We flew the lovely Aias over from Barcelona for our GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS night. It was their first show outside of their home city and they packed the place out! Look out for their debut album which is to be released on Captured Tracks any day now.
No Cars were on first with a guest appearance from Koichi (Screaming Tea Party). If you haven’t been lucky enough to witness a No Cars show yet, please endeavor to do so. Japanese punk rock doesn’t get much cuter than this.
I went to see I’m Still Here tonight and it was ace. I’d been wanting to see it for ages, not only because I think that Joaquin Phoenix is one of the best actors in the world, but also because I’m completely sure Casey Affleck is one of the coolest dudes ever (warning: this opinion might have a lot to do with the fact that I was blown away by his performance in The Killer Inside Me).
There’s been a lot of buzz around this title since Phoenix and Affleck started working on it, and even though now everybody knows that the whole thing was fake, you still kind of buy it. I mean, it’s SO real, it feels SO real, he IS so real.
As someone who’s followed Phoenix career, I remember when he said he wasn’t going to act anymore, and when he said that he was going to become a hip hop artist, and when he fell off that stage (I mean, that was all over YouTube), and that David Letterman show,… And seeing all those things again tonight, from another point of view, was quite an interesting experience.
But even more interesting is the fact that not everything in here is fake. I mean, yes, he was faking, Affleck was faking, their friends were faking,… but what about the press? The audiences? Those scenes of JP (yes, that was his rapper name) watching the news or reading on the internet really horrible things about him… that’s just hard. I always tend to have mixed feelings when I watch documentaries, and this was no exception. There’s a lot of things here that make you laugh. However, if you think properly about them, they really are sad things (even if we know they’re not true).
Still, this only makes I’m Still Here richer. In fact, I think that what I have liked the most about it is how many layers it has, how many reads you can have of it. It’s a documentary, it’s a fake documentary, it’s a film about someone’s misery, it’s a film about Hollywood. It’s just so interesting in so many different ways, so well done, so well edited and so well acted that it’s truly one of the best things one can see at the cinema right now.
<SILLY FACT THAT ONLY I CAN NOTICE> One of Joaquin’s musical/career buddies, Ant, used to play in Spacehog. His brother married Liv Tyler… whom Joaquin dated before… whooah </END OF SILLY FACT>
AAA TTTT PPPPPPPP!!!! Nothing gets us more excited than ATP let alone ATP in New York! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. BEST FESTIVAL IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!
Friday was the ‘Don’t Look Back’ day where previous curators of the festival played, Saturday was the ‘ATP 10 Year Birthday Party’ with friends of ATP and recording artists playing and Sunday was curated by Jim Jarmusch.
We got the bus from Brooklyn to our home for the weekend… The Raleigh Hotel. Now, we’re used to ATP UK’s weird location in a super kitsch holiday resort but ATP NY took that weirdness to a whoooole new level. The lobby was very plush, if a bit outdated, with flowery and ornate decorations everywhere but once we got our room key and headed around the corner our jaws just dropped. It was like walking into The Shining, abandoned child play prams, wheelchairs and piles of dirty mattresses in the hallways, stained carpets, broken doors, creaky floors and an unforgettable stench. If we’d been staying there on a gerneral holiday I think we’d have walked straight out but as it was full of ATP goers it just added to the hilarity of it all. On Friday we were scared to sleep with the lights off… by Saturday we were having wheelchair races with other ATP people in the hall.
The shuttle bus from The Raleigh to Kutchers Resort was an American school bus (WIN!) and our favorite driver was George, he’d squeeze as many people in as possible, play country on the stereo and ask us how our night had been. Our least favorite driver was the one that reversed into a tree, blowing out the back window, and didn’t even realise until someone pointed it out. (Yikes!)
The festival itself was amazing and probably the best line up of any ATP we’ve been to. I’ve found some pictures and videos of the best bits. (I stole them off the interweb so if someone wants credit just let me know.)
