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We have now completed a restructuring of the business of ATP Concerts Limited. This involved the Voluntary Liquidation of ATP Concerts Limited and transfer of its assets (including the rights to the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, label, and shows) to a new company called Willwal Limited. We will also be dividing the business into three different companies; ATP Festivals, ATP Recordings and ATP Shows.

The team however, remain the same, having been transferred over to Willwal Limited - and the festival is still called All Tomorrow's Parties. All future events will continue as scheduled on the dates advertised and all tickets for those events are still valid.

ATP remains unwaveringly committed to hosting world class events. Since our inception it has been our mission to provide quality concerts for discerning music lovers around the world - our number one priority has always been the bands and the fans and we work hard, sometimes under difficult circumstances, to achieve the highest standards possible. It is a tough climate out there, but this restructuring will ensure that ATP is around for many more years to come. We thank the fans who have stood by us over the years and especially during this recent time of reorganisation.

Other news we are announcing today is that the U.S. event on September 21 - 23 is to be moved from Asbury Park, New Jersey to Manhattan, New York. This is due to logistical reasons and a full press release regarding the move will be posted here. Anyone unable to attend due to this change will be able to request a full refund.

We have many exciting developments and opportunities available to us that will be announced over the coming months. We will be continuing the work we have done over the past 13 years and would like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past week - we apologise that this statement has taken longer than anticipated to be released (due to needing certain legal clearances) - we thank you again for your patience and apologise for any unnecessary worry caused.

On Monday we will announce the first bands for this December's Nightmare Before Christmas festival curated by Shellac.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Hogan
ATP

by BBG

David Yow & David Wm. Sims on stage with The Jesus Lizard (more by Tim Griffin)
David Yow & David Wm. Sims

Scratch Acid was an Austin, Texas noise rock group formed in 1982... The band was named by music journalist Will Lerner as "the American equivalent of the Birthday Party." After developing a reputation as a crazy, noisy punk band, Scratch Acid disbanded in 1987. According to the liner notes of The Greatest Gift, the band members never received compensation from either Rabid Cat or Fundamental Records (who distributed their releases in Europe).

Brett Bradford went on to form Colorado punk band Great Caesar's Ghost. They disbanded in 1993. He also formed Sangre De Toro and played with Areola 51. Washam went on to perform with many other bands, including the Big Boys, Ministry, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Lard, and Tad. In 1987, Sims and Washam joined Steve Albini in the band Rapeman, which disbanded just before Sims reunited with Yow in 1989 to form the Jesus Lizard. [Wikipedia]

The string of impressive ATP reunions continue, as all four original members of Scratch Acid (David Yow, David Wm. Sims, Rey Washam, Brett Bradford) will reunite again to play ATP Minehead in the UK this December (12/2 - 12/4, tickets). The fest is curated by Jeff Mangum, and will a feature a performance from the Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind, along with Fleet Foxes, Yann Tiersen, Superchunk, The Magic Band, Tinariwen, and others to be announced.

Even better.... David Wm. Sims has promised that "There will be other dates in November and December in the US, and possibly in Europe." Stay tuned.

In related news, tickets are still available in various incarnations for the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror event in Asbury Park on 9/30 - 10/2. The Portishead-curated festival that Jeff Mangum is also playing recently announced the additions of Swans, Battles, Deerhoof, and more.

ATP Minehead flyer and some video from Scratch Acid's 2006 reunion, below.

Continue reading "Scratch Acid reunited, planning tour, playing Jeff Mangum ATP"

Battles

As previously mentioned, Battles have been in the studio working on their follow-up to 2007's Mirrored. The new album, titled Gloss Drop, is set to be released June 7 on Warp and features an array of guests including Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Gary Numan, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo. Perhaps they'll help fill the void caused by the departure of guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton. You can preorder the album here. Battles have also announced an international tour in support of the album including April 27 at Le Poisson Rouge. All dates are listed below.

Although Tyondai Braxton will not be performing with them, as mentioned, he will be performing dates with the Wordless Music Orchestra including one at NYC's Alice Tully Hall this Monday, March 7th.

Battles are also co-curating, with Caribou and Les Savy Fav, ATP Nightmare Before Christmas which is happening in the UK this December. Tickets go on sale 3/3 at 5 PM. In other Caribou related news, he is planning a split vinyl with Four Tet. Listen to each artist's contribution below.

