Posted in music | pictures on August 18, 2008

photos by Jason Bergman

McCarren Pool

McCarren Pool

McCarren Pool

One more free Sunday 'Pool Party' show to go. More pictures from this Sunday (August 17, 2008), below...

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Next week: Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones



Comments (60)

great great show this was

shame they took out the sing along parts of none shall pass and no regrets

anyone know the setlist?

and the waterguns were awesome

Posted by 21 | August 18, 2008 2:19 AM

Panther finished with a spot-on cover of Can's "Vitamin C." Chin Chin sounded like the Love Boat band... what lovely weather.

Posted by bill p | August 18, 2008 2:41 AM

i hope bv has an open thread on mccarren at some point (maybe after the sonic youth show -- unless the sonic youth threads turn into mccarren threads), but i just wanted to put this out there now that i've moved to the neighborhood after living in the city for the past five years --

i don't entirely understand why the city wants to invest upwards of $50 million in returning the site to a pool. if i take crap for this comment, so be it, but i really think it would best serve the community as a mixed use outdoor open performance space. a pool is too limiting, too costly, and, given the enormous size and existing renderings, too much of a waste. the neighborhood discovered something very unique in taking otherwise unused robert moses era land and transforming it into something that appeals so much to many of the newer people in the area and those from the outside that visit and spend money both at the site and surrounding businesses. plus, it's far cheaper to maintain in a seemingly vintage form.

i hope the city reconsiders turning the pool back into, well, a pool, because i just doubt that it - as a public pool - would see the viable use it sees today as a performance space appealing directly to the community. while not perfect, it has the ability to exist as an economic and cultural institution for the long term.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 3:07 AM

rawrrrr. i wish i could make it out to such cool-pool parties. internal rhyme intended as well as the pun in this sentence.

Posted by hmd1987 | August 18, 2008 6:17 AM


i believe it in addition to a pool they are building a gym or community center type thing. i may be wrong but i remember that was another main aspect of the plan.

Posted by jason | August 18, 2008 7:01 AM

most of the arguments against keeping the pool for shows is that the community is not 'just a bunch of hipsters' and there are people who have been and still are living there that should be able to use a space like that.

i would say there's nothing stopping someone from putting on shows that would appeal more to the 'non-hipster' part of the neighborhood.

also, i think they are hitting a wall again as far as the gov funding is going with the project, so the pool parties could easily be around another year

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 7:24 AM

I seriously wanted to shoot that Panther guy right in the middle of his stupid dancing. I neither saw nor heard anything of merit during their entire set. Hands down the worst band I've ever seen at McCarren Pool since they started doing shows there.

Posted by blackhat | August 18, 2008 9:10 AM

what times did each go on?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 9:11 AM

I waited in line for 2 hours to get in to this show, only to realize there was no line. Damn you MGMT.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 9:18 AM

trombones are for assholes.

just sayin'

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 9:27 AM

agreee,, panther was horrible. i left and went to the silent rave in union square. shot those young fools with my mccarren watergun.
im not so sure the free or paid events will be as profitable as a pool in the future (membership?). even with the freebies from corperate sponsers (i dont mind them since they are usually fun and contribute to the fun of event itself - saucony water guns, redbull dodgeballs). i guess brooklyn will need to find another niche somewhere for a space like this.

Posted by sam | August 18, 2008 9:35 AM

over-enthusiastic dude with the tucked in shirt, red sunglasses, and 2 waterguns: your a douche. just sayin

Posted by zed | August 18, 2008 9:39 AM

I punched a kid who TRIED to squirt me dead in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 9:46 AM

Astoria Park has a pool. Guess what, the only people who go there are underprivilaged kids. Same thing is gonna happen with McCarren, the only people you will see there are kids from low income families. But, yeah the whole community will benefit from this. Give me a break.

I wrote about this before, this is getting pushed by business and construction people who see it as a way of making money off the city coffers on construction costs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 9:48 AM

Lemme guess, Aes was kind of boring, and El was cranky. What do I win?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:01 AM

there is a very very real chance that the pool will not be redeveloped in the near term. new york state and city are facing multi-billion dollar deficits ($26 billion statewide) related to the current economic downturn. governor patterson and the legislature are trying to hash out billions of dollars in budget cuts.

if this pool redevleopment plan isnt scrapped I'll be shocked, given that current budget cuts will hit state education, housing, and health care spending.

i also cannot help but think that building a huge uber chlorinated pool is the worst fucking idea i have ever heard. it would be great if money was available to spruce the place up, but it should be a mixed use / indoor / outdoor, art, civic, and public performance space better suited for year round activities.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:03 AM

seriously, you would think the city would want to keep that revenue stream open in the short-term.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:15 AM

a 9:48

if that's the case I am all for turning it back into a real pool!

