Posted in music | pictures on October 19, 2011

photos by Tamara Porras

Wild Flag @ Bowery Ballroom
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"On Tuesday night, that act vacuuming up all the attention was Wild Flag, a new band comprised of members of old bands that sounds like the mean of those old bands, and also like many recent bands who have looked to those old bands for inspiration. (Got all that?)

The self-titled Wild Flag debut album was released last month on Merge and, in places, it's blistering. But only some of that tension came through during the band's set Tuesday night at the Bowery Ballroom. The singer Carrie Brownstein is still poignant, and still wry, and still handles her guitar authoritatively. While Janet Weiss, the drummer, was firm, she wasn't at her firmest. And sometimes the keyboard lines from Rebecca Cole appeared to have parachuted in from another concert up the block." [NY Times]

Wild Flag completed their 3-night attack on the NYC-area last night at Bowery Ballroom where they were joined by Eleanor Friedberger and Hospitality. Pictures of EF & WF continue below...

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Comments (98)

was frohawk there?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 5:43 PM

Amazing fucking show and definitely the best of the the three nights by a pretty wide margin.

Anyone have a setlist? I'm curious what the two new songs played in the middle of the set are called.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 5:49 PM

the songs mary timony sings hold their own with carrie's-

Posted by donn | October 19, 2011 5:52 PM

i thought bell house was better

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 5:54 PM

One of those songs not on the album was a cover. Wish I could remember what/who it was.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 5:56 PM

Patti Smith's "Ask The Angels"

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:06 PM

I agree that the Bell House show was a little better. More energy from the crowd and the band during that night. Maybe CMJ crowds just aren't as into whatever they're seeing because they're focused on seeing so many things in a short period of time.

I also laughed when Carrie jumped up on the kick drum and half the audience immediately pulled out their cameras/iPhones. Stop documenting and start enjoying, people. And responding with "I enjoy documenting" misses the point.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:22 PM

Also Television's "See No Evil".

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:22 PM

Right, the last two songs were covers. But there are also two non-LP songs in the middle of the set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:30 PM

the two non-LP songs were "nothing" and "winter pair" - there aren't any good versions of them out there

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:36 PM

nothing is the first one, that went something like 'nothing in my head nothing in my head" or something like that

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:37 PM

WILD FLAG WAS WILD, FAGS

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 6:41 PM

"the songs mary timony sings hold their own with carrie's-"

Her lyrics are terrible.

Carrie's riffing is incredible as always. The band would be amazing if they lose the organist and get a bassist.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 7:02 PM

"in places, it's blistering"- not English.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 7:06 PM

The audience was flat..even their response at the end of the show was weak. I would imagine as most entertainers do, they feed off the audience, so when we're a bunch of quiet pups, don't expect to get bowled over.GET LOUD MUTHA FUCKA'S.The band had some shining moments but also there were times they seemed to wander.We have no one to blame for that outcome but ourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 7:54 PM

wow, looks like a graphic design convention

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 8:58 PM

That SG with P90s and the bigsby looks awesome. But yeah, ditch the keys.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 9:09 PM

oh shut up with the whole "stop taking photos and enjoy the experience man!" diatribe. nothing wrong with taking some photos and rockin out. you can actually do both. funny how you are "experiencing" the concert so much yourself while at the same time conducting a mental critique of other people taking (gasp) a fucking photo. maybe you should rock more and leave your cynicism at home.

Posted by brye | October 19, 2011 9:23 PM

When you are trying to watch a band play and your view is blocked by a fucking camera phone, it's hard not to notice.

