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TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

!!! (the exclamation points, not the band) - TV on the Radio brought it to another level during their free performance at the Prospect Park Banshell in Brooklyn Friday night (June 30, 2006). To my friends who left after Voxtrot: you're idiots, but on the other hand you made room for the the many others needed a spot to sit or stand. In fact, even though a lot of people left when it started to rain during Matt Pond's set, the outdoor venue was still PACKED for headliners TV on the Radio.

TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

"'We're not super-intellectuals,' he protests, deep in analysis of his band's anti-methodology. "It's not like TV on the Radio is doing something that's so avant-garde or new or cutting-edge or anything. It's just that so many people are not doing that.'" [Village Voice]

TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

The surprise of the evening: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra as TV on the Radio band members. There must have been at least twenty people on stage, five TVOTR band members and three backup singers included. Make that twenty-one if you're counting the guest appearance by Kyp Malone's baby girl. Big crowd, big band, and big sound aside, the real star of the show had to be, the James Brown of Brooklyn, TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe. HE KILLED IT. I've seen this band a few times, and never do I remember the talent I saw belting out of him at this show. Amen.

TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

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TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

TV on the Radio @ Prospect PArk

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"Information has finally begun to surface regarding the upcoming album from Brooklyn quintet TV On The Radio. Return To Cookie Mountain, the group's sophomore LP, will be released in the U.K. on July 3 via 4AD.

An unauthorized version of the album has been circulating on the internet since February, but it remains to be seen if this early leak will be anything like the finished product.

Rumours are also floating around the web that Cookie Mountain will hit North American stores on August 1. But Interscope, the band's new stateside label, has thus far been mum about a release date. One thing that has been confirmed, however, is that David Bowie makes a guest appearance on the album's third track, 'Province.'" [Chart Attack]

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Voxtrot opened the show

Previously
Kyp Malone @ SXSW | Tv on the Radio played some shows
Tunde of TV on the Radio played Tonic

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Comments (44)

I may be an idiot, but I have seen TVOTR before, I have not seen Birdmonster, and I cannot see Birdmonster tonight, so the choice was an easy one. Birdmonster KILLED IT too, btw.

....and I heard that they didn't even play Staring At The Sun, so....

Posted by Chris | July 1, 2006 7:27 PM

Saw the entire TVOTR set and made it to Sin-e w/10 minutes to spare to see Birdmonster. They put on a good show and commanded but not worth missing the Brooklyn gig.

Posted by Brian | July 1, 2006 7:49 PM

great show

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2006 8:02 PM

TVOTR tore the stage up. Went to the show to see Voxtrot, and came away with one of the best performances I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2006 8:17 PM

You pretty much summed it up - great, great, great show! I don't care if they didn't play Staring at the Sun, they played Dreams and Young Liars plus all of the best songs from the new record.

Posted by Jamie | July 1, 2006 8:18 PM

i went into this show having no idea what to expect. i'd rank it as one of my favorite shows i've ever been to, and it's probably the first time that's happened from a band that i wasn't already really familiar with. what an amazing performance.

Posted by jared | July 1, 2006 8:30 PM

yeah the songs off the new record were great. tunde is so good with the vocals loops. and i have no idea how he bounces across the stage for so long that way. amazing. kyp with his baby was cute. i missed voxtrot (but i don't care much) and matt pond pa was pretty boring from where I was standing (behind the sound booth - bleh.)

Posted by bryan | July 1, 2006 8:47 PM

I must have missed something. From my vantage, TVOTR were decent, but not nearly as fun as I've had in the past at their gigs. They played last year as guests for Antibalas at Tonic that absolutely killed, so I know what it was probably like up close...

But I was so f'ing far away.

Too detached. It appears I'm the only one who has this opinion.

Posted by jerry | July 1, 2006 9:08 PM

so worth my $50 to be in the pit all summer for celebrate brooklyn shows. can't wait to be in the pit for yo la tengo soon!

