Posted in music on November 20, 2007

Bright Eyes @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - Nov 19, 2007 (CRED)
Bright Eyes @ Radio City Music Hall

the opening bands were pretty cool. the first band was the felice brothers, and they were sorta country-ish but not annoying and i didn't hate it. the second band was the lifeboats...the something lifeboats....i dunno i'll look it up. they were great;; more instrumental, but great.
and THEN, there was a second intermission after them so we knew that bright eyes would be next, and this intermission was really long so me and erika were like oh yeahhh connor has to finish up his coke or else he wont be able to preform properly!
but when he came on the stage, when he came on with his sky blue button down shirt and picked up his guitar, i was having a seizure.
the most amazing lyrics...oh god DJDSKLLFS!! and he said that they've been touring for 11 years, and that this was their last show. when he said that, me and erika looked at eachother with the widest and BRIGHTEST eyes, like we were the luckiest people on earth.
i really hope that connor was just coked out and he didn't mean that. i need to see them again. <3 [Rachel]

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Comments (62)

Hrm, I wonder what's up with this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:27 PM

Ok, that's not what he said at all. He said they have been on tour for the better part of a year and this is the last night of the tour, and that they have no plans for the future yet. He in no way implied that Bright Eyes is done touring or anything. I saw him 4 times this year and last night was my favorite. It was loose, and the setlist was pretty much what I would have picked had I been given the opportunity. Great show.

Posted by lowlips | November 20, 2007 12:29 PM

Ok, that's not what he said at all. He said they have been on tour for the better part of a year and this is the last night of the tour, and that they have no plans for the future yet. He in no way implied that Bright Eyes is done touring or anything. I saw him 4 times this year and last night was my favorite. It was loose, and the setlist was pretty much what I would have picked had I been given the opportunity. Great show.

Posted by lowlips | November 20, 2007 12:29 PM

he actually said that they'd all been touring for over a year and it was the last show of the tour. not ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:29 PM

he actually said that they'd been touring for over a year and that last night was the last show of the tour. not ever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:31 PM

I agree with Lowlips,


He definitely didn't say that at all. I guess we now know who really were the ones coked out.

Posted by Matt | November 20, 2007 12:35 PM

leaky boats

Posted by kk | November 20, 2007 12:40 PM

yep that blog entry pretty much captures the average mentality and maturity of the last nights' concert goer...

I agree the band was relaxed and loose but the sound was not good last night. Not a good venue for them.

Posted by tyler | November 20, 2007 12:43 PM

BV, it's nice that you like to support those mentally-challanged individuals who enjoy seeing live music, but their is no reason to subject the rest of your readers to a blog post like that.

Posted by Max Power | November 20, 2007 12:44 PM

"when he said that, me and erika looked at eachother with the widest and BRIGHTEST eyes, like we were the luckiest people on earth"

Seriously? Who are these idiots anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:44 PM

yes there is it's fucking hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:49 PM

roftlmao

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:49 PM

Radio City Music Hall, NYC, 11-19-07

Another Traveling Song
Four Winds
We Are Nowhere And Its Now
You Will
Arc Of Time
Method Acting
Spring Cleaning
If The Brakeman Turns My Way
Bowl Of Oranges
Lua
Poison Oak
Old Soul Song
A Song To Pass The Time

-Encore-
Lover I Dont Have To Love
True Blue
Walls (Tom Petty Cover)
Rosevelts Room

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:52 PM

I enjoyed some songs during Bright Eyes, but most of the time I was spacing out. Not interested in seeing him again. I prefer to play his albums home, so if I feel sleepy at least I am closer to my bed.

Posted by Eduardo | November 20, 2007 12:54 PM

give her a break - she's 14

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 12:55 PM

That girl sounds like one of the six girls behind me. "DO YOU HAVE A MINT?! I NEED MY BREATH TO BE FRESH FOR CONOR!" "DO YOU THINK CONOR CAN SEE US???"

