What You Missed (and avoided) at All Points West
The second year for All Points West, July 31-Aug. 2, was a bumpy one for promoters and attendees alike. The weekend had its fair share of high points, as well as quite a few low.
Below, we ouline what you missed at APW each day - and what you were better off missing.
As videos of the event circulate online, it's worth noting that Jay-Z performing Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" literally was one of the best moments in music this summer. It was an apt tribute to the group that couldn't perform, due to Adam Yauch's medical condition, and it was a perfect cover for Hov, who hails from Brooklyn and rhymed in front of a giant screen projecting images of the projects off of Kent Ave.
Though we predicted she would tackle A Tribe Called Quest's "Can I Kick It?," Lykke Li, instead, did a rendition of Kings Of Leon's "Knocked Up." The whole crowd sang as she whirled around like Stevie Nicks. Kings Of Leon, coincidentally, headlined this thing last year.
Speaking of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip went through all the old material, including a mind-melting "Award To" and "Find My Way." P.S., dude rocked sweatpants. CLASSY.
The newly reunited Pharcyde made their way through most of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative." Complete with the opening dance moves. We turned 10 again.
Love him or hate him Chris Martin has balls. Not only did Coldplay honor the memory of Michael Jackson with an all-acoustic "Billie Jean," sans drums, Martin also paid his homage to Beastie Boys with a solo piano and voice take on "Fight For Your Right To Party."
Stella Artois: $9
Ferry from Manhattan to Liberty State Park: $25
Single-day ticket: $89
Best deal for food: big fat burrito, $9
Note to sponsors and advertisers: The best of the free stuff came from Twix, with free Twix, and H&M, who had a chilled-out tent with computers to check your email, a place to plug in your phone and a big TV screen of the main stage. I have no need for a pocket fan when it's raining.
Mobile phone coverage was a struggle for every carrier. Would it have killed organizers to set up a cell tower on top of the stages? Or is that just another unavoidable New York festival constriction?
The cover: mud. And I don't wanna be hearing comparisons about how mud is rock 'n' roll and how All Points West is just like Woodstock, blah blah blah. This isn't a big crowd of hippies, and it didn't cost $6 to get in. And the wood chips just made the manure smell more poignant.
As per usual, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sported a most unusual fashion at the fest, with a short black burka made up of prayer flags - and a headscarf - plus a multi-colored leather glove, singular. The stage had a giant eyeball in the middle of the backdrop. It was awesome.
The members of Tool took a backseat to the visuals, by Adam Jones; these creep-tastic videos and images both stole the show and made it (the best is from the band's biggest and older hits, Stinkfist. Entrancing.). Meanwhile, frontman Maynard Keenan, mohawked, writhed and contorted his marionette of a body infront of noisy screens, in all black. That fashion may be the only attribute he shared with Jay-Z.
Tim & Eric, who are best known for their improv-heavy dorkery on "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job," had a load of sketches that were more bizarre than one-liner hilarious, though they brought down the house by ripping away their suit pants and button-downs to reveal what could be best described as lime-green piped unitards fit for the ice capade.
Echo & The Bunnymen's frontman Ian McCullough gave his best fashion middle finger as he sang (probably wasted) with a thigh-length wool peacoat, cigarette in hand.
We Are Scientist's Keith Murray wore a plastic-flower lei and a party shirt, but holy cow, if that man doesn't rock a beautiful head of gray hair.
No sport coats for Vampire Weekend. Just a plaid shirt for Ezra Koenig. There were plenty of boat shoes present, however.
Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys will never not look 16.
We finally figured it out: Guy Garvey of Elbow looks just like Ricky Gervais. He sounds like Sting, five notes lower in his register. We love him like babies love milk.
ALL NOISE, NO NOISE
My Bloody Valentine has now made the perfect imprint on fans and scarred Tool-only attendees. They droned their way through nine minutes of pure white noise smack dab in the middle of "You Made Me Realise." To paraphrase a friend, I fell asleep despite myself, I saw myself when I was older, I transcended. Middle fingers were raised as often as devil horns. Backstage afterward, asking guitarist and hazy vocalist Belinda Butcher if they played it for that long because they planned it or were just trying to piss off impatient Tool fans, she said it was about 50-50.
That being said, Tool was loud, My Bloody Valentine was louder, but I'll be damned: Scottish instrumental shoegazers Mogwai were loudest.
Due to severe thunderstorms on Sunday, many acts literally never got their time in the sun: sets from Steel Train, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and The Gaslight Anthem were canceled entirely. Poor, lovely PT Walkley only got two songs. Sets from Akron/Family and We Are Scientists were abridged. Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan and Todd Barry had to cram in the funny into severely short minutes.
If only MGMT's performances were as energetic as their album. Alas, it was practically dirge-like. We'd rather the frontmen put down their instruments and do it right.
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
Congrats to promoters for booking bands with female presence. Neko Case, St. Vincent, Chairlift, The Postelles, The Ting Tings, Crystal Castles, La Roux and more all boast prominent girl force, which is rare at big fests. Not a lot on the mainstage, except for Karen O, Bilinda and a couple backup singers for shit-kicking Gogol Bordello, but still, nice.
2009 | Documentary | PGSummary: Guitarists The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White tell the story of their instrument of choice, and explore the many styles of design, playing, and guitar performance.Director: Davis Guggenheim
Cast: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White
2012 | Horror | RSummary: It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is J...Director: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown
1984 | Action | PGSummary: A bullied kid, new in town, is trained in karate by an old handyman, who hides his storied past. Climaxes in one of the most rousing final sequences of the '80s.Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
1988 | Fantasy | PGSummary: 'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer
1968 | Adventure | GSummary: An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.Director: Ken Hughes
Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe
2013 | Action | PG-13Summary: Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent ...Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
2012 | Adventure | NRSummary: In a weird and comic alternate-universe version of World War II, a team of misfits tries to kill Hitler.Director: Dario Russo, David Ashby
Cast: David Ashby, Aldo Mignone, Sean James Murphy
1992 | Drama | RSummary: A gun leads to a robbery, which leads to terrible consequences in this tightly-scripted and smartly cast Harlem-set story featuring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur.Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Cast: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
2010 | Family | PGSummary: Two mismatched wolves embark on a cross-country quest to get back home and restore peace in their pack after being relocated thousands of miles away by well-meaning park rangers. Quick-witted Humphrey (voice of Justin Long) likes to frolic with friends and play video games with squirrels; discipl...Director: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Justin Long, Dennis Hopper, Christina Ricci
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