Entries tagged with: Jim Jarmusch
by Bill Pearis
Jim Jarmusch's new film, Only Lovers Left Alive, stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as two vampires whose relationship spans centuries. (Twilight or Vampire Academy, it ain't.) The film made its US debut at the 2013 New York Film Festival and will see actual release on April 11 in select cities. You can check out the trailer below.
The soundtrack to the film is unsurprisingly pretty interesting and is orchestrated by Jarmusch's frequent musical collaborator, Jozef van Wissem. It features collaborations with SQÜRL (Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback), Zola Jesus, Lebanese singer/actress Yasmine Hamdan (who is in the film), and Cults singer Madeline Follin, the latter of whom provides vocals on a heavy, trippy cover of Wanda Jackson's classic "Funnel of Love." You can stream the whole soundtrack (via Dazed Digital) below.
Speaking of, Cults have a few dates lined up over the next few weeks, including NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 6. Shoe company Steve Madden is sponsoring and it's FREE but you do need to get your no-charge tickets through Ticketmaster and are available starting at noon today (2/14). No openers have been announced for the MHOW show, but most of the other dates are with their old tourmates Mood Rings. All Cults tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
The 51st New York Film Festival happens September 27 - October 13 at Lincoln Center. The main slate features 35 films, the biggest yet at the fest, and includes a lot of highly-anticipated fall releases, including the Coen Brothers' musically minded Inside Llewyn Davis (set in the early '60s Greenwich Village folk scene); Steve Coogan reprising his much loved arrogant buffoon alter ego in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa; Hayo Miyazaki's latest animated film, The Wind Also Rises; Cannes Film Fest 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color; Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive; Spike Jonze's Her (with its Arcade Fire soundtrack); Alexander Payne's Nebraska, and lots more.
Full NYFF51 line-up is listed below...
Ariel Pink at Do Division 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
As discussed, artist Doug Aitken is presenting the traveling Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour this year, with a variety of different artists in different cites. The NYC stop on the tour (which is the start of this whole thing) happens on September 6, and since we last spoke, more details have been announced. It happens at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard and runs from 6:30-10:30 PM.
Musicians playing the NYC stop include No Age, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
Jim Jarmusch & SQÜRL, The Boredoms, African American marching band The Kansas City Marching Cobras, and more TBA. There will also be a "surprise" from Rirkrit Tiravanija and a Technicolor smoke performance from Olaf Breuning. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon.
Other artists added to other cities include Giorgio Moroder, Beck, Cat Power, Cold Cave, THEESatisfaction, Sun Araw, and more. Head to Station to Station's site for tickets and more info on the other cities. Full tour schedule (as it stands now), below...
Lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, who often collaborates with guitarist/film director Jim Jarmusch (they've got a collaborative record out now on Sacred Bones), had initially scheduled a solo gig to happen at Union Pool on June 30, but that show was rescheduled a while back and instead happens this Sunday (7/14). Rounding out the bill will be mesmerizing drone guitarist Noveller and Tom Carter of experimental band Charalambides. Tickets for Sunday's show are on sale now. Updated Jozef Van Wissem dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, speaking of cult film directors who are also musicians signed to Sacred Bones (meaning Jim Jarmusch), David Lynch is releasing his new album, The Big Dream, next week (7/16) via the label. You can now listen to the entire album ahead of its release over at Pitchfork.
Marissa Nadler in Chicago in 2011 (more by Ben Rodig)
As mentioned, lutenist Jozef Van Wissem and guitarist/film director Jim Jarmusch, who put out two albums in 2012, followed by Apokatastasis and a contribution to the Sacred Bones RSD comp this year, are playing a show at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitarist Noveller (who also plays the Drone Activity In Progress show tonight [5/2]). Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are still available.
Before Jozef heads over to Europe for a tour there, he'll squeeze in a solo gig happening in NYC at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar on May 12 with a great lineup of dream folk singer Marissa Nadler and Entrance Band frontman Guy Blakeslee (who sang on Jozef & Jim's contribution to the Sacred Bones comp). Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Saint Vitus show is Marissa Nadler's only currently announced date other than Canadian festival MoSoFest, which she plays this June.