Rock out in the back with a zoom lens.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 9:33 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCHpPgiX1wA

but then we don't get videos like this to enjoy again and again

Posted by brye | October 19, 2011 9:40 PM

Let's designate 1-2 people per show to do all the documenting, and then everybody else can do the rocking! Division of labor.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 9:43 PM

7:54 is RIGHT ON. 9:23 is missing the mark,and 9:33 explains the main part of it. The other part is that when you are supposedly simultaneously rocking out and taking some photos, you are usually more concerned with your photos than with being part of any kind of energy transference through art/music. When that shit works, it's MAGIC! And when you are standing there, concerned with compositional framing and lighting and - worst of all - reacting to an exciting moment where something unexpected happens by... reaching for your camera, you are greatly decreasing the chances of making magic happen in two ways: 1 - you are removing yourself from the transference of energy; 2 - you are blocking other people's views and causing them to stare a your little screens instead of at the awesome shit taking place right then and there in front of them.

put the cameras away, and plug in. YOUR actions during a show directly affect the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 9:53 PM

And by YOUR I meant all of us - rereading that sounds a little like i was trying to direct it at camera-obsessed show-goers, but I meant it to be totally inclusive. I also let my grammar slip more than just a little bit by the end of that "sentence."

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 9:59 PM

Why do people like this band?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 10:13 PM

Why do people like this band?

bc they have heart and soul . Sometimes they fuck up, sometimes they nail it. But it's all right out there on the stage.
No posing. And they've got tunes..

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 10:18 PM

Bell House show but the crowd was lame. Get into the music people!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 10:20 PM

this band should be a power trio with no keyboard. wild fag.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 10:27 PM

I dig the keyboard player..the music she plays and how she looks. Great eyes/hair..and she dances like Vanessa from Pylon! which is a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 10:35 PM

if you gonna make video for documentation turn the fucking mic down so its not all overloaded.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2011 11:23 PM

Indie rock has become so dull

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:08 AM

Anyone else get a virus alert when clicking on the photographer's website?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:12 AM

Yes 9:53 PM I completely agree with that annoying crap about taking phone pictures all the time at shows in NYC and yes it really does take away draining the energy or focus of the show. It's almost a selfish act to be concerned with taking a picture instead of being intent on the show.
Imagine Carrie or other musicians feel sort of awkward when they look out and see a whole flock of
people staring at their phones simultaneously.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:24 AM

Sleater-Jammey

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:29 AM

Theres Portlandia, so maybe there should be satire of this indie band in good fun?? After all it's sort of an indie super group.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:32 AM

Maxwells crowd was super lame. If you go to a show, clapping after a song is pretty much mandatory.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:55 AM

is it weird that i'm a 23 year old guy and think carrie brownstein is incredibly hot?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:15 AM

Patti Smith's "Ask The Angels"

Posted by Asigurari Locuinte | October 20, 2011 2:27 AM

"Maxwells crowd was super lame. If you go to a show, clapping after a song is pretty much mandatory."


Unless, like Wild Flag, they suck. Really, people need to bring back booing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:00 AM

If I was a homely lesbian, I too would be soooo into this band.

Too bad I'm not, either of them.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:51 AM

1:15 yes, you're a fucking oddball cretin
lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:52 AM

In 1968 Jobba the Hut took Pete Townshend and froze him in carbonite until 2011. At that time, JTH unfroze him and before waking they did a sex change on him, and named him Carrie Brownstein.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:55 AM

That Times write up sucks, first of all. I was at all three shows and I loved every single one of them. I think the Bowery show was probably the best, followed closely by the Bell House show. Maxwell's was an off night - probably because they recorded a WFMU set earlier that afternoon - so essentially, they played two shows in one day.

The crowd at Maxwell's could definitely have been more enthusiastic too, it's true. It was a Sunday night in Hoboken, though - I guess people were feeling low key.

But overall, the crowds were fun and super appreciative - I don't know what people are talking about on that point - the Bowery audience was screaming their heads off. I was floored after that set, as was everyone else around me. Were you expecting a mosh pit and stage diving or something?!

As for photos at shows, getting mad at that is like getting mad at the sky for being blue. People enjoy live music in all different ways, photos are going to happen. Just like dancing. Or singing. No use complaining about it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 8:11 AM

"I dig the keyboard player..the music she plays and how she looks."

