Posted in music | venues on July 28, 2011

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Monster Island (more by Leia Jospe)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Monster Island, Williamsburg's landmark center for the arts home to, Live With Animals, Secret Project Robot Art Space, Kayrock Screenprinting, Todd P. Practice Spaces, Mollusk Surf Shop, Oneida and a multitude of studios and rehearsal spaces would like to say goodbye in style.

Over the last 7 years we have always thrown an annual Block Party where we invite the entire neighborhood in to listen to live bands on the street, tour the building and host 2 giant art installations; as that this is our last block party ever (the building is slated for demolition in November), we'd like your help.

This year's block party will entail over 12 live music performances from building bands and members of bands such as Golden Triangle, Oneida, Man Forever, Soldiers of Fortune, DudknowDub, Cult of Youth, Vaz, K-Holes, Knyfe Hyts, Divine Order of the Blood Witch, TrycryTry and many more. It will host 2 art installations themed "Outer Space the Final Frontier" and "Liquid Gold." It will also host open studios, an all day BBQ, DJ's, a video installation in the basement by Robot Death Cult and live music in several practice spaces.

Monster Island aims to keep the Block Party FREE and is seeking donations via kickstarter. "It will go towards paying performers, printing T-Shirts and totes, setting up a killer PA system on the street, purchasing supplies for 2 art shows and securing the proper permits." They are more than halfway towards their goal. Monster Island's end is looming, but there's still time to go out in style.

The block party will take place September 10th, 2011 from 2pm until 10pm. Monster Island will be closed by October 1st.

Secret Project Robot said back in January that they'll be moving to a new space. That is still true according to their website.

Oneida played Secret Project Robot in June. NYC Taper just posted a live recording.

In related news, Todd P recently wrote, "My show schedule this summer is very reduced, for happy personal reasons. More than ever, I recommend you check out SHOWPAPER for show listings (big announcements coming soon from that organization!) and also follow the list of links to independent, all ages venue/organizer folks on this page."

And the Silent Barn Kickstarter is now over $31,000!

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Comments (65)

I thought Monster Island was the one tiny spot that DIDN'T get re-zoned... What happened?

Posted by robin | July 28, 2011 12:34 PM

just what NYC needs, another free show. They get none of my $.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:34 PM

monster island is a TERRIBLE venue...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:36 PM

12:34: This is the year of the free show. Way too many this year. At first, it sounded too good to be true and I was proven right, since most of them involved bands I either didn't give a shit about or just didn't like in general.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:53 PM

Thinking of the Todd P part,

It's starting to become apparent that the generation that is responsible for the Williamsburg/Bushwick scene, the buzz, the hype, the sites like this one and Pitchfork and Stereogum, are growing up and maybe growing out of this whole thing. Hard to believe but we're already at the part where people who ran wild in 2000, 2003, 2007 are saying "in my day...".

Blame the economy, point to simply getting older, either way, the heyday is over and a new (shitty) guard is coming in. Either that or this is a slow fade out with sub-par fill-in's holding on. The new media will keep it going until around 2020 when it will be decided that back in 2015, a band no one heard of changed the face of music forever. And they probably did. And it was the reunited Replacements. End of story.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:56 PM

There are 800,000 bands. There are 800,000 shows. Shit's boring. It's time to stop going to shows, until we collectively starve out the surplus ranks, and whittle the performing class back down to people with actual talent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:00 PM

Some people are moving on, some places are closing. There will always be shows, but its clear that the BK Boom of 2006-2009 is pretty much over.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:09 PM

^Brooklyn Vegan is no help either. He'll cover ANYTHING. It's not a local blog anymore. Show in Austin, doesn't matter. Theater in Athens, doesn't matter. Commenters throwing feces just for lulz, doesn't matter. Whatever gets his unique visitors up for advertising $ he is fine with. People in underground music used to have principles. The community actually stood for certain values. This site is a parody of all that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:11 PM

It was all over when that Beach Fossils band started to make records.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:11 PM

