indie rock photography by jasper coolidge

bands i've shot | stuff i love  

You see, he knows he's not remembering this dance, he's there. He's there in both moments simultaneously. And just like for an instance (snaps his fingers), all his life is just folding in on itself and it's obvious to him that time is a lie...(Jesse motions to his right, and sees Céline standing against the wall, listening to him) uh...that's it's all happening all the time and inside every moment is another moment, all...You know, happening simultaneously.

And, anyway, that’s…that's kind of the idea...anyway.


This current incarnation of my band photography blog was created in March 2011 as an contra-Fitzgeraldian second act.  It will someday eventually contain as many restored-from-oblivion photos from my original site jenyk.com (1999-2007) as I can cobble together.  Both new and old remastered shows are listed to the right and below as they're added. 

Here lies the full list of all bands I've shot.

A little bit of history... in which I become my own Behind The Music cliché 

"snailClimb Mount Fuji,: But slowly, slowly!"

There was once a little band photography blog called jenyk.com that was my life's dream that lasted from 1999-2007. In its halcyon days, it cranked out 3 shows a night, drew 30,000 visitors a day, threw weekly shows all over the city, and documented what in hindsight may have been the last dying gasp of The Lower East Side and pre-money Williamsburg non-ironic glamour, sexiness, and danger in our indie rock scene.

That dream was suddenly literally deleted with ignominy from virtual existence by the internets gods when I failed to pay my server bills after I went away to clean the NYC out of my system in 2007.

Through that site, I took had had the pleasure of being at over 1000 shows shooting over 30,000 photos of bands as well as some street scenes, even sold some records, threw some awesome parties, traveled to Europe and around America,  and most importantly got to meet my Golden Gods and Goddesses, some of the greatest people and musicians in the world,

Finally in a bittersweet turn, it helped to launch my career as a full-time band booker and promoter - sweet in that it's something I've always wanted to do, but bitter in that the actual music business is an absolute bitch of a beast and the ultimate "seeing how the sausage is made" experience.

The memories, as hazy as they are, are something that never fails to put a smile on my face

It was more a part of me than any of my day jobs were and then I blew it all (up my nose). 

Totally losing 8 years of one's life's work was beyond devastating to say the least (even worse, someone stupidly didn't have a back-up, anywhere - this is your brain on drugs). 

But, though it's taken several years of epic solipsistic battles with regret, I've since rallied and come to grips with what I'd done and decided to put it all back together. 

Over the past few years up to today, I've been scouring the internet caches and archives as well as some tragically damaged hard drives, cdr's, even zip and floppy disks to piece together what I've been able to of the 1000+ shows and 10,000 photos I had photographed and archived. 

I call it "deep storage hard drive diving".  And slowly, slowly but surely, when I come across a particularly glorious show that I'd probably backed out during, it makes the task seem more Jeterian and less Sisyphusian in scope.

In this master listing of shows, the ones with no links are photos still to be salvaged.  Of those, the ones with no dates need even more research,

Eventually, I'll be restoring as many as I can of these shows to this site as its own page and adding more shows to this list as I find them. 

For now, I've linked up all the new ones from 2011 to present and any that I've recovered and sometimes remastered so far.


- Jasper Coolidge,
September 2014, NYC

Here's some drivel from the "glory days" that both souped up my head and scared the shit out off me at the time *cough*therapy*cough*...

New York Press, Article August 12, 2003 

Jasper Coolidge probably goes to more shows than you. He’s almost certainly taken more pictures than you. Armed with a Sony Cybershot DSC-F717, he sees about a dozen bands each week and puts their photos on his website, jenyk.com. He also writes about each show, often mentioning how wasted he was and how overwhelmed he is by each band’s potential. So far, he’s chronicled more than 200 shows and posted close to 10,000 pictures. Jasper likes bands on the rise. There are no pictures of the Strokes or White Stripes at jenyk.com. There are, instead, 10 sets of photos of the charming, moody loverboys of Elefant and four sets of the fierce, hot-as-fuck gals (and one guy) in the Twenty-Twos. Jasper lives in a blissful world of honest, unabashed fandom... "My philosophy has always been: I can’t play an instrument; I’m tone-deaf," Jasper told me. "Even though I played piano for nine years, I don’t recall any of it. So this is my way of contributing to the creative process, of not just being another fan in the crowd."

