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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?


Thurston Moore – “Circulation”

Jucifer flyer

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