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"Officials plan to reduce the number of Canada geese in New York State by two-thirds, eventually trimming the population to 85,000 from 250,000, according to a report prepared by several city, state and federal agencies.

The reduction is part of a larger plan that also calls for the near halving of the Canada geese population in 17 Atlantic states, to 650,000 from 1.1 million. The New York Times obtained a copy of the report.

In New York City, the report says, the current goose population of 20,000 to 25,000 is "five times the amount that most people would find socially acceptable," suggesting the number would be reduced to about 4,000...

...The first steps outlined in the plan went into effect last summer, when 1,235 geese in the city were gassed to death. The total for this summer remains unknown, though nearly 400 were killed after being rounded up in Prospect Park this month" [NY Times].

Though not with complete sincerity (Matt Berninger mentioned he also likes to know he's safer flying out of La Guardia), The National dedicated their song "The Geese of Beverly Road" to the slain geese of Prospect Park at last night's Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The band of two sets of brothers and a wine-loving frontman was rounded out by Padma Newsome on whatever Padma does, their usual horn players and Conrad Doucette on extra percussion.

"I think this is the first show we've played that we can walk to", said one of the Dessners to the beyond sold out hometown crowd at the celebratory show. And it was only one of three big sold out NYC shows the band is/was playing in less than two months (the first being Radio City) (the next being Thursday at Terminal 5) (more dates HERE).

The weather was perfect and the setlist was 21 great songs long. you can read it with more pictures of the show that Beach House opened (they sounded their usual good, album-like, dreamy selves), and a video, below...

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The National Concert at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA Setlist on July 27, 2010
1. Runaway
2. Mistaken For Strangers
3. Anyone's Ghost
4. Bloodbuzz Ohio
5. Baby, We'll Be Fine
6. Slow Show
7. Squalor Victoria
8. Afraid Of Everyone
9. Little Faith
10. Available/Cardinal Song
11. Conversation 16
12. Apartment Story
13. Geese Of Beverley Road
14. Abel
15. Daughters Of The Soho Riots
16. England
17. Fake Empire
Encore:
18. Sorrow
19. Secret Meeting
20. Mr. November
21. Terrible Love

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Comments (87)

Now there are no more geese on Beverly Road.

I wish we could round up two-thirds of politicians and gas them...wait that's too few——we might as well get them all.

Posted by Rapist Polanski | July 28, 2010 2:10 PM

does anyone by any chance know or remember the song played right before the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood song Sand in the time between bands? It had sort of a Crystal Stilts-ish sound? Thanks!

Posted by Renee | July 28, 2010 2:12 PM

Is this because some birds pooped on the Kings of Leon the other day?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:16 PM

Holy shit! They've been gassing geese? WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:16 PM

Good riddance to the geese!! They're not even good old American Geese!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:19 PM

Holy hell, that redhead is deadly hot. Nice job, photographer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:23 PM

the twins got new guitars! where are the hollow bodies!!?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:25 PM

Hello white dress!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:28 PM

this was a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:29 PM

Matt said from the stage that they had borrowed equipment because the people at a fest they played in Portugal a couple of weeks back shipped them back the wrong equipment, he said they got Leonard Cohen's equipment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:29 PM

RE: the new guitars. They mentioned during the show that their gear got mixed up with Leonard Cohen's after a show in Lisbon. So, their gear is currently sitting in London and they had to borrow some stuff for the Prospect Park show (rather than dip into Leonard's stuff).

Posted by lp | July 28, 2010 2:30 PM

"the twins got new guitars! where are the hollow bodies!!?"

they said their gear got mixed up with leonard cohen's (seriously) after a recent show in spain so they had to borrow equipment for this show.

shit was amazing - walked up there with the intent of possibly trying to sneak in but then got a ticket for $20 from a scalper. so glad i made it in. sounded great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:35 PM

2:30 thought he had a scoop, but there comes 2:29 to swoop in and steal the thunder.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:36 PM

I really could not tell one song from the next with these guys. Sorry it's just seems like a boring formula.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:37 PM

thank you to the kind couple that gave me their extra ticket for free.

you made my night

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:44 PM

Red hair and white dress. Will you stop texting and marry me?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:44 PM

please someone tell me why all the kids love this band

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:44 PM

their music really does not translate to big outdoor venues.
or the volume was too low.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:49 PM

The volume was too low I think. Especially the drums for the first 2 songs. Summerstage two years ago was great, as was thier APW set last year (which I thought was the best I have ever heard them play out of the dozen or so tmes I have seen them).

