Entries tagged with: Afghan Whigs
photo: Dulli w/ Afghan Whigs @ Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs has announced a solo tour for early 2016. He'll play Europe before going on a run of dates in the US, all dubbed "An Evening with Greg Dulli," which will feature support from poet/comedian/writer Derrick Brown. Greg will be playing Afghan Whigs songs alongside new stuff and presumably some covers, maybe like his new rendition of Sharon Van Etten's "A Crime" which features Ani DiFranco and can be heard below.
The tour will stop in NYC for a show on March 11 at Roulette in Brooklyn. Tickets go on artist presale on Wednesday (10/21) at 10 AM (password:Dulli2016) and then on sale to the general public on Friday (10/23) at noon.
Afghan Whigs are also at work on a new album that is slated for release in 2016.
All tour dates are listed, along with that Sharon Van Etten Cover, below.
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Usher & Afghan Whigs @ MHOW - 10/5/14 (via @foeweel)
Afghan Whigs put out their first new album in 16 years and reissued their classic Gentlemen this year, and brought their tour to NYC for two shows this past weekend. First they hit Beacon Theatre on Saturday (10/4) with Charles Bradley and then Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (10/5) with Joseph Arthur. Last night's show included two encores, the first of which saw Usher coming out to perform his excellent 2012 single "Climax" with the band, like they did at SXSW 2013.
Usher plays NYC again at the much larger MSG on 11/7.
Watch a video of the collaboration, with Afghan Whigs' setlist, below...
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack & Milos Markicevic
The Flaming Lips / Afghan Whigs / mohawks
Riot Fest Chicago kicked off this past Friday (9/12) in Humboldt Park and continued the following day with Samhain (playing Initium) (video below), The National, The Flaming Lips, Descendents (playing Milo Goes to College), The Get Up Kids (playing Something to Write Home About), The Afghan Whigs, Television, Buzzcocks, Samiam, Wavves and many more. Pictures of the second day, and Milos and Zach's reviews, are in this post.
I skipped the rainy first day of Riot Fest and waded through the muddy aftermath to The Dandy Warhols perform at the Riot Stage. Getting there early I used the extra time attempting (and failing) to clean my sneakers, which had accumulated enough mud under the soles to make them look like brown platform shoes. The Dandys hit the stage on time and managed to squeeze in a good variety of their hits in the short 45 minute set time, including "I Love You," "We Used To Be Friends," "Bohemian Like You," and "Boys Better." The sound was a bit off the first couple of songs, possibly having something to do with Courtney Taylor's dual mic setup. But overall the set was excellent and managed to distract me from the sinking feeling under my shoes. The band seemed to enjoy themselves, especially keyboardist Zia McCabe who danced like a hippy while playing her Korg synth and tambourine. I spotted her again later in the day rocking out among the audience during the Die Antwoord set. Overall my only complaint was that Dandy's set felt criminally short and left me craving more. --MM
I started off day 2 of the festival by catching NYC punk legends Television's late afternoon set on the Rise Stage. They delivered almost all of their classic Marquee Moon (3/4 of their current lineup recorded the LP), complete with its signature paranoid feel and fantastic interlocking guitar work. Though they don't play all that many shows these days, the band were way on at the fest and came off sounding just as powerful as their recordings. After watching a large part of their set, I headed over to the Riot Stage for something very different: Die Antwoord.
The South African rave rappers began their performance by piping a highly-effected "DJ Hi-Tek Rulez" over the sound system, which includes the hook "DJ Hi-Tek will fuck you in the ass." Their subsequent set followed suit, with more ridiculous and highly danceable songs. During what I stuck around for, rapper Ninja mooned the crowd multiple times and did some serious stage hopping with Yo-Landi Vi$$er. We then broke for food prior to The Afghan Whigs' set on the nearby Roots Stage. --ZP
The crowd waiting for the Whigs couldn't have been more different than the one we had left. Older and somber, they occasionally took furrowed glances at Die Antwoord's stage in manner similar to a disgruntled parent. The Afghan Whigs finally hit the stage at 4:15 sharp and the crowd erupted with a mix of excitement and relief. Greg Dulli and the band were dressed in the debonair style that they're known for and reached deep into their back log, pulling out favorites like "Debonair" from their classic Gentleman album (which they're reissuing this year). The band flat out rocked and Duli even slammed his own drum near the end of the set. It was a real pleasure seeing these guys fully back in action. --MM
After Afghan Whigs, we headed to the smaller Revolt Stage to catch Buffalo, NY punk pop trio Lemuria. The three-piece delivered a mix of tunes from last year's The Distance Is So Big and its predecessors with a ton of energy. The humble crowd they gathered seemed to eat it up too. Highlights included the driving "Clay Baby" and grungy "Brilliant Dancer." After a handful of songs from Lemuria, we headed over to the already-packed Roots Stage where Wu-Tang Clan would soon be playing.
