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ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3
ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3
ATP I'll Be Your Mirror 2012 Day 3

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.

Continue reading "ATP NYC in review; Day 3 pics (part 1) ----- Thee Oh Sees, Album Leaf, Magic Band, Psychic Paramount + more"

photos by David Andrako, words by Andrew Frisicano

Phillip Glass & Frank Ocean
Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton
Frank Ocean

The first ATP NY festival within New York City limits, also known as "I'll Be Your Mirror USA", kicked off Friday night (9/21) at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The opening night featured a typically eclectic mix of acts: comedians Kurt Braunholer, Hannibal Buress and Janeane Garofalo, and musicians Lightning Bolt, Edan the DJ (filling in for Lee Ranaldo And Leah Singer, who canceled for "unresolvable technical issues"), Philip Glass and Tyondai Braxton (they played together), and Frank Ocean. Glass (piano) and Braxton (guitar, then synth) kept their set on the short side, performing Glass's "Étude No. 1" followed by No. 2 and No. 10 (which elicited cheers from the audience when announced). Quite a few people no doubt came just for the Glass performance, perhaps as a companion to his Einstein on the Beach opera currently running at BAM, but those same people seemed open to the following set by Frank Ocean (who had plenty of his own devotees in the house). Ocean, backed by a rich-sounding four-piece, played his way through a mostly Channel Orange set, with some Nostalgia/ultra songs thrown in and new opening track "Summer Remains." His songs, crisp on record, lend themselves to a live-band staging and the musicians dug into the grooves adding some supremely funky moments to the already hooky tracks. You can see his full setlist below.

The organizers did their best to give Pier 36, an expo space on the East River, a cozy feel for the festival. The two-stage set up features one platform outside, facing away from the FDR highway and surrounded by food trucks and porta potties. Inside, the massive hall was outfitted with a layer of carpet and couches and chairs along the walls for those needing a rest (this weekend's schedule runs 12 hours each day). Along the water, the Queen of Hearts (with a movie screen on board) was docked next to another outdoor area out back. Movies run all day, and there are beanbags in there, but you might want to stay away if you get seasick easily.

One girl we talked to in the crowd was in town from the UK and bought tickets just to see Frank Ocean for the first time. But she got there in time to see Lightning Bolt who, like the rest of the music before Frank on the bill, she ended up despising. Kudos to ATP for even getting her in front of a noise rock band though.

ATP day two, which fest co-curator Greg Dulli's band the Afghan Whigs is co-headlining along with The Roots, is already underway. Check out the slightly-outdated schedule HERE, and a picture of the current schedule (which you can print) below. Schedules are also available at the door, AS ARE TICKETS.

More pictures from day one, and Frank's full setlist, below...

Continue reading "ATP NYC -- day 1 pics, review & setlists (Frank Ocean, Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Lightning Bolt & more)"

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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).

Tickets are still available to all three days which can be gotten online or at Other Music. Peruse the full schedule below, perhaps while listening to the ATP mixtape that Greg Dulli made for us.

Continue reading "ATP NY 2012: full schedule"

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That didn't take long. Last night we posted it as a rumor. Today it is confirmed (removal of Louis CK included):

ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.

Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.

New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...

Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:

"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.

"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."

Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.

The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.

Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.

Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...

Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.

Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.

Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.

As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.

Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...

Continue reading "confirmed: ATP moves from Asbury Park to NYC, adds artists"

Unfortunately, it's true. "Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."

UPDATE: This rumor is confirmed true.

"Thanks for your patience in waiting for our statement on the changes within the company- they'll be ready to announce in the next few days." - ATP

ATP
ATP

Not that you were rushing to at the moment, but maybe hold off on buying tickets for ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park for a bit (and definitely don't book a hotel room just yet). Stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE: This rumor is confirmed true.


(Also weird that Louis CK doesn't list ATP in his tour dates. No word yet if we should take that seriously. And, UPDATE: Louis also doesn't list 2 Atlantic City shows on his tour dates page, so that's a good sign.). UPDATE: Sorry to say, but Louis CK is NOT playing ATP anymore.

