I went to day one of the Creators Project event in DUMBO yesterday. It was definitely one of the best events I’ve been too all year. Below are some pictures I took while walking around and visiting the different galleries and so on. I also go to see a beautiful performance by Florence & The Machine under the Manhattan Bridge Archway, I will post those pictures later.
Can’t remember who the first band was. The second band was Cults, *groan*.
So, Foster The People. Is it just me or did they just sneak attack into the music scene out of left field? Just me? Ok, cause I don’t listen to the radio or watch music videos and I don’t troll music blogs like a music news junkie. I’m the complete opposite of a hipster, I find out about bands after everyone and their grandmother has heard of them. I had never heard of them or their song Pumped Up Kicks up until about 5 weeks ago when I was on a little weekend getaway with my friends and completely at the mercy of their iPods. There was a lot of Katy Perry and some other stuff, then my friend played Pumped Up Kicks. It didn’t strike me, but it was a cool song.
Let’s pretend they didn’t have an opening band.
I’ve heard of The Rapture over the years, but I’ve never listened to their music. How is that possible you ask? Do you live in a cave Roselyn? In a way I do. Stephanie told me we had to go to this show, so of course I went and wow. Wow. wOw. She told me they’ve had better crowds, which is cool, but I didn’t really care cause I was blown away before they were halfway into the first song on their setlist, In The Grace of Your Love. I bought their latest album of the same name right after the show, it’s a great album, but you have to see this band live. See them. This is one of those bands where a recording just isn’t enough.
I was really lazy about this, just never got around to it until now. This was a fantastic show, both openers were great, which was a nice surprise since opening bands are usually awful and painful to sit through. A few pictures below, I wasn’t trying too hard at this show, just wanted to enjoy it. And I had the tallest men in the world right in front of me.
Many special guests joined the Cabin Down Below band for Dylan Fest this year. To name a few, or actually most of them: Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Binki Shapiro, Adam Green, Jack Dishel, Regina Spektor, Zane Carney, Will Forte and the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Most of the same people played on the second night and a few others showed up, including Reeve Carney, Justin Long and Alia Shawkat.
DJ Destructo started the night off with some danceable music, the crowd was having a good time. He kept the masses entertained. Nothing out of this world, but his set was fun.
Next up, Teengirl Fantasy. Their set was like going up a rollercoaster, feeling terrified anticipation, and finally reaching the top only to discover that it’s just a plateau for miles. At one point, the music was so monotonous that we found ourselves getting sleepy. Odd.
Then suddenly, our easily divided attention was distracted by a vicious fight, involving about ten people in the crowd. It was strange, because the music was the complete opposite of what we were witnessing. I guess music doesn’t always affect mood, because those kids should have been napping, not trying to strangle one another with glow sticks.
Finally, Crystal Castles. They came on close to midnight.
I didn’t keep detailed track of the setlist, I never really do, so here’s a random list:
Courtship Dating/Crimewave/Air War/Alice Practice/Baptism/Pap Smear/Suffocation/Untrust Us/Yes,No
Unfortunately they did not play Year of Silence, probably my favorite Crystal Castles song. But it was still a great set.
After dancing with abandon and crowdsurfing three times, Alice walked off of the stage with a crutch. My guess is that broken ankle is going to take much longer to heal than expected. But I think everyone appreciated her lack of concern for her own wellbeing. It made for a great performance.
Ethan was on point the entire night. Alice attracts most of the attention, especially with a broken ankle, it’s hard to look away. But he definitely kept the music flowing smoothly. And Christopher, he is probably the most neglected of those on stage, but he was a beast on the drums.
Can’t wait to see them again at the Sweetlife Festival in Maryland.
Here is video my sister took of the song they opened with, Baptism.
I am almost a month late with this post, can’t believe I forgot. Better late than never though right?
The only Beach House song I was very familiar with before seeing them live is Lover of Mine. I could have listened to more of their music, but sometimes I like to experience a band/musician live, before hearing their recordings.
I was blown away.
I bought their album Teen Dream afterwards. There really isn’t a better way to describe their music, that show felt like a wonderful dream.
You can see for yourself…
I haven’t done this in a while. I went for a walk during the snowfall in the evening, that didn’t last long. Then again the next day after it was over.
You can see more pictures in my online portfolio, NYC Snow Blizzard 2010 pictures. Let me know what you think.