Photos from the Woodsist/Captured Tracks Festival, Starring Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, and Woods

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all photos by Rebecca Smeyne

The two-day festival put on by Woodsist and Captured Tracks, the imprint of Blank Dogs' Mike Sniper that lives underneath Williamsburg's Academy Records, took place Friday and Saturday of this weekend. Originally set for the 979 Broadway Backyard in Bushwick, Friday's show ended up getting relocated nearby to the Market Hotel, but Saturday's remained outdoors, where Woods, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, Dum Dum Girls, and Kurt Vile all played on the holiday. To bring you these shots, Rebecca Smeyne survived a mosh-pit attack, whereupon her flash got destroyed. Ouch.

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News Roundup: Brooklyn Bowl, Michael Jackson, Woodsist Captured Tracks Festival

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--The Brooklyn Bowl is almost open. Curated by former Wetlands owner Peter Shaprio, the 600-capacity Williamsburg space triples as a bowling ally/music club/Blue Ribbon Restaurant. It includes eight massive high-def screens (tickets for a Sept. 24 Lebowski-fest are on sale now). The ally's opening night hasn't been announced yet, but its website says it's soon: "We've decided on our open date, and it's very, very close." To get the official word you need to sign up on the venue's mailing list. Unreliable sources at Macri Park also tell SOTC the Beastie Boys played a private party there Tuesday.

--A massive funeral for Michael Jackson will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The DEA has also joined the investigation into the Jackson's death at the request of the LAPD, and will apparently look into Jackson's prescription drug abuse (which a former nurse isn't afraid to break confidentiality rules to talk about). The details of Jackson's will have leaked, and he reportedly named Diana Ross as a potential guardian of his three children. CNN proved they have a sense of humor about the whole thing today with their profile of Bubbles the chimp, who is now 26-year-old, retired in Florida, and enjoys cucumbers and bananas.

--A friendly reminder to check out this weekend's Woodsist Captured Tracks Festival. Head to Brooklyn's Broadway Backyard Friday and Saturday to check out sets by Woods, Kurt Vile, Vivian Girls, the Oh Sees, Psychedelic Horseshit, Blank Dogs, and Crystal Stilts. Tickets each day are $15, or you can go to both days for $25. Buy tickets via Paypal here.

Download and/or Watch the Video for Woods' "To Clean"

Brooklyn's Woods, who put out records on Woodsist alongside the similiarly lo-fi Vivian Girls, Wavves, et al, have a new video out for "To Clean," an ace, Flying Nun-reminiscent track off their newest, April's Songs of Shame. The video is sort of needlessly epileptic/terrifying, but there's something about "To Clean"-- the way the two voices go in and out of phase with one another, that lovely duet playing off the slightly discordant instruments underneath, or fact that the whole little drama clocks in a tidy two plus minutes, just long enough to sting but still short enough to leave a lot of things unsaid. Add it to your Chris Knox playlist, in amongst "All My Hollowness to You" and "Not Given Lightly." [via RCRD LBL, Pitchfork]

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