Posted in music | pictures on July 21, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

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Ponytail
Whartscape

Bao spent all day Saturday (July 19) running from Siren stage to Siren stage taking pictures and watching bands. In a heat wave. He didn't really feel like going to Whartscape in Baltimore the very next day (July 20), but he did (just a little late).

At a minimum he was hoping to report back on the very first performance of Who Is The Tunafish Man? (aka the Dan Deacon, Girl Talk & Spank Rock supergroup). Unfortunately, lack of permits and cops stopped that from happening, AND Black Dice didn't get to play because of rain. White Williams, Adeventure, Dan Deacon, Trey Told Em, Grand Buffet, Double Dagger and many others played before Bao got there, which was in time to catch Ponytail and then Parts & Labor (the only band on Sunday's 14-hour Whartscape bill that were also at Siren the day before). On top of that, Bao forgot to charge his camera battery, it was hot again (especially at the late part inside that got busted), and the whole festival was eventually running almost 2 hours behind (not that it ultimately mattered). More on the timing, who played, and a few pics (he didn't take that many to save battery life for the headliners) below...

SUNDAY DAY, JULY 20th, 2008 (Whartscape schedule)

- Outside 131 West North Ave. NOON - 10PM
12:00 DOORS
12:30 Moss of Aura (Baltimore)
1:00 Jones (Baltimore)
1:20 Witch Hat (Baltimore)
1:40 Hearts of Darknesses (New York)
2:00 Teenage Souls (Baltimore)
2:20 Thrust Lab (Baltimore)
2:40 Ear Pwr (Asheville)
3:00 Kyle Mabson+Mincemeat or 10 Speed+Narwals (LA, Philly, Richmond)
3:40 White Williams (New York)
4:00 Adventure (Baltimore)
4:30 Club Lifestyles (Baltimore)
4:55 Future Islands (Baltimore)
5:25 Height (Baltimore)
5:55 Dan Deacon (Baltimore)
6:40 Trey Told 'Em (Gregg Gillis + HOD)(Pittsburgh + New York)
7:00 Grand Buffet (Pittsburgh)
7:30 Double Dagger (Baltimore)

BAO ARRIVES

8:00 Parts & Labor (Brooklyn) SET MOVED TO AFTER PONYTAIL
8:30 Ponytail (Baltimore)
9:00 Black Dice (Brooklyn) CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

Ponytail...

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Parts & Labor...

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Whartscape

Copycat Annex Theater 10PM - 2AM

11:00 Shams (Richmond)
11:20 Smart Growth (Baltimore)
11:40 Ninjasonik (Brooklyn)

BAO WENT OUTSIDE FOR AIR

12:00 Mark Brown (Baltimore)
12:20 Teengirl Fantasy (Oakland)
12:40 Egyptrixx + Alias (Toronto)
1:00 Wet Hair (Iowa City)
1:20 Sewn Leather (1980's) COPS CAME SOON AFTER THEY STARTED. IT WAS ACTUALLY AROUND 2:45am
1:40 DJ Dog Dick (Baltimore)
2:00 Who Is The Tunafish Man? (Deacon + Girltalk + Spankrock)
Dawn: Cex (Baltimore)

Shams...

Whartscape

Whartscape

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Ninjasonik...

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cops....

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Comments (46)

god i love baltimore.

bao on the other hand? complete hackos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:20 PM

Aw that is just the saddest story, I'm sorry Bao!!

Posted by Leia | July 21, 2008 6:21 PM

I guess the silver lining is that he didn't have to see Dan Deacon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 6:28 PM

"a few pics (he didn't take that money to save battery life for the headliners)"

You mean, he didn't take that MANY. I don't mean to be nitpicky, but it took me a little bit to figure out what you meant to say, and I figure I'll post this to help out anyone else who may be similarly confused.

Posted by not an asshole from Manhattan or Brooklyn | July 21, 2008 6:29 PM

fixed it up a little, "money" included. ha. thanks

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 21, 2008 6:34 PM

...and that's why you should have stayed for Diplo/Santogold Sunday!

Posted by Olivia | July 21, 2008 9:18 PM

i hear canon batteries last longer

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 9:28 PM

bao, i'll buy you a battery for christmas.

Posted by jason | July 21, 2008 9:50 PM

poor bao

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:00 PM

so what you're saying is...land a major film role.

Posted by tobias funke | July 22, 2008 1:07 AM

boo hoo, you wanna go hang with the baltimorons, that's what you get. you made the decision to trek and take pics of music and it didn't work out. how unfortunate! a professional would have charged his batteries and also have a spare. 'nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:49 AM

and what did Boa do yesterday, if we may know. Just asking because he had to be either at Karen O or at Market Hotel. or both?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 8:46 AM

at least he caught Ponytail? but sounds like it was a trip to hell and back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 8:51 AM

Bao down bitch!

Posted by Cam D | July 22, 2008 10:12 AM

You spelled Narwhalz wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 10:32 AM

this write up makes Whartscape sound like it was some total organizational disaster.

it was not, why nit pick?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 11:08 AM

yeah, i feel like it was a feat of organization. right down to the buildings blocking the sun for most of the day shows.

Posted by dave | July 22, 2008 11:11 AM

I don't think it's criticizing the organization of Whartscape rather the circumstances of the situation - basically rain and cops suck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 11:19 AM

I heard Bao was so mad about the cops busting the show he almost broke his MACBOOK AIR!!

Posted by Wiz | July 22, 2008 12:19 PM

I went to all four days of whartscape and it was a great time it is unfortunate to see what dan deacon has been talking about coming into reality.