Previously
* Sharon Van Etten drops off ATP NJ
* ATP files for liquidation, current shows unaffected

Sharon Van Etten at Pianos in June (more by Jessica Amaya)
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is continuing to tour internationally in support of her new album, Tramp, which was released earlier this year, and she's just announced a new run of dates to go down this fall. Sharon was originally set to play ATP NJ, but unfortunately she had to cancel. Could it have anything to do with the fact that ATP filed for liquidation? Stay tuned for more on the state of ATP, though as of now all events are still on, and ATP tweeted this morning, "Thanks for your patience in waiting for our statement on the changes within the company - they'll be ready to announce in the next few days."

Meanwhile, Sharon will still make her way back to NYC this year, and it's for her largest headlining gig in the area yet. She'll play Town Hall on November 15. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check ticketmaster for updates. No opener has been announced for that show yet, but it comes right at the end of her run with Damien Jurado.

As mentioned, Sharon was recently interviewed by the Human Serviette Narduwar. Check out a video of that interview below, along with a list of all tour dates...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten expands tour, playing Town Hall, dropped off ATP NJ (updated dates)"

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Trouble in paradise for one of the most creative festival series out there...

[All Tomorrow's Parties founder Barry] Hogan admitted last year that ticket sales for the early-summer ATP events had declined in recent years, when he announced that moving forward his company would focus on its December holiday camp events, the city-based I'll Be Your Mirror mini-festivals and more conventional tours. More recently he announced that ATP would be working with Pontins again on its holiday camp events, ending a six year partnership with Butlins, which with hindsight was likely due to the festival company tackling financial problems.

Hogan incorporated a new company at the end of May, called Willwal Ltd, and it is now listed as promoter of future ATP events, meaning that up coming tours and festivals being advertised by the firm will still go ahead. On Twitter last night, Team ATP wrote: "To address the rumours some of you may have seen; there are some changes currently happening with the company, but none of the currently scheduled events or future events will be affected".-[Unlimited CMU]

For those of you who speak legal-ese, you can check out details on their reorganization here.

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror takes place in Asbury Park, NJ from September 21 - 23 and features Afghan Whigs, Make-Up, Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Hot Snakes, Antlers, The Roots, and recent addition I Break Horses (but not Death Grips) and will continue as planned. No word on thus far unannounced events, but may well throw a wrench into things. A statement is due from the festival soon, pushed back from earlier today.

Death Grips (did not cancel) Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Death Grips

Music Hall of Williamsburg has officially listed Death Grips' upcoming Brooklyn show as cancelled, and even ATP, whose NJ event isn't until the fall has written, "Death Grips announced this weekend that they are cancelling all future live performances. Sadly this includes the planned shows at I'll Be Your Mirror London & New Jersey and at the Primavera Sound events. We apologise to those that are disappointed by the band's cancellation."

Still no new messages from the band who surprised everyone on Friday with a vague "there are no longer any scheduled shows" message. The first show they missed was the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival on Saturday.

In other ATP NJ news, their headliner and curator just announced a Bowery Ballroom show.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Brooklyn in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Godspeed

Coachella and Pitchfork Fest aren't the only festivals Godspeed You! Black Emperor are playing this year. They'll be at one much closer to NYC, as they are the most recently confirmed addition to ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ. They'll be playing on Sunday (9/23) (curated by ATP) along with The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, Death Grips, I Break Horses, and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Updated lineup and all GBYE dates below...

Continue reading "Godspeed You! Black Emperor added to ATP NJ"

by Andrew Marinaccio

DOWNLOAD:Dirty Three - Rising Below (MP3)

Dirty Three

In 2012, the sagacious Australian instrumental trio Dirty Three are awakening after seven years of inactivity. But that isn't to say Warren Ellis, Jim White, and Mick Turner have sat and idled since releasing their 2005 effort Cinder. While Ellis lent his searing violin work and gutteral, post-industrial guitar squelches to Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and Grinderman, repsectively, White and Turner continued recording moody jams as the Tren Brothers, also lending their rustic virtuousity to the touring lineups and records of artists like Cat Powers, Bill Callahan, and PJ Harvey.

Which brings us to Dirty Three's latest album, Toward the Low Sun. The record is out officially this Tuesday (2/28) via Drag City, and will be supported by a slew of Australian dates throughout March (including the band's first visit to the Sydney Opera House).(Whether Ellis will shave for the fancy gig or not is to be seen). NPR is streaming the full album. Download the first single, "Rising Below" above. The cover art is pictured below.