The Wu entered with their classic party-starter "Bring Da Ruckus," followed by the majority of 36 Chambers. Standout moments from their overall fun set included the RZA-led "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'," "Protect Ya Neck," and the classic "C.R.E.A.M." RZA also gave Syl Johnson a big shout out while talking about influential Chicago artists. --ZP
The Flaming Lips were our next mark, who were to take the Roots Stage after Wu-Tang. Wayne Coyne and co. began their sprawling trip-out with "The Abandoned Hospital Ship" followed by "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1." The band had an elaborate, hanging fiber-optic setup and a stage-spanning screen with visuals behind them. When combined (most often with a tunnel-looking rainbow video), the backgrounds and fiber-optics worked extremely well together. There were also various blowup mascots on stage throughout their set, like a sun, mushrooms, a creepy butterfly, etc. with people inside animating them. While attempting a confetti cannon shot during "The Abandoned Hospital Ship," The Flaming Lips blew the power on the Roots Stage. The confetti still shot off, and it was a bit sad for a few minutes while they assessed the situation. They did manage to come back strong, yet Coyne still seemed understandably deflated. This didn't stop him from putting on a great show though, and he channeled some of that weirdness into an excellent performance of The Terror standout "Look...The Sun Is Rising." The uplifting "Do You Realize??" came next, followed by their incredibly warped cover of The Beatles classic "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." The verses remain fairly intact, but the chorus is shopped with doom-ridden explosions throughout. It's a really interesting take on the song, and I'm curious to see what the recording will be like. --ZP
The National were a bit delayed due to a border crossing mishap in Ottawa, so The Flaming Lips were given a bit more time. When they did arrive, Matt Berninger first joked that he was busy checking his email before actually explaining what happened. The National proceeded to give us a mostly late-period headlining set that featured songs from Trouble Will Find Me and High Violet. That's not to say their older material was completely ignored. " They capped off their characteristically great show with "Fake Empire" into "Mr. November," and finished with "Terrible Love." --ZP
Afghan Whigs @ Brooklyn Bowl in May (more by PSquared)
Afghan Whigs are reissuing their classic 1993 album Gentlemen on October 28. Rechristened Gentlemen at 21, it includes the demos for the album and well as the b-sides from singles. The album will be reissued on remastered vinyl (single disc), with a special three-LP version for Record Store Day Black Friday (11/28). Tracklist below.
Meanwhile, Afghan Wigs have added a Brooklyn show to their upcoming tour, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 5 with Joseph Arthur, which is one day after their Beacon Theatre show with Charles Bradley. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/10) at noon. You can still get tickets for the Beacon show, too.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography
With a well-regarded new album -- their first in 16 years -- under the belt, grungy soul survivors Afghan Whigs are in the midst of an ever-expanding world tour. It hit NYC last night (5/15) for a show at Brooklyn Bowl. We got a good chunk of the fresh Do to the Beast, a handful of '90s-era faves, the Twilight Singers' "On the Corner," plus covers of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and "Heaven on Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar. Pictures and the setlist are in this post.
That ever-expanding tour will be back in NYC this fall when Afghan Whigs play Beacon Theatre on October 4 -- tickets are still available. When we first posted about the Beacon show, it was a lone date, but now there's a full set of North American dates in September and October.
Updated Afghan Whigs tour dates are listed, along with more pics from Brooklyn Bowl (including ones of opener Carina Round), below...
Afghan Whigs at Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs today (4/15) released Do to the Beast, the band's first album in 16 years. You can stream the whole thing, via Rdio, in this post. The band just played the first weekend of Coachella and will do so again Friday (4/18) for the second weekend, and the band has sold out East Coast shows (including one in NYC) next month.
While they still haven't announced a proper North American tour, Afghan Whigs have announced another NYC show: Beacon Theatre on October 4 with soul singer Charles Bradley. Tickets for the Beacon show go on sale Friday (4/18) at 11 AM with AmEx, artist, and Chase presales (password: "D2TBNYC") starting Thursday (4/17) at 11 AM.
The band will be spending most of the summer on tour in Europe, and all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...
