Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2008

photos (all but one) by Jason Bergman

NJ Ira (this photo by Paul Bachmann)
Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

I'm always running late, so I unfortunately didn't get to the Pool on Sunday (Aug 24, 2008) until Yo La Tengo was about to go on. That was right around the time they also shut the gates for being at capacity. It was also when I saw Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz walk in. I heard he was supposed to introduce Yo La Tengo, but he got there a minute too late.

Yo La Tengo are such a great live band - from beginning to end, but the highlight of my 90 minutes at the Pool (which were also the final 90 minutes of JellyNYC's 3-year run of Pool Parties at McCarren) was, when during Yo La Tengo's encore, fellow NJ band Titus Andronicus joined them on stage to do a cover of "Where Eagles Dare" by Misfits (who were also from NJ) ("I ain't no goddamn son of a bitch, You better think about it baby"). Ira announced that now that Brooklyn was over (a joke referring to the end of the pool), NJ is where it's at. Titus' frontman also held up a NJ flag in Jersey's honor and then draped it over Ira's back (see above).

Obama was barely in the house. More of Jason's pictures below...

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Ebony Bones...

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Titus Andronicus....

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Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

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Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Yo La Tengo @ McCarren Pool

Distraught music fans considering going off the deep end when the swimming pool turned concert venue at Williamsburg's McCarren Park closes later this month can breathe easy.

Plans are in the works to keep outdoor concerts in the trendy neighborhood afloat.

JellyNYC, the company responsible for the park's popular "Pool Parties" concert series, is teaming with local officials and community advocacy groups to find the indie-rock mainstay a new home in the area by next summer.

"These concerts are the last bastion of what this neighborhood has come to represent over the past 10 or 15 years," said JellyNYC's founder Alexander Kane. "If they leave, Williamsburg will become just another SoHo."

Two sites in particular have been pegged as possible venues to replace McCarren Park, which is getting a $50 million facelift - East River State Park in Williamsburg and the forthcoming Bushwick Inlet Park on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. [NY Daily News]

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Comments (140)

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Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:01 PM

Yo La Tengo was great. Titus Andronicus was abysmal.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:02 PM

yo la tengo was great.
titus sets a new low for pitchfork shite.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:04 PM

Like ZOMFG lets all go buy lofts in Weehawken!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:05 PM

these photos aren't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:06 PM

Titus Andronicus....


seriously one of the worst bands to ever play at the pool party.

simply terrible.

Posted by julian c. | August 25, 2008 4:06 PM

First concert shirt purchase for Tito since the early 1990s. Well done, Yo La + miscellaneous artist!

How long was the line when they cut it off?

Posted by Tito | August 25, 2008 4:07 PM

dear girl in the new mexico basketball tank top:

I love you. please stop hanging out with the dude in the blue face paint.

Posted by butternuts | August 25, 2008 4:08 PM

"These concerts are the last bastion of what this neighborhood has come to represent over the past 10 or 15 years," said JellyNYC's founder Alexander Kane.

a caricature

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:09 PM

I will always love you pool parties!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:10 PM

Where Eagles Dare cover made the night!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:13 PM

a shoddy ending. The Misfits and Dead C covers were old-hat jokes, the "Brooklyn is over" joke a bit smug and obvious. Yo La Tengo have gotten so peevish in their old age, it's sad.

Markowitz should be tarred and feathered for killing this magnificent music venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:16 PM

yeah i like how they dissed brooklyn

they live in fucking jersey!

in hoboken frat boy land for christ's sake!

Posted by julian c. | August 25, 2008 4:17 PM

hahahah dude above me is retarded

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:17 PM

"'These concerts are the last bastion of what this neighborhood has come to represent over the past 10 or 15 years,' said JellyNYC's founder Alexander Kane. 'If they leave, Williamsburg will become just another SoHo.'"

You're a day late and a dollar short.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:17 PM

Anyone got the YLT setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:18 PM

hey awesome picture of david cry baby cross dj-ing. too bad he didnt show up until like right before ylt went on and played like 3 songs, if that. where's the photos of syd who was actually dj-ing all day?

and oh yeah way to go topshop for actually encouraging people to sit down on the fucking ground in the middle of a concert.

and what the fuck is up with running out of vip beer and hour long free dewar's lines? give me a break. good riddance pool parties.

by the way, yo la tengo was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:19 PM

Kind of confused by the comment about shutting the doors. My wife got there about 20-25 minutes into Yo La Tengo's set and was able to get in after only a 5 minute wait in line.

