Entries tagged with: Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
I don't know about you, but a good number of my New Year's Days are spent crouching over the porcelain throne or zombified in front of the tube. If you're not an idiot like I am, or want to make advance plans to curb said party tendencies, Terminal 5 will throw a circus of sorts to get you into the spirit on the first day of the new year. The gypsy punks of Gogol Bordello will team up with wildmen in Man Man for a show on 1/1/11 at the NYC venue. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/29) at noon, or you can nab them during the AMEX presale which kicks off Wednesday (10/27) at 11AM. Tickets on fan presale now.
The show is one of two on the sked for Man Man, who will also appear at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend (Nov 5th - 7th) with Devo, Municipal Waste, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, RJD2, Snapcase, and countless others. Tickets are still available.
Gogol Bordello are currently touring through the midwest, and will take a couple weeks off to jet to Europe for a month around Thanksgiving. The NYC show is one of only three east coast dates scheduled for the band at the moment, and nothing has been announced for New Years Eve (which is the date they played T5 in 2007. Last year they played multiple pre-New Years Eve shows at Webster Hall) Their current tour also included a recent stop to Jay Leno. Video from that and all tour dates are below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"You ready for some Grateful Dead action after this?" asked singer Julian Casablancas early in the Stokes set, referring to Furthur, the band led by the Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, already in progress at the eastern edge of the polo field. The uncertain response suggested fans were staying put - just as others were for Furthur. The Strokes sounded exceptionally muscular in the park's expansive setting. Fabrizio Moretti contributed heavy beats to "Vision of Division" and "Reptilia," as Casablancas eased his vocals from deadpan to excited and back again. "This is It" slowly built to a sing-along as Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi created an intricate overlap of guitars. "I remember playing these songs in front of four people," Casablancas said, looking out on the tens of thousands of fans. "It's really surreal." Even, apparently, after all the year's of the band's success. -[Rolling Stone]The Strokes and Furthur were two of many participants (including Bassnectar and My Morning Jacket and Al Green) at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 14th & 15th. In addition to sets from Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, and many more (photo sets of all those bands are below), Outside Lands also featured an appearance from "one of the day's best acts" Chromeo ...
"...At about 5:50 PM, one of the day's best acts appeared at the Outside Lands Festival.
The music was thumping, adrenaline pumping, the sun shining, and many in the crowd -- tapping into a singular energy -- could hold back no longer. They put their inhibitions aside and let themselves be drawn to the beats blasting from the Twin Peaks Stage. Some ran, jumped and moved like they never had before, heading toward a common purpose.
Of course, I'm referring to the bum rush of fans that managed to scramble past the guards and bust down part of the fence along John F. Kennedy Drive, allowing scores of people to hustle in before the riot control guards on horsies and the rent-a-guard dudes in orange t-shirts could stop the inflow." - [San Francisco Chronicle]
Videos of the incident, with the rest of our pictures from the 2010 Outside Lands Festival, below...
photos by Brian Reilly
Friday night @ the Williamsburg Waterfront...
"YEAH ...the Bedford Ave L-Train STOP was ALL retro from back in Wood-Stock Days....selling so Much JUNK crowding the Walk-ways & Bicycles & MORE Bicycles everywhere U Turn....On Every Meter on Every Sidewalk!!!As we just pointed out (and what I think the above quoted comment was trying to say), Primus played Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday. If you missed it, you may have done so on purpose. If not, or if you loved it, you're probably happy to find out that they're coming back to suck some more. Tickets are now on PRESALE for a 10/09 show at Montclair, NJ's Wellmont Theatre (general sale starts Friday), and 10/10 @ Boston, MA's Orpheum Theatre.
And Cops Walking around Giving Out TICKETS for drinking.....
and SCALPERS selling already Scanned Seats!!! The Nerve!! like $45 -$60
So i got there about 7:40PM and analyzed the GATE & the Scanners & found the Weak-Link and Just WALKED Right Thru w/NO TICKET!!
I've Been doing that for MANY Concerts!
You need Finesse & Confidence & PERFECT Timing!!
Hopped over concrete WALL to my Right & was on SIDE of Stage as GOGOL BORDELLO was thanking everybody.....Went BACK to entrance Of Stage from the BACK and saw Members of His Band Exit Stage Left!
and I ENTERED the Back-Stage and was gonna sit by the Speakers but then i thought why not get a spot in the Front-row......
