How Do You Get To Pyongyang? Practice, Practice, Practice

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Apparently, Kim Jong Il is a classical music lover as well as a despot. Either that or he felt left out when the NY Philharmonic played Rachmaninoff and Beethoven in the South last year. North Korea’s usually Blublocker-rockin’* leader recently sent the United States’ oldest symphony orchestra an open invitation to play the DPK. The [&hellip
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More Summer Fun At McCarren Pool

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Hipsters and local Brooklynites overcame the heat and flooded McCarren Pool, for another of JellyNYC’s weekly Pool Parties. This Sunday’s party featured fiery performances by Birds of Avalon, The Thermals, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn participating as house dj. Birds of Avalon set the mood early cutting through track after track of garage rock fury, only to succumb to the summer fun when the band stopped and began throwing toy birds into the sky. Later, singer Craig Tilley brought back the fury when he smashed his tambourine to pieces. The Thermals followed with their own brand of intense indie punk, finishing their set with a tasty rendition of Built To Spill’s “Big Dipper.”

Ted Leo, a summer concert regular, put on another impressive performance as headliner of yesterday’s show. New Jersey’s Ted Leo and the Pharmacists play New York at least once every summer, usually at the final South Street Seaport show of the summer. Surprisingly, this year they’re not listed to play that show, but they made up for it by playing at McCarren Pool. The last date on their tour with Birds of Avalon also acted as a celebration for the band, with bearded-bassist Dave Lerner playing with the band for the last time. The champagne bottle popped and sprayed the audience who was already soaked with sweat from a long day of summer heat and rock & roll. And Ted sure mad his fans sweat with a load of his best and catchiest songs which all started with the fantastic “Sons of Cain.”

On a sad note, next week’s Jelly NYC Pool Party will be your last chance this summer to smack someone in the chest with a dodgeball, get soaked on the slip‘ n’ slide, and catch some quality tunes at no cost. So, get yourself over there on Sunday afternoon and catch the well-hyped Ghostland Observatory.

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Europa Cuts Airiel Short

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Chicago-based up-and-comers, Airiel, were in town Saturday night for a concert at Europa in Greenpoint. Unfortunately, the show was poorly scheduled and was running late, so Airiel had only enough time to showcase their shoegazer glory for the extent of 3 songs before reaching the 10 pm curfew. Once 10 pm hit, Polish night-clubbers poured [&hellip
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Hello Brooklyn!

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And to the stage emerged 3 mc’s and one dj, for the first time performing in their hometown of Brooklyn. Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, better known as the Beastie Boys, had amazingly never played a show in Brooklyn before Thursday night’s thrilling performance at McCarren Pool in Greenpoint. Backed by the master DJ Mixmaster Mike, sensational percussionist Alfredo Ortiz, and the brilliant Money Mark on keyboards, the Beasties played the most unforgettable concert of the year. They proved they could still sling rhymes on such classics as “Pass the Mic,” “Intergalactic,” “Ch-Check It Out,” and “So What’cha Want.” But more impressive was when the trio picked up their instruments and showed their range as musicians from the early hardcore of “Egg Raid on Mojo” to the new instrumentals to the chilled out funk of “Lighten Up.” All of the many styles that the Beastie Boys have generated over the last few decades were present, and mixed fluidly with each other. The crowd danced along and sang every word, and when the Beasties asked for participation, they did just that, all while the hip hop legends performed with as much energy as when they were in their early 20’s. Fittingly, the night came to a close with the one song that could truly end their first ever Brooklyn show, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

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…And You Will Know By The Trail Of Dead Leaves Luna Lounge Relatively Unharmed

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When …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead lead singer Conrad Keely thanked his friends for borrowing their equipment, a guitar-smashing fiasco seemed only seconds away. Keely even laughed, “What were they thinking.” But then something crazy happened. The band, known for their instrument and stage destruction, finished their set without a [&hellip
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Getting Wet At McCarren Pool

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A day after Sonic Youth graced Brooklyn’s summer hot spot, hometown heroes TV on the Radio put on a show of their own. With rain pouring down early in the afternoon, a brave legion of fans steadily flowed into the massive pool. Shielded by umbrellas, and even a tent, some chose to remain dry, while others absorbed the rain, dancing in puddle, diving down the slip’n’slide, and participating in a rain-soaked game of dodgeball. When Miles Benjamin opened the day, only a small crowd was present. Next, with the rain slowing down, Celebration stunned the crowd with a set that featured collaborations with members of TV on the Radio. By the time Williamsburg’s favorite local band took the stage, the rain had stopped, and the venue was filled with fans. Those who weren’t scared away by a little precipitation were treated to a fine performance, with the band digging up some old favorites and finishing the day with a perfect rendition of “Staring at the Sun.”

Next week promises to be just as good with Blonde Redhead, I’m From Barcelona, and The Coydogs all performing.

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Daydream Nation in Brooklyn

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There I was sitting in the park, eating Thai food with my girlfriend, and my kitten who I kept close using a leash. The poisonous fumes of the bed bug extermination process kept us outdoors, and the fine sound of Sonic Youth running through their sound check kept us company. The guitars of “Incinerate” overcame a tough battle against a car blaring Latin dance music.

Later Saturday night, I arrived to McCarren Pool at the time Ticketmaster listed as start time, 7:30pm. Poor organization tossed me around from a guest list line, to a photo pass line around the back of the building at a table where no one was working, and then finally back to the front to enter. On Sundays it’s much simpler with a press entrance in the back, and no walking back and forth. Upon entering the massive space, I noticed it wasn’t as insanely packed as I expected. After only waiting a few minutes, Sonic Youth took the stage, and that’s when I realized that I had somehow missed The Slits. I hate you, Ticketmaster. But how could I possibly complain when I got to see Sonic Youth play one of the best albums of all time, in full. There is no question that Daydream Nation, which Thurston Moore said was written in a room the size of his amplifier, is one of the most influential records in rock history. The Library of Congress has even added it to its National Recording Registry. Nearly 20 years after its initial release Daydream Nation still sounds as fresh and innovative as it did in 1988, and Sonic Youth’s live performance of their landmark album left nothing to be desired. Played by the original lineup, every song sounded even bigger and better than on record. From opening note of “Teen Age Riot” to the final note of “Eliminator Jr.,” New York’s greatest band shined brightly. Mark Ibold joined the band for their encore as the tore through some of the best songs from their latest release Rather Ripped.

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Paulson Seeks Fancy Places To Eat

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Severing a long-term relationship to chance a career in rock could be construed as either a completely self-indulgent move or a shrewd that's-the-way-things-go decision. Although a break-up was supposedly the impetus behind the poignant lyrics on Paulson's re-released album All at Once, lead vocalist and lyricist Logan Laflotte is extremely guarded when it comes to his words.

"It's like you have a bird or something. So you take the bird somewhere fancy. You take the bird out somewhere fancy to eat. And then you let the bird go, but if it comes back then you get to eat somewhere fancy," he sassily said.

The five-member pop punk band will talk about signing with New York-based Doghouse Records or their new music video for "Calling on You," featuring a ridiculous, hairy, human-sized tarantula. Really, though, they'd prefer to discuss the more absurd like guitarist Jesse Burton's weird inventions, an interview that almost drew tears from the eyes of a Florida reporter, or shaving their balls.

Paulson, July 27, The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St.; 6 p.m., $13

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