Saturday, January 17, 2009

All Tomorrow's Parties - Cockatoo Island

Curated by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Saints, Spiritualized, Fuck Buttons, Harmonia, The Necks, Laughing Clowns, Robert Forster, James Blood Ulmer, Michael Gira, Afrirampo, Silver Apples, Bridezilla, The Stabs, Dead Meadow, Rowland S. Howard, The Reels, Psarantonis, Conway Savage, Beaches, Hunter Dienna, Passenger Of Shit, Sounds Of Seduction, The Holy Sea and Hoss.

All Tomorrow's Parties finally makes it to Australia after a few years of Don't Look Back shows and it is amazing. Held on Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour, only accessible by Ferry (Which I had to sit awkwardly next to J. Spaceman) for, it was just great concept very well executed. The Barracks Stage was just an amazing setting. What started out as a cloudy day ended up in everyone being trapped on an island in incredible heat without sunscreen, what ended up happening that my jack to jack cable actually melted a bit and ruined quite a few of my recordings and many others I didn't end up releasing for 7 months. But here is what I could salvage.

The Stabs and Beaches were the first two bands I saw, a slow start to the day and both recordings ended up being ruined, before Afrirampo blew everyone's minds again.

I then made the trek up to the Barracks Stage to see M. Gira. He did a pretty sweet set but this was on the highest point of the island so it was windy as fuck.

M. Gira - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 78.6mb - 48 minutes

Saw a bit of Harmonia afterwards before heading off to Laughing Clowns to see Ed Kueppers first set of the day. It was alright, was a bit quiet but it was good to finally see them. Windy again as this time the stage fronts on to the harbour.

The Flypaper
Come One, Come All
Everything That Flies
Nothing That Harms
Collapse Board
Eternally Yours

Laughing Clowns - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 75.1mb - 46 minutes

Can't remember what exactly I did after this, saw Robert Forster, The Necks, Conway Savage and some others at some point during the day, so I'm assuming it was here.

The Saints then come on stage (to a very quiet PA) and perform all of (I'm) Stranded as well as Know Your Product. The show starts a bit slow and with a few recording glitches, but over all a fucking awesome set. "This song is sung in fluent Queenslander" spoken by Chris Bailey in a thick British accent has to be a pisstake though.

This Perfect Day
One Way Street
Swing For the Crime
The Chameleon
No Time
A Minor Aversion
(I’m) Stranded
All Time Through Paradise
The Prisoner
Messin’ With the Kid
Know Your Product

The Saints - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 69.3mb - 57 minutes

Spiritualized played a decent set, included a very abridged version of I Think I'm in Love and it seemed that all the British hooligans seem to come out for this set, so the recording just has a shit load of talking the entiiire way through it. I enjoyed it in the end but nothing on their sideshow.

Amazing Grace
You Lie You Cheat
Shine a Light
Walking With Jesus
I Think I’m in Love
Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
Come Together
Take Me to the Other Side

Spiritualized - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 76.7mb - 50 minutes

Homg Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, finally, here's what I had to say at the time:

“We want to have a party at Nick Cave’s house in Melbourne with family.” - Oni and Pikachu.

Probably one of the greatest festival sets I’ve ever seen (It was no Mogwai at Splendour in the Grass or Sigur Ros at the Great Escape though). Nick Cave seriously just makes everything he touches cooler, it was like receiving a sermon, Al Green style with growling, kicking and died moustaches. All Tomorrow’s Parties as a whole was a perfect festival with an awesome line up. Nick Cave set topped off the perfect day. Recorded full sets by Beaches, The Stabs, M. Gira, Laughing Clowns, Spiritualized and the Saints. If you want any of these please contact, they were all awesome. Also recorded many half sets.

Due to some fat fuckwit tampering with my microphones during Spiritualized’s set there were some major glitches coming from my right microphone. So to stop them from bursting your ear drums I have to mute the right channel for a split seconds every now and then. Stops happening after half way through the set. I would make it mono but I can’t be fucked and fuck you.

Night of the Lotus Eaters
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Midnight Man
Love Letter
The Mercy Seat
We Call Upon the Author
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Straight to You
Stagger Lee

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - All Tomorrow's Parties, Sydney, 17/01/2009 - 100.75mb - 1 hour 25 minutes

At the end of the day, we were all fucked, I didn't record Fuck Buttons due to this and basically it turned into a zombie like dance party, probably the best ending to the day, apart from sizzling from severe sunburn in a McDonalds.

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