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this thing looks dope! if only i lived in LA, wait I take that back....

breezy, Friday, 17 June 2005 13:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This makes Intonation festival look pretty boring. Not that Broken Social Scene couldn't do that on their own.

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Friday, 17 June 2005 13:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes, I agree I'd much rather attend the arthur fest, although I'd rather live in chicago then LA

breezy, Friday, 17 June 2005 14:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, it IS on Labor Day weekend, so it might not put you out so much as you think.. and we've got a beautiful space, you won't even know you're in Los Angeles...

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

why is this the weekend after the (free) Sunset Junction?

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is on Labor Day weekend as well? Fiddle, I was going to be up at Bumbershoot. Ah well, will have to wait on the next Terrastock or somethin.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

great lineup, great space. i can't wait. i love los angeles.


dan (dan), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Poor Juan Maclean!

the Stanmore signal (nordicskilla), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hello "I Shift Gears,"

1. Sunset Junction isn't free--it's $10/day.

2. This was the best weekend we could book at Barnsdall. No weekend is perfect.


JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

In the past, it was on a "donation" basis, but yeah, you're right. It's now $10.

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Circle's on the bill? MMMMFFF. This is tempting my resolution.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Why "poor Juan Maclean"? His band is gonna be amazing...

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sunset junction also doesn't get lineups that are anything like that one.

dan (dan), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I too remeber when Sunset Junction was a suggestion donation but now they have gates and ticket "windows" and so on. I love that festival but what we're doing with ArthurFest is very very different. Look at it this way: two consecutive weekends of bigtime outdoor/indoor partying in Los Angeles with yer friends. It's not even close to what life is like in New Orleans, I know, but it's a start.

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, it's hard not to draw comparisons between the two when they're a mile and a week apart. Also, if I'm not mistaken, Sonic Youth and Sleater Kinney are SJ alum. Black Keys might be too, but I'm not sure. Either way, you're right. Merzbow would never be at the Sunset Junction. But yeah, it looks fun. Good luck.

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 20:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's true, I shift Gears, SY and SK are SJ alum. But are any of the other two dozen-plus non-local bands, who are (to me, at least) as important as the "headliners"???? And there's going to be more than music at this thing...

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but are the films any good? ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The films are going to be amazing. Henry Jacobs is coming. What else do I need to say?

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink, you need to tell me who Henry Jacobs is?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jay--do you know how many tickets are going to be available? are the "headliners" playing outside?

dan (dan), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ned- The Internet is your friend.
Dan - 2000 tickets. Outside.

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

On Henry Jacobs:

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I first read "Henry Jaglom is coming" and was truly baffled.

But as for SJ vs. this, let's not fite. Let's all go to both weekends. So many pretty hipsters and empanadas and aguas frescas and moon bounces.

I am so psyched to see Comets on Fire live.

Sunset Junction hasn't announced who's playing yet, right?

On a Strict El Cholo Diet (Bent Over at the Arclight), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not fighting. I'm just curious! It's an easy comparison that everyone in the area is going to make. I'm not advocating one way or other. It's also pretty obvious that this lineup is way better than Sunset Junction could ever be, as strong as my love for Jody Watley might be.

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I must say, this does look really nice. Wish I could come down for it, but alas my vacation time is booked already.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sunset Junction hasn't announced who's playing yet, right?

They haven't announced any of the "indie" acts yet, which is part of what prompted my curiosity here. There are a few of the other acts listed at the moment.

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is basically This Ain't No Picnic but with a artier shell...

Looks fun! I'd go if I hadn't seen about 80% of the bands I like on the lineup already.

donut e-goo (donut), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

arthur fest

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

my brother is like ticketmaster, only scarier.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no more live music at hampshire college thanks to him.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

holy shit, that's like a ten minute WALK from me

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Friday, 17 June 2005 21:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

my buddy thom monahan sez lavender diamond is not to be missed..and he has a good ear so that s astron thumbs up

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Saturday, 18 June 2005 07:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they're great!

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Saturday, 18 June 2005 17:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no more live music at hampshire college thanks to him.

scott, explain, I went there.

T. Weiss (Timmy), Saturday, 18 June 2005 23:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'll let dan bunny explain if he comes back here. it involved the cops and on-stage nudity, that's all i know. and some sort of ban was installed on future concerts. i hear all kinds of things.

