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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Can they still call them pool parties?

The announcement took forever, but the Summer 2009 schedule of Jelly NYC Pool Parties is set to kick off July 12, despite, you know, no longer being in an actual pool. (Come to think of it, the title was misleading even before, but we're not here to point fingers.) Relocated from the McCarren pool in Williamsburg to East River State Park, the first installment will feature reunited post-punkers Mission of Burma, with Fucked Up, Ponytail and Jemina Pearl of Be your Own Pet.

I'm in the minority in this, I've never been a fan of sweaty outdoor summer shows where you have to stand elbow-to-elbow with every poor college undergrad in the city who's decided being hip for the evening by smuggling in warm bottles of Corona in their underwear.

But New York offers so many outrageously good free offerings in the summer that it feels foolish sometimes not to go to these shows, and get in your requisite Summer Fun (TM).

So for sure, I'll be at August 30 grand finale, which features the dazed, summer-perfect beauty of Beach House and next-Fleet-Foxes-I'm-sure-of-it retro rockers Grizzly Bear. But I'd also recommend checking out the August 2 Round Robin show of Deerhunter, No Age and Dan Deacon, if only because it's the perfect triage of Brooklyn ambient-noise-punk genre we're just going to call, for convenience's sake, That Sound (TM). For free. God bless summer.

Southern Point - Grizzly Bear

Gila - Beach House

cover me (slowly) - Deerhunter

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