"Official" Bio from 2004

In addition to gaining recognition for his photography of bands, Jasper runs jenyk/dot/com which features up and coming musical acts in what has become a new type of media - describing, exposing, and promoting bands - all through an unbiased and independent filter. Averaging 25,000 visitors a month, jenyk.com has become what he describes as "an essential digital outpost for independent new music that deserves to be seen and heard." Among the bands he's been capturing since their early days and have since broken into the big time are Elefant, The Fiery Furnaces, Denali, Rainer Maria, and stellastarr*. 

In 2003 he launched VICIOUS @ Sin-é, a monthly showcase of the best new NYC buzz bands and truthflies.com, an online record store specializing in promoting unsigned artists


Recently Added or Remastered


La Laque 05.08.04 (remastered)


stellastarr* 09.06.03 (remastered)


Au Revoir Simone 05.13.04


Forget Cassettes 07.06.03 (remastered)


Forget Cassettes 07.07.03 (remastered)


Phantogram 10.22.09


Sly Moth 09.05.14


Bunny Punch 09.05.14


Beatie Wolfe 09.19.12


Tarantula 10.14.03 (remastered)


Danger Mouse 05.30.03 (remastered)


Bella Lea (Ambulette) 03.10.05 (remastered)


American Dream 12.12.12


Frk.Fryd 06.22.12


Sea Ray 04.08.04 (remastered)


The Twenty-Twos 10.10.03 (remastered)


Sea Ray 03.08.04 (remastered)


Quitzow 05.28.14


Kicksonic 08.14.14


Denali 10.02.03 (remastered)


Buffalo Clover 05.14.14


Beatie Wolfe 09.12.12


Dennis Cahlo & The Change 06.27.14


Elka & The Seltzers 08.13.14


Bunny Punch 04.04.14


Slang King 05.16.14


Beth Orton 06.14.04 (remastered)


Maggie Poulos 06.27.14


Autodrone 12.05.03 (remastered)


The Mayberries 07.27.14


The Mayberries 06.23.14


The Mayberries 05.05.14


Overlord 07.19.14


Sly Moth 07.19.14


Silversun Pickups 10.11.06 (remastered)


PJ Harvey 06.05.04 (remastered)


Dirty on Purpose 04.19.03 (remastered)


Laura Cantrell 02.02.12


Lindbergh Palace 06.30.11


Archers of Loaf 06.26.11


Tiff Randol 05.14.11


Dean and Britta play Galaxie 500 06.17.11


Broken Social Scene 06.19.03 (remastered)

