Monday, January 24, 2011

Panda Bear @ Governor's Island (9.11.2010)

On Friday September 11th, 2009, Evan and I caught Panda Bear at ATP New York, after deciding to skip out on the packed Saturday line up that featured Animal Collective, Black Dice, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, and dozens of other of our favorite acts.  Seeing his solo performance was worth the pricey admission alone and we were introduced to the first few Tomboy jams that evolved into "Surfer's Hymn," "I Want To Go With You," and an untitled "my life" track which has been absent from his most recent shows.  Exactly one year later, we received the opportunity to see Panda Bear again on Governor's Island.  Governor's Island is off the southern tip of Manhattan, where the World Trade Center once was.  An annual tradition since the terrorist attacks has been to illuminate the night sky with two light beams to represent the fallen towers.  From the island, we had a hauntingly beautiful view of the lights that remained with us until the end of Panda's set.  The photograph above was captured on our way back to the ferry.  We noticed the next morning that the cloud by the beams was in the shape of a heart.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Black Dice @ Secret Project Robot (1.15.2011)

Seeing Black Dice live is almost always an amazing experience. The band combines electronic, minimalist, hip hop, punk, and psychedelic influences into its' deafening performances. The new set of music Black Dice has been playing live since the release of 2009's Repo seems to expand on the style laid out by that album rather than reinventing the sound of the band. In a lot of ways, the new set sounds like a leaner, meaner, more hip-hop influenced Black Dice. The set we saw was entirely new songs with the exception of Nite Creme.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Deakin @ Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY (1.15.2011)

Deakin played alongside Mirror Mirror and Black Dice at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, NY on January 15th, 2011. Evan and I are both big fans of Black Dice and Deakin, whose solo shows we have been following through bootlegs since his first show on New Years Day 2010. We also got to see him at the New Museum in NYC in December. Despite a number of minor technical problems with his equipment at the New Museum, the show was great and left an impression on us that made us even more excited to see him this time around at Secret Project Robot. The venue itself was a really neat renovated warehouse in Williamsburg; neon crystals, blacklights, and full room video projections created a fun environment.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gang Gang Dance Live at Governor's Island (8.12.2010)

Gang Gang Dance is a band that I've been a fan of for the past few years, but it seems that they've struggled to find the audience and success that similar bands have. 2008's Saint Dymphna was similar in many ways to Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, but received a fraction of the critical acclaim and listeners. We got a chance to catch them opening for The Walkmen and Grizzly Bear at Governor's Island this summer.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Born Ruffians @ Santos Party House, NYC (6.19.2010)

 Born Ruffians played Santos Party House in New York City on June 19th, 2010 with Motive and Young Rival as openers. This was our second time seeing Born Ruffians (the first was when they opened up for Vampire Weekend at SummerStage 2008 in Central Park and we immediately were hooked) and it was the first recording we did at a show.

Welcome to Two Sails

Hi everyone,

Our names are Evan and Jen and we decided to create this blog in order to share the recordings that we have made of various bands. We belong to the Collected Animals community posting as Lion Around and Dance Avey Dance respectively and have shared links to a number of these recordings on the forums. However, having one organized collection of recordings and photographs from the shows that we attend seemed like a good idea. We hope you enjoy this blog as it develops!