The SMELL of WEED & too Many REAL Young looking Slackers & Preppies !!!
I was trying to get a Breeze & by the 4th song (DAMN TWEEKERS) the PIT Exploded into MAJOR Slamming!! Lots of Sweat & people PUSHING thru to the Front!
GASPING for Fresh Air & Some God-Damn SPACE i realized by Song's End i wound up BACK in the 60th Row!!!
Every-Time I reached to LEAN on Somebody their Shirt Was DRIPPING Sweat & Naked Guys ALL Smelly!!
I should Have STAYED Back-Stage by the Speakers Some-Where!
LES really commented about the Back of Venue & the Sky-Line.
AT one Point they Had Bluesy Guitars & i thought it was DAZED & CONFUSED!
REAL upset about the SHORT Encore......TOO MANY PUPPIES~~~~~~~~
Did get FREE PiZZA & Watermelon Juice & CORN on COB & Ice-Cream when the Vendors were shutting Down at about 10:15PM.
I want to see RHCP & Soundgarden at Chicago Lollapalooza next!
Are U coming w/me ?
NOTE: Radio City Music Hall & FRIZZLE FRY Entire Album was Last time I saw PRIMUS!!" [Anonymous]
Speaking of Wellmont Theatre, Bowery Presents has issued the following official statement about Wednesday night's postponed Interpol show...
The Wellmont Theater will be closed to repair portions of the plaster ceiling finishes. The owners and leaseholders of the Wellmont are working closely with the Montclair building department and an independent contractor, following an incident last week when it was discovered that repairs were necessary to ensure patron safety. As a result, the Interpol concert scheduled for Wednesday, August 4 has been postponed. The Wellmont looks forward to upcoming shows with Lyle Lovett, Counting Crows, Tears for Fears and many others. For information and updates on concerts, please check the website at www.wellmonttheatre.com.All Primus dates, and a 2nd set of pictures from the Primus/Gogol show at Williamsburg Waterfront show, below...
words and photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Primus triumphantly reunited for their first new tour in four years with gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, whipping the crowd into a mindless frenzy at the Williamsburg Waterfront Friday night (7/30). While its not surprising that one of the most irreverent and technically proficient groups of the "alternative" era were so powerful after such a long break from recording, what was intriguing was their ability to engage the crowd so thoroughly.
A lot has happened in 26 years of Primus's existence. Drummer Jay Lane left the band early and took a prolonged stay in patchouli country, playing with Bob Weir and Ratdog followed by Further. Leader Les Claypool dabbled a bit in that direction on his solo material, but always with an eye for innovative funk, avant-garde jazz, and futurism with a focus on his singular bass technique. Guitarist Larry LaLonde did session and touring work with artists like Tom Waits and Serj Tankian of System Of A Down.
So coming into this show, it was evident that the wide range of recent musical endeavors held by the three members would play interestingly under the guise of Primus. The end result was still a rock show tour de force, even if moments felt less Primus at full steam ahead and more like the confluence of these musical minds reinterpreting their previous work. The drums were looser on some numbers, like on the rollicking "Over The Falls." LaLonde's guitar was abrasive yet increasingly more blues-tinged and raggedy. It was Primus stretched out and muted, yet still brimming with aggression and plenty of warped imagery.
That said, Primus still proved capable of inciting furor on early classics like "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Harold of the Rocks," and "Tommy the Cat", and it was a relief to see that Primus indeed still "sucks."
Nas & Damian Marley played the same venue one night later. Primus's setlist with more pictures and some video from the Friday night show, below...
Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival 2010 takes place in Golden Gate Park from August 14th-15th. Headlining acts for the fest include Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green. Other acts include Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Budos Band, Dawes, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power Janelle Monáe and Tokyo Police Club. The full lineup (which will be added to) is below.
Two-day passes go on sale Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm EST. Single day tickets go on sale Sunday, June 6th.
A video trailer for this year's fest and the lineup is below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
Gogol Bordello @ Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Tickets for the Primus/Gogol Bordello show at Williamsburg Waterfront are now on Internet presale (password = CHEESE).
