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Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ ATP NY 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
We're thinking we might just leave America for a while and wait for things to get a little better returning there. And to be honest, we've done so many events there. There are so many other exciting places in the world to do things that in NYC. I'd rather look at South America and Europe, to be honest. Or more things in Australia.ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Melbourne just wrapped up this past weekend (Feb 16 - 17) with headlining sets from My Bloody Valentine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Swans.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
I guess it comes as a surprise to no one that ATP's NYC event I'll Be Your Mirror will not return in 2013 considering last year's turnout and the problems related to the company and the venue. That said, its sad nonetheless... I personally saw some amazing sets from the likes of Godspeed, The Make-Up & Hot Snakes during my one night at the fest. Hopefully this will mean a leaner and meaner event for 2014, but I guess that remains to be seen.
photos by Adela Loconte
Afghan Whigs / Jose Gonzalez / The Dirtbombs @ ATP NY 9/22/2012
...Outside, The Dirtbombs continue the revivalist flavour with a polished set of neo-garage rock, although sadly they don't tackle any of the techno tracks they covered on their most recent album Party Store -- we'd rather like to have seen a live guitar version of 'Strings of Life'. After their raucous set, The Antlers' downbeat sounds aren't exactly what TheVine is in the market for, and we decide that this is a fine moment to sample what the Venezuelan arepas truck has to offer for dinner.We've already posted pics from Friday and Sunday (here and here) of the first-ever ATP NYC -- which happened last weekend on Pier 36 on the East Side of Manhattan -- and here are a few from its chunky Saturday midsection, which saw sets from The Dirtbombs, JEFF the Brotherhood, former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Jose Gonzalez, The Roots, and the fest's curators, Afghan Whigs, to name a few.
Chavez were supposed to be playing next, but they've cancelled for reasons unclear and been replaced by, um, JEFF The Brotherhood, which isn't so much bait-and-switch as bait-and-whack-over-the-head-with-a-sledgehammer-then-run-away-laughing. Ugh. Happily, Mark Lanegan is on hand inside to rescue proceedings. His set is heavy on material from Blues Funeral, with only 'Hit the City' and a storming 'Methamphetamine Blues' (featuring a guest appearance from Greg Dulli) representing his earlier records, but even though we're not huge fans of the hard rock sounds of his latest LP, he's still great -- after all, with a voice like his, Lanegan could sing the phone book and still sound arrestingly good.
José Gonzalez? Well, you know what you're going to get -- quiet acoustic music and a couple of studiously offbeat cover versions. Quite why he's headlining the second stage tonight is unclear -- he hasn't released an album in five years, for Chrissakes -- and while his set is perfectly competent, it's not exactly inspiring. The same, sadly, can be said about The Afghan Whigs, although in fairness I've never been counted amongst their fanbase and thus is perhaps not best placed to judge the merits of their 90-minute headline set this evening. So we'll just say that it wasn't for us, but that the band's hardcore fans -- of which many, many are here -- seem to lap their set up with glee. [The Vine]
More pictures below...
photos by Erik Erikson
The Make-Up / Godspeed at ATP NY, 9/23/2012
The festival's best music tried to knock you off your equilibrium. This happened most often on Sunday. The Psychic Paramount got levitating within a few minutes; Benjamin John Power, also known as the English one-man laptop-electronics project Blanck Mass, produced layers of drone, with twinkling rising tones inside of melodic cycles, at fantastic, physically massaging levels of volume; Thee Oh Sees, from San Francisco, played its revved, mutated, scurfed-out garage-rock, controlled and stretched at will by the singer, guitarist and bandleader John Dwyer, who has an intense relationship with his wide-range voice and his gear. (They're not getting rich, but a tighter rock band you will rarely see.) And Godspeed You! Black Emperor played its three-guitar, two-drummer, one-violin electric dirges for two hours -- repeating vamps, clobbering dynamics, in front of film loops of urban decay and antiwar demonstrations. It's powerful, until it's grandiose. - [NY Times]As promised here are more pictures from the third day (9/23 )of ATP NY, including shots of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a reunited The Make-Up (their only NYC show), Hot Snakes and more. There is also a second set of pictures from Friday (9/21), including Frank Ocean and Philip Glass, below as well.
