Posted in music | pictures on August 3, 2009

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Bao Nguyen

Brooklyn Bowl

Some people waited in the rain, some grabbed their wrist band and ran home, one person I saw even constructed a counterfeit entry pass out of tape and markers for fear of getting shut out. Others just walked right in. Whatever your experience, if you made it to the August 2nd Jelly NYC Pool Party show, it was worth the mess. The decision to call off the event's East River State Park/Williamsburg Waterfront location was made by the State Parks Dept. around 3pm, a fact that highlights a point made earlier in week by the Times -- that putting on outdoor concerts in NYC is often a bureaucratic and logistical nightmare.

Nonetheless, the show was moved to the nearby Brooklyn Bowl - a recently opened nearby venue - and doubled into a late and early show (both still all-ages). At 10:45pm I walked up to the Brooklyn Bowl without a wristband and by 11pm I was inside. I hear it wasn't as easy for those who opted for the 6:00pm show, though the late show was still packed.

After an opening set by a DJ/guitarist laying Eastern-sounding scales over looped beats, Ed Schrader, another opening act, took the stage armed with just a floor tom and his voice. Ed pointed his unhinged gaze, vaguely reminiscent of Charles Manson, at the audience and ably pounded the drum while delivering lines about "beautiful transvestites in the rain." The tunes were energetic and immediate -- enough so that some crowdmembers caught on to the repetitive hooks and sang along.

The headliners, a triple bill of Deerhunter, No Age and Dan Deacon (without his ensemble), managed to fit a full two hour, "round robin" set into the late show, which finished just shy of 2am. They traded off single songs at first (one Deerhunter, one No Age, one Deacon, etc..), then after two or so go-arounds, played songs in pairs. The latter set-up eased the jolting shifts in energy, and was more forgiving to Deerhunter, who was by far the most subdued of the three.

More than once, Dan Deacon's mountainous beats gave way in deadening fashion to a florid but not as physically propulsive Deerhunter jam. While his songs were up, Deacon engaged in his usual audience participation games (which hopefully get some kind of update if they come back again). Those included touching your neighbor's head, group miming, and a "London Bridge"-like chain of people that snaked across the Bowl and gave a nice tour of the space's different rooms. He remarked that it'd most likely be his last NYC show this year, and paused one song mid-beat to make an announcement about not running across the stage.

The groups collaborated at the beginning and end (with some touches in between) and celebrated the finale of a long day by throwing their instruments and whatever else (I think I saw a tour manager) into the crowd. They all milled around afterward to chat and give out high fives.

This was a review of the late show. More pictures from the early show below...

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Video from the NJ show (one night earlier - outdoors and sunny), HERE.

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Comments (56)

Who does this guy think he is? Johnny Hammersticks? Banging away like he's freakin' Tommy Noble. Yeah right. No way.

Posted by Dan | August 3, 2009 5:19 PM

let's be honest - epic fucking shows - but it's too bad that deacon didn't bring his ensemble. As good as his music is, his solo "dj" shit just doesn't cut it in a setting with bands the caliber of deerhunter and no age. He should have the amazing ensemble show he'd be doing and evened up the odds - especially considering the low-level of actual collaboration between the bands.

All-in-all though - well worth the wait.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:24 PM

white rainbow was fucking awesome at the early show too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:24 PM

Which show was better the early or late one?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:28 PM

ive been reading bv for about 3 years now and, honestly, you guys have been really getting progressively better and better with the photography.really enjoy it! keep it up!
jason from long beach, CA

p.s. sun araw

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:32 PM

I'm weeping at my desk that I didn't make this. Pictures look awesome. Best show of the year?

Posted by anonymous2 | August 3, 2009 5:36 PM

Coldplay was better.

Posted by Andrew VanWyngarden | August 3, 2009 5:40 PM

You know it

Posted by Mayor | August 3, 2009 5:40 PM

I had fun dancing, cute girl from Astoria

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:41 PM

show of the year duh

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:41 PM

these pics by bao are awesome. they really show what it must have felt like to be there (band/crowd shots)...that venue looks awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:44 PM

show of the year if youre a silly scenester

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:48 PM

No Deachunter is my new favorite band.

Dan Deacon, stick to the lights and beats, and cut the chit-chat. yer taxin' my gig so hard-core, cruster.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:49 PM

"Which show was better the early or late one?"