That concert happens on July 30th. The next night Primus rocks out at Bridgeport, CT's Gathering of the Vibes, where they'll headline with Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley and Nas, and Sharon Jones. Tickets are on sale. The full lineup is here.
While Primus are gathering the vibes, Gogol Bordello will play Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ on July 31st. Tickets for that are on sale Friday at noon.
Videos of last year's Gathering (music, hula hoops, "nitrous mafia," "Crazy Guy" and more) are below...
As the mustachioed one (Eugene Hutz) announced last week at Brooklyn Bowl, Gogol Bordello will hit the road for a string of dates with the great Primus, tagging Williamsburg Waterfront on 7/30 along the way. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday at noon with an AEG/Radio/venue presale kicking off at 10AM a day earlier.
The Waterfront show is less than two months after Primus bassist Les Claypool plays his own show at Brooklyn Bowl with Hot Head Show. Tickets are still available for the June 8th show, and the Wellmont Theater show three days before that.
Gogol Bordello's new album Trans-Continental Hustle is out NOW. Primus, Gogol Bordello and Les Claypool dates are below...
photos by Benjamin Lozovsky
Gogol Bordello played a last minute sold out show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/27). Pictures and the setlist from the show continue below...
Gogol Bordello @ Webster Hall (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Currently on tour with Devotchka, Gogol Bordello will use two days off to play Jimmy Fallon (tonight, Monday 4/26) and Brooklyn Bowl (tomorrow, Tuesday 4/27). Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale at noon. The new show will coincide with the physical release of Gogol's new Rick Rubin-produced album, "Trans-Continental Hustle". They'll perform new song "Pala Tute" from that album tonight on Fallon. All tour dates below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
photos by Brian Reilly
While the crowd waited for Gogol to come on stage, they were entertained by trippy videos, along with hip-hop and world music from Haiti I believe? At least that's what I thought Eugene Hutz said. Gogol Bordello came on at 9:30pm and rock Irving Plaza like they always do! Eugene came out and started to play "Illumination," slowly more members came out to play along...At some point they played "Pala Tute" which is the song they performed with Madonna at Live Earth in 2007. That song I believe, is on their new album.The above review and the pictures here are from Gogol Bordello's March 9th show at Irving Plaza, which Jesse Malin and St. Mark's Social opened.
After that, "Not A Crime" was played and the crowd went insane. Same goes with "Wonderlust King." I noticed throughout the concert that Pedro was more involved than the last time I saw the band, and Pamela wasn't really as involved as Elizabeth was. Pedro was playing the drum and bongos a lot more, and the girls were in the background for majority of the set. Eugene is such a unique and energetic frontman that it's hard not to keep your eyes off him. Sergey is an exciting fiddle player as well. Without a doubt, Gogol is still one of the best live acts in the world right now. [Read Junk]
Gogol Bordello have tour dates in North America and Europe scheduled around the release of their new record, Trans-Continental Hustle, which comes out April 27th on American Recordings.
More pictures from the show and the full setlist are below...
Gogol Bordello @ Carnegie Hall's Tibet House benefit (more by Chris La Putt)
The highlights of the [Tibet House benefit on February 26th] on were the musicians who brought the audience to its feet and got them dancing in the aisles. Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello's electrifying performance elicited shrieks from the audience, many of whom began running down the Carnegie Hall aisles to crowd the stage area at lead singer Eugene Hutz's feet. He ended the set by proclaiming, "Beautiful house, beautiful cause." [Wall Street Journal]Gogol Bordello's Rick Rubin-produced, fifth album, Trans-Continental Hustle, comes out April 27th on American Recordings.
They'll be touring the world in support of that this spring. The first of their upcoming shows is in New York City and only a little more than a week away. They play Tuesday, March 9th at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on sale and a portion of the proceeds from the show will go to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief.
The NYC show is in advance of their North American dates this April with openers DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin and St. Mark's Social, and Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew, and their May/June shows in Europe with Forro in the Dark, Mariachi El Bronx (who comes to NYC this April), and Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew.
Gogol Bordello played three shows at Webster Hall at the end of 2009.
All tour dates, track list, and a clip of the band and their excited fans are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Performances by Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Gogol Bordello brought the crowd at Carnegie Hall to its feet on Friday night, as the musicians took part in the 20th annual Tibet House benefit.Other artists that performed at the show Friday night included Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew and Regina Spektor. Patti Smith also introduced Iggy Pop whose shirtless set included a stint crowd surfing in the Carnegie Hall audience. More pictures from the show below...