The Magic Band / Thee Oh Sees / the facilities, ATP NY 9/232012
The books have closed on ATP NY 2012, the series's first excursion into the five boroughs, which replaced the getaway-style retreat of the previous four NYC-area events. Music festivals in the city are notoriously tricky propositions, and the way that this one played out has been less than smooth. The location was announced as Asbury Park, NJ, then changed to Manhattan, and anyone who looks back at the initial lineup will not only find that fest didn't really add many more significant bands, but that a number of acts dropped off completely (Louis C.K., Reigning Sound, Sharon Van Etten, Death Grips, Factory Floor, Chavez). Through it all, the tickets remained $199 for the weekend and $60/$75 per day. The whole situation seems closely related to the company's recently reported financial difficulties. For music fans enamored with ATP NY's past iterations, the whole set up required a different set of expectations.
Once it was up and running, the festival experience was exceedingly smooth and comfortable. The weather cooperated and the stages, minus a few brief technical hiccups, sounded great (the FDR over the outside stage didn't make a peep, aside from the occasional passing police siren).
Friday night brought the biggest names, with Frank Ocean and Philip Glass topping the bill. For me, that was the most unique match up of the fest, though hardly its only exclusive pairing. Other acts exclusive whose only area show this year was ATP, included the Dirty Three, who raged in their Saturday afternoon slot, and R&B-punk quartet the Make-Up, who tore up the indoor stage Sunday night. (Warren Ellis and Ian Svenonius vied for the title of best frontman, bringing wild yelps and James Brown-esque leg kicks, respectively.)
JEFF the Brotherhood turned out one of the best sets I've ever seen them play (often it seems the band is hampered by shoddy sound, despite only having two instruments). For them, the outdoor stage filled with billowing smoke and trippy laser lights. Afterwards, Jose Gonzalez took the same space, plucking his acoustic amid the impressive surroundings. He finished right before a downpour.
On Sunday, the psychedelic blues of Captain Beefheart's group, The Magic Band, wowed on the same stage, followed by the always sturdy Thee Oh Sees. who played to a raucous crowd at The Well the night before with Ty Segall.) By Sunday night, the festival did have a bit of a ghost town feel, with Hot Snakes closing out the outdoor stage and Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing a crushing set indoors.
Definiltey, the fest could have used a few more hip-hop acts (especially considering curator Greg Dulli's love of the genre). As it was, not counting Edan who DJ'd on Friday and perhaps Frank Ocean, the Roots were the closest thing on the lineup to representing the genre (Run DMC would have been a dream addition). Overall this year seemed less about dream lineups/reunions and more about getting its footing in Manhattan with a solid, more-modest three days.
More photos from Sunday are below, including pictures of Braids, Endless Boogie, The Psychic Paramount, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Tall Firs and The Album Leaf, with another set from Sunday still to come. Friday photos are here. As for Saturday... the dog ate them? We do have the Afghan Whigs ATP setlist below, however.
The Antlers at ATP NYC 2012 (via @citybug)
The Antlers were one of the many bands on this year's ATP NY, playing Saturday (9/22) between Dirty Three and Mark Lanegan. It was the starting point of a short tour for the band who are in Toronto this evening (9/25) and will play Rochester, NY on Wednesday (9/26) at Water Street Music Hall. The band will also play ATP UK in December. All upcoming Antlers tour dates are listed below.
The band also just had one of the tracks from their Undersea EP remixed by none other than trip hop pioneer Tricky. The Antlers met the man backstage at a festival in Lisbon where he helped them decipher a Portugese coffee machine. They hit it off and Tricky asked them if he could have a go at one of their songs. The results of that is "Crest," which you can stream via RCRDLBL below.
Phillip Glass & 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...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.
Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."
Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.
Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.
Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.
Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.
Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?
Did you get your new iPhone 5?
Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.
Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.
Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.
More stuff below...
The first-ever ATP NY happened back in 2008, but up in the Catskills. That lasted three glorious years before moving to Asbury Park last year. Asbury Park was also great, but wasn't in the cards for 2012 so ATP moved the festival to NYC where it happens THIS WEEKEND at Pier 36 (you can see the location in the map above). Today's schedule looks like this:
Friday 21st SeptemberPoor Kurt B. And hopefully that 30 minute break between Glass and Ocean is enough time for the awkward changeover to happen. I mean, I love Frank and Philip, but I'm afraid that A LOT of Frank fans will be showing up just for his set, and many of them will have very little interest in the rest of the lineup, especially music you need to be very quiet during. Check out the full, three-day SCHEDULE. Get your TICKETS (THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR).
