Starting this Friday, the people of Ridgewood, New York are in for the festival of a lifetime. Well, this is NYC, so I guess it’s more like the festival of the week. Fucking spoiled New York, man. Stop hogging all the good stuff. We’re parched for music out here in this non-NYC wasteland. Every time I try to go to a festival outside New York, it ends up being headlined by The Hood Internet. Get the hell out of here, The Hood Internet!
Ah well. For all you overstuffed New Yorkers, here’s another heaping mouthful of culture: the Bob Bellerue-curated Ende Tymes Festival, running from June 24-26 at Silent Barn, which at first might look like just another performance by The Hood Internet, but on closer inspection you’ll see that the guy behind the laptop is none other than Phill Niblock, and your craziest mashup predictions will get liquidated the second he fires up another sound monument. Other noiseists and experimentalistas on the three-day bill include Damion Romero, C. Spencer Yeh, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Gen Ken Montgomery, Vertonen, Mike Shiflet, Crank Sturgeon, Andrew Coltrane, Work/Death, ID M Theftable, Sick Llama, Jason Soliday, Twisty Cat, and two tons more!
Each festival night starts at 8 PM, but for two hours beforehand over at Outpost there’ll be video screenings galore by the likes of Z’EV, Francisco López, William Basinski, Zach Layton, Volcano the Bear, and dozens of other video artists who are just waiting to become the next household name (I know my mother is a big Francisco López fan). Also at Outpost on Saturday, from 3-5 PM, is a series of artist discussions centered around the subject “Street-level experimental music and the evolution of technology and culture,” with chimings-in from Phill Niblock, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Al Margolis, Katherine Liberovskaya, AMK, Rat Bastard, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Damien Romero. It’s such a shame that Zack de la Rocha had a scheduling conflict and thus will not be showing up in camo cargo shorts with his trademark megaphone.
Everything going on at Outpost over the weekend is FREE, and tickets for the shows at Silent Barn are only $10 each or $25 for the whole weekend. Please look agog at the full schedule to see how much this is a steal. And also just to double-check that The Hood Internet won’t be making an appearance. I know, this is New York, it’s probably safe, but I really don’t want to get burned again. I promised myself I’d never be in a situation again where I’m staring at Alpha Chi Omega short shorts while listening to a Dead Prez/Grizzly Bear mashup.