Posted by Qbertplaya | July 1, 2006 9:19 PM

I was really anxious to hear how TVOTR would translate live. "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes" and the new album "Reurn to Cookie Mountain" are slickly produced records. Anyway, it worked. The soulful harmonies and musicianship were really impressive. Gnarls who?

Posted by MrBartell1 | July 1, 2006 9:32 PM

I was really anxious to hear how TVOTR would translate live because "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes" and the new album "Return to Cookie Mountain" are slickly produced records. Anyway, it worked. The soulful harmonies and musicianship were really impressive. Gnarls who?

Posted by MrBartell1 | July 1, 2006 9:34 PM

I was really anxious to hear how TVOTR would translate live. "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes" and the new album "Reurn to Cookie Mountain" are slickly produced records. Anyway, it worked. The soulful harmonies and musicianship were really impressive. Gnarls who?

Posted by MrBartell1 | July 1, 2006 9:37 PM

Oops... sorry about the multiple comments...

Posted by MrBartell1 | July 1, 2006 9:38 PM

The show was amazing. New Health Rock, Wolf Like Me, and Dreams were the highlights and i'm especially glad they played Satellite instead of Staring at the Sun as the encore. Mind blowing.

Posted by tvotr | July 2, 2006 1:01 AM

I saw Birdmonster earlier this evening, and although it was a pretty good show it was absolutely nowhere near last night's TVOTR show. I loved it. (Was way up in the front. Maybe the blanket seats didn't make for a good show?) The band is in a totally different league now campared to a year or two ago.

The Antibalas connection is well established (I've seen them share a stage before) so that wasn't too much of a suprise. It was, though, a very nice addition. They really added a lot to the concert.

Posted by Glenn | July 2, 2006 1:48 AM

you outdid yourself with these shots BV. amazing.

Posted by Rachael | July 2, 2006 4:25 AM

Official Tracklist for Cookie:

01 I Was a Lover
02 Hours
03 Province
04 Playhouses
05 Wolf Like Me
06 A Method
07 Let the Devil In
08 Dirty Whirl
09 Blues from Down Here
10 Tonight
11 Wash the Day Away
from 4ad, and cover art:
http://www.4ad.com/releases/return-to-cookie-mountain/

Posted by Seamus | July 2, 2006 8:00 AM

GLORIOUS show!

Posted by Jason | July 2, 2006 9:38 AM

Having never seen TVOTR before, I was definitely impressed. Even though I was way back on the grass, the people around me at least were all really into it - everyone was standing up and lots of people were even dancing. Pretty damn cool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2006 9:54 AM

Does anyone have their set list?

Posted by Mike | July 2, 2006 1:09 PM

Anyone know if someone recorded this show?

Jason

Posted by jason | July 2, 2006 1:19 PM

yea did anyone record the whole show?

Posted by tvotr | July 2, 2006 4:15 PM

I just wanted a burrito. Can we put a moratorium on "killed it"?

Posted by Joey | July 2, 2006 4:33 PM

here's a pretty neat live performance of "bela lugosi's dead" with tv on the radio, trent reznor and peter murphy...

http://www.nin.com/current/radioshows/tr_pm_tv-bela.html

Posted by punkfreud | July 3, 2006 2:55 PM

Word, BV.
This was my third time seeing them. I thought their Bowery Ballroom show was magnificent. But Friday night was SUPERNATURAL. It was pretty much beyond my capacity to digest while it was going down. Mostly I stood there, twitching, grinning, jaw on the floor.
You could tell without any doubt how massive these guys are going to be.
I was in the third row of the main seating area, and I have to say that the VIP seating is just about RUINING Celebrate Brooklyn. Flame away with condascending comments about how the VIP section helps fund the free show. I don't care. It was "GA standing room" all the way to the stage FOR YEARS and they still made it work with the budget. The energy now is really dampened by that barricade and the half-filled seats between 'us'
and the artists.
I guess i should be just making this a post on my blog. All of this is by way of saying I couldn't agree more with BV about how amazing this show was. If this wasn't 'gushworthy' I don't know what is.

