The All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals have always had an impressive record of guest curators. We reported earlier that the two UK events this year are being put together by Matt Groening (May 7-9) and Pavement (May 14-16). And in the past, events were curated by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Breeders, and Thurston Moore.
The third ATP New York is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 3 to 5, and will be held at Kutsher’s Country Club, Monticello.
Those few days were already looking worth the money (even if you’ll be missing an arm), but a new announcement just upped the ante. On Friday, September 3, such legendary bands as Iggy and the Stooges, Mudhoney, and Sleep are performing some of their most iconic albums as part of ATP Don’t Look Back. Saturday, the lineup thus far includes Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, The Breeders, Fuck Buttons, and The Books. But hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because it only gets better.
ATP has just announced that filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is the guest curator for Sunday, September 5, and he’s already come out with his first picks:
• The Brian Jonestown Massacre
• Fucked Up
• Wooden Shjips
• The Black Angels
• Vivian Girls
There’s no need here to enumerate Jarmusch’s connections with music and musicians, which are many and known to probably just about every music geek in the 16-to-49 age bracket. A few examples for the hell of it: the RZA did the entire soundtrack for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Tom Waits starred in Down By Law and joined Iggy Pop in Coffee with Cigarettes. Jarmusch introduced countless numbers of disaffected youth to Ethio-jazz with Broken Flowers. sunn 0))) and Boris were included in the soundtrack to The Limits of Control (TMT Review). And those are just the obvious associations.
Unlike most of Jarmusch’s work, however, the day will most likely not be slow, quiet, or contain Roberto Benigni.
• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com