Helmet, the band previous home to Battles drummer John Stanier, also plays this month as part of the Metalliance Tour with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, and Kylesa. That hits Irving Plaza on March 25th.

All Battles dates, tracklisting, and MP3 streams below...

Continue reading "Battles announce new album & tour dates, co-curating an ATP"

Mangum

"ATP Concerts are very excited to present the return of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum to headline and curate one of two festival weekends planned for December 2011 at Butlins, Minehead. After releasing what is now one of the most loved and critically acclaimed albums of the 1990s (In The Aeroplane Over The Sea), Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded before many of those who now love their albums had a chance to see the songs performed live, so Jeff's much anticipated return to the live stage this year will no doubt be a very special occasion for fans throughout the UK and worldwide.

As well as headlining, Mangum will choose around 40 acts to play across the weekend on three indoor stages with a total festival capacity of around 5500 people. Mangum will perform more than once in the more intimate Centre Stage venue, although entry to only one show is guaranteed - he will be performing a solo acoustic set."

Ok, so Jeff is playing two Wordless Music shows in September followed by two NJ Portishead ATP-related shows at the end of September and the beginning of October (both sold out), and now at least two shows at his very own ATP in the UK in December. More shows are sure to come.

Jeff's initial UK lineup (listed below) includes A Hawk and A Hacksaw who (also contain a Neutral Milk Hotel member and) are also on the lineup with Jeff in NJ.

The full initial UK ATP lineup and more details below...

Continue reading "Jeff Mangum curating & playing an ATP UK too!"

words by Rachel Kowal

Dent May @ BV-CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Dent May

A few nights earlier, I tried and failed to see Dent May at a late-night show, but I figured I'd give it another shot, so I headed over to the Cake Shop after the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at MHOW Thursday night, and was delighted to see that they were running on schedule. I thought I was tired at that point, but I've got to hand it to Dent May and his friend Bobby for their dedication to the cause. "We drove 20 hours straight to be with you. Our car got towed. We've been threw a lot of shit, and we love it," May said by way of introduction. A quick look at Bobby's zombie-like stare as he sat, waiting for the show to start, revealed just how tired he was. In addition to their lengthy sojourn to New York, it was their last show of the week and the third of the day. Luckily, their music is upbeat and undeniably catchy. When they started to play, they sprang to life, and many of the people in the audience began to dance.

Dent May doesn't have any more dates on his schedule, but he is on the lineup of the just-announced All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Animal Collective taking place May 13th-15th at at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, UK. Full initial lineup announcement below...

Continue reading "Dent May played CMJ, playing Animal Collective-curated ATP "

by BBG

Spiritualized at Pitchfork 2008 (more by Elizabeth Weinberg)
Spiritualized

Spiritualized have confirmed that they will be playing Radio City Music Hall on July 30th. They've also confirmed that they will in fact be playing all of their landmark Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. It will be their lone North American date, as well as the last performance of the LP in it's entirety. Spiritualized recently reissued Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space with tons of bonus material.

Tickets will go on pre-sale on June 11th (Friday), and then general sale on June 14th (Monday). The previously discussed ticket link is gone. More details are forthcoming.

Spiritualized recently played all of Ladies & Gentlemen... in it's entirety at the Matt Groening curated All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead. Video from that show, as well as video from Iggy & The Stooges, Boredoms, and James Chance & The Contortions, are all below....

Continue reading "Spiritualized confirm Radio City show ++ check out some videos from the Matt Groening-curated ATP they played"

DOWNLOAD: Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee (MP3)

Teenage Fanclub

"Dogged adherents of the "if it ain't broke" philosophy of music, the Glaswegian quartet have been plying their own brand of harmony-laden guitar pop for two decades and little changes here. Pedestrian? Yes. Derivative? Certainly. But an alchemy exists within the band allowing them to find something newly life-affirming in the most well-worn elements of their Byrds-indebted sound. Current single "Baby Lee" might be twee but boasts a melody so sunny it could persuade grown men to skip down the street. And among this record's bittersweet pleasures, drowsy closer "Today Never Ends" is porch music of a timeless kind." [Guardian]
Teenage Fanclub's new album, Shadows, was just released overseas in Europe (where they're touring at the moment in support of it). Merge Records puts the album out in the U.S., on June 8th (the last day of their UK tour). Download "Baby Lee" for free above.

