performance :: mccarren park

on sunday i headed to a free music festival at mccarren park pool in williamsburg. hats off to jellynyc for hosting the free shows. the space is an old emptied out pool, turned into a summer stage. the setup was pretty fun: team dodgeball with tournament, a slip and slide, burgers, brooklyn beer, and hot dogs. it's actually a perfect set up for outdoor concerts. the heat was intense at times, but if you come prepared and ready for sun, it was no big deal. many people brought their own blankets to lay on. of course the fastest way to cool off was to hit the slip and slide. [ watch video]

playing on the bill were asobi seksu, irving, enon, and of montreal. i was mainly there for enon, but i wanted to check out asobi seki (an 8.3 according to the pitchfork rictor scale) and of montreal. irving was the flattest of the performances; straight indie pop over influenced by morrissey and the smiths. asobi seki didn't really touch me in any way, the album songs sound good on CD, but live i just didn't really feel anything. as for their my bloody valentine or shoegaze comparisions, i didn't find it in them either.

seeing enon again was great. they're my record for most seen shows; i think i've seen 'em about 8-10 times now. john had some guitar tech probs and toko awkwardly entertained the crowd, squeezing out a couple of giggles here and there. most of the material was new, much more guitar and rock oriented then their play into electro such as on high society. i was glad to hear new material and can't wait to hear it on headphones for their next album.[ watch video]

overall the show was great. they had dodgeball. dodgeball! if you weren't into the music, there were plenty of distractions to take up your time until the next act. i left shortly after of montreal started, half overbaked from the sun and half not into their glamour pop. deerhoof is playing in a couple weeks with the same mccarren park set up, and i'm totally psyched for that.


At 1:27 AM, Anonymous stayss said...

"the album songs sound good on CD, but live i just didn't really feel anything"

that's kinda how i felt about of montreal. eh.


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