Posted in music | pictures on October 26, 2009

photos by Leia Jospe, words by Andrew Frisicano

the brothers JEFF
Jeff the Brotherhood

MyOpenBar presented a show Above the Auto Parts Store which was one of the last shows of CMJ's rainy Saturday night. Many, like Leia, came directly from the Pitchfork show at Market Hotel. I came from the Neon Indian and Almighty Defenders show in Williamsburg, and missed noise-pop duo Sisters and power trio Screaming Females but caught Surfer Blood (who play DBA tonight, 10/26).

It was at least Surfer Blood's tenth set at the five day festival, but they didn't let it show. Attempting to bring some much needed energy to the waning crowd, the band's additional fifth member worked a percussion rack and a tiny, standard-issue MicroKorg and passed out maracas and shakers to the crowd. Surfer Blood loads its echoey pop with familiar musical and lyrical references. Their song "Twin Peaks," which makes mention of the frequent indie muse (see Mount Eerie's newest album), has a certain Vampire Weekend buoyancy but with a harder edge. Instead of crisp sounds, spacey vocals take the lead through their winding melodic lines and African-inspired rhythms. Surfer Blood were good, but in a tough spot, sandwiched between Screaming Females and JEFF the Brotherhood - two bands that radiate full-on essence of rock - in a mostly empty second-floor garage at 2am.

Spacious as the massive garage was, and with a crowd sized more for a smaller venue like Death By Audio, once JEFF the Brotherhood took the stage everything changed. People who had been idly dozing off, or smoking on the entry ramp as it seemed like more than half were, lined up along the front of the stage to pound their fists on the plywood floor, jump around and more or less go totally fucking nuts. The band (actual brothers) has a heavy, crunchy sound for only two members (something to do with Jake's three-string guitar?) and the rock riffs are leavened with bubblegum hooks and direct choruses that resonate even if you're floating on a sea of hands. It was the perfect introduction to the band.

It was one of a ton of shows for JEFF, including three earlier in the day and a showcase for their Infinity Cat label on Friday, but not their last for long. They go on tour with Shonen Knife (which has two NYC-area stops in November) and open for Ted Leo at Bowery Ballroom on December 6th.

Screaming Females' next show, before they head out with Arctic Monkeys (at Terminal 5 on December 11th) and play a holiday show with Bouncing Souls, will be a benefit at Asbury Lanes for 180 NJ, a non-profit organization set-up to help combat domestic violence & sexual assault. That happens on November 21st with Full of Fancy, No Connection, the reunited Kanamits, Sick Fix, Black Kites and Human Failures. A flyer is below.

Surfer Blood will soon go on tour with Art Brut, and both are scheduled at Brooklyn Bowl on November 13th. Finally, Brooklyn's Sisters have an upcoming TBA Halloween show and a gig at Market Hotel on December 4th with Pterodactyl.

Darren Mabee and Sally Burtnick were in the crowd, especially during the Screaming Females set, and they let their presence be known. More pictures (NSFW), below...

Sisters

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Comments (70)

Whats with the Tim Harrington wannabe?

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 9:45 PM

hey look mom! My titties were on brooklynvegan

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 10:11 PM

I like the Screaming Females but that crowd looks annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 10:19 PM

Man, looks like a fun time!

I gotta ask--are we at the point where wearing leather pants is now ironic???

(serious)

Posted by Regular reader | October 26, 2009 10:46 PM

this show was so fucking awesome! its pretty cool to see myself in a pic, even if you can barely see my face. Sally Burtnick fucking grabbed my tits and twisted them during Screamales, she was so out of it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:01 PM

Those are some great, great pictures. Really captures the show well. I don't see JEFF playing venues this size much longer, they are truly awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:02 PM

dude that show was fuckkin crazy, there was dude doin flips during the jeff the brotherhood set, that band fukkin rules

Posted by bruno | October 26, 2009 11:21 PM

The future of america!

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:25 PM

sorry

Posted by sally burtnick | October 26, 2009 11:35 PM

Here's the torch of inappropriate public nudity, Sally. Run(top)Free.

Posted by Darren | October 26, 2009 11:42 PM

I like Jeff and screaming females. New Brunswick is fun. listen to mattress. bye.

Posted by Thom Von Halle | October 26, 2009 11:45 PM

Darren Mabee and girlfriend. Fucking hysterical.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 11:59 PM

MY GIRLFRIEND IS NAMED MARISSA PATERNOSTER

Posted by Darren | October 27, 2009 12:03 AM

yeah that was nuts
thanks for coming out in the rain, everyone

Posted by myopenbar | October 27, 2009 12:34 AM

what happened to new york...

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:55 AM

HOLY SHIT SCREAMING FEMALES ARE THE BEST BAND ON THE PLANET

Posted by pete | October 27, 2009 12:59 AM

Damn, those pheet are philthy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:04 AM

Beeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnsssssssss

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:01 AM

this makes me feel old

Posted by n | October 27, 2009 8:00 AM

man, i love the screaming females so much -- but that does look like a complete choad fest, brought to you by cmj, urban outfitters and underage drinking.

see you at asbury lanes - hopefully everyone in the audience there isn't such a superstar.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 8:06 AM

this looks awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 8:29 AM

Quick! Lots of pictures of The Black Guy!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:30 AM

fat dudes with beards in hoodies, slackeyed short haired girls with flabby tits. good gracious it's like a dashboard confessional show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:37 AM

Had I known the Sally Burtnick definition of celebrity was truly worth achieving, then I certainly would have documented my ninth-grade "sniff glue and act like a fucking disaster" phase a little more extensively.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:38 AM

i call 5 minutes before the cops are at the next show

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:44 AM

there are way too many atrocious things going on in these pics. i dont know where to start. looks fun though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:48 AM

what's with the screaming females? i've never heard their stuff before but they've opened for the likes of the Dead Weather and are soon the Arctic Monkeys. are they really that good? my friend saw them open for Dead Weather and HATED them. then again, his taste in music has its faults...