Jozef also has a new record out this year, Nihil Obstat. Though this one's a solo record, Jim Jarmusch does appear on it. You can stream the track "Where You Lived And What You Lived For" from the album over at NPR. Jozef will celebrate the album in NYC after his European tour with a release show on June 30 at Union Pool. No advance tickets for that show at the moment.
All dates are listed, along with Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch and Marissa Nadler videos, below...
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
As mentioned, Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch are releasing their second album of 2012, The Mystery of Heaven, on November 13 via Sacred Bones. We've already posted the video for "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire," off of that album, and the duo have since revealed a stream of another track, "Etimasia." You can listen to that below.
Jozef Van Wissem has some solo shows scheduled, including the previously mentioned show at Issue Project Room TONIGHT (10/4) with guitar great Loren Connors and Clint Heidorn. At that show, Loren will be performing duets with both Jozef and Clint.
Jozef also plays the Life or Death CMJ showcase at 92YTribeca on October 20 with Twerps, Mac DeMarco, Prince Rama, Slug Guts, Maria Minerva, Sky Ferreira, DJs Poolside and Disco Phantom and special surprise guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge.
About a month after CMJ, Jozef and Jim will team up for a show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on November 27 with Marissa Nadler. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's the only announced date for Marissa Nadler at the moment.
A list of all dates, video, and song stream below.
by Andrew Sacher
Composer/lutist Jozef Van Wissem and filmmaker/guitarist Jim Jarmusch released the album, Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity, this past February and they've already announced that they'll put out a second album together this year. The new one is called The Mystery of Heaven, and it's due out on November 13 via Sacred Bones, who just worked with another cult/experimental filmmaker David Lynch to reissue the Eraserhead soundtrack. You can check out the 10+ minute music video for album track, "The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire," below. Someone tell Explosions in the Sky a new bar's been set for epic song titles.
The duo don't have any shows together lined up at the moment, but Jozef Van Wissem has some solo shows scheduled including the previously discussed show at Le Poisson Rouge on September 10 with Noveller (tickets), and another NYC show which happens on October 4 at Issue Project Room, where Jozef and Jim played together earlier this year.
Jarmusch is also busy working on his next film, a vampire romance titled Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Anton Yelchin which will be out in 2013.
A list of all currently known dates and that video are below.
Back when we announced the Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch show happening tonight (3/5) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, one of the openers was listed as "special guest" with the only clue being "Drag City". Well, that Drag City-signed artist is in fact Sophia Knapp who recently had a show at Union Pool.
Tickets for the LPR show tonight are still on sale, and we have a pair you can win! Details below...
Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Dutch composer Jozef Van Wissem teamed up for an album titled Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity (due out 2/28 via Important Records) and performed in support of it at Issue Project Room earlier this month (2/3). The performance, like the album, features Jarmusch on guitar and Van Vissem on lute. A video from it is below.
In other Jim Jarmusch news, he's featured on the new 15-minute Fucked Up single, along with Austra and Annie-Claude Deschênes, which you can listen to HERE.
Frankie Rose releases Interstellar this month (2/21) and as Bill points out, she's left the garage pop of her debut behind in favor of synthy, jangly pop. It's a huge step up from her last album and you can stream the entire thing at SPIN. She plays a record release show for the album at Knitting Factory on February 21 with Dive and Night Manager.
The new album from Dr. Dog, Be The Void, is out this week (2/7) and streaming at Conan O'Brien's website Team Coco. Watch the video of their performance on the show last night (2/8) below. Also, don't forget to grab your tickets for their Terminal 5 show on 3/23 while they're still available. More tour dates HERE.
Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are touring together in support of their upcoming albums which are both currently streaming on NPR. Listen to Sharon's HERE and Shearwater's HERE. Their tour hits NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out but Sharon plays Bowery again the next night (2/26) and tickets are still available.
Islands' new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is due out February 14 via ANTI- and you can stream the entire thing below. Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 2/25 at LPR. Tickets are still available.
Instrumental hip hop producer Mux Mool released his new album, Planet High School, digitally this week and that can be streamed in full below (via FADER).
