Posted in music | pictures on July 7, 2008

photos by Jason Bergman

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Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers turned out in a light drizzle Friday night to celebrate the nation's 232nd birthday with the annual Fourth of July fireworks display along the East River.

The nationally-televised Macy's Fourth of July Spactacular began around 9:20 p.m., was co-hosted by former New York Giant Tiki Barber and featured musical performances by artists including country singer Kenny Chesney and American Idol Jordin Sparks...

...Some who watched the Macy's show began their evening with a concert in Manhattan's Battery Park.

Sonic Youth and the Feelies played in front of a sold-out crowd of hundreds of thousands at the park's River to River Festival.

"I'm all about music on Fourth of July," said one concert attendee. "I kind of hate running around, fighting traffic and such. I was here summer for Fourth of July for this show, it's a great hang out for music here down in Battery Park."

"Sonic Youth outside, Fourth of July, it's a fantastic bit of Americana," said another.

"I heard it was free and I was just like, 'Wow, I'm really happy.' I've always wanted to see Sonic Youth," said a third. [NY1]

I don't think it was hundreds of thousands. It was a great show though. More pictures and the setlist below...

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth @ Battery Park

Sonic Youth, July 4, 2008

She is not Alone
Bull in the Heather
Silver Rocket
Skip Tracer
The Sprawl
World Looks Red
Cross the Breeze
Hey Joni
Jams Run Free
The Wonder/Hyperstation
Drunken Butterfly
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Making the Nature Scene
Pink Steam
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Schizophrenia
100%

PREVIOUSLY: The Feelies @ Battery Park (4th of July), NYC - pics

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Comments (62)

seriously godhead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:42 AM

"hundreds of thousands", sounds about right to me!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:43 AM

Sonics were great, but personally Id rather have someone like Dan Deacon or Vivian Girls opening instead of the Feelies. I only say this because this is anonymous board, so I can let my true feelings out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:46 AM

that was such an amazing show. they had something to prove. and they proved it.

seriously wow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:46 AM

the after-party at Santos Party House was sick! Waited in line for 2 hours and saw Dan Deacon guest bartend! Vivian Girls were there too! They make an amazing rusty nail!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:48 AM

stfu you guys and your lame jokes aren't clever at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:50 AM

btw did anyone go to PS-1 on sat? was Dan Deacon there like they said he would be at that city sol thing? I couldnt make it, but would appreciate info on that show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 9:53 AM

"Skip Tracer" is the greatest thing to ever happen in America on July 4th.

Posted by Tito | July 7, 2008 9:55 AM

Anyone who's incapable of grammar and needs to abbreviate "shut the fuck up," isn't clever at all.

Posted by Philip | July 7, 2008 9:57 AM

seriously though...The Feelies...wow.

Posted by butternuts | July 7, 2008 10:08 AM

Great pics!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:12 AM

overrated bunch of shit

Posted by james | July 7, 2008 10:12 AM

Anyone who's a pedant and needs to correct peoples grammar isn't clever at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:15 AM

whole thing was great. the rather ripped song was pink steam, not jams run free as stated above.

a little heavy on daydream considering we all got that amazing and beautiful thing last summer...would've loved something, anything from goo...but regardless, a great show.

otherwise, why has neither thurston or lee been given a signature jazzmaster yet? i know they just gave one to j mascis and it's kind of a weird guitar, but come on, fender!

Posted by henry mccool | July 7, 2008 10:24 AM

ah oops...i guess pink steam was on there....but did jams run free even happen? nevermind, i'm stoned.

Posted by henry | July 7, 2008 10:26 AM

The hundreds of thousands refers to macy's fireworks on the east river, not the concert. Note the "Some who watched the Macy's show began their evening with a concert in Manhattan's Battery Park."

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:42 AM

they played both jams run free and pink steam

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:42 AM

henry mccool: no signature strat because both lee and thurston are against big corporations.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:47 AM

corporations like starbucks?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:50 AM

"a little heavy on daydream considering we all got that amazing and beautiful thing last summer"

Yeah, I bet that was really weighing heavily on their minds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:52 AM

Kim Gordon is a fucking goddess. I also want to look Thurston Moore's stomach as revealed by his shirt when he plays guitar. Um hipster girl in leotard knitting: thanks for trying so hard. Um dude in mandals and socks: WTF are you thinking? Those shoes are never acceptable and they are worse with white socks. When was the last time you were laid? Asian hipster dude with requisite baby sling and pink headphones: Okay, I admit - freaking adorable, but the kid could always rebel and start shopping at Old Navy and go to bschool and turn into a republican.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:54 AM

SKIP TRACER?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:55 AM

Hey Brooklyn Vegan...

Where's The Feelies coverage?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 10:58 AM

Republicans do it better

Posted by eric | July 7, 2008 10:58 AM

"Where's The Feelies coverage?"

As seen on the homeopage and linked on the on the top and bottom of the post:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/07/the_feelies_bat.html

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:16 AM

"The hundreds of thousands refers to macy's fireworks on the east river, not the concert."

The FIRST "hundreds of thousands" refers to the fireworks. The second one refers to Sonic Youth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:18 AM

10:50 starbucks thing is perfect example actually of their anti-establishemt views. it allows them to fight "the power" or "the man" from the inside. sort of like infiltrate and destroy. its working too if youve been following the news.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:21 AM

Lee Ranaldo used to rep Fernandes guitars. Many ads with him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:27 AM

anti-establishment? he spent awhile promoting the leading u.s. democratic presidential candidate during the show. last time i checked the democratic party is pretty much representative of the establishment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:38 AM

hipsters never die, they just get grey and gentrify!

i recorded the stream off wfmu and they sounded pretty good. sonic youth can do no wrong in my book

ps -- more vivian girls and santos party house jokes please!

