Posted in music on July 13, 2009

photo by Bao Nguyen, words by Andrew Frisicano

Ponytail

The first Jelly NYC Pool Party of 2009 went off under blue skies at the new Williamsburg Waterfront location. A more-than-6,000-strong crowd (according to the NYT) visited East River State Park for a four-band bill of Jemina Pearl, Ponytail, Fucked Up and Mission of Burma.

Baltimore's Ponytail began right at 4pm and blazed through a set of joyful, proggy pop. "Celebrate the Body Electric" came with a bout of crowdsurfing by singer Molly Siegel, who was in energetic top form.

Fucked Up's Pink Eyes was already undressing during opener "Son the Father" - before the end of the set he'd be down to just boxer briefs. The band's fans showed up to sing along and dance. Event security strained to keep the barricades - a good five-plus feet from the stage - in place despite the surging crowds. That didn't stop Pink Eyes from engaging those right up front; the singer was more than happy to pass the mic, give a high five or, in my case, grab your face and rub it in his bare chest. The band joked around on stage as they layered three-guitar riffs over the hook of "Black Albuno Bones," slow jam "No Epiphany" and the rest. The security got a shout out at the end for doing what looked like one of the day's toughest jobs.

Mission of Burma took the stage after an introduction from the requisite NYC politicians (BP Marty Markowitz even got part of his speech looped by MoB's Bob Weston) (video below). Weston manned the tape and effects from the sound booth, leaving the stage to guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley and drummer Peter Prescott, all of whom sang at times. The guitar tone was edgy and pointed, in a good approximation of the band's recorded sound, with the bass loose and under the surface.

The sun, which set right behind the band, backlit the stage and made it tough to see at times. But also provided a perfect chance to check out the area behind the stage. That space allowed a great view of the band and a closer look at the waterfront itself. A roar let loose when the crowd recognized the opening notes of "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." The band closed with "This Is Not a Photograph" and left with a wave of applause and looping static.

In the back of the park, Pool Party staple dodgeball was happening next to a 3-on-3 basketball game. The segregated beer area, a fenced in section along the left side of park, was one change mandated at the new space. For one, it made the area right in front of the stage less congested - not totally a bad thing on a sunny summer afternoon.

The next Pool Party will be on Sunday, July 19th with Magnolia Electric Co., Dirty Projectors and Crystal Antlers (who replace White Denim).

More pictures coming soon. F'd Up, Ponytail & Jemina pics HERE. Mission of Burma pics HERE. Fucked Up and Mission of Burma's setlists, and video of Marty Markowitz's speech, and other videos below...

Jemina Pearl

Ponytail

Ponytail 2

Marty Markowitz introduces Mission of Burma in Brooklyn, July 12. 2009

Fucked Up

Fucked Up June 12th, 2009 @ Williamsburg Waterfront setlist
Son The Father
Magic Word
David Comes to Life
Twice Born
Black Albino Bones
Crusades
No Epiphany
Crooked Head
last song??

Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma June 12th, 2009 @ Williamsburg Waterfront setlist (via)
Mission of Burma

Fucked Up


UPDATE:
Mission of Burma pics HERE.

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Comments (81)

So how was the stage position relavtive to the sun?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:06 AM

fuck the sun...let's talk about the music.

fucked up had the best set imo...mission of burma was a pretty tight set as well. ponytail was so-so...like the band though.

and the 6 dollah beahz were to die fah

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:11 AM

rt 10:06: it was setting directly behind the stage so if you were standing in the crowd area in front of the stage for MoB, it was a beast. weirdly enough, though, the back of the stage area was completely open to the public (incredibly strange considering all band gear was just sitting there in the midst of all these people). if you were back there, though, you got a good look at MoB with the sun behind you. they put on a really nice set. the whole thing felt super casual.

