Posted in music | pictures on November 23, 2008

words photos by Gabi Porter

Crystal Stilts

The show had a late start and sold out just about as the second band started. The space, Less Artists, More Condos was weird in a fun way, or fun in a weird way. It's a strange feeling to go to a show and realize in line for the bathroom, that you're really in someone's house as you stare at their kitchen shelves full of jars of tomato sauce and whole wheat pasta.

German Measles were fun and sloppy, not exactly rockabilly but definitely something the greasers would've listened to post-Elvis. And you have to love a drummer with a barely stuck on fake moustache, and a bass player who is a dead ringer for Buddy Holly.

When you see a guy in a band wearing bright red lipstick and guyliner, if you're me you hope they are more like the New York Dolls and less like Fall Out Boy/the Killers, and Cheap Time (from Nashville) were thankfully definitely more David Johansen than Brandon Flowers. For one brief moment I thought they were opening their set with a Ramones cover, a couple of chord changes and the vocals started, and it turned out I was wrong, but the energy was definitely good ol' three chord early garage punk.

It was my second time seeing the Crystal Stilts, and for a second time I was surprised by what a great, dance-y party band they actually are, despite all appearances to the contrary.

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Tickets are still on sale for the show Crystal Stilts are playing with Love is All at Bowery Ballroom on December 7th. All tour dates HERE. More pictures from Friday night (11/21) below...

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Comments (36)

this show was over by 12:45. not so much "late" as right on time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 9:13 PM

yeah, but the doors were advertised at 8 pm, the first band didn't hit the stage until around 10. it wasn't late late, but it was sort of organically on time. i wasn't complaining at all, just an observation on the 8 pm doors.

Posted by gabi porter | November 23, 2008 9:37 PM

nice snaps. the singer for german measles looks sorta like peter zaremba, if anyone remembers thee mighty FLESHTONES

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 9:37 PM

More pics of hip white people having a good time plzzz.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 1:38 AM

ok. what?
fart

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 1:52 AM

yeah 1:38, let's say snide things about ourselves!

I hate all us attractive interesting urban white people. we'd serve the world a lot much better if we just joined up with our brethren in the burbs and gave up trying to follow art fashion music etc.

big box stores and suvs and churning out babies, that the way we outta be! all this making and paying attention to art, all this getting out of the house and socializing, I just disgust myself! die hipster die already!

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 2:33 AM

You write for this thing and it's still weird to go to a show that happens to be in someone's house? What kinda shows did you go to in college and high school? I used to live in a house in CT at college that threw basement shows at least once a month, and we weren't the only people in CT, and definitely not New England doing the same thing. Whatever, as long as the shows are fun.

Posted by paul b | November 24, 2008 4:13 AM

VERY GOOD POST AND VERY NICE CONCERT - I LOVED THE SOUNDS AND THE FEELINGS - I WISH I WAS THERE--- BUT NEEDS MORE ADLER

Posted by ADLERZFAN | November 24, 2008 7:29 AM

2:33 Paragraphs only legitimize innocent ironic trolling

Paul B-I loved the concert/atmosphere/dude's house, I've been show-going for like 3 years or something and it's the first apt show I've been to, it's something that's easy to miss in NY I suppose due to a bunch of factors I suppose, probably most bands are eager to play venues (who can blame them?) I certainly hope LA,MC books more shows, this photo set was probably nice publicity.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 9:26 AM

frankie rose have my baby

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 9:27 AM

Frankie Rose if you are actually reading this for some godforsaken reason please understand these people are only sending their best wishes, appreciate your music, will be happy when the Vivian Girls explode in two months, find you attractive and simply think you would take only good vibes and not be creeped from your understanding of their perception of your good looks. Thus is the nature of repressed hipsterdom. Please remain awesome

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 9:48 AM

Peter Zaremba is now a travel writer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:01 AM

The show was dark and small, and the photographers flash was going off constantly blinding the performers and everyone in the audience nearby. Cheap Time even commented on feeling like they were going to have seizures from the flash. Granted, the photos look really good, but it would have been more considerate to take fewer or to lower the flash.

Posted by blinded by the light | November 24, 2008 10:10 AM

fish eye overkill, kind of cheesy

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:17 AM

I think its awesome when flashes go off, makes it more dramatic somehow.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:19 AM

it's a New York show, people are gonna take photos. get used to it

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:19 AM

I'm not noticing anymore fish eye than usual in show photos

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:20 AM

Re: 10:19, yeah I have been going to shows in NYC for 15 years and I am a photographer myself. Telling someone to get used to it is not helping. A good photographer shouldn't have to have a blinding flash going constantly but take fewer and better photographs and have respect and consideration for the performers and fellow audience members eyesight.

Posted by blinded by the light | November 24, 2008 10:25 AM

MORE ADLER PLEASE!

Posted by DOT NET | November 24, 2008 10:44 AM

is she single??? too keut

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:47 AM

there was no more flash at this show than at any other show. it was just darker so you noticed

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:50 AM

My grandson told me that nowadays with the digital you can take 1500 photos in 3 minutes. No need to develop! When i was a boy you had to wait 10 minutes with the guy under the black tarp and a big explosion! Smoke everywhere. wowie!

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:52 AM

I'd hit it

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 10:52 AM

@ 10:20

Maybe in the early nineties..

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 11:00 AM

who's the hater? you must be having a really dull day in the cubicle.

these photos look great

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 11:05 AM

nice pictures. gives you a sense of the actual place where this show was held (a fancy loft in the West Village)

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 11:13 AM

Peter Zaremba is now a time traveler.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2008 1:18 PM

Where do you hear about shows at peoples houses?? Where did you guys get tixs for this show?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2008 11:18 AM

wow, really fancy digital photos.

we didn't have those taken at the saturday show, but we did have...

MUCH BETTER BANDS (golden error, siberians, black clouds, nymphets).

also who booked these other dipster loft shows? todd p? wank city...

ps) peter zaremba is george plimpton. look it up!

Posted by cheap time | December 2, 2008 4:31 PM

This was a truly awesome show! But, little miss Frankie Rose needs to get back to business with her other band!

Posted by ben | December 15, 2008 4:42 AM

Where do you hear about shows at peoples houses?? Where did you guys get tixs for this show?

Posted by تحميل اغاني | November 3, 2009 9:35 AM

Where do you hear about shows at peoples houses?? Where did you guys get tixs for this show?

Posted by اسماء بنات جديدة | November 3, 2009 9:37 AM

yeah, but the doors were advertised at 8 pm, the first band didn't hit the stage until around 10. it wasn't late late, but it was sort of organically on time. i wasn't complaining at all, just an observation on the 8 pm d

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