Posted by missaay | October 27, 2009 9:53 AM

when a black dude is drinking jack daniels at a rock show, the shit is over.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:00 AM

i saw them open for dead weather and at above the auto parts store the other night. the dw show was good, i thought they were older that night and had been around longer, but they're super young which i realized at ataps. i think they were a little 'show-y' at the dw show, if that's a word. the lead singer/guitar player can really play good and she was kind of showing off at dw, which i can't blame her, but their set was super long and everyone was anxious to see the dw. plus, it was at terminal 5, which is a horrible place. they were way more raw and fun at ataps. they are definitely good if you like raw, fast garage rock

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

i love people who flip off a band while watching them, so cool its like a Skynyrd show

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:03 AM

with that audience now we know how Todd P gets laid

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:08 AM

whys it always the unattractive chicks who decide to bear it all in public when cameras are around?? its like a zen koan that i cant for the life of me wrap my mind around

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:12 AM

did you see those silver dollars? nipples are manifest destiny material

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:15 AM

@ 10:12- i've thought about this myself, and i'm a girl... i think it's b/c 'okay' looking girls just don't give a f*ck, they have nothing to lose. pretty girls are more uptight and self conscious, worried about not looking pretty. but 'okay' looking chicks already don't look good, so they just say f*ck it!

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

missaay -- there's a new thing called the intertubes where you can check out what bands sound like!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:36 AM

BEEEEEEEEEEEAAAANNNNNNSSSS

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

did anyone else see that kid break his nose during screaming females? and then he used the bathroom to punch himself in the face to try to straighten it back out?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 10:58 AM

I'm sold.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 11:16 AM

suck my koan

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

Goodness gracious, Sally

Posted by dolnack | October 27, 2009 11:33 AM

that was the best JEFF set i've seen since they're nine hour jazz odyssey at burning man

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:07 PM

that is hands down the ugliest grouping of people I've seen in one room in quite some time. Well played.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:43 PM

this is by far the shallowest grouping of people I've seen in one comments section in quite some time. Die slowly.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 12:50 PM

oh look a black person! oh look a fat person! oh look, tits! oh look, YOUTH!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 1:31 PM

@ 10:58, i saw some chick break her nose. a stage diver kicked her square in the face and her nose blew up in a matter of seconds. i hope shes okay

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 2:18 PM

she is NOT ok looking

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 2:30 PM

BEEEEEAAAANNNNSSSSS! (it had to be said again)

Posted by david | October 27, 2009 3:01 PM

you know you're at a 'relevant' hipster show when BEAAAAAAAANS shows up....

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 3:10 PM

Who is Sally and why does she matter?

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2009 9:24 PM

easily the douchiest comments collection in recent memory.

open bar shows attract tacky flies.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 1:01 PM

Sally Burtnick has been affiliated with/ fucked every relevant person in the past five years. She is also sixteen. She has unheard of connections and her dad was in Styx. There are naked pictures of her everywhere. What the fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 3:36 PM

sad

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 6:13 PM

Sally B is the new Beeeeeaaaaaaaaaannnnns

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2009 8:16 PM

I want my gimmick back Sally otherwise I'm gonna show everyone yr kelly osbourne cd.

Posted by Darren | October 28, 2009 8:23 PM

Just letting you know, anon@ 336 or whatever, that shit is going on my tombstone.

Posted by sally burtnick | October 28, 2009 9:26 PM

the Jeff bros were pretty fuckin intense. They need to play here every weekend.

Posted by buster | October 29, 2009 10:30 AM

she's 16!? no fucking wayyyyyyy

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2009 11:43 AM

She's 18 now.
Can't get enough of that U Got The Look video.
Those boys are crazy good!

Posted by cloptrop | October 29, 2009 12:32 PM

i hope your parents dont see this

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2009 1:09 PM

i wanna fuck sally too!

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2009 1:19 PM

enough about sally and beans i mean seriously id much rather fuck the boys in jeff than either of those two

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2009 1:44 PM

lol sally's dad is some washed up folk musician who travels around the world with his 'orchestra'. it seems like he's gone everyday, which would explain sally's freedom to be able to do whatever the fuck she wants all the time

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2009 9:57 AM

who the fuck cares about sally or darren? they we're having fun, just like everyone else. to get back to the music, screamales and jeff fucking KILLED it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2009 10:00 AM

"Had I known the Sally Burtnick definition of celebrity was truly worth achieving, then I certainly would have documented my ninth-grade "sniff glue and act like a fucking disaster" phase a little more extensively."

whoever wrote this, i love you.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2009 1:13 PM

dude my dad is in ELO

Posted by sally burtnick | October 30, 2009 3:48 PM

@9:57, i'm not really sure how 'folk musician' translates to being a former member of styx...

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2009 5:58 PM

Wow
nyc really does suck now doesnt it

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2009 10:51 AM

That girl with the see through top looks like Frodo Baggins.What the fuck

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2009 10:54 AM

the style is very cool

Posted by mac cosmetics | January 24, 2010 5:24 AM

Yeah that's a killer outfit.

Posted by WHATSUPWITHTHOSETITS!?! | April 3, 2010 11:20 AM

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