2014 Year End Review

2014 was a year of extreme highs and extreme lows. In May, my daughter graduated from Pharmacy school with the title of Doctor and I had to put my dear kitty Saqqara to sleep. In April, my friend Jiwon, went missing and was found after a month having ended her life (the 30 days of not knowing took a tremendous toll). In March, I attended SXSW for the first time which was amazing. I’ve shot bunches of shows and seen many small venues close. Crazy year. These photos are not a “Best Of” they are shows that I enjoyed something about.

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The Liar Show 1/4/14

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Mike Kelley exhibit at Moma PS1 1/19/14

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Sideshow Goshko at KGB Bar 1/23/14

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Reputante at Baby’s All Right 2/7/14

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Vivian Girls last show at Baby’s All Right 3/3/14

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Drowners at Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl 3/9/14

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Future Islands at Hype Hotel SXSW 3/13/14

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Perfect Pussy on the bridge in Austin SXSW 3/14/14

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Coachwhips on the bridge SXSW 3/15/14

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Firewworks courtesy of John Dwyer SXSW 3/15/14

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Perfect Pussy at Death by Audio 4/4/14

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Stephen’s first show – with JPK at Fort Useless 5/3/14

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Liars at LPR 5/8/14

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Kara Walker at Domino Sugar Factory 5/10/14

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Dr. martinez 5/17/14

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Swans at MHOW 5/19/14

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Youth Code at St. Vitus 6/14/14

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Policia at MHOW 6/17/14

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Ought at Rough Trade 6/20/14

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Wild Beasts at Pier 84 7/10/14

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Casket Girls at South Street Seaport 8/1/14

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Bree 8/19/14

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Liturgy for Issue Project Room at Pioneer Works 8/23/14

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Deafheaven at MHOW 9/14/14

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Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom 9/16/14

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Sondre Lerche at Bowery Ballroom 9/23/14

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Earth at St. Vitus 9/24/14

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Augustines at Bowery Ballroom 10/1/14

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Clouder at Death by Audio 10/9/14

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Excepter at 24 hour drone – Death By Audio 10/25/14

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Pallbearer at St. Vitus 10/27/14

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TOMBS at St. Vitus 10/27/14

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Bryan and Amy get engaged at Glasslands 11/18/14

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Zambri at Glasslands 12/5/14

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Rock Lottery at Baby’s All Right 12/6/14

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Matmos at Issue Project Room 12/9/14

I’d like to dedicate this years post Jiwon and Saqqara

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Jiwon Lee

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Saqqara

5 Years of Fort Useless

There were a lot of DIY venue closures this year and most have been heavily covered by the local NYC music press but my home base DIY venue was Fort Useless. Not only did I shoot there, I had photo exhibits and curated many of the art shows. It is sorely missed by my little community of musicians and artists. Fort Useless continues to be a non-profit arts organization and endeavors to find new space. Thanks for all your hard work, Jeremiah.

I hope that there is a photo of everyone that frequented the Fort — my apologies if I missed anyone.

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Jeremiah Mcvay behind the bar on opening day 8/24/09

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Kristie Redfield 8/24/09

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Manny Nomikos and Andrea DeFelice 8/24/09

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Sharon Van Etten 8/24/09

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Jared Friedman 8/24/09

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Iced Ink – Madri Gras 2/14/10

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Dinosaur Feathers – Mardi Gras 2/14/10

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Mardi Gras 2/14/10

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Flying Pace – Mardi Gras 2/14/10

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Holy Moly – Mardi Gras 2/14/10

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Spit Take – Hosted by George Flanagan 3/19/10

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Convertible Gallery after part – Hans Viets entertains us with his Christopher Walken impression.3/27/10

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Marta and Stephen’s birthday party 4/18/12 – I love the smile on Marta’s face here. And, yes, this is the party when I bounced someone.

