Our recent report on the Woodsist fest seemed a metaphor for the way this busy, busy summer music festival season seems to be catching up with everyone. The music’s still good, the sunsets still gorgeous, but the constant hutzpah needed to run around to all these things might be reaching that autumnal tamp-down. Then again, maybe it’s just the realization that there are only so many times you can see the Flaming Lips.
Fear not! The creatively curated, third annual Basilica SoundScape festival is coming to add an intriguing, unexpected program. It runs from September 12-14 in a reclaimed 1880s factory in Hudson, NY, called Basilica Hudson, run by Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) and her husband, filmmaker Tony Stone. The booking (we are of the mind that the term “curate” has reached satuation) is provided by auf der Maur and Stone, plus Pitchfork Senior Editor Brandon Stosuy and Brian de Ran of Leg Up Management. Together they’ve concocted an interconnected program of music, literature and visual arts that they hope doesn’t fall into the usual summer fest parameters.
The psych-rock-leaning musical menu includes Michael Chapman, Julia Holter, Endless Boogie, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, solo sets from members of bands you may or may not have heard of, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire playing material from his upcoming solo album, and the Swans doing a planned two-hour set. There will be numerous readings from musical and literary types including Gerard Malanga (Andy Warhol and Velvet Underground cohort), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance) and many more. Plus, the usual assortment of food stuffs will be offered, affordable camping nearby and DJ after-parties at a nearby dive! Otherwise, this ain’t your Molly-gobbling, freshman year dropout’s music fest, pal.
And YOU can win TWO tickets to the whole shebang! Just fill out the form below, SOON, because TODAY, Wednesday, August 27, at 5 p.m. we will pick a random winner. Good luck!