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 19 June 2005 00:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yay nudity!

I must consider this fest more and more. Hmm.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 19 June 2005 01:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'll let dan bunny explain if he comes back here. it involved the cops and on-stage nudity, that's all i know. and some sort of ban was installed on future concerts. i hear all kinds of things.

Oh I heard about that! Unfortunately, I was out of town that weekend.

T. Weiss (Timmy), Sunday, 19 June 2005 01:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

bunnybrains are touring with devendra in the fall, ned. and hitting l.a. or that's what i hear anyway. that may be your time to cry for the nude freeks.

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 19 June 2005 01:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Most excellent. Tell 'em to play Orange County as well, we need more of that around here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 19 June 2005 01:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is this show sponsored by Tylenol as well ?

merck mcneil, Sunday, 19 June 2005 20:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wolfmother are really great live too, if anyone manages to get along to this

glenny g2003 (glenny g2003), Sunday, 19 June 2005 21:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Merck- No.

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Monday, 20 June 2005 00:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

We've added


to the lineup, with a bunch more to come.

Two-day passes are now on sale; info at

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 17:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hey y'all we just put a couple of songs from the new lavender diamond ep up on the website . just finished the damn thing this week. ron rege made the artwork, it's really nice to look at and listen to. looking forward to seeing people at this lovely fest. thanks jay for the invite :).

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 21:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
ARTHURFEST: two days, three stages, full sets, good food, easy parking.
Two-day passes are currently $70.
One-day passes are $40.

Sonic Youth
The Black Keys
T-Model Ford
Sunburned Hand of the Man
Six Organs of Admittance
Magik Markers
Josephine Foster
Radar Bros.
Brightblack Morning Light
Lavender Diamond
Fatso Jetson
Viking Moses
Winter Flowers
Residual Echoes

Cat Power
The Juan Maclean
Comets On Fire
Olivia Tremor Control
Dead Meadow
Sunn 0)))
Marissa Nadler
Jack Rose
Brad Laner (Electric Company, Medicine)
Future Pigeon
Nora Keyes (Centimeters)
Modey Lemon

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 22:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yoko Ono! Awesome. I wonder who some of the surprise guests will be. I got my tickets a while ago and I think only about half of those bands were listed.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 22:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

TS: day 1 vs. day 2

These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 02:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Intonation Festival for people that like to have sex while brandishing knives.

nicholas de jong (nicholas de jong), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 02:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Day 2 so far.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 03:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Forgot to say:

ArthurFest will also feature rare film screenings (more info on this in two weeks), a special appearance by the legendary Henry Jacobs (co-creator of the Vortex dome happenings in the '50s/'60s), food stands from neighborhood eateries, a Karl Rove Appreciation Tent, a special workshop led by the New Energy collective, an information booth featuring 82-year old bluesman T-Model Ford (the star of Arthur's popular "T-Model Knows Better" advice column) and other attractions to be announced.

JayBabcock (jabbercocky), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 17:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't think vetiver looked or sounded too precious if that's what you're getting at. Can't front on blublockers! their playing was absolutely beautiful and they drove it home on the earlier songs, then got folkier which is probably what you caught. Comets on Fire rocked it too, forgot. sorry i missed circle now though.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 06:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


I saw Yoko and ended up liking it. She kind of has a slick stage show (I heard someone say she's 72, so more power to her) and I didn't like the first thing I heard because of the sappy sentiment, but by the time they got to "Thin Ice" and "Don't Worry Kyoko" I was won over. Also came home with a couple Onochord flashlights, sure to be collector's items! She ended her set saying "See you next year."

I also saw Ned before Brad Laner's show (also front row) but he seemed too involved in the people he was with so I didn't go over. That was a great show, Brad, did you do the visuals too? I took a lot of pictures that looked good on the camera's LCD.

nickn (nickn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 06:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, someone handed me a huge handful of those onochords. I don't know what to do with them all.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 14:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Murfle. Sorry, running on too little sleep and feeling very exhausted from the last two days, which is kinda funny since I didn't move much at all yesterday.

Anyway, so the second day -- got to meet and chat with Mr. Jay Babcock himself, a fine feller; we chatted about the Theatre crunch problems from the first day a bit (as he sagely noted, since it was the only place with a/c, the temptation to stay there was rather strong...). Got up there, poked around a bit and figured that the best thing to do was, indeed, settle into the Theater early. Ended up getting the last open seat in the center front row, which was cool -- some Southern Lord/Sunn O))) fanatics were already there!

