Posted in music on June 7, 2010

the Brooklyn Flea @ 1 Hanson Place - 6/6/2010 (Dean Keim)
Brooklyn Flea

"Camera Obscura may not be Brooklyn natives, but many of the borough's residents braved the heated Vault inside the Brooklyn Flea to see the Scottish pop band play a free pop-up show on Sunday. The show was the first of many shows the weekly flea market plans to host this summer.

"There's more people [here] than we anticipated, so that's nice," frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell told the crowd as the band got ready to play their set.

In addition to the 30-minute show, local ice cream shop Blue Marble gave away free scoops of "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song 'The Sweetest Thing.' Camera Obscura got into the flea market spirit by setting up their own shop and selling limited edition t-shirts and tote bags designed especially for the day's event along with typical band merch." [Spinner]

Sunday's show was the first of two that Camera Obscura will play in NYC while they're here. The next is tonight (6/7) at Grand Ballroom with The Love Language. Videos from the Flea, below...

Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country - viewpoint 1

Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country - viewpoint 2

Camera Obscura at the Brooklyn Flea Ice Cream Social - Lloyd, I'm ready to? be Heartbroken

Camera Obscura at the Brooklyn Flea Ice Cream Social, Brooklyn, NY - Eighties Fan

Camera Obscura - Forest and Sands

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Comments (46)

Haha! Thanxs for using my photos/vids. It was a fun show and I love your site...
~Deano

Posted by Dean Keim | June 7, 2010 6:55 PM

Camera Obscura is a good band no matter where they play. And I know one shouldn't complain about free music. But that basement bank vault at 1 Hanson Pl sets an all-time low, and I'm not just talking about the ceiling height. You have to "squeeze" to get thru the entrance (fire hazard anyone?), and once you're in it's a stifling hot-box with zero sight-lines. Hats off to the Brooklyn Flea for adding live music to the mix, but it would work about a zillion times better at the outdoor flea on Saturday. Don't subject the bands or the patrons to these sorts of conditions. At best, unpleasant. At worst, dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 6:57 PM

"In addition to the 30-minute show, local ice cream shop Blue Marble gave away free scoops of "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song 'The Sweetest Thing.' Camera Obscura got into the flea market spirit by setting up their own shop and selling limited edition t-shirts and tote bags designed especially for the day's event along with typical band merch."

ZOMG

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:22 PM

I love Camera Obscura, and the Brooklyn Flea, but why does everything have to have live music these days? The vault back there is crowded enough when it's just people getting food. Agreed that this definitely should've been at the outdoor flea. Or at least, in the absolutely gorgeous main floor of the bank building. I mean, sure, the sound might not be great, but I'm sure it wasn't aces in the dungeon below. And it sure would've been prettier.
Or better yet, just don't have music at the flea. it's overkill. The Brooklyn Flea was cool enough as is. Now it's trying way too hard.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:25 PM

Awesome show, even though I got caught out of it. Went to the bathroom and got stopped because of overcapacity. Even with my T-Shirt and other merch to signify I was in there, they would not let me back in. Oh well, I heard them and they played awesome as usual. I can't fault them for lousy management and planning during the Flea.

Posted by CNC | June 7, 2010 8:29 PM

I love Camera Obscura, and I love Ice Cream, but ice cream is fattening and not even vegan. It has dairy. And dairy is scary like defunct bank vaults and somersaults and hipsters consuming too much salt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 9:40 PM

VERY POORLY PLANNED.

If someone had gotten hurt, that would be the end of the Brooklyn Flea.

I hope they have lots of insurance if they plan on doing this again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:39 PM

show tonight at grand ballroom was amazing.

here's the setlist:

Come Back Margret
sweetest thing
Swans
Keep it Clean
You told a lie
tears for affairs
suspended from class
teenager
james
CARELESS LOVE
Lloyd
If Looks Could Kill
French Navy
Honey in the Sun
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80s fan
Lets get out of this country
Razzle

Posted by derek | June 7, 2010 11:35 PM

The show was awesome but I totally felt claustrophobic in there. At least there was a fan blowing air conditioning in from the behind the stage because I can only imagine how much worse it could have been. I agree with everyone else who said that they should hold these shows on a Saturday when they're outdoors.

I left after French Navy - did they come back on to do another song?