In July and August, Teenage Fanclub will play some European festivals. In December they play the Belle & Sebastian-curated "Bowlie 2" ATP in Minehead. Before that they join their fellow Scots for a show in Brooklyn (and maybe a TBA tour?).

As promised, Belle & Sebastian are coming. They play the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn on September 30th with Teenage Fanclub. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Anonymous pointed out that Matador is hosting their 21st anniversary festival in Las Vegas from October 1-3. That makes it seem very likely that Belle & Sebastian will play that too while they're visiting. Las Vegas Weekly reports...

...the host venue appears to be the Pearl at the Palms, according to a source with inside knowledge. And, yes, Pavement is set to headline, a figure close to the band has confirmed; the just-reunited '90s alt-luminaries play LA's Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 30, and will perform in Vegas that weekend... Oh, also on that Hollywood Bowl bill? The legendary Sonic Youth, whose latest album, 2009's The Eternal, was released by, ahem, Matador Records. Hmm...
Teenage Fanclub's album tracklist and dates below...

Continue reading "Teenage Fanclub releasing an album (MP3), playing Williamsburg Waterfront WITH BELLE & SEBASTIAN (dates)"

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Catch Australia's Mick Turner & Jim White (2/3 of The Dirty Three) as the Tren Brothers this Saturday afternoon (today, 5/8) at Sound Fix Records. The free Brooklyn in-store kicks off at 2pm.

Catch Mick Turner & Jim White as the reunited Venom P Stinger on Wednesday May 12th at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn...

:: VENOM P STINGER -- legendary Melbourne punk band, Mick Turner & Jim White of the Dirty Three
:::: Fresh Kills
:: dj Brian Turner from WFMU
| SHEA STADIUM |
20 Meadow St btwn Waterbury St & Bogart St | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand, G-Metropolitan | 8pm | all ages | $8
| MYSPACE |- http://myspace.com/sheastadiumbk
| VENOM P STINGER |
"VENOM P STINGER were born out of the mid eighties post Birthday Party Melbourne music scene, the original members had come from bands Sick Things, Fungus Brains, People with chairs up their noses, Moodists, Beach Nuts, Orchestra skin and bone to name a few. They played from 1985 until the early nineties. Members included Jim White (drums), Mick Turner (guitar) both later of Dirty Three, and Dugald McKenzie (vocals, sadly departed) and Alan Secher-Jensen (bass). the music a kind of intense slight jazz inflicted punk, brought back to life here with Tim Evans (Bird Blobs) on vocal and Shahzad Ismaily on bass." - All Tomorrow's Parties
Catch Vemon P Stinger on Saturday, May 15th at the Pavement-curated ATP Festival (happening in England - the reason they got back together). Check out some videos below...

Continue reading "Mick Turner & Jim White (as The Tren Brothers & then Venom P Stinger) playing shows TODAY & later (dates) "

Godspeed you Black Emperor

"After years of inactivity, the Canadian post-rock juggernaut known as Godspeed You! Black Emperor is rumbling back to life.

The first order of business: curating and headlining ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas, taking place at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England December 3-5. Other acts performing include Deerhoof, Mike Watt, the Ex, Tim Hecker, Scout Niblett, and Bardo Pond.

Then: In a note on their website, Godspeed promise a tour consisting of "a handful of British and European shows, and then nine American shows." And that's it... for now. As they say, "Until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS." They also aren't doing any interviews, so don't ask." [Pitchfork]

The full note is posted below...

Continue reading "Godspeed You! Black Emperor are! back. curating ATP UK, promising nine American shows..."

ATP

"To celebrate the Yeah Yeah Yeahs coming up to ten years of being a band and also of course our 10th birthday- at Ten Years Of ATP the band will play a special performance of debut album Fever To Tell as the first part of their show. This is unique to ATP and will not be what they are performing on the rest of their tour.

In other news we're very happy to confirm that David Pajo's Papa M performance will consist of the 1999 classic Live From A Shark Cage album (another ten year anniversary!)." [ATP]

"Ten Years of ATP", taking place in Minehead in December, is sold out.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing a Verizon DROID launch party at Angel Orensanz in NYC on Friday (11/6). It's free, but you need to go through some hoops to get tickets.

