Posted in To Do | music on July 15, 2011

Paul McCartney @ Citi Field in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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"When the Beatles played at Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965 (and again on Aug. 23, 1966), I was a little puzzled, maybe even a little miffed, at their choice of location. As an 11-year-old I had what I figured was a clear idea of what was right and proper, and to me the spanking new Shea Stadium was the home of the Mets, an upstart team that seemed destined forever to inhabit the basement in the National League standings, and not, therefore, the kind of place that deserved the Beatles' magic. As I saw it, the Beatles were to music as the Yankees were to baseball, and if they were going to play at a baseball stadium, Yankee Stadium was the place for them.

I admit that there were other, equally silly ways of looking at it. You could reason, for example, that playing at Shea was perfect: The Yankees were the Establishment, and the Mets, like the Beatles, were the feisty newcomers, eager to take on the world. And as it turned out, it took the Mets only seven years to become regarded as miraculous -- roughly the amount of time that elapsed between John Lennon's formation of the Quarry Men and the Beatles' first big hit.

At any rate, Paul McCartney appears to have seen the error of his youthful ways: Friday and Saturday he is playing at Yankee Stadium, as the kickoff -- whoops, wrong metaphor -- of a brief tour of ball fields. Granted, Mr. McCartney played at the new Citi Field, Shea's replacement, in July 2009, but I think that was a fundamentally clerical decision. Since the Beatles were the first band to play at the "old" Shea, Mr. McCartney wanted pride of place at the new stadium too." [NY Times]

today in NYC
* Midsummer Night Swing
* Underground Horns @ Barbes
* Nate Wooley Quintet @ The Stone
* A Perfect Circle @ Beacon Theatre
* Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium
* Bombino, Nymph @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Denis Leary @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Swamp Dogg, The Revelations @ Southpaw
* Natur, Space Vacation, Wizardry @ The Gutter
* Extra Arms, Libel, Metal Feathers @ Union Hall
* Darwin Deez, Caged Animals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brenton Duvall, Xaphoon Jones @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dwarves, The Stalkers, Lugosi @ Knitting Factory
* Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra @ The Stone
* John Wesley Coleman, Rayon Beach @ Bruar Falls
* Grupo Fantasma, Rene Lopez @ Highline Ballroom
* Jucifer, Mockingbird, Ominous Black @ Union Pool
* Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra @ Barbes
* Gang Green, Scrapes, Two Man Advantage @ Europa
* The Radio Dept., Asobi Seksu @ South Street Seaport
* The Wooden Birds, Mascott, Backwords @ The Rock Shop
* The Black Angels, The Sadies, The Black Hollies @ Maxwell's
* Truckfighters, Kings Destroy, Blue Aside, Borracho @ Cake Shop
* Noveller, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, Diamond Terrifier @ Shea Stadium
* Christina Courtin, Christopher Hoffman, Clara Kennedy @ Bowery Electric
* My Teenage Stride, Woven Bones, Easter Vomit, Teen Witch @ 285 Kent Ave
* Heaven, Spacecamp, Machu Picchu, Vacation, DJ Andy Rourke @ Glasslands
* Shirley Caesar, Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Supagroup, Bambi @ Brooklyn Bowl
* I'm Turning Into, Dinosaur Bones, Shark?, Sweet Tooth @ Monster Island Basement
* Steve Moore, Jonas Reinhardt, Long Distance Poison, Lussuria, ODO, Andy & Zeus @ Silent Barn
* Indian Rebound, The Honey Dos, DDIILLIIAANN, Crazy and The Brain @ Monster Island Basement
* Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Sim Redmond Band, Black Castle, Thousands of One @ Mercury Lounge
* ArpLine, Grandchildren, Beast Make Bomb, Camden, Rifle Recoil (Bushwick Walkabout Festival) @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East

Todd P presents three shows tonight.

Check out This Week in Indie for more info on many shows.

Say "the obelisk" at the door of Truckfighters show at Cake Shop tonight for free entry.

BBG put together the show at Union Pool tonight. Flyer below.