Posted by katewbush | July 13, 2009 10:13 AM

^ hook like and sinker.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:15 AM

Ponytail need to be stopped. Every song sounds the same and then that dying Ewok voice of the lead "singer" comes along and just pushes it to another level of suck.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:17 AM

couldn't go yesterday but will go next week... how's the new venue (other than the sun issue)? crowded? lots of space? bigger/smaller than the pool? lawn? concrete?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:17 AM

great great fucking show.

bee-tee-dubs: burma actually closed (or encored, really) with "this is not a photograph," which i guess they just decideed to do on the spot, since it wasn't on the selist.

also, didja notice those fliers matador was handing out? apparently the new burma record has a title and release date: the sound, the speed, the light out on 10/19, plus a 7" in august

Posted by rob | July 13, 2009 10:20 AM

shark = jumped

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:23 AM

yea ponytail sounded kinda miserable...but i can't say for sure cause i was busy stuffing my face with pulled pork in back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:23 AM

where are the pics of all the women?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:30 AM

any lines getting in?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:30 AM

they were selling pulled pork there? you aren't allowed to bring in food, correct?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:34 AM

in the SE corner of the park...behind the dodgeball and beer purveyors, there was a pancake stand and a bbq stand...

bbq was well well worth it. yummerz.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:36 AM

Awesome show!!! I don't miss the pool, new venue gave me a boner, can't wait for next week!@

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:39 AM

Maybe Fucked Up should change their name to Some Stupid Bullshit That Sucks. Although they seem to be better than that hardcore band at MHoW last night. Why do people listen to this junk?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:50 AM

I'm not sure if you can bring in food, but I have a feeling you can...they let me bring in bottles of water.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:51 AM

Jemima Pearl was very good, especially for a first show w/ new band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:51 AM

only shitty thing is all the bathroom were in the 21+ area, I dont drink and hate weraing those wrist bands so I had to get on just to go into the bathroom

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:51 AM

pleez...jemima pearl is rubbish. sans passion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:55 AM

there were bathrooms by the food area.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:56 AM

Was the place crowded? Lines to get in? Did you really have to stand in a separate area to drink beer?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:56 AM

crowded: yes

lines to get in: no

separate area for booze: yes

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:58 AM

Not crowded, minimal lines (except for food - maybe they could have more food vendors?), and yes you had to stand in a fence to drink beer it sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 10:59 AM

leprechaun on sugar

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:00 AM

great video of two snakes

Posted by alan | July 13, 2009 11:06 AM

that guy from fucked up is fucking hot

Posted by nicholas | July 13, 2009 11:07 AM

The fenced off area to drink was by far the biggest disappointment of the day which I guess in the grand scheme isn't that bad. I also thought the volume seemed weak, especially in the beer area. They said no food allowed, only plastic bottles, but if the way they checked my bag was any indication then sneaking food in shouldn't be difficult.

Posted by mp77 | July 13, 2009 11:08 AM

in the arena of hipster-sanctioned punk/hardcore, FU > Jay Reatard by a mile

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:10 AM

"in the arena of hipster-sanctioned punk/hardcore, FU > Jay Reatard by a mile"

Truth spoken.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:12 AM

More videos or photos posted anywhere? Links?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:13 AM

Ponytail=Art School Students who need to learn how to draw! Feel bad for the dudes in the band who can play (the same song over and over). The young lady really fooled them. She has NO MUSICAL ABILITY or INSTINCT for music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:17 AM

it was a good time, but not like the pool... i need shade!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:17 AM

that was not Jemina's first show with that band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:21 AM

Kinda lame you cant take your beer in front of the stage, but overall pretty enjoyable day. Stage setup seemed smaller than the pool, sound was ok, could've been a bit louder. A work in progress, i'm sure next weeks show will be better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:27 AM

From what the Times article said, there are far more restrictions with state parks then with city parks, hence the beer garden that seemed like it was pretty much the size of the pool anyway

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:36 AM

Just like Liberty State Park is part of state park...same thing applies to East River Park (Beer Garden....state troopers snooping around everywhere). Overall I like the location much better than Pool but sound system was pretty poor compared to Pool.

Posted by Tiki | July 13, 2009 11:46 AM

it was every bit the equal of anything at mccarren. i won't try to argue the finer points of ponytail and fucked up because they just tore it up, period.

MoB was set up and ready to go but then had about 45m of dead time while we all waited for the politicos to arrive for their little dog and pony. too bad, because it took the edge off much of the energy that had built steadily through the first three bands - and we never quite got it back.