The concerts, whose musical acts are organized by composer and Tibet House Vice President Philip Glass, are scheduled to coincide with the Tibetan New Year and bring in anywhere from $100,000 to $250,00 for the nonprofit group every year.
The evening began with chanting from several Drepung Gomang Monastery monks, followed by comments from Glass about the difficulty in finalizing a final roster of performers every year given all the participants' busy schedules. Next, Robert A. F. Thurman, the president and one of the co-founders Tibet House, likened the Tibetan people to the Na'vi, the blue, cat-like aliens featured in James Cameron's sci-fi film "Avatar." He noted that both groups of individuals deserved and needed saving, and repeated the film's catch phrase "I see you" for double effect. [Wall Street Journal]
Dirty Projectors released a digital 7" of unreleased Bitte Orca session outtakes today (1/11) through Domino. The two tracks on it (previously available only on the UK-only "Temecula Sunrise" EP), "Ascending Melody" and b-side "Emblem of the World," are available as free downloads through the band's website and via the widget embedded below.
Their only currently announced NYC show is February 19th at Lincoln Center's Allen Room (as part of the American Songbook series). They're supposed to also do a short set at this year's Tibet House US benefit (at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th), but they still don't appear on the lineup which now includes Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor, and "Additional artists to be announced" in addition to Philip Glass, Baaba Maal, Patti Smith & Pierce Turner. Tickets are still on sale.
The free songs, a note from the band, and tour dates for their upcoming New Zealand/Australia tour in early March are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Chris's camera broke in the middle of shooting Dillinger Escape Plan at Webster Hall last night (12/29). That means no pictures of Gogol Bordello though we did manage to get them from the previous two shows (night 1 & night 2).
Gogol's pre-New Years Eve NYC run is now complete, but you can still catch Dillinger Escape Plan one more time in the NYC-area before the new year. They play with United Nations, Thursday, and Glassjaw at Starland Ballroom tonight (12/30). Gogol Bordello spend New Years Eve in Charlotesville before moving on to DC for two early January shows.
You can also catch Dillinger in 2010 if you happen to be going to a stop on the Warped Tour (where Andrew WK will also be performing). All dates and more pictures from Tuesday night's show at Webster Hall, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Eugene Hutz on stage w/ Forro in the Dark
Rick Rubin, Madonna, world tours - it's a long way from Eugene arriving in New York City as a refugee with no money and very few contacts, apart from his kinfolk who had always made him part of a micro community in every town in the world he visited.Gogol Bordello played their second of three shows at Webster Hall in NYC last night (12/28). The third and final show is tonight (12/29) with Dillinger Escape Plan. Marianni opened the first night (pics). Forro in the Dark opened the second. More pictures from it, below...
Just being in New York was enough after a tangled upbringing in the Ukraine and several years schlepping around East Europe as a refugee: "It would be pretty funny to imagine that a punk rock kid in the Ukraine would listen to folk music at that time. When you discover punk rock you go to the most far away thing possible. You get a musical wanderlust. I was listening to the Clash, Joy Division, Mano Negra, The Fall. It was right around glasnost. Music was cassette driven, word of mouth, hand to hand driven. It was so under the radar that if you would see somebody on the subway in Kiev who had a remotely funny kind of funky haircut you would walk up and start talking to them - 'Yeah man wanna go to my house and listen to the Sex Pistols?', 'Fuck yeah! Let's go!'. There were a couple of places where sub cultural kids would hang out. It was so tight in a city of 3 million - we would have a couple of hundred of us punks - then there would be a couple of thousand of kids who would specialise in beating us up! We were outnumbered by everybody." [The Quietus interview w/ Eugene Hutz, 11/09]
photos by Paul Birman, words by Elina Miller
Eugene Hutz & Gibby Haynes
Brazilian songstress Marianni readied Gogol fans - an eclectic mix of hipsters, aspiring gypsy punks and gritty Russians clad in all black - for the sold-out spectacle at Webster Hall on Sunday (12/27). The crowd erupted in elation as she announced a "Russian-Brazilian" song and a buttoned down, almost clean-cut Eugene Hutz emerged to perform a duet.