Saturday afternoon options include Warm Up @ PS1 and the Village Voice 4Knots Fest at South Street Seaport. You can basically go to the Seaport tonight for Radio Dept and Asobi Seksu and just stay there seeing free music all weekend. It's especially crazy for the Seaport guys who put it all together since last night's Tune-Yards show is them too.

Thurston Moore has a video for "Circulation." Check it out below.

What else?

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Thurston Moore - "Circulation"

Jucifer flyer

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Comments (41)

Paul McCartney was the second best hummus cook in his band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:02 PM

I'm going to go to the Jankmee Stadia parking lot and sell warm bottles of Poland S[ring water to elated Boomers at $5 a pop. Then, I will hit Fairway on the way home and spend all the money I made on Fairway-brand hummus, which I will distribute to all the party people on my block. Just want to give back to the community a little.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:05 PM

Gin Blossoms at B.B. King's! Definitely the top choice on a lovely Friday night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:06 PM

Todd P is god

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:08 PM

Paul is looking a bit like droopy dog these days

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:09 PM

Baby I'm amazed at the way you blow me all the time...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:12 PM

Truckfighters at cake shop!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:19 PM

When I find myself in need of hummus
Linda Eastman comes to me
Speaking spooky bullshit
"Don't eat meat"

Don't eat meat, don't eat meat
Don't eat meat, don't eat meat
Speaking spooky bullshit
Don't eat meat

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:21 PM

CLOUDER @ MATCHLESS tonight w/Nightfalls and Moon Phaser. early show. 8pm, 9pm, 10pm set times. FREE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:21 PM

4:05, you are a modern day Robin Hood and Williamsburg is your Sherwood Forest. McCartney is obviously the greedy Hummus Baron of Nottingham. But who, may I ask, is your Maid Marian?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:24 PM

THE BEATLES SUCKED! OVERRATED!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:26 PM

Bel Argosy @ Lone Wolf w/ Pet Fire, Broken Bricks, The Brer Brian Asplosion. Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. FREE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:26 PM

Linda McCartney was the talent behind Wings.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:32 PM

I hear Darwin Deez is going to party with the Dwarves after their shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:32 PM

Set times for the Black Angels gig tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:33 PM

THE BEATLES SUCKED!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 4:35 PM

@4:24 - Kickball Katy

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:07 PM

God P is Todd

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:09 PM

Beavis and Butthead and I concur with you, 4:26.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:14 PM

Macca

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:17 PM

from the look of that picture, Paul McCartney just farted and it blew directly into the drummer's face in the middle of a song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:21 PM

2 DOWN 2 TO GO

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:28 PM

Macca's farts smell like fresh baked cookies...

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:32 PM

The Beatles were highly overrated. They had a couple of good cuts but they don't compare to current bands like The Horrors.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:35 PM

props to Macca. He wrote some beautiful songs. Lennon was overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:38 PM

Michelle, my belle. Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble, Très bien ensemble.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 5:46 PM

set times for glasslands?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:03 PM

Denis Leary!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:06 PM

bruar falls wins tonight. as long i didnt feel like dropping a small fortune on paul mccartney

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:26 PM

CULO!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:31 PM

HUMMUS!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:51 PM

The Beatles were ok.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 6:55 PM

"Truckfighters at cake shop!"

+1

Fuck yeah.

Posted by Ron | July 15, 2011 8:27 PM

glasslands is the jam tonight

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 8:29 PM

All ex-Beatles should have a big-ass Samoan drummer. Wonder if he'll break out the ukelele and do "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" like that fat dead guy.

Oh, and Lennon >>>>> Maccaca

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 9:13 PM

you motherfuckers wouldnt know music if it bit you on the MAXWELLS SILVER HAMMER

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 9:16 PM

The Beatles were great on so many levels, but McCartney needs to go away, back to his farm in Scotland with the sheep and that sheepdog and just count his money or something.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 9:40 PM

The Beatles SUCK.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 10:37 PM

now that the harry potter thing is over, it is time to lose my virginity.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2011 11:13 PM

tune-yards is unlistenable hipster trash.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011 2:39 AM

6:06 PM: How was he? I totally forgot he was performing!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011 1:31 PM

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