Pavement

It would be fair to say, we at ATP get to present some very special bands. But we are beyond excited to announce that legendary US band Pavement will headline and curate the weekend of May 14th-16th in 2010!

After years of speculation, arguably the most important American band of the Nineties is returning to the stage with the line-up of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010 including curating and performing at ATP Weekend 2 on May 14th - 16th.

That's a full four months before Pavement play four shows in a row at Central Park Summerstage in NYC. And to quote Hiro (who sent me this, thx!), "so Coachella looks pretty good for them!"

Autolux

After cancelling their appearance at the first-ever ATP NY festival in 2008, it was no surprise to see them on the lineup for 2009. Now, like Dirty Three, Deerhoof, Jesus Lizard, and the Boredoms, LA band Autolux have announced a show (or two) in NYC too. And to make it even sweeter, they'll be joined at both NYC shows by ATP recording artist Sleepy Sun who are also playing ATP NY this year. The dates and NYC venues are September 14th at Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale now), and September 15th at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets on sale now).

According to Wiki, "Transit Transit is the upcoming sophomore album by Autolux, tentatively scheduled for release 'sometime in 2009'."

Sleepy Sun are also playing the just-announced "Ten Years Of ATP" festival happening in Minehead in the UK from Friday 11th December to Sunday 13th December, 2009. Other confirmed artists on that so far are Explosions in the Sky, Dirty Three, Shellac, Tortoise, Melvins, Mudhoney, The For Carnation, Papa M, Deerhoof\, F**k Buttons, The Drones, and Bardo Pond. Tickets are on sale.

You can also catch Autolux at this year's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, and a few more places. All dates, videos, and the full Outside Lands Fest lineup (by day), below...

Continue reading "Autolux & Sleepy Sun touring - ATP NY, Bowery, MHOW & Outside Lands (full San Francisco fest lineup) "

DOWNLOAD: Qui - Prison Braid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Qui - I Love You (AIFF)

The Jesus Lizard's David Yow @ ATP UK 5/10/09 (Terekhova)
Jesus Lizard

The Jesus Lizard: How a man nearing 50 can possess more energy than entire bands made up of younger souls is beyond us, but David Yow was never less than possessed during the legendary grungers' brace of Centre Stage sets on Saturday [5/9] and Sunday... 'Puss', 'Gladiator' and more were rocked out to for the first time since their break up in 1999. [Clash Music]
The Jesus Lizard, who reformed to play two ATP UK shows on May 9th and 10th, will keep the reunion going with shows scheduled through the fall. Those dates include Primavera Sound on May 28th, Pitchfork Festival on July 17th, Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party on July 24th, ATP NY on September 11th and more (though still no NYC). They're also one of the first bands to confirm for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 7th and 8th.

Singer David Yow's other band, Qui, played ATP UK too. For that appearance, the band released a limited-edition 7-inch, The Little Golden Blanket, on Infrasonic Sound. The 7-inch's two tracks, posted above, are from a forthcoming Qui LP, due in late 2009. Check 'em out.

Videos of The Jesus Lizard at ATP UK (with examples of David Yow's prodigious stagediving skills) and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "the Jesus Lizard played ATP, playing Fun Fun Fun Fest - reunion continues (all dates) ++ new Qui songs (MP3)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: YOB - "Burning The Altar" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Caïna - "To Pluck The Night Up By Its Skin" (MP3)

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sunn

According to ancient Mayan prophecy, The Age Of The Fifth Sun draws to a close in 2012 when armageddon will fall upon the land. Considering this is only 2009, it is entirely possible that sunn 0)))'s soundtrack to the end of days/new album, Monoliths & Dimensions, may have been delivered a bit prematurely (out NOW). Not that a moment on Monoliths resembles anything less than meticulous detail; Attila Csihar's Bela Lugosi-like vocals, heavenly choirs, harp, trumpet, and orchestra all add to the nauseating rumble, and at times, shimmering beauty emanating from their full stacks. Pick it up at Southern Lord on CD. Vinyl is due this summer. The boys have also announced a rough sketch idea of their upcoming tour plans:

We are preparing tours as a 4 and 5 piece in support of this opus. Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Zombi) will be in the ranks as well as a yet undecided 5th member for some shows. Randall Dunn will be on the big guns.