The Canon Logic 04.28.11


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 01.23.05


The Head Set 05.13.11

Tilly and the Wall 06.01.04


Elliot and the Ghost 05.10.11


Yes! Selector Party 09.10.03

Brenn 05.10.11


New Moods 05.09.11


The Caulfield Sisters 11.03.03

Daniel Wayne 05.05.11


The Affair 12.11.03

Men and Whales 05.05.11


Snowden 07.20.04

The Revere 05.05.11


Hula 07.09.04

Seaflux 04.29.11


The mOrgans 04.29.11


Kristin Diable 03.16.04

Elk City 09.13.03

Switchblade 04.29.11


Annekei 03.07.11


Unknown Mortal Orchestra 04.25.11

The Postal Service 04.18.03/04.19.03


The Lemonheads 04.28.11


Young Prisms 04.23.11

Laura Burhenn 08.19.04

Carissa's Wierd 07.05.03


Smith Westerns 04.25.11


The Kills 07.18.03

The Photo Atlas 04.21.11


Calla 04.26.03

stellastarr* 05.13.05/05.20.05


Voxhaul Broadcast 04.19.11


Skybombers 04.19.11


The Comas 09.08.04


Night Fevers 04.19.11


Versus 01.04.03


Charlotte Martin 06.10.03


The Factory 04.16.11


Tenements 04.16.11

The Blake Babies 07.19.01

Shelby 04.05.04


New York Band Draft 10.16.10


Rachael Yamagata 09.27.03


Rilo Kiley 03.02.03

The Morning After Girls 03.24.05


Beck 04.16.05

Franz Ferdinand 02.19.04


Ponywhip 04.08.11


The Pioneers of Seduction 04.06.11


Wolfmother 09.15.04

Denali 02.06.04


Dear Comrade 04.05.11


Dennis Cahlo 01.27.04

The Realistics 10.03.03


Corita 04.02.11

Lykke Li 05.07.08

The Antlers 04.16.08

Karen Elson & dawn Landes 12.20.03


Overlord 04.02.11


Pela 10.04.03

Sea Ray 05.03.03

Low 12.03.03


The Dough Rollers  03.25.11


Bright Eyes 02.24.04

Tilly and the Wall 01.18.04


Haley Bonar 12.03.03


joanaspolicewoman 01.27.04

The Threads 03.07.11


Longwave 05.03.03


Madison Strays 06.08.04


Michael Pitt 06.15.05


Ghostwise 02.10.11


Prospector 03.07.11


Toys in Trouble 03.19.11


Queens of The Stone Age 03.25.11

La Laque @ The Mercury Lounge

La Laque 05.08.04 (remastered)
@ The Mercury Lounge NYC

from jenyk.com...

Call them Sergilicious - La Laque is taking this music thing back to the mod mod surf future with a truly inspired blend of sixties pop and post-modern chamber pop...  {see the rest...}

stellastarr* @ The Black Cat



stellastarr* 09.06.03 (remastered)
@ The Black Cat Washington, DC

 

from jenyk.com...

my stellastarr* road trip
by jasper coolidge

So whilst getting plastered last Friday night, I somehow have a phone conversation with Nina Bella and the next thing I know I'm driving down to DC with her and Jonny Kaps the next morning with visions of Sharin Foo in my head.  {see the rest...}


Au Revoir Simone @ Pianos



Au Revoir Simone 05.13.04
@ Pianos NYC

from jenyk.com...

Reason to love living in NYC #842 - ladies and gentleman, Au Revoir Simone.  Comprised of Erika of Dirty on Purpose, Annie and Sung Bin of '64 World's Fair, and their enchanting friend Heather, they're like a hipster all-girl Traveling Willburys... {see the rest...}


Forget Cassettes @ Sin-e

Forget Cassettes 07.06.03 (remastered)
@ Sin-e NYC

from jenyk.com,,,

Although there is certainly nothing wrong with being from Nashville - after all it is "Music City, USA" - I can't help but believe that if Forget Cassettes were to call NYC or some other more cosmopolitan burg home, they'd be already be approaching supernova-like status in the indie world. {see the rest...}


Forget Cassettes @ Luxx


Forget Cassettes 07.07.03 (remastered)
@ Luxx Brooklyn

from jenyk.com,,,

Although there is certainly nothing wrong with being from Nashville - after all it is "Music City, USA" - I can't help but believe that if Forget Cassettes were to call NYC or some other more cosmopolitan burg home, they'd be already be approaching supernova-like status in the indie world. {see the rest...}


Phantogram @ Fontana's


Phantogram 10.22.09
@ Fontana's NYC

Obviously this show took place before Phanotgram blew the fuck up as it was an afternoon show during CMJ with about 15 people lucky to be in attendance.  {see the rest...}

Sly Moth @ The Delancey


Sly Moth 09.06.14
@ The Delancey NYC
 

Due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, in the absence of their drummer, Sly Moth played this set low-key and unplugged and their guitarist Stephen and I both remarked after the show just how damn pretty their songs are underneath all the fuzzy stuff - truly making lemonade out of a potentially lemony situation.  {see the rest...}

