Posted in music on August 22, 2008

Barack Obama

"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 on the image at the right of the screen!

Note: donating here does not guarantee your entrance to the concert! Please arrive early! When the event reaches capacity, they will turn people away." [BarackObama.com]

That's a conflicting message. Are they asking for $20 at the door which gets you the poster on the spot (which you then have to carry all day), or are they asking you to donate online which doesn't even guarantee you get in and may or may not get you a poster.... I'm confused.

Obama's addition to Sunday's lineup (not literally!) seemed to pop out of nowhere, but I think it was planned all summer. Various people sent me pieces of information about an "Obama fundraiser" at McCarren - possibly with Mos Def involved, possibly with a lot of arguing about who would play the show and possibly at a free Pool Party (which I didn't get). Nothing concrete ever showed up so I didn't post it. They seem to be downplaying it to the general Pool Party public (aka no mention of it at all on Jelly's website) while letting Obama's people do their thing.

BTW, DJ David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav) are also on Sunday's bill. You'll probably recognize their familar faces at the DJ booth on the left of the stage.

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Comments (56)

Jesse Jackson to perform that BillBoard smash hit "Imma cut yo nutz out!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:34 PM

this sounds pretty cool

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:41 PM

save the pool parties, Obama!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:44 PM

so is obama going to actually be there or not?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:45 PM

so is obama going to actually be there or not?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:46 PM

"Obama's addition to Sunday's lineup (not literally!) "

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:50 PM

as someone actually born and raised in brooklyn, i dont really like the idea that brooklyn would be for barack. i mean, he's a fucking democrat pretending he's gonna save yr asses...i smell a snake.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:50 PM

Wow. Talk about a bait and switch.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:04 PM

never noticed before--but Obama looks a LOT like Ira Kaplan

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:13 PM

WHERE'S OBAMA AT? HURRY Uhhh--- oh, wait...

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:15 PM

As long as I don't have to pay and it's not for McCain, it's fine with me!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM

get well Carl Yastrzemski

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:16 PM

Can't believe this is last chance to see dodgeball. Going to miss it : (

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:22 PM

This makes me want to puke. Its so funny middle class hipsters think Obama is for them. You guys are so clueless its embarrassing.

Posted by james | August 22, 2008 6:24 PM

all I wanna do is * * * * * and take your money

Posted by mia | August 22, 2008 6:31 PM

Show is gonna be rad. Get well Yaz!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:34 PM

Were Yaz the band also ball players?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 6:38 PM

Cause CHANGE is mofoin' all thatz all left up in yo pockets, son! Ya heard!? Yo, where Brooklyn At?


Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 7:17 PM

Obama stealing the $$$ from the impressionable youth yet again...no thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 8:08 PM

"This makes me want to puke. Its so funny middle class hipsters think Obama is for them. You guys are so clueless its embarrassing."


No, you're right. Us 'middle class hipsters' should be for McCain, because he clearly represents the hawkish ideologies that our demographic represents...

Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:10 PM

i don't think obama is obscure enough to show up at the pool... i'd much prefer to see kuchinich or hell... even alan keyes

Posted by poopnscoop | August 22, 2008 9:28 PM

fuck this shit, i want to see yo la tengo

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:36 PM

since when can a cultural paid for by local tax bucks get co-opted by a political campaign?


Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 9:37 PM

"rad" ?

do people still say this? or is it now a frat-boy only term?

obama wants to get up in all y'alls mccain parent supported trust funds.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2008 10:55 PM

I'm pretty annoyed at this "switch" as well. Whatever happened to the initial concert? No benefit, just a normal concert?

Yo La Tengo are supporters of the ACLU? Obama is clearly not a fan of the ACLU or civil liberties in general. He voted in favor of the telecom immunity bill. Very un-American of Barack Obama to due.

Posted by Third Party | August 22, 2008 11:00 PM

I love the fact that there's an ad on this page for "Hype: The Obama Effect." I suppose he has more in common with indie rock than we thought - but when does the backlash happen?