Later in the night, despite having taken several generous swigs of red wine, Hutz still mustered up the quick-witted coordination to dodge a bra and a roll of toilet paper hastily hurled at him from the depths of the audience. Think Bush Iraqi shoe style if Bush had a handlebar mustache, an acoustic guitar and boasted 1% body fat. In a nod to his motherland, Hutz did accept a Ukrainian flag that had been waving wildly in the crowd and draped it over his shoulders. He also managed to stick his head through the t-shirt of Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers who unexpectedly emerged from backstage to perform "I Don't Give a Fuck" alongside Hutz.
If Gogol Bordello is the circus then Hutz is the fearless ringmaster. Building off his raw energy and emotion, the band always manages to whip the expectant crowd into a frenzy. I've never left a show without tapping my foot wildly and wanting to punch up my wardrobe with purple. This time was no exception.
Gogol Bordello continue their three-night run at Webster Hall tonight/Monday (12/28) and Tuesday (12/29). More pictures from Sunday night, including one of the setlist, below...
Gogol Bordello @ All Points West (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Ed Askew @ The Stone
* Dar Williams @ Southpaw
* Disco Biscuits @ Nokia Theatre
* Sea of Dead Televisions @ The Stone
* Gogol Bordello, Marianni @ Webster Hall
* Sun Ra Arkestra w/ Marshall Allen @ Sullivan Hall
* Martin Bisi, Humanwine, Larkin Grimm, Extra Life @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
""There was never any good old days, they are today, they are tomorrow," sang Eugene Hütz at the Barby on Sunday night, bouncing around the stage in a rainbow-colored T-shirt and paint-splattered red trousers. "It's a stupid thing we say, cursing tomorrow with sorrow."" [The Jerusalem Post]
Video from that Gogol show in Israel, below...
Video from a Christmas concert at the Guggenheim below...
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There's no single New Year's Eve option that is like OMG this year, but the amount of options does keep increasing. We've learned about a bunch more events since our first roundup, and many of them were then covered in subsequent posts. Here are even more....
One potentially really good one is happening at the Old American Can Factory with The Rub. Built by MeanRed hosts . Tickets are on sale. Grab a new free mix from the The Rub's DJ Ayres and Eleven above. Flyer for the event below.
If you have a lot of money to burn, Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room is selling $250 to $750 tickets for a night that features a performance by Courtney Love (of Facebook fail fame). Get your spot here. A flyer, just to show it's not too good to be true (that is if she shows up), below.
Team Robespierre headlines Bruar Falls. Full lineup below.
92YTribeca has a party too with "music, comedy, visual and conceptual art." A lengthy list of those involved is below. Tickets are on sale.
Chuck Inglish of the Cool Kids and Scott Durday of the Soundmen are playing a party in NoHo. Flyer below.
One stay-at-home option includes watching the Times Square "action" via the live feed while browsing the Brooklyn Vegan archives. The embedded Times Square feed, event flyers and two Will Smith-related videos are below...
Gogol Bordello @ All Points West on August 1st (more by Tim Griffin)
In what's becoming an annual thing, Gogol Bordello will be playing a series of NYC shows around New Year's Eve. This year's gigs will be at Webster Hall from December 27th to Dec. 29th. A Fan Club presale is happening now. Regular tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale begins October 9th at noon.
Before then, Gogol Bordello will play a packed schedule of shows in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Full dates are below.
The group released today (10/6) a live CD/DVD Live From Axis Mundi on SideOneDummy Records.
The set features footage from two sold-out nights at Irving Plaza in New York City filmed in 2007. The package features live performances of "Start Wearing Purple," "Ultimate," "Not A Crime" and "Baro Foro" as well as music videos for "Start Wearing Purple," "Not A Crime," "Wonderlust King," "American Wedding," bonus chronicles and extra tracks.The massive tracklist and a video trailer for that package, and all tour dates are below...
