Posted in music | pictures on July 9, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Guided by Voices/Cloud Nothings
Guided by Voices
Cloud Nothings

One of the many shows that went down in NYC this past weekend as part of the CBGB Festival was the big, free day show at Central Park Summerstage on Saturday (7/7) with Guided by Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War On Drugs, and Cloud Nothings. Despite the heat wave that hit NYC over the weekend, many braved the high temperatures to catch this stacked show, which was pretty packed from start to finish. Presumably because it was a 4-band bill and was a day show, the openers got pretty short sets, but nonetheless all four bands were great and little time was wasted.

Cloud Nothings kicked off the day at 3 PM with a 5-song set that relied entirely on this year's Attack on Memory. Considering how short the set was, they did manage to keep things pretty varied. Between "Separation," the interlude they prefaced it with, and the extended jam of "Wasted Days," about half of their set was instrumental, and they balanced that with the album's two poppiest tracks, "Stay Useless" and "Fall In." A hot sunny day in central park isn't exactly the appropriate place for a mosh pit or anything, but there was a good amount of dancing and singing along, especially during the closing screams of "Wasted Days."

Then The War on Drugs cooled things off with their breezy folk rock, opening strong with Slave Ambient standout, "Baby Missiles." The band's floaty atmospheres can get pretty meandering (in a good way), but are always grounded by the band's relentlessly upbeat drummer. They work in nice touches of noise and ambience, most notably doing so when the bassist played a droning trumpet through an effect laden mic before going into the anthemic "Come to the City."

Up next were The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who immediately woke up the lazy, sweat-dripping crowd with a super energetic set, kickstarted by the driving "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now." Frontman Kip Berman doesn't let up for the entire show, rocking out through every song while bearing a spot-on delivery. They played a pretty solid mix of material off both full lengths, all of which were bright pop blasts, delivered even clearer and bigger than the increased lo-to-mid-fi production on the newer album. The band, who on Saturday were augmented by Connor from The Drums on second guitar, didn't really hit any low points and played through tons of favorites like "Young Adult Friction," "Heart In Your Heartbreak," and more.

The show wrapped up with the much-anticipated headlining set by Guided by Voices which came after multiple crowd chants of "GBV, GBV, GBV!" The band, whose influential brand of lo-fi was responsible for helping to set the groundwork that all three of the opening bands heavily work into their sound, walked on stage, cigarettes in hand, and in extremely high spirits for the appreciative crowd. They focused their set mostly on material off of their two 2012 full lengths, Let's Go Eat the Factory and Class Clown Spots a UFO, their first two albums since 2004. Because of GBV's notoriously short songs, they only took about ten minutes to bang out the same amount of songs that the opening bands played in their entire sets, and both the band and the crowd were really into it. Robert Pollard's playful stage banter was intact (he said something about how during his last Central Park show he got in trouble for throwing beer cans into the audience) and the band's on-stage demeanor was just as lively, complete with split kicks from guitarist Mitch Mitchell, and the head-nodding, singing-along bassist, Greg Demos.

More pictures from the Central Park show, including one of GBV's setlist, are below...

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Comments (72)

NY will re-sign

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NIL.

NY will still rule NBA basketball.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 9:40 AM

^Nets are going to be better

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 9:43 AM

GBV's setlist was BS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 9:49 AM

Please come see THE WAR ON DRUGS with DEAN &BRITTA 7/21 at mulcahys wantagh (located under LIRR station)
SHINE A LIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL . Proceed benefit children with special needs. Hosted by TOMMY BRULL FOUNDATION. Tickets avail on ticketfly

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 9:52 AM

The Trocadero show was well worth the trip!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 9:59 AM

wow...crap setlist from gbv.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:01 AM

I have never seen so many Greatful Dead shirts in my life!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:06 AM

LOL old white people

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:10 AM

It's unfortunate that Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are still "around"

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:10 AM

Dark Star for Robot Boy

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:10 AM

Dear Cloud Nothings. Please get a new drummer. Dude can't keep time if his life depended on it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:12 AM

Steinbergers are so ironic, man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:18 AM

Superchunk reigns supreme

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:19 AM

SONIC YOUTH

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:22 AM

old hippies won't go away

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:26 AM

Pollard looks decrepit for 70

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:28 AM

If I went out in the 100 degree heat to hear GBV only do all those new songs I would have gone Harley Flanagan (sorry, Rick Ta Life) all over them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:34 AM

Agreed. Not a good set list.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:35 AM

Phish always plays a good set list.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:37 AM

Cloud Nothings were absolutely horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:37 AM

"If I went out in the 100 degree heat to hear GBV, I would have gone Harley Flanagan (sorry, Rick Ta Life) all over them."

Agreed with this and 10:10.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:39 AM

Clouder>Cloud Nothings

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:40 AM

"Dear Cloud Nothings. Please get a new drummer. Dude can't keep time if his life depended on it."

true, but i don't think it's their intention to keep time. they're pretty sloppy but i kinda like it like that

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:46 AM

I went to this show and enjoyed all four bands, but the relentlessly positive tone of this write-up seems false and pandering. I suspect the author wants to keep everything tight with the publicists who hook him up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:52 AM

"Despite the heat wave that hit NYC over the weekend, many braved the high temperatures to catch this stacked show, which was pretty packed from start to finish."

If you are referring to the number of people, your statement would be incorrect. I got there right before Cloud Nothings and breezed right into a almost maybe half full venue. Plenty of room. Left right after the first band, so could not speak to the crowd size later.

