Posted in music | pictures on July 20, 2009

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Frisicano

Crystal Antlers
The Dirty Projectors

"This is the first outdoor New York show we've played where it hasn't rained," said Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth (or something like it) of the sunshine and light clouds that soared over his band, and both of Sunday's openers, Magnolia Electric Co. and Crystal Antlers (who replaced White Denim on the bill). (it rained during Dirty Projectors' Sumerstage show in June and their lightning-backed Seaport gig last year.)

It was the second Jelly NYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront aka East River State Park where activities include dodgeball, basketball, and drinking beer in a roped off area (but not slip n slide). The view of Manhattan, Empire State Building included, along with the breeze from the water make it a great place for spending the day outdoors. The live music makes it even better.

After the inaugural Waterfront event on July 12th, the July 19th show was more of a laid back affair -- a vibe carried by the organ-driven sound of Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co., who went on around 4:30pm. The band from Indiana made it clear they were very happy to be there and having a great time. After their set you could catch them behind their own merch table until the end of the show.

From the opening notes of "Two Doves" at 6:15, Dirty Projectors' set got off to a slow start (that opener being one of the most low energy songs on either of their last two albums). The band continued with new-album material before launching into a mid-set stretch of older songs. I was wondering how they'd rearrange the older material, it turns out they didn't. The band played the Rise Above and before material with their two new touring members (singer Haley Dekle and bassist Nat Baldwin) off the stage. The combination of "Fucked for Life," "Gimme Gimme Gimme," "Thirsty & Miserable" and "Rise Above" injected some much-needed energy into the crowd. In my opinion, the tension and drama in those is unmatched by anything on the (still good) new record. From there, single "Stillness Is the Move" solicited cries of excitement and applause. That song led a straight shot through the Dirty Projectors' poppiest numbers, closing with a two song encore and Dark Was the Night track "Knotty Pine" (though without David Byrne there to sing his part like he did at Radio City and Bonnaroo).

I was a bit farther back, but upfront Chris had a different view of something I missed... (of someone who wasn't content yelling his marriage pleas from the crowd).

"It was a blur. During the Dirty Projector's set a man managed to get into the photographer's pit and attempted to rush the stage. He climbed onto one of the speakers in front of the stage nearly toppling it over before security managed to pull him off and escort him out of the pit."
Yikes!

Crystal Antlers opened the show, but I personally got there too late to see them. Chris did get pictures though. More of them, along with an attempt at the DP setlist, below...

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Jelly Pool Parties - 2009

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

Magnolia Electric Company

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

New York City Council Member David Yassky

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors setlist? (from 7/8, which I'm pretty sure is the same)
Two Doves
Cannibal Resource
Remade Horizon
Ascending Melody
No Intention
Fucked for Life
Gimme Gimme
Thirsty and Miserable
Rise Above
Stillness is the Move
Useful Chamber
Temecula Sunrise

Fluorescent Half Dome
Knotty Pine

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Comments (94)

there were way too many people treating the show as a hipster meet market rather than a concert. i feel like these concerts have become more of a "see and be seen" type of event.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:53 AM

"there were way too many people treating the show as a hipster meet market rather than a concert."

What do you care what people go to the show for?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:55 AM

damn. was that crazy dude running after one of the girls in the band? and i was gonna yell "how'd you get such hot band members?" to dave.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:59 AM

"What do you care what people go to the show for?"

i would appreciate it if when i go to a concert to enjoy music the two people in front of me aren't making out or flirting/talking loudly over the band. if you want to do that shit, hang out in the roped off booze area, assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:59 AM

What!? Roped off booze area? You mean, you can't have a beer with you while up by the stage anymore?

What kind of whack Williamsburg shiat is that?

Posted by Diamond | July 20, 2009 1:05 AM

you can see the stage from the roped off area, but it's too the side. it's a state law thing

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:09 AM

you could always...move spots.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:10 AM

"i would appreciate it if when i go to a concert to enjoy music the two people in front of me aren't making out or flirting/talking loudly over the band. if you want to do that shit, hang out in the roped off booze area, assholes."

wait a minute, who's the asshole? the two people enjoying the show together or the bitter loser behind them that can't move to another spot to hear the music better?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:20 AM

the two assholes talking in a concert.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:24 AM

i definitely agree (esp about the pool parties becoming more of a see and be seen thing..).. if you're at a concert you should be there for the music. i hate the people with dead expressions on their face not moving a muscle, or those having a 4 way convo screaming over the sound system. i rather get beer poured over me by a dancing fan than deal with any of the former.