SUNN O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" tours 2009

Midwest USA July 2-12
West coast USA August 5-11
East coast/Southeast USA September 18-30
Middle & East Europe/Scandinavia October 17 - Nov 1st

There should also be UK and Japan jaunts following those pieces. We are working on it, more to come.

We are also considering and contemplating a few special event concerts with an expanded acoustic ensemble lineup. This is a whole different ballgame but may be in the cards and we have a few loyal partners in Europe on board to help manifest if/when the time is correct.

Lots of mini-CDs to report on, as Hail of Bullets will release the limited-to-2000 five song Warsaw Rising this summer on Metal Blade and Caïna will release a self-titled MCD via Universal Tongue/Bubonic Productions. Check out a track from that Caïna, "To Pluck The Night Up By Its Skin", available above. Nachtmystium has a MCD, Doomsday Derelicts, out via Battle Kommand, and will release a new split 7" with Cyanide.

ATP's Fans Strike Back festival took place last week, two nights of Sleep included. Check out our pre-ATP interview with Matt Pike HERE. Video and setlist from the ATP shows below.

YOB's new album for Profound Lore, The Great Cessation, now has an official release date, July 14th! The new effort by the reformed Eugene, OR doom colossus will span five tracks over it's 60+ minutes including "Burning The Altar" which is downloadable above! Look for US dates to follow, and once we have news on NYC, you know you will too.

YOB's album art, plus videos of Sleep, news on The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch and Baroness, Opeth, Converge, Ringworm and much more as This Week In Metal continues....

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (05/17/09)"

by Black Bubblegum

Torche @ Highline Ballroom (more by Justina Villanueva)
Torche

We can confirm that Harvey Milk and Torche will team up to play a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th. Ticket details, and possibly full tour details, are to come (thx anon).

Torche recently played NYC with Dredg and From Monument To Masses.

Harvey Milk is set to play ATP: The Fans Strike Back in Minehead with Sleep, The Jesus Lizard, Devo, Spiritualized, Killing Joke, M83, Grails, Electric Wizard, Jesu, Lords, and many many others. For the lucky few who are going, you can plan your day now that the set times have been released.

All known tour dates below...

Continue reading "Harvey Milk playing NYC w/ Torche and ATP UK (set times) "

ATP UK

Voodoo Experience Festival is happening in New Orleans's City Park on October 30th, 31st and November 1st.

The 11th annual VOODOO EXPERIENCE will once again celebrate music, as well as New Orleans' bohemian culture, arts and cuisine. More than 160 bands will perform in three distinct performance areas--Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival--and eight stages each highlight a unique side of the personality of New Orleans. News re: this year's line-up will be revealed in the coming months.
Three-day weekend passes ($103) and VIP tix are on sale for fest. Its organizers have announced that ticket prices will be all inclusive aka no extra fees, despite being sold through Ticketmaster.

The rapidly approaching Bonnaroo (June 11-14) has added a David Byrne curated stage to its lineup...

We are very excited to announce that David Byrne has assembled a number of performers for the first artist-curated stage! On the evening of Friday, June 12 Byrne, who is performing the "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno," will host his recent collaborators Santigold and the Dirty Projectors, singer/songwriter and founder of Righteous Babe Records Ani DiFranco, former Polyphonic Spree member and Beggar's Banquet recording artist St. Vincent and up-and-coming multi-instrumental all-female Norwegian alt/folk band Katzenjammer.
Also in the curating news -- My Bloody Valentine, who curated part of ATP's first festival in NY in 2008, is putting together the lineup for ATP UK's Nightmare Before Christmas 2009. It was mentioned previously that Sonic Youth will be there.
[Nightmare Before Christmas '09] event will take place at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, England from December 4th - 6th, 2009. So far confirmed to join the legendary sonic sculptors are:

Sonic Youth
De La Soul
EPMD
Sun Ra Arkestra
The Horrors

And of course, My Bloody Valentine themselves.

Tickets for that are on sale now. If you don't have the cash upfront, there's an option to pay through the ATP "installment scheme," which, though it sounds sketchy, is actually a way to buy part of your ticket now and pay the remainder in July. The poster for the fest is above.

