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10 September 2009

Gone to All Tomorrow’s Parties for the weekend

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2, 2009: The full-length clips about ATP/NY that I posted via were limited-time-only affairs. Now that they’ve been removed, I have posted, in their stead, a proper trailer to the new documentary about the festival, Our True Intent.

As well this sweet ass picture of Pitchfork’s founder Ryan Schreiber performing cover tunes with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter & Atlas Sound (via The Daily Swarm).
I’ll spare you their rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “Tiny Dancer.” That’s between you & YouTube.


ORIGINAL POST:: Tomorrow morning I am off to the ATP/NY a music festival in upstate New York — more specifically to the town of Monticello, home to Kutsher’s Country Club which Wikipedia refers to as “the last of the Borscht Belt grand resorts.” They play host to ATP, my favorite music festival. For an idea of what to expect think: the iconic setting of the film Dirty Dancing; the place where my Jewish ancestors had sketchy involvements with horse racing tracks; and a place which every 20 to 40something New Yorker with even a trace of Hebraic origins seems to have some connection to. (“My parents used to go there…”; “I used to go to Jewish sports camp there…” Et. al.)

Or you could just check out this clip from a film my friend Vincent Moon made at ATP/NY in 2008. I will start from the middle of the movie rather than from the beginning with this nice moment with long time operator of the hotel Helen Kutsher:

Part II
Film clip redacted

I will be working this weekend in my vague yet somehow all encompassing role as ATP’s “man on the ground” in America. There will, however, also be a great deal of pleasure mixed in. Generally speaking, I have a great distaste for music festivals. They are the concert equivalent of a warmed-over buffet meal (and I won’t bother to extend that metaphor). ATP though, is something else…

There’s more videos after the jump.

Unfortunately’s embeds start playing automatically so you might want to press pause on all three clips and watch them one at a time. Or for the true experience of ATP festival style sensory overload you could also let them all play at once…

Part I
Film clip redacted

Part III
Film clip redacted

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