Posted by Gary Wong | June 7, 2010 11:48 PM

completely irresponsible. It's interesting to note that there is more security that necessary for the flea market itself upstairs. In fact more security than I've ever encountered at any flea market for that matter. Yet, when they have a live music event such as this in the basement- a space that can not accomodate this kind of crowd, there is less security than needed. Practically non-existant. There was no crowd control. I guess the people that put on the Brooklyn Flea are more concerned that someone might steal something from one of the vendors than they are that someone might get hurt at a live music event.


Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:21 AM

The Brooklyn Flea people are flea market organizers not concert promotors. That much was obvious from Sunday's debacle.

Hey Brooklyn Flea: The basement vault at the Williamsburg Savings Bank is NOT A CONCERT VENUE. stick to flea marketing.


The idea was good but the execution of the show was a practical disaster. Uncomfortable, dangerous and unpleasant. When more people showed up than you expected, you had no plan in place to deal with it. You have to limit the amount of people going into a small space at the same time. You can't just let the downstairs lobby, the staircase and top lobby just fill up and overflow with people.

there was clearly no one in charge of this crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:29 AM

hahaha, it almost seems like some of the people commenting are co-conspiring to burn the flea to the ground.

since when does everyone worry about fires and insurance?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 8:58 AM

if that place burned down they would suffer a merchandise loss of about $25.60

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 9:24 AM

anyone else go to the show last night? it was fantastic!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 9:24 AM

Did you see the two girls slow dancing? They were so in love. I wish I had that enthusiasm.

Posted by Geneva | June 8, 2010 9:35 AM

Wow. Yes it was small and hot (it was hot EVERYWHERE last weekend). There were three marked exits from the room, and the crowd wasn't out of control.

The was a weird confusion before they opened the doors with everyone crowded around, but nothing horrible.

It's a free show by a band with a pretty large following. I've seen a lot worse. Ya'll are getting spoiled.

ANd there was FREE ICE CREAM!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 9:54 AM

It did seem really unsafe but the more I think about it, it may have been done knowingly with safety in mind: there were a lot of sprinklers on the ceiling, up to if not beyond the minimum per NYC building codes. Though there was stupidly one narrow exit for the public - the bank vault door which could only accomodate one person at a time, even a skinny hipster - there was a large looking back area for the band which I assume had alternate exits.

Either way it was a bad place for the show. No fresh air, no abiity to see the stage beyond the first few rows of the crowd. I am glad the band did it, I just with the people who put it together put it elsewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 10:10 AM

A bank vault is built with one small main entrance and main exit, because it is a BANK VAULT!!!!!

a Bank Vault was never designed to have 500 people entering or exiting together.

yes, there were other exits, but human nature has proven time and again during fires and problems that people tend to automatically go towards the way they entered to exit.

A door that can only handle one person at a time? Could you imagine if there was a problem in there?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 10:21 AM

"It's a free show by a band with a pretty large following. I've seen a lot worse. Ya'll are getting spoiled."

Yes that's exactly the point. A free show by a band with a large following should not have been booked in the basement bank vault at a flea market.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 10:22 AM

This was the second show of the weekend I couldn't get into because it was over capacity. The first was Yeasayer on Saturday. So frustrating! To the people who are putting on these shows: calculate the size of venue you would need for the band's normal headlining gig and double it for all of the people who go to free shows regardless of who is playing. Either that or make it more of a secret. Last I remember, Camera Obscura played a sold out gig at Webster Hall. That kind of crowd doesn't go over well in a tiny ass vault.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 11:50 AM

honestly when i heard it was going to be in the INDOOR location of the bk flea i knew it couldn't be a good situation, so i avoided it. they should definitely have this at the outdoor location if its possible. someone should send this link to the organizers so they can take note

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 12:26 PM

well... they couldn't have done this at the outdoor location because the band was in RICHMOND on saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 12:41 PM

Yeah, I agree it needed better planning, especially the waiting line being Daunte's Inferno especially downstairs. Common, like one big fan would be that hard to put in the corner? Once in it was fine and nicely air conditioned and as long as you were close up you could hear and see great. NYC is awesome for the fact that ALL bands play live here, and many so for free, since this is where they get the most exposure. The art is being up on these shows, getting there extremely early and being extremely patient. These shows are free, SO you have to put more effort into getting good placement and not bitch so much. If you want something else, then buy an expensive VIP ticket to a venue show and have your boyfriend carry your lazy butt to your seat~
HA@!