So working through the Theater bill:

The Time Flys -- Ramones meets Hellacopters meets opening band for Kiss 1976 (the first, sound; the second, tude; the third, look)

Fatso Jetson -- surprisingly 'normal,' I guess; for the ur-band of stoner/desert rock etc. it was more like heavily amped-up bar-band blooze with off-kilter moments. Did like the sax and harmonica though.

Modey Lemon -- pretty good, got better as it went as they changed from aggro three-piece 1971-noise into Moog-overload on top of same

Brad L. -- like Nick said, really enjoyable, great photos to be taken. Brad said to me afterward, tongue piercing cheek, "Sorry about the Medicine song, maybe you liked it better without the chick singer." ;-) Touche!

Earth -- admittedly I really haven't kept track of them (or Dylan Carlson in particular) over the moons so the transformation into a very meditative/doomy three piece that played like Codeine on even stronger downers and no vocals and distortion (much) was a bit of a surprise to me. Very good but almost overwhelming

Growing -- only half an hour and marred at one point by a technical glitch but damn they were great; reminded me of a more violent sounding Windy and Carl (and this was before I realized they had albums on Kranky!)

Then I had to face my moment of truth -- stick around to at least see the start of Sunn 0)))) or try to catch bits of the other stages, especially since Jay had mentioned needing to see Yoko if at all possible. Since Sunn 0)))) are playing near the end of October I figured 'to heck with it' and went for the other spots. Alas, I think I made the wrong choice in the end -- Spoon, who I never heard before, came across as terribly generic and obvious; crowdpleasers yes but I wasn't pleased. Cat Power I only vaguely noticed and while I was primed to see at least some of Yoko's set, the fact that (as I could notice from my vantage point) it took the roadies 15 minutes to do apparently absolutely nothing with a keyboard proved rather frustrating since by the time everything was about ready to go I had to leave to catch the last train back to OC. Ah well.

Great time overall though! Good to meet Walter and Jay, chatting with Brad briefly was fun, and much thanks to Rogermexico for the crash space, he's a fine feller! More thoughts later, have to go to a co-worker's farewell party...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't think vetiver looked or sounded too precious if that's what you're getting at.

No, I didn't mean any criticism. I just thought the drummer looked an awful lot like Richie Tenenbaum and the couple of songs I heard sounded like nice Nico-esque chamber pop that wouldn't be out of place on a Wes Anderson soundtrack.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yes, and chatting with Dan Regan for a bit as well! Sorry I forgot to mention that, still waking up...

And my on-site purchases were:

An Arthur (as opposed to Arthurfest) T-shirt
The Golden Apples of the Sun comp
Sonic Youth, Hold That Tiger
Circle, Forest
Sunn O)))), The GrimmBold Demos

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hi Ned.. yes I am the big dark-haired Jewish man who plays the guitar and croons in that band. Glad you enjoyed. Circle melted my mind. They sound like Finnish Rob Halford fronting Tangerine Dream now! Jeez.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hello there big dark-haired Jewish man! I was standing near you as you performed, will post some pics.

I am glad to see all this love for Circle. I have wanted to see them for years and they delivered. Dude from Aquarius who was their tour guy said they had sold out of their new album already on the tour and there was a rush to get CDs and shirts after the show -- good signs, I would say! Would love to see them back and doing an even longer set.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I forgot to buy Circle stuff. I was in too much of a daze after the show and then I regretted not buying anything later. Looking at the aquarius website, it looks like a lot of their stuff is O.O.P. unfortunately.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they only had Forest, thus my purchase -- I believe I have a CDR burn of it already but frankly they deserved the money! I'm lucky enough to have two of the earlier Ektro albums as well.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 15:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sunn0))) were very good but power cut out twenty minutes in and again ten minutes later which was enough for them to call it a night. the last five minutes of their set featured a corpse-painted xasthur singing. the sound was great, the band were enjoying themselves, and it's too bad it ended early.

other highlights for me were dos, circle, merzbow, earth, and brad laner.

dan (dan), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

sunn0))) were very good but power cut out twenty minutes in and again ten minutes later which was enough for them to call it a night.

