Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on July 20, 2010

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Marcus Lauer

Thee Oh Sees
Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees' third of four shows while in town was the first edition of Jelly's biweekly Saturday series at the Rock Yard, a new space in a gravel-floored, barbed-wire-surrounded lot. Whatever was there before, it's been cleaned up nicely with walls of Jelly-branded graffiti, vendors selling beer ($4), Jell-O shots, frozen boozy lemonade and hot dogs, and the McCarren relic inflatable slip 'n slide.

Thee Oh Sees played a jammier set than at their Seaport show the night before. One constant was Help's "Enemy Destruct," one of their catchiest tunes, caught on video below. Brigid's light-blue student-model Wurlitzer seemed to konk out during soundcheck, so she stuck to vocals and sleigh bells, while frontman John Dwyer found new destinations for his endless supply of saliva.

Before that, the Beets, X-Ray Eyeballs (featuring members of Golden Triangle, who played two of the other OCS shows), Tough Knuckles and Gun Outfit all played. Music ended a bit before 8pm.

Thee Oh Sees will be back in NYC for a September 21st show at Santos. Tickets are on sale.

The next free Rock Yard show is July 31st with the Skeletons Big Band, Family Band and Priestbird. Skeletons (not big band) play Death By Audio on Wednesday with Peter Evans/Tim Dahl/Mike Pride trio and "Sam Mickens & Darius Jones play the Dead Science."

All Skeletons tour dates and video of the Big Band in action at Roulette, with more Rock Yard pictues and a video, below...

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Tough Knuckles @ Rock Yard...

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Gun Outfit...

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Rock Yard pictures continue HERE
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Thee Oh Sees at 354 Wythe

Roulette TV: SKELETONS BIG BAND from Roulette Intermedium on Vimeo.

Skeletons - 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 21 Death By Audio Brooklyn, NY
Jul 31 Jelly Saturday Show at the Rock Yard Brooklyn, NY #
Aug 09 Zebulon Brooklyn, NY
Aug 21 The Silent Barn Ridgewood, NY
# Skeletons Big Band

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Comments (70)

There have been more posts on Thee Oh Sees in the last few days than the number of actual songs the band has.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 1:31 PM

1:31 -- Apparently you are unfamiliar with Thee Oh Sees prolific output.

they rule harder than most

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 1:38 PM

agree they put on an entertaining live show, but I respectfully submit that there's a difference between 'output' and 'songs.' If every band that put out a lot of records could write them, they'd all sound like GBV.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 1:43 PM

BV is definitely showing Thee Oh Sees a lot of love on here...but then again, John Dwyer had me at Coachwhips, so who's complaining.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 1:56 PM

it doesn't look like there was anyone there - why is bv even covering this? 4 posts on this band - really?

Posted by elbeam | July 20, 2010 2:00 PM

"4 posts on this band - really?"

The San Francisco band played four NYC shows in three days. They all ruled. The band rules. The bands that play with them rule. I don't find the coverage weird at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 2:16 PM

one of thee best bands today

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 2:45 PM

Second pic from the bottom. He lives!

Posted by I Get Nervous | July 20, 2010 3:07 PM

oh sees are whatever. energetic but not great tunes and sometimes suprisingly flat as a live show. songs are all about the same too.

90% of their popularity, and Coachwhips before them, is about people wanting to fuck John Dwyer

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:17 PM

oh sees overexposure

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:25 PM

2:00 There was a bunch of people there. Stupid smelly old bearded hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:30 PM

this is fake diy

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:40 PM

Nice pics! Great to see so many performance AND non-performance shots.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:40 PM

that one lady in the bikini is certainly well covered in these photos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 3:41 PM

I didn't know one could fellate a tape recorder
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/thebeets/rockyard2/4.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 4:20 PM

such a good band, live and recordings, fuck haters

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 4:42 PM

the oh sees? whatevs

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 4:55 PM

what is fake DIY

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:16 PM

Yeah there's no way those guys did this themselves. They had help!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:18 PM

3:40 Fake DIY? Haha you fuckn retard

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:19 PM

Its sort of like macchu picchu where aliens came in and did all the heavy lifting

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:27 PM

hells yeah they had help.

in the form of cash payouts from Dickies, and Lagunitas.

That sure as fuck ain't doing it yourself

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:34 PM

oh no! someone is (correctly) insinuating that Jelly shows are all about the corporate sponsorship money

JELLY OFFICE BLOG COMMENT DEFENSE TEAM, ASSEMBLE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 5:41 PM

in true "DIY spirit" they should start charging at the door and stop taking handouts from sponsors. They should be more like Todd P and Ed Z and make it look harder.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:03 PM

DIY is a myth

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:08 PM

6:03 is Todd P

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:09 PM

so you're saying accepting "handouts" from sponsors don't poison the well?

that must be why Jelly NYC has launched so many great bands and defined the scene

except... that's not actually true on any level, and Jelly has always relied on poaching the bands built up from the genuine underground scene.

anyone notice how the scene's been going downhill lately and fewer and fewer decent bands seem to be coming out of Brooklyn?

you can place the blame squarely on the glut of free corporate sponsorship events, which overpay and then restrict the schedules of all the headliner-level little bands, and so starve the newer up and coming bands of audiences

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:16 PM

pretty obvious every comment responding to 3:40 is the Jelly office

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:18 PM

6:16 is in a really shitty band that no one cares about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:18 PM

name me a single band, sound, idea, fashion trend, or anything at all that Jelly NYC is responsible for, besides the spending of sponsorship money, often ineptly.

which reminds me. you have access to all this money, how come these lineups are so lame? BUY SOME BETTER TASTE