The best show of all was the really late secret show at Market Hotel.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:51 PM

Coldplay was better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:52 PM

Hipsterpalooza 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 5:56 PM

This was ridiculously good. The negative comments will flow on here, but I haven't seen so many people smiling like that at a show in a very long time.

The only (very minor) problem was that Dan Deacon sometimes sounded too quiet at the earlier show, possibly because his lone setup couldn't compete with the sheer volume of the combined bands.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:07 PM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:11 PM

Dan Deacon is garbage, he had no place at this show.

The show would have been tenfold better had Ed Schrader taken Dan Deacon's place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:13 PM

@ 5:32 - your p.s. spells war anus backward.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:23 PM

haha^^^^
i couldnt wait in line for hours. if only the parks people had waited an hour they wouldnt have fucked this thing up so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:33 PM

Saw the first show. No Age killed. Dan Deacon killed, and I'm not a fan of Dan Deacon. They both got the crowd way into it. Deerhunter were cool, but their energy did not translate with the two other bands musical style.

Posted by DDT | August 3, 2009 6:39 PM

Did anyone bowl?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 6:43 PM

I "bowled" with your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 7:30 PM

Pics and words from the first night of the tour in Baltimore:

http://www.bmoremusic.net/2009/08/photo-review-dan-deacon-deerhunter-no.html

Epic!

Posted by Brett | August 3, 2009 7:35 PM

@DDT6:39 - I hear ya...I was at the 2nd show and Deerhunter clearly has the least "in your face" vibe of the three artists but I actually thought they used that fact to their advantage. Personally, it fealt good to take a break from the bombast of the other two acts with the more dream pop sounds of Brandon and Co.

p.s. Is that kid in the cut off shorts who did that fucking amazing back flip off of Dan Deacon's equipment in Cerebral Ballzy? If so, that's enough to put his band in my "to see" list right there!

Posted by blackhat | August 3, 2009 7:47 PM

Incomplete, roughly remembered (2/3?) setlist for late show:

-Cryptograms w/ Dan Deacon, No Age
-Sleeper Hold w/ Dan Deacon, Deerhunter
-Of The Mountains w/ No Age, Deerhunter, Soft Circle
-Agoraphobia
-Miner

rest out of order
Snookered
Baltihorse
Wham City w/ Deerhunter
Build Voice -> Crystal Cat

Teen Creeps
Eraser
Boy Void
2 or 3 more No Age

Microcastle medley (Nothing Ever Happened w/ No Age)
Calvary Scars
2 or 3 more Deerhunter

-Noise collage w/ all 3 + Animal Collective

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 8:10 PM

Is Whitney still in dh?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 9:27 PM

saw avey in the crowd as well as matt and kim.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 9:31 PM

How come Dan Deacon didn't say "Now I want each person to grab a a bowling ball..." ?

Posted by Jed | August 3, 2009 10:50 PM

I was in line at 9:45 and they said the 10pm show was already filled up. Why were they so disorganized that they let people in later?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2009 11:23 PM

Epic line-up! Dan Deacon is such a mysterious creature. When he played in Auckland earlier this year he got everyone to form a tunnel and leave the venue. We got some pretty rad photos... http://www.einsteinmusicjournal.co.nz/dan-deacon-and-high-places-live-photos/

Posted by Nick | August 4, 2009 12:21 AM

Baltiwhere?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 12:35 AM

Wham City! oh shit, amazing. Did anyone video tape this shit or what?

by the way- Dan Deacon no more shows in NYC this year? you cannot be fucking serious! we need you back man!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 1:39 AM

Where did Dan Deacon find the money for a trip to New Zealand? He must have a trust fund.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 1:43 AM

go away with coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 8:38 AM

if it was anything like the jersey show, it just have been freakin fantastic.

Posted by lauren | August 4, 2009 9:02 AM

It's true, The Deer Hunter is an excellent film...

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 10:35 AM

It's only a matter of time before Dan Deacon starts writing self help books and starts giving motivational speeches telling everyone to hug each other. Hopefully that will happen before he gets any wider, or God forbid, makes another record.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 11:01 AM

fucking sucks . i wouldve been there if there hadnt been about a thousand people in front of me .. does any one know if every body got in ? never mind dont tell me . i gave up after an hour of waiting . i was on berry st

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 12:05 PM

"-Noise collage w/ all 3 + Animal Collective" ?