A pisser -- sounds like Growing's problems affected them too. Or maybe both bands were just too loud!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There seemed to be lots of power issues in the theater. The bass and vocals cut out occasionally during Circle as well. Overall though the festival was amazingly well organized. I hope they decide to do another next year!

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, no question -- whatever complaints I have are nitpicks overall. It was a treat and flowed pretty smoothly all around from my vantage point.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

morning all , thanks for the good feedback ! I had a great time and I'm amazed my thing went off without a hitch. those were indeed my visuals. it was a gas to make use of the full blown digital theater facilities. I would love to get copies of the various photos y'all took of my set,
Please email me some , ok ?

'twas nice to see ya ned, nice savage republic tee : )

Brad Laner (Brad Laner), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hahahah! ;-) I figured I wouldn't say anything about it....but I admit my choice of shirt was semi-intentional (it came up in the rotation last week and I thought, "Hmmm!"). Hope to upload photos onto my flickr site tonight or tomorrow, will post links here when they're ready.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Brad I busted out some Medicine records the other day and was really blown away by how your guitar work holds up. Amazing stuff. Your set killed.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It was nice too because a number of the folks I was chatting with sitting nearby or who I had met the previous day didn't know anything about Brad or his work so I got to give them a quick rundown (and yes, mentioned Medicine without editorializing -- well, too much ;-), though I talked more glowingly of Electric Company goodness!). After the set many folks were really impressed and wanted to know more! Rah!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My crit for the fest: How hard would it have been to figure out the bleed situation between the Pine and Lawn stages? I felt like I was jamming along with the Black Keys the whole time.

And also would have been nice to have a piano there for Steve.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

How hard would it have been to figure out the bleed situation between the Pine and Lawn stages?

I feel awkward speaking for Jay but I hope he doesn't mind my saying this for now (and please correct me if I'm wrong when you see this!) -- in talking with him about things briefly yesterday, he noted that one reason why the bands in the gallery theatre were there was becase so many were going to be using heavy constant bass tones and drones and etc., which would have caused some problems about noise complaints or worse had they been in the Pine stage location instead. I had overheard someone wondering on the first day why the Pine stage folks weren't in the theatre -- controlled environment and better for the 'quieter' bands -- but perhaps this was the best that could be managed, per Jay's description.

Perhaps that slightly lower location near where the staircases for general entry ended would be better for Pine-stage style bands, being further away and more isolated for sound? Monday morning quarterbacking, I realize, but the Park's such a nice location that if it happens again I'd love to see a repeat of the setting. The flipside is that makes the fest more spread out from the central booth/food zone. Just thinking out loud!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It was OK, we overcame it, but I was really having a hard time concentrating on hearing the right things. And I hope it wasn't too hard for audience people. I know Winter Flowers really had difficulty with this.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 16:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It would have been great to have another set of speakers with the pine stage feed over by the line for the Gallery theater so that people waiting in line could listen to something.

Some of the bands playing in the theater could have and should have been playing for much bigger audiences and at first it seemed strange to me to have a lot of the loud bands in there. On the other hand I thought the theater had the best sound of all three stages and most of the acts in there benefitted from the darkened environment, stage lighting and intimate atmosphere. If the room didn't have seats and more people could have packed in it would have been ideal.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 17:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was sure Cat Power was going to freak out from the sound bleeding in -- at the back of her stage-front crowd Spoon were louder than she was, it took me a couple minutes to realize she had started. Off to the sides wasn't so bad, and Spoon ended after 10 minutes or so. She seems to have a sense of humour about her difficulties though.

I think all three stages could have been bigger for the crowds that were there, but quite an accomplishment anyway, Jay. How is the video shot during it going to be used?

nickn (nickn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was sure Cat Power was going to freak out

Cat Power freak out on stage? Why that's as likely as Thurston Moore playing a guitar with a baseball cap!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Let it be known though that it was really wonderful to get to play in such a unique setting, outside, to a bunch of really amazing receptive folks.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

xpost: But he wasn't wearing a cap Sunday! Which reminds me that sound on all stages wasn't too loud, a good thing in general except SY's "Teenage Riot" needed more punch. I still saw a lot of earplugs, though. On the other hand I made the mistake of standing in front of the speaker cabinet when Mike Watt did a finger-pop on his bass - Ouch!

nickn (nickn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

But he wasn't wearing a cap Sunday!

