Monthly Archives: June 2011

Gallery: Coma Cinema, Yellowbirds, Thieving Irons

Coma Cinema, Yellowbirds, Thieving Irons at Coco 66. Presented by The Wild Honey Pie (6/23/11). This was a really fun evening spending time with good friends Nate and Josh. Also met Nate’s parents and had great chats with Caithlin DeMarrais and Zambri. Many thanks to Eric and Lauren from The Wild Honey Pie.

Full galleries here on The Wild Honey Pie.

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Coma Cinema

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Yellowbirds

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Thieving Irons

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Stats – Jan – June 2011

These are the top 10 viewed posts from Jan-June. Some of them are quite recent…

Gallery – We Are Augustines at B61

Delineate Postcards

Gallery – Mardi Gras at Fort Useless

Roots of Friendship Run Deep (a story about how words effect you)

Northside 2011 Photo Preview

Gallery – Brain Cave Festival

Photos from Delineate Opening Reception

Northside Festival 2011 Wrap-Up

Gallery – Spit-Take Friday

Gallery – Recess 2nd Anniversary

And, here are the top 10 photos (when there were multiple photos from the same gallery – I only chose one or two).

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JAMAICA, Dinowalrus and Kidrockers

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JFOD 50 first Jokes

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We Are Augustines B61

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Kidrockers April show

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John F. O’Donnell and Claudia Cogan at 50 First Jokes

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Weird Children – Fort Useless

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Birds in Weather – Bruar Falls

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Sideshow Goshko

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Dinowalrus – Kidrockers

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Oberhofer – Glasslands

10 Photos – January-June

These are some stand-out moments for me from the first 6 months of 2011.

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Gold Streets at Fort Useless. I really love it when musicians break down the barrier and wander into the audience while playing. I’ve always enjoyed the aspect of art that opens people.

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JPK let me get really close to his face and flash him with a bright light. He has so much patience….

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Caithlin DeMarrais at Littlefield. It was such a pleasure to see Caithlin perform – one of my favorite voices.

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We Are Augustines at B61. Bill always gives everything he has. This was an intense, warm and magnetic performance.

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Wye Oak at Bowery Ballroom. It always makes me smile when I see images of Jen playing guitar and swinging her golden locks. She’s a fierce front woman that doesn’t lose her gentle nature.

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Clouder at Fort Useless. This was insane. The photo is only the side of the venue near the stage because I, literally could not turn around (I risked being knocked in the back of the head with a mike stand). There have never been so many people in Fort Useless. It was awesome – and terrifying.

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Lisa’s legs at Shea Stadium – yeow!!

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Julia’s first birthday. This is my goddaughter – she’s kinda fearless.

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Mark, Justin and Sal on the bench outside of Spike Hill. I shot this on the last day of Northside Festival. Everyone was zonked – including me. I’m not sure how I was still standing at this point – I did spend quite some time sitting on that bench later on in the afternoon.

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Nate (Thieving Irons) What a wonderful evening. It’s always a pleasure to see my dear friend Nate play. The new songs are gorgeous.

Musings

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I guess it’s because I saw so many people this weekend that I’ve gotten to thinking about the nature of friendship. This past weekend I saw good friends, acquaintances, colleagues and people I’m not sure if I want to know. It’s odd how someone can move into a new category in an instant. Some who were colleagues I now count as friends and some that were acquaintances I may not want to know anymore.

It’s all about honesty for me – friendship – that is. Dishonesty cuts me like a knife. I can take just about anything – as most children of alcoholics there isn’t much that I haven’t seen so I have a great deal of tolerance for bad behavior. I know, to my core, that people can be cruel, make terrible mistakes and need forgiveness. How does one forgive the dishonest? It’s always been a tough one for me – it’s the crux of all relationships.

I’ve worked hard at being open and letting love flow through me and I guess I still need to work more – to stay open to those who are not/cannot/ will not be honest with me is hard. I want to shut them out and stay away from them yet there is a part of me that thinks it’s more important to let those people in – they need it more. Perhaps I am foolish. Time will tell.

Summertime

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Roots of Friendship Run Deep

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As I sit here and listen to Rise Ye Sunken Ships by my dear friends, We Are Augustines and peruse the lyrics on their web site I can’t help but be brought back to a little over 6 years ago when I first met Bill and Eric. My friendship with Bill – which is probably the most important one of my life – began with him and me discussing his lyrics. They are visual — so I can see them and they have a tremendous emotional impact on me. Over the years, these are some that have stayed with me.

You trade places with the shadows on the floor – The Trouble with River Cities

Dashboard Jesus in a taxi cab, Never heard a word the driver said, Cause things only sink in so deeply, and its too late to be to late – Driftwood Days

You got a fragile face in a public place – Song Writes Itself

Well why don’t you leave? Cause it’s all I’ll ever have – No Doves…Just Pigeons

Hold it up to your eyes, See how it’s scratched on the inside – All In Time

The years are shrieking in my mind. And our ears are ringing all in time – All In Time

You got a small town stare like a signal flare – Waiting On the Stairs

Walked around a rainy city came up to a door and an old front porch that don’t know me anymore – Anna and the trail of glass

I ain’t gonna wait around for some pill to kick in, I’m gonna wait around for a pill to kick in – Headlong Into the Abyss

Don’t know my father’s last name. Its his blood that’s in my veins – Folsom Prison Blues

Episode three was you and me standing in the middle of some street. In a ghost town that we both found telling each other to leave – Episodes

But I can tell by your face we don’t fit in this place and you knew all along – Rooftops

And, yeah there’s an undertow but it ain’t got me – The Trouble with Rive Cities

I don’t wanna be another scar on the bar stool – East Los Angeles

I’ve got a pocket full of handshakes – Chapel Song

Hat in my hand, at the bottom of the ocean – Book of James

Northside Festival 2011 Wrap Up

Great weekend of music at this year’s Northside Festival. Here’s one shot of each band and my high and low-lights.