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Spit Take – George Flanagan 5/1/10

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Sara Shaefer at Spit Take 5/1/10

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Brian McLoughlin at Spit Take 5/1/10

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Magnetic Islands 5/2/10

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Binary Marketing Show 5/2/10

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Bermuda Bonnie 11/7/10

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Teletextile 11/7/10

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Double Down Opening Reception 11/13/10

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Song Writers Salon – Pamela Martinez – 11/22/10

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Fort Useless Holiday Sale 12/5/10

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Binary Marketing Show 1/16/11

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Collective Drum Time Machine 1/16/11

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Video Daughters 1/16/11

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Chat Logs 1/16/11

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Delineate Opening Reception 1/15/11 – Photo by Lisa LaBonk (Aguilar)

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Birds in Weather 1/13/11

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Quilty 1/13/11

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Gold Streets 1/13/11

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Luff 1/13/11

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Spit Take – George Flanagan – this is the photo where the guy asked me to take out the child he brought to the show so he wouldn’t get in trouble (look carefully – you can see it).

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Quiet Loudly 3/6/11

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Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Marie Stella – Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Flying Pace Mardi Gras 3/6/11

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Brian LaRue – Moth Up – 3/11/11

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Libel – Opening Reception for Convergence 4/2/11

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Nightfalls 4/16/11

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Clouder 4/16/11

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Weird Children 4/16/11

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Gospel Gossip 8/7/11

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Girlfriends 8/7/11

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Clouder 8/7/11

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Before the opening reception for 120 dB 1/26/12

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120 dB Opening – photo by George Flanagan 1/26/12

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120 dB opening – photo by George Flanagan 1/26/12

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JPK – Double Trouble Birthday Bash 3/3/12

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Boy King Island 3/3/12

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Clouder 3/3/12

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Clouder 3/3/12

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John Steele Singers 3/10/12

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The Meaning of Life 3/10/12

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Ball of Flame Shoot Fire 3/10/12

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The Meaning of Life (iPhone photo) 8/11/12

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New Year’s Eve 2012 (iPhone photo)

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Opening Reception for Translations 5/25/13 (It was sooooo cold that night).

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5/25/13

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Opening Reception for Full Circle (iPhone photo) 12/13/13

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Opening Reception for Frame of Reference (iPhone photo by Jeremiah McVay) 2/21/14

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The return of the LA – I love Lisa’s smile in this photo (even though she is a bit blurry).5/3/14

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Opening Reception for Sclera (iPhone photo) 5/23/14

Farewell Glasslands

Glasslands will close it’s doors at the end of the year – the last of the 3 music venues to do so at South 1st/2nd and Kent Ave. I did not go to DBA or 285 Kent often but I went to Glasslands for years. I complained regularly to Rami about the lack of light and yet he still put me on his lists to come and shoot (you are an angel, Rami).

I’ve put together this post with a photo of every band that I shot there — not every band that I saw there because sometimes I just went to a show. I will start from the most recent and work my way back – it’s not perfect chronological order because I missed a few and had to go back and add them.

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7/6/11

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7/6/11

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9/19/12

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6/2/13

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The Blow 12/5/14

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Zambri 12/5/14

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Cookies 12/5/14

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new myths 11/18/14

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Mount Sharp 11/18/14

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Thin Lips 11/18/14

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A Deer A Horse 11/18/14

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Porcelain Raft 9/5/13

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Rewards 9/5/13

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School Night (Darby Cici of The Antlers) 9/13/14

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Heliotropes 6/18/13

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Fan Tan 6/18/14

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Bad Cop 6/18/14

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Holly Miranda 6/2/13

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Tim Mislock 6/2/14

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William Carl Jr. 6/2/13

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Joseph Ruben

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Majical Cloudz 9/13/13

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Moon King 9/13/13

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Matthew E. Duffy 9/13/13

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Oberhofer 5/2/13

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Celestial Shore 5/2/13

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Life Size Maps 5/2/13

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Tempers 6/14/14

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Suuns 6/14/13 There was really no light at all during this CMJ show. Once the fog machine kicked in I split.

And now….back to the clouds…
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Deer Tracks 3/4/13

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Fox 3/4/13

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Teletextile 3/4/13

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Backwords 1/18/13

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Gringo Star 1/18/13

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Radical Dads 1/18/13

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Blood Red Shoes 9/19/12

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DZ Deathrays 9/19/12

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Freshkills 9/19/12

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Beacon 9/12/12

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Jacob 2-2 9/12/12

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Chappelle 9/12/12

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Teeel 9/12/12

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El Jezel 5/22/12 (iPhone photo)

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Lower Dens 5/2/12

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Air Waves 5/2/12

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Twisted Wires 5/2/12

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Crocodiles 4/11/12

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Eternal Summers 4/11/12

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Young Boys 4/11/12

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Hospitality 2/3/12 – This was the night the health department decided to spot check the place and we waited forever for Hospitality to go on. It was their CD release party – well worth the wait.