No, he just took one from a photographer instead. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Furthermore, I think that despite a lot of the battles that the Spaceland / Arthur production crew faced in getting this thing rolling, they managed to pull off one of the greatest sets of music spanning many generations in history. I saw some things that I will be telling my kids about, and I had an excellent time playing. Proud to have taken part in it. Thanks, Jay.

j. rosenberg (pukeandburn), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 18:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they managed to pull off one of the greatest sets of music spanning many generations in history

The way I see it, ArthurFest took on a general model from get-togethers like Terrastock and ended up making it broader than its various sources of inspiration -- much as I love the Terrastocks, for instance, there's no way the Juan Maclean would have ever been on one of the bills for them. That deserves much credit, and frankly I'd love to see what could happen in going even broader still -- but I am not one of the organizers. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 19:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, broad, but go broader still. Next year: M.I.A. in the Gallery Theatre.

r3000, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 20:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The promotional M.I.A. fans weren't enough?

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 20:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wait, that didn't make sense. I'm referring of course to fans you use to cool yourself in the sun, not M.I.A. fanatics.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Tuesday, 6 September 2005 20:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Just an unhelpful example, really. Though I didn't see any M.I.A (cooling) fans, only the omnipresent Amoeba ones. Not mentioned yet, but really good: Marissa Nadler. Mentioned, but really good: Comets on Fire, Juan Mc.

r3000, Tuesday, 6 September 2005 21:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh yeah Marissa was very nice. Ned I looked for you both days(yours is the only pic I've seen of L.A. ilmers, I thought I kinda saw you but his nose was too big and you don't wear glasses right?) come get some sun next time!

tremendoid (tremendoid), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 01:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I saw the first few songs of Marissa Nadler's set and enjoyed them quite a bit. She had a very haunting vibe that reminded me of a female Clive Palmer. I also forgot to mention the Young Jazz Giants who I caught for a couple of numbers. They did a good Headhunters/Funkadelic/electric Miles sort of thing.

walter kranz (walterkranz), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 01:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm just horribly jealous...even Circle were there and god knows how much I would like to see them live...

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 07:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You would have cried in delight, m'friend.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 13:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Started a separate photo thread for all to post their images or links to same to...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 14:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was scared to wait in line, so I stuck in the theater for Circle/Magik Markers/Six Organs/Pole/Merzbow and fucking starved half to death.

I was told the next day that I had a VIP pass and could come and go as I pleased... d'oh!!

Easily the best festival I've ever been to, and would probably be the best american rock festival of the last five years if they would just get some hip-hop. (Seriously, Subtitle was probably just working at Amoeba all day)

Kudos to Jay and the Arthur gang. Seeing Sunn0))) and Yoko in an hour was totally life-affirming.

-Earth ruled since they sound like Neurosis Dude Ranch now.
-Nora Keyes spooked everyone out like Cruella DeVille.
-Young Jazz Giants were all three.
-Merzbow was hella loud and i got to imagine I was riding a train.
-My girlfriend won't talk to me anymore after making her sit through Sunn0)))

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Seeing Sunn0))) and Yoko in an hour was totally life-affirming.

*cries with envy*

Earth ruled since they sound like Neurosis Dude Ranch now.

Hahahah, how perfectly accurate!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 15:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"You would have cried in delight, m'friend"

oh yes: i saw a couple of these bands in Austin at that excellent Arthur mag party and they blew me away. No chance to have the next Arthurfest here in Italy, eh? :(

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Wednesday, 7 September 2005 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wished i could have been there. unfortunately, the gods of finance would not let it happen.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 8 September 2005 01:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Did anyone tape Yoko's set? I'd love to hear it! :)

Michael Brooker, Thursday, 8 September 2005 05:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Underground, properly tilled

ArthurFest yields an eclectic and bountiful crop, with Yoko Ono particularly vibrant.

By Steve Hochman, Special to The Los Angeles Times

There are a lot of awkward names being tossed around for the various intersecting spheres of the music underground these days: post-rock, weird folk, wyrd folk, weird Americana. Well, the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park on an East Hollywood hilltop was Weird World Headquarters over the weekend.

That was the site of the inaugural ArthurFest, a two-day event featuring some of the artists most prized by fans of these evolving sub-genres, as championed by the Los Angeles-based monthly Arthur magazine.