Perhaps they closed the doors and then quickly re-opened when people started leaving during their extended noise trips?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:20 PM

oh thats why people dont like titus andronicus: pitchfork. ridic

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:23 PM

anony 4:01 - get a job

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:24 PM

worst dj'ing of the year, if not 3 years. Crap songs and no one even there at the table. I think he just had it programmed to shuffle. weak job.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:25 PM

which would explain the bar mitzvah songs in the mix. agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:27 PM

Anon 419: classic, crotchety, complaining hipster. Of course you got ripped off at a $0 show. You're going to make a great old person.

What have you done to support the arts?

Posted by Tito | August 25, 2008 4:27 PM

Jelly NYC have had more than a few complaints on this site in the past, but they put on some amazing shows this summer. Congrats and thanks to them, especially for the sheer amount of amazing free shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:29 PM

got there 6:50 and walked right in, there was no line, and people were leaving in droves. heard YLT play 5 songs, 2 of which were good ones.

Ira's guitar faces are hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:32 PM

yo la tengo's set was great, the misifts cover was fun, i'm not sure how it's possible to have a bad time at a show like that.

did anyone see if there was someone taping the show? i'd love to hear 'blue line swinger' again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:35 PM

I was turned away at 5:30

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:35 PM

yeah... new mexico tank girl is totally hot.

would hit it two times... maybe more.

Posted by wembley | August 25, 2008 4:38 PM

Fluxblog has setlist: http://www.fluxblog.org. Nice to hear so much from "Electr-O-Pura"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:43 PM

Ira's the coolest. Saw him smokin' a spliff walking in Hoboken.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:44 PM

there goes the baberhood.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:46 PM

that's funny that you all hate Titus- I heard they play a good live show. I actually think they sound great on record, even if his voice takes a little getting used to.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:47 PM

Titus rocks, too bad the mild mannered npr crowd that showed up for YLT didn't like them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:49 PM

the best band yesterday was Ebony Bones. their set was killer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:50 PM

julian c., calm down: no one was dissing brooklyn. it's called 'sarcasm.'

i just hope that writers who are posting obnoxious sexual comments about "hit"ing that "girl" are being sarcastic.

probably not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:51 PM

Damn ... went there about trying to avoid Titus (saw them a couple of months ago. awful and annoying) about 5:15 and the line wasn't moving. Waited about 10 - 15 mins and still nothing so I left. Didn't feel like waiting around and not getting in like the Breeders show ...

Hey JellyNYC, this would be my only complaint about three years a great free shows - whoever's running the entrance continues to really suck at letting people in as people are leaving. One in one out? No time, love?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:53 PM

They're even worse about just letting people in generally. I got in line at 1:30 and wasn't in the pool until 3. I can't be convinced that searching bags is such a demanding process that it should take a full hour to get people in.

Posted by Tito | August 25, 2008 4:58 PM

I thought Titus was awesome and I am pretty sure the Misfits cover was their idea. I have seen them play that cover live before. Yo La Tengo was also amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:01 PM

Titus had what? Three or Four fucking guitarists? Ira was making more noise by himself. Maybe I'm just part of that "mild mannered npr crowd", but I do enjoy a band that has a basic grasp of how their instruments function.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:09 PM

the best band yesterday was Ebony Bones. their set was killer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 4:50 PM

HA HA HA HA HA HA. Are you serious? They were terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:09 PM

Janet >>>>>>> Michael >>>>>> Jermaine >>>>>> Rebbie >>>> Jackie >>>>> Randy >>>>>>> Marlon >>>>>>> La Toya >>>>>> Tito

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:11 PM

whats to hate about titus exactly. they write good enough songs and they do put on a killer live show. maybe playing with any sort of passion or emotion has become obsolete.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:11 PM

well it was nice to even hear guitars at all after ebony bones. i could not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:13 PM

No one has a set list?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:18 PM

all you h8ers are fans of countless bands that sound very similar to titus. they just had to fill your dislike quota and theres not way you'd even consider them with pitchfork attached to them

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:18 PM

if you could not even enjoy yourself during 'where eagles dare' you are just not a music person.

Posted by MUSIC PERSON | August 25, 2008 5:21 PM

One of my favourite shows of all time. Yo la Tengo played their hearts out. Please sign the petition for more pool parties!

