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Atp's I'll Be Your Mirror Day 2

This was my first journey to Asbury Park, which turns out is much further from New York than I anticipated. But the beautiful beach and fascinating gothic / futuristic architecture on the outside of the venue softened me up nicely. It had a softer look, with sullen colors, and the abandoned theater space almost felt like a classier version of webster hall, as if this is where people end up going to shows after their drugged out webster days still linger in their rearview mirror
1Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges


(oops, I was pretty upset I missed this)
2 BEAK
BEAK>


Caught the very tail end of this and it didn't seem like anything special. Still would've liked to have seen more of what Geoff Barrow et all could've done with a full set
3Marc Ribot
Silent Movies


(billed as marc ribot's ceramic dog). Jammy then chilling. The paramount room was the perfect spot for this jazzy almost jimi hendrixy jam band.
4Foot Village
Friendship Nation


Imagine an intense amount of drumming thrown on top of gui boratto's paradise circus. Wild images, distorted and screamed at me veiled in dark blue and purple. Made me kinda feel like I was fucking some 42 year old nymphomaniac. It was as if the disgusting bastard child of something metalcore after mating with panda bear. Some of the most fascinating stuff heard all day, but I could only handle so much of it's weirdness
5Silver Apples
Decatur


(a very special collaboration between Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans- Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia under the name "Silver Qluster"). After some eerie background music, silver qluster just gnawed at my brain, pulsing through the rest of my body. Like with foot village, I was really unsure of whether I was actually enjoying all the bizarre shit going on here, but either way, I definitely admired all the avant-garde musicianship on display in both cases.
6The Horrors
Skying


Felt for a while like I was trapped in a Richard Linklater Film. And that film changed from 'waking life' to 'suburbia' halfway through the first song. Only was really into the beginning of the set but it did start pretty interestingly.
7Battles
Gloss Drop


Reminded me a bit of Portishead's 'Third' (good) and Muse's 'The Resistance' (not good). I can appreciate only so much of Battles so I wasn't too into it
8Swans
Soundtracks For the Blind


Paramount room didn't really serve these guys well, considering they wanted a standing energized crowd. A lot like Silver Qluster in their strange powerful eeriness. Will have to evaluate Swans in a different context at some point in the future
9ultramagnetic mcs
critical beatdown


The whole time I was just thinking, if I had come on Sunday, this would've been Public Enemy. Kool Keith et al weren't bad per se, but they never really established any kind of lengthy rhythm or rapport with the audience
10Portishead
Third


If I was doubting the overall quality of setlists up until this point, Portishead made up for it all. It's amazing the kind of craze Portishead's gotten despite being so mellow and odd. Beth Gibbons crowd surfed and shook a number of people's hands (including yours truly), to bring to life a lot of their most popular tracks off of Dummy ('mysterons', 'sour times', 'wandering star', 'glory box', 'roads') and some of their more recent hits.
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