Field Music will release their new album, Plumb, on February 14 via Memphis Industries. You can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Tennis's new album, Young and Old, is due out February 14 via Fat Possum and you can stream it in full below (via P4K). Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/5 at MHOW. The Bowery show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still on sale.
It's not exactly an album, but Fucked Up's 15+ minute "Year of the Tiger" single which features Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says, can be streamed below.
"Any Jim Jarmusch buff could tell you that the man has great taste in music. Take the original scores for Stranger than Paradise and Dead Man, by John Lurie and Neil Young, respectively--stand-alone masterpieces that mesh beautifully with the director's stark black-and-white palette--or the killer lineup (Stooges, Sleep, Raekwon) he put together for the 2010 ATP New York fest. Curating isn't the same as performing, though, and even a disciple hip to Jarmusch's stint as keyboardist for early-'80s NYC art punks the Del-Byzanteens might second-guess his current instrumental abilities.Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity is not due, via Important Records, until 2/28, but both Dutch lutanist and composer Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch will celebrate the release with performances at Issue Project Room on February 3rd at 8PM and 10PM. Tickets for the early show appear to be sold out, but the late show is still on sale (same ticket link for both).
So what a happy surprise it is that Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity (Important), a new record that pairs Jarmusch's guitar with Jozef Van Wissem's lute, is one of the young year's most engaging listens: an album that dispels within seconds any sense of a filmmaker turned dilettante musician. -[Time Out NY]
Check out a song from the record as well as a live set of the pair at WNYC below.
By Bill Pearis
One could argue (and we did, in our story on the band in the January-February issue!) that Fucked Up's rock opera David Comes to Life was uniquely resonant upon its June release because of the emotional synchronicity between an album that spilled forth with such an appropriately chaotic narrative and a year in which tumultuous disarray became the norm. But good lord, David Comes to Life could've been sung in backwards Tagalog and it still would've made perfect sense in 2011. That's the power of a gang of punks playing with Olympian levels of passion and purpose. [SPIN]SPIN publishes it's year-end issue next week, naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life as 2011's best album. The top ten also includes EMA, Wild Flag, PJ Harvey, Lykke Li and more. The entire SPIN Top 50 Albums of 2011 is at the bottom of this post.
As you hopefully know, Fucked Up will be performing this Friday (12/16) at the BV-curated night of this weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a full evening of music that also includes Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads, as well as Frankie Rose spinning tunes. Tickets are only $10 and still available.
There's a lot more Fucked Up news actually. Tonight (11/12) the band will be guests on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Holiday Special, which also features Christoper Walken, Norah Jones and a lot of extremely non-vegan cooking (though the Vegan Black Metal Chef is also a guest). Maybe Fucked Up will play in Bourdain's fridge, like Das Racist did on last year's Holiday Special.
Next Tuesday (12/20) in the band's hometown of Toronto, Fucked Up will perform David Comes to Life in its entirety, with proceeds going to charity. (PS I Love You, The Sadies and Quest for Fire also perform.)
Fucked Up are also releasing a split Christmas single with Sloan, with proceeds benefiting the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program and the Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund. Fucked Up's side is their take on "Jingle Bells," while Sloan tackle "The 12 Days of Christmas" (which is streamable below). Only 500 are being printed -- maybe they'll be some at the merch table this Friday?
The band have also announced the release of 2012's annual Chinese New Year single, "Year of the Tiger," which is out February 21. The 15-minute track features guest vocals from Austra, Duchess Says' Annie-Claude and Jim Jarmusch, which Matador claims is "MAYBE THE BEST THING FUCKED UP HAVE EVER RECORDED" but being their record label they're prone to such proclamations. But maybe it is.
Click through for a just-released video of "Turn the Season" plus video of the band performing "The Other Shoe" on Canada's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show, as well as the entire rundown of SPIN mag's Top 50 Albums of 2011...
words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble
Thurston & Jim @ ATP NY (photo by Abbey Braden for ATP)
My 11 Most Notable Moments at ATP NY 2010 by Adrienne DayOur own ATP NY review now concludes with a recap of Sunday. If you're just joining us, start with Friday and then read Saturday, before continuing...
