Thanks to everyone who made it out to Les Savy Fav at McCarren Park yesterday for the Stereogum/Ice Cream Man-curated kick-off of JellyNYC’s rock ‘n’ roll pool parties. Especially those who Tivo’d Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in order to see great opening sets from Proton Proton, Dragons Of Zynth, and Holy Fuck w/ Beans.
Jelly did a fantastic job with the space, which is bigger than three olympic sized pools, but hasn’t seen any swimming since 1983. As promised there were dodgeball tournaments, free ice cream, Brooklyn Brew, and a fancy 27 foot inflatable slip ‘n’ slide.
LSF’s Tim Harrington is a madman, and he’s bringing sexy back. Thousands of hipsters were in a frenzy from the second the band ripped into “Tragic Monsters” and Tim ripped off his shirt to reveal a fake sunburn.
Talk about connecting with your audience: the kinetic frontman was pure punk, leaping in and out of the crowd for the entire set, bringing kids onstage to clap and hula hoop, pouring beverages down their throats, and laying down a tarp for them to carry him overhead. He even ran out to the dodgeball court mid-song and joined the match. No singing ‘n’ slip ‘n’ slide, though; probably a bit dangerous. (Or not?! Thanks Jeff!) During encore “Rome,” Tim poured a bag of confetti on his head, then water, then more confetti. I bet he’s a lot of fun at cocktail parties.
Amrit and I took a billion photos, but I’ve narrowed ‘em down to slightly less than a billion for you (sorry, Tim’s really photogenic).
Les Savy Fav’s setlist:
The DJ love was supplied by the twins of Finger On The Pulse, who also made for some upstanding MCs. Grab DJ Never Forget’s “Summer Rotations Mix” right here (MP3).
The fun continues every Sunday until 9/3. There are some great acts lined up — Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Walkmen, Dead Meadow — and it’s all FREE. Bring your sunscreen.
I took some video of Holy Fuck w/ Beans (YouSendIt). Can anyone help compress the .avi to 100 MB or less so I can YouTube it? E-mail me if you can help! Les Savy video from the show will appear on a live DVD being released by French Kiss.