Friday, December 24, 2010

Best of 2010

Twenty-ten was a year of some damn good concerts. I started out in January with old favorites and fellow Columbia alums Vampire Weekend and concluded two days ago my new favorite, Yelawolf. Though I didn't go out much during the first half of the year while slaving over my thesis, I made up for that lull with a mind-blowing Bonnaroo adventure.

My top 5 favorite concerts this year (photo or no photo) are
1. Robyn at Webster Hall (twice)
2. Miike Snow at Terminal 5 (who I fell in love with during Bonnaroo)
3. Daryl Hall and Chromeo at Bonnaroo
4. Delorean / Tanlines at Bowery Ballroom
5. Diamond Rings at Mercury Lounge
and Pissed Jeans at Cake Shop (my perennial must-sees) as an honorable mention because I always like checking them out.

The following images are some of my favorites from 2010:
Crowd During Dropkick Murphys | Bonnaroo | June 13

Pissed Jeans | Cake Shop | June 18

Goldfrapp | Hammerstein Ballroom | June 23

Crowd During Ted Leo | Siren Festival | July 17

Jack White
The Dead Weather | Prospect Park Bandshell | August 3

After the show
Local Natives | Governor's Island | August 7

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles | Terminal 5 | August 21

Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters | Terminal 5 | August 25

Stephen Malkmus
Pavement | Central Park | September 22

MNDR | Terminal 5 | October 7

The Drums
The Drums | Webster Hall | October 20

Guided by Voices
Guided by Voices | Terminal 5 | November 7

Kate Nash
Kate Nash | Terminal 5 | November 19

And here are some passes:

2010 in Photo Passes

And finally, I have some photo-related resolutions for the new year:
1. Shoot more
2. Shoot more outside of concerts
3. Shoot more non-Bowery stuffs
4. Make website
5. Upgrade lens

Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bear Hands at Bowery Ballroom

I went to check out Bear Hands yesterday and take some snaps for House List. I'm not too familiar with this band, aside from the snippets I heard during CMJ during the Maker's Mark, Fred Perry, and event at Stratosphere Sound. The photo below is from that day (also, check out the "outtakes"):
Bear Hands
Drummer wasn't there that day... Why is it so hard to photograph the drummer?

Anyway, the lighting was pretty tough that night. The stage alternated unrelentingly between overblown red hues and dimmed lights. Though there were sporadic bursts of white light, the night was pretty atrocious. In terms of tunes, Bear Hands was pretty catchy at times. (However, I need to take another listen, since I tend to focus on the visual and not aural when I'm shooting.) The second opener was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - also enjoyable, but the visual elements were really distracting.
Bear Hands
Bear Hands
Bear Hands
Photos for House List are here, and the rest of my Flickr set is here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From the Vault: Mew Outtakes

One of the things I like most about Flickr is its analytics function and the ability to check out popularity trends in your images. For me, I like seeing what band photos have disproportionate amounts of "favorites" or views (i.e.: Vampire Weekend). Well, long story short, another person favorited a photo I took of Mew a year and a half ago for a Sup Magazine feature, and it occurred to me that I have outtakes that never saw light of day. And I know that my pics of Mew have been "image macro"-ed and Tumblr-ed, so I figure I should post these up for people to check out. If anything, this is an excuse to gawk at handsome Danes ;)
Mew Outtakes
Mew Outtakes - Jonas
Mew Outtakes - Bo's Tattoo For the ENTIRE Flickr set, click here. Check out the Sup Magazine feature here (while you still can).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tennis at Mercury Lounge

Love All
Tennis is a husband and wife duo from Denver that makes dreamy, dreamy pop. I really enjoyed their sold out set at the Mercury Lounge. Check out my photos on House List (along with Jason Dean's review) and even more photos on Flickr.