That's somewhat similar to the layaway plan announced by All Points West (Jul 31-Aug 2). Tickets are still on sale for APW. You can also get advance round-trip ferry tickets from Battery Park to the fest for $15. They go up "$20 the week of the show, and $25 if purchased at the ferry box office on the day of the show. Individual tickets must be purchased for each day."

My Bloody Valentine is among the artists playing All Points West this year.

Other quick festival news:

Coachella happened. My Bloody Valentine played. A guy got tased.

The lineup for Lollapalooza (August 7-9) was announced.

Mutek's lineup (May 27-31) was updated.

In NYC, the Tribeca Film Festival is happening now, through May 3rd.

The lineup for Pitchfork Fest (July 7-9) was updated. That's posted below...

Continue reading "Voodoo Fest tix, David Byrne's stage @ Bonnaroo, My Bloody Valentine's UK ATP, Pitchfork's lineup & other festival news"

DOWNLOAD: Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster (MP3)

photos by Lori Baily, words by Andrew Frisicano

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore played at Santos Party House on Tuesday, April 7th as part of a trio with Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori. The Moore-curated line-up also included Fat Worm of Error and Noise Nomads.

Thurston Moore came out with Okkyung Lee, and Ikue More. I was optimistic. Thurston with a circuit bent guitar on his lap with all sorts of homemade attachments. Then a lap top and a Cello. It seemed harmless and intriguing. It wasn't. Explosions of beats, randomized harmonics and bends from the cello mixed with the constant screaming of the guitar played with knives. I took my pictures and then left. I was loosing it. This music was definitely for someone else. I had to catch my breath outside and let my mind calm back down. I was truly affected by what I had seen. So in a since I guess it did it's job. Truly Experiential Sound had been made. I really wouldn't even call it music. Do I have the jurisdiction to say that? [Quiet Color]
The pictures in this post are from that show.

Matador has released a new MP3 (above) of song "Sacred Trickster" from Sonic Youth's forthcoming record, The Eternal, due June 9th. Preorders for that disc through Matador's Buy Early Get Now program get a bunch of extras (including an LP of Sonic Youth at Battery Park last July 4th). Matador also reports that SY is confirmed for the "My Bloody Valentine-curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas...in Minehead [UK] from December 4th - 6th, 2009."

Last week, Sonic Youth performed four unique shows at BAM.

More details on The Eternal preorder plus info on a "secret" Sonic Youth London show, with all photos, below...

Continue reading "a new Sonic Youth MP3 & Thurston Moore Santos show pics"

by Andrew Frisicano

The Pixies

Pixies are back again - so far with just one UK date: June 14th at the Isle of Wight Festival (featuring Neil Young and more - tickets on sale here). "More [shows] to come", as promised by the band's Myspace.

Grand DuchyMeanwhile, Frank Black and Violet Clark (husband+wife) have recorded a full-length as Grand Duchy. The record, Petits Fours, will be out April 14th in the US on Cooking Vinyl (out now in Europe). Track list below. The group's Myspace also asks for "submissions of an artistic nature for the creation of a compendium of Grand Duchy-themed art."

Frank Black's BlackFrancis.net cryptically speculates: "The negotiators continue the discussion about BLACK FRANCIS concerts for this year of the Ox 2009. Acoustic? 3 piece? GRAND DUCHY? PIXIES? Duets with movie stars? Poetry slam? Art exhibition? WHO SHALL KNOW THESE THINGS? Checking the site of blackfrancis.net can be a habit to have!!" Part of that picture is put together above, with certainly more to be announced.

Black also recently produced Art Brut's third LP Art Brut vs. Satan out April 20th (Europe on Cooking Vinyl) and May 12th (US on Downtown Records). The first officially released track "Alcoholics Unanimous" has a video which was posted here on Sunday and can also be watched below.

A book on the Pixies, Pixies: In Print, recently came out on Rock Reader Books. The 1,000-copy first printing "collects all of the revered and influential band's essential press interactions. Focusing on the group's 1987 - 1992 heyday and its subsequent 2004 - 2007 reunion, PIXIES: IN PRINT chronicles the history of the Boston-bred musical icons through essential interviews, essays and articles."

And, as previously mentioned, Kim Deal and The Breeders are curating/playing ATP UK Weekend 2 May 15-17. Full line-up, the Grand Duchy track list, some videos, and more below...