Ummmm... This looks killer - and it's FREE! You don't have to donate to go (thought you should, most of these bands fucking jam, and are willing to do it for free to entertain YOU). It never ceases to amaze me how shitty all these bitch hipsters are... You really can say that you'd turn down a free show like this why? Because there's nothing on here that Pickfork is telling you you have to see..?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:19 PM

this particular part of the scene is filled with pretty much the least obnoxious people. i can't believe you can complain about this...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:21 PM

^ughh, maybe because some of us have been going to shows for years, most of these band are far from fucking jamming, and with it being the 789th free show this summer, it's a little hard to care.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:22 PM

It's becoming a Whole Foods...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:30 PM

so todd p finally got a girlfriend? hallelujah...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:30 PM

it is so stupid that people are complaining about this

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:30 PM

I don't think they're complaining as much as registering their indifference. I can see where they are coming from. It really has gotten out of hand. 8 million free shows, 8 million festivals, reunion shows for bands who broke up four years ago, corporate sponsorship everywhere, no ethics, no politics, the fucking brooze crooze. It's become a joke. it really is a bastardization of the 80's and early 90's underground music scene.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:36 PM

"This is the year of the shitty free show"

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:53 PM

There, fixed that right up for ya ... no charge (pun intended)

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:40 PM

baa buy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 1:51 PM

5 bucks says 1:36 was born after 1990

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:00 PM

^not even close

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:01 PM

Every time I see Todd P he looks angry. Why is he such an angry person. Do you think he's mad at me?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:12 PM

People born in 1990 dont know how to use the word indifference

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:17 PM

2:12 way too much work for way too little money

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:19 PM

""This is the year of the shitty free show"

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:53 PM

There, fixed that right up for ya ... no charge (pun intended)"

Well, that was pretty much what I was getting at with the rest of my post.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:23 PM

something has definitely changed in brooklyn. it's been a long time coming, clearly, but the place is overrun with fashion hipsters and know-nothings born after 1990. and the good shows are very hard to come by. this is the first summer since i started trekking to brooklyn for shows that i have not gone and have no plans to go. the end of an era is upon us. eventually there will be another awakening, good bands will find their way back into what performance spaces are left, but it won't be in williamsburg. maybe queens, who knows? rip williamsburg. and oneida's been boring for at least five years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:29 PM

Todd P - Dad to be

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:39 PM

New era on Staten Island!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:39 PM

last time I was in Earwax, the girl who works there all the time was going on and on to some poor schlub about how amazing the last Oneida show was...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:40 PM

wow. was just there last night. i love monster island. what a shame. so many memories

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:42 PM

Todd's not mad when you see him, he's usually just working his ass off and dealing with constant complainers.
The guy has, with the help of others, kept the BK DIY scene going strong for more than a decade. And its been a thankless job given the massive amount of shit that he takes from all sides.
The fact that he's getting on with his life at the same time that real estate prices are finally pushing out all of the Kent Ave venues is a sad coincidence.
I wouldn't be suprised if 285, Glasslands and DBA go next.
The scene may move to some other parts of Brooklyn, but its never going to coalesce around a small group of show presenters and top level talent anymore.


Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 2:54 PM

I've live in Williamsburg since '97. I'm 35 and stopped going to shows years ago, so none of this upsets me on an immediate level. To tell you the truth, I like that there are new bistros to eat at etc. Me and my peers are older, our lives have changed, and a lot of the changes in the neighborhood reflect that.

But 1:36 is right on the mark. Something has changed, and you kids are getting duped. Generation Y (is that the right term?) does seem to have very little consciousness in terms of the politics and ethics of what used to be the underground music scene. You'll sacrifice your values for "free' (we would never have gone to Vans World or whatever it is called for a show). I don't know if the internet is to blame or whatever, but you kids need to move to a cheaper neighborhood, and form a scene that is insular and actually stands for something.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:02 PM

i cant believe people are complaining about free shit

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:12 PM

^sometimes free shit isn't really free. In fact, it rarely is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:14 PM

todd p, you da man, dont let anybody tell u otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:33 PM

