Saturday has a sense of dread. listening to the forecast on Saturday, you heard weathermen talking about triple digit temperatures, record highs and "real feel" temps. Power outages were a possibility -- just as the Mayans predicted.
That Saturday afternoon rolled around, the sun went away and all that worrying was for not. It just a hazy and muggy day -- one of many that we get in New York every year. One of the things New Yorkers love to do is bitch about the weather.
Thus, the when I think about the mammoth line-up at Central Park, I can think about the performances first. The afternoon lineup was part of the CBGB festival, which will be best known for some psycho bass player stabbing somebody at Webster Hall. What's more pathetic than an over-the-hill punk rocker? An over-the-hill punk rocker with a grudge and a knife.
As a whole, the CBGB festival was just like any other festival -- a lot of bands that you've never heard of and never hear from again, bands you've seen already and a bunch of other art things to make it seem diverse. I'm sceptical of anything with CBGB in it, since the name has been bought by investors who are going to milk, market and exploit the brand as much as possible. I predict toys, theme restaurants, hotels, broadway musicals, a line of snack foods and energy drinks.
That's another story, I;m hear to show you pictures of musicians. Guided By Voices look like they are back for good. I have to preference this by saying I have little working knowledge of the GBV catalogue. The band has been around for 30 years and have released hundreds of songs. My knowledge of early 90s indie is restricted to Pavement. I do acknowledge their legacy and importance of shaping indie music as we know today.
The show reminded me a lot of the Pavement shows from last year. Like Pavement, I had seen GBV back in the day, which was Irving Plaza in 1997. I remember being stuck in the back with a bunch of people moshing and smoking cigarettes at the same time. For a few years, both bands were out of commission, but reunited to appeal to a new set of younger fans. Although, GBV returned with some of the classic line-up are releasing new material.
It was kind of shocking seeing Robert Pollard shuffle out on stage with his crew. They got real old, especially Pollard. At least his voice is strong, and that's what counts. The crowd upfront were all young people screaming along, while the people in the back were the old guys who remember them during the good old days. Fun for all ages.
All the other bands were in their usual fine form. I had seen and written about them before, so enjoy pictures of them with trees behind them
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The War of Drugs