Posted by Anna | July 20, 2009 1:31 AM

2nd week in a row...these pics Suck.
don't even know what you're going for in a lot of these shots.
shoot more as a concert goer than a pretentious photographer.
there's no vibe to these pics

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:31 AM

post better comments. there's no snarky remarks just doucheyness. learn to reply with pizazz!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:36 AM

lol @ pizazz! 1:31 - bitter photographer! post links to your pics pls. it's not very had to get access to these jelly shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:38 AM

dave longstreth is a beautiful dude.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:46 AM

the girl with the purple guitar is CRACK. she should enter a nob competition.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:53 AM

god, what a bored looking crowd. sorry i missed that one...

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:59 AM

@1:59 - one less asshole deal with! yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:06 AM

♥ dirty, dirty projectors girls ♥

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:15 AM

she did enter a nob competition. she got a bronze medal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:18 AM

mehtography

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:39 AM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/crystalantlers/eastriverpark/30.jpg

was this pic taken in America? Obama needs to help out little panama , 4 more years!

Posted by henry highhat | July 20, 2009 5:44 AM

What is that man doing to those bongos?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 7:38 AM

luxury condominiums

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:32 AM

Honestly, if you're going to these "pool parties" and aren't prepared to deal with the scene that's bound to be there, just don't go. It's very much a part of this particular concert-going experience, for better or worse, so if you go, you either have to deal with it and ignore it, or be miserable.

I personally choose not to go unless there's a band playing I absolutely must see... which is rare.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:49 AM

When you write a show review, you should try to get up front instead of standing out on Kent Avenue or wherever you were. Totally different experience between being up front or way in the back. It was a great set all the way through.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:52 AM

People just show up at these because they are free and in a big state park with a great view of Manhattan, so that might have something to do with the crowd lacking enthusiasm. But honestly, the 2 big bands on this lineup are not exactly high-energy acts so it wasn't a surprise that the crowd was mellow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:18 AM

Seriously people. It's like every other thing that comes out of this neighborhood. The good times only last a year or two before they try to expand on it. and the whole see or be seen comment, Look where you are! Isn't that Williamsburg's motto?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:46 AM

Please explain why Dirty Projectors doesn't suck.

Posted by TWB | July 20, 2009 9:51 AM

speakers didnt get knocked over (that I noticed). the guy thought he was still at Fucked Up from last week. I had a view from side stage. The dude looked like a crusty punk. As a matter of fact he looked like the dude who's picture was posted last week here in that article about crusty punks, only really high and out of control...

Also it's a free show, people might show up who are not fans. I agree with Andrew Frisicaco's review.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:52 AM

Can anyone here compare the vibe to the last couple years? I've yet to get to one this year and feeling like rushing back to the city on sunday (yeah, i have 12 houses in the hamptons) may not be worth it if my helicopter isn't ready in time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:04 AM

why is it that whenever i go to williamsburg, there's always all these hipsters everywhere? god, i just want to enjoy a quiet evening in williamsburg or bushwick without running into people making out or talking

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:07 AM

dirty projectors = soooooo incredibly boring.

last weekend was ridiculously better...plus half the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:09 AM

What was up with that line? I didn't even try to go in. Were they searching bags? Granted, I showed up late, but the line to get in went down to Greenpoint.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:12 AM

Dirty MEHjectors.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:14 AM

im still very sad white denim didnt end up playing

Posted by sarah | July 20, 2009 10:27 AM


It's not like the Pool. The Pool had character, and a real vibe. They are trying hard, and the view is lovely for sure, but the vibe will never match the Pool. It's actually kind of disappointing and felt very weird.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:33 AM

WHY MUST THINGS CHANGE? last year's was soooo much better. man the VIBE, the VIBE HAS CHANGED.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:42 AM

"i feel like these concerts have become more of a "see and be seen" type of event."

Have become? Free shows have ALWAYS been about the scene, not about the music. Just look at the fashion/lifestyle choices scenesters make, it all just part of fitting in with the crowd. Total herd mentality.

Hmmm, remove brakes from my bike? Well, my friends are doing it, so maybe I should to. It's not about logic, it's about the scene.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:50 AM

Dirty Projectors are definitely boring live--they sounded good, but not exactly a thrill a minute to watch perform. Don't give a shit about "vibes", I am more annoyed by the fact that the sun blinds you as the headliner performs during these shows (thankfully there was some cloud cover yesterday but on a clear day this is going to be a huge problem) and that the VIP section cuts off the general beer area, thus not letting people drinking but not on some bullshit list get as close to the stage as possible. Those are two easily-corrected problems that make these shows kind of shitty.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:52 AM

you are not important.