The band also announced their participation in a premier UK musical event, No Direction Home Festival, a spiritual counterpart to England's End of the Road Festival (which the Dirty Three are also playing this year that was developed by the same creative team. Situated on the fringes of Sherwood Forest, No Direction Home hopes to provide a relatively subdued and intimate alternative to mega-fests like Glastonbury, and features a cinema, literature venue, and various hands-on workshops for invidiuals and families alike in addition to their two sound stages.

But before Dirty Three tackles those English festivals, they're slated to play All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK event in May, the first of two ATP sets on their schedule. Curated by Mogwai (who just announced their own festival appearance), the London gig will also include performances by Slayer playing the entirety of Reign in Blood, The Afghan Whigs, Melvins, Sleep, Mudhoney, Codeine, and Yuck.

The recently reunited Afghan Whigs will then head to Asbury Park, NJ in September for frontman Greg Dulli's curated I'll Be Your Mirror, with Dirty Three in tow. The Whigs will headline the event, which also features The Roots, Jose Gonzalez, The Antlers, and Sharon Van Etten, among others. These two shows aren't Dirty Three's first foray with ATP, having curated their own lineup in 2007 with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds headlining. Cave returned the favor with his own 2009 curation, having the trio perform their 1998 Steve Albini-produced LP Ocean Songs at an ATP in Australia. They also played it at ATP NY the same year.

Tickets to ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ are ON SALE NOW.

Dirty Three dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Dirty Three release new LP; ATP NJ tickets on sale"

ATPATP

Actually you don't need to wait until Monday. Tickets are on pre-sale now for the just-announced ATP NJ lineup (password: AfghanWhigs2012).

Afghan Whigs
ATP

They say:

ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.

We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I'll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).

As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we're very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities.
Tickets, which were slightly delayed from original estimates, go on sale Monday at 10am (but are on PRESALE NOW). Initial lineup below...

Continue reading "ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ -- initial 2012 lineup (Louis CK, Make-Up, Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Hot Snakes, Antlers, Roots, more!)"

ATP

From ATP:

Our initial estimate for going on-sale with I'll Be Your Mirror New Jersey was early-mid January, and we'd like to thank you for your patience during the slightly longer than expected waiting period.

We can now confirm tickets will go on sale and the start of the line-up will be announced next week.

In unrelated, but related news, did you know that a restaurant called Kutsher's opened in Tribeca?

Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twilight Singers

On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.

ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.

The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...

ATP

As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.

All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.

Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.

Continue reading "Afghan Whigs reuniting, ATP returning to Asbury Park in 2012"

Photos by Abbey Braden

Chavez @ ATP NJ
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Tonight's cancelled Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Maxwell's has been rescheduled for November 29th. Jon says, ""I am terribly sorry but Russell has fallen ill and been told by his doctor not to play tonight's show. The condition is not serious, and should pass, but right now Russell can not rock'n'roll. Gotta cancel the gig. Sorry for any inconvenience. The date has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 29th. Maxwell's will honor any advance tickets purchased for October 13th. If people needs refunds they can get them wherever they bought the ticket. Ticketfly will send a notice out to on-line buyers."

Speaking of 90's Matador bands, Chavez, who recently played ATP in NJ (and Lit Lounge), appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night (10/12). They played two songs (one on air, one for web). Videos of both, along with more pictures from their ATP set (setlist included), below...

Continue reading "Jon Spencer show rescheduled, Chavez played Fallon (video & another set of pics from their set @ ATP)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Public Enemy
All Tomorrow's Parties 2011 - Day 3

STEREOGUM: What appealed to you about getting involved with All Tomorrow's Parties?

GEOFF BARROW: I just like that, for the most part, you wouldn't want to be there if you aren't actually into the music. It's not like Coachella where there are loads of girls walking around in bikinis and stuff like that. It's basically people enjoying what is often some really indulgent music. For us, it's like a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory moment. You win the golden ticket and you get to see how the candy is made. You get to choose the bands that play with you, which is just ... amazing. It's like, wow, yes, please.

STEREOGUM: Who in particular are you most excited about seeing?

GEOFF BARROW: We've been really lucky over the years. We've done three of these ATP festivals and it's always such a good experience. I'm always, always, always very into watching Public Enemy. Also, Ultramagnetic MCs because they are just mental and so important to hip hop. I'll also be watching Swans ... with earplugs. I want to watch everything. I want to watch as much as I possibly can.