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Glass Ghost 2/3/12

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Dustin Wong 2/3/12

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Cat Martino 12/7/11

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Ian O’Neill 12/7/11

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Virgin Forest 12/7/11

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Mason Chambers 12/7/11

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Eternal Summers 9/19/11

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Reading Rainbow (now Bleeding Rainbow) 9/19/11

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The Hairs 9/19/11

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New Look 9/13/11

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BRAHMS 9/13/11

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People at Parties 9/13/11

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Young Athletes League 9/13/11

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White Birds 7/23/11

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EMA 7/21/11

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Talk Normal 7/21/11

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Abble Hearts 7/21/11

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Mazes 7/6/11

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Country Mice 7/6/11

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Beige 7/6/11

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The Vaccines 1/23/11

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Oberhofer 1/23/11

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Motive 1/23/11

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Guards 1/23/11

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Twin Shadow 9/12/10

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Zambri 9/12/10

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My Gold Mask 9/12/10

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Steve Moore 6/25/10

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Autre Ne Vuet 6/25/10

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Secret Machines 2/20/10

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Bear in Heaven 2/20/10

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Mon Khmer 2/20/10

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Noveller 2/20/10 – This is my favorite photo of all the photos I ever shot at Glasslands.

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Papa 2/10/10

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Savoir Adore 9/18/09

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Drink Up Buttercup 9/18/09

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The Art of Shooting 9/18/09

I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane as much as I did. Wishing all the best to Rami and Jake for the future.

285 Kent and Death By Audio (RIP)

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Clouder 10/9/14

I hardly ever went to either 285 Kent and Death By Audio but they hosted amazing shows and really created a community for their patrons. I put together this small collection of the photos I shot there for the record as so many small venues closed this year.

Death By Audio:

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Hopewell 8/2/07

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Perfect Pussy 4/4/14

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Friendless Bummer 4/14/14

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Sarongs 4/14/14

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Green Dream 4/14/14

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Clouder 10/9/14

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The Teen Age 10/9/14

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Spirit Sytem 10/9/14

285 Kent:

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Eula 6/14/12

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Porcelain Raft 10/16/13

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Yamentaka Sonic Titan 10/16/13

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Sarah Neufeld 10/16/13

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Tei Shi 10/16/13

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White Poppy 10/16/13

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Ken Mode 6/14/13

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Lo Pan 6/14/13

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Adult. 6/8/13

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Black Marble 6/8/13

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Eraas 6/8/12

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You 6/8/13

Matmos, HARIBO at Issue Project Room

12/9/14: Still photos do this performance no justice. Matmos performed scenes “The Park” and “The Backyard” from the television opera Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley. They were accompanied by new collaborative video work by M.C. Schmidt and emerging Baltimore video artist and electronic musician Max Eilbacher. For “The Park,” MC Schmidt and Drew Daniel were joined by Davindar Singh on bansuri, Adam Markiewicz (of The Dreebs) on electric violin, Britton Powell on upright bass, Isabel Castellvi, Leigh Stuart, and Clarice Jensen on cellos. This was an amazing end to my 2014 shoots.

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Matmos

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HARIBO

To see full set on Impose click here.

The Blow, Zambri and Cookies at Glasslands

12/5/14 — My last trip out to South 1st/2nd and Kent — will certainly miss Glasslands (but not the walk to Glasslands).

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The Blow

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Zambri

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Cookies

To see full set on Impose click here.

Rock Lottery 2014 at Baby’s All Right

This is one of my favorite things to shoot. The day is exhausting but totally worth it. The rehearsal spaces took me to various points in Brooklyn – Gowanus, Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsurg, I was on the train a lot.