Bunny Punch @ The Delancey


Bunny Punch 09.05.14
@ The Delancey NYC

As a huge fan of classical music - Baroque in particular - and a firm believer in it's importance in being a foundation for all the music that followed, I get a particular thrill when modern bands use string instruments like cellos and in the case of Bunny Punch, the wonderful violin. {see the rest...}


Beatie Wolfe @ Fontana's


Beatie Wolfe 09.19.12
@ Fontana's NYC

Live in this city long enough and you'll have your fair share of run-ins with people who are (or think they are) the apex predators of their life's calling. Some dubious personal examples include Christie Brinkley, David Byrne, Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Liz Phair, Jewel, Evan Dando, Dan Clowes, Little Steven, Michael Stipe, etc. {see the rest...}


Tarantula @ Sin-e


Tarantula 10.14.03 (remastered)
@ Sin-e NYC

from jenyk,com...

So I guess I ought to elaborate more on Tarantula than the unabashed gushing from the first time I saw them.  {see the rest...}


Danger Mouse @ The Bowery Ballroom


Danger Mouse 05.30.04 (remastered)
@ Bowery Ballroom NYC

If
you allow me to take you back to that not-so-innocent Summer of '04, you'll remember that The Grey Album was absolutely killing it and breaking new ground in - what would eventually unfortunately become a played-out buzzword - the genre of the mash-up. {see the rest...}

Bella Lea (Ambulette) @ The Knitting Factory 


Bella Lea (Ambulette) 03.10.05 (remastered)
@ The Knitting Factory NYC

After the very traumatic-for-me break-up of Denali in late 2004, Maura Davis formed a new band briefly called Bella Lea, before later assuming the name Ambulette (because there was another Bella Lea already I believe). {see the rest...}

American Dream @ Fontana's


American Dream 12.12.12
@ Fontana's NYC

One of my favorite "more people just need to see" bands that I've ever had the pleasure of working with is the retro-modern dreamy Americana aptly named American Dream... {see the rest...}

Frk.Fryd @ Fontana's


Frk.Fryd 06.22.12
@ Fontana's NYC

Translated as "Miss Delight" (thanks Google translate) in English from their native Norwegian, Frk.Fryd is a band that more than lives up to it's name, they actually blow it out of the water. {see the rest...}

Sea Ray @ NorthSix


Sea Ray 04.08.04 (remastered)
@ North Six Brooklyn

from jenyk.com...

Highly recommended show going tip #895 - see Sea Ray in an altered state.  Due to obvious reasons I can't and won't tell you exactly what altered state I was in for this show, but rest assured, it put a band's show that I had seen nine times previous into a state of interstellar overdrive that mere pixilated words on a screen can't even begin to aspire to describe.
  {see the rest...}

The Twenty-Twos @ Plaid


The Twenty-Twos 10.10.03
(remastered)

@ Plaid NYC


from jenyk.com...

Yeah it's not a "real" music venue, and it's best known for being the former Spa than anything, but goddamn if Plaid doesn't have the best lighting for shows in the City. {see the rest...}

Sea Ray @ The Bowery Ballroom 


Sea Ray 03.08.04 (remastered)
@ The Bowery Ballroom NYC

from jenyk.com...

I don't believe I've ever mentioned in the 1000 or so pages or 50,000 or so words on this site that Sea Ray is far and away my favorite of all the bands I've seen to photograph... {see the rest...}


Quitzow @ The Delancey 


Quitzow 05.28.14
@ The Delancey NYC

I've known Erica Quitzow for just about a decade and gave her her first ever NYC show at while I was at Pianos and in the years since...  {see the rest...}


Kicksonic @ The Delancey


Kicksonic 08.14.14
@ The Delancey NYC

Kicksonic is one of those bands that when one looks at them on stage, you really wouldn't know what to expect musically  {see the rest...}


Denali @ The Mercury Lounge


Denali 10.02.03 (remastered)
@ The Mercury Lounge NYC

The early aughts are like a Blackwater Bay of sunken ships of bands-that-ought-have-been-huge before the doom that befell the music industry worse than anything that happened in Valyria. {see the rest...}