The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]
by Bill Pearis
still from "Algiers" video
Afghan Whigs have released the first track from the band's anticipated comeback album, Do the Beast. "Algiers" is a dusty Spaghetti Western of a track, complete with castanets, tremeloed minor chords and twangy leads. The video carries the theme further and you can watch that below. The album's out April 18 on Sub Pop.
We knew Afghan Whigs would be playing Coachella but Greg Dulli and the band will be playing other shows this spring, including Brooklyn Bowl on May 15. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday (2/19) at 10 AM (password is "d2tbbrooklyn"), with the general sale beginning Friday (2/21) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, plus the video of the new single, below...
As reported by indie rock blogger Bob Odenkirk on Friday, Afghan Whigs are fully back in action with a new album, their first in 16 years, to be released "soon." Pitchfork lets us know that album is called Do to the Beast and will be released via their old old home of Sub Pop and "soon" is specifically April 15. No music from it has been released yet, but that's the cover art above.
Duuli and Odenkirk chillin' at Sundance '14 (via)
Indie rock vets The Afghan Whigs reunited for ATP and a tour back in 2012 and recorded a couple studio covers (one being Frank Ocean's "LoveCrimes"). You may have noticed they're on the bill for this year's Coachella. There's more news, they've got a new album coming "soon." The breaker of this news was Mr. Show/Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk, who tweeted the above picture of him hanging with main Whig Greg Duuli at this year's Sundance Film Festival, with the following message:
The great Greg Dulli of whom I am a fan tells me new Afghan Whigs album coming soon. 1st in 16 years! Kickass.That's all the news so far. Are you excited?
Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
by Wyatt Marshall
"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.
Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.
As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.
A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.
Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
DOWNLOAD: My Jerusalem - "Born in the Belly" (MP3)
Austin rockers My Jerusalem put out their new album, Preachers, today (10/9) via The End Records. The album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno and features guest vocals from Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff. The band is led by Jeff Klein, who was previously a member of Greg Dull's post-Afghan Whigs band, The Twilight Singers, and has also recorded with Greg on his Live At Triple Door album and with his project with Mark Lanegan, The Gutter Twins. My Jerusalem are also featured on Summer's Kiss Records' Afghan Whigs tribute.
My Jerusalem's lineup also features other Gutter Twins contributors, including Cully Symington, who has also worked with Okkervil River and Afghan Whigs. You can stream Preachers in its entirety below and download a free MP3 of the track "Born in the Belly" at the top of this post.
In related news, we just posted pics of Afghan Whigs' Music Hall of Williamsburg show.
Dana Falconberry in Austin last month (more by Tim Griffin)
My Jerusalem are on tour now with Dana Falconberry and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (10/9) at Glasslands, for a show which doubles as a record release party for both artists (Dana for her new album, Leelanau). Freshkills are on the bill too. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
UPDATE: My Jerusalem will also play NYC on November 12 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon.
Meanwhile, Dana Falconberry will return to NYC later this month when she teams up with Heartless Bastards and Futurebirds for their tour which hits Irving Plaza on October 27. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and the My Jerusalem album stream are below.
Afghan Whigs @ MHOW, 10/6/2012
The Afghan Whigs wrapped up their run of New York shows with a sold-out gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/6). It was a more stirring affair than any of their three previous shows this year with 1965's "The Slide Song," "Neglekted" and "Omerta," arguably three of the most soulful songs in their entire catalog, making their way into the set. They were complemented with covers of The Supremes and Frank Ocean as well as a slick version of "Citi Soleil" with Steve Myers, he of the excellent openers Mighty Fine, providing backing vocals. Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir kicked off the night's music.
More pics from Saturday's show (including one of the setlist) are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Afghan Whigs at Terminal 5, 10/5/2012
Guitarists McCollum and Dave Rosser rocked extra hard on the raucous "Turn on the Water" only to give way to the extraordinary beauty of a lush, extended "When We Two Parted." The Whigs played the grunge-era staple "Kiss the Floor" for the first time on tour, giving it an even harder edge than it had in the '90s, but then added a layer of dreaminess to the lovely "Crazy."Following their appearance at ATP NY (which they helped curate), Afghan Whigs played their first of two NYC shows this weekend at Terminal 5 on Friday (10/5) with Eagles of Death Metal. Old pal Steve Myers (whose band Mighty Fine would open for the Whigs at Sunday's Music Hall of Williamsburg show) came out to sing on "Going to Town" and again for the encore. Pictures from Terminal 5 show are in this post. More of them and the setlist are below.
