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Pool Party (2011)

Pool Party Director: Beth Aala
Featuring music and performances of: Aesop Rock, the Beastie Boys, Black Lips, the Breeders, Deerhunter, The Hold Steady, the Liars, Les Savy Fav, Matt and Kim, MIA, Sonic Youth, Tall Firs, the Ting Tings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Yo La Tengo

I had read about the original gigs at the McCarren pool in Williamsburg, New York a few years back in the New York Times and wondered if someone was going to be doing a documentary about it. I had only booked in to see this documentary on the day as I wanted to fill in some time between screenings, but I ended up enjoying it.

In between performances of the various bands featured the history of the McCarren pool was explained with interviews from people living in the area and historical footage. As with a lot of communities that start out as havens for artists, gentrification is inevitable and this has also ended with the pool being redeveloped for its original purpose, which is sad for the people who liked the space for artists, but a win for people who wanted the swimming pool re-instated all along.

I had heard of a few of the bands involved, but did enjoy seeing footage of the other bands. I am sure they could still have bands at the venue once it has been redeveloped, just in a lower-key way.



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