Posted in music | tour dates on March 3, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Vivian Girls @ Baby's All Right 3/2/2014
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Vivian Girls played their last two shows over the weekend in Brooklyn, saying goodbye at Death by Audio on Saturday (3/1) with Waxahatchee and Juan Wauters; and then Baby's All Right on Sunday (3/2) with Potty Mouth and Shellhag. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post.

Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, and Ali Koehler all have their own bands (The Babies, La Sera, Upset) which they have seemed more invested in than VG lately, but as one of the bands central to the Brooklyn DIY scene of the late-'00s, I really do think it was as much an End of an Era event as the closing of 285 Kent. (Whether you liked them or not. I did.) I went to the DbA show which, personally, felt like the real last show, as some of Vivian Girls earliest gigs were there and really embodies the spirit of the band. Vivian Girls hit most of their best-known songs (apart from "Where Do You Run To?" which was written by original drummer Frankie Rose), with not too much sentimental talk, though Goodman did say "I'm not going to cry" before launching into "All the Time." All three were in good moods, as was the crowd who coaxed a two-song encore out of them. But as they climbed out through the little window in DbA's stage wall, waving goodbye, it was definitely a little bittersweet. Video from DbA is in this post.

For their actual last show, Baby's All Right was decorated up with balloons (maybe leftover from Indie Pop Prom), and drummer Ali Koehler's mom was there as was former VG drummer Fiona Campbell who delivered shots to the band onstage. Ali's mom, Cassie's boyfriend, and DIY show promoter John Rambo also all came on stage at the end for a group hug. Pictures from Baby's All Right are in this post, and NYC Taper was there who'll have audio up over his way sometime soon.

Meanwhile, Pitchfork posted a feature article titled "When I'm Gone: Why Vivian Girls Mattered" today by writer Jenn Pelly:

Perhaps tellingly of that flash-in-the-pain indie pop era, when bloggers were all hungry for the next MP3 that would put them ahead of the curve, many of [Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival's] other billed groups would subsequently fail to scratch the subterranean cultural consciousness. But across three LPs--2008's Vivian Girls, 2009's Everything Goes Wrong, and 2011's Share the Joy--Vivian Girls helped to architect a scrappy Spectorian sound and spirit for this tiny musical world; with their richly harmonized love-punk, they fused the 1960s aesthetic of girl groups with fast-loud Ramones rock and the doomy Portland punk of Wipers and Dead Moon....

...while it's up for debate whether Vivian Girls were the most aesthetically exemplary band of the 00s noise-pop boom, it is without question that they were its most divisive.
The feature also gets quotes from Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman, Kathleen Hanna and more. More pictures from the Vivian Girls final show -- including one of the setlist -- and a video from DbA, below...

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Vivian Girls - "All the Time" and "No" @ DbA 3/1/2014


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Comments (54)

Definitely way better than Phish.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:21 PM

^^^ HILARIOUS ^^^. Thanks for the laugh 3:21

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:27 PM

New York sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:37 PM

i know side stage is a good spot to hang but it also only gives us shots of Katy. Get in front of the stage. Nice shots tho.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:42 PM

no Vivian Girls without Frankie Rose

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:42 PM

^ the Pitchfork article says Kathleen Hanna almost cried over comments like yours. I think you owe her an apology.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:57 PM

Oh come on now, if you think Cassie's not hot you post a link to a picture of your girlfriend

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/cl/viviangirls/babys/16.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 3:58 PM

Hey 3:42,
PSquared here. Thanks for the compliment on the shots. I was not only on the side of the stage. There are a number of other pics there that are in front.

Plus I got a bunch more photos from the front that were not used. Was not my call

I guess they will be on the director's cut. :)

P.S. Echoing Bill's write up, I felt like it was an end of an era also and always really liked this band and saw them many times.

I wasn't at the DbA show but this one definitely felt like the last as it was. Backstage after there were tears flowing.

Posted by PSquared Photography | March 3, 2014 3:59 PM

PSquared,

Does one of your photographs contain a stage-diving, pregnant 60 year old woman? The one of the lady in the yellow shirt? If yes, I'm sure this is an internet first?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:09 PM

Had never seen Vivian Girls before, figured I liked the Babies so whatever. Bought a ticket awhile back. Decided no, I didn't give a shit. Got high and had sex instead. I couldn't imagine this being any better.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:11 PM

4:09,
The lady in the yellow shirt who you are referring to, and who is in one of the pics above, is Ali's mom. She happens to be a very sweet woman and a hoot and pretty sure she is not pregnant but I assume you were being snarky.

Posted by PSquared Photography | March 3, 2014 4:19 PM

Ha! You got me. I was.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:21 PM

M O M J E A N S

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:28 PM

That ice cream sundae tattoo is sill fucking awful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:31 PM

ew, did you really have to enlist PSQUARED to shoot this shit? what a fucking douche. he'd kick Ali's mom in the face just to get a "good" shot. disgraceful.