Buffalo Clover @ The Delancey 


Buffalo Clover 05.14.14
@ The Delancey NYC

One of the great thrills of booking a small venue that I'd never get booking Terminal 5 (though there are days, I'd take the salary over the thrills) is when a little band from Nashville like Buffalo Clover comes through and just musically lays waste to the place on their Sherman-esque march to future glory. {see the rest...}


Beatie Wolfe @ Fontana's


Beatie Wolfe 09.12.12
@ Fontana's NYC

Live in this city long enough and you'll have your fair share of run-ins with people who are (or think they are) the apex predators of their life's calling. {see the rest...}


Dennis Cahlo & The Change @ The Delancey


Dennis Cahlo & The Change 06.27.14
@ The Delancey NYC

I've been fortunate enough to have been able to call Dennis Cahlo a friend since 2003 when he was in the way too-unfortunate-not-to-have-made-it-huge legendary band The Realistics. {see the rest...}


Elka & The Seltzers @ The Delancey 


Elka & The Seltzers 08.13.14
@ The Delancey NYC

From my Instagram last night: "Elka & The Seltzers are like if Tiny Tim was a cute awkward super smart nerdy nearly hipster girl. With a band. Yeah!".{see the rest...}


Bunny Punch @ The Delancey


Bunny Punch 04.04.14
@ The Delancey NYC

As a huge fan of classical music - Baroque in particular - and a firm believer in it's importance in being a foundation for all the music that followed, I get a particular thrill when modern bands use string instruments like cellos and in the case of Bunny Punch, the wonderful violin.{see the rest...}


Slang King @ The Delancey


Slang King 05.16.14
@ The Delancey NYC

I said going into this Friday night that this was one of the best and maybe most important shows I'd put together since coming over to The Delancey at the beginning of March. {see the rest...}

Maggie Poulos @ The Delancey


Maggie Poulos 06.27.14
@ The Delancey NYC

What more can I say about my dear friend, Maggie Poulos? Ever since her first band, Daybreaker way back in 2003, she's had stories to sing that have always deserved a wider audience and full credit to her, all these years later she's still giving it a goddamn whirl as well she should
. {see the rest...}

The Mayberries @ The Delancey  


The Mayberries 07.27.14
@ The Delancey NYC

There were moments this very early Sunday night when my mouth and mind both stood agape as the near nigh impossible to pigeonhole into a genre The fabulous Mayberries deftly navigated the tricky sonic waters which they rode from a Misfits cover to Uncle Tupelo-esque nu-country to songs that when I closed my eyes took me back to watching Weston play near my college.  {see the rest...}

The Mayberries @ The Delancey  


The Mayberries 06.23.14
@ The Delancey NYC

Here are all The Mayberries photos from their show last night here at The Delancey attempting to convey their Spinal Tap-esque display of strength and power.
 {see the rest...}
 

The Mayberries @ The Delancey  


The Mayberries 05.05.14
@ The Delancey NYC

This was a momentous occasion, a true technological leap forward - the first time I've ever booked a band through finding them on Reddit (r/indie_rock)!
 {see the rest...}

Overlord @ The Delancey


Overlord 07.19.14
@ The Delancey NYC

From my Instagram of that night, "The legendary Overlord playing @thedelancey tonight. Their name would imply they're more Replacements than Ribspreader."
 {see the rest...}

Sly Moth @ The Delancey 


Sly Moth 07.19.14
@ The Delancey NYC

I've recently found that Instagram posts I make about a band smack dab in the middle the often-hypnotic all-sensory whirlwind of their show make for quite the succinct intro to a more fleshed-out review, and so it goes...{see the rest...}

Silversun Pickups @ Mercury Lounge


Silversun Pickups 10.11.06 (remastered)
@ Mercury Lounge NYC

Often people will ask me why I've been booking small clubs since I got into this business in 2003, and while the long answer is convoluted and would probably require psychoanalysis... {see the rest...}

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