Posted by Max Power | July 3, 2006 3:37 PM

We saw TVOTR at the Showbox in Seattle a couple of months ago. We knew the group were playing their brilliant brains out but, sadly, the sound system was shite and their effort was lost.

Although no fault of TVOTR, the show was a huge disappointment.

Thank you for bringing to life what we KNEW we were missing. (And gorgeous snaps, too!)

Posted by Michelle | July 3, 2006 10:46 PM

For Mike=

Don't remember the particular order but they definitely played these:

The Wrong Way
Dreams
Province
New Health Rock
Wolf Like Me
Young Liars
Let the Devil In
Dirty Whirlwind
Wear You Out

Encore:
A Method
Satellite

Posted by Jason | July 3, 2006 11:10 PM

The monsoons are pouring outside my window in Thailand. I miss Brooklyn. Sounds like an amazing show.

Posted by geoff | July 4, 2006 3:21 AM

This was my first time seeing this amazing band, sadly the sound was ABSOLUTE shite. There were a ton of people in the stage but you could only here 2 or 3 of them. An absolute waste.

Despite the shitty sound I could tell that TV On The Radio is by far the best band in the city. I look forward to seeing them in a better venue.

Oh, and, even though I was in VIP seating, I agree with the person who said the VIP set up sucks. They should return it to first come first served all the way to the stage. Like 75% of the people in that section were more busy taking pics or video than enjoying the music anyway. Down with VIP seating!

Posted by camille remarkable | July 4, 2006 11:40 AM

Great show ... Prospect Park has the best sound system i've heard in an outside venue . It smokes summerstage and many other club/halls .. .
Siren fest sounds horrible every year . But i wanna see tapes n tapes..

Saw tvotr at bowery ballroom , it wasn't that great, cause the system at BB is straight shit . I'm so happy i got to check them at their greatest moment..

Peace ..

Posted by Anonymous | July 4, 2006 11:44 AM

What makes TVOTR even more amazing? These videos for Return to Cookie Mountain!:
http://www.ninjaslice.com/2006/07/03/tv-on-the-radio-return-to-cookie-mountain/

Posted by rosemary | July 4, 2006 12:36 PM

What makes TVOTR even more amazing? These promo videos for Return to Cookie Mountain!:
http://www.ninjaslice.com/2006/07/03/tv-on-the-radio-return-to-cookie-mountain/

Posted by rosemary | July 4, 2006 12:36 PM

TVotR Sucks. BV needs to update. Zilla should call me. Happy 4th of Julagness. Get drunk. Smoke drugs.

Posted by Poonanas | July 4, 2006 2:18 PM

TVotR Sucks. BV needs to update. Zilla should call me. Happy 4th of Julagness. Get drunk. Smoke drugs.

Posted by Poonanas | July 4, 2006 2:19 PM

Did anyone else notice all the video cameras and the crane in front/to the side of the stage? I asked one of the cameramen after the show what they were shooting for and his exact words were, "It's for the label, Interscope. For a DVD." Hopefully it will be a public release and not something they just taped for label people, although I don't see why they'd do that with the number of angles they had.

Posted by Shawn | July 5, 2006 11:31 AM

whoever said bowery sucks is an absolute idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2006 11:46 AM

Quit simply the best band making music right now. End of story. Glad they're finally getting the attention they deserve, though.

Posted by Austin L. Ray | July 7, 2006 12:00 PM

Quit simply the best band making music right now. End of story. Glad they're finally getting the attention they deserve, though.

Posted by Austin L. Ray | July 7, 2006 12:03 PM

actually animal collective is the best band right now, but tv on the radio has a lot going for them.

Posted by bong brain | July 24, 2006 4:51 PM

actually animal collective is the best band right now, but tv on the radio has a lot going for them.

Posted by bong brain | July 24, 2006 4:52 PM

Posted by Arroba | March 14, 2007 12:15 AM

not too bad
nice!! i can't express how much I love IT, oh yeah, the nation are pretty good too.

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