They certainly lean toward soul these days, as the recent covers of Queenie Lyons' "See and Don't See" and Frank Ocean's "LoveCrimes" showed. Once again, Dulli tacked on a bit of Ocean's new single "Thinkin' 'Bout You" to close out the song in a gorgeous, yet sly falsetto. However, the Whigs' history is steeped in in-your-face rock, like their hard-hitting old anthem "Retarded."
Their rock-soul combination, especially embodied in Dulli's unique ability to howl one minute and then croon the next, is what has always set the Afghan Whigs apart from their contemporaries. And though the band remains undecided about whether they will continue together past the current tour, their particular set of skills would certainly be in demand in today's music world where mashing up styles has new value - especially since their mix is real. Anyone who saw the stunning medley of "Faded" and "Purple Rain" can testify to that. - [Newsday]
photos by Adela Loconte
Afghan Whigs / Jose Gonzalez / The Dirtbombs @ ATP NY 9/22/2012
...Outside, The Dirtbombs continue the revivalist flavour with a polished set of neo-garage rock, although sadly they don't tackle any of the techno tracks they covered on their most recent album Party Store -- we'd rather like to have seen a live guitar version of 'Strings of Life'. After their raucous set, The Antlers' downbeat sounds aren't exactly what TheVine is in the market for, and we decide that this is a fine moment to sample what the Venezuelan arepas truck has to offer for dinner.We've already posted pics from Friday and Sunday (here and here) of the first-ever ATP NYC -- which happened last weekend on Pier 36 on the East Side of Manhattan -- and here are a few from its chunky Saturday midsection, which saw sets from The Dirtbombs, JEFF the Brotherhood, former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez, The Roots, and the fest's curators, Afghan Whigs, to name a few.
Chavez were supposed to be playing next, but they've cancelled for reasons unclear and been replaced by, um, JEFF The Brotherhood, which isn't so much bait-and-switch as bait-and-whack-over-the-head-with-a-sledgehammer-then-run-away-laughing. Ugh. Happily, Mark Lanegan is on hand inside to rescue proceedings. His set is heavy on material from Blues Funeral, with only 'Hit the City' and a storming 'Methamphetamine Blues' (featuring a guest appearance from Greg Dulli) representing his earlier records, but even though we're not huge fans of the hard rock sounds of his latest LP, he's still great -- after all, with a voice like his, Lanegan could sing the phone book and still sound arrestingly good.
José Gonzalez? Well, you know what you're going to get -- quiet acoustic music and a couple of studiously offbeat cover versions. Quite why he's headlining the second stage tonight is unclear -- he hasn't released an album in five years, for Chrissakes -- and while his set is perfectly competent, it's not exactly inspiring. The same, sadly, can be said about The Afghan Whigs, although in fairness I've never been counted amongst their fanbase and thus is perhaps not best placed to judge the merits of their 90-minute headline set this evening. So we'll just say that it wasn't for us, but that the band's hardcore fans -- of which many, many are here -- seem to lap their set up with glee. [The Vine]
More pictures below...
The Magic Band / Thee Oh Sees / the facilities, ATP NY 9/232012
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.
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.
Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."
Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.
Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.
Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.
Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.
Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?
Did you get your new iPhone 5?
Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.
Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.
Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.
More stuff below...
Afghan Whigs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Afghan Whigs-curated ATP NYC begins today (9/21) on Pier 36 and continues through Sunday (9/23). As mentioned, after ATP, the Afghan Whigs will play a headlining NYC gig at Terminal 5 on October 5 with Eagles of Death Metal. That show is long sold out, but the band have just announced that they'll play a much more intimate show one day later (10/6) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Tuesday (9/25) at noon.
In case you missed it, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli made a mixtape of ATP NY artists.
An updated list of Afghan Whigs dates and a video of their recent Kimmel performance are below.
The Afghan Whigs swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (9/19) to perform "My Enemy" and "Uptown Again." If you missed it, head below for the video. As you may know, Greg Dulli and the boys will play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and Dulli himself is responsible for one of its days as curator. Dulli recently dropped off a mixtape of artists playing the festival.
The Afghan Whigs are also confirmed to play a sold-out Terminal 5 on October 5.
Head below for a list of live dates, and that Kimmel video.
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
Afghan Whigs at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror with Frank Ocean (who played SNL this weekend) and the Afghan Whigs kicks off on Friday (9/21) and runs through the weekend at Pier 36 in Manhattan. Tickets are still available for you procrastinating types.
For those of you who still need convincing, Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (who co-curated ATP NY) made us a mixtape of artists for your aural pleasure that features his band (naturally) as well as Frank Ocean, plus The Dirtbombs, Chavez, The Antlers and other bands you can catch this weekend. Stream it and check out the tracklist below.