Posted in music | pictures on August 27, 2007

Demetri Martin
Revenge of the Bookeaters

826NYC put on another great benefit show last night (Aug 26, 2007) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. As usual, it starred a cast of top-notch (or at least popular) indie-rock & comedy superheroes (pun intended). The show started at 7pm, but thanks to underestimating how long it takes to get from Brooklyn to 74th Street & Broadway in Manhattan on a Sunday, I was a little late. When I walked in, The New Pornographers' A.C. Newman was almost finished with his set, and I'm told I missed a funny intro that included a short song by Feist, Newman, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew. *

BV-reader-poll-favorite Demetri Martin was an able, and hilarious, host. He did stand-up between every performer, and the whole show ran surprisingly smoothly. On a whole, it beat my expectations. Not that last year was bad - it just seemed like a big jumble of performers and a recipe for disaster.

Eugene, Britt, Feist, Ed, Jim, Sarah
Revenge of the Bookeaters

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Revenge of the Bookeaters

Grizzly Bear came up next, and though they only played six songs, it was my favorite performance I've seen by the Brooklyn band (I've seen a few).

Feist came out for one song, and GB played "Marla" live for the first time. Set list:

1. Shift (off Horn of Plenty)
2. Knife
3. Deep Blue Sea (an oldtime cover they play live a lot)
4. Marla (first time ever live) (MP3 & info)
5. Service Bell (off Horn of Plenty) (w/ Feist)
6. Graceland (Chris Bear & Dan only) (Paul Simon cover)
Grizzly Bear's sound was made for the Beacon Theatre (or vice versa or something like that). They sounded so good from the orchestra where I was sitting.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Next up was My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and some say he stole the show. It's true that he probably should have played last. Alternating between guitars and that electric-thingee (with drum beats), he played a bunch of My Morning Jacket songs I recognized (set list anyone?) - all sounded awesome. You can tell that he's the frontman of band who soon-enough will - and is well-suited to - be headlining stadiums across America (if MMJ haven't already).

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Leo Allen (not pictured), Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell educated us on 826NYC a bit - in the form of comedy. They also showed a few movie previews made by 826NYC students. Remember, this was a benefit.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Sarah Vowell
Revenge of the Bookeaters

Feist really did read a little - not Harry Potter though - she read two unintentionally-funny (aka cute) stories written by 826NYC-tutored kids. She is good at reading.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Then she played "The Water" on the piano...

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Then came her boyfriend Kevin Drew and his friend Brendan Canning - the two founding members of Broken Social Scene. They played two BSS songs (or one Kevin Drew song, and one BBS song). It wasn't that good.

They're in town to play (along with Feist and Grizzly Bear) McCarren Pool on Wedneseday August 29th.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Next up: Britt Daniel of Spoon. I saw him with Spoon recently, and he (alone) was good again...

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

He did one song alone, a few accompanied by someone on piano, and one with A.C. Newman....

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Revenge of the Bookeaters

At the end everyone came out on stage to say goodbye. As Demetri Martin pointed out, it was like 'We are the World', but without a song.

Revenge of the Bookeaters

Last year David Byrne & Sufjan Stevens played.

* see comments - person who told me about the intro was "kidding"



Comments (30)

For the love of God, does anyone know what the instrument Jim James played?

Posted by Alec | August 27, 2007 2:42 PM

it was an omnichord, no?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:47 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:49 PM

It was an omniphone!

Also, Britt Daniel used to work at Citibank! Where are the exceedingly handsome songwriters at my bank? Am I missing them?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:51 PM

Disappointing audience turnout compared to last year. No doubt Jon Stewart and David Byrne brought the $$$ folks in '06, but damn, people, be willing to throw down for charity. Dynamite show. Here's hoping it continues to be annual despite decreased attendance.

Posted by Shep | August 27, 2007 2:52 PM

not sure if this is the right order or complete... but Jim James played:

Bermuda Road
What a Wonderful Man

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:53 PM

"I'm told I missed a funny intro that included a short song by Feist, Newman, and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew."

This did not happen. You only missed intro and Carl's set.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 2:56 PM

"This did not happen. You only missed intro and Carl's set."

I just found out the person who told me that was "kidding". ha. thx!