Highlights:

Seeing Sharon Van Etten play for 5000 people.

Spending some time with the B Brux, Syd, Max and Matt (especially Matt who I hung out with most of the day at McCarren on Saturday).

Seeing Project Jenny Project Jan on Sunday, I had forgotten how much fun it is to photograph Jeremy.

St. Cecilia’s Church – amazing venue for sound and the photos all look good.

The double rainbow after the downpour on Friday night at McCarren and the rain stopped just before we had to shoot.

The bouncer at Public Assembly that kept me safe from the mosh pit during the Iceage show (I love him). There were people all over Ryan Muir as he shot (he can take it though).

Lowlights:

Taking 4 trains home every night and 4 on the way on Saturday and Sunday. The MTA hates me.

Getting in trouble in St. Cecilia’s for using a flash that I didn’t have (it was another girl). Incidentally, no one ever said a word to her about it…

The downpour prior to the Beirut show – soaked is not fun (but it was kinda funny).

Not being able to stand-up anymore and missing Twin Sister at MHOW.

Thanks:

Jessica Amaya for being a good shooting buddy, giving me rain gear for my camea and driving me to Public Assembly after the Beirut show.

Amanda Hatfield, in addition to being one of the hardest working togs out there right now, she provided some comic relief in the rain and made a bee line path in the crowd to shoot Aaron Desser onstage with Sharon Van Etten (I followed her….).

Always good to see Dan (NYC Taper). PopTarts Sucked Toasted, Battering Room, A Heart Is A Spade, Punk Photo, I Rock I Roll, StereoactiveNYC, Ryspace, and Paper Garden Records. Nice bumping into Oberhofer, Skippy, Patrick and so many from the Fort Useless gang.

Many, many thanks to PrefixMag.com for the assignment.

Photos from Day 1
Full gallery: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/northside-festival-day-1-pics/

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Atlas Sound at St. Cecilia’s Church

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White Rainbow at St. Cecilia’s Church

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Lichens at St. Cecilia’s Church

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ZAZA at Coco 66

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Dead Leaf Echo

Photos from Day 2

Full gallery: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/northside-festival-day-2-pics/

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Beirut at McCarren Park

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Sharon Van Etten at McCarren Park

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Yellow Ostrich at McCarren Park

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Xray Eyeballs at Knitting Factory

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Pepper Rabbit at Knitting Factory

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Anasazi at Public Assembly

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The Men at Public Assembly

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Iceage at Public Assembly

Photos from Day 3

Full gallery: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/northside-festival-day-3-pics/

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Guided By Voices at McCarren Park

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Wavves at McCarren Park

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Surfer Blood at McCarren Park

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The Babies at McCarren Park

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Allo Darlin’ at MHOW

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Ava Luna at MHOW

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Gabriel & The Hounds at MHOW

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Mussels at Bar Matchless

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Marie Stella at Bar Matchless

Photos from Day 4

Full gallery: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/northside-festival-day-4-pics/

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Porcelain Raft at Europa

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BELL at Europa

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Pow Wow! at Spike Hill (incidentally – this was the first band I photographed at the first Northside festival 3 years ago performing on the corner of North 6th and Berry http://www.flickr.com/photos/maryanne67/3618885671/in/set-72157619556445859 )

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Whale Belly at Spike Hill

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Clouder at Spike Hill

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Emanuel & The Fear at Spike Hill

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A break in the action on the bench outside of Spike Hill – exhaustion.

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Project Jenny Project Jan at Spike Hill

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BRAHMS – DJ set at Spike Hill

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Infernal Devices at Spike Hill

Northside 2011 Preview

Here are some of the bands scheduled to play at this weekends Northside Festival. Hope you get out to see some of them (and many, many more).

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Eamon Hamilton

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Bridges & Powerlines

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Eternal Summers

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Reading Rainbow

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BELL

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ZAZA

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Javelin

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The Loom

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Emmanuel & The Fear

Hopewell at Death By Audio 8/2/07
Hopewell

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Sun Airway

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Me You Us Them

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Blair

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Appomattox

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The Wicked Tomorrow

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Dom

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MiniBoone

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Hospitality

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Lady Lamb & the Beekeeper

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Grooms

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Quiet Loudly

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Pow Wow

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GunFight!

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Right On Dynamite

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Autre Ne Veut

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Clouder

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Pepper Rabbit

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Zambri

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Sharon Van Etten

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Dream Diary

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Boy Without God

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Mussels

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Marie Stella

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Project Jenny Project Jan

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Wavves

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Eleanor Friedberger (Firey Furnaces)

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El Jezel

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There are several shows with DJ Sets by BRAHMS

If you need a break from music check out Too Cool For School. Here’s a few of the comics:
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Nick Turner

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Murderfist

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Jaime Lee

Gallery: Cults, Guards, Writer at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Cults, Guards, Writer at Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/9/11

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Cults

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Guards

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Writer

To see gallery on Prefix please click here: http://www.prefixmag.com/photos/cults-guards-writer-music-hall-of-williamsburg-pic/

Gallery: 50th Wedding Anniversary

It was such a pleasure to photograph this 50th Wedding Anniversary brunch on Monday. Friends and family gathered to celebrate to couple as stories of them were shared and bread was broken.

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More pics here.