Posted in Contests | music | pictures | tour dates on June 8, 2009

Shoot To Thrill

We're proud to present the first-ever BrooklynVegan photo show in conjunction with the first-ever Northside Festival.

The photo show will take place at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn (the north side). Forty-nine photos that were taken for, and have appeared on, BrooklynVegan.com will be blown up and on display at the Williamsburg venue from Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. That time-frame encompasses four live shows:

You can check out the photos @ these MHOW shows
June 12 - BrooklynVegan showcase (Vanderslice/TMOE/Olof/TBA)
June 13 - O'Death + The Extraordinaires + Shellshag (afternoon)
June 13 - Asobi Seksu + Cymbals Eat Guitars + Elika (night)
June 14 - Bill Callahan + Sir Richard Bishop

All four shows can be entered with a Northside badge and/or a general admission ticket. Northside badge holders who didn't plan on coming to any of the Music Hall shows, but want to see the photos, should feel free to use their badge to stop by the venue just to see the pictures before moving on to their next Northside destination.

The cheapest and guaranteed option for seeing the pictures will be Saturday afternoon. For $10 at the door, you get three bands (O'Death, The Extraordinaires & Shellshag) and the pictures. This is also during the time when Bedford will be closed to cars - even more reason to visit the neighborhood over the weekend.

The very cheapest way to see the pictures is to win a ticket to one of the shows. We'll be running contests all this week.... starting now with THREE FREE Northside Badges for three lucky winners (who are 21+ - badge rules, not ours). Each badge is valued at $45. Details on winning one are at the very bottom of this post.

Appropriately, our Friday night music showcase (one of two we're doing for Northside - the other is the metal one) will coincide with the kick-off of the photo show:

Friday, June 12, 2009 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
BrooklynVegan Northside Festival showcase
7-8:00 - photo show reception. $3.00 drink specials.
09:00 -- TBA band
09:40 -- Olof Arnalds
10:15 -- The Tallest Man on Earth
11:20 -- John Vanderslice
$15.00 tickets are still on sale for this show, and of course you can get in with your Northside Badge (capacity permitting) (P.S. it will be one badge out, one badge in throughout the night).

Photographers represented in this show are Ryan Muir, Chris La Putt, Leia Jospe, Lori Baily, Tim Griffin, Bao Nguyen and Natasha Ryan. If your favorite BV photog is missing, it's only because we wanted to keep this first effort relatively small. Stay tuned for future events, more pictures, and more photographers.

Photo printing was made possible by AdoramaPix.

A sneak peak at some of the photos appearing in the show, the flyer, and contest details, below...

Shoot To Thrill

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Shoot To Thrill

Shoot To Thrill

TO WIN A NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL BADGE: Please be 21+ and email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Northside Badge). Include your first and last name. Three winners will be awarded at random and contacted. thanks!

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Comments (66)

TBA should totally be headlining this showcase gig, rather than opening it. For shame, BV. Tsk, tsk.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 1:59 AM

do the few seconds we all bother to spend at looking at live shows pics really worth the annoyment that those "potographers" causing
tix buyers during these shows?

these are not artists, they are plain leeches.

Posted by Darwish | June 8, 2009 2:28 AM

may I be the first (not the only) photographer to say: if you hate photographers at gigs, come up and tell us. especially if we're specifically interfering with your enjoyment of the show.

Posted by Lori | June 8, 2009 2:34 AM

^^^Wow...you sound and spell like a retard.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 2:35 AM

without photographers you wouldnt know what john lennon looked like.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 2:39 AM

Well, the problem isn't so much photographers as people, as it is the cultural tide that they represent. Their presence, along w/ the iphone and other quick ways to record a musical event, has become so wide-spread at shows, that almost any moment comes with someone haggling to "capture" the moment, presumably for those not in attendance, but really I think because it has become the thing that audiences now do. This does interfere with the immediacy of the live show and seems to imply that, even the worst moments, are worthy of being captured.

I don't have a problem with the genre of music photography so much as the blog culture's posting of, what in the end and only if the arc of these musicians' careers will last so long, proves to be some pretty embarrassing moments by, say, the Vivian Girls (giggle, giggle, insider-speak, wink, postured awkwardness, "I am so embarrassed to be interviewed, now what were you just asking me?") or Deerhunter (I can barely watch any of the between song banter or posed pictures without thinking that I am observing a highschool art student's most embarrassingly over-wrought work which, in the digital age, won't disappear any time soon).

The John Lennon analogy (or the Sex Pistols, for that matter) misses the point entirely. Those artists knew how to utilize/manipulate the photo or press opp in ways that this current generation, in their dressed down casualness, seems only woefully unaware. Sort of like the way all the hardcore shows held at VFW Halls and praised for being so "real" back in the 80s have now been replaced by "house" shows where the band sets up in the kitchen. The first of these shows is a real experience, but soon becomes just another pose or convention . . . the photographers capturing these moments are the first in a long chain of people to blame for this kind of posturing.

