scrawl

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 10:59 PM

Not as great as previous ATPs, but still much better than any other music festival that happens in New York.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2012 11:02 PM

the make up was great. would love to see a nation of ulysses reunion. i know tons of people around my age (24) who were too young to see them in the 90s but are really into them. svenonious can still bring it. he's the man.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:57 AM

@11:10 "Yank Crime".

Yes. Yank Crime, then proceed..

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 8:31 PM

Unfortunately, it's always this bad. Worst part is that the loser has conversations with himself. See above.

Posted by Tobikat | November 25, 2012 5:01 AM

looks like a lot of people are having fun here.

Posted by mike | July 17, 2013 3:05 PM

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