Continue reading "Frank Black back w/ Pixies (date), Grand Duchy & Art Brut "

Yann Tiersen

Guillaume Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer known internationally for composing the score to the Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie Amélie.His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, harpsichord and typewriter. He has been compared to musicians Chopin, Erik Satie, Phillip Glass and Michael Nyman [Wikipedia]
Yann Tiersen is going on tour! A tour that includes North America and which includes an April 16th show at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets are on sale.

Other cities on the tour include Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, San Francisco, and LA. On May 15th he's playing the Breeders-curated ATP Festival in Minehead. Back in 2003, musicOMH wrote this review of one of Yann's live shows...

He began his set on grand piano - and his piano pieces are rarely other than delightful. What wasn't obvious from listening to his albums was instantly so here - it isn't someone playing melodica or accordion with him as he tinkles the ivories. Oh no. He plays both instruments at the same time.

After each track, rapturous applause greeted him as he shifted between piano, melodica, accordion, violin, viola, bass, guitar and even vocals. A rare chance was afforded to the audience to hear a solo viola piece, Qu'En Reste-t-il? from L'Absente, in which at any moment sparks could have flown from the instrument as Yann fiddled for all he was worth. Here was a man making electricity spark from an acoustic instrument before our very eyes. His playing was enough to make members of his audience weep at its beauty.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Yann Tiersen - 2009 Tour Dates (Irving Plaza, ATP UK)"

Devo @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
Devo

On Friday, March 20, performing right society BMI will partner with SXSW to present new wave progenitors Devo at Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St). The show marks the climax of BMI's focused presence at SXSW 2009: Throughout the week, the organization will also stage indie rock showcases, orchestrate film and songwriter panels, and host its annual invitation-only mixers, the details of which will be announced soon.
Devo's only other scheduled 2009 show is at ATP UK's The Fans Strike Back festival in Minehead which runs from May 8th-10th. That's the same festival that Sleep is reuniting to play.

SXSW also announced a ton of other bands playing SXSW this year. On that list, is....Sleep, BUT after a false alarm that included a minor Black Bubblegum freakout, we confirmed that in fact the band playing SXSW is a different Sleep. Oh well.

A few other bands playing SXSW this year: The Wrens, Peter Bjorn and John, Primal Scream, and Explosions in the Sky.

Throwing Muses

We knew Throwing Muses would be in town to play one R.E.M. song at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. Now we also know that show is party of a small tour that has the classic-indie rock band also playing more than one song in Philly, Brooklyn, and in their hometown of Boston (well, Cambridge). The Brooklyn show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 12th (one day after Carnegie Hall), and 50 Foot Wave is opening which means this show will be chock full of Krisin Hersh.

Current TM lineup:
Kristin Hersh (vocals/guitar)
Bernard Georges (bass)
David Narcizo (drums)
Tickets go on Am Ex presale Wednesday and on regular sale Friday.

Throwing Muses will also be playing a set at the Breeders-curated ATP Festival in the UK in May, and at Primavera Sound in Spain that same month. All dates below...

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Jesus Lizard

THE JESUS LIZARD REFORM,
ANNOUNCE APPEARANCE AT ATP: THE FANS STRIKE BACK FESTIVAL, MAY 2009!!

All Tomorrow's Parties are extremely excited to announce that THE JESUS LIZARD have reformed and will perform at the Fans Strike Back festival in 2009.

In what has to rank as one of the most unlikely developments in rock, the awe-inspiring primal force of the Jesus Lizard will return, briefly, in 2009. The original lineup of David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims and Mac McNeilly will reform for a very limited series of live dates in 2009, starting with the All Tomorrow's Parties event dubbed The Fans Strike Back in Minehead, UK on May 9 and 10 and ending with a final appearance in Chicago in late November. These shows will be the Jesus Lizard's first since disbanding in 1999 and the first in twelve years to feature the original storied quartet. As anyone who has experienced the Jesus Lizard live can attest, they are one of the most intense and visceral musical assemblies to ever stalk a stage. This fleeting reunion offers an incredible opportunity to either be blown away all over again or to immerse yourself in the sweaty power and driving mayhem for the very first time.

In celebration of this event, Touch and Go Records will reissue four full-length releases from the Jesus Lizard in May 2009. Remastered recordings of Head, Goat, Liar, and Down will be available on both LP and CD, all with expanded packaging and liner notes. Bob Weston is heading up the remastering process with Steve Albini, the original session engineer, sitting in.

