Protip: If you’re ever looking to get a show shut down as fast as possible, whip a bottle at a police car. “The plan was originally for Ryan Schreiber, founder of Pitchfork, and Patrick Stickles, lead singer of the grouchy New Jersey band Titus Andronicus, to DJ at Shea Stadium from 2 a.m. until dawn,” notes the Observer‘s Leon Neyfakh of last night’s ill-fated fete at Shea Stadium, official afterparty to the Wavves show at the Knitting Factory. Instead, some clown threw a bottle, and this happened instead:
Mr. Schreiber and those who managed to follow him out were lucky: many were made to wait inside while the police searched for the person who threw the bottle. While one group of officers served a summons to a cranky long-haired youngster in a backwards baseball cap (a situation that was not directly related to the bottle-throwing incident), one particularly severe-looking fellow took position in front of the door to the venue and blocked it with his beefy body. “Nobody’s leaving till we find out who did this,” the officer said, in between exasperated snarls directed at the people in the stairwell pushing the door into him in hopes of getting free.
They caught a guy, finally, though he doth protest. Quote of the article, BTW, regards another police-antagonizing incident:
According to Cosmo, the reason the police showed up at Shea Stadium in the first place was that they heard his friend Jay– one of the guys standing nearby– doing burnouts in his red Firebird after driving some of the band members to the party from the Wavves show.
A burnout, for those who don’t know, is a hot rod trick that involves stepping on your break and hitting the gas at the same time, causing the front wheels to lock and the back wheels to spin really fast. “Basically if you got enough horsepower, it just spins the tires loose from the road,” Jay explained. “It makes a noise, makes some smoke, makes chicks wet.”
This is why we can’t have nice things (like Ryan Schreiber DJ sets).