Posted by no one cares | July 20, 2009 10:56 AM

when Ryan Sawyer was dj'ing (before the DP set) anyone know what the second tune was, the one with the hypnotic techno beat?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:02 AM

Turn that frown upside down, yesterday was a beautiful day, great bands, setting, vibe. Can't wait for Black Lips, Health and TOD!!

Posted by 80 Year Old Polish Person | July 20, 2009 11:13 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:18 AM

11:18

That was an amazing day! It rained, then stopped before they came on. Tremendous show. Looking forward to Celebrate Brooklyn show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:22 AM

it is a meet market. and there aint nothing wrong with that. more hot dudes from this week: http://nanabanana.typepad.com/nana_banana/

Posted by colleen | July 20, 2009 11:26 AM

That's real fucking weird lady

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:30 AM

love the pool parties for more than just the music. especially with this particular lineup. however, next sunday should be solid!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:31 AM

Yeah, looking forward to paying out of the ass for the Celebrate Brooklyn show, that show was free!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:42 AM

At Celebrate Brooklyn I won't be surrounded by nothing but annoying entitle white hipsters. It will be worth paying extra to avoid that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:48 AM

needs more lightning....

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:54 AM

mccarren pool did have a certain grimey, congested vibe to it that we might one day look back on as sort of special place/time. a high point of 'hipsterdom'. but the new venue kicks its ass. the sun would beat you down at mccarren. at the riverfront its a day at the park. the skyline view reminds me how lucky i am to live in nyc, and the beer situation really isnt that bad. shorter lines than at mccarren, and the beer corral spans a good amount of space with great sightlines to the stage. there were sound issues yesterday, and maybe its not as loud as mccarren, but im gonna make my way to the pool party every sunday this summer. i didnt say that last summer.

Posted by sammybreeze | July 20, 2009 12:04 PM

Indie rock or whatever you want to call it, alt, indie pop, etc etc is at a innovation zenith. The Dirty Projectors are mediocre. The female vocals are like nails on a chalkboard to me. How did they get such buzz? I don't understand?

The pool parties are fine, the pool was cooler but whatever, the venue is free, the crowd at ANY free show is ALWAYS a mixed bag, be it reggae, hip hop, rock, punk. You can make the argument that it sucks when you want to enjoy a show with a good crowd and a clusterfuck of nana-banana "meet market" people are taking up space and distracting with blank stares or awful conversations during the show. But whatever - its free. Get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:07 PM

by the way I was being extremely sarcastic about innovation in indie. try nadir.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:12 PM

How white people dance to dirty projectors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QaDL5tqbzo

Posted by Josh | July 20, 2009 12:12 PM

looks like it sucked

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:18 PM

What happened to White Denim?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:30 PM

File under: "You can please some of the hipsters some of the time" or

"There's a gutter punk born every minute"

Posted by GreatestHoOnEarth | July 20, 2009 12:36 PM

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:41 PM

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QaDL5tqbzo"

lolololololololol

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 12:55 PM

FUN: RIP 2008

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:06 PM

LOL at 12:12 video. I didn't know you could dance to their songs. Guy in the orange shirt has serious moves.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:21 PM

these 2009 pool parties are just soulless exercises.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:35 PM

and it's not like the previous years were all that memorable. these are just... dull.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:47 PM

Nothing says death of old Williamsburg more than this. It's just not as cool as the Pool no matter what the view looks like. Same type of indie bands every year too. No diversity musically offered either which is baffling considering the fact that these shows take place in a neighborhood that is supposedly uber hip.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 1:57 PM

okay... so i posted the TVOR video from 2007 at the pool and i have been thinking about why the space was different... reading the posts... etc. because honestly there is something about the waterfront that is nagging at me ... a serious lack...

no i am not about to whine about fashion, the meat market, the talking through the music, the sound ... i seriously think it is the space itself - and yes i am well aware that it is free - but there was something different about the pool. it was like a stolen space ... a reclaimed urban space that many (not all) people, i believe, felt lucky to occupy... there was an "energy" - great vantage points - freedom of movement - that intense aqua paint - the size of the stage - all of this, all of this lends itself to how you occupy the space and engage with the music ... the space and the music are connected and ultimately create the experience of seeing live music...

right now the waterfront is empty...

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:04 PM

I miss the "Dan is Gay" graffiti that everyone used to take their picture next to...

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

"How white people dance to dirty projectors
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QaDL5tqbzo"

Fucking hilarious. Or sad. Or hilariously sad. Or sadly hilarious.

