I was at the DMV when I saw the press release in my inbox. That completely reunited my pleasant experience at the DMV.
Goodbye, Asbury Park. Hello, Pier 36 in Manhattan. My first reaction was, What's the deal with everything being at a pier or waterfront? If I want to go relax, drink and see the water, I'll go to the water, drink and relax, not rock out.
The other big fail is dropping Louis C.K. due to logistics. I think that's reason enough to ask for a refund for my weekend pass. Also dropping from the line-up -- Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Sorry, that's a lot of "Who Cares?" in there. Janeane Garofalo? Is she performing with a time machine that will take her back The Truth About Cats & Dogs. I think Saturday with Afghan Whigs would be enough for everyone.
The reason for the relocation and restructuring of the ATP business is drapped in PR speak and spin. Whatever. It's done.
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
Asbury Park worked fine last year. I thought the whole purpose of ATP was to have the festival in locations that wouldn't normally have decent music or a festival like this of any kind.
New poster below. I'm getting my money back.