Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tiga at Webster Hall

This was the first time I've been to Webster for a non-Bowery affair, so it was a bit disorienting. Packs of bros in too-gelled up hair. Skanked out ladies teetering in too-tall heels. Also, a fake sailor was trying to chat me up. Isn't it considered impersonation to dress in white collared shirt and pants with a nautical cap during Fleet Week? (Dude asked me where I'm from, and offered that he was from Turkey, so you are DEFINITELY not in the U.S. Navy.) There were, however, genuine American sailors roaming around Webster, arm in arm with some laydeees. I caught up with Caroline Turkish Homework and finally met Jeff Culture of Me, who gave me a quick tutorial about flash-centric party photography (which isn't really my thing, as I don't like to stick cameras in people's faces, but not that the party pic aesthetic is unappealing). By the time Tiga (.ca!) got on, I was told that there was no flash photography allowed, which was simultaneously a relief and a hassle. Surreptitious snaps are my thing, and I think it turned out decently. Anyway, I snapped some shots for 'Sup Mag --who else?-- and "danced" unconvincingly side stage til 3.

Monday, May 18, 2009

No Fun Fest 2009

EDIT: Jamie's column on the Fader is up online now. Part 1 and Part 2. They didn't credit my photos though, despite Jamie's constant reminding. LAME. EDIT2: Now with proper credits!

That was a very shortly lived teaser. Here are more photos. Ended up with a LOT of pics from this three day mayhem (okay not so mayhem, it was a hyper organized affair!), so head over to Flickr to see more more more. Some of my favorites pics (and acts) from the weekend:

Sonic Youth | Thurston Moore
Some Page Six for you: Thurston was just chillaxing all weekend, even reclining on the side stage for Dominick's set. At one point, a videographer tripped over Thurston. Whoops.

Cold Cave
SO GOOD! You must check them out! "Love Comes Close" is my new jam right now!

Yellow Tears

I may not be that familiar with noisy, No Fun bands (yet), but I really enjoyed Yellow Tears's set. Seeing the band have fun on stage, I couldn't help but do the same. Powerful stuff.

Black PusSo LOUD! Even my Etymotic earplugs were not strong enough for the percussive fury.

Emeralds | Mark McGuire
Another band I really enjoyed! The dude next to me said "WOW!" after the trio was done. Deservedly. Bought the new blue 12" at merch.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

No Fun Fest 2009

A Teaser Shot For Now: Bastard Noise - Heaviest act of the first night of the three day fest.
Photographing for More coming soon... No Fun Fest 2009 (As I'd like to call it, Noise with Boys!, even though there are a lot of ladies attending this year.)