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Dirty Projectors
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Crystal Antlers
JellyNYC Pool Party
July 19, 2009

Written by Joshua Williams
Photographed by Amy Davidson

Opposite Photo: Jonny Belo of Crystal Antlers

It’s Sunday, 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.

Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers

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.


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