members of YYYs, D-Plan, Drive Like Jehu, Parquet Courts, Sebadoh & more combined for Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 (pics)
photos by Maryanne Ventrice; words by Bill Pearis
LOVVLIFE / Tim Harrington / The DMV / TBOI @ Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5
The fifth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/6) at Baby's All Right. Members of bands convened that morning, with names being drawn out of a hat by five drummers to make the ad-hoc bands, who then spent the rest of the day writing and rehearsing original songs that would be performed that night at the venue. It was a sold out show and proceeds from the evening went to the Harmony Program, "a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education." We've got pictures from the whole day, rehearsals and everything, in this post
I've been to a few of the past Rock Lotteries and this was by far the most stacked line-up of participating musicians which also yielded some good music that worked beyond the novelty of seeing these supergroups. (It was also a lot of fun.) The luck of the draw also gave us some strange/awesome bands: LOVVLIFE featured four bassists (from Parquet Courts, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more) which made for a lot of "could I get more bass in the monitor" jokes as well as a cover of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom."
The DMV (Dave Matthew's Vibe) featured Rick Froberg (Obits, Drive Like Jehu), Drew Citron (Beverly), and Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone). They worked up a krauty vibe and I'd go see them play again if they were a real band. And TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes), which featured Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison and members of So So Glos, Jukebox the Ghost and Wet Illustrated, pretty much played like a real band with songs that some "real" bands probably would've gladly had in their arsenal.
The evening began and finished with the two most eclectic groups. Fraud Stewart included members of TEEN, Spirit Family Reunion, Crocodiles, Sebadoh and the styles of their songs varied depending on who was singing; and then Friend of a Friend, which included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase, trumpeter Carter Yasutake, cellist Julia Kent, marimba player Mauro Refosco and Neighbors' Noah Stitelman, finished the evening with a cohesive-but-avant-garde pop set that would've been at home at The Stone.
Hosting the evening was Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington who interviewed the bands, helped give away raffle prizes (he made winners rub noses and other body parts with him) and also made videos of him singing long versions of "Jingle Bells" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" and generally yukked it up.
More pictures from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 below...
BREAKFAST/ DRAWING OF NAMES
THE BANDS / REHEARSALS
Bob D'Amico (Fiery Furnaces/Sebadoh); Maggie Carson: Banjo (Spirit Family Reunion); Teeny Lieberson (TEEN); Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles); Drew Patrizi (What Made Milwaukee Famous / Trumpeter Swan)
The Dave Matthews Vibe (DMV)
Josh Sinton: Saxophone (Ideal Bread / Nate Wooley Quintet) Rick Froberg (Obits / Drive Like Jehu) Olly Peacock (Gomez) Drew Citron (Beverly) Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simon)
TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan); Alex Levine (So So Glos); Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost); Chrys Nodal (Wet Illustrated / Past Life / Pearls)
Sal Maida (Roxy Music / Milk'N'Cookies); Ryan Jones (Mutilation Rites); Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts); Ross Clark (St. Lucia); Rob Pallotta (Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond)
Friend of a Friend
Julia Kent: Cellist (Antony & the Johnsons); Mauro Refosco: Marimba/Percussion (Forro in the Dark); Noah Stitelman (Neighbors); Carter Yasutake: Trumpet (Midnight Magic); Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Tim Harrington / Fraud Stewart
Friend of a Friend