Before Chuck D joined fest co-curators Portishead on stage during their Sunday I'll Be Your Mirror set in Asbury Park, Public Enemy played their own set, as did reunited hip hop group Company Flow (who will play again this month as part of the Creators Project). Ultramagnetic MCs played on Saturday, as did Swans.

Jeff Mangum played his second of three Asbury Park sets on Sunday (10/2), though like his Friday show, we don't have pictures of his set (he doesn't like pictures). We do have pictures of a lot of other sets from Sunday though, and they continue, along with shots of the general Asbury Park scenery (the conclusion of our ATP NJ 2011 coverage), below...

Continue reading "I'll Be Your Mirror 2011 -- pics from ATP Sunday (Public Enemy, Company Flow, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Deerhoof, Earth & more)"

words by Bill Pearis, photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Anika in Asbury Park
Anika

"Anika, not one for small talk, has a cold stare that's really not cold at all. It creates a distance between singer and audience that works to lift the show into something distinct and not at all casual. She takes it all in while on stage, never breaking the slick veneer of the performance to let any mundane moment of realism slip through. It makes for an iconic and captivating show, comforting yet somber, since I guess some have come to expect a singer to say hello or introduce a song here and there during the night. Unnecessary chit chat isn't all it's cracked up to be, however. The dubby, meandering nature of some of the songs and her spoken-word style of singing adds to the off-kilter, experimental mood." [Sentimentalist]
If you missed Anika last week at LPR or didn't have the cash to make it to see her at ATP (pictures in this post), she plays tonight - 10/6 - at Glasslands with Slowdance, Ducktails and Hard Bop before heading out on tour. If you've heard her amazing album, she definitely works that Nico/Ute Lemper vibe to the hilt -- icy icy cool. And her band, including the rhythm section of BEAK>, are fantastic. Tickets are still available, you should go to this.

More pictures from her set at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park on Sunday, all dates and a video from LPR, below...

Continue reading "Anika pics from ATP, Glasslands show tonight"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Chuck D on stage with Portishead @ ATP
Portishead

Portishead completed their NYC & NJ adventure with a 2nd show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (10/5), and an appearance on Fallon where they performed two songs. On air they played "Chase The Tear" which they first released in 2009 to help raise money for Amnesty International. Jimmy pointed out that you can get a new release of that single exclusively at the XL Records table at the Brooklyn Flea Brooklyn Flea's Independent Label Market this weekend. They also played 1994 song "Mysterons" at Fallon as a web exclusive. And much to the chagrin of the groaning tourists who were trapped in their seats at the show's taping yesterday, the band actually played "Mysterons" in full twice because apparently something went wrong the first time around. You can watch the version they kept, and what aired on TV, below.

Also in this post is a set of pictures (including the setlist) from Portishead's Sunday set at ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park. As mentioned in the post of pictures from their Saturday show, Chuck D joined the band on stage during "Machine Gun" on Sunday. As not mentioned, Simeon from Silver Apples joined them on "We Carry On" to help close the show. Chuck D video HERE. Simeon video below.

Silver Apples plays Public Assembly in Brooklyn TONIGHT (10/6).

Portishead associate Anika plays Glasslands tonight.

Portishead's Adrian Utley visited Criterion Cinema while in town, and is involved in a show happening in NYC on 10/29.

ATP pictures & Fallon videos below...

Continue reading "pics from Portishead's 2nd show @ ATP, both videos from Fallon last night ++++ Silver Apples & Anika tonight"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
All Tomorrow's Parties 2011 - Day 1

For those who experienced and loved ATP America's festivals in Monticello, NY, it may have been difficult to imagine how a change of location, from upstate New York to the New Jersey shore, could possibly improve and enhance the unique and uncanny event that it was known to be. Well, it has.

Friday afternoon the fans, followers and leaders of All Tomorrow's Parties arrived in Asbury Park, NY, a town that only five or so years ago was known for its high crime rate and abandoned boardwalk. It's likely that this decadence, however, is precisely what draws the festival and its goers to a new spot on the map, a mere hour south of New York City. Although the rain dampened the ground here at Asbury Park, it did not extinguish the ATP fire that was sparked on stage by Chavez, Reggie Watts with his knee-slapping musical spoofs (ironically fit for a music festival), event regulars Shellac, Hannibal Buress and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Album Leaf and the absorbing Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel). -[Dossier]

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Edan
All Tomorrow's Parties 2011 - Day 1

Here is a full set of pictures I'll Be Your Mirror Friday. They continue below...