Though they think they are essential or good "friends" with the music/blog machine, they need to think about their own complicity with regard to the conventions and standards they are advancing. Hey, I love Bob Gruen's work, but it must have been difficult to see shows or hang out at CBGBs with him and not to feel like, "well, there goes the scene."

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 4:31 AM

^ douche.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 6:49 AM

4:31 AM: Lighten up Francis

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 6:53 AM

6:53, Yeah, man. It's all good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 7:17 AM

Ryan MEHir

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 7:55 AM

Imagine there's no cameras, I wonder if you can... I love photographers, cameras, live music, BV and anyone else I can kiss up to right now

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:00 AM

4:31 - this is a serious complement for a thoughtful and cogent analysis

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:03 AM

good 4 Bao

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:07 AM

8:03 - Is the use of the word "complement" intentionally used to balance your first "cogent" post, or a type-o for intended praise?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:10 AM

MEH guy is lazy and goes for the easiest name

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:13 AM

"Well, the problem isn't so much photographers as people, as it is the cultural tide that they represent. Their presence, along w/ the iphone and other quick ways to record a musical event, has become so wide-spread at shows, that almost any moment comes with someone haggling to "capture" the moment, presumably for those not in attendance, but really I think because it has become the thing that audiences now do. This does interfere with the immediacy of the live show and seems to imply that, even the worst moments, are worthy of being captured."

perhaps you are getting casual photographers confused w/ shooters who are actually on assignment, which the band has OK'd in advance. we typically just shoot the first few songs and we're done. don't paint the BV shooters and their colleagues as 'the audience.' different kettle of fish.

now i won't deny that the advent of affordable digital cameras has lowered the bar significantly, and that there are definitely more people shooting shows than ever before. but if the band thinks that an influx of cameras is ruining the vibe, they can limit passes accordingly.

Posted by tim | June 8, 2009 9:51 AM

4:31 - lumping V Girls and Deerhunter together is laughable. You should be less concerned in judging a band on between song banter or their "posturing" and more as their talent as musicians....I would love to see you even try to write an album like Microcastle or Cryptograms.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 9:57 AM

"MEH guy is lazy and goes for the easiest name"

O.K., fine: MEHia JosMEH

Now let's see you try.

P.S. We're an international moveMEHnt, not just one guy.

Posted by MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH | June 8, 2009 10:03 AM

I have come to know the names of many of these photographers from this site and have always admired their work. Specifically, Lori and Leia have been to many of the same shows I have attended and it's always cool to see their photos the next day. Although, sometimes there are incriminating shots of myself in the crowd that make me cringe -ugh!

And to Anon 4:31 AM - go to fucking bed.

Posted by Jimi | June 8, 2009 10:15 AM

Cryptograms is such a yawner.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | June 8, 2009 10:16 AM

The photographers that are annoying are the idiot fans with cameras who stand there ALL NIGHT taking snap after snap on a freaking iphone.

A good photographer knows how to find their way into the energy of the show, either staying out of the way or getting into the middle of it.

4:31's 'cogent analysis' is complete BS. This blog reports what happens, fair and square, and is not out to embarrass any artist.

I will be the first to agree that there are TOO MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS EVERYWHERE and there are TOO MANY BAD PHOTOGRAPHS UP ON TOO MANY BLOGS, sometimes on this site

but-

imagine music magazines, album covers and our collective memories devoid of all photography.

You wouldn't even know what the CBGB's scene WAS without the great photography of that era.

Posted by amusicshooter | June 8, 2009 10:19 AM

I really don't see the need for pictures of concerts. Either you were there or you weren't. Sure, one or two pictures would be nice, but I rather have no pictures and more room instead of less room and pictures.

Every band and venue should embrace the "photos only during the first three songs" policy. Everyone wins: those that want pictures and those that know you can only really enjoy a concert when it is not seen from behind a view finder.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 10:20 AM

Anon 4:31 seems to be simply using the photographer in relation to the increasingly vapid and inanity of the music industry today. Is most of this stuff worth documenting heavily, if at all? The fact that the photography is used to advance the commercial aspirations of the musicians or their "tastemakers" and not their actual music is despicable.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 10:28 AM

intellektshual discussion about the downfall of the music scene. what is art? you are simply a cog in the hype machine. tasteMEHkers. p4k sux.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 10:34 AM

Photo's during the first 3 songs is an idiotic rule, although 'sometimes' necessary when most of the photographers are borderline papparazzi shooting for wire services.

Hendrix didn't set his guitar on fire during the fist 3 songs.