Posted by un:art:ig | August 18, 2008 10:30 AM

the city will let you keep the pools for yr concerts if you let "underprivileged kids" swim in yr nightclubs.

go fuck yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:32 AM

to the poly-ethnic/racial contingent of dudes playing hackysack, including one dude w/ a black flag t-shirt who was probably born at least five years after black flag broke up ... find some gurls, will ya?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:36 AM

Chin Chin reminded me of the music I sing to myself in the shower. . .which is a good thing

Posted by me | August 18, 2008 10:37 AM

So let's think, how badly can the city mess this up? I'm guessing that they will begin demolition on the pool and that whole block (including the currently functioning playground/water park) and then at some point they will run out of money to complete it.

Isn't it going to be just swell to walk past such a huge and useless eyesore/construction site for the next couple of years? Even newcomers to Brooklyn will be able to give "I remember the good old days" speeches next summer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 10:37 AM

sick shoes

Posted by tito | August 18, 2008 10:46 AM

does anyone have pictures of that hot mess, beyond wasted couple to the left of the stage who were falling all over the place?? they were fucking amazing. my heroes!

Posted by a | August 18, 2008 10:59 AM

Re: the pool reconstruction

Think about it... millions of dollars for fat cat asshole contractors/developers, kickbacks for city pols. Do you think anyone is going to stop this freight train of greed?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:12 AM

hmmm... this coverage isn't up to par by comparison to previous pool party coverage. There is a decided lack of photos of somewhat decent looking girls in small swimsuits.

just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:13 AM


a setlist


Posted by 21 | August 18, 2008 11:28 AM

i'm pretty sure the redeveloped pool will include a performance space. it won't be the same wide open wonderland that is the pool parties, but it'll be something. i just hope they put a brick wall around it so we won't have to see underpriveleged kids having fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:28 AM

this show was brilliant–i was surprised at how few people were there.
the pix are great.
those shoes are stupid hot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:41 AM

Anyone see the photographer with like 6 layers of clothing on (including but not limited to: a hooded sweatshirt, scarf, and long jacket?). He had dyed long blond hair.

Why in the fuck would someone wear that when it's 80+ degrees out?

I thought Aesop Rock was great... Both opening bands were lame as hell though in my opinion. Chin Chin was great instrumentally but as soon as the guy opened his mouth and started singing the most cliche lyrics, (and ultimately sounded like a Backstreet Boy at one point) I lost interest.

Posted by Michael | August 18, 2008 11:42 AM

Sharon Jaones and the Dapkings. Nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 11:54 AM

This is what I remember of the set list:

The One That Got Away
Fast Cars
Big Bang
Daylight/Night Light (I'm not sure which, sounded like a combo of both?)
None Shall Pass
Getaway Car
Encore: No Regrets

Awesome show!

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:11 PM

who was the guest that was not el-p?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:45 PM

So glad it wasn't El-P.... he sucks dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:47 PM

i am to the direct right of the frame in at least three of these pictures.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:51 PM

why havent the aquabats ever played a pool party? they are the perfect band for one.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 1:35 PM

Because they're not very good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 1:38 PM

who was the guest that was not el-p?

that was yak ballz.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 1:57 PM

converting the pool is going to take 5 years. i'm glad that i'll be walking past absolutely nothing. i'm extremely pissed about next week being the last show forever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 2:23 PM

Guest who wasn't El-P?

Yak Ballz

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 2:37 PM

five years of construction during a recession doesn't make any sense, and it's quite possible that the money won't even be there to field the entire project.

i've been reading on other sites (e.g. curbed, wirednewyork, gothamist) that people oppposed to the project are the "oh god, get the hipsters out of our neighborhood and send them back to [insert midwest state here]." does anyone really know where that stereotype came from? i've lived here for five years and grew up just outside of boston before moving here for college and deciding to settle in a thriving neighborhood with lots of 20 and 30 somethings.

the point is -- neighborhoods change. it sounds more like there's a small, but loud group of much older area natives that fear change -- the same change that's tranformed a once complete wasteland into a fairly unique part of the city that's now known nationwide in the arts and entertainment world (even if that does inevitably drive up rents, as it already has, the local economy still benefits and more and more people continue moving to the outskirts of what's left of the cheaper rents until those neighborhoods "improve" too).

five years of urban blight in the midst of a now thriving area is one of the stupidest things this city could possibly do when it finally stumbled upon something that, as a public facility, caters to the unique aspects of the neighborhood. if people are concerned about a lack of diversity in given events, i don't see why that cannot be addressed in the future of an existing outdoor performance space. otherwise, the city has public pools. it has giant public pools (e.g. astoria).

