ATP was the year’s finest festival. We’ve already covered that. But the band performances are only half the (All Tomorrow’s) party. For a weekend, the mountain resort that inspired Dirty Dancing is a surreal estate, overrun by music-heads and artists; everyone’s in the same boat (some literally in boats), enjoying the same kitschy diversions. You’ll see Alan Vega shooting pool at 3AM and a few hours later Nick Cave checking his email while Frankie Don performs cheesy ’60s covers to an empty lounge. Worlds be colliding.
We really wanted to share the experience and document all the Borscht Belt family fun had between sets. So we grabbed our pocket cams, all unprofessional-like, and treated Animal Collective to a shopping spree in the gift shop, No Age to a vegan meal in the food tent (they were joined by a tripping bro known all weekend as Monster Man — please enjoy the shrapnel of corn puke near his lip), Internet poker enthusiast Bradford Cox to a few hands in the executive gambling suite run by Steve Albini, and Boredoms’ Boadrum 9 drummers Zach Hill, Hisham Bharoocha, Aaron Moore, and Jeremy Hymen to some arcade games.
Here’s the best way to spend $125 at ATP NY.
Big thanks to the talented Matt Neatock for his video editing, to all the bands for spending our money, and to Kutsher’s Country Club which we hope remains adorably trapped in the ’70s until those carpets become a health hazard.