We’re closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. In the meantime, please join SOTC and our house photographer Rebecca Smeyne in looking back at the year in concerts, from last year’s Crown Heights Stupid Party end-of-2008 blowout to the These Are Powers shows that popped off just weeks ago in the now defunct basement of a certain famous rap mogul. Enjoy. We’ll see you in the new year.
You went to a stupid party on New Year’s Eve; we photographed Stupid Party in Crown Heights. It involved Screaming Females and a lot of papier mache.
Hey Willpower graced Death By Audio with their decolletage, dance routines and a rabbit head. Below, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig stops by and demonstrates his indie cred.
Promoter Todd P hosted a massive Brooklyn vs. Baltimore warehouse show, headlined by Dan Deacon (BL) and These Are Powers (NY).
2009 saw the shuttering of some briefly infamous DIY venues, none of which were ever legal in the first place. One of them was Bushwick’s Bodega, where Spank Rock stopped by for a secret show with Ninjasonik and Japanther.
Another ill-fated spot was the afterhours spot the Shank, located on McCarren park. The venue played host to a number of illegal ragers, such as this one with Valient Thorr and Acid Tiger and, below, this Bikes in the Kitchen party, with Juiceboxxx, Cerebral Ballzy, and Wild Yaks.
Jimmy Eat World played a special show at Terminal 5 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their emo classic, Clarity.
Les Savy Fav hosted a pajama party. Above: Tim Harrington helps a fan clear out those pores.
South by Southwest was the usual clusterfuck. Highlights included Myopenbar’s Four Square Punk party (ed: thrown by, ahem, Rebecca Smeyne), the massive Fader Complex, and Todd P’s event at Ms. Bea’s.
Michachu and the Shapes were all the buzz in early Spring.
Of Montreal played a series of three sold-out shows at the Music hall of Williamsburg.
Performance troupe Fischerspooner made a comeback in 2009, starting with a series of open dress rehearsals at the Wooster Group.
USAisamonster played their last show ever at the Market Hotel, with opener Awesome Color. USAisamonster alums are now busy with new bands, such as Silk Flowers and CSC Funk Band.
Israeli cock-rockers Monotonix came to town in May, shortly before playing the Voice’s Siren Festival in July.
Hillstock was a permit-less backyard-and-rooftop festival organized by Eric Williams and the Showpaper kids. There was one hitch– Eric’s landlord magically discovered, thanks to a New York Times nabe-blog post, that his property was about to be transformed into a venue.
The L Magazine‘s Northside festival took over Williamsburg’s venues for a few days in June. A minor controversy ensued when one of the more anticipated shows didn’t accept Northside badges.
Todd P threw an acoustic DIY-fest at Ft. Tilden beach.
Brooklyn locals Matt and Kim had a huge year, first running naked through Times Square, and then winning an MTV VMA Award for it.
Voice music editor Rob Harvilla conducted the most meta-interview of all-time with Das Racist.
Sleep When Dead organized an event with the bands Aa, Pterodactyl, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, and Eskaltors that commenced on a Times Square subway platform, continued on the 7 train, and made its way to the Unisphere at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
The Woodsist label and Todd P threw a July 4th shindig under the JMZ train in a vacant Bushwick lot. Bands included Woods, the Vivian Girls, Kurt Vile, the Oh-sees, and new Sub-Pop signees the Dum Dum Girls.
Despite the closing of the McCarren Park Pool venue, the Jelly Pool Parties returned with a killer lineup. Even Jay Z and Beyonce stopped by to see what the fuss was all about.
The All Points West Festival returned to New Jersey for a mostly rain-soaked weekend. Headliner Jay-Z warmed up even the most drenched concertgoers.
In late summer, a new venue opened on a fake sand beach on Governor’s island. Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae were among the artists who inaugurated the spot.
Some artists built a maze at Death By Audio, and some bands played in it.
England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival took over Kutscher’s Country Club in the Catskills for a three-day dream lineup, curated by the Flaming Lips. One of many highlights was the comeback of the Jesus Lizard, as well as the Boredoms playing in the round.
In September, the YYYs played at Radio City Music Hall for thousands of fans, but they also played an intimate show for a few hundred at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
CMJ happened again, and Zach Baron wondered why.
Vice threw a $250k 15th Anniversary party on Halloween with the Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, and Titus Andronicus. There were some, uh, issues, with security.
Rivers Cuomo of Weezer was hospitalized following a bus accident shortly after this photo was taken.
Garage rockers the Mummies came to town for a rare show.
We blew Dame Dash’s spot. More about that here.
No Age played a new Todd P venue, known simply as the garage “Above the Auto Parts Store”
Rhys Chatham conducted a 200 guitar orchestra outside Lincoln Center, followed by a Liquid Liquid set.
ABC No Rio’s matinee punk shows are still going strong after all these years, and after the venue received an anonymous one million dollar check for Thanksgiving, hopefully we can expect many more years of the above. Happy 2009! Or is it 2010?