Posted by brooklynvegan | August 27, 2007 3:03 PM

Jim James setlist:

NEW SONG (as of yet untitled...yes MMJ fans, proof of a new album)
What a Wonderful Man

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 3:11 PM

Last song is not anything or always... it's Anytime.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 3:16 PM

what did AC play? anyone have that setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 3:21 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 3:23 PM

anyone have A.C. Newman's setlist? He didn't play any Zumpano songs, did he?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 3:23 PM

Doesn't Jim James look like Cat Steve... er, Yusef Islam?

About the attendance, I don't think there was enough promotion. The only promotion I saw for this was the on blogs & The Village Voice, and not every fan of any of the performers or comedians checkout the blogs or read The Village Voice.

Posted by b.LOUD | August 27, 2007 3:30 PM

I don't remember the first song Carl played, but he did play "Secretarial" and a cover of King Missile's "The Hemophiliac of Love".

Does anyone know the name of the song Britt and Carl played?

Posted by r. tomorrow | August 27, 2007 3:38 PM

methinks the new MMJ song is called, "wonderful, the way i feel". word is he wrote it the day he was released from the hospital (after having a nasty two-month case of pneumonia). it was a great song for him to start the set with. and "gideon" was something special.

i thought grizzly bear stood out nicely as well.

t'was a feel good night.

Posted by mcgrew | August 27, 2007 3:49 PM

the last jim song was Anytime...and Gideon was by far the best song of the night. I had goosebumps through the entire song, unreal!!

Posted by jimjamesisgod | August 27, 2007 4:14 PM

fantastic night though the lack of leo allen and eugene not doing comedy sets along with the final few acts being the only let downs. BSS were a waste playing only two songs, that being a new tune(yes? called fucked up kid or something) and superconnected. Both incredibly slow and boring. Britt being the "headliner" I thought he'd play more than two spoon songs and a cover with Newman. Jim James was phenomenal, Grizzly I've never seen live but were made for that cavernous place (Marla was stunning), and Newman's set was excellent and his rendition of Challengers was on par with Neko's. Kudos to Demetri for being a hysterical host and for dealing with that asshole in the balcony quite gracefully. who heckles a host of a benefit? what a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 4:16 PM

AC Newman and his four piece band did:

Come Crash
King Missle song (Hemophiliac of Love)
Drink to me Babe, Then

Posted by drewo | August 27, 2007 4:22 PM

Britt and Carl played 'Hey Little Child', from Alex Chilton's 'Like Flies on Sherbert' record. Great album, everyone should own a copy!

Posted by edwyn the bear | August 27, 2007 4:25 PM

i videoed the britt/a.c. alex chilton cover on my digital camera and put it on my blog.

Posted by Qbertplaya | August 27, 2007 5:49 PM

I have not seen mention of the loooooooooongggggg will call line. I suspect a number of people missed more than you BV as they were stuck waiting to get their tix.

Posted by musicmattersman | August 27, 2007 6:51 PM

I would have loved to have gone to this, if it was on a Friday or Saturday night. I think that was probably the reason for the less than expected turnout. Working blows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 8:20 PM

grizzly owned the evening. hands down, no argument. just a fact.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2007 10:30 PM

I thought Jim James' set was the highlight for me. I just can't get enough of his voice, especially on Gideon. (Anyone else remember playing with an omnichord in grade school music class?) The surprise of the night went to Grizzly Bear -- both my wife and I were enthralled with their set. I thought their haunting sound was perfect for the Beacon. I enjoyed them so much that I had to go out and get Yellow House and Horn of Plenty over lunch (along with A.C. Newman's solo CD -- I really liked Come Crash). A great night musically, all around. The only draw-back from last year might have been the lack of focus on 826 from Demetri. It seemed like John Hodgman kept a bit more focus on the "event."

Posted by Jeremy | August 27, 2007 11:23 PM

Grizzly Bear was unreal.

Is no one else disappointed that Feist played one song?

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2007 7:54 AM

yeah I thought Feist would at least play a song with Kevin Drew like she did at Town Hall earlier this summer!! I couldn't believe she only played one song. but let me agree with everyone in saying that grizzly bear was amazing!

Posted by L | August 28, 2007 8:40 AM

mmj is america's greatest live rock band. i hope they tour soon.

Posted by mat | August 28, 2007 9:46 AM

considering that feist was slated to read, i was actually pleasantly surprised that she sang on a grizzly bear song and one of her own.

Posted by Qbertplaya | August 28, 2007 11:04 AM

who was the girl who played piano with Britt Daniel?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2007 11:35 PM

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