Friday, July 31, 2009

Epic shirt is epic

Lovefoxxx of CSS designed this shirt for the epic No Age/Deerhunter/Dan Deacon tour happening right now. I'll be seeing them for FREE when they play in Brooklyn this Sunday. I'm gonna try and get there early so I can be in front and touch Bradford Cox's elongated limbs and Dan Deacon's lucky baldspot. I'm definatly getting this shirt and hopefully Mama Komar will approve.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dirty Projectors at the Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn - 7/19/09

Lord, am I lazy! It's been pretty much a week since I went to the JellyNYC's free show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, seeing Crystal Antlers, Magnolia Electric Co., and Brooklyn mainstays, Dirty Projectors, in a homecoming of sorts since David Longstreth and co., released the excellent Bitte Orca earlier this year. Accompanying me were friends from college (well, one of them really), Evan and Esha. It would provide for a rather leisurely afternoon baking in the Williamsburg sun.

The Manhattan skyline from the park. A wonderful backdrop for the concert, as it would definitely provide some cool pics during the show.

Damn.... the always timeless Empire State Building.

I didn't know seaplanes weren't localized in Alaska.

The perpetual dancing man at the show. He danced to every act without a loss of breath. He was pretty damn entertaining.

Crystal Antlers opened the show. They released their debut, Antlers earlier this year, with my pretty much meh response to it. They put on entertaining show, especially from their percussionist/mascot in the back over there. He probably graduated from the Bob Nastanovich School of Band Mascoting.

Pay attention, keyboard lady!

Some shreddin'

And the Michael Jackson shirt come out....

That's my creation right there, based on the greatest inside joke ever. I hope Sven Peltonen doesn't know about what I'm doing.

Between Crystal Antlers and Magnolia Electric Co., we chilled around the place, and drew on the Converse made available to draw on. Here are some of the notable ones.

A little blasphemy for today. Thankfully no lightning bolts came crashing down that day.

My friend Esha drawing her's and Evan entry into the show drawing thingy.

Now on the stage was Magnolia Electric Co., one of the projects that Jason Molina is behind (the other is Songs: Ohia), their latest album was released earlier this week in fact. However, I wasn't too thrilled by their performance. My friends stayed back at first, so I decided to go look for them while they played. However, they weren't there and I sorta got lost and started wandering around the place. I did catch them thankfully. The band was somewhat thankful for their appearance today, and I guess they should have thanking us because they didn't really move the crowd.

Even the Dancing Man couldn't get into the music.

The crowd started to pile on before Dirty Projectors were slated to play. Good thing we got close to the stage.

Yes, that is David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors.

Dave and one of the groups vocalists, Angel Deradoorian, start the set with "Two Doves" from Bitte Orca.

Afterwards, the whole group comes out to play a set mostly filled with tunes from Bitte Orca and Rise Above, which re-iminagined Black Flag's classic Damaged. The afro-beat meets indie was a pleasant and chill mix with the rather pleasant weather with it's light breeze's coupled with the clouds blocking out the sun made it for one very enjoyable set.

The drummer was as good as he was on the album.

Saint Amber of Brooklyn.

Dave without his guitar as he sings "Knotty Pine" sans David Byrne during the encore.

And that was the show, with a great job from the Dirty Projectors turning it into one big dance party, though the crowd could have done more to get into the show, as I was.

The crowd after the show.

This couple snapped some photos of the crowd, so I did the same to them.

More of the crowd as they wandered through Williamsburg. Some dude tried photobombing me. I would have let him if he had only waited.

Try and spot me in the crowd!

Well, it was a fun show, and I was really glad I went. Alas, thanks to this, work and the Abe Vigoda show, I got really tired, and it showed for the rest of the week as I slothed it up at my home. Hopefully when I go to the Deerhunter/Dan Deacon/No Age show next week, it will be as fun as it was that day. Well, I will see you guys later.

The highlight of the show; "Stillness is the Move".

Monday, July 20, 2009

Abe Vigoda at the Whitney

Hello, once again, Matt K is here with a live report, this time it's Cali Tropical Punk band Abe Vigoda playing at the Whitney Museum, for FREE! Yes, it was a free show at the Whitney, and last week I missed out on Jersey stalwarts Titus Andronicus, and I didn't want to be dissapointed twice, so I come to see Abe Vigoda, who made one of 2008's finest album's Skeleton, and this year's Reviver EP.

In this appropriately blurry photo, the band opening were Brooklyn based group, Grooms, formerly known as the Muggabears. They dealt in woozy, shoegaze-esque jams and their performance was okay, but they put some soul into it. The lead guitarist cut his finger playing and the drummer would bash the shit out of the drums, loosing drumsticks mid-performance.

The sorta hot bass player from Grooms doing some vocal effects on their final songs. Good luck from this budding band.

Before I get into the Abe Vigoda set, I must add about the level of surrelity this show had. First, former MTV News anchor, John Norris was in the crowd, and before the set, chatted away with guitarist Juan Valezquez. Also, a film professor from my school, Montclair State, was in attendence, but it could have been for other reasons; She is an experimental filmmaker and there was a Dan Graham exhibit at the museum and I doubt she likes tuneful noise, just noise. Finally, there was a strange looking man, who looked liked Milton from Office Space to say the least.

Michael Vidal putting his heart and soul into the performance. You should have seen the sweat puddles.

Abe Vigoda played songs from their new EP, and their previous album, none from their hard to get debut Kid City.

The songs from the new EP, specifically "Don't Lie" and "House" were great live with the band adding loads of intensity to the new songs. Songs from Skeleton were also great live, even if the band didn't have their much loved drummer, Reggie Guerrero, providing back, but Charlie Bucket look-a-like Dane Chadwick, doing a competent job of banging the cowbell and keeping the tempo up.

more blurry pics:

Yes, at the bottom of Vidal's feet is called sweat.

Abe Vigoda played later that night at the cake shop, but I couldn't make it because I live in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and didn't want to get home at 2am in the morning.

Awesome show from the guys, and the beginning of a grueling weekend for me. Abe Vigoda show first, then work Saturday, and finally seeing the Dirty Projectors at the Jelly Pool Parties in Brooklyn (pics of those coming up soon!)

Now, enjoy some Abe Vigoda at the Cake Shop:

Abe Vigoda // Skeleton from Ray Concepcion on Vimeo.