(11) Book club with Samantha Hunt and Luc Sante. Apparently Nikola Tesla thought he was married to a pigeon. #ThingsIlearnedatATP
(10) Jim Jarmusch and Thurston Moore's silly but entertaining exchange about "weird New York"
(9) @janelerner's Mary-Poppins-like bag with its bottomless supply of comforts from home
(8) Sleep's defibrillating two-hour-plus set
(7) Blagdon Lake at dusk: http://twitpic.com/2m59gh
(6) Beak> opening with the terrific "Blagdon Lake" and keeping it surprisingly cohesive / groove-able for the whole set
(5) Injuries sustained while losing at air hockey: a heavily bruised knee and what feels like a torn rotator cuff
(4) Years of incontinence producing an unmistakably ripe aroma in Kutsher's front elevator
(3) Stooges scholarship ("Williamson should go back to designing computer chips"; "Iggy's slowed down a bit but still, holy shit")
(2) This little pumin has apparently already been featured on Brooklyn Vegan: http://twitpic.com/2m59bb
(1) no wifi as its own time warp, leading to in-depth convos and contemplative gazing on the lake
Ron Jeremy & new friend @ ATP NY Sunday night
How do you get out of a conversation with Ron Jeremy? It's 1:30 AM on Monday (Sunday night), my friends are talking to the porn legend, and all I can think about is rest. It's been a brutal weekend of fantastic performances, great conversation, contact highs, 30 packs of beer, fantastic people, not to mention great music. But by the end of Sunday (the final day of ATP NY 2010), I just needed some Zs.
After a day-opening set of psychedelia from White Hills on stage two (which I enjoyed though it didn't manage to give me the kick in the ass I needed), The Greenhornes held down my interest for what I caught of their set. The
Detroit Cincinnati band's garage pop played to one of the biggest early day crowds that I had seen on all three days. Kurt Vile's garagey punk followed on the second stage, sounding much heavier live than I had anticipated.
Fucked Up was next on the main stage, so I made sure to secure a primo slot for the mayhem. Madman Pink Eyes, who sang 2/3 of the show from the crowd, did all of the following during his set in the Stardust Room: crushed a coke can like Stone Cold Steve Austin, sprinkled Cocoa Puffs on the crowd, smeared himself with Oreos, performed all of "Crusades" with a plastic bag on his head, laid down in the center of the crowd, instigated a group hug of 20-30 people, and took audience members on piggy back rides. After two days of festival madness, it was definitely the shot in the arm I needed. Vivian Girls, who followed them on the second stage, was a bit of a comedown, but then again who wouldn't be?
GZA's set was moved to later that night on stage two (which I would end up missing due to Altar), so his stage one slot was filled by comedian Hannibal Burress who had also performed Friday night. I missed his set and ended up catching Wooden Shjips' powerful psychedelic set on the second stage. There were many retro-leaning bands playing over the course of the weekend. My favorite sets in that category came from Dungen and The Black Angels. Powerful, trippy and fantastic.
With the lights down low, Hope Sandoval played xylophone and crooned with her enchanting voice to the Stardust Stage crowd. On any other occasion, I might have found the set mesmerizing, but at that moment another pick me up was needed and I surprisingly found that in Girls's sunny Elvis Costello brand of pop directly afterward. With all of the recent brutality (Fucked Up, Wooden Shjips, and in a much different way, um, Vivian Girls) it was a fun change to see the band run through tracks like "Laura" from their recent LP. Great set from this Cali crew.
T Model Ford
Of all the artists walking around Kutshers during ATP weekend, the two that seemingly had the most fans/people clamoring to meet them were Sunday's curator Jim Jarmusch, and T-Model Ford. It didn't hurt that T-Model was apt to take his guitar out and play anywhere with a little battery-powered amp. The bluesman finally got his time under the lights of the second stage on Sunday night though, and the adoration continued, with people cheering while he tuned (multiple times).
