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The Breeders with Matt & Kim & The Whip
Jelly NYC at McCarren Park Pool
Lorimer Street, BTWN Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street - Brooklyn
July 13, 2008

Written by Joshua Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson

Opposite Photo: Kim Deal of The Breeders


Another Sunday in July. At least this weekend the heat and humidity isn’t so brutal. Another Jelly NYC pool party, this time featuring the Breeders with supporting acts The Whip and Matt and Kim. Another Sunday drinking Dewars and ginger beer. A man can get used to this.

The Whip The Whip

First up was The Whip, a rock/electronica outfit from Manchester England. Mixing disco beats with funkish new wave bass lines, and pop vocal melodies, The Whip whipped (had to do it) the crowd into a dance mob. Some parts Duran Duran, mixed with some Joy Division with a dose of 90’s dance beats and the Sunday adventure was underway.

Kim of Matt and Kim Matt of Matt and Kim

After the Whip came Brooklyn’s Matt and Kim. They seemed overjoyed to be playing, and I don’t think the smile ever came off of Kim’s face. They also seemed to have an affinity for 80’s and 90’s dance mixed with a little bit of a punkish/new wave thing. The crowd was having a great time, although the band may have been having more fun, which of course fed the crowd some more which resulted in a feedback loop of good times.

Kim Deal of The Breeders

Then the Breeders. I was a little worried beforehand, because I had seen them at Coachella and the set at that time did not get off to a good start. Whatever the issues may have been, any and all kinks had been worked out and the Deal sisters and Co. came out strong. It wasn’t long before the first classic, divine hammer, entered the set, which in turn drove the crowd delirious with delight. A lot was played off the new album, Mountain Battles, but they didn’t forget to deliver what the crowd wanted. There were also quite a few covers, mostly of Ohio bands that the crowd had never and probably never will hear of. And I have to say, Kim Deal always seems to be having the greatest time in the world. By the end of the set, the crowd was nearing pandemonium, and The Breeders proved once again that they are a band to be reckoned with. Never underestimate the talent of Kim Deal.

And then another pleasant Sunday afternoon had passed. There are only a few more left, and some decent line-ups are planned. And the price is right. So if you haven’t made it out yet, what’s taking you so long?

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