You dig her looks? Are you a guy or girl? She makes Janet look like Miss America.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 8:39 AM

More like Eleanor Snoozeberger, amirite

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:08 AM

Howz about KBK joins as bassist?
Put a little hetero charm into dykeville

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:08 AM

does anyone know how many speakers are inside a CHEVY SONIC?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:11 AM

Bitches were giving me dirty looks at the Bell House for cheering on the band

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:32 AM

sleater jammey. love it.

they were great.

i hate the iphone shit. get a life enjoy the show.

oh and fred armisen was there.
he looked pretty cute in person

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:35 AM

^ I'm surprised that Pat wasn't there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bHeeuDtXs4

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 9:49 AM

the hype for this band is retarded. these songs are dumb! they are boring! there are a hundred younger bands who do this type of shit (which is boring by definition) better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:21 AM

"I'm surprised that Pat wasn't there"

Pat was there!

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/wildflag/boweryballroom/35.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:23 AM

FROHAWK WAS THERE. saw him chilling outside smoking cigs from about 930pm to 1020pm.

if frohawk is at your concert, then you're in the right place. hipster bv rule of thumb.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:48 AM

WF was great last night in Philly!

Encore:

Television (See No Evil)
Misfits (She)

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:49 AM

Any thoughts as to why Corin Tucker's solo career didn't get anywhere near the attention that WF is getting now? Her album is really good.

Posted by donn | October 20, 2011 10:50 AM

if you catch Carrie Brownstein at the right angle, she kind of looks like Joey Ramone.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 10:53 AM

Carrie Brownstein is physically very unattractive, but her stage presence gives her serious sex appeal.

Mary Timony, on the other hand, I'd tap until she empty.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:04 AM

10:53....100% agree! Was thinking the same exact thing!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:05 AM

1048 sad but true

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:07 AM

Lots of people rocking the Patti Smith look, and that's a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:22 AM

Was at Maxwells, thought they were great. crowd was meh. Mary's voice and songs have gotten really grating to me. Love her playing though. And I really felt like proposing to the drum god that is Janet Weiss.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:24 AM

Oh and amazing set of photos. Best I've ever seen on BV by far.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:31 AM

why do they hate bass players so much

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 11:43 AM

The sexism and homophobia on BV continues to make the comments section look like a community college frat house somewhere in the midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 12:44 PM

tell me more about Eleanor's set. was she confident, did the crowd enjoy it?

Posted by George in NJ | October 20, 2011 12:57 PM

12:44 - perhaps sexism is the reason this band is popular

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:00 PM

12:44 how is that degree in Medieval Lesbian Studies working out for ya?

Another question, how do you recharge your iPad in Zuccotti Park? Are there free outlets around? You know that someone has to pay for that electricity, right?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:39 PM

I think that it's great that gals that don't look like they were photoshopped are rocking out and having fun like these gals. Makes my heart feel warm and hopeful.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:42 PM

1:39 - fuck off. deciding the merits of a band of female musicians based on how "fuckable" they might be is sexism.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 1:59 PM

LOL @ gals.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:23 PM

i've never spent time in a frat house in a midwestern community college, but it sounds awesome. they all read BV and talk about music?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:27 PM

as dudes, they're taught to judge ladies based on their looks. how can we blame them for not being educated or enlightened enough not to? i guess male privilege is just too good to give up? or they're just lazy critics? in any case, these comments are weak! wild flag rules!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:42 PM

FYI I was the guy who posted the comment about Carrie Brownstein being physically repulsive but having a sexual stage presence nonetheless, and how I wanna plug Mary Timoney.

The comments I made have nothing to do with their music. They make incredible music. These are just comments about how bangable they are.