It's like saying a baseball game should be reported during the first 3 innings.

Or it's like saying, either you were at Tienanmen square or you weren't.

of course 99.9% of what's happening in music won't be that important a week later but if good photographers aren't allowed to cover it, we all miss the .1% of cultural history that is truly worth preserving.

Posted by amusicshooter | June 8, 2009 10:43 AM

"Hendrix didn't set his guitar on fire during the fist 3 songs. "

Show me ONE good picture that you took that wasn't during the first three songs. Go ahead, post it.

"we all miss the .1% of cultural history "

I am willing to take that chance.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 10:50 AM

"It's like saying a baseball game should be reported during the first 3 innings."

Wrong analogy. Baseball commentators do not block the fans that came to watch the game. Try again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 10:52 AM

here ya go anon 10:50-

http://is.gd/TdO5


Posted by amusicshooter | June 8, 2009 10:58 AM

Daft Punk goes on at 9 for the photo show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 11:11 AM

to the analogy police:

photographers are permitted on the sidelines and special pits for the entirety of the game for basketball, football, baseball games etc.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 11:24 AM

>> http://is.gd/TdO5

you are comparing that photo to hendrix burning his guitar? if that above photo was never taken, the world will still be the same. has anyone even seen your photo? hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 11:27 AM

Do you need a badge to go to Friday's opening from 7-8 too?

Posted by Aaron | June 8, 2009 11:31 AM

no, I'm not saying its as important or as good as Jim Marshall's shot - you asked for one good photo taken after the 3rd song.

At the time, his photo was just a photo (a very good photo) but history and the passage of time changes the meaning of images.

Those images are a lot more interesting than the recollections whiny fans complaining about photographers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 11:39 AM

4:31: "Hey, I love Bob Gruen's work, but it must have been difficult to see shows or hang out at CBGBs with him and not to feel like, "well, there goes the scene." "

Are you saying Bob Gruen ruined CBGB's by photographing it?

If we are out to blame photographers for ruining music shows, let's just say fuck you to Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre. If they hadn't invented photography in the 1830's, then I wouldn't have flashes popping in my face, distracting me while I'm trying to enjoy Catpower or whatever.

Posted by Aaron | June 8, 2009 12:06 PM

This is AWESOME, I love he idea of blaming inventors for consequences centuries later...So may I please blame Eli Whitney (Cotton gin 1792)for that silly Zoey Deschanel "Fabric of our Lives" cotton jingle of current?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 12:22 PM

Hell...I kinda wish some of my favorite show experiences (that happened to occur prior to the current advent of "everybody's got a digital camera") had been better documented, instead of me having no other choice but to forge them in my memory.

Posted by blackhat | June 8, 2009 12:38 PM

@ 12:22, yeah, good point!

Fuck you Alexander Graham Bell, if it weren't for you those goddamn telemarketers wouldn't be calling me in the middle of dinner!

Posted by Aaron | June 8, 2009 1:49 PM

vedder rules

Posted by Yaps | June 8, 2009 1:50 PM

MEHia Jospe
Ryan MEHR
Bao MEHGYN (how the eff do you say that anyways)
Chris MEH putt
Tim MEHffin
Lori MEHily
MEHtasha Ryan


Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 1:57 PM

No photos from Kyle Reinford, though, who had been BV's go-to guy - hmm...

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 2:25 PM

No photos from Kyle MEHford, who had been BV's go-to-MEH, MEEHHHHHHHH.............

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 2:36 PM

For all you haters of photographers at shows, why don't you start a movement? If you see a photographer at a show, elbow them in the stomach or give them a little shove every time they lift the camera. But in return you have to promise never to look at any pictures posted here or any other music website.

Posted by The Angry Youth of Today | June 8, 2009 2:40 PM

How many people would still visit this blog if it completely stopped running live photos?

I wouldn't.

I am surprised at all of the photographer hate here considering the fact that BV is known for having the best live photo coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 2:55 PM

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 3:15 PM

Dudes, without pictures how would I know if I'd hit it?

Posted by Horny Guy | June 8, 2009 3:17 PM

To 1:57 I refer you to this previous BV post.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/02/how_to_pronounc.html

Posted by Bao | June 8, 2009 3:31 PM

I still want to know how Kurt Vile goes on at 11:00 at The Shank and War on Drugs goes on at 11:20 at Union Pool---is he no longer a member of War on Drugs or just doing a ten minute set?