Raekwon took the stage a touch late with an introduction from Ron Jeremy, running through the classic Wu material: "Protect Ya Neck", "C.R.E.A.M.", "Ice Cream", set opener "Motherless Child", "House of Flying Daggers" and many more. Though I nerd out to the tracks and even ODB classic-that-felt-like-set-filler-in-a-Raekwon-show "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" on the Stardust Room system, the set felt phoned in. Not to sound insensitive, but is a few-minute shout out to your grandfather who is buried in Monticello really necessary? GZA, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore watched the set from the sides of the stage.
I missed GZA's rescheduled set completely on the second stage (because of Altar), but he reportedly delivered a freestyle-heavy set. The Wu-tang rep later showed up at The Deep End Bar to greet the legendary Kool Herc who was DJing late-night...
GZA & Kool Herc ATP (Kory Grow)
Partway into [Kool Herc's] set, in walked Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, who had played a sort-of aggressive set at the same time as Altar (I went back and forth between the two.) ...in the presence of Herc, he was nothing but reverent. He nonchalantly stepped behind the turntables and said hello. ...It was one of those rare moments where you felt like you were seeing something rare and historic. GZA grabbed the mic and talked about what a legend Kool Herc was and thanked him before leaving.-After leaving Altar, I spent a good portion on my way out saying goodbyes to the many new friends I had made at ATP. The festival is more than a string of shows, a worn-down hotel, and a few too many beers; it's a community of like-minded and friendly people that I have not experienced anywhere else. ATP New York was tons of fun, and I spent a good portion of Sunday lamenting that my experience was almost over and I'd have to wait another year. But I'll definitely be there.
[Sadness Is Delicious]
photos by Greg Cristman
Q: Even though "Raw Power" was a great album, the Stooges never got to tour behind it properly because your management company quit you and your record label didn't seem to care either. So is it a case of getting back to unfinished business with this album?Iggy & The Stooges played House of Blues in Atlantic City on Friday (8/27), one of four shows scheduled for this week culminating in an appearance at ATP NY where the band will perform all of Raw Power.
A: Absolutely. I'm finishing a job here. It had its re-release. I did my remix too, which I knew at the time in the '90s there was a muscle-bound rock-metal thing going around, and I knew that people couldn't hear the record as it was originally mixed and mastered in that environment. So I thought if I make it unbearably loud, it would sell, and it did! (laughs) Now it's been re-released, and James has been able to tell his stories about it, and get his credit as due, gotten to say his piece. I'm in the midst of fulfilling my leadership obligations to the group on this record. And I've done really well with it.
Q: What do you think of Bowie's original mix?
A: It's a good mix of a particular taste. It was very similar to the way David had his own records mixed around that era. It's peculiarly English. What I didn't know at the time was that it was disastrously mastered (after Bowie mixed it). By that time we had no communication with management who had decided to let us go. I didn't know why you had to turn your stereo to "10" to hear it at all. One of the archivists at Sony later postulated that because of the non-management the group was under, the record had no advocate at the label, and it was assigned to a guy who didn't know the Stooges, and he was applying the standards of a Mitch Miller record to it (in the mastering stage). They were rightfully listening to it as a load of noise, and their concern was how can we reduce it? So if you reduce the noise on "Raw Power," you will reduce the record...-[from a Chicago Tribune interview w/ Iggy Pop]
Iggy Pop @ House of Blues
The band played a loud and killer set for 1.5 hours to the NJ crowd who may have learned about the show from the giant billboard on the highway, or the 'Atlantic City Weekly' cover story on Iggy. Iggy dove into the crowd multiple times including one backwards free fall. Unfortunately, the room was only half-full, but that didn't stop it from being a great show. Full setlist below. On Sunday, the band played the Riviera (4746 N. Racine) in Chicago after the show was moved from Aragon late on Friday night. On Tuesday, 8/31, you can catch the band at the
Bank of America Pavillion House of Blues (it was moved too) in Boston.
In other Iggy news, Jim Jarmusch will direct an upcoming documentary on the legendary rocker upon the request of Iggy himself. Jim Jarmusch will also be in attendance at ATP New York Next weekend, curating the entirety of Sunday's bill (with sunn/Boris, Fucked Up, many many others).