I don't think anyone on here said something along the lines of "their music sucks becauase they're ugly," as you seem to be implying.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:55 PM

2:42, you need to drop the grad school insanity and realize that first of all, these people aren't being judged for their looks as much as their looks are being judges independently of their worth as people (or musicians).

beyond that no one is "taught" to judge others' looks - it's universal genetic predisposition and you'd be well served to come to terms with it. it is not any kind of "ignorance" and it is not unique to men.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 2:58 PM

Hey 2:42 - what do you say you and I have a good time tonight together. Would you like to sleep with me? You seem to be pretty open minded, and not predisposed to judge anyone on looks or such ignorant criteria. By the way, I weigh 372 lbs., am 5 ft. 7 1/4 in. tall, have a pleasantly copious among of body hair and I celebrated my 64th year last Tuesday. C'mon , what do you say?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:11 PM

face it, they are ugly but they make good music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:14 PM

I don't mean this to be sexist but female bands fucking suck. Sia would've really been the cherry on top of this shitcake.
Even my bitch agrees.

Posted by Carlin | October 20, 2011 3:15 PM

Well, I'm no sexist but I do believe that I'd tap this
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/wildflag/boweryballroom/43.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:18 PM

@315 that's because forming an all-female band usually requires some sort of feminist principle to enable its creation; a principle that often interferes with the quality of music. i don't see how they would end up with an all-female band otherwise, aside from sheer coincidence.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:19 PM

Whouldja lookit those crowd pics!!
It's like Friday happy hour at Cattyshack

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:21 PM

uptight lesbians are more fun than fish in a barrel. Wait, that was an unfortunate metaphor ...

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:26 PM

Occupy Bowery Ballroom.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:42 PM

BELL HOUSE SHOW FUCKING ROCKED!

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 3:59 PM

yes,the bell house show was great but the crowd sucked balls. janet weiss was amazing as usual on drums and looked great as she always does.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:04 PM

@404 janet weiss is the only drummer that i know with jiggly fatty arms.

actually her and the viv girls drummer from best coast.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:32 PM

bowery and bell house kicked azz (bowery just a tiny bit more, they were really on task at BB). maxwell's show SUCKED. why? cause jersey SUCKS.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 4:34 PM

Is it wrong for me to appreciate these ladies musicianship and have a bulge in my pants for Mary Timony at the same time?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 5:21 PM

Who cares what they look like. It's the indie rock star posturing that contradicts the whole feminist independent music attitude.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 5:47 PM

Wild Flag are pretty fun live, but the fact remains that the album is absolutely horrible. Anyone who really thinks the album is a strong accomplishment of performing, composition, or exposition is fooling themselves. It is almost laughably bad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:33 PM

Oh, and the person who made the comment about Carrie Brownstein being the reincarnation of Pete Townshend: your understanding of music, performance, composition, and overall historical scope is so ill-formed and ignorant that you're barely qualified to listen to music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2011 7:35 PM

^ oh, that's too bad 7:33/7:35, and I was really hoping that I would have your affirmation.

Seriously, suck on my 7.5 inches, dorkshaft.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 7:46 AM

Carrie Brownstein > Anna Calvi

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 8:40 AM

@840 no shit

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 10:59 AM

I would much like give Marie Timony oral pleasure but only after she take shower.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 1:55 PM

how come no one has commented on 4:04's 'ball-sucking' crowd? low hanging fruit?

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2011 2:44 PM

That Times write up sucks, first of all. I was at all three shows and I loved every single one of them. I think the Bowery show was probably the best, followed closely by the Bell House show. Maxwell's was an off night - probably because they recorded a WFMU set earlier that afternoon - so essentially, they played two shows in one day.

Posted by Anonymouss | November 26, 2011 9:30 AM

maxwell's show SUCKED. why? cause jersey SUCKS

Posted by dubizzle | December 7, 2011 1:38 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it.

Posted by eminem quotes | December 15, 2011 4:03 AM

Guys, what's up with this les-ting? The only gay person in this band is Carrie. The rest of them is straight.

Posted by Anon | October 26, 2012 7:28 PM

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