Posted by TWB | June 8, 2009 4:27 PM

The point is how do these photos, blogs and their celebration in an artshow ADD or HELP TO CREATE the scene? Or are the blogs, like Fox News, merely trying to maintain a 24 hour news cycle. In its incessant need to find the next big thing (fill in the blank here, but we could start w/ any new fangled label, band, etc. being forwarded as the "hot" new vibe to catch), the blogs, and their photo-filler, take up a lot of space that, in the end, amounts to a lot of dead air and static between actual points of interest and high quality acts. I am not going to say which acts or photos are worthy of merit, but we should all remain suspicious of how the machine functions. Otherwise, we are just pawns in the game. Having a photo show documenting the aesthetic merit is one thing, but let's not confuse rock music photography w/ Magna or early documentary photography.

And yes, for those of us who've seen many scenes come and go, and the media hounds that invariably follow these developments, Bob Gruen's documentation signals a certain tipping point of sorts. Whether you think it's a good thing or bad thing, it's your value call.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 4:40 PM

4:40 probably spent a lot of time and effort writing that post. unfortunately for 4:40, it's one of those ramblings that only sounds provocative from the writer's perspective while he was "under the influence".

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 4:57 PM

"suspicious of how the machine functions"

I am suspicious. Like how does that machine called the Subway function? All I know is the doors open then close, then we seem to rattle on down the track through dark caverns...leaves me with a deep sense of suspicion. And as far as being "pawns in a game", would that game happen to be chess?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 4:58 PM

"For all you haters of photographers at shows, why don't you start a movement? If you see a photographer at a show, elbow them in the stomach or give them a little shove every time they lift the camera. But in return you have to promise never to look at any pictures posted here or any other music website."

The problems behind this method of protest were already discussed on this blog. Clearly, none of us want to go around pushing you people (on purpose) while you are holding your delicate items of great monetary value. We all know how you would react if your lifeblood smashed into pieces because of our petty little "movement".

Why don't you just not get in the way of us ticket trying to enjoy the show? Many other professional photographers do it - maybe learn something from them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 5:01 PM

pawns
tastemakers
"hot new vibes"
new fangled LABELS
what is art?
suspicion
gov't

who are you really working for?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 5:02 PM

4:58,

Great point. You are hilarious. So happy you've entered the conversation.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 6:02 PM

4:40.
shut it. have a beer. relax.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:33 PM

If 4:40 has a twitter account, he's gonna die of terminal hypocrisy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 8:34 PM

"I will be the first to agree that there are TOO MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS EVERYWHERE and there are TOO MANY BAD PHOTOGRAPHS UP ON TOO MANY BLOGS, sometimes on this site"

Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2009 9:30 PM

With the exception of Bao and Lori, NONE of these photogs are anything special.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 12:25 AM

with the exception of the 12:25 NONE of these comments are insightful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 1:41 AM

Being insightful is overrated, plus being inciteful is way more fun...

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 9:44 AM

12:25 - jealous much? :)

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 9:54 AM

"The point is how do these photos, blogs and their celebration in an artshow ADD or HELP TO CREATE the scene?"

Photographs document the events for the people that weren't there, and crystalize the memories of the event even for those that were. Photographs advertise the existence of the scene, romanticizing it, drawing in newcomers, for better and for worse.

I know a lot of people on here would love to have all of their favorite bands' shows advertised only by word-of-mouth and prefer that newcomers not already in the know just stay the fuck away from the cool events so that they don't ruin it for them, but seriously, did you crawl out of your mother's womb into the Market Hotel in the middle of a Deerhunter show?

This is the real world, we have these things called "photos" and "the internet" that are not going away. If annoying photographers are being pushy and bothering you at a show, let them know. And if they say "I'm working here", call bullshit on them and ask to see their press pass. I'm pretty sure most pushy "working photojournalists" at shows are really just "aspiring photojournalists/full-time egotists".

Posted by Aaron | June 9, 2009 12:43 PM

I realize that I love good live music photography because it's a way of getting a perspective on the performance, the performer(s) from more or less front-row view that I didn't have say from up a level or two at Radio City Music Hall for Dark was the Night. Sometimes with money or fast ticket purchases or early arrival at general admission, you still aren't guaranteed that close-up stage view.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 5:32 PM

Does anybody know who this photographer is?

http://www.brooklynian.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52567

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:20 PM

Never seen her before. Most be a noob, esp with no lighting and a shitty reflector. Damn them for kicking a puppy

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009 2:34 PM

Photographers can suck it- they're leeches, plain and simple, trying to take attention away from the real talent (the band) to fluff their ego while annoying practically EVERYONE who pays their hard earned money to get into a show. Seriously, they can fuck off!!!

PS- any "photographer" who shoots digitally is a fucking fraud and a cheater...professional photographers use film, so all you faggots remember that when you try to show off at your next event you try to shoot at with your whack ass canon 5D.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2009 5:03 AM

haha- c'mon we all know that photographers are just like music writers: failed musicians or DJ's desperately looking to get attention in any other possible way they can...how sad...

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2009 1:18 PM

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