Posted by kmc | August 25, 2008 5:25 PM

here's the setlist from fluxblog (w/ my amendments)

Mr. Tough (with horns)
Do The Swim (with horns)
Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind
Stockholm Syndrome
Pablo & Andrea
The Weakest Part
"Joan Is In Love" - "Somebody's in Love" by the Cosmic Rays (written by Sun Ra)
Cherry Chapstick
(vaguely Mission Of Burma-ish song) - Artificial Heart (w/ James taking a wicked feedback solo on bass guitar!)
Moby Octopad (with horns)
Watch Out For Me Ronnie (with horns)
Tom Courtenay
Blue Line Swinger

Bad Politics
Where Eagles Dare (with Titus Andronicus)

Autumn Sweater

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:26 PM

Now they can move the party to Liberty State Park, book shitty shows and allow us to wait hours in line for hours for the ferry before jailing us in the beer "garden"

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:38 PM

wouldnt you just love that!? so you could have something to complain about at all times

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:45 PM

ANY REAL WORLD UPDATEZ?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:48 PM

titus is boring. sorry.

i'm so sick of all this "wah wah closing the pool parties" bullshit. jellyNYC needs to just admit they want to keep banking off of bullshit corporate sponsors like topshop.

pool parties are out of control and not cool any more. bring on the real pool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:05 PM

I thought the djing was good- a mix- it was the food the sucked! I was glad he didn't play a bunch of fucking indie rock- Im sure you nerds already have joy division soundchecks on your IPODs.

so sick of the cool police- you rag on the pool and yet you go and then complain about it.

Move back to Ohio-and work at the Urban outfitters in the mall.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:14 PM

6:05 - you are retarded. the pool is (re: was) awesome. everything about it. shut your too cool for hipster school mouth shut. it's annoying...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:20 PM

6:05 Thank You, the sponsorship is over the top.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:39 PM

As hard as it is to say, let's face it: neighborhood kids & families could use a pool a helluva lot more than the hip scene needs another concert venue.

I assume the pool will be priced to include less well-to-do families, non?

Posted by Tito | August 25, 2008 6:40 PM

Titus Andronicus= greatest band, haters be fools

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:42 PM

the drawbacks to the pool have definitely reached critical mass. it had its moment, let it go.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:46 PM

I shot Ebony Bones' set yesterday. You watch some of her perf right here: http://tinyurl.com/5crshl

Posted by DanielaInfinity | August 25, 2008 6:51 PM

"neighborhood kids & families could use a pool"--do your research pal, the neighborhood kids & families shut this pool down in the 80s because it brought too much traffic, violence, etc into a quiet neighborhood.

The neighborhood does not want this pool but the politicians and developers did not seek our opinion, and none of them are going to lose any money on the "$50 million facelift," while our local fire station remains CLOSED!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 7:17 PM

I love hipsters in the audience who hate on bands, but would give their left nut to be onstage playing, instead of hanging out at the pool wishing their night would end with kissing a girl. Thank god for bands like Titus that enjoy playing music and don't cater to what we say on websites. Lamest crowd I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 7:35 PM

I hate hipsters. They are literally the most pathetic human beings on the planet. I never thought that being a complete and utter poseur would become a vaguely accepted and dare I say it "de rigeur" lifestyle.

So gay.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 7:53 PM

Amen 7:35. Grow the hell up and enjoy something for once, you "too hip to be happy" idiots. The show was free, why are you complaining?

Titus was amazing, as usual. Everything about them is original and heartfelt, from the wailing, to the beard cutting on stage, to the collab of Misfits with YLT.

When did people start pretending to stop feeling, exactly? Jersey's looking pretty good right now, thanks to all of you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:00 PM

Bad Politics is a Dead C cover.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:02 PM

"Markowitz should be tarred and feathered for killing this magnificent music venue."

It's a pool. An abandoned pool. Not a music venue. A pool.
There's no shortage of free music venues in this city, and keeping the location vacant year round for NYC Jelly events and a craft show, doesn't really serve the rest of Brooklyn. It was never meant to be a music venue though, so the city really isn't taking anything away, and there's a park right there which could be used just the way they use Wingate Field, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:14 PM

Has anyone ever watched an outdoor movie at McCarren? is it comfortable? I read that you cannot bring a chair or anything. they just expect you to sit on cement with just a small towel? there are glass shards on that crappy cement.

Posted by MovieTime | August 25, 2008 8:22 PM

Am I the only one who heard the Jelly MC come onstage before YLT's encore and say that Marty Markowitz had given his blessing to have one more year of concets in the Pool? I'm pretty sure I didn't hallucinate that...

