Posted in music | pictures on July 12, 2010

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano

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Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof opened the first Pool Party of 2010 with a noisy, fleshy work out of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. The six-piece group smashed through the minimal record, with brash guitars and drums, free from studio EQ and delay, that were untethered and bold. Frontman Jamie Stewart put a muscular edge on Ian Curtis' deadpan gloom. By their headlining set, the clouds had parted and sun shined on the crowd.

Previously, it did rain a bit during Why?'s set, which also coincided with the end of the World Cup finals. Attendance picked up as the show went on, and after the game (which disappointingly didn't get screened at the show). Past the initial line of people at opening time around 2:30pm there was no wait to get in, and people could walk straight in, even during the headliner.

Earlier, Pictureplane gave the party a bassy, synthed out start. And Fang Island followed with a set heavy on guitars, group vox and unabashedly poppy melodicism.

"New York's senior State Senator" Chuck Schumer was there too, to tell his bike story through a faulty mic, and to wander through the crowd.

Chuck reiterated the freeness of the shows - obviously a good thing - though there's also an increasingly unavoidable corporate presence at the Pool Parties. Veoba logos brand much of the venue's eyespace, and freebies from All Saints (who rented out the building behind the stage), Vans and a bevy of low-cal sports and energy drinks line the park.

Also given a boost this year are the much improved food options, with the Meat Hook, Roberta's pizza, Mexican food and more on site.

Like the pay shows at the park (Weezer is this Friday), the stage now faces the water, leaving the Manhattan skyline to the backs of the crowd. The effect of that shift isn't inconsiderable, giving the space a more claustrophobic feel, though the sun (when it did shine) wasn't the problem it once was for the crowd. I'm guessing that the water-facing stage addresses some issues with sound carrying through the neighborhood. That said, the show Sunday was pleasantly loud, right through the abrasive conclusion.

Kyle was one of those who showed up after the soccer game. His pictures of the last two bands, Schumer, dodgeball, and more, below...

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Comments (46)

The problem with the free shows this year is that the music sucks. The pay ones are much better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:26 AM

pictureplane was shitty

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:28 AM

fuciking hipsters. Just kidding.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:34 AM

would've been a lot better if deerhoof/xiu xiu played longer than 45 minutes.... WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:40 AM

Thank god this is the last year for Jelly at the Waterfront.

Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:41 AM

i do not want this

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:44 AM

The "unavoidable corporate presence" makes the shows free.

Posted by Regular reader | July 12, 2010 10:45 AM

Great photos, great show. But it's cooler to have a complaint.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:47 AM

Unknown Pleasures is about 45 minutes long.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:01 AM

Hey Jellynyc employee at 10:47 glad ya had fun! Keep shilling for your peeps.

Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:02 AM

Oh right, the album is 45 minutes long... and neither headlining band knows any other songs. Silly me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:44 AM

wtf with the Why? lyrics. someone needed to bury that shit under 6 ft of reverb. totally bailed after that, disillusioned.

Posted by anonnymous | July 12, 2010 11:54 AM

Why setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:06 PM

Fang Island killed it!

Why? might have been the lamest thing I have ever seen ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:06 PM

new dawn fades killed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:26 PM

I'm not sure about the order of WHY?'s setlist but they played the following songs:

The Vowels Pt. 2
Good Friday
These Few Presidents
The Hollows
Song of the Sad Assassin
The Fall of Mr. Fifths
A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under
Twenty Eight
By Torpedo Or Crohn's
Yo Yo Bye Bye
These Hands
January Twenty Something
Against Me
Into the Shadows of My Embrace

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:40 PM

>>Why? might have been the lamest thing I have ever seen ever.

Someone posted a video from their set in a prior thread, and i thought it was pretty cool...prompted me to check out their album on MOG. To each his own I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:44 PM

they really need to build more tents or something. it was damn hot!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:49 PM

^^dude, it's summer! you wouldn't last very long at a Summerstage show, that's for sure!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:54 PM

you are a bunch of unappreciative fucks. more tents..better bands.. enough already.
stay home or go back to your native shithole of a town.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:13 PM

IT WAS AWESOME!!!! AND LINEUPS ONLY GET BETTER!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:21 PM

i can haz standards!

Posted by anonnymous | July 12, 2010 1:38 PM

whatever band was rapping...

stop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:29 PM

deerhoof and xiu xiu were awesome.. the rest of the lineup wasn't really for me though. cant wait for murder city next weekend! if you dont like these shows, dont go!

Posted by adam | July 12, 2010 2:32 PM

if you dont like these shows post alot on brooklyn vegan and literally think Spoon is a good band lmao. oh wait...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:46 PM

people moshing to joy division was a mockery but the xx/dh killed it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:06 PM

2:29 that was Why? uggghhh

Posted by anonnymous | July 12, 2010 3:19 PM

I miss the pictures of that guy with an Italy jersey 4 years ago running around with the flag. Where were the Spaniards yesterday?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:57 PM

Picture Page is PicturePage it's lots of Fun with PicturePage.It's lots of fun with crayons and your pencils. PicturePage is PicturePage, until Bill Cosby does another PicturePage with you!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:21 PM

and whoa! whoever is complaining about lineups clearly has not listened to Lee Fields and the Expressions! Those guys are the SHIT.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:22 PM

i heard Chuck Schumer is into joy division

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:31 PM

it would be nice to have so shade to creep into. that sun was fierce.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:32 PM

they all sucked

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:41 PM

why are you censoring the anti-chuck the fuckhead comments?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 5:50 PM

fuck bv for censoring these comments.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 6:47 PM

chuck schumer can suck my dick. man stole my money for some fucking corporations and continues to support the bombing of my people.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 6:55 PM

so we can talk shit about bands all we want but when it comes to dissing someone who's actually SUPPOSED to be responsible/accountable for supporting murder of non whites, then it gets erased? what happened to you? i thought you were a fucking vegan? let me tell you something, the fat fuck eats meat, too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:13 PM

josiah wolf was taking pictures...does he post them anywhere/where does he post them?

Posted by anon | July 12, 2010 8:13 PM

how much is beer?

Posted by ehhh | July 13, 2010 12:17 PM

TACOS WERE GOOD

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:15 PM

Had mixed feelings about the Joy Division cover, the Deerhoof drummer killed it! Jamie Stewart looked like he was going to shit his pants the way he was dancing. His left arm might be damaged from holding it awkwardly for the entire show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:22 PM

PICTUREPLANE

is the only relevant act on this bill!

besides xiu xiu which is eternal cool

PICTUREPLANE

was the only band i watched!

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:00 PM

I know but where was Bill Cosby? I loved watching PicturePlane as a kid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 6:31 PM

If you didn't like Why? you could always just strangle them economically until they play different music. That makes sense.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 4:42 PM

I went for Fang Island. They were good. And the rest? Well...ho-hum. Why? sounded like the bastard child of They Might Be Giants and Crash Test Dummies.

Posted by Molder | July 16, 2010 4:01 PM

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