Festival opens - 6.00pm
Lightning Bolt - 8.30pm-9.00pm
Lee Ranaldo And Leah SingerEdan The Dee Jay - 9.15pm-10.15pm
Philip Glass And Tyondai Braxton - 10.45pm-11.15pm
Frank Ocean - 11.45pm-1.00am
Kurt Braunholer - 7.05pm-7.25pm
Hannibal Buress - 7.30pm-7.55pm
Janeane Garofalo - 8.00pm-8.30pm
Films On Queen Of Hearts:
Koyaanisqatsi - 8.00pm
Quadrophenia - 10.00pm (featuring the brand new surround mix made by the Who)
+ Edan The Dee Jay
UPDATE: Lee Ranaldo has been replaced by Edan (a DJ who is also DJing later in the film room). We also recently found out Chavez was replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood on Saturday.
Listen to some music below...
The Afghan Whigs swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (9/19) to perform "My Enemy" and "Uptown Again." If you missed it, head below for the video. As you may know, Greg Dulli and the boys will play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and Dulli himself is responsible for one of its days as curator. Dulli recently dropped off a mixtape of artists playing the festival.
The Afghan Whigs are also confirmed to play a sold-out Terminal 5 on October 5.
Head below for a list of live dates, and that Kimmel video.
Blanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power aka 1/2 of Fuck Buttons) is heading to NYC this weekend for ATP NY, which goes down on Pier 36 from September 21 - 23. If you can't make it to ATP, or would rather see him in a more intimate environment, you're in luck becuase Blanck Mass is hanging around after the festival to play a FIXED show at Public Assembly on Monday (9/24) with special guests TBA and FIXED regulars JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Maybe you heard the ominous, ambient sounds of Blanck Mass (and Fuck Buttons) when they pounded through stadium speakers at this year's Olympics Opening Ceremony. You can also listen to him on your (probably) much smaller speakers at home by checking out his 2011 self-titled LP, which was released on Mogwai's Rock Action label. He also more recently released the White Math / Polymorph 12" on Ford & Lopatin's Software label last month (8/21). You can stream "White Math" below.
That stream and a list of all upcoming dates is below.
Afghan Whigs at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror with Frank Ocean (who played SNL this weekend) and the Afghan Whigs kicks off on Friday (9/21) and runs through the weekend at Pier 36 in Manhattan. Tickets are still available for you procrastinating types.
For those of you who still need convincing, Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (who co-curated ATP NY) made us a mixtape of artists for your aural pleasure that features his band (naturally) as well as Frank Ocean, plus The Dirtbombs, Chavez, The Antlers and other bands you can catch this weekend. Stream it and check out the tracklist below.
I Break Horses at T5, May 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As tipped off by a commenter in our post about Psychic Paramount and confirmed by their publicist, but Sweden's I Break Horses have canceled their upcoming North American tour which included an appearance at ATP NY. Bummer. Not sure as to why, but we do hope you come back as soon as you can.
All affected dates are listed below...
Junip at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Winnie Cheung)
We're very excited to have finished writing and recording our second album with Junip. Currently we're working on the artwork and b-sides to upcoming releases. We had plans on trying out the songs live this autumn but circumstances beyond our control prevent us from touring. Apologies to those of you who had plans on going to the announced shows. As for now the Berlin, New York and LA dates will be cancelled. José's soloshow at I'll Be Your Mirror in New York on Sep 22nd will however go on as planned.Well that's a bummer. Jose Gonzalez will stil play ATP NY (Sept. 21 - 23) but his show with his Junip project at Le Poisson Rouge on October 10 is canceled. Come back soon, Junip!
José, Elias, Tobias
Frank Ocean at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Frank Ocean, who The Afghan Whigs covered recently, has just been added to ATP NY, which the Afghan Whigs curated. The festival goes down on Pier 36 from September 21-23. Tickets are still available. Surely a live collaboration is not out of the question.
Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot of the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I'll be back if you'll have me.One of those dates was the Coldplay show in Hanover, DE which falls right in the middle of ATP NY. A list of all affected dates, along with and updated ATP NY flier (Frank Ocean's name included) and an MP3 of the Afghan Whigs' cover of Frank Ocean's "Lovecrimes" are below.
Braids at BV-CMJ 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Braids (not Braid, who just played NYC on their tour) will be in NYC for ATP I'll Be Your Mirror on Pier 36 on September 23, and they've just announced a few other Northeast dates surrounding that festival. Those dates include a show at Maxwell's on September 18. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Braids are also planning to release the followup to 2011's Native Speaker in early 2013 with a darker and "more electronic-based" album. Regarding the new album, the band told SPIN:
We could play [Native Speaker] cuts for hours on end and we would never get drained. But some of these songs we're like, 'Oh this is kind of a dark song.' If you work on it for more than a couple hours it starts to get pretty dark in the room. You have to take a break and go get lunch or something then finish the song. It's been a good emotional journey for sure.The video for "Plath Heart" from Native Speaker and a list of all dates below.
by Bill Pearis
Vetiver at BXSXSW 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
San Francisco's Vetiver will tour the East Coast tour next month, with two upcoming NYC shows: He'll play Glasslands on September 21 and then the recently-relocated ATP NY the next night (9/22). Tickets to Glasslands and ATP are on sale now.
Joining Vetiver for the tour will be Brooklyn's Habibi, who you can see this Sunday, August 5, the kickoff of this year's Sound Bites Series at the Fulton Stall Market (which, full disclosure, I curate). The show is free and happens at 3PM sharp. I'll be DJing before the band if you care to come early. I interviewed Habibi singer Rahill Jamalifard over at Sound Bites who relayed this anecdote about touring with King Tuff earlier this year:
We played at Johnny Brendas in Philly... They were kind enough to bring out a generous sized hummus plate for us and King Tuff before our show. The King Tuff boys hadn't come into the bar yet and we basically bodied the whole thing and did some heavy heavy damage, to the point where the manager asked us kindly to please leave some for the other band. We laughed inside but cried a little too.OK Vetiver, you've been warned. Guard your snacks. All Vetiver/Habibi tour dates are listed below.
We have now completed a restructuring of the business of ATP Concerts Limited. This involved the Voluntary Liquidation of ATP Concerts Limited and transfer of its assets (including the rights to the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, label, and shows) to a new company called Willwal Limited. We will also be dividing the business into three different companies; ATP Festivals, ATP Recordings and ATP Shows.
The team however, remain the same, having been transferred over to Willwal Limited - and the festival is still called All Tomorrow's Parties. All future events will continue as scheduled on the dates advertised and all tickets for those events are still valid.
ATP remains unwaveringly committed to hosting world class events. Since our inception it has been our mission to provide quality concerts for discerning music lovers around the world - our number one priority has always been the bands and the fans and we work hard, sometimes under difficult circumstances, to achieve the highest standards possible. It is a tough climate out there, but this restructuring will ensure that ATP is around for many more years to come. We thank the fans who have stood by us over the years and especially during this recent time of reorganisation.
Other news we are announcing today is that the U.S. event on September 21 - 23 is to be moved from Asbury Park, New Jersey to Manhattan, New York. This is due to logistical reasons and a full press release regarding the move will be posted here. Anyone unable to attend due to this change will be able to request a full refund.
We have many exciting developments and opportunities available to us that will be announced over the coming months. We will be continuing the work we have done over the past 13 years and would like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past week - we apologise that this statement has taken longer than anticipated to be released (due to needing certain legal clearances) - we thank you again for your patience and apologise for any unnecessary worry caused.
On Monday we will announce the first bands for this December's Nightmare Before Christmas festival curated by Shellac.
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
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.
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.For those of you who speak legal-ese, you can check out details on their reorganization here.
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]
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)
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.
Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, The Afghan Whigs reunited late last year and have been scheduling festival appearances throughout 2012 including ATP I'll Be Your Mirror NJ in September. They just announced that soon after ATP NJ, they'll play a NYC show at Terminal 5 on October 5 with garage rock band Eagles of Death Metal. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with a fan presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at 10 AM (password: AfghanWhigs2012) and an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon.
Updated tour dates are listed below...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Brooklyn in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
by Andrew Marinaccio
DOWNLOAD:Dirty Three - Rising Below (MP3)
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...