Posted in music on July 27, 2009

the Waterfront - emptied out due to lightning - July 26, 2009 (by Kurt Christensen)
Williamsburg Waterfront

Trail of Dead never got a chance to play the Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Sunday. Grupo Fantasma, HEALTH, and Black Lips did get to perform before they called it for lightning though. More pictures soon. In the meantime, I posted seven other sets of photos on Sunday (still not caught up either), and then there's the pretty pics from the sunny South Street Seaport show on Friday, and Thursday's Ted Leo show where bands were also cut due to the weather.

If you were looking forward to Trail of Dead, don't worry, they play the NYC-area three more times between now and September 19th (though not for free). The first chance to see them again is this very Saturday at All Points West. They go on at 1:50 PM.

This coming Sunday's Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront is the one with Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, and No Age (playing in the round). It's unfortunate that it conflicts with All Points West.

The current weather report lists isolated and scattered thunderstorms on Friday (30% chance of rain) and Sunday (40% chance of rain). Saturday is partly cloudy (20% chance of rain). The chances of no-rain are thankfully much higher.

What did you do this weekend?

Nardwuar posted a video interview with Little Boots. Below...

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Comments (48)

Was anyone else shocked by the NYPD? I saw them arresting 2 hipsters, and the cops were quite aggressive and violent, like one guy was put down, and the other one had his arm twisted in his back and it looked painful. I am sure there were some kind of legit reasons for taking these hipsters away, but not so violently!!!

Posted by pilou | July 27, 2009 8:10 AM

i noticed there were a lot more cops than the last two weekends.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 8:51 AM

a twisted arm??! y'all are brutalizin me!

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:00 AM

ahh. arrested hipsters and trail of dead cancelled. what a perfect weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:05 AM

it was actually the fashion police. their no age show was sooooo february of 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:06 AM

Anon @ 9:06AM gets the comment of the day award

Posted by Nixon | July 27, 2009 9:32 AM

there was some guy getting in the face of the boom rig video cam operator and he got forcefully taken away by security. Might have been the same guy...

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:33 AM

Take 'em all, take 'em all
Put 'em up against a wall and shoot 'em
Short and tall, watch 'em fall
Come on boys take 'em all

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:42 AM

more like mebruary of 2008

Posted by anon | July 27, 2009 9:45 AM

my first time seeing black lips live and i never thought i'd see a group of energetic white teens mosh to a song about hurricane katrina.

Posted by eric p | July 27, 2009 9:55 AM

Getting a photo pass for a Jelly show seems real easy. There are people in the photo pit with tiny Canon PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:59 AM

Katrina vid here, that took it over the top, I didnt think there'd be a show crazier than Fucked Up, but this was def. crazier, check out the chick with a yellow backpack at about 4 minute mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc9ZLp0OY0s

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:02 AM

Well, they weren't even guarding the photo pit once the barricades started collapsing. Anyone could've wandered in there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:07 AM

Were the hipsters who got arrested naked wizards?

Posted by Naked Coachella Wizard | July 27, 2009 10:14 AM

Can't believe they pulled the plug on this one over some lightning and rain....Glastonbury would never happen if everyone crapped themselves over the weather......plus no riot ensued....NY pussies

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

that's b/c no one cares about trail of dead.

too bad about the excessive police presence

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:21 AM

They really need better security gates up front. These were just regular barriers like you would line a parade route with. Concerts usually have those barriers with the wooden planks at the bottom and the step that security can stand on.
As you can see in that youtube vid, the gates came surging forward into the photo pit, the security was trying to push the gates back, and failed. And then loads of fans ended up in the photo pit.
This was way crazier than during fucked up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:22 AM

Fascism up in the Photo Pit last night. Some hipster photog yelled in exclamation "break that shit down!" to the fans pushing against the barricade. The security guard kicked him out for it! This wouldn't have happened at Glastonbury, bro!

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:34 AM

whoever suggested stronger barriers must not be a music fan. the show ruled, period. security once again handled it very well with no over the top violence (that I could see). It was fun times. keep it the way it is. if they crack down or something now for next week I will be very disappointed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:38 AM

It's a state park, so there was no NYPD, just state officers. Duh.

I also can't believe they cancelled because of rain. It's only water. Kevin looked just as pissed as the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:38 AM

I think they cancelled because of lightning, not rain.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:41 AM

Trail of the Dead are playing Milford Connecticut tonight.
http://www.manicproductions.org/events.html
Its prob about 1 hour 30 mins outside the city.