I feel like you people are forgeting just how good we have it here compaired to the rest of the country, where maybe a handful of good bands pass thorugh on a yearly basis. There are literally too many free shows this summer to see them all, and to hear so many people complain makes me sad for you. What the fuck would actually make you overpriveleged fucking babies happy? The way I see it, I don't think anything could, and that's sad for you. As for me, I'll be enjoying free music all summer and fall long, and having a great time. Have fun sitting around remissing about "the good ol' days" you useless bastards...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:53 PM

there are still good bands in nyc, they are just not 'party bands' so they don't get as much press. too many people with no taste, so they like anything with a nice haircut.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:54 PM

^ I mean reminiscing about the "good ol' days"

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 3:55 PM

^3:53 keep selling your scene out to Vans and whoever the fuck else for some free beer, and some thoughtless 'shows'that are not reflective of the community at all. The condo developers thank you, believe me.

Why is everyone my age so fucking cheap? If you want an arts scene, a real arts scene not a corporate charged mockery, you have to support it. Sometimes even with actual $.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:00 PM

So one "wave" of bands got "big," and now there's another. Eventually, some of those bands will get "big," and then another "wave" of up and coming bands will emerge. This has been happening for a long time. See the shows that intrest you, and to hell with the rest. If there's not a single band/act that is playing NYC for free that you would want to go see, that's your problem, not anybody else's, and to complain about that makes you aound like an absolute erudite douch-nozzle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:04 PM

4:00 - What "scene?" I don't have a "scene," I just enjoy good music, pay or otherwise. No one is making anybody throw free shows, and no one is making you go. The condo developers are one of the reasons there are fewer free shows at the waterfront this year - save your indignation for something else - I'm talking about Todd P., Oneida, and the rest of the bands above who do this without corporate sponsorship. And if I happen to go to a "corporate sponsored" free show, who the fuck cares? I'm getting something free from them, and it's not like going to their shows is going to change my mind about wearing Vans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:19 PM

"New era on Staten Island!"

Too bad I moved out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:22 PM

When indie rock was at its best (80's and 90's), it pretty much sucked in New York for the most part. People can bitch about the decline of Williamsburg and corporate free shows all they want, but it still beats waiting on touring acts which is pretty much what we had to do in the preceding decades.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 4:37 PM

mga putang ina nyo. in english all you son of a bitches. new york is still the best place for art and music free or not. go live in a 3rd world country so you know what i mean. god bless all of us bitches...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 7:13 PM

7:13 gets it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 7:30 PM

buncha jive ass niggaz up in here
you think Brooklyn is dead, go suck a new dick
Brooklyn is just fine, my son, ya just gotta poke around

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 7:59 PM

NYC sucked for local bands for many years

For ten years, it's been better.

Now it will suck again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 8:36 PM

As NYC sucks for local bands, the music overall gets better. Survival of the fittest, cream rises to the top, all that.
Who wants to hear a bunch of bush league Stokes knock offs?
I want to hear real music. Let the weak and lame die off. They'll get temp jobs or move back to Iowa, and the real musicians will keep going and produce timeless music that people all over the world will try to copy. It will happen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 8:55 PM

you took that the wrong way 8:55

it didn't suck to *BE* a local band in NYC from 1985 until about 2001, at least not nearly as much as the local bands *FROM* NYC sucked.

seriously.

The scene was god-fucking-awful

It was probably better in Ames, no kidding

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 9:06 PM

competition might help bands, 8:55, but to have effective competition a community must first have an efficient, effective marketplace - or, in non-douche terms: a scene.

To have a scene you need venues, and venues are one of the most arbitrarily regulated and challenged ventures in existence. they are subject to random police and fire department and building department (etc) pressure, they are frequently priced out by property value bubble spikes that their own success triggers, and they are subject to intensely fickle whims from their customer base. worst of all, they are rarely profitable.

venues and scenes are not natural outgrowths of a competitive capitalist environment. they have to be cultivated and nurtured by individuals who are motivated by more complicated motives than profit. they need a supportive community to keep those individuals hammering at it, because really, if not for the love and appreciation why else would anyone martyr themselves in such a masochistic fashion?