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:23 PM

Who the fuck buys Dickies anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:24 PM

hey 6:16

1) nobody forces bands to play sponsored events
2) nobody forced people to go to sponsored events
3) people like free shows
4) bands like money too

end of story!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:26 PM

6:23 hates fun

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:28 PM

Pretty obvious 616 is 618, 340 and 623 and besties with anyone else hating on this thread... so obvio. losrs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:31 PM

Dickies one'sies saved my blue collar ass chafe!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:32 PM

whether or not you force people to do something is not the definition of whether or not something is shitty, or whether it ultimately causes shitty results

not all prostitutes are "forced" to do their jobs, but a man is still a douchebag if spends his money on prostitutes. Just because the whore took his money willingly doesn't get him off the hook.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:36 PM

Pretty obvious 616, 618, 340, 623, and 636 are right on

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:39 PM

there's room for both. Bands only play "underground" with hopes they'll make it big enough to cash in on some sponsorship money.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:49 PM

639 is his little cock smoking intern.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:49 PM

well 6:49, if that were true those bands would really be kidding themselves

no one's getting rich off of Jelly's sponsorship money except for Jelly themselves, and even they seem to be having a tough time of it

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:53 PM

Jelly NYC is sponsoring these little band shows because big bands don't want to work with them anymore

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 6:56 PM

this smells like a bunch of bullshit. looks like a mountain dew ad

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:07 PM

if you have any doubt whether bands have a better time playing real scene shows over these sponsorship fests, compare the oh sees shots here versus the ones here:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/07/golden_triangle_6.html

that's what fun looks like, and that show was gimmicky as fuck. these jelly shows are just lame

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:21 PM

6:36 thinks he is a DIY liberal, but in reality is just a Rush Limbaugh in disguise

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:24 PM

Jelly haters = other promoters

Posted by Live Nation is the new DIY | July 20, 2010 7:32 PM

I'm going to agree with 6:36, thank you very much.

using prostitutes is pretty much the definition of "not a good person"

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:34 PM

7:34's husband sleeps with prostitutes and Thee Oh Sees slay!

Posted by don't tell me how to spend my money | July 20, 2010 7:37 PM

jelly nyc aren't promoters. they're small time advertising account managers

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:41 PM

the real question is, who the hell is bothered by Dickies? Big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:42 PM

oh sees certainly slayed at the tip top.

at the "rock yard"? not nearly as much

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:43 PM

"you can place the blame squarely on the glut of free corporate sponsorship events, which overpay and then restrict the schedules of all the headliner-level little bands"

I hope this is not the same person pointing out how great Thee Oh Sees were THE SAME NIGHT at a different show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:50 PM

ahem. Jelly, it was your show that was the tacky "other play"

the Oh Sees were in town to play the Seaport. Your afternoon thing was the gross unannounced additional money gig they played before they went to a dive bar that nigh and played a real show, for the least money but best vibes of their trip.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:56 PM

Stop jocking Thee Oh Sees faggggit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 7:59 PM

Yeah why don't all of you Oh See'ers get John Dwyer's nuts out of your mouth and talk about some real bands like PRIESTBIRD!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:02 PM

Anyone starting a statement with "ahem"... Nevermind you get where I'm going with this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:03 PM

these shows are gonna bomb

you don't got the Oh Sees every week fuckers

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:21 PM

weirdest bv comments ever. just stop people, its beyond ridiculous. regular readers like me don't care about promoter politics.

Posted by Dofis | July 20, 2010 8:23 PM

821 YOU MAD! :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:33 PM

Sponsors = free show, promoters/bookers get paid, 'visual people' paid, PA's get paid, Venue gets paid, bands/djs get paid, booze are cheap (or free), sometimes free stuff, branding or kids handing shit out at show is sort of lame. Corporate shit lame in general.

So called "DIY" or "the other way of doing shows" = Pay at the door $5-10, 6 bucks for one cup of beer or a fucking can of pbr!, add "hopefully" after every "paid" above, and some cock nose running shit with his pretentious "DIY" staff.. The "cool" thing about this is dude did it himself. Good for him he will surely be mentioned often regarding his efforts :) while shrugging his shoulders saying "sorry' at shows where he can't pay the bands.

Both are ways of doing shit.

Yes enough.

Posted by Man in band | July 20, 2010 8:34 PM

All the people constantly hating on Jelly shows should be barred from attending them. I bet that would chill all the hate speak on their FREE shows that every one of the haters regularly attend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:37 PM

8:34 is in a shitty band playing one of these shitty corporate Jelly shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:37 PM

it was some people hanging out on a saturday afternoon watching some bands for free. not really a big deal. i mean if it was one of those vice parties it would be some lame rsvp thing and the corporate ads for colt 45 and shit would be all over in your face. for this people just strolled in, saw some bands, had some drinks and enjoyed it so shut up already

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 8:54 PM

^^^ agreed

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 9:23 PM

crisis mode in the Jelly office, apparently

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 10:25 PM

"Jelly NYC: somewhat less tacky than what Vice does." - 8:54, summarized

killer mission statement

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 10:47 PM

it's not even a question, corporate sponsorship shows suck, consistently

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 11:00 PM

It's Flo!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 11:24 PM

these photos are better than the earlier ones.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2010 11:54 PM

11:54 - Wrong. The earlier one has better moments, much better pictures of the Beets & Thee Oh Sees (action shots anyone?)... and hotter pictures of hot bikini girls (yowza!) This set has way to many close ups with a zoom lens. Not to mention that there is not one wide shot of a band. It's all close ups. No variety. There are some nice pics in this one, but as a set, it's lacking.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 12:43 AM

more of the same shit. who cares

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:17 PM

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