Posted by arakias | July 27, 2009 10:41 AM

Black Lips show last year was much better. Didn't have as many condos to look at between songs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:42 AM

After the waterfront went over to the East River Bar. Jay Z & Beyonce were chillin there. Couldn't get near them because of their goons.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:45 AM

10:38 wrong. there was NYPD at both the front door and in the park. In addition there were State Troopers.

Agreed about the security. Good folks. Mostly stay calm and laid back, never seem to flip over anything unless one really gets in their face.

Agreed also about the choice of barricades. These do not work well. Why even bpther with putting them up in the first place which leeds me to the third...

Agreed re: black lips mayhem. fun fun fun. this is how shows should be. no photo pit

Posted by UN:art:IG | July 27, 2009 10:45 AM

State troopers arrested the hipsters, not NYPD.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:47 AM

yea, fur what?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:48 AM

What's the deal with everyone so in love with some generic 50's garage rock with a southern twang. I thought HEALTH was way cooler and way more interesting although I'll admit they're probably better suited for a dark dingy inside venue. Their market hotel show was amazing. But yeah, thought Black Lips was way overrated and really don't get the hype. I guess if you're 19.

Posted by DM | July 27, 2009 10:49 AM

"check out the chick with a yellow backpack at about 4 minute mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc9ZLp0OY0s"

she's a little hottie.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:49 AM

So if you think fans should be safe during a show means you aren't a music fan?
The reason stronger barriers were needed is because they almost toppled over. If security wasn't there killing themselves to hold them up, they would've flipped over hurting fans and the photographers.
If those barriers were sufficient, they would be used at every concert venue. But they aren't meant to stay in place, they slide and they topple. They ended up pushed all the way against the speakers almost crushing people in the process.

McCarren had the real barriers in place, and they worked.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 10:57 AM

should have phrazed it differently. black lips mayhem was fun as in good energy, good crowd response, good (literally) overcoming the artist/audience gap. for their sound I honstly couldn't care less.

Yeap, Health owned it. And that MH show was indeed killin!

Posted by UN:art:IG | July 27, 2009 11:01 AM

"generic 50's garage rock with a southern twang"

Agreed. Black Lips are a fun little band, but the fact that they sell records and tour is mind boggling. Nothing original, but not every band needs to be.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:03 AM

Good point UN. I should have phrased it differently. There's nothing i really hated about 'em but nothing i found memorable or original in any way either. Let the kids have their fun.

Posted by DM | July 27, 2009 11:11 AM

I'm not sure if any of you stuck around, but the site was completely wrecked by the weather. There were tents and metal flying everywhere. It definitely would NOT have been safe to continue.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:22 AM

^^^^

pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:26 AM

I'm almost 30, black lips rule.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:27 AM

Black Lips were great, but I thought Health were excellent as well. Apparently one of their member's gear was malfunctioning like crazy, so they'll probably be even better at the Bowery in September.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:28 AM

yellow backpack girl = crazy hot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:58 AM

yellow backpack girl looks like a 12 year old boy. y'all got some weird kinks over there in hipsterville.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 12:01 PM

yellow backpack girl is my hero. best stage dive of the day I think.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 12:04 PM

So HEALTH's deal is that they scream and drum while playing the electronic equivalent of the "brown note"? Glad to see there are still musical innovations being made.

Though I did enjoy the hipster "rebellion" against the EVIL security. Fight for your right!

Posted by SeƱor | July 27, 2009 12:06 PM

omg weak

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 12:09 PM

"yellow backpack girl looks like a 12 year old boy. y'all got some weird kinks over there in hipsterville."

with breasts?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 1:22 PM

^^^ with nice breasts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 1:30 PM

Play the arrested hipsters off, Keyboard Cat.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 1:34 PM

Ha ha, Senor! Very well put! HEALTH was some intolerable crap -- sounded like 80s industrial with less soul. People enjoyed that?

As for Black Lips, they've got some catchy ditties, but the middle of the set nearly put me to sleep. Still I couldn't help wondering if any of the kids moshing so hard had any Clash or Kinks albums...

Trail of Dead getting canceled sucked; getting soaked walking home was insult to injury.

Posted by Lt. Slothrop | July 27, 2009 5:55 PM

12:01 :
"yellow backpack girl looks like a 12 year old boy. y'all got some weird kinks over there in hipsterville"

why don't you post your pic (if you have any balls) and we'll do a round robin critique? didn't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 6:44 PM

man, ya'll should have gotten there early for grupo fantasma!! badassss

Posted by night life | July 28, 2009 1:28 AM

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