Amazing day all around. Only thumbs downs would be the DJ's and the dude on the left side of the stage who thought it was his job to pump the crowd up for the encore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:27 PM

^^WUSS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:36 PM

how'd that fetching lass in the red new mexico tank top get mixed up with that blue man group reject?


Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:36 PM

"It's a pool. An abandoned pool. Not a music venue. A pool."

nope, it's a music venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:39 PM

i played dodgeball. it was fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:42 PM

watching ebony bones try to get the hipsters to dance was painful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:46 PM

i wish that you saying "blue man group reject" was a dual reference, referring (obviously) to that dodgeball player, but also to the fact that David Cross was there. but i know you are not ingenious enough to have done that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:47 PM

DON'T MOVE TO JERSEY, plz. We don't want you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 8:47 PM

don't worry, no one's moving to Jersey, ha, that's for certain...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 9:21 PM

Titus Andronicus - everyone but the front man + lyrics not taken from the sleeve of a taking back sunday album = a tolerable, somewhat respectable act

Yo La Tengo was good, probably would have been awesome if decent sound was possible at the pool (which it is not, a fact that is often overlooked). Their sound is too delicate for that big/open of a stage.

6:46 might be on to something....

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 9:23 PM

Williamsburg IS dead. and Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are next. ugh. i'm moving to Philly.

or Reykjavik.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 9:25 PM

>but i know you are not ingenious enough to have done that.

Right. But I'm also not pedantic enough to point it out, if i did realize it.

Creep.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 9:27 PM

It was great. I was stoned, my buddy was there, the sun was shining, the breeze a-breezin'. PERFECT DAYS ARE SO CLICHE!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:00 PM

anyone know the 2nd or 3rd song that was playing after the titus set? falsetto-ey voice guy with sick beats.

Posted by ya mom | August 25, 2008 10:01 PM

dude, i don't think anything is necessarily "going on" between red new mexico tank top girl and blue face paint guy, i think they are just playing dodgeball together....


but, so what if she did want to date him?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:03 PM

it was absolutely brilliant. first band was awful. jersey brought it and i went home happy. have fun in your closet apartments in williamsburg, i'll be rocking out at ira kaplan's house in jersey, thanks guys!

sick pictures as well. misfits cover was way fun.

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

someone else's date, in someone else's door...

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:13 PM

jersey transcends all of this hipster wooha

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:35 PM

jerseys the new SHUT THE FUCK UP

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:46 PM

"Williamsburg IS dead. and Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are next. ugh. i'm moving to Philly."

are you kidding me? you have nothing to offer but that eye opening hipster real estate update? i fucking hate you and your kind. its like i have to squint while skimming through the product of your blackened souls to find a set list. why cant you people just go back to livejournal?

Posted by anon anon | August 25, 2008 11:13 PM

The Titus Andronicus front man is tone deaf and can't carry a tune if his life depended on it. I went there with an open mind and I'm sorry to say, sitting through their set was just pure misery. Yo La Tengo made them look like dogfood.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:20 PM

do these dodge ball studs spend their week working on their dodging and throwing skills or are they just reverting to their 7-12th grade forms?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:36 PM

some of the dodge ball guys were hot. you could see their junk and everything.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:39 PM

pbr

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:45 PM

there was a song played before new order- bizarre love triangle in the dj set, can anyone remember what it was? it wasn't some obvious tune, sounds fairly recent.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:51 PM

PASSION PIT!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:13 AM

titus andronicus were so good. you could tell in a smaller place with a more into it crowd it'd be a rockin time. better than growing or whatever boring shit you kids listen to today. yo la tengo never fails to amaze.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:21 AM

Wow -- I went there and there was a line -- and i was lazy and shit -- and i was like this place is gay yo ( though I like it)

WEll i was alone, I didn't have the energy to be all cool and superman me.. so I go around the back past the Vip Entrance and I see : " Marty Markowitz" I say and walk past him . lol I saw MM. Prob just after they denied him his speechy. or something.

So yeah this morning I make myself Chocolate milk [ i'm 23,] and I' singing " I aint no god damn son of a bitch you better think about it baby!" I got that from a girls "sig" on a forum.. then one day in NJ visiting with a friend his sister's BF plays that song in his car. Than yeah... this morning im singing that and decide to check out Teh BrklynVego and i see they Covered -That Song- Synchronicity because you know why? I aint no god damn son of a bitch you better think about it baby. I'm from bk -- btw and that guy with blue paint is -- a -- BRAVEHEART! a great movie.


