Posted in music | pictures on April 27, 2010

by Andrew Frisciano

WBAR BBQ 2010

The on-again, off-again rain on Sunday didn't cancel the 17th annual WBAR-B-Q, but it did move the show inside to Barnard's LeFrak Gym, a bit different aesthetically from the lush spring greenery outside but serviceable enough. It helped that the lineup had a focus on experimental noise and noise-inspired acts - every act I saw had the reverb and distortion keyed up, so the added resonance of the hall wasn't really an issue.

The show kicked off with Prince Rama, U.S. Girls and Think About Life, all of whom went on before I got there a little after 2pm. By then the free food was gone too, but the cotton candy machine and sno-cones were stocked all day.

On the center stage, Baltimore's Lower Dens (with guitarist Jana Hunter) played floating, moody distorted rock; drone violinist and loopmaster Burning Star Core/C Spencer Yeh serenaded (with huge bass drops) along the back wall; and Blues Control performed effects-heavy keyboard-and-tape jams.

The room looked fairly empty for most of the day (being a huge gym), but by the time Cold Cave went on people were on their feet and dancing. New member Jennifer Clavin (ex-Mika Miko) played keys and stepped in for vocals, and the band was off after a short-ish, no-encore set. Twin Stumps and their crazily enthused frontman set up on the floor across the gym and kept the show going with dissonant, pointed punk. Liturgy closed the show, but I took off before they played.

It was the second free show of the weekend for Cold Cave, who played the HEALTH-headlined NYU Solar One show the day before (which I heard also had plenty of room for people to move around). They play (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday with Cult Of Youth, Beaut, Max (reading), Mike Goodstein (WFMU) and DJ Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better). Tickets are still on sale.

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HEALTH - We Are Water Live at Solar One. Stuyvesant Cove, East Village NYC. 4/24/2010.

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Comments (29)

lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 6:30 PM

jesus christ that looks like the most boring event on the planet

Posted by JT | April 27, 2010 6:37 PM

Rumor has it, Caralee went crazy and quit music.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 6:41 PM

it would have been a hell of a lot cooler if they played the lefrak city development in corona with mobb deep and nore.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:05 PM

Wait, I thought Flight of the Conchords was done...?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:08 PM

I was going to comment the same thing JT.

Riviting photo of what looks to be a great event!
haha

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:12 PM

jennifer clavin...mmm good

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 7:47 PM

The HEALTH show was 100x better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:02 PM

the acoustics in the gym were absolutely terrible

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:03 PM

Do you live in New York? If you think this looked so boring, you should have gone and made it exciting. No excuses. The lineup was great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:15 PM

dom's hitting the AH hairdo pretty hard

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:28 PM

lolll u nyu kids can sure be assholes

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:38 PM

i had a great time

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 8:57 PM

Barnard chicks are bangin

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 9:28 PM

good god cold cave is boring live.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 10:27 PM

I think it's pretty cool that Cold Cave got Crispin Glover as a member

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 10:32 PM

lower dens slayed

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2010 10:33 PM

it was raining. of course no one came. of course it sucked. at least there was free bbq, cotton candy, and sno cones....

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 12:37 AM

Its mighty bright in there even though its day time they could have put the mood lighting on at least.
After all mika was sporting the Mom jeans.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:09 AM

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:52 AM

that looks so embarassing, in the middle of the day no less

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 11:40 AM

I imagine each band thinking "at least we're getting paid, at least we're getting piad" over & over.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 1:19 PM

Cold Cave playing with...Twin Stumps? Anyone else think that's just a lil bit funny or am i just a turd?

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 3:07 PM

If you mean in the sense that they are two bands that couldn't be more the opposite of each other, yes, kinda funny.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 4:31 PM

Well, no, but yeah, in that other sense.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 9:36 PM

Sadly, campus security forced us to keep the lights on all day.

WBARBQ has always had an "eclectic" lineup - last year Gang Gang Dance played with Pack FM, the year before that Crystal Stilts played with Skaters etc.

US Girls had to cancel because her car broke down. Buy one of her albums and help her out!

Posted by WBAR | April 29, 2010 8:54 AM

cold cave sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2010 12:04 PM

Wow...when did Jennifer Mika Miko get such a nice butt?

Posted by blackhat | May 1, 2010 1:12 PM

I like Health as much as the next guy...but long hair sure makes a big deal out of turning a couple of knobs from left to right.

Posted by blackhat | May 1, 2010 1:18 PM

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