Posted by Roland | August 23, 2008 12:48 AM

the blacklash

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 1:35 AM

Grow some balls leftist pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 2:01 AM

I'm as far to the left as it gets, but I'd rather it was a McCain fundraiser, so the line won't be so goddamn long. This shit will be a clusterfuck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 4:15 AM

leftist pussies:


such ignorance


2:01 you are a laugh that dies. Only your anger keeps your thought alive. You protect demon's cause.

I hope Obama and Biden are decent, but the nwo is the cause.


Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 6:45 AM

anyone know approx set times? coming from out of town and want to make sure i'm in time to see titus and yo la.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 8:52 AM

this is the last free show there ever, and a band that has sold out new york city venues since the 80s is playing. what time do you think you should show up?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 9:20 AM

The biggest venue YLT have ever sold out was Lincoln Center, and that was a unique event. Then again, did that show really sell out?

The last venues they played at were Webster Hall and the MHoW. Not big venues.

Titus Andronicus sound like a high school band. Fun, but in the end, very little substance.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 10:32 AM

9:20 - i know what you mean. play it safe get there mad early. shit, i'ma go score some perogies from down tha street and camp out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 11:00 AM

Obama Biden Laden

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 11:55 AM

^^^ who knew so many right wing retards read brooklyn vegan??!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 12:17 PM

Webster Hall is not big... compared to what? Madison Square Garden?

It's pretty damn big.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 12:24 PM

Too bad it isn't Biden-Obama cuz if it was, we'd see mock bumper stickers that say RIDIN YO MAMA

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 12:34 PM

Yeah, but they didn't sell out Webster Hall. Maybe the week of, but it wasn't packed. Did the Loews theater in NJ sell out? I was in front, so I didn't notice the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 12:36 PM

what time does Yobama Tengo actually go on, anyone know?

Show ends 'at dusk' so when do they start?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 1:50 PM

I would bet Yo La Tengo around 5:30 or around then if they have to end at dusk. Read somewhere yesterday where they are pulling out some old songs they haven't performed in a long time. This is going to be an amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 2:25 PM

i heard the line is already around the block.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 3:17 PM

Obama is the Vampire Weekend of all presidential candidates ever.

Posted by John Legend | August 23, 2008 3:47 PM

"SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware on Saturday as a man 'ready to step in and be president...'"

...in contrast to Obama himself.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 4:41 PM

my trust fund's got a crush on obama.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 4:53 PM

oh don't worry, all those liberal white transplant middle-upper class folks trust funds will kick in nicely very soon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 5:16 PM

McCain=Tyranny/ Obama=Freedom

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 6:15 PM

"McCain=Tyranny/ Obama=Freedom"

Another brain-washed liberal. Not saying is McCain is better than Obama or even that he is good, but you are seriously delusional if you think Obama is anything other than a career politician.

Posted by Audacity of a dope | August 23, 2008 7:36 PM

^^Thank you, Ralph Nader.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2008 8:11 PM

i heard the line goes all the way around the block, past the knife-edge chops, all the way to Wyden's wife's bookstore.

and they say mccain has a house?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2008 4:00 PM

McCain is a cool landlord. He lets me have pets!

Posted by Diaper Changer | August 24, 2008 5:53 PM

They ever stop letting peoples in?

Posted by Tito | August 24, 2008 9:51 PM

I can't go out tonight, I'm staying home and washing my brain. WALNUTS!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 9:53 AM

"Another brain-washed liberal. Not saying is McCain is better than Obama or even that he is good, but you are seriously delusional if you think Obama is anything other than a career politician"

Wouldn't you have to be a "career politician" to be nominated for President of the USA? Your comment doesn't really make any sense.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:06 AM


yo, space ponies, the obama pool party was NOT the last show ever at mccaren pool, what about the sonic youth show on the 30th ?

Posted by napoleon_dynamite | August 25, 2008 2:27 PM

"Wouldn't you have to be a "career politician" to be nominated for President of the USA? Your comment doesn't really make any sense."

No. You could, say, be a CEO, Pimp or whatever and decide to run for office at some point in your career....unlike, say, Joe Biden who has never held any other "job" other than figuring out ingenious ways to spend your money.

Luther Campbell in the '08 mofos!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM

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