Posted by god below | July 7, 2008 11:54 AM

the show sounded awmazing.

is wfmu going to put that stream on their site?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:15 PM

steve shelley's snare drum sounded so nice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:19 PM

On Sept 12th Fender is doing a Jazzmaster tribute show w/ J Masics, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline and others. check it out

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:20 PM

what a nitemare. did sonic youth ever stop tuning up and play actual music?

Posted by gaping maw | July 7, 2008 12:21 PM

NIGHTMARE

learn how to spell

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:24 PM

big Vice/July 4th 2009 extravaganza at Santo Party House in the works:

Bands:
Hong Kong Blood Opera
Charo
Veruca Salt
Weird Al

Free:
Sparks & Herpes

Special guest:
Dan Deacon working the door, Vivian Girls holding down coat check, Tapes and Tapes bathroom attendants.

I just walked by and people were in line already!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:30 PM

I'd go for Veruca Salt. Anything to get Nina Gordon making good music again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 12:57 PM


who's the fifth sonic these days? don't recognize him -- it's not that guy from chicago is it?

whatever his name was/is. mrs. o'leary or something

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 1:08 PM

"who's the fifth sonic these days? don't recognize him -- it's not that guy from chicago is it?"

no, it's not peter cetera.


Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 1:10 PM

>peter cetera

LOL

not.


It's Ibold from Pavement

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 1:11 PM

it's mark eye-balled from pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 1:11 PM

"who's the fifth sonic these days?"

These days? Try the past several years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 1:58 PM

500 million pics of thurston thurston thurston. only a few of the rest of the band. only one where you can barely see steve shelley's face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 2:43 PM

Jim O'Rourke forever!

Posted by greg | July 7, 2008 2:44 PM

I rest my case.

Homeliest Sonic Youth crowd ever!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 3:07 PM

Can we please throw a little love Jason Bergman's way. Those shots where he almost looks like he's being attacked by a guitar-wielding, madman Thurston Moore are AMAZING!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 5:00 PM

i had always wondered what dustin hoffman would look like playing a green jazzmaster...

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 5:22 PM

pretty pissed i missed this, but i can still comfort myself knowing i didnt have to hear kim gordon's voice

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 5:29 PM

>>I rest my case. Homeliest Sonic Youth crowd ever!

huh. and really, that's what matters, right? at a music show, or any show for that matter. why don't you, um, take your "case" and go take a long long ride up an escalator. k? thanks, babe.


Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 5:30 PM

I hope someone snatched the stream! I really wanna hear!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 6:57 PM

What do you mean Jason was "almost" attacked by Thurston? He was definetly and thoroughly attacked by him. Give Jason props for surviving a Sonic assault if anything.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 7:11 PM

"last time i checked the democratic party is pretty much representative of the establishment."

But Obama's gonna change that!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 8:22 PM

including MIA and her O phone!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2008 11:40 PM

I was not at this show but if you think this was one of their best shows ever I am gonna guess that you have not seen them many times or any of their shows pre oh let's say 1998. I mean they are an amazing band still but their shows now lack that scary unpredictable and spontaneous carnal fuck passion and rage that they use to have. I cannot remember the exact date but one show at Maxwells stoned out of my mind and hopped up on some wicked liquid concoction I almost levitated on some 30 minute space jam that had some insane name on their set list.

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 8, 2008 2:57 PM

1) I'm pretty sure they did at least 2 songs from Rather Ripped: Pink Steam AND Jams Run Free

2) Whoever had something negative to say about Kim's voice . . . I HOPE you're being sarcastic . . . or you will be struck down by lightning!

3) I suspect this WAS one of their best shows. I've seen them 3 times - twice in the early '90s and this past Friday. Not that they weren't great in the early 90s . . . but Friday's show blew the other ones away!

4) They're not just anti-establishment for the sake of being anti-establishment; they're anti-establishment when they think the establishment is a negative force (i.e. corporate culture). Thus, the distinction between Dems & Repubs.

5) That article DID say there were hundreds of thousands of people there but that's crazy . . . it was more like 10,000 at most. Still pretty impressive.

6) OK, I know someone's DYING to give me a hard time for making a numbered list . . . so fire away!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 5:54 PM

Anon 5:54, I would not give you a hard time for making a numbered list but i will say the 2 shows you went to in the early 90's were probably the 2 worst shows they played in the early 90's. No real SY fan and i mean someone who has seen them over the years much more than 3 times would consider this show to be one of their best. That is just simply ridiculous.

Posted by A Manhattan Not Brooklyn Asshole | July 8, 2008 6:07 PM

You can look at the set list alone and realize there's no way this was one of their best shows. Not even close.

The crowd was sparce and lethargic. There were a couple thousand there. If you were in one of the crowded spots up front, then you have no idea what the rest of the park was like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 6:53 PM

I've seen every Sonic Youth tour from Sister up to the present. They were definitely at the top of their game in 1987-88.

Posted by Just an Opinion | July 10, 2008 12:11 AM

can you say..."boring"...I understand that there
may be some nostalgia and fashion sense driving
the desire to say cool stuff about this show,
but unless you were one of the hyped up hipsters
standing right in front of the band, there were
4000 bored people sitting motionless, speechless
and relatively tired and bored behind the
mixing console...the entire thing is simply a
statement of fashion and attitude, which may be
more than enough to justify its continued
existence, but face it...the mid-80's are long
gone and brooklyn doesn't even mildly resemble
a cultural revolution, let alone cutting edge!

Posted by mjb fresh | July 13, 2008 1:05 PM

more deerhunter
more fatso clown (D.D)

less of everything else.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:07 AM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by منتديات | February 22, 2011 5:54 AM

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