Many shots are familiar since I don't post entire sets here, but it's nice to have these pics in one place...
10. The Rakes | Bowery Ballroom | April 19
They broke up. I remember being completely underwhelmed by this show because I felt like front man Alan was just going through the motions. It's easy to speculate about reasons that led to the split, but in this moment, they look like they're having fun.
I always like these little moments of pensiveness.
8. Peaches | Terminal 5 | November 14
I'm fond of this photo because there are great details. Talk about hair piece. The show was entertaining but it was drawn out awkwardly; there were multiple encores, and by the time Peaches left the stage, the crowd had waned considerably. There were also a lot of confused, half-naked people because at one point, Peaches asked people to disrobe. (She later ran off stage with the clothes tossed on stage,
7. Fever Ray | Webster Hall | September 29
Fever Ray was incredibly hard to photograph because Karin Dreijer performs in the dark. Essentially. As soon as I saw how horribly back lit she was during the "brighter" moments in the set, I knew I needed to get a silhouette shot.
6. !!! | Terminal 5 | September 5
That front man was dancing around the photo pit, and I tried desperately to avoid him so I won't be sweated on. Read the piece for Sup Magazine here.
5. Sonic Youth | Music Hall of Williamsburg | May 16
You can't see his bloodied fingers from this angle.
4. Mew | Music Hall of Williamsburg | August 24
If I were doing a top ten concerts of 2009 list, this concert would be, unequivocally, the best concert. Their lighting situation is also somewhat difficult -- the band uses tons of visual projections and they are often back lit. Check out the interview and photo shoot for Sup Magazine here. I knew I had to get an atmospheric shot to capture the ethereal dream state that is the Mew experience.
3. The Decemberists | Terminal 5 | September 19
Oh, Colin Meloy! My camera was somewhat sputtering at this moment because I was taking a slew of photos -- I was so afraid that I didn't catch this! (That is another reason why I'm upgrading.)
2. Peter, Bjorn and John | Webster Hall | November 9
I almost didn't go to this one, so I'm particularly glad I caught an air shot. Write up and more photos at Sup.
1. Pissed Jeans | Music Hall of Williamsburg | October 3
This photo is not particularly well-composed and it's pretty disgusting, but it is sensational. I've had friends randomly bring up this photo, only for me to mention that I took it... Anyway, I've grown to like this band. Prior to seeing them live -and they're a great live act- I was pretty apathetic about this band's brand of sludgy rawk. But no, they're great! If you were wondering, the drummer later told me that he had bad Indian food that night.
Mew | Music Hall of Williamsburg | August 24
Lykke Li | Webster Hall | July 30
I was so jet lagged at this concert. I just flew in from Hong Kong late in the previous evening. I was supposed to shoot this for Interview online but I just couldn't make it through the show. (Knowing that Kanye would make a surprise appearance couldn't assuage my brain dead state.)
Erin Wasson | WBAR BBQ, Barnard College | April 26
I decided to go "street style photographer" to humor some friends who are fans of this model. This photo has been getting a lot of views on my Flickr (considering that I am very selective about how I share my photos).
Talib Kweli | Columbia University | April 18
This printed very well on the front page of the Columbia Daily Spectator. The reason this isn't in the actual top ten is that this is too Columbia-centric; If it weren't for the reflection of Low Library on Talib's sunglasses -something any Columbia student would recognize- this would just be a decapitation.
Vampire Weekend | Low Library Steps, Columbia University | April 18
This was the same concert as the Talib Kweli gig (Vampire Weekend was opening). I still can't believe how big they've gotten. 100,000+ friends on Myspace! I remember when they were playing the dingy basement of the now-demolished Barnard student center. Took this side stage.
Have a happy and healthy New Year!