On August 24th, Brooklyn for Barack is partnering with JellyNYC to co-host the Last Pool Party (ever) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Held one day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, the event hopes to not only raise money for Barack’s campaign but to celebrate the increased participation of youth in this election. The Pool Party is an all day concert, featuring Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones, and other special guests. Although the Pool Party is free to enter, there is a suggested donation of $20 that will go directly to Obama for America. There will be a free concert poster- designed by Jessica Hische- for the first 1000 people who donate $20 or more. Please donate by clicking [here]!
Note: donating here does not guarantee your entrance to the concert! Please arrive early! When the event reaches capacity, they will turn people away.
And oh yeah, David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav) will now be DJing as well. (Even though we’d rather see some stand-up from the former). Other surprises are rumored. More information at mccarrenpark.com.
Grand Archives sound like summer (the drowsy front-porch afternoons, not the oppressively hot dog days). The Seattle five blend sunny, multi-part harmonies, lazily strummed acoustic guitars, cheerily whistled melodies, and laid-back hooks with ease. Equal parts Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the Shins’ Oh, Inverted World, Grand Archives’ self-titled Sub Pop debut is a study in the joys of easy, breezy baroque pop. Although the band fronted by Band of Horses’ Mat Brooke — has only been together for about a year, they’ve enjoyed fawning press and opened for indie icons Modest Mouse.
End of the Weak 8 Year Anniversary Party
East River Amphitheater (Grand Street and East River)
6:30pm – 10:00pm, FREE
more information here
Today marks the 8 year anniversary of New York’s most venerated weekly hip hop show, End of the Weak. That’s 416 consecutive weeks of New York’s best live hip hop show. To commemorate this milestone EOW will be celebrating with a free outdoor concert on Manhattan’s East River water front. The all day free outdoor concert will feature “hip-hop up and comers as well as respected Hip Hop legends” such as Scram Jones, SOUL Purpose, EODub All-stars, and many many more. Check the flyer for full line-up. All Ages.
Yo La Tengo
The Last Pool Party: Yo La Tengo w/ Titus Andronicus and Ebony Bones
McCarren Park Pool, 2‚Äì8pm, FREE
more information at mccarrenpark.com
Sports and indie rock are pretty wary companions, but, in the case of Hoboken’s Yo La Tengo, action is everything (mimicking the call of a baseball player, the band’s name translates literally to “I’ve got it!”). The group has been an indie-rock centerpiece since 1984, releasing more than 11 full-length albums and a variety of covers (Cat Stevens, the Kinks, Daniel Johnston). In that time, the band’s sound has spanned everything from affable pop to the reflective garage-rock ballads of its 2006 effort, I Am Not Afraid of You, and I Will Beat Your Ass. This afternoon, YLT take the stage, along with lo-fi punks Titus Andronicus and wacked-out chanteuse Ebony Bones, for what is purportedly the last. Pool Party. ever
25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival
Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center)
62nd St (between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
begins at 4pm, FREE
more information and directions here
Lincoln Center celebrates a quarter century of its awesome, far-reaching roots series with a fascinating show featuring punks, jazzers, hillbillies and more. The always entertaining Patti Smith finishes things off, but the vital set might come from the Haden Family–a country and bluegrass ensemble starring Charlie Haden and his talented family, along with some of Nashville’s finest players. (These include Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and Dan Tyminski.) It will most likely not return to New York. And don’t dare forget the Knitters–X’s folksy spin-ff band–and the big opening Blues Revue.
Nick Lesley is a video artist and a drummer for the band Necking. He most recently occupied drum set #43 at the Boredom’s 8/8/08 drumming event (known as 88BoaDrum) on the Williamsburg waterfront. His fellow Necking band mate Dong-Ping Wong was at #44, and after only 20 minutes of practice time the normally improv Brooklyn band joined 86 other drummers in a structured performance that can only be described as “massive”.
Next week, Nick is doing a live-feed, generative video project that incorporates choreographed dancers and sound as part of the one-night Power 2 show at the Issue Project Room (232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor). I shot a few questions via email to Nick earlier this week to get an idea of what it was like preparing for a crazy event like 88Boadrum, and what we can expect from him in Power 2.
You can catch Power 2 at Issue Project Room next week. Doors are at 8:30, show’s at 9pm; $10 suggested donation; on Saturday, August 30th. The following video is a *test video* for Power 2, shot w/o sound but gives you an idea how the dancers affect the generative video on screen. The actual show will of course feature a sound element, more screens, and that sense of real-world interactivity that never fully comes across in web video.
After the video, click on through the jump to get behind the scenes at 88BoaDrum, Necking, and Power 2 in our e-interview with Nick Lesley.
This evening’s show at Union Pool will be a splendid one, headlined by The Muslims. The San Diego-based group plays likable, stripped down garage-punk, in the tradition of Iggy or Richard Hell, with even a touch of Jonathan Richman or Dinosaur Jr. here and there.
While they spent the past 2 nights opening for The Walkmen at the Bowery Ballroom, tonight The Muslims are playing with Howlies from Georgia, and Brooklyn’s The Gang. The three acts compliment each other perfectly, and I’m predicting a rowdy, rock ‘n roll Wednesday involving lots of and PBR and sweaty people.
8 pm, $8.
image via flickr user leobard Gothamist is reporting that GRL founder James Powderly has been detained in Beijing as of 3am last night.
