Earlier this month, WFMU brought an all-star crew up to Kutsher's Country Club for the second annual NY installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. For everyone who missed the live broadcast,
we'll be archiving many of them for on-demand listening on WFMU's blog
and Free Music Archive, starting this week. We've lined up a post a day
from the likes of Deerhoof, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, The Melvins,
Grouper, Akron/Family, Black Dice, the Dirty Three (w/ Nick Cave!), and
more surprises await.
Let's start things off with the 16-person Caribou Vibration Ensemble, which featured Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra for this special festival performance. The heart of Caribou is Dan Snaith, a Canadian mathematician, who started his musical project back in 2000 under the name Manitoba. Following the success of the 2003 album Up In Flames, "Handsome Dick" Manitoba of the Dictators claimed ownership over the name Manitoba and threatened legal action. Snaith decided to change his name to Caribou "while on an LSD trip with friends in the Canadian wilderness" (source). Caribou sounds a lot like an LSD trip in the Canadian wilderness, led by a mathematician with a PhD and a penchant for laptop IDM. Snaith has taken an increasingly organic approach to live performance leading up to the formation of the Vibration Ensemble.
Taking the stage at the Stardust Ballroom on Sunday September 13th, the Vibration Ensemble included every musician who has ever been a part of a Caribou live performance -- from frequent collaborators like John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) and Kieren Hebden (Four Tet), to the one-off special appearance of the legendary Marshall Allen (current leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra). All-in-all, the ensemble includes four drummers, a 5-piece horn section, and a choir to bring every thunder and peak of Carbou's music to vibrant life. Engineer Rob Christiansen did a fantastic job mixing this set, we hope you'll enjoy these four selections (after the jump):
"Skunks" is off 2003's Up In Flames, reissued in 2006 to reflect the name change. Original recordings of "Brahminy Kite," "A Final Warning," and "Barnowl" can be found on 2005's The Milk of Human Kindness. Multitracks from this session are on their way to Mr. Snaith's residence, and there is talk of an official release -- stay tuned to caribou.fm for news & updates about that!
Photo of Caribou Vibration Ensemble w/ Fourtet, Marshall Allen +many more special guests, live at ATP-NY 2009 is Creative Commons by-nc-sa Michaelz1 (via flickr). You can share these mp3s non-commercially under these terms.