I hope BE goes back to playing small venues where 13 year olds aren't allowed in.

Posted by ragl | November 20, 2007 12:57 PM

did anyone else have a huge problem with the sound? The bright eyes shows I've seen were great but last night everything was almost painful it was either too trebely or basey. not his best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:00 PM

how old were these people??

Posted by kk | November 20, 2007 1:01 PM

It's times like these when you post a link to a blog that has no clue what is going on that I say to myself, why bother? I know you were not there but wanted to find something to write about the show but how on this planet were you like this is the blog i must link this post...I am sure you could find a friend that was their before posting a false rumor. If this blog is supposed to be US Weekly I do appologize). All I am saying is some research before posting garbage is always good to do.
I notice your blog helps get other blogs some attention but is Asian Grapes a blog I should be checking out?
Stick to shows you go to and write reviews like you did back in the day and this blog will be just fine.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:03 PM

I dont care how old you are. If you type like this: JDSLFKJAFAL;AERWRO023, and you are not 5, you derserved to be called out and laughed at.


But i think its okay, cause I keep looking over my shoulder at my co-working. Our eyes keep meeting. And our eyes get wider with each glance. and they get BRIGHTER with each glance. And before long, I will realize that we are the luckiest co-workers on earth.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:04 PM

hahaha, Bowery Ballroom was AWESOME for all the reasons above

Posted by kk | November 20, 2007 1:04 PM

Thurston Moore played, the bass was muddy as hell, and no, Conor didn't say that.
Don't believe any of the crap in this post, blog entries are about as reliable as the scribbles on the back of stall, which is a step above comments on a blog.
why am I writing this?? hmmmm.

Posted by Joe | November 20, 2007 1:07 PM

poor Asian Grapes. I bet she didn't expect to be a minor celebrity for her 'private' gushing. I wish I had a lucky coworker :-/

Posted by kk | November 20, 2007 1:11 PM

I used to read Stereogum daily, but that dude sold out.

Now I get all my music news from Asian Grapes. How else am I supposed to know what bands are "sorta country-ish but not annoying"?

Thank you Asian Grapes. I can't wait for your SXSW coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:13 PM

best set ever! you all are very lucky.

Posted by team sassypants | November 20, 2007 1:20 PM

i heard that after the encore they played pull my hair? is that true or not

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:20 PM

Just to correct myself, it should be Korean Grapes. And what I posted about why post her was not mean to put down Rachel at Korean Grapes. Keep the posts coming. Can we at least get a Hana Montana review?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:23 PM

Conor was in rare form. I loved that last song!! & I hope there's more to come from him like it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:37 PM

It was a great show. I've seen Bright Eyes many times but I feel as though Conor is growing a bit more mature. He didn't seem really drunk or wasted and he actually seemed into the show. The ending was fabulous, the new song and the Tom Petty cover--everyone was having a blast. The piano songs were incredible too, Spring Cleaning was a treat.

Posted by Katie | November 20, 2007 1:52 PM

I hate to say it, but I like Jake Bellows' Spring Cleaning better! It's one of the sweetest songs I've ever heard. That said, I don't like any of their other songs.. well, except for Disappoint your God... there's something ethereal about the way Jake sings it, which I found not to be the case with Conor. Weird, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 1:59 PM

The Neva Dinova split with Jake singing Spring Cleaning is a gem of a song--it's practically perfect.
I think it's just that since Conor wrote it, I've always just really wanted to hear him sing it.

Posted by Katie | November 20, 2007 2:12 PM

Conor Oberst is a no-talent ass clown.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 2:20 PM

Last night was probably the 5 time I've seen them, and they were great. I really do think he has the cheesiest following around though, yelling out unfunny crap all night. Last night was the youngest I've seen though. RCMH was too large a venue for them, although the sound was way off too. I went from 3rd balcony to orchestra and the sound improve as expected. By the end of the Petty cover, he had the crowd in the palm of his hands, then he goes on this run of the mill anti-war spiel and goes into a sloppy version of Roosevelt Room.......stupid move. Furious I missed Felice Bros what I've heard so far is excellent.

