Well, it appears we’re on the brink of surviving another miserable New York City summer, that horrible time of year when, in hopes of not committing suicide, we convince ourselves (and our readers?) that outdoor shows and backyard barbecues are enough to make up for the sweltering heat we feel just a little bit more severely with every flight of stairs we climb toward our third-floor apartments each night. As Labor Day approaches, and I get ready to pick out a whole batch of new sweaters to buy for fall, let’s take a moment to look on the bright side and remember some high points from the past few months.
6/24 Superchunk at McCarren Park Pool
It was probably the least crowded of all the Pool Parties this summer, but it shouldn’t have been.
7/4 New Pornographers at Battery Park
Ok, sorry, but I didn’t actually go to this show. I’m sure it was fine, but probably not as good as the BBQ I went to where I ate flank steak marinated in some delicious combination of lime and chipotle and presumably other good stuff, and where other people ate Rice Krispie treats… with WEED in them.
8/11 Vampire Weekend at the East River Ampitheater
There were fucking boats crossing behind them, and babies dancing.
8/17 The National & Takka Takka at the Seaport
Even a steady, annoying rain couldn’t ruin this one.
8/24 Camera Obscura at the Seaport
Technically this show hasn’t happened yet [lead time], but I’m going..., and it’s going to be awesome.