Continue reading "I'll Be Your Mirror 2011 -- pics from Asbury Park ATP Friday (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Shellac, Cults, Chavez, Edan & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Portishead
Portishead

After leaving us hanging for over 14 years, Portishead finally returned to the east coast of the United States to play one of my personal favorite shows of all time at Asbury Park's Convention Hall as part of ATP's "I'll Be Your Mirror" on Saturday night (10/1). Unfortunately I couldn't stick around to see them do it again on Sunday (with special guest Chuck D of Public Enemy who played before them that day), but I do plan on being at one or both of the Hammerstein Ballroom shows this week to relive it again. I'll definitely watch Fallon too.

Much like Radiohead recently, Portishead's live lineup included two bald men. Like Radiohead, one of those bald men was Clive Deamer on drums (at least I think it was). The guy is keeping busy.

Jeff Mangum, who played the night before, and the two days after (including tonight) was in the audience to check out the NJ fests's co-headliner. From my seat I could see him talking to the drummer of Shellac (who also played the night before and who also plays tonight). Beth Gibbons crowdsurfed on top of that audience at the end of the amazing set.

More ATP coverage coming. For now, here are the Portishead pics from Saturday (with setlist), and a video of Chuck D joining them on "Machine Gun" on Sunday (like he did in 2008 at Primavera). It all continues below...

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photos by Abbey Braden for ATP

Shellac

Shellac play their first of two sold-out shows with Helen Money at The Bell House TONIGHT (10/3), just a few days after playing ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ where Steve Albini also manned the poker tables all weekend on the 8th floor of the Berkeley Hotel. ATP pictures in this post. Steve Albini in NYC (hope he can handle it!). More pictures below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Dark Dark Dark / A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Dark Dark Dark
A Hawk and a Handsaw

"Eerily soothing piano melodies, smirking accordion lines plucked from a New Orleans carnival, cloudy gang vocal harmonies, and lonely horn bleats inhabit last year's Bright Bright Bright EP and full-length Wild Go (both from Supply & Demand Music). Thus far, the catalogue of Dark Dark Dark could be mistaken for lullabies inexplicably emanating from a deserted lakeside cabin haunted by Tori Amos and Gogol Bordello . . . except that, thankfully, Amos and those affiliated with the Bordello camp are alive and well, and therefore can't haunt anything. [The Phoenix]
The A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) / Dark Dark Dark / Pillars & Tongues tour came to NYC for two shows last week - 9/28 at the Bell House and 9/29 at Drom. Pictures from the latter are in this post.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw have since opened for Jeff Mangum as part of ATP at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Friday (9/30) and will again in the same venue tonight (10/3)...

Without a word, Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Magnum walked onto the stage of Asbury Park's gilded, enveloping Paramount Theatre Friday night and eased into "Oh Comely," staring straight ahead, singing "soft silly music is meaningful, magical." In the recorded version of that song, at the end, you can hear someone far off exclaim "holy shit!" as if startled - which is just about right.

Over an hour and 15 minutes, Mangum - performing as part of the three-day ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Festival - was focused and relaxed, sitting on a chair mid-stage. He was flanked by four guitars, bathed in autumn orange lighting and looking especially solitary in the theatre's expanse. Where Bon Iver has traded up in touring accompaniment, Mangum is more at home alone - except, of course, for the rapt, capacity crowd of around 1500. [Rolling Stone]

Jeff Mangum's entire Friday setlist, along with more pictures from the non-Mangum NYC show at Drom, below...

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Ill Be Your Mirror

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror begins in Asbury Park TODAY (9/30). Tickets are still available. Take a look at the previously posted stage times, but note that Sunday at Convention Hall now looks like this:

DD/MM/YYYY - 2.45pm-3.45pm
Deerhoof - 4.15pm-5.15pm
Company Flow - 5.45pm-6.45pm
Public Enemy - 7.15pm-9.15pm
Portishead - 10.00pm-11.30pm
The missing band is Mogwai.

DD/MM/YYYY also plays in NYC tonight.

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