Magnolia Electric Co
JellyNYC Pool Party
July 19, 2009
Photographed by Amy Davidson
Jonny Belo of Crystal Antlers
July 19, and we are on the banks of the east river.
It’s a perfect day for a show. We had come
down to see our friends Jelly NYC and their latest
offering: a day with Crystal Antlers. Magnolia Electric
co, and Dirty Projectors.
First up was Crystal Antlers. Stupid name. But,
there are a lot of bands with stupid names, and
they don’t put out the quality music that
these guys happen to do. Touch and Go made a wise
decision putting this band on their label. I am
of the opinion that this was the best act of the
day. The songs were an excellent mix of something.
It’s hard to tell. They lines blur between
blues, soul, garage rock, psych yet no one genre
overshadows the others. The live show was full of
energy and a joy to watch.
Magnolia Electric Company
After the Crystal Antlers’ set, Magnolia
Electric Co tried to keep the energy alive but didn’t.
Not that they are a bad band. Their style is more
country rock oriented. I don’t really know
why, but I kept on thinking of Bad Company. Which
doesn’t make sense, because they don’t
sound like that. But they definitely had the feel
of 1970’s southern countrified rock. I think
if they had picked up the empo a bit, I would have
enjoyed it more. I see why folks like it, but it
just wasn’t for me.
|The Dirty Projectors
|The Dirty Projectors
The Dirty Projectors
The final band of the day, Dirty Projectors, started
their set with a very pretty duet. Once they had
the crowd warmed up, the rest of the band joined
them on stage. And band is a loose term. I like
the idea of Dirty Projectors very much; it’s
a music collective with a rotating cast of musicians
under the direction of Dave Longstreth. I like the
compositions and the musicianship is not to be underrated.
But the truth of the matter is, I was bored for
most of the set. Brilliant song writing does not
necessarily equate to lively energetic performances
capable of holding a crowd’s interest.
It was a good day for musicianship.
It was not necessarily a good day for my entertainment.
Aside from Crystal Antlers, I was bored for most
of the day. But hey, you can’t please everyone.