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!!! (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.
"'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]
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.
"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]
Voxtrot opened the show