Posted by Nick, the hot stud | August 26, 2008 6:03 AM

jess- we dont want to hear the album version. here you had me all excited...

also, Nick, don't quit your day job, if you have one...

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 8:38 AM

titus andronicus doesn't suck because pitchfork picked up their album. they suck because they are boring, their songs are boring, their lyrics stink, their singer is unlistenable, they have four guitars on stage and i can't think of a reason why they need more than one for a sound that rudimentary.....
they remind me most of a high school battle of the bands winner from new jersey.. which is exactly what they are. i can't think of a single reason why anyone would like them, but then, i can't think of a single reason why anyone would like a lot of the popular "indie" music these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:27 AM

the titus andronicus singer is absolutely unbearable to look at and more importantly absolutely unbearable to listen to.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:36 AM

I must have had the same hallucination 8:27 pm because I heard something about Markowitz giving the ok to another summer of pool shows as well. Right before Yo la Tengo went on. But then they christened the pool with water. I'm confused.

Posted by nate | August 26, 2008 10:00 AM

"there was a song played before new order- bizarre love triangle in the dj set, can anyone remember what it was?"

I think it might have been "Emerge" by Fischerspooner, which presumably the DJ was playing for the aging hipsters in the crowd who can recall ye olde electroclash days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:03 AM

I was confused about the "next year" statement. Do you think he was saying that they got the OK for another location for next summer?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:17 AM

yes i was thinking it was Emerge too. Ahh the good ol electroclash days back when luxx used to be on grand street.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:28 AM

That is because Williamsburg does not have independent artists and most everyone that lives there is as wealthy as Hoboken or SoHo folks.

Over 25% of the available real estate for sale (not including rentals) in Brooklyn is owned by trust fund babies. Mommy and daddy pays the bills for today's starving artists :) :) And you guys dis Jersey. At least they are not pretending to be what they are not.


Posted by Joe | August 26, 2008 11:05 AM

Luxx on grand street was cool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:12 AM

great set list!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:37 AM

Here's what JellyNYC is all about:

http://www.jellynyc.com/news/slip-and-slide/

I'm pretty open-minded, but encouraging people to masturbate to videos with little kids in it is pretty inappropriate, not to mention, disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:46 AM

for whom this may concern...i was thinking about moving to portland, since people are getting upset because they are leaving brooklyn for jersey or philly, what will would your take be on portland? i do live in brooklyn, and after living here for 22 years, i'm getting tired of it. i love the shows and the environment, i just don't want to live in the projects or with my parents. i would say a westside story thing, but i think it was west and east side in that musical. i am waiting for all the angry comments ahead.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 11:47 AM

"I'm pretty open-minded, but encouraging people to masturbate to videos with little kids in it is pretty inappropriate, not to mention, disgusting."

Clearly, that's a sarcastic barb aimed at all the I'd-hit-it commenters on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:06 PM

wrong. the only reason jellynyc put in the work to put on 3 years worth of pool shows was to create that one video and encourage people to masturbate to it. that is what they are "all about."

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:09 PM

I love Portland!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:10 PM

Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:14 PM

9:27 AM,i just really don't get how you can say they're boring. aside from two songs they played everything was totally uptempo and danceable. rudimentary is a fine description if you want (all punk music is what are you ever talking about?) but boring is just stupid. i would wonder if you were even at the show, but listening to the album isn't boring either so idk where you are coming from at all. please elaborate on how they are boring. where you back at the hotdog stand during their set or something? i really don't know what you must be listening to if TA is your definition of boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:17 PM

portland is a poor man's seattle.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:18 PM

i was upfront. and they -were- boring. the songs were mushy and the singer's voice was just unbearable, especially when he sang slower songs where he was actually trying to sing and not scream. i think boring is an apt term because their spectrum is so limited, monotonous, and ultimately one note.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:32 PM

"wrong. the only reason jellynyc put in the work to put on 3 years worth of pool shows was to create that one video and encourage people to masturbate to it. that is what they are "all about.""

Oh... don't forget, also to make a shitload of money!

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM

Titus Andronicus are a sloppy, beautiful mess. You'll all brag about seeing one of their "tranwreck shows" ten years from now. They nailed their album. They nail some of their shows and the others are fun to watch for Replacements style failure fests.