Waterfront's main disadvantage relative to McCarren is that it's beautiful. The kind of beautiful you take your grandma to see when she visits, before the Broadway show and after the Statue of Liberty. McCarren made Rich Honky Boy (see above clip) feel like he's on the set of Escape from New fuckin' York.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:55 PM

so are you saying "rich honky boy" would have gone home?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:08 PM

You bring your parents to Brooklyn? That's just tacky.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:09 PM

That video is fucking hilarious, what a fucking retard. She should be covered in man plasma!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:11 PM

somehow i am not convinced that many of you can dance... hmmmmmm....

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:17 PM

THE WATERFRONT IS OVER!

Posted by KRS-1 | July 20, 2009 3:23 PM

sad

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:25 PM

"You bring your parents to Brooklyn? That's just tacky."

I said "grandma." But I understand your confusion, given that your grandma is probably also your parent, you inbred sicko.

"So are you saying "rich honky boy" would have gone home?"

I'm saying McCarren Pool was Rich Honky Boy's (henceforth RHB) wet dream: a place (1) where poor and/or brown folks *used* to be, (2) not too far from where poor and/or brown folks still are, but (3) without the actual presence of too many poor and/or brown folks. An authentic -- DANGEROUS! -- location, only without the people who made it authentic or (in RHB's eyes) dangerous. Perfect!

The Waterfront, by contrast, makes it harder for RHB to pretend (or forget) that he is not a RHB. It is therefore not as good as a rock'n'roll venue -- since, as we all know, RHB pretending not to be an RHB is a cornerstone of rock'n'roll.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:54 PM

dude, you're blowing my MIND!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 4:12 PM

3:54 sounds like a bitter ghetto n word. don't call me a honky bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 4:21 PM

Looooooong looong long line to get in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 4:53 PM

Oh, 4:21, but I am a paleface myself, just like you!

I was just stating a few simple facts (couching them, admittedly, in somewhat - ahem - colorful language), without much moral judgment at all. One simple fact is that many seem to have preferred the Pool because, in the midst of an almost completely gentrified neighborhood, it still had the aura of 1970's/80's NYC urban dilapidation, which the Waterfront obviously lacks.

The other simple fact is that rock concerts have always been about nice middle-/upper-class white kids letting go of their nice middle-/upper-class white inhibitions for an hour or two. And dilapidated urban environments usually contribute more to that end than traditionally beautiful, somewhat touristy skyline-type locations bordering on a bunch of shiny new condos.

These are the facts -- deal with it (honky) .

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 5:08 PM

shut up

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 7:02 PM

No, you shut up.

(Just doing my part to contribute to the high level of comments.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:08 PM

no. you both shut up. and suck my spotted dick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_dick

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:37 PM

should have been at summerstage with alpha bondy and lee scratch perry. who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:40 PM

Haha this thread is funner than the pool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:21 PM

You think the carpet pissers did this?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:37 PM

"okay... so i posted the TVOR video from 2007 at the pool and i have been thinking about why the space was different... reading the posts... etc. because honestly there is something about the waterfront that is nagging at me ... a serious lack..."

i know, lacking a seriously fucking good band, TV on the Radio!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 1:24 AM

Dirty Projectors > TV On The Radio

(at sucking cock)

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 2:47 AM

Next time you go, make sure you don't have a bag full of shit (like a purse).

Look for security guys pulling people out of the line who don't have bags.

I waited 5 minutes in that bullshit line before being plucked out and sent up to the front by a cool security dude.

Now that I've revealed the secret, the line situation can only worsen. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2009 10:40 AM

This was the first time I've been to a Jelly event and it was ridden with hipsters. Grant it, that was what I was expecting but not to the degree that I saw. I think people are upset the parties isn't at McCarren anymore because it takes away from the trendiness.

This neighborhood is built on white folks with cash paying an arm and a Bianchi to look hip. Yes hip! Because the majority of people living in Willy-burg aren't born and raised NYers. They are from the middle of nowhere coming to NY looking for the "cool factor/mystic" and I'm quite over it.

I go because I enjoy music and nothing is gonna stop it. I'm always up for hearing a new band. But after reading all the entries I couldn't help touch on some of the argument.

Upon reading the NYTimes article, I am interested to see what becomes of Williamsburg. It's outrageous right now and something needs to cool down the "scenesters" but Im sure they will embrace it all since it will add to the "living dangerous" factor when they're walking down Bedford with their Salvation Army jelly shoes and Marc Jacobs tote.

Posted by Belle | July 22, 2009 6:53 PM

???

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:26 PM

Somebody went slumming and wanted to share.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:29 PM

clearly

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 3:19 PM

omg...stop the hating.
it's free & fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 2:17 PM

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