There were not many people at the Times Square shows either.Tons of space there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:54 AM

Hey come see the classic line-up of GBV playing new songs!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 10:57 AM

^ ha ha lulz

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:03 AM

I see GBV spends more money on alcohol in 3 mins. than their entire wardrobe

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:08 AM

yeah, that setlist makes me feel better about missing it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:14 AM

I rather hear a 30 minute drum solo at a dead concert than this set!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:16 AM

i actually really like the newest GBV album, but it was so painfully frustrating every time he introduced a song as, "This is off our new album it's called blah blah blah Ancient Spaceship"

it's 100 degrees out, just play the hits bob

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:19 AM

10:52 is right on. Particularly with the strong endorsement of Pains, a great band on record, who were handily outperformed by the other three bands. That said, even with the questionable GBV setlist, it was still a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:21 AM

I was waiting for them to play Down with Disease!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:30 AM

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:38 AM

^ Getting paid a good living to play music for appreciative audiences? Great, where do I sign up? They're Guided By Voices, what have you ever done?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:20 PM

Guided by Voices > everything

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:24 PM

^Winning the lottery?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:26 PM

Digging ditches on NJT > being an old tattooed member some hippy band

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:41 PM

dead end middle management job > being an old tattooed member some hippie band

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:45 PM

^ Well, I guess the world needs them too. Good luck on all your endeavors! You didn't really strike me as the world-beater type anyway...

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:55 PM

Hey if they ever build that transit tunnel the NJT job will pay well and guarantee you many years of a job!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:00 PM

And it's a well known fact -- women LOVE guys who troll Brooklyn Vegan. There's nary a lonely, frustrated, bachelor in the bunch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:08 PM

what was up with security. totally overreacted to a fan dancing around near the front. jumped over the stage barrier and tackled him then forced him out of the venue. once he was in the crowd he reverted from security to a thug looking for a fight. when the fan was telling the cops what had happened the guard said "i already told you once not to mosh". the guy may have been a bit obnoxious, but a total overrreaction by the guard.

oh, and to the girl with the "death before decaf" tattoo on her arm - you'll never regret that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:15 PM

fucking hippies make me sick

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:21 PM

^Death before decaf! HA HA..that is the type of people I figured would be at GBV concert.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:21 PM

all of the members of GbV work day jobs except for Bob Pollard. He lives in a small house in Ohio that any alcoholic crackhead can afford.

Posted by troof | July 9, 2012 1:26 PM

Does bv ever write bad reviews? I'm not saying any of these bands are bad but I'm just wondering.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:31 PM

all the ironic tees, felt like I was at an urban outfitter

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:39 PM

So, they do it because they enjoy doing it. Props to GbV.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:42 PM

^it was cool of them to give a collective FU to the audience by not playing any hits...I mean they didn't play Touch of Gray or Uncle John's Band!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:46 PM

^ I smell a Bruce Vilanch...

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:50 PM

^Weir did you hear that? Thats the Lesh they could do!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:52 PM

der-her old people are hippy's derp derp people who don't like the music I like are stupid and are totally into some lame band like the grateful dead. I'm going to be teh gweatest rock and roll superstar evers.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:53 PM

1:42 I think they play for beer money..

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:57 PM

Is this where I go to bitch anonymously about how terrible Cloud Nothings were/are?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 2:06 PM

1:57 Idk, they seem to be a pretty savvy bunch to me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 2:09 PM

Cloud Nothings are terrible? lol dude. Weren't loud enough though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 3:25 PM

people jumping around near the front = moshing? i was closeby when security leaped over the railing and shoved that one guy to the ground. oops, guess you can't move at these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 4:15 PM

The pics all make it look a lot more crowded than it seemed there to me. But I was drunk, so maybe the people just looked smaller.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 4:23 PM

The pains of being out of hummus

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 5:51 PM

GBV are fucking horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 8:06 PM

GBV rule and you're all fucking stupid

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 11:56 AM

^tell me what rules about them..they sound like a garage band on a good day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 12:08 PM

^what rules is that they were/are able to write quality songs that are still loose enough to allow for improvisation and jamming in a live setting. It's much harder to do than it looks like.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 12:15 PM

I hate faux lo-fi

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 12:16 PM

My problem with GBV is they try too hard to sound cheap...sort of like NMH and the Strokes

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 12:32 PM

"Does bv ever write bad reviews? I'm not saying any of these bands are bad but I'm just wondering."

I think they just decide to scrap any reviews if any shows turn out to suck. That or they just make up good reviews for shows that suck anyway.

"...so maybe the people just looked smaller."


Much like their personalities.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 12:33 PM

My problem with GBV is they try too hard to sound cheap...sort of like NMH and the Strokes


You mean on record ?

With the exception of the Strokes , none of those bands really had any money to make those classic records with.. it was completely out of necessity at those times and are probably the best examples of lo-fi done right as opposed to bands today who are more than capable of making a good recording for cheap but choose to be lo-fi as an aesthetic... GBV & NMH in the early mid 90s didn't really have a choice..

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 3:38 PM

FYI hit seekers:
Hits become hits by being played LIVE for fans that appreciate their favorite band NOT playing the songs they've heard at dozens of shows over the years. This is because a true music fan goes to the shows, travels to do so if necessary, pays money to support the bands they love and doesn't care what fucking temperature it is outside. If you want to hear the hits that people like me have made time-tested and true for losers like you, then stay inside the air-conditioned coffee shop and download them for free like the uninspired lazy wimps that you are.
Oh, I forgot, most of you did and are just using the setlist (which ruled) as your pathetic excuse for missing a great show given generously and with heart by dudes twice your age with 100X more talent and energy. Keep on going nowhere dudes and when you record half of what Pollard has, maybe you'll have grounds to criticize his life's work. That probably won't happen though.

Posted by GBVeathippies | July 18, 2012 4:37 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | August 29, 2012 12:28 PM

two cute couple in one of the pictures.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 3:28 PM

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