How weird? Some people waited in line Sunday for as long as a couple of hours to watch Japanese sound manipulator Merzbow sit stone-faced at a table creating sheets of tonality-free white noise from two laptop computers.

How wyrd? Quaint singer-songwriter Josephine Foster's set took on a Renaissance Faire quality when several fans were invited on stage to dance à la a May Day fete.

How post? Sonic Youth, once the poster figures of rock's most avant-garde edges, sounded positively conservative in the context of its Sunday headlining appearance on the largest of the event's three stages.

But the ultimate validation of ArthurFest's assemblage of such contrasting and distinctively non-mainstream scenes came with the very last piece of the very last performance, when Monday's headliner, Yoko Ono, chose her encore slot to be the first time she has performed her quintessential "Don't Worry, Kyoko" since 1972.

The song, written in 1969 as a raw, anguished cry from the soul to Ono's young daughter, who had been taken into hiding by Ono's ex-husband, was Monday turned into a guttural ode to survival. The bleats and squalls for which Ono became famous/infamous were now expressions of a wide range of emotions as her band, led by her son Sean Lennon, pounded out primal art-blues.

The pure, unfiltered quality was even more profound coming just minutes after her performance of "Walking on Thin Ice," the song she and John Lennon had been recording the night he was murdered. During the song, Ono suddenly screamed, "You killed my man, you bastard!" Appearing shaken, she turned first away from the audience and then back to face it, as fans started blinking small flashlights that had been handed out, in a code that had been explained in a film before the set: one blink for "I," two for "love" and three for "you" … i-ii-iii … i-ii-iii … i-ii-iii ….

"Thank you, I feel much better," said Ono, 72, who has given music performances only rarely in recent years.

It was a perfect demonstration of the underlying nature of Ono's public persona, one that can be summed up as "Be your art." That could well serve as the motto for ArthurFest itself, one lived out thoroughly by the most striking of the 42 musical acts spread out over Sunday and Monday. It was a roster encompassing rousing blues (Mississippi octogenarian T-Model Ford), neo-hippie folk-pop (a joyous performance by Devandra Banhart), buoyantly melodic rock (Spoon), fragile confessions (Cat Power) and various approaches to noise assaults (the psychedelic freakouts of Comets on Fire, the glacial chording of Earth).

Barefoot hippies, arty bohemians and grizzled post-punkers alike (with capacity attendance of 2,000 each day) moved from the genteel folkiness of Foster of Marissa Nadler to the stun-level garage blues of Modey Lemon without blinking an eye.

Arthur founder and editor Jay Babcock sported a look of equal parts delight, disbelieving wonder and utter exhaustion as he moved from stage to stage on the grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed center. There were a few glitches (perpetually long lines to get into the small theater and at the food concessions), but nothing that spoiled the overall experience.

Among the Sunday highlights: On the indoor Gallery Theatre stage, Six Organs of Admittance (a.k.a. guitarist Ben Chasny) showed that delicate folk-blues beauty can share space with harrowing dissonance. On the outdoor Lawn Stage, the Black Keys crafted earthy garage blues, followed by the trio Sleater-Kinney, whose mix of stinging guitars and humanist declamations has toughened into one of the most bracing sounds in rock today.

Monday's most notable sets included Jack Rose's John Fahey-inspired folk-blues guitar work on the outdoor Pine Stage, Modey Lemon's Hendrix-and-beyond blast in the Gallery Theatre and Comets on Fire's Fillmore-meets-free-jazz explosions on the Lawn Stage.

And one more highlight: Before walking off stage, Ono cheerily said, "So, I'll see you next year."

nickn (nickn), Friday, 9 September 2005 06:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

see article for pictures

SEPTEMBER 9 - 15, 2005

Live in L.A.


(Photos by Wild Don Lewis)

at Barnsdall Park, September 4-5

Well, well, well, looks like we’ve got an instant, de rigueur classic
on our hands. The swelling throngs at last weekend’s two-day Arthurfest
at Barnsdall Park proved a major point: For many progressive (i.e.,
uncomplacent and independently minded) L.A. music and art lovers,
there’ve been huge gaps unfilled by the plethora of rockbiz-as-usual
events guided by the now ludicrously corporate mainstream media’s
strictly enforced separation between the spheres of electronic dance,
filigreed new folk, deep-listening laptop noise, authentic Delta blues,
ultra-black metal and the avant-garde poets and filmmakers that mirror
the exploratory leanings of all of the above.