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:52 PM

the red head in white is quite pretty - I do agree.

Posted by GardenGrassCrap | July 28, 2010 2:58 PM

U too?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:00 PM

That red head is beautiful. Missed connections.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:27 PM

Holy shit! Red Hair, white dress. Love you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:28 PM

I think BV needs to feature a blog post solely about the lady in white...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:30 PM

redhead appreciates the love. made her day:)

Posted by Red | July 28, 2010 3:30 PM

jesus balls I wish i had been at this show.

no lemonworld though? makes it a little easier. not by much.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:30 PM

That is great Red saw all the attention.

Posted by GardenGrassCrap | July 28, 2010 3:45 PM

Don't understand what the big fuss about the photo of the woman with the red hair is. I mean, she looks cute, but I thought there were gonna be titties or something. You guys must be really hard up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:54 PM

while we're on the subject the blond in the green top and glasses ain't bad either

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:55 PM

what grade will you guys be in when you return to school in sept?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 3:57 PM

agree with 3:54. she looks like she could be cute. the end.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:09 PM

The Lady in MEHd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:09 PM

Sweet burn, fartbag.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:09 PM

dear redhead: get outta my dreams and onto my fixie

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:11 PM

While we're on the subject, I'm done with seeing cute girls wearing gigantic eyeglasses in an attempt to look as retarded as possible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:12 PM

Yo ppl Red is my girlfriend, back off all you nasty peeps!!

Posted by Ben | July 28, 2010 4:15 PM

beach house setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:15 PM

Agreed. A simple "I'd hit it" would have sufficed. Pathetic losers. I will be going on the 17th grade in sept btw.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:15 PM

That redhead makes my dick hungry, y'all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:22 PM

Try and be rude again mean people and karma will bite you hard in the ass. She looks like a sweet girl in a peaceful moment and now she can see the comments. So back off! Oh yeah, great show. x

Posted by shelrang | July 28, 2010 4:23 PM

That's... not how karma works.

Posted by BONER CANNON | July 28, 2010 4:24 PM

Let's see....

After 39 comments, we have:

5 comments about geese
4 comments about The National's gear
8 comments about the show and/or hate for the National
and...
20 comments about the girl in the white dress

Is this still a music blog?

Posted by Dan | July 28, 2010 4:27 PM

thought they sounded good, but guess they cud have turned it up a bit. Will see how that system holds up next tuesday when dead weather melts the collective faces of brklyn

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:28 PM

I should probably learn how to add. Looks like I missed a couple.

Posted by Dan | July 28, 2010 4:29 PM

You can count... on me waiting for you in the parking lot.

Posted by Gilmore | July 28, 2010 4:33 PM

OK, let's go. 3:00 pm....flagpole.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:37 PM

For those who don't like to pay, the sound outside the gates was much better last night than at Passion Pit a few weeks ago. Lots of room to stretch out & drink beers, didn't see a single cop all night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:41 PM

Plain forgettable white girl? Hipsters are going to be all over that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:47 PM

1) Beach House > The National

2) 4:12: That makes two of us.

Posted by LKJ | July 28, 2010 5:03 PM

"redhead appreciates the love. made her day:)"

Well? Will you marry me?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 5:35 PM

Beach House setlist:

Better times (cut short)
Used to be
Walk in the park
Silver soul
Norway
Master of None
Gila
Zebra
Take care
10 mile stereo

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 6:00 PM

RED - Will you let me take you out for a drink. You're uber-cute and I'm smitten.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 11:00 PM

uber-cute? I don't think you like girls, fella.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 11:16 PM


yes--I'm done texting.

3:00pm? flagpole?

