Atari Teenage Riot is playing Bumbershoot in 2011? Just, wow.
Both Bumbershoot and Decibel Festival are rolling out their 2011 lineups this month by doing the announce-an-artist-a-day thing--as opposed to the lump info drops favored by Sasquatch! and the Capitol Hill Block Party. The advantage of this, obviously, is that it sustains potential attendees' attention for weeks, keeps the conversation and the anticipation bubbling, and backhandedly obliges folks to follow the festivals' PR on Facebook or Twitter. The problem is that if you don't follow them on such platforms, you can go entire days missing out on some great announcements--as happened to me this week, what with the sunshine and the James Blake and that Block Party dump. So then let's catch up on what's been announced the last few days, shall we?
Decibel Festival has just announced Canadian instrumental quartet Holy Fuck, whose kraut-rocking synth and rhythm section grooves and string-sweeping score "Lovely Allen" have been reliable crowd pleasers on the rest of the Seattle summer-festival rounds, including appearances at Bumbershoot and Block Party.
Green Velvet, aka Cajmere of "Percolator" fame, will be playing a DJ set sure to span electro, retro, ghetto, house, and techno with good humor, a certain flamboyant preacherman presence, and an ever-attentive eye to the dance floor. Also: UK producer Star Slinger, best known for his vocal-smearing Cocteau Twins rework.
Bumbershoot, meanwhile, has announced Atari Teenage Riot, which is kind of awesome and baffling because who even knew that band existed in any form in 2011? Stoked to see how digital hardcore has held up in the decade or so since it soundtracked a few of my Discman-equipped seething walks between classes in high school. (Video above is looking kinda lulzy tbh.)
Also: Portland synth-poppers Starfucker (so many swears!), chillwave survivor Toro y Moi, and old-skool punks NoMeansNo.
Looking pretty good so far. I'll probably forget to check in on them for a few more days, then get pleasantly surprised again, and that'll keep going through the rest of May, which I guess is fine, but I'd love to know the whole lineups already.