Yet Arthurfest, the brainchild of Jay Babcock, brazenly idiosyncratic
music and culture mag Arthur editor/founder, brought it all together
with resounding success at Barnsdall Park, high on a hill in the middle
of Hollywood. In a sort of very broad form of Arthur-style
narrowcasting, the ingeniously conceived lineup featured a chaotic and
very punky Sonic Youth, hindered unfortunately by a booming, mid-rangey
sound mix that obliterated the many fine points the band was making
with its essentially microtonal rock — though, as usual, a humorously
humorless Thurston Moore (dumping water on himself and pulling agonized
art-suffering faces) and the icily beautiful bassist Kim Gordon at
least made them fun to watch. Politically direct thrash courtesy the
newly psychedelicized Sleater-Kinney also suffered a bit from sound-mix
blahs, but not enough to prevent the crowds from pumping their fists;
Electric Ladyland–type slide blues from the Black Keys had the hairy
old rockers in attendance grinning and shaking their jowls; the
gut-churning low frequencies of Berlin’s Pole and the brain-shearing
highs of Japanese noise kingpin Merzbow’s laptop ruminations were
enthusiastically received. (Merzbow’s incredibly focused and
near-physically painful locomotions through an industrial landscape —
at once exhilarating and the most extreme and demanding music heard at
the fest — also produced the only standing ovation I witnessed, which
says a lot.)

Aside from the sight of a 75-year-old woman with purple hair flashing
the devil’s sign at the severely thumping electro of a peaking Juan
Maclean, other highlights (for at least substantial portions of the
attendees) included a buncha Hawkwindy neck-vein bulging from a rabid
Comets on Fire; somber musings from a reticent, beer-sipping Cat Power,
tension-soaked indie-pop stylings courtesy Spoon and a tuba- and
saw-enhanced set by a re-formed Olivia Tremor Control; trance-blues
kingpin T-Model Ford and his almost absurdly true-grooving drummer
provided real sweaty heat and a lotta connecting musical DNA. There was
extremely radical sonic Sabbathery from SUNN O))); Six Organs of
Admittance, a Devendra Banhart–aided Vetiver, Marissa Nadier & Jack
Rose and Winter Flowers provided a post-post-hippie-post-irony-whatever
heartfeltness with their forthright acoustical strains. Other acts
included an inspired, potent solo set by Medicine/Electric Company
laptop/guitarist/videomaker Brad Laner, Josephine Foster, Sunburned
Hand of the Man, Wolfmother, Circle, Radar Bros., Earth, Magik Markers,
Future Pigeon, Becky Stark & the Lavender Diamond. The second day’s
events were capped by a good-humored and lovingly received Yoko Ono,
who distributed flashlights among the crowd for their participation in
Onochord, wherein all concerned dared signal in visual Morse code “I –
LOVE – YOU” at any and all of our fellow well-wishers. Yes, her son
Sean was there, leading her young, tough band, and, yes, he’s the
spittin’ image...

About 2,000 (are you listening, media “tastemakers”?) apparently very
happy people also enjoyed screenings of little-seen art films, and
booths offering food, drinks both alcoholic and healthful, clothing,
jewelry, super-underground indie records and mags, and Arthur columnist
T-Model Ford’s own booth, where he dispensed “wisdom and kisses, for a
small price.” No one in attendance seemed to think that this weird
jumble of events was anything other than the way things ought to be,
and are. Sorta makes you think, doesn’t it?

jeffrey michael rosenberg get in here right now young man (pukeandburn), Friday, 9 September 2005 15:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
And my rather idiosyncratic review is up.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 September 2005 01:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Lance Bangs made a feature length film on ArthurFest. Sadly, 10 years after the event, the film remains unreleased, but Lance is planning to screen 70 minutes of footage from the film this Sunday at Cinefamily in LA. Here's the teaser he put together:

jaywbabcock, Friday, 4 September 2015 04:06 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Comets on Fire's 37-minute ArthurFest afternoon outdoor set as filmed by John Moloney (!). Sound improves with 2nd song. Ferocious, grand

jaywbabcock, Monday, 14 May 2018 17:33 (eight months ago) Permalink


tylerw, Monday, 14 May 2018 17:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thirteen years ago, what a weird feeling.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 May 2018 17:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

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