Posted by Red | July 28, 2010 11:29 PM

You guys went a little over the top on the red head

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 11:32 PM

I think the first few were serious and all the rest were... typical brooklynvegan comment section shenanigans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 11:41 PM

show was amaaazing
also, victoria was just gorgeous. she was totally rockin that blazer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 12:21 AM

The National were a great band until their ambition for superstardom dissolved their genius into mediocrity. Those horn arrangements were nauseating and Matt's intensity was diminished to yuppie posturing. Warning to all bands: DON'T TOUR WITH U2. It is the equivalent of selling your soul to the devil who wastes no
time on collecting.

Posted by Anom | July 29, 2010 12:26 AM

I'd bang the girl with the red hair and white dress. She likes a cross between Julianne Moore, Kristen Wiig, and another hot actress

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 12:34 AM

do most shows at prospect park sound this lousy? I'm wondering if I should bother with sonic youth this weekend.
I saw a blonde i could easily fall in love, the redhead, eh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 1:33 AM

Do any of you care or know anything about the music? There are better places to get drunk or listen to music than in prospect to
place anything.
We will more on this soon.

xo
l

The show was a major disappointment.

Posted by anom | July 29, 2010 1:53 AM

Nevermind the red head, u girls see the boys with them in photos before and after!?! Show some love girls!

Posted by d | July 29, 2010 3:31 AM

I agree 3:31, those dudes are generic ugly Williamsburg dudches!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 3:55 AM

So much fun over there!

Posted by alojamientos en roma | July 29, 2010 7:51 AM

"Do any of you care or know anything about the music? There are better places to get drunk or listen to music than in prospect to
place anything.
We will more on this soon."

Yes, more than you, where, whu?, huh?, ill let it go if u were blackout drunk at 1:53 am-which u better have been

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 8:12 AM

Victoria Legrand: Hot or Not?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 9:05 AM

@905 - This is a difficult one for me. My answer is I'd hit it. And from some angles she could be construed as hot. Others angles, not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 9:27 AM

victoria legrand would "hit" both of you, but not in any way you would actually enjoy

Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2010 9:46 AM

No lemonworld? the fack?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 10:08 AM

Uh, 12:26...The National never toured with U2...R.E.M. yes, Arcade Fire yes, but not U2.

Beach House was OK...seemed to me that Victoria was a little wasted, or maybe that's how she usually is (she wasn't last time I saw them).

The sound was kinda crappy...seeing two more shows here this year and I hope that's not the norm. However, I thought The National were great and more energized than the other two times I've seen them (the aforementioned R.E.M. and AF opening gigs).

I'm in one of those crowd photos, heh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 10:21 AM

I saw the National open for Bloc Party at United Palace when they toured for Weekend in the City..

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 10:29 AM

@946, how do you know I wouldnt enjoy it?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 11:16 AM

Is Lemonworld the one that sounds like a subdued version of "Mistaken for Strangers?" Seriously, nine High Violet songs was about six or seven too many for me. Not bad but absurdly overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 11:23 AM

love it when dbag boys objectify women in order to feel better about their shallow and vapid existence.

and show was great...sound a bit off, but band still amazing.

Posted by E | July 29, 2010 11:39 AM

^^ Sounds like somebody needs to get laid. ^^

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 12:11 PM

LATTE TUNES FOR SEXUALLY HARD-UP HIPSTERS

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 12:14 PM

yea, and that "somebody"...is you (12:11)

Posted by E | July 29, 2010 12:33 PM

Yes...you offering, send a pic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 12:59 PM

@12:59 =lame

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 1:21 PM

I agree, 11:39 needs to get laid. She is jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 1:38 PM

I really could not tell one song from the next with these guys. Sorry it's just seems like a boring formula.
^^
your boring. they are classic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 2:15 PM

Ah, they were awesome. The sound was a bit shaky alright but they always deliver... hope today in Terminal 5 is gonna be equally good


-Angel28
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Posted by Angel28 | July 29, 2010 2:47 PM

That's not your style, Good Grief.

Posted by Taxi! Taxi! | July 29, 2010 6:45 PM

I'll explain everything to the geese ...

Posted by crybaby | July 30, 2010 11:26 AM

Why are they killing the birds? :(

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