This is the same UK festival/weekend that Sleep are reforming to play. This is not to be confused with ATP NY which also just announced bands for 2009 (when I got this news I did get confused for a second and thought JESUS LIZARD??!, but then realized they meant for the UK) (we can still hope) (they are playing Chicago in November....ATP NY is in September...).

Jesus Lizard are playing "ATP UK Weekend 1". "ATP UK Weekend 2" is the one the Breeders are curating, and that's the one Shellac and Gang of Four (maybe not the original lineup?) were just added to. More UK ATP details below...

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Sleep in Germany, 1993 (permission from Al Cisneros)
Sleep

Sleep departed from this Earth 'round 1996, and not with a bang, but a whimper. In 1995, the future members of Om and High On Fire began work on their third LP, the follow-up to their highly-acclaimed Holy Mountain. Upon completion, Sleep delvered their new album, entitled Dopesmoker to their label, London Records, who deemed it "unmarketable". Undeterred, the band headed back to the studio and reemerged with Jerusalem, a leaner version of Dopesmoker with re-written lyrics. Again, London Records refused and as a result, Sleep disbanded.
Jerusalem AND Dopesmoker have since seen the light of day, and in that time the legend of Sleep has grown by leaps and bounds.

Nowadays Sleep is cited by most (if not all) doom metal enthusiasts as a seminal band, and usually in the same breath as such heavyweights as Saint Vitus (who are also reuniting) & Pentagram.

Since it was announced that Sleep would reunite for the ATP's The Fans Strike Back Festival, fans have been clamoring to hear more details about the reunion, as well as the reasons behind it and whether they would play any additional shows. Luckily, we were able to corner Al Cisneros of shortly after his tour of Europe with Om to discuss some of these issues as well as shed some more light on Om, Shrinebuilder, and High On Fire's new album!

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When I interviewed you in September, were the plans already in the works, or did the ATP folks corner you at the festival and start to nail it down then?

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BHog

If there's one thing that ATP is good at, it's a reunion. One gaze through the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2008 lineup and it becomes evident that the Melvins and Mike Patton haven't let us down with the addition of Boss Hog. The Jon Spencer/Cristina Martinez (husband-wife) project (formed post-Pussy Galore and pre-Blues Explosion) will be, though technically not broken up, playing their first gig in over seven years.

A little history, courtesy the world's most accurate online encyclopedia:

Boss Hog was formed in 1989, as something of an accidental side project, when Jon and Cristina were told of a last minute vacancy on the bill at the influential New York punk club CBGB's. The pair put together a group of musicians from members of The Honeymoon Killers and Unsane, along with Kurt Wolf from Pussy Galore. The gig is reported to have been an underground sensation in New York, not least because Cristina performed the whole show naked.

The same line-up of Spencer, Martinez, Charlie Ondras, Jerry Teel and Kurt Wolf recorded the mini-album Drinkin', Lechin' & Lyin' for the record label Amphetamine Reptile in 1989. Martinez continued the sexual notoriety by appearing on the cover naked save for thigh-length black leather stilletto boots and arm-length black leather gloves.

The ATP gig is in Minehead on December 5th, and Boss Hog have another UK show scheduled for December 8th at The Luminaire in London (tickets here, overseas folk), BUT FIRST, Boss Hog will play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on December 3rd (tickets are on sale), and we also hear they may be playing a BUST magazine (holiday?) party at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on December 17th.

Jon Spencer has also been keeping busy lately with his band Heavy Trash. They played a few NYC shows back in August. We're not sure what else Christina is up to. All Boss Hog dates and a video below...

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The Breeders at McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
Breeders

All Tomorrow's Parties recently announced another UK festival, this time curated by The Breeders and taking place May 15-17 2009 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead, England. 40+ bands will play the festival including The Breeders as well as Throwing Muses, Bon Iver, Teenage Fanclub, and Holy Fuck. Tickets are on sale.

The Breeders festival, also know as "ATP UK Weekend 2", comes, believe it or not, one weekend after "ATP UK Weekend 1" which is the ATP that Sleep are reuniting for (and which is also known as "The Fans Strike Back").

ATP is also coming back to NY in 2009. All Breeders tour dates below....

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