Posted by Dean Keim | June 8, 2010 1:05 PM

The complaints are not about early access vs. laziness. They are about safety issues. All it takes is one problem at an over capacity inappropriate venue and all these type of insane free shows will get shut down across the city.

It was a stupid idea to book the band in the cavernous claustrophobic basement. For the hour or so leading up to the 'door' opening, the staircase and lobby was a potential hazard.

Why didn't they just have the band play in the rear empty lot outside the bank? They've had vendors out there before. It would have been perfect, safer and much more comfortable.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:36 PM

CAMERA WHO?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:38 PM

What, now the Brooklyn flea people are trying to be concert promotors? Give it up guys. You don't know what your doing.

Just do your flea market. If you're going to try to create a media growth industry out of a flea market business, someone's going to get hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:38 PM

folks. it was an experiment. it was a hot as shit day. it was the first band down there ever. there were plenty of fire exits, not just the door you came in to. i'm sure the flea organizers will reevaluate everything mentioned if they decide to do it again. way to be 100% negative and ungrateful.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:48 PM

Another version here.

http://vimeo.com/12355728

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:53 PM

OBSCURA WHAT?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 2:03 PM

How hard is it to just create a single line from the downstairs vault door up the stairs, through the lobby and out the door wrapping around the corner. The line wouldn't block any businesses outside because it would be on the side of the bank building and then the side of BAM. Then it wouldn't block the staircase and the lobby and the bathrooms, etc on the inside.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to have to 'reevaluate' everything to enact a simple line for an event. This was a poorly planned free for all.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 2:08 PM

Problem here is the same problem you have nowadays with anything free that's music related that appeals to hipsters within proximity to a hipster neighborhood. The event is all over the internet and a million young people show up and the organizers throw up their hands and say "We didn't know there would be this kind of turnout'. Jelly NYC anyone? Popular band with free ice cream in a bank vault advertised on internet means over capacity.

Either the Flea Market people are trying to get a name for themselves by creating an overcapacity event, or they are just being really irresponsible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 2:14 PM

Really well organized if a concertgoer has to go to the bathroom and can't get back in to the show. Nicely done Brooklyn Flea.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 2:15 PM

you couldn't hold it for 30 minutes?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM

yeah, that;s a great attitude to take... We're not organized so don't go to the bathroom for a half hour

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 4:40 PM

Anytime anything is free it attracts all these hipster kids who apparently have no money to pay for a real ticket. What's the matter, I thought all the hipster kids are on their parents out of state bank accounts?

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 4:42 PM

by out of state, do you mean Westchester?
It was way too hot waiting in the line to get in. People looked like they would pass out. And agree that no one could see anything, but all in all I had fun! By the time we got in I was just grateful to be alive/not trampled.

Posted by anonymous2 | June 11, 2010 1:32 AM

God damn naggers. Always complaining about something. Its a free show. What the hell did you lose other than 30 minutes of your time, which you probably would have used either smoking a blunt or waiting for the L line.

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2010 7:11 AM

geez sorry that your free show + free ice cream weren't exactly the way you wanted them. I think the Brooklyn Flea and Camera Obscura were just trying to have some fun on a Sunday afternoon but apparently a bunch of ingrates think otherwise.

maybe you all should just stay on your couches next time and over think things from there?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2010 2:57 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 21, 2011 8:02 PM

you dave haters can go fuck yourselves. bonnaroo 2010 was 4 of the best days of my life. the DMB and JayZ headliners at the main stage were two of the best shows I've ever seen, musically and production speaking. 2011 'roo is going to be amazing. Phish headlining?

Posted by وظائف | January 30, 2011 3:26 PM

I think the Brooklyn Flea and Camera Obscura were just trying to have some fun on a Sunday afternoon but apparently a bunch of ingrates think otherwise.

Posted by ขายคอนโด | February 3, 2011 3:53 AM

That's a great attitude to take... We're not organized so don't go to the bathroom for a half hour

Posted by คอนโด | February 3, 2011 3:55 AM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by يوتيوب | February 5, 2011 12:17 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

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Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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