More pictures, and the setlist, from the Atlantic City show, continue below...
The final lineup just got even finaler...
Kurt Vile at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more by Lori Baily)
It's almost final and official, ATP New York is ruling. The best Hudson Valley festival to ever be held in a 1960s time capsule has announced the "final additions" including two comedians chosen by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav (more to come... that's all "so far"), as well as a few new and interesting additions to the Jim Jarmusch curated date. Behold:
Boris @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
There aren't many music news items that get me excited as ATP lineup additions. This one is no different. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Torotoise, Bardo Pond, Beak> featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead, Sleepy Sun, Avi Buffalo, Sunn O)) & Boris performing material from their collaborative album Altar, Dungen, and White Hills have all been added to the already-stellar bill of the 2010 festival at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY (Sept 3-5). All confirmed artists and more details below...
All Tomorrow's Parties will return to Kutsher's Country Club, Monticello for the third ATP New York festival over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday 3rd September - Sunday 5th September. We are very excited to announce that legendary film-maker Jim Jarmusch, well known for his fantastic collaborations and documentaries with musicians will be the guest curator on Sunday 5th.Jim as curator is not completely surprising since he took part in the 2009 fest as well. Bigger posters, more info on the 2010 fest, and the updated lineup is below!...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
some of the stars of ATP NY 2009
What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.
Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.
Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.
Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.
Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.
I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".
photos by Ryan Muir
"I'm going to remember ATP 2009 as the festival of bass, though, and fondly, because this event takes sound seriously. Somebody in the organization is aware that the small, judicious audience for something like this--including many fans flying over from England to see it--wants to feel music physically. In just about every show at the two principal stages, all weekend, the sound was loud and broad and clear; it got inside your bones.Bass or not, I disagree. The No Age/Mould show, Sunday night's second to last performance of the upstate NY festival (and one of the few that I saw from start to finish), was a personal highlight for me in a day that also included great sets by the Boredoms, Oneida, Super Furry Animals, Boris and of course the day closer/curator The Flaming Lips (pics & further review coming).
But this may be why the Bob Mould and No Age collaboration didn't quite get off the ground. Mr. Mould, once of Hüsker Dü, and No Age, the young punk duo from Los Angeles, apparently admire each other. They came up with a good and relatively easy idea: working as a trio for one night only, playing songs from both acts. The set included all eras of Husker Du ("Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"); it also ran through No Age's "Eraser" and "Boy Void," as well as a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Chinese Rocks," with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter joining in. But there was no bass player, and it felt light in the wrong way."
Bradford performed with his own band Deerhunter, and solo as Atlas Sound, on the Saturday of the festival. Atlas Sound tours with Broadcast in October.
Bob Mould tours with his own band in October too.
More pictures of No Age/Mould/Cox @ ATP, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Jim Jarmusch & Bill Murray
Director Jim Jarmusch, a musician himself, is no stranger to using modern music in his films. In 1994, Neil Young provided the soundtrack to his unique take on the western, Dead Man starring Johnny Depp. In 1999, RZA handled soundtracking and acting duties for his samurai epic Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai. 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes starred Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, GZA, RZA, Jack and Meg White among others. And there are other examples (see comments).
Jim, not a stranger to Doom either (he featured a track by the recently-reunited Sleep in the movie Broken Flowers), continues the exploration in 2009 with his new film, The Limits of Control. This one will feature, in addition to a possible track by The Black Angels, Southern Lord artists Boris, sunn 0))) & Boris, and Earth! According to a post at The Playlist, Jim chose it all himself as well...
"I have a file of the music that I think is appropriate atmospherically for each film, and that has inspired me even before shooting. I pick the music, so there's no music supervisor per se...When I was writing 'The Limits of Control,' I was already imagining using some things from Boris and Sunn O))), and Earth and The Black Angels. I made [director of photography] Chris Doyle CDs so he could listen to Boris; you could categorize Boris as a psychedelic/noise/metal band, but they're just so original." - JimThe soundtrack (to be released on Lakeshore Records) contains the following burners: