Posted in music | pictures on June 7, 2010

words by Rachel Kowal, photos by Andrew St. Clair

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Though the forecast had been calling for thunderstorms all week, the weather turned out to be perfect for the opening night of the 'Gone to Governors' live music series. With shows from the likes of The Morning Benders, Passion Pit, Caribou, Phantogram, M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, and Neon Indian all scheduled for the coming months on Governors Island (some free, some not), it's a pretty sweet line-up. The only trick is getting there.

The actual ferry ride over is brief - just four minutes, but my wait to get on the ferry took far longer... though I was lucky to get on a ferry at all. At around 7:30 on Saturday night, the ferries stopped running to the public since the show space was already at capacity for the 8:00 show time. As I approached the ferry pick-up point, hundreds of confused, would-be concert-goers were barked at by cops and show officials who screamed through megaphones, "Clear the area! Go home! There are no more boats!" It was all fairly chaotic and pretty distressing. (I mean were they really only expecting a few hundred people to be interested in seeing Yeasayer?) Luckily, however, the actual show was not marred by poor planning and haphazard execution.

Since getting to the island took much longer than expected, the only thing I heard from Delicate Steve, the first opener, was a song or two that I caught while waiting to get let into the space along the waterfront.

When the second opener, Keepaway, walked on stage, one member immediately commented on the setting. "This is the perfect time to play a show." The sun was just dipping below the horizon, and a refreshing breeze rolled in from the water. Keepaway's music lies somewhere in the vein of surfer stoner rock. Following their first song, Keepaway's keyboard player astutely likened the surroundings to Pleasure Island (a la Pinocchio). It was a pretty fitting observation. We had all been taken to an island by boat and provided with free music, fun, and food and beverages (if you paid for them). It all had quite a magical feel. But luckily, Governors Island did not seem to conceal a sinister secret. Though brief, Keepaway's set was surprisingly enjoyable. With their electro beats, strange guttural vocals, delightful harmonies, and lyrics about Sonic the Hedgehog, topiaries, and getting high, their music definitely livened up the crowd.

By the time Yeasayer launched into their set, the sky had fallen dark, and the Manhattan skyline twinkled across the water. On stage, multi-colored, blinking screens were strategically placed in the background and under keyboards, synthesizers, and mixing boards. Yeasayer began their set with "Wait for the Summer" from their 2007 release All Hour Cymbals, which, given the idyllic setting, seemed rather perfect.

Both on stage and in the pit, everyone seemed to be having a good time. With the help of their buoyant album Odd Blood, Yeasayer kept things light and danceable. Not even getting hit in the face with a beach ball did much to dampen lead singer Chris Keating's mood. He paced around the stage with great energy and at one point, he confessed in a rather jubilant (but surprised tone), "I'm having fun out here. I don't always have as much fun as I'm having right now." The crowd responded to the energy on stage by enthusiastically clapping, cheering, and singing along to songs like "2080," "Madder Red," and "Ambling Amp."

Then, without so much as an encore, the show ended promptly at 11, leaving the crowd to scramble over sand and discarded plastic cups in search of the only way off the island - the ferry. If the trip over contained a fair amount of scrambling, the departure was even more chaotic as hipsters were herded like animals and sporadically released in clumps to charge toward the ferry. Waiting for nearly an hour, surrounded by a sweaty mass of people may have sucked, but riding back on the upper deck of the ferry at midnight with the Manhattan skyline in view was a pretty fantastic way to end the evening.

A bit more about the show and the ferrys and a full set of pictures HERE. Another set of pictures (featuring all three bands) and Yeasayer's setlist, below...

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Yeasayer SETLIST
Wait for the Summer
Rome
Grizelda
I Remember
The Children
Sunrise
Tightrope
2080
O.N.E.
Mondergreen
Madder Red
Ambling Alp

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Comments (41)

hhahaahhahaha

departure was even more chaotic as hipsters were herded like animals

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:05 PM

is that the old mccarren park pool stage?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:11 PM

look somebody bought music

yeasayer sure is a fashionable man

would crush that one bitch with the totem tattoo

wish there were more accessible venues in this city

fact:everybody there took pictures because they "felt inspired"

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:16 PM

hipsters ARE animals

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:20 PM

wow, really trying to sell those cd's/vinyl huh merch person?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:22 PM

^^
To be fair, she was posing for me. Plus, Converse was a sponsor of the event, so it's all good.

Posted by Andrew St. Clair | June 7, 2010 2:25 PM

its a stage...

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:27 PM

so does that mean if you have a beer in your hand you're not there to see the band there, you're just there to be drunk and photographed?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:47 PM

@216: tatoo look more like olmec heads or some mesoamerican style figures. and that girl is beautiful. now show some respect fool, for if i find her, i will make her my wife.
@girlie: when i find you, i will love you madly.

Posted by dtb | June 7, 2010 2:47 PM

So how did you get on the boat if you were in line when they cut the capacity?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:47 PM

seems like that ferry departure situation was worse than the oil spill, in a way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:56 PM

without any vocals, delicate steve got boring after a few tracks.
keepaway's first few songs were annoyingly cacophonous, but warmed up later.
yeasayer was strong, tight, and sound was adequate.
def worth the commute effort.
p.s. lily pls call me, so we can touch.

Posted by jazzy siesta | June 7, 2010 2:57 PM

Delicate Steve is the shit

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 2:57 PM

Thats look interesting but too bad I can't go, too far away :(

Posted by 300mb hosting | June 7, 2010 3:08 PM

I tried to go over and got turned away after waiting an hour and a half

Total disaster

Screw them

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 3:30 PM

A lot of fugly people out there Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 3:42 PM

Good times. Good hangover.

Posted by Burg | June 7, 2010 3:58 PM

merch girl was cute

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 4:02 PM

Keep Away was such a dragggg...delicate steve reminded me of Mogwai, loved them...word of advice, to avoid the herds arrive and leave early :)

Posted by D | June 7, 2010 4:09 PM

Anand's onesie is unfortunate.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM

merch girl has some war wounds on those legs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM

why are you taking and showing pictures of random people? pictures of the whole audience make sense but closeups seem unnecessary.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 4:25 PM

what's wrong with taking pictures of the crowd, even close ups? it doesnt look like he invaded any real personal space. lighten up fool

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 4:45 PM

Good salad of hot chicks

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 5:47 PM

Lotsa nice legs on the Island there....

Posted by Regular reader | June 7, 2010 5:48 PM

Who is anand?

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 6:21 PM

need to cuddle flower dress camera girl

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 6:30 PM

Ode to Merch Girl, my love. She was at franti too. I hope she is there the whole summer.

bruised legs, a beauty
velvet nights on an island
dancing by herself

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 7:14 PM

might makes sense to get rid of New York Water taxis and get the larger boats they used for All Points West

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 10:51 PM

@4:25 "closeups seem unnecessary."

What you are trying to say? That the photographer is acting irresponsibly? If so, please clarify. Where is the photographer being "unnecessary"? Why is necessity the deciding factor?

(Before you mention privacy, let me just point out that in a public space the individual cannot have a reasonable expectation of privacy.)

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 11:15 AM

I think people at a show like this are such interesting subjects! No one is posting any names, so it's not like anyone's coming up in a google or facebook search based on their "close ups." Plus, it's also not like anyone's doing anything incriminating or whatever.

@11:15, youre totally right - they're in a public space in a country with freedom of the press and of expression. Long live the first amendment!

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2010 1:00 PM

Brooklyn Vegan just admit Bowery owns you already.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2010 1:55 PM

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 3:37 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 Anonymous | January 30, 2011 3:39 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.

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.

Posted by صور | February 5, 2011 2:20 PM

wow.. that was awsome. thanks

Posted by jocuri mario | February 7, 2011 12:00 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 Forums | May 23, 2012 5:14 PM

gooooooooooood

Posted by azyya | May 30, 2012 11:55 AM

gooooooooooood

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