Posted by PSquared Photography | March 3, 2014 4:36 PM

get off stage rambo

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:37 PM

It's sad that a whole generation of cute girls where ruined by tattoos.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:39 PM

Potty Mouth - Tiger Trap

Shellshag - Beat Happening

Vivian Girls - Shop Assistants

That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:41 PM

Some real sociopaths commenting here. Legimately scary.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:41 PM

"Thanks for the compliment on the shots."

No one actually complimented you. Conceited much?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:42 PM

Um, yeah they did: "Nice shots tho."

Perhaps you should focus less time on comment stalking one of BV's most prolific photgraphers and more time on learning to read.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:47 PM

I am the real PSquared Photography. Do not believe other posts.

Posted by PSquared Photography | March 3, 2014 4:49 PM

Stop pretending like this band was important. If they were, their last shows wouldn't be in tiny venues like DBA and Baby's All Right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:51 PM

pellyrock / shermanwave

vivian girls
potty mouth
speedy ortiz
waxahatcharever
swearin

every other edgy female fronted band

are they all dikes?

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 4:59 PM

Please let this be the last post about this talentless band of hacks.

Of course Kathleen Hanna likes them. It's like fake posers can smell each other

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 5:06 PM

Kanthleen Hana iz my mom jk lol

Posted by Abraham Fucking Lincoln | March 3, 2014 5:13 PM

Please list one positive accomplishment any of you haters have made to music or any other aspect of life. Oh none...that's what we thought.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 5:20 PM

FOR CHRISTSAKES SOMEBODY DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 5:21 PM

last show ever. 13 song set. what'd they play for 25 minutes? this show must have been special.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 5:48 PM

Rule of thumb: if Jenn Pelly writes an article about why something matters, that means it doesn't matter.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 6:17 PM

All I got from skimming that article is that the vivian girls are semi-responsible for a lot of awful girl bands that the Andrew Sachars and Jenn Pellys of this world like to hype.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 7:26 PM

LCD SY VG MSG 2020

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 7:46 PM

In time they will be as influential as The Velvet Underground. You will see.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 9:18 PM

^ right, and you'll be as wise as Socrates.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 9:29 PM

Vivian Girls will always be known as "that band Frankie Rose was once in"

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 9:52 PM

If you trolls don't stop with the hateful lies we're gonna get Red Hat to come stare you down

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/cl/viviangirls/babys/40.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 9:54 PM

Red Hat + Giant Bro 4 eva

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 9:56 PM

K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K B K

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 10:04 PM

Vivian Girls will always be known as "that band KBK's boobs were once in"

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 12:54 AM

typical BV thread: dudes with no bands hating on chicks in a band because they're chicks and they're in a band, and they get press, which is two steps further in the game than said dudes will ever be.

Vivian Girls rule. Fuck all ya'll.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 9:41 AM

PSquared Photography here. I want everyone to know that I am no homo. I do not enjoy going to st vitus. I am a hetero and would love to play hide the salami in kickball's fun bags.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 9:45 AM

Lesb Club

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 10:18 AM

KBK's tits were special.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 10:25 AM

Guys, seriously, lay off. You're so mean.

Posted by PSquared Photography | March 4, 2014 11:18 AM

^ you are going to make my wife Kathleen cry

Posted by Adam Keefe Horovitz | March 4, 2014 11:25 AM

Viv Girls ruled. First saw them way at the bottom of a bill headlined by Jay Reatard at DBA. They were certainly primitive, but exciting and memorable. Every band between them and Jay was pretty forgettable, but you could sense, even then, that those kind of dudes would never "get" Vivian Girls.

Fuck the haters, people will be listening to, and enjoying, those Vivian Girls records for years to come.

To all the long-term BV/VG commenters: your demo mp3s still suck, and even your girlfriends are getting sick of going to your shows. Now get off your phone and pour my coffee, bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 1:26 PM

Only 50 comments on VGs farewell show?

Uh oh, BV. Better hope your SPINMEDIA p a y o l a overlords don't catch wind of this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2014 3:27 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | March 4, 2014 6:47 PM

Vivian Girls were an okay act but whatever, there are still like 10 other "Girls" bands that run with a similar vibe.

Regarding the Jenn Pellys of the world, they really need to start digging up some decent writers, laying these jokers to rest. Their musical reference points don't go beyond 2005. Song craft and substance have taken a back seat in favor of mediocrity and blandness. These hacks celebrate image and calculated hype over talent. Music journalism is a joke. Bring back the Douglas Wolk types.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2014 1:26 AM

I like to bang self-important music "journalists." Just sayin'!

Posted by deviloid | March 5, 2014 1:52 PM

such a amazing album !

Posted by Manson | March 18, 2014 4:50 AM

nostalgic already? The '00's?

laughable. get over yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 10:03 PM

Yawn. Now BV can overhype Upset. Man, now that band sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 10:05 PM

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