Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus & Ebony Bones @ McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY (the final Pool Party) – pics
photos (all but one) by Jason Bergman
NJ Ira (this photo by Paul Bachmann)
I'm always running late, so I unfortunately didn't get to the Pool on Sunday (Aug 24, 2008) until Yo La Tengo was about to go on. That was right around the time they also shut the gates for being at capacity. It was also when I saw Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz walk in. I heard he was supposed to introduce Yo La Tengo, but he got there a minute too late.
Yo La Tengo are such a great live band - from beginning to end, but the highlight of my 90 minutes at the Pool (which were also the final 90 minutes of JellyNYC's 3-year run of Pool Parties at McCarren) was, when during Yo La Tengo's encore, fellow NJ band Titus Andronicus joined them on stage to do a cover of "Where Eagles Dare" by Misfits (who were also from NJ) ("I ain't no goddamn son of a bitch, You better think about it baby"). Ira announced that now that Brooklyn was over (a joke referring to the end of the pool), NJ is where it's at. Titus' frontman also held up a NJ flag in Jersey's honor and then draped it over Ira's back (see above).
Obama was barely in the house. More of Jason's pictures below...
Yo La Tengo...
Distraught music fans considering going off the deep end when the swimming pool turned concert venue at Williamsburg's McCarren Park closes later this month can breathe easy.
Plans are in the works to keep outdoor concerts in the trendy neighborhood afloat.
JellyNYC, the company responsible for the park's popular "Pool Parties" concert series, is teaming with local officials and community advocacy groups to find the indie-rock mainstay a new home in the area by next summer.
"These concerts are the last bastion of what this neighborhood has come to represent over the past 10 or 15 years," said JellyNYC's founder Alexander Kane. "If they leave, Williamsburg will become just another SoHo."
Two sites in particular have been pegged as possible venues to replace McCarren Park, which is getting a $50 million facelift - East River State Park in Williamsburg and the forthcoming Bushwick Inlet Park on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. [NY Daily News]