Well, Chippy B and I (and later, Paul) had a great Williamsburg Sunday yesterday despite tons of rain. We actually timed the day out perfectly and avoided being poured on. Once we saw the scary clouds rolling in right about the time they were ready to open the gates to McCarren Pool, we bolted a couple blocks over to the Brooklyn Record Riot at Warsaw. There we were able to get some great lunch for only $5…badass Polish grub (pierogies, kielbasa)…and also get our first couple beers in us…badass Polish beers (Zywiec, I forget how to pronounce it though). We watched the first 10 minutes of the European Championship football game (Spain v Germany) and browsed some records, although it was a bit of a tight squeeze to really do some good bin-diggin’.
I noticed that the weather had broken and that it was nice and sunny again, so we booked it back over to McCarren Pool, where the first opener was just getting started. They were J Roddy Walston and The Business and they totally rocked it, good-ol’ Southern boy classic rock style. Check ‘em out. After J Roddy and The Biz’s set, we hacky-sacked a bit…until it started drizzling again and more scary clouds rolled in. That’s when Chip and I booked it back over to Warsaw for more beer and more shelter.
After clearing up again, we ventured back out for a slice and then headed straight back to the Pool, where The Hold Steady were a few songs in. It was clear right away that The Hold Steady is its best as a live band. They were rockin’ it, guitars turned up, vocals loud and clear, and lots of fun being had on stage. I really liked seeing this band, and I’m now quite interested in checking out their sophomore album, Stay Positive, when it comes out in a couple weeks. Their fans were going nuts too, with arms constantly in the air and kids singing along to every word…and there are a lot of words in The Hold Steady’s songs. Check out awesome pics from the Pool on Brooklyn Vegan (picture courtesy of Kyle Dean Reinford)…
Paul met us in the middle of the Hold Steady show, and then we bowled a couple games and drank a couple pitchers over at The Gutter. I had a pretty damn good second game…tied Chip for first! After trying to hacky-sack under a street light at 10:00 pm and then watching a few minutes of a kickball game in McCarren Park, we called it a day…a great Brooklyn summer day, in my book! As a matter of fact, the whole weekend was a fantastic Brooklyn summer weekend. I don’t care how humid it gets…I love me some summer!
Did any of you’s guys go to McCarren or the Record Riot on Sunday? Buy any records?