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Bob D’Amico (Fiery Furnaces/Sebadoh); Maggie Carson: Banjo (Spirit Family Reunion); Teeny Lieberson (TEEN); Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles); Drew Patrizi (What Made Milwaukee Famous / Trumpeter Swan)

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The Dave Matthews Vibe (DMV)
Josh Sinton: Saxophone (Ideal Bread / Nate Wooley Quintet) Rick Froberg (Obits / Drive Like Jehu) Olly Peacock (Gomez) Drew Citron (Beverly) Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simon)

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TBOI (The Beatles on iTunes)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan); Alex Levine (So So Glos); Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost); Chrys Nodal (Wet Illustrated / Past Life / Pearls)

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LOVVLIFE
Sal Maida (Roxy Music / Milk’N’Cookies); Ryan Jones (Mutilation Rites); Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts); Ross Clark (St. Lucia); Rob Pallotta (Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond)

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Julia Kent: Cellist (Antony & the Johnsons); Mauro Refosco: Marimba/Percussion (Forro in the Dark); Noah Stitelman (Neighbors); Carter Yasutake: Trumpet (Midnight Magic); Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

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Hosted by Tim Harrington

Here are some shots taken throughout the day and at the show:

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To see full gallery on Brooklyn Vegan click here.

Kick Assonance at KGB Bar

Every once in a while, my friend Kyle Erickson host a poetry reading. This last one at KGB Bar was beautiful.

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Quiet, introverted poets…

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KYLE ERICKSON is co-creator of the poetry series Kick Assonance, which has been noted by the Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, hailed as a “Critics’ Pick” by Time Out New York Magazine, and called “a notable New York Event” by The Rumpus. Kyle’s work can be read in This Land Press, Promethia, B’More Poetic, and on his blog, okieinthecity.com, which was heralded as a “Top 101 New York Blog.” His first book of poetry, Enduro’s Lament, was released in 2012.

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STEVEN LEYVA was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in The Rumpus, The Light Ekphrastic, The Cobalt Review, and Little Patuxent Review. He is a Cave Canem fellow, the winner of the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize, editor of the Little Patuxent Review, and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the undergraduate writing program.

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TAFISHA A. EDWARDS is a Guyanese Canadian poet who lives and works in Washington D.C. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Bodega Magazine, The Barely South Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Vinyl Poetry, and others. She is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House and has been awarded scholarships to The Juniper Summer Writing Institute and The Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference.

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GEORGE HACKETT was born in Scotland, and has lived in New York for the better part of 15 years. His poems appear in the first edition of PaxJournal, under a different byline, and he has won prizes at poetry festivals in Washington and Nevada.

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Hosted by the ever lovely, Leslie Goshko.

To see full gallery click here.

New myths, Mount Sharp, Thin Lips and A Deer A Horse at Glasslands

11/18/14 at Glasslands — fun night (and Bryan and Amy got engaged).

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New Myths

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Mount Sharp

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A Deer A Horse

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Thin Lips

To see complete gallery on Impose click here.

The Liar Show 11/1/14 at Cornelia Street Cafe

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With Robin Gelfenbien, Rory Scholl, Christine Gentry and Steve Zimmer. Hosted by Andy Christie.

Click here for full gallery.

Actions speak louder than words.

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I don’t really know how things in my like came to this. When did it become ok for a man to scream at me on the street (as well as cyber and physical stalking) or push my head back as far as it could go or jam his tongue, uninvited, into my mouth? By the way, these are all different men. I spend quite a lot of time around men and they are mostly just fine – respectful and friendly. Perhaps it has made me too relaxed because I never seen it coming. These are not the actions of friends and they are not because you are ‘rusty’ at affection – none of these are friendly or affectionate acts. They are abusive. So, I’d just like to say – keep you mean words, hands, etc. to yourselves.

*I don’t know the people in this photo – I don’t think their fight was serious.

Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar at St. Vitus 10/27/14

Just a few days after CMJ, I headed out to St. Vitus in Greeenpoint to shoot Pallbearer. I don’t normally shoot metal but after a horrid experience at an indie rock show with a photographer who verbally abused me for about 20 minutes I decided that I needed to be around people who treat each other decently. The crowd was pretty wonderful as were the bands.

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Pallbearer

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Tombs

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Vattnet Viskar

Click here to see full set on Impose.