Posted by Hank | November 20, 2007 2:29 PM

sloppy? I thought he sounded almost like Zach de La Rocha (RATM) & that's a compliment!

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 2:59 PM

Katie, I think you're right about him not seeming wasted. He seemed downright blissful in a pure way, like actually happy :-) It was a pleasure to hear him sing that way.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 3:03 PM

Def the the best show/setlist i've seen since the first town hall shows a few years back. But god the volume was painfully loud. I never imagined i'd need earplugs at a bright eyes show.

I was on the train after the show and some girls were like why did that guy get a 45 min set and all I could think to myself is they have no idea who that guy is. I understand sonic youth is a very acquired taste but you gotta give credit where credit is due.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 3:23 PM

I might have liked to see him wasted

Posted by Eduardo | November 20, 2007 3:24 PM

it was a great show. he didn't seem drunk. he seemed like he was having fun. at least for a huge venue. i don't blame him for playing RCMH. it's better than having to play 5 nights somewhere. just wished there would have been a "surprise" guest. i was hoping to see lou reed. guess he's too busy making videos with shitty bands. and thurston was a real treat. i wish he could've played longer.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 3:33 PM

My fav tune was when he did the cover by that band that plays ONE MORE TIME.

daft punk.

Posted by Lisa Cohen | November 20, 2007 3:35 PM

Guitar on You Will was entirely too loud, took away from effect of when band comes in. such a great song though. When you listen to the studio version you can hear him walking closer and closer to the mike after each verse, then he's right in front of it when everyone else comes in.

Posted by Hank | November 20, 2007 3:35 PM

are people this picky at all shows or does a bright eyes show have higher standards?

and i think bv is using his blog post to take a stab at bright eyes. don't think he's much of a fan.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 3:44 PM

daft punk was cool like ten years ago

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 4:25 PM

i saw bright eyes in small room about 10 years ago. he seemed like a really nice kid who was dealing with clinical depression as best he could. his vocals were too loud but there was a cute girl playing the flute.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 5:05 PM

The horrific sound killed the show for me. Everyone goes to a Bright Eyes show for Conor's amazing lyrics. I was straining so hard to hear him over the ridiculously loud electric guitar that my head felt as though it would split. To say I am horribly unimpressed with RCMH is an understatement. I saw Bright Eyes in Manchester, NH and that venue did a million times better job then RCMH. Horrible.

And yes, when you go to a master lyricist's concert, you want to hear the lyrics, so Bright Eyes concert goers are more picky about sound.

Posted by cnw | November 20, 2007 5:20 PM

This post is an insult. This show is much more deserving of legitimate copy. Like you usually do if you didn't get a chance to attend ask you readers what they thought. I was there and after seeing Bright Eyes 18 times, I thought this show was great. I loved the song selection and the new dynamic arrangements. My favorite was Lua with the accordion and trumpet. Thurstan Moore was a sonic treat and the Felice brothers a joy.

Posted by artifact | November 20, 2007 5:40 PM

18 times? obsession collection indeed

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 5:53 PM

I attended a Bright Eyes show at Town Hall a few months ago, and my only complaint was the volume, which was much too loud. When will bands start to understand that concerts are not enjoyable at that level?

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 6:19 PM

"But i think its okay, cause I keep looking over my shoulder at my co-working. Our eyes keep meeting. And our eyes get wider with each glance. and they get BRIGHTER with each glance. And before long, I will realize that we are the luckiest co-workers on earth."

hahaha thats fucking hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2007 6:48 PM

Anyone have an mp3 link to Mr. Oberst singing SPRING CLEANING? It was my favorite song of the night - a real treat hearing the writer sing it given I am not aware of him singing it before. You could hear a pin drop during some moments of that song - and let's face it in a venue that big, that's pretty hard.