Posted by monk | July 13, 2009 11:47 AM

depends where you were standing. near the stage the sound was excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:51 AM

I would have liked shorter sets from the openers and a longer set from the headliner.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:53 AM

not enough love for MoB, too many people there to see and be seen. obnoxious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:58 AM

The last song FU played was the Police Song from the singles collection.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:02 PM

what's the shade situation like? any trees or sheds? kinda necessary given the pale-skinned contingent...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:03 PM

The girl who was giving out the beer tickets was so hot!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:05 PM

"This is our first show."
-Jemina Pearl, 7/13/09

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:06 PM

i really didn't like the new location as compared to the pool.

security were ignorant assholes, but i guess they usually are so whatever.

bbq by fette sau was pathetic, hot dogs and sausages that weren't even cooked on a bbq, great job!

stage is MUCH smaller than what it was at the pool the past few years, reminded me of a high school talent show stage.

overall it really felt like there were just too many restrictions on what you could do and couldn't, takes away from the experience of going to a free show and enjoying the weather with a pretty amazing backdrop of the city.

oh and no slip an slide... bummer

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:10 PM

the TERRIBLE flier said no snakes, yet the stage was positioned underneath the upper jaw of a snake. I'm happy to see a snake made it in.

MoB sounded old.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:14 PM

Hey guys, it was free. Shut up. How fucking entitled are you?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:14 PM

NO SHADE!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:15 PM

well 12:14 everyone is entitled to having an opinion for starters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:19 PM

Is taking stuff for granted considered an opinion nowadays?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:21 PM

MMMM....
Cut-off jeans and fixie bikes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:29 PM

what's the capacity on the place? would they ever shut the gates? how close did it get to capacity yesterday?

Posted by nate | July 13, 2009 12:29 PM

"it was every bit the equal of anything at mccarren"

what are u smoking turds?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:37 PM

it'd be cool to see a list of all the shows ever played at Mccarren. any idea where i could find such a thingy?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:52 PM

No Veg Options whatsoever

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:55 PM

would sneakin in liquor be difficult?
do all the state troopers make smokin difficult?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:04 PM

"no veg options whatsoever"

beer

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:05 PM

I wanted to really like this new space for this party, but it was tough as there were so many amazing moments at McCarren. The view was spectacular yesterday, but it just doesn't come close to the vibe they had at the Pool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:10 PM

"http://www.last.fm/venue/8828528/events"

I never realized how many good shows they had there. This summer is kind of a joke in comparison, eh?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:16 PM

1:03; thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:17 PM

i smelled veggies there...not a lot though

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:19 PM

BaltiMEHre's Ponytail

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:28 PM

Go back to Art School Ponytail!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:39 PM

you're nuts. This show was the best Pool Party ever, musically wise. Compare this to suckage that was The Breeders. nuff said...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:41 PM

The show yesterday just felt like a Todd P show with a bigger budget. What did they do, go to his archive show list and choose the schedule? Same kind of acts. Same kind of annoying crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:45 PM

that lastfm list is incomplete too. at least for 2006. Definitely missing a few pool parties. I remember seeing the Dancettes at one for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 1:59 PM

i snuck booze in by hiding it in my cargo pants.

Posted by i'm 17 | July 13, 2009 2:26 PM

yeah, Mission of Burma is playing a Todd P show.

come on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 2:31 PM

bee-tee-dubs — rob, July 13, 2009 10:20 AM

DIAF, rob!

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 2:37 PM

Where are all the pictures from this show?! There were like 20 people with cameras in front of the barricade!

Posted by Nooch | July 13, 2009 2:57 PM

liquor in the front poker in the rear.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 3:19 PM

If only this were a Todd P show. Then it would have been BYOB and unrestricted drinking areas.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 3:35 PM

"Fucked Up- last song ??"

haaaaaaaa

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 5:34 PM

"The girl who was giving out the beer tickets was so hot!"

I agree, what a hottie. Kept on getting only one ticket so that I can keep going back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2009 12:10 AM

i gave the singer in fucked up a piece of chocolate from my neighborhood and blew him a kiss. then afterwords i trespassed into the plastic fenced-off area where all the cool kids were and gave some dude a bellybutton raspberry, while finishing up my girl vodka in a flask and laying under the sky in the grass. what a wonderful afternoon!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 3:38 AM

How was the pickup basketball?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2009 9:29 PM

jemina needs to be in an all girl band. period, othewise, she sucks. i tried to tell her and she got pissed. she needs to toughen up that baby skin from gnashville.

Posted by soco | July 29, 2009 6:10 PM

That was definitely a fun fun concert! I usually hate outdoor concerts but this one did just fine!

Posted by Boiler Replacement Grants | April 25, 2010 1:47 PM

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