public pools are lemons. they're not well kept and people choose not to use them, and they suffer from authoritarian public bullcrap that force those that can afford them to use private facilities (leaving only the lower class to the public ones; thus killing the diversity argument). i don't understand how a massive public pool will meet the needs of this particular neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 3:41 PM

sorry to sound racist here... but whenever i hear the term "diversity" when referring to events at McCarren Pool, I can't help but think of either a few thousand drunk polish thugs or a few thousand hispanic thugs. This is assuming that a few thousand of either of these groups would actually congregate in the first place.
I'm sure there will be arguments that these groups can congregate as peacefully as the "hipsters", but fuck that... I don't see it happening.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 4:17 PM

more videos of the concert here -

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 4:49 PM

Is yak ballz a homosexual? I'm just thinking out loud here. Anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 5:49 PM

I'm that guy who was holding up that drawing. As an artist, you lose the concept of money, and you realize that you are your art. As your art, you want to live for a long time.

It's our eyes that see the twin towers
That create a ripple effect with planes
Which creates patriotism
Which creates the perception of deadly explosions in the US
Which makes fingers point, using our military
At the Middle East which burns
Creating Tears of blood
Which creates CODE RED
which creates liberals to fight
Conservatives to fight over
Connected to the church of Stain Glass
Connected to the pope
connected to the Bible
connected to the Holy Land
connected to Jews in Jerusalem
connected to storm clouds
created by Islam fundamentalists
to raise fists
to create blood
in the Middle East creating
higher Gas prices
So High even Americans have to understand BALANCE
The energy from the balance brings a sexual revolution
which also brings beauty perceived by
Blacks and whites AND EVERYONE ELSE saying NIGGA
Pineapple Expressing organic bliss by inhaling plants
spreading messages through Itunes, YouTube, facebook, myspace
of Peace and Buddhism
which is so attractive
Creating smiles
Detaching oneself from money
burning trees realized imbalance
Pink Floyd advocating energy
United States ingenuity balanced with Chinese efficiency
realized through expression of Eastern philosophy through Olympics
creating initial worldwide understanding of energy
through the sun
color is created
to balance the city with the fields into forests
And back into oceans again.
-Andrew Kaminski

Posted by Andrew Kaminski | August 18, 2008 6:00 PM

i thought the Daylight/Night Light mixture was a nice touch....

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:02 PM

i believe Catacomb Kids was also played

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:03 PM

i loved the fact they they actually played a real encore (not an obligatory encore), it appeared as if they had no intention of playing an encore...

i also loved the fact that it was no regrets, but i was disappointed that they did not use the original beat, and that they did not do the full chorus...

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:06 PM

i believe catacomb kids was also played...

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:07 PM

apparently someone in the front must have requested Basic Cable, because Aesop said "Basic Cable...i'd have to read that shit out of a book"

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:13 PM

what time did each go on?

panther went on around 4, chin chin around 445, and aesop around 6....

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:16 PM

was there a line? how long did it take to get in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 6:49 PM

no lines at 5:30

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 7:17 PM

"Lemme guess, Aes was kind of boring, and El was cranky. What do I win?"

no. Aes was not boring. and El was not cranky. you lose.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 8:21 PM

to the person from boston who moved here 5 years ago: dont pay attention to these blogs 50 percent of the posts are written by the same 5 idiots, maybe even more. I myself have probably written 20 percent of the posts here under different nicknames. On top of it, most of those posts are just to take the piss out of people, or as a provocation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 12:29 AM

I can't wait for it to be a pool...let the locals swim and the hipster tweens and twentysomethings drown.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:00 AM

is there any organized movement to oppose the current plans to convert the majority of mccarren back into a pool?

or at least speak on behalf of the "pool party" crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:03 AM

im gay

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 12:57 AM

"take the piss out of people"...??? what?!... what??!! Go back to England, ya limey!

And greater Boston area dude.. guess what? You're in the minority. I will fucking challenge you to a HIPSTER STREET POLL and I'll GUARANTEE you, most hipster douches rein from the MIDWEST... or at the very least the SOUTH. They moved here to escape the reality of life in their small towns, you know, the kind in which not enough fellow hipsters exist to patronize their shitty art/music.

Buut, you're from New England. Most of you are clueless about these types of things, so I'll let it slide.

Posted by not one of the same posters | August 31, 2008 12:29 AM

this show was awesome! the daylight/nightlight and big bang wereee tiiiiiiight-- as well as the ecore with no regrets LUUUCYYY

Posted by tyler durden | January 3, 2011 4:50 PM

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