Apologies in advance for how loudly this SOTC contributor will bang the All Tomorrow’s Parties NY drums for the next two-plus months, but there really aren’t many, if any, better music festivals in the United States. (All due respect, Bonnaroo, but no.) At ATP NY, you’re nestled in a remote part of the Borsch Belt, wandering around a decaying resort that’s like “The Shining meets Cocoon,” and the Stooges are, no exaggeration, playing at the end of a carpeted hall. Steve Albini is kicking your ass in poker, Jim Jarmusch is headbobbing beside you to the Vivian Girls, and Iggy Pop is buying peanut M&Ms from a vending machine.
Aren’t convinced? The kind folks at ATP have compiled a one-song video sampler of every band that’s been announced for ATP NY so far, including lesser-known acts like Beak, Fursaxa, White Hills. Hopefully the more discordant side of things will scare away the hat-puke tourists if one of Jack White’s many projects joins the Labor Day festivities. Or, should we say, optimistically, when? [ATP Festival NY YouTube playlist]