Posted in music | pictures on August 6, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Wild Flag/Mission of Burma at Prospect Park - 8/3/12
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This summer's free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continued on Friday (8/3) with a great co-headlining double bill of Wild Flag and Mission of Burma, and support from a solo Ted Leo set. People began lining up in Prospect Park at least a half hour before doors opened and by the time Ted Leo began his set at 7 PM many of the chairs had filled up and others took more casually to the grass area in the back, some of who were sitting on free blankets provided by show sponsor Google Play (who also had a stage at Lollapalooza over the weekend).

The entire bill was made up of artists who have left a lasting stamp on indie rock, and all three were terrific as usual. Ted Leo's opening set included a number of Pharmacists songs, and he also revealed two new ones for the first time (one of which you can watch a video of below). He was both modest (he called a performance of one of the new songs "half baked") and in good spirits the whole time, cracking wtty jokes like, "This next one's for Park Slope, it's called 'The Little Smug Supper Club.'" (Though at the end of the song he said, "I shouldn't talk, I live in Brooklyn Heights.")

After Ted, Mission of Burma kept things going with a set which continued to prove, four albums into their post-reunion career, that they are still a necessary band. The new material is just as genuine as the early-'80s output and the band members are just as (or more) lively and youthful than many of the bands who took after them. Drummer Peter Prescott is playfully sarcastic while the other members keep a bit quieter with stage banter but create massive levels of noise with their instruments -- especially guitarist Roger Miller, whose playing is equally sloppy and noisy as it is precise and melodic, not unlike J Mascis who he likely had influence on.

Then Wild Flag closed out the night with a killer set made up mostly of material from their 2011 debut, including standout tracks like "Glass Tambourine," "Boom," and "Romance," plus deeper cuts like the always-intense "Racehorse," which was a bit less drawn out at this show than past performances, but still one of Carrie Brownstein's most shining moments in the set. They also mixed a few new songs into their set, like they've been doing at other 2012 shows. Upon returning for their encore, Carrie said that since they were in New York, one of the greatest places for music, they'd play some NY covers. The band then proceeded to bang out covers of Television's "See No Evil" and Patti Smith's "Ask the Angels," doing more than justice to both songs. A video of both covers is below.

The free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park continue on August 10 with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose. More pictures and videos from last Friday's show are below...

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Wild Flag - "See No Evil" & "Ask the Angels" at Prospect Park - 8/3/12

Mission of Burma at Prospect Park - 8/3/12

Ted Leo - new song at Prospect Park - 8/3/12

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Comments (38)

ted has got the greatest collection of old punk shirts EVR

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:19 AM

Went in with lower expectations. Saw all the acts as basically B-list these days. Was pleasantly surprised by the energy all the way through. Good times.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:23 AM

I always say nothing says punk rock like a +$4k high gloss reissue Gibson 335. Clearly Ted Leo agrees.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:28 AM

HEY - BUCKEYE SHRIMPER AND FABULOUS FLAMER WERE THERE!
REPRESENT SISTAZ! WOOP WOOP!

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/wildflag/prospect/23.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:36 AM

This show was so loud I was rocking out in the port-o-john!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:45 AM

So glad I gave money to arrive late, cut lines, and sit up front in chairs. This show reminded me again of how much the donation is worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:50 AM

3 bucks !? that's way too much. should have been free. and free beer too. and free drugs. and if you are an artist a voucher for free housing should have been incl.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:54 AM

^ typical hipster dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 9:55 AM

Ted Leo's hairline marches forever backwards.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:22 AM

9:23 - thank you for your input. Now, due to your hipster insights, we will upgrade our feelings on this show. We were waiting for you to give these bands a thumbs up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:31 AM

^ internet nazi dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:33 AM

10:22 I'm sure your hairline actually marches forward, forming a bushy unibrow amirite

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:34 AM

How stupid must you feel commenting on Ted Leo's hairline... get out of the house... Do something... Anything.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:47 AM

You may lack the life experience and good sense to know it but all of our hairlines are marching forever backwards. True fact. Now, where's that latte?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 10:54 AM

Nice looking fivehead on that Ted Leo. It's hairplug time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:06 AM

Best. Show. Ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:16 AM

People sure do like to talk during performances.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:18 AM

I go to shows to hang out with my friends and talk. The crappy bands are just background music to my conversations.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:26 AM

Oh, and I like to take a gazillion pictures with my iphone to show my friends that couldn't go how worthy I am of their respect. Then, I never look at those pictures ever again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:37 AM

Great show. Mission of Burma never disappoints.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 11:46 AM

If there's grass on the field, play ball!

Posted by Eric M. Van | August 6, 2012 12:00 PM

burma setlist anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:02 PM

Epic shots of the camera guy's ass in that Ted Leo vid - THANKS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 12:06 PM

I had to endure two women siting in front of me, talking through the entire "Burma" set. They ate about $60 in food and booze, and dispatched the boyfriend when the food and grog ran low. Punk rock!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:42 PM

What does it take to make a group of presumably educated adult wear birthday party hats to a concert? Aside from stupidity, I mean. I can only assume such simpletons have had no problems in their lives yet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:46 PM

Burma should have headlined. Wild Flag are good but Burma killed em!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 1:57 PM

wild fag

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 3:30 PM

carrie brownstein, pls marry me

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 6:52 PM

I'll take Mary. One day I will take her, and make wild animal sex with her. Rip that skirt off and gnong gnong gnong

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 7:30 PM

whos the fat bitch playing keys n wild flag? kick er out guyz shes soo fucking ulgly.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 8:02 PM

I will marry Mary Timony someday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 8:05 PM

^ you will get sloppy seconds

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2012 8:12 PM

Wow, people are fucking assholes. WILD FLAG rocks! Thank you for being so awesome!

Posted by Christina | August 6, 2012 8:14 PM

Good double bill
I do agree that MOB should have headlined, but what difference does it really make? They both played, basically the same amount of time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 5:19 AM

"Burma should have headlined. Wild Flag are good but Burma killed 'em!"


1 Big DUH. Proof that Pitchfork and hipsterdom have bloated and swelled up big time. This should have been a no-brainer; MOB headline!


Note: The same should have applied with the Helmet/Toadies show. I guess the college rock scene won over that day.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:21 AM

Love how 14 year old hipsters make fun of receding hairlines, as if there is anything anyone with that problem can do about it. Hope it happens to you some day, ya fucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:30 PM

^is that you Marissa Paternoster?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:47 PM

the t-shirts.

Posted by jordon | July 25, 2013 1:07 PM

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