Iggy and The Stooges
What a fucking show! Iggy may be 63yrs old but he’s still one of the best performers you’ll ever see. What made it even better was that my holiday read was Legs Mc Neil and Gillian McCain’s absolutley BRILLIANT ‘Please Kill Me – The Uncensored Oral History of Punk‘ where he features heavily. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him, at Reading ’95 where he slashed his chest open while stage diving and spent the rest of the set coverded in blood, it was quite a sight. No such casualties happened this time but I did feel so sorry for his stage manager who’s job it was to keep ol’ Iggy from killing himself by jumping in to the crowd every two minutes and trying to overturn speaker stacks. Here’s a video of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” unfortunetly it doesn’t show Mike Watt’s amazing amp humping bass solo (guess you had to be there). You can actually see Mireia and I in some shots, we started off at the back of the mosh pit but it all be came too exciting to miss so I went right to the front where Iggy almost head butted me. He’s not The Passanger, he’s a very naughty boy!
They remeinded me of seeing The Raincoats back in the summer at ATP UK, so relaxed on stage and obviously having a great time. They got Steve Albini’s wife on the phone so that we could all wish her a happy aniversary and they made us want to be in a band.
T Model Ford
I grew up listening to a lot of Blues so was pretty stoked that T Model Ford was playing ATP. He’s an absolutely fascinating character, born in Mississippi somewhere around 1920 (he says he can’t remember when), he spent his teenage years plowing fields and working in a sawmill, then a few years later was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10yrs on a chain gang – he’s basically a living, breathing Blues song. He spent all three days of ATP just hanging out in the halls meeting people and always had the biggest smile on his face. What a dude! We stumbled upon his impromptu jam in the hallway between the stages:
Raekwon and GZA Wutang
They did a cover of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya and had Ron Jeremy introduce them. Pretty epic.
This one came as a bit of a surprise as, although Mireia loved them, I never really ‘got’ their album, it was OK but didn’t really do much for me. After the set they played at ATP I’m totally hooked. It was slowed down and beautiful. We both stood right at the front and melted. You can listen to the whole thing here.
Sun0))) and Boris perform together as Altar. It was immense I had to stand right at the back of the room cos my ears started to hurt. I stupidly put my beer on the barrier wall in front of me and with in 3 seconds the vibrations made it fall on someones head who was one tier below me. (oops! maybe that’s why they give you plastic bottles now days). Here a great video… you’ll just have to imagine 2 hours of it and 100db louder.
Ok so the video I found was from 2009 BUT he was defintely a highlight this year too so I’ve put it in.
What a legend.
Over the summer a promotion company called the Jelly Network put on these free “Pool Parties” on Wiliamsburg waterfront, we were staying a few blocks away from there so we wondered down one Sunday to see what was going on. Turns out we missed pretty much the whole thing but managed to catch DMC, Andrew WK AND Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav! Ace.
Once they’d finished we hung out on the grass and watched the double sunset over Manhattan. Booty-ful.
The day after DMD NY, Captured Tracks had a showcase at Bowrey Ballroom which is an absolutely beautiful venue. Cosmetics, Minks, Blank Dogs and Wild Nothing were on the bill and if felt like the whole of New York turned up for the show.
Wild Nothing were amaaazing – can’t wait for them to come over to the UK in Novemeber. Go and see them!
We were all shattered from the night before and walking around in 30 degree heat the whole day so we pretty much just watched the bands bought loads of CT records and then went to bed.
So Mireia and I (Belle) headed of to the big ol’ apple a few weeks back to put on a DMD night, to go to ATP New York and to have a little holiday. I can’t really remember which came first us booking a holiday and then deciding to do a night in NY or the other way around… either way we’re so glad we did it.
Not going to lie, having never been to The States before it felt like quite an ambitious task and at times it got quite stressful to put together, you know, the usual promoter nightmares of bands confirming and then pulling out (one even pulled out twice!) but in the end it all worked out, as it always does, and we had a brilliant line up and had smashing time.
The thing that really stood out to us was just how bloody NICE everyone was! Like seriously genuinely lovely. We were made to feel so at home and really feel like we’d made a bunch of new friends.
We ended up staying till about 4 in the morning drinking with the bar man. He got us absolutely wasted whilst Cameron kept us entertained with his hilarious stories.