Posted by jack | August 26, 2008 1:03 PM

let's not get ahead of ourselves with the replacements comparisons.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:12 PM

But, but....I'm from the future. So, I'm ahead of myself, you, and this blog. Wait till you see the Cheeseburger innovations that occur in the next 5 years!

Posted by jack | August 26, 2008 1:21 PM

face it folks. titus andronicus are just a sloppy mess, no beauty involved in the equation. their shows are not even interesting enough to call trainwrecks. there's really nothing too much to grab you. boring songs. bad singing. sloppy playing. hardly beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:26 PM

i think there has to be some reason other than the show people are hating so hardcore on TA. because noone is saying anything about the first band and they were the worst. they played the same song like 8 times. TA is not even famous. why the exteme hate?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:32 PM

pretty sure it's just one guy with a vendetta.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:33 PM

Man titus andronicus was shit...i can't believe they allowed jersey trash like that on stage. Why does pitchfork praise such a shitty bands while there are so many good bands out there like plain white t's and boys like girls. Aside from the titus andronicus shit talking, do you want to know what is worse than them. The faggot people that went to this event. All of the foolish hipsters with their high hats and arrow collars,
white spats and lots of dollars. They were spending every dime (god damn vip section) for a wonderful time. I fucking hate brooklyn and the hipsters that congregate there. STFU hipsters. YLT rocked though.

Posted by 2fast2furious | August 26, 2008 1:44 PM

I expected to enjoy Yo La Tengo but was reeeeeeeally turned off by all the noise/feedback/20-minute guitar jams while the rhythm section stood bored. I know that's sort of their deal, but I guess I only like it when it's controlled. Lucky, the Misfits cover made me forget what an awful time I'd been having.

Posted by plumpdumpling | August 26, 2008 3:17 PM

haha. 3:17 doesn't get yo la tengo. why were you there??
there are many more than one or two people commenting on how bad titus is. i've seen them twice now, i went to the east river show in the rain (mostly to see obits, who were also disappointing), and then again on sunday for the purpose of seeing yo la tengo. i gave them a fair chance. my girlfriend was like, oh man, they're gonna suck, i said be patient. she was right.
boring is 100% right. there's just nothing going on in those songs. it's just shit. trust me, i love simple punk songs as much as the next guy, but there is a distinct difference between good, original, interesting punk rock and high school garage band talentless shit. so, if you like talentless high school garage bands, awesome, there are plenty of places (all ages) you can reliably see bands as good or better that TA in NJ on a friday or saturday night.
trust me, in ten years no one will remember titus except some 23-year olds who will put it in and remember how shitty their tastes were way back in '08 when they were too young to appreciate yo la tengo closing out the pool parties.

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

i made that slip n slide video to be funny, if you think that a 45 second video could sum up 3 years of free awesome summer shows in the best outdoor venue brooklyn has ever had than your clearly an idiot. A big stupid idiot. Like the biggest f-ing idiot ever, you stupid MFING vegan commenting moronic piece of f-ing garbage

Posted by chris goldstein | August 26, 2008 6:23 PM

I'm fairly certain that 8/26 12:09 & 12:36 PM meant to be sarcastic, Chris.

Posted by Captain Obvious | August 26, 2008 6:55 PM

the pool parties just will not be the same if they move to another venue. that fact they were in an old abandoned pool is a big part what made them great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:34 PM

i think 12:09 is feigning outrage because he himself spanked his monkey watching that video and he feels guilty about it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:02 AM

you would think people would be able to pick up on the sarcasm when quotation marks are involved.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:45 AM

I call bullshit on that, show the ip addresses, Id bet same guy made all the negative Titus Andronicus comments. You are pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:52 AM

actually I take it back, because pathetic people deserve some sympathy. you are just an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:53 AM

A lot of strip bars in Portland. That's cool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:01 AM

who cares about ip addresses titus andronicus is really horrible. there's no escaping that reality.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:22 AM

someone's angry at the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 10:27 AM

the internet is angry at titus andronicus

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 11:14 AM

bv, give us a count of the distinct ip addresses trashing TA. bet it's way more than one.
i feel sort of bad for those kids, they probably read these comments, but then i remember how terrible their band is and i hope to never again have to sit through them opening for a band i like, so yeah, they should just go away.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 11:20 AM

do you honestly think the people who work on this site have nothing better to do than check IPs for you whiny mooks?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 12:48 PM

poor TA. looks like these guys could use some lovin. oh well, i'll save my love for bands with talent.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:14 PM

pretty funny looking back at these old comments and all the hate for Titus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2010 5:11 PM

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