When Boing Boing reported the news at nearly 8 this morning, he had been held for around 19 hours already. They were tipped off by Students for a Free Tibet, who learned of it via a Twitter message that read “held since 3am.” There’s no further word about the status of this situation, and Beijing officials have yet to acknowledge he’s being held.
photo via flickr user dantekgeek
Saturday night, hundreds of Pandas converged on Bedford Avenue in route from Union Square, as part of a planned “street party of the summer”. Organizers Pandamonium, who are a self-described “costumed, roving, street party, apocalyptic, dance, rock, battle” announced the event details on their site yesterday morning, saying:
Today is the day! Pandamonium 8:30pm Union Square South.
Bring your friends, a boombox, your panda outfit and lets get down!
see you there!
-the panda posse
So, dressed in Panda suits and armed with music they took the L from Union Square to Bedford Avenue. As we all know however, the NYPD doesn’t really care for costumed, roving, street parties, apocalyptic, dance, rock, battles, so they set up a strong presence around N. 6th and met the Panda Parade with a bit of resistance. Lola Wakefield from Stuff Hipster’s Don’t Like wrote in this morning with a great first hand account of the insanity, including a story on how that very boom box met it’s fate. Here’s that:
The last straw for the police was when a really good song came on a boom box that this guy was holding on his shoulder a few feet away from me. The cops must have known that something sinister was taking place because there were at least 10 people dancing to the music. Then a cop grabbed the guy with the boom box by the back of his arm and yanked him into the street, pushing him to the ground and making him loose grip of the stereo. Now, I know that dancing is illegal and also a sin, but I think there was excessive force used in this situation. The stereo fell, batteries flying everywhere, and when a few of his friends picked it up, a woman cop angrily lunged for the boom box and tried to further dismantle it!
She also found this video on youtube (by froozalicious) featuring some NYPD-famous smackdowns. I’m sure their will be plenty more of these suckers popping up over the next two days, so keep your eyes out, and hide your boom boxes. As with all NYC happenings, Gothamist has the story and a few more pictures of the Pandamonium.
Oh, and that picture above…man, how would you like spending the night in the tombs wearing a Panda suit?! Something tells me they don’t serve Bamboo…
UPDATE: Pandamonium sent a message out on Twitter saying, “Hey pandas! Vlad@glassbeadcollective.org looking 4 footage of arrests 2 help lawyers. Up the pandas f*ck the nypd!”
Send ‘em if you got ‘em.
Kill Shop Kill Opening Party
DJ’s: Michael T (Motherfucker), Rok One (Fun), Jake Destruction (One Night Stand)
Complimentary cocktails provided until 9:30
Store Launch: 8:30-9:30, Launch Party: 9:30-4:00am
216 Bedford (@N5th), Williamsburg, BK
more information at http://fashionindie.com
Dirty Projectors at the Seaport
Time: 5:00pm, Cost: Free
Location: South Street Seaport
more information at rivertoriver.com
Rooftop Films: Free Screening and Performance
Join Rooftop Films, IFC, and Sound Fix for a FREE Screening of Heavy Load with a live performance by J.A.C.K! Free beer after the show, courtesy of Radeberger Beer.
Heavy Load Synopsis: Heavy Load are Lewes’ answer to the Ramones, a punk outfit subject to the combustible flux of ego, ambition, fantasy, expectation and desire that fuels any emerging band. But they’re also, uniquely, made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities, which makes the bands’ survival a precarious negotiation between two different worlds: on the one hand the institutional timetable of day centres, work placements and social workers; on the other the chaotic slacker life of rehearsal rooms, studios and gigs. Home life and band-life; from invisibility to stardom of a sort and back again.
Venue: The Lawn at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
8:00: Sound Fix presents live music by J.A.C.K.
more information at rooftopfilms.com
PS1 Warm-Up Featuring Kelley Polar Quartet, Tony Conrad and Metro Area From Flavorpill:
If you’re a two-finger pro (or just into moves made famous by Travolta), this weekend’s Warm Up, hosted by nu-disco imprint Environ, is for you. Viola whiz Kelley Polar shows up with an eponymous quartet in tow, masterfully interpreting his classical-meets-electronica compositions. Meanwhile, Environ head honcho Morgan Geist and co-producer Darshan Jesrani (aka Metro Area) get behind the decks for a bit of synth-infected funk. Rounding out the sweaty afternoon is Tony Conrad, whose new-music antics have made him an enfant terrible of the minimalist scene since the ’60s.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Not much going on Saturday night, we’ll be checking out the new Woody Allen movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which is supposed to be great. Here’s the trailer.
Aesop Rock w/ Panther at McCarren Park Pool
It’s the second to last pool party and this one’s no joke. Warming things up are noise-rocker’s Panther and FreeNYC favorites Chin Chin, followed by Def Juxian, Aesop Rock kicking some conscious , abstract lyrics over freaked out beats. My favorite show of the series and, for real, make sure you catch Chin Chin… they kill it every time. And be sure to check out Chin Chin, again, along with El-P on the tables at the after party.
image c/o nytimes
The fire dancing troupe NYC Sparkworks has been practicing on a Williamsburg rooftop overlooking the BQE all summer long as they prepare for the late-august Burning Man festival.
There’s the art, there’s the planning, and then there’s the performance. Several members of Kostume Kult are also part of a fire dancing troupe, NYC Sparkworks, that will perform at the climax of the event. Throughout the summer, they have rehearsed on a rooftop in Williamsburg.