It will also feature a CD of previously unreleased tracks including "Stivali E Colbacco" from the Super Taranta! sessions, the "Troubled Friends" from the Gypsy Punk sessions, "Roumania," a demo of "60 Revolutions" and an instrumental version of "Immigrant Punk." The CD also features six tracks from the band's BBC sessions, recorded on BBC-Radio 1's "In The Company Of (with Colin Murray)" in March 2008.
mud, Tool & Ice T
During his Friday night set at the All Points West festival in Jersey City, Jay-Z took a moment to salute trail-blazing gangsta-rapper Ice-T, who, Jay-Z said, was "in the house." And Saturday afternoon, Ice-T took the stage to perform as a backing rapper during Kool Keith's second-stage performance.Though it didn't rain on Saturday (8/1), it was still super muddy. There were dry spots, but you literally could not walk from one place to another without going through some mud. Other highlights of the second day of All Points West included comedy by Tim & Eric in the tent (aka the third stage), back-to-back sets by St. Vincent and Neko Case on the 2nd stage, and the Arctic Monkeys and Gogol Bordello on the main stage. But nothing topped the end of the day. Now fully dark out and perfect weather, My Bloody Valentine, with the Statue of Liberty to their right and the Manhattan skyline straight ahead of them, delivered the power. The hour they played was, for me, the perfect festival experience.
"Sometimes it's just cool to stand on the side of the stage and be a hype man," said Ice-T.
He did, though, perform parts of his own raps, "Hardcore" and "God Forgive Me," a cappella.
With his confident, casually commanding flow, he made a strong impression in his few brief moments in the spotlight.
In addition to Jay-Z and Kool Keith, hip-hop acts like Q-Tip, the Knux and the Cool Kids have performed at All Points West. Hip-hop, though, will not figure prominently in the third and final day of the festival, Sunday. [NJ.com]
My Bloody Valentine
It helped that My Bloody Valentine, as they are known for being, were LOUD. Maybe they didn't seem as loud as they did inside a club, but they were loud enough that even those in the bleachers were putting on their earplugs if they had them. After their set I ran all the way back to the dance tent (pretty much the farthest distance you would have to ever go at this festival) to catch Crystal Castles. The tent was packed with the largest concentration of youth I'd seen in Liberty State Park up until that point. Everyone was dancing and cheering. Before CC were finished I ran back to the main stage to watch Tool.
During My Bloody Valentine I thought, "well, there are plenty of people here, but I guess they could fit a lot more". Ends up, all of those people that could fit, they showed up for Tool! Did they all just get there? Were they hiding in other areas? Either way, it totally hit me by surprise when I got back to the stage. I was also surprised, but happy, that Tool hadn't gone on yet. They don't play a super long set, so maybe they delayed to make the show go until curfew.
Once they did start, the amount of fist pumping (much bro fist pumping included) going on almost matched the amount of people in the park. I wouldn't consider myself a Tool fan, but there was no denying the awesomeness of their show.
"On a bill loaded with indie rock, Tool seemed initially distinguished by their popularity. They were the only band on Saturday's bill to have a platinum record, and the only performers to have won Grammys, and the only ones with enough starpower to sell out arenas on their own. And yet despite their high profile, Tool hardly behave like a mainstream band. Saturday's set was an exercise in atmosphere -- a dark, riveting performance that minimized the members of band while foregrounding their stranger sensibilities.I took the light rail to the park, but then the ferry home. Props to APW for making the ferry experience a much, much better one this year (no line at all, huge boats, very quick trip home, and I didn't even leave until Tool was finished).
Visually, the show was stunning. Tool perform to a series of bleak films mostly created by the artist Adam Jones, and beamed out giant-size across Liberty State Park they seemed more imposing and unnerving than ever. Opening with the sinister, twisting "Jambi," the group slowly worked its way through a set that spanned its small catalog. Part of what makes Tool concerts such visceral experiences is the band's peerless sense of control and release. Songs start with icicle drip guitars and rolling, tribal percussion, steadily building to perfectly timed explosions of sound. When paired with Jones' frightening films, it became more like a theater experience than a concert. At times it was remarkably easy to forget there was a band onstage at all." [Rolling Stone]
Pictures from APW day one HERE. More from day two below...
photos by Chris Graham
Man Man @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
free shows @ East River Park in 2009
At the Band Shell along the East River in NYC
Between Grand & Jackson Sts.
Thursday, July 16th: Man ManAll Man Man tour dates below...
Thursday, July 23rd: Slick Rick
Thursday, July 30th: Ismael Miranda
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...