Posted in music | pictures on August 31, 2009

photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Andrew Frisicano

Grizzly Bear

It would be hard to describe the final Jelly NYC Pool Party, and the entire series this summer, as anything less than a success.

Like the week before with Girl Talk, the park reached capacity, meaning whoever was left in line, which I'm told wound down to Wythe Ave and back, had to listen from the street. Which might not have been so bad - the echoing sound from the show reached as far as McCarren Park, which made sense, because Grizzly Bear was loud and their sound, already loaded with reverb, was made to travel.

Beach House's set, which followed Vega's, seemed similar to Grizzly Bear in some ways - dreamy, washed out vocals and lethargic drums - but with a sound of their own. Grizzly Bear on stage simply sounded great. The band benefits from an echoey space that gives component parts time to fill out propery. The opener "Southern Point" broke into an ocean of sound that set the tone for the rest of the set. Later, Beach House's Victoria Legrand joined the group for her part on "Two Weeks," and throughout, both guitarists played with distortion that pushed the usually restrained GB (at least on record) over the edge. A great concise set, with a bit of jamming toward the end, and no encore (sadly, cause they earned it). With sunset behind them (in a non-blinding way) it was a great way to end the series (but hopefully, not the summer yet).

Grizzly Bear has lots of other tour dates coming up (but none in NYC). (And speaking of collaborations, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) sings lead on the b-side version of the band's "While You Wait for the Others" single - out on 7-inch and iTunes)

More pictures and the GB setlist are below...


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Chuck Schumer, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Solange, and Dave 1 (some of whom you can see above) were all in the house.

Grizzly Bear's setlist (confirmed)
Southern Point
Cheerleader
Lullabye
Little Brother
Knife
Fine for Now
Two Weeks
Ready, Able
I Live With You
Fix It
While You Wait for the Others
On a Neck, On a Spit

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Comments (34)

This sort of ruined our post-weekend high, though we did get a laugh out of one Brooklyn Vegan commenter, who summed up all the hullabaloo thusly: "Do people write about me like this when I show up at Big Daddy Kane or Del La Soul or Dead Prez?"

Posted by MTV LOL! | August 31, 2009 2:14 PM

this pics are great!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:21 PM

really amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:27 PM

I love how big butt Beyonce thinks she can stand above the crowd, just because she's famous for crappy music and a big ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:30 PM

its such a pretty ass though, would you want to hold her up above the crowd by it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:40 PM

beautiful photos

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:42 PM

white power rally?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:44 PM

above the first vega pic, is that one of the pace brothers from blonde redhead?

Posted by bobby the rookie | August 31, 2009 2:46 PM

@2:46 pm ---definitely

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:47 PM

fun times..................

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:48 PM

yeah it's Amedeo

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 2:56 PM

fucking fun day

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 3:06 PM

Someone post video links NOW.

Posted by Bedeebedee | August 31, 2009 3:20 PM

completely agree with all of the above, except for the sound...we thought it was quite tragic especially at the start of the show during "cheerleader"...ed's voice is so beautiful and the sound was wrecking it, plus chris's drums were overpowering (not that that is the worst thing...) i have been spoiled though seeing gb play in finer venues with orchestras and choirs and whatnot.

Posted by stuntgirl | August 31, 2009 3:32 PM

As always, such great photos, Bao!

I can see Chuck Schumer's new campaign slogan: "Chuck Schumer: Just chilling with the kids."

Posted by diana | August 31, 2009 3:46 PM

Reflections by Bao Nguyen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 4:01 PM

Very nice shots, Bao... FTW

Posted by tim | August 31, 2009 4:13 PM

just wondering- anyone know if the bands get paid for these free shows?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 5:04 PM

Oddly enough, I caught Andrew Cuomo outside the T5 NIN show last week. Maybe the Dems are attempting to be one with the people.

Posted by spielster | August 31, 2009 5:08 PM

just wondering- anyone know if the bands get paid for these free shows?

they get paid A LOT more than you'd think.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 5:11 PM

great shots

Posted by sarah | August 31, 2009 5:16 PM

yes these bands get paid. handsomely.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 5:23 PM

damn

i'm jealous. making money to do that would be the shit.


who wants to form a band?


i feel like there are very few good indie rock bands these days. at least straight up guitar/bass/ drum shit like the pixies

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 5:31 PM

Did GB play "New Direction?"

har har har

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 5:44 PM

First pic of Beyonce is such a beautiful shot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 10:13 PM

beautiful photography. i really love the shots. (even though i didn't get into the show after an hour and a half of waiting in line. grr.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2009 11:46 PM

Does anyone know the setlists of the DJ's that played in between sets?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:38 AM

first beyonce shot is priceless

Still wished they played Deep Blue Sea as an encore by the water. Also - see "he hit me" in parentheses on the setlist? How great would that have been?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 6:34 AM

soo the bands get paid alot, but the staff and security and the volunteers get paid shit. so for all you assholes to bitch and moan, and not once think of the people who have to be on site at 8am and breaking down till 9pm in the complete dark and deal w/ you lot. a) DON'T COME b) STOP MOANING c) BE FUCKING GRATEFUL

Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2009 12:51 PM

SORRY BUT THESE PICTURES ARE CRAPPY. BORING.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:09 PM

beyonce looks so bored

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 1:11 PM

dude beach house girl is hot

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2009 3:38 PM

WHO THE FUCK IS VEGA
WHO THE FUCK IS NEON INDIAN
WHO THE FUCK IS SOLSTICE

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:56 PM

it was an amazing pool party!

Posted by sky habitat | March 16, 2014 11:07 PM

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