Posted by rob brulinski | July 22, 2008 12:27 PM

"it is unfortunate to see what dan deacon has been talking about coming into reality."

what has he been talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:32 PM

Whartscape was pretty successful and well organized, especially by Baltimore standards

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:40 PM

it was pretty damn solid even without Black Dice & Tunafish Man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:41 PM

12:27, what the fuck are you talking about? I can't figure out what your post means

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 12:46 PM

thanks for being so awesome baltimore

Posted by edan | July 22, 2008 1:17 PM

Whartscape was really rad this time around

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:18 PM

thanks for being ramshackle and chaotic but ultimately rad, Baltimore

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:31 PM

Holy crap, I had to turn down the brightness on my computer from all the neon clothing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:39 PM

fortunately it only rained for like thirty seconds. nobody got wet even. but I guess they couldn't take a chance on the bands getting electrocuted. Sunday was fun but Saturday was even better.

good thing the rain did not prevent shots of the bassist's calves (way to prolong your battery life!)

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:39 PM

sarah is the 2nd guitar player, not the bassist

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:45 PM

Baltimore, thank you for bringing the word "rad" back into common usage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 1:56 PM

BODYMORE MURDALAND

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 2:02 PM

sarah is the only guitar player now, dan plays electronics and keyboard

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 3:53 PM

and the whole festival was eventually running almost 2 hours behind (not that it ultimately mattered

No it wasn't.

Posted by Sam | July 22, 2008 4:31 PM

"it is unfortunate to see what dan deacon has been talking about coming into reality."

what has he been talking about?

You have people that go to the shows to gawk instead of participate. You have people that just show up and don't have fun, but stand around. There was a good article on it in the Citypaper a few weeks ago.

Posted by Sam | July 22, 2008 4:35 PM

this serves anyone who went to this right- you see shitty music you get shit on. Its not worth it to see some band that no one has heard of so you can brag to your other skinny pale compadres. good luck finding your way back to some good musica

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:11 PM

5:11 doesn't like Dan Deacon and it makes him really bitchy

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2008 5:55 PM

You should all relax. Whartscape was a good time until the cops broke it up late Sunday night (it would have been nice if they had a permit so we could have seen "Who is the Tunafish Man?" but maybe next year). As for Bao, everyone makes mistakes even professionals (which I consider Bao to be).

Posted by Sandwich | July 22, 2008 10:05 PM

I make the Brooklyn/Baltimore trek as well, and it was totally worth it. Honestly, even with sound problems, heat, crime, and cops, I'd choose it over pitchfork or siren any day. The music was amazing and the vibe was super positive. Funny to think of this as a "hipster" thing, 'cause despite the outrageous outfits, the crowd seemed a lot more welcoming (read less pretentious) than any DC or NYC show in recent memory...

Posted by andy | July 23, 2008 12:03 AM

baltimore couldn't even try to be pretentious if it wanted to. it's fucking baltimore, a haven of inbreds

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 1:29 AM

you can't get a permit for a show in an illegal warehouse space.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:05 PM

12:03, the crowd didn't seem particularly different from any NYC crowd, except that there were fewer cameras (hooray!), there were clearly more freaks freakin' in up for their one day in the sun (to be expected), and everybody was a little uglier (what can you do?)

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:56 PM

I've seen Baltimore try to be pretentious. It's got a pretty sophisticated hipster caste system going on down there, actually. Gets kinda ugly and backstabbing, and very snobby and cliquish.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 11:59 PM

It's need to be reiterated that this was a great weekend. Everyone was psyched on something, every musician had ardent listeners. Yes, the vibe was super positive. It definitely helped to have a couple friends down there - I wouldn't have gone down purely for the shows. But I saw many things I loved and many things that were simply amusing, and I danced a shit ton all over the place. Especially to all the insane sweaty trance (just a word people) in between Ninjasonik and the offical shutdown, after the Annex had already been emptied of a couple hundred people due to cops round 1.
They came back during the epic chorus of "When I smoke weed, the weed smokes me" by Sewn Leather, who describes himself as being a guy from the 1980s who "rides trains with tapes".
Our clothes were completely soaked through from that place - was like a sauna (also took intermittent breaks getting splashed on with water from ice cube trays). We ended up on the roof of a friend's warehouse to dry off our clothes and sleep through the sunrise. That was the last of 4 amazing nights Baltimore gave to us.
Thanks to Dan Deacon, not really for his set (kinda boring musically but great spirit and exercise running around in his phys ed class) but for being a part of the Wham City crew who worked tirelessly doing tons of shit while the rest of us got drunk on cheap delicious beer. I can't imagine they got much sleep all weekend. And for us that were just hanging out, we didn't get much sleep either. We were busy almost getting arrested 25 people naked swimming in a private pool (another night) and then waking up for day shows. Made many friends, will be back soon. Can't wait to play there.

Standout sets for me:
Rachel's Mermaid play (sorry forgot the name)
Eagle Ager
Golden Age
Arboretum (last song)
Jana Hunter
Beach House
Airwaves
Ecstatic Sunshine
Joe and Matt's noise set (Joe from White Williams and Matt is the Ecstatic Sunshine guitar player - Joe did not play as White Williams)
The Facts
Future Islands
Ponytail
The Creepers
Everything at sweaty dance-y time in the Annex

at Artscape:
Daniel Higgs
Teeth Mountain

Like I said, there was something for everyone and people for every something. Even though there was a lot of music I didn't like, none of it was shitty because of that fact. Get psyched on the energy or on the freedom to just sit on the fuckin concrete.

Did other people have great weekends in Baltimore? Bao's situation is clearly not indicative of those folks who were there the whole time, or even half of the time.

Posted by why does everyone post as "anonymous" - trevor | July 24, 2008 3:05 AM

Posted by jeremy | July 24, 2008 1:24 PM

poor bao

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2008 10:34 PM

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