I was there, did I miss this? when did this happen?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 1:44 PM

Amaziinnggg show. The disorganization sucked but hey that's life. Thanks to Jelly and CO for making NY summers perfect!

"Hmm yes I LOVE Coldplay better"
*smugly switches on radio, enjoys it*

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 2:04 PM

Everyone got in back to the end of the line for the second show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 4:46 PM

Strolling up at 10:45 isn't very good review of the experience Sun.

This show was a complete fucking mess. First of all, I'm still not quite sure why it was canceled in the first place - rain, lightening? Well I spent the entire day outside 2-8:00, most of it in a fucking line, and the weather was beautiful past 3.

Regardless, it was totally mismanaged. First it was gonna start at 6 - Then 8:30. The big complaint of most was that they didn't let us know what was going on and we weren't sure we were even going to get in.

Jelly or whoever has really fucked this shit up this year.

Posted by number one poser | August 4, 2009 6:43 PM

yea I'm pretty sure there was no Animal Collective involvement besides the fact that Avey was chillen out with everyone.

IMO No Age brought the least to the table out of all 3. Don't get me wrong I like them... but Dan Deacon's crazy antics were pretty fun, and Deerhunter always delivers exactly what I want. Also,to add to the late show set list they played Rainwater Cassette Exchange. I had to leave early to catch a train home but I know for a fact that I heard that.

And Ed Schrader was fucking awesome. I was so tired by the time we got into Brooklyn Bowl that the first two openers didn't really catch my attention as much (maybe it was because Infinite Body was impossible to see) but he really tore it up with just drums and a mic. "Beautiful transvestite in the rain", this guy was great.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 8:10 PM

oh. And I think it was out of Jelly's hands, the people who run the park were really the one's who put the kabash on the whole thing, I'm just glad they at least relocated it and decided to have the second show. I was looking forward to this for weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009 8:12 PM

yeah. And I think it was all out of Jelly's hands, the people who run the park were really the one's who made the mess outside the bar too, sure

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 12:28 AM

@12:28... You're really going to give shit to an organization who is trying to bring you free live music? Cut them a fucking break.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 12:35 AM

the parks dept. was responsible for the cancellation, but jellyNYC and brooklyn bowl were responsible for everything after that. the whole day was horribly managed and misinformation trumped reliable information at nearly every turn. i'll grant that the task of managing that many people and uncertainties was large, but these two groups fell far short of what was needed, and i suspect that other groups would have done a better job.

one example: that twitter post from the poolparties about how their phone was about to die was utter crap - who lets their phone die on the day they're running an event that potentially would have had six-thousand people attending (if it had been held in the park)? either they were lying and just shut off their phone, or they're a fool for not charging their phone on such an important day. take yr pick of those two; they're both marks of incompetence.

i got into the late show after joining the line at six and had a good time, but that doesn't excuse the fact that this event was really poorly run. the bands deserve the most credit for agreeing to do two shows in order to accommodate the fans.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 12:42 AM

wah wah

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 12:46 AM

wow 12:42. Three words - GET A LIFE

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 12:54 AM

These last few comments are obviously from someone at Jelly or someone related to the event. 1242 makes a perfectly valid point about the level of professionalism this event received. Undeniable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2009 10:56 AM

THIS WAS A FREEE SHOW YOU FUCKHEADS! WERE LUCKY WE EVEN GOT TO SEE IT! MAD PROPS TO BK BOWL FOR HOSTING 1500+ DIRTY DISRESPECTFUL DIRTBAGS DAY OF! fuck all you people who said it was unorganized nature happens and they had to make a call. the show got cancelled at 3 and you had a show by 9. i was thoroughly impressed by jelly and bk bowls attitude and impromptu organization. SO IF U ENJOYED THE FREEEE SHOW...THEN SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2009 5:52 PM

So Jelly could've just totally canceled the event and not moved it at all. Honestly they put together two additional shows in a matter of hours. Of course it's not going to run smoothly. People really need to stop whining.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2009 6:38 PM

true

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 6:27 AM

And and epic show lool

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 6:27 AM

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