NYC lacks that supportive community these days, and all the other pressures that befall venues are worse by all measures than they were a decade ago. NYC is looking doomed for scene for the next few decades.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 9:20 PM

so true, 9:06. We used to look at places like Chapel Hill and wonder how it was possible that they could have so much better music scenes than New York.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 9:32 PM

whoever didn't see this coming when they put a fucking BIKE LANE down kent avenue is a fool, i moved here from astoria in 1999 and does anyone even remember what that part of town looked like then?

keep unironically posting that "gang activities in north brooklyn" jpeg on your shitty tumblrs and putting your heads in the sand, you made your mess when you all streamed over the Appalachians from whatever shithole town you deemed to be "uncool" now enjoy watching your "culture" destroyed

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 9:43 PM

I remember one time at my little Irish dive bar in working class southern Brooklyn, on a night of karaoke, this 40-something guy with a Manhattan-salon bad-haircut-on-purpose, drunkenly screamed his song then came out to the backyard. He was wearing a Reba McEntire shirt.

My friend says to him "I like that shirt. Her music is good." or something to that effect and she meant it too. She doesn't discriminate in her taste of music.

And he says "I'm just wearing it to be ironic...yeah I'm from the South....I hate where I'm from..." He actually said this. It's like I handed him a script or he was just reading from his inner mind. No filter.

What I'm saying is...it's people like that who are symbolic of the END of the New York Scene as we have known it for the last decade, decade and a half. People like him and the people who watched too much Sex and the City.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 7:06 AM

That actually is a pretty good story

Posted by dafar | July 29, 2011 8:04 AM

What's a good story, dipshit? Oh, and mohammed was not a prophet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 8:22 AM

Hoboken is Williamsburg's future.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 8:24 AM

Much love monster island

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 8:33 AM

Leia is the worst BV photographer ever

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 8:40 AM

Williamsburg is over, Morgantown is horseshit, Bushwick is too spread out.

On top of that, every newly minted 19 year old hipster is a "me first" libertarian these days, scoffing at any responsibility to his/her community, scene etc.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 10:05 AM

It's nice to just have an outlet for artist and bands to work with. sad it's going away. hopefully people start more spaces for people to show their works

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 1:00 PM

This was a great and true comment :
"To have a scene you need venues, and venues are one of the most arbitrarily regulated and challenged ventures in existence. they are subject to random police and fire department and building department (etc) pressure, they are frequently priced out by property value bubble spikes that their own success triggers, and they are subject to intensely fickle whims from their customer base. worst of all, they are rarely profitable.

venues and scenes are not natural outgrowths of a competitive capitalist environment. they have to be cultivated and nurtured by individuals who are motivated by more complicated motives than profit. they need a supportive community to keep those individuals hammering at it, because really, if not for the love and appreciation why else would anyone martyr themselves in such a masochistic fashion?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 11:21 PM

You're right. Todd P is Jesus Christ. And Whole Foods is Pontious Pilot.

Posted by Jon | August 2, 2011 7:41 AM

The craziness about these coments is that this is neither a free show, nor is it a corporate event... it was paid for on kickstarter by people who really cared about this venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 8:39 PM

i love all the hatred for people "born past 1990". because as we all know, 1990 was the year that uncool people started having babies and raising them specifically to ruin "your" scene.

you'd think being 30something would mean that you've grown up a little, but apparently not.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2011 3:03 PM

7:06, I'd love to know how many great bands have come out from your "little Irish dive bar in working class southern Brooklyn." My guess is zero.

This and whoever commented about kids streaming in from the Ozarks or wherever is why, in the 90s, bands like fucking Unsane and Railroad Jerk were the best that NYC could produce.

Good music in any town always comes from weird, alienated kids moving here, living in shitholes, and having too much time and no financial pressure. NYC was helped in its music scene by the opening up of Brooklyn and an increase in college kids, but I do think that's starting to change a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 9:54 AM

i love !how do I get a ticket?

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