Having seen him at-then Northsix years ago, I was a little bumbed by the fact that with this machine in motion, we'll never really see him go back to such small intimate venues. Sitting in row B of Radio City Music Hall was further back then the last row of Town Hall....I seriously couldn't even make out their faces.

I actually thought the sound was pretty good though....?!

Posted by Eman | November 20, 2007 7:35 PM

me too. but, i was sitting near the stage. i guess it didn't sound as good farther back. i thought thought the show was great. just wished thurston could've played longer. i've seen bright eyes many times and this was one of the better shows.

Posted by lifesbathroom | November 20, 2007 7:59 PM

Thurston was amazing, but I left soon after. Conor;s sound was really bad. I loved him at Bowery in Feb, thought Town Hall was ok but the sound there was too brassy/trebly too (well, and he was too tired by the end of the week and should have stayed home), and this was really bad. I mean, its the best venue in the city. Who can fuck up the sound at Radio City? Huh?? Does this mean he wants it this way? Anyway, scores of people left early. But, Thurston was... just great. Stick to records Conor.

Posted by Juan | November 20, 2007 8:09 PM

if you guys check out miss korean grapes again, she's taken the whole post down from blogger. we are so so mean.

seriously though - the lifeboats? what the fuck is that?

Posted by bentrup | November 20, 2007 11:31 PM

It was an amazing show. The Felice Brothers were great. From the captivating accordion to the oldest brother all but making love to his drum set. They should have played second. Thurston Moore was decent. Not great, not bad. Group of amazing musicians with not much to show for it, if you ask me. The violin sounded great, the drummer had some amazing beats, and the guitar was of course crisp and original. However, collectively? It screamed exactly what Thurston's voice screamed: "I want so badly to be deep!" Bright Eyes pulled out a great set. The sound was not so great and the absence of the fiddle player was a letdown. But the setlist and arrangement of the songs was purely amazing. Drawing from nearly every album, Connor and friends played great from the start. Choosing to play a new song last is usually a recipe for disaster but since the invention of the internet, it's increasingly popular. I had heard that song a few times on YouTube and could not wait to hear it live. It was an awesome way to end the show. And those of you who were angered by his political rant, what the hell are you doing at a Bright Eyes show? I loved it from beginning to end. The crowd on the other hand... Connor will never sleep with you, nor does he care if you proclaim your undying love to him. He's nearly thirty now and wants nothing to do with a high school teeny bopper who will go on and on about how good of a lyricist he is, but in actuality has no idea what he's talking about. He is one of the best writers that music has ever seen. But part of what makes him great is the manner in which he uses symbolism so well. He draws on experience and relates with people who have shared those experiences. If you're still in high school, you've probably never had those experiences. Appreciating Bright Eyes can be done at any age. But truly understanding Bright Eyes is another thing entirely. So please, spare me the Thurston Moore copyrighted "I want so badly to be deep".

Posted by Sean | November 21, 2007 1:05 AM

urg, i'm the same age as him *shudders to think that that's "nearly thirty"* anyways, the sound was bad... so bad that none of my videos are audible :-(

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 1:43 AM

you know, upon further review of that korean grapes blog, it's actually surprisingly well-written for a 14 year old high school freshmen. and i definitely hadn't seen thurston moore in 9th grade, regardless of whether i thought he was 'the lifeboats' or not. bold prediction: in three years she is going to be one of US

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 2:04 AM

I'm stupidly confused. I don't want to like Bright Eyes because I didn't particularly enjoy the show but I haven't been able to stop playing I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Great album.

Posted by Eduardo | November 21, 2007 2:13 AM

bright eyes makes some good music and i'm wide awake, it's morning is a great album. i love the last song.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 2:15 AM

The show set was great.
Way too loud, not mixed well.
The first band sucked, they were horrible!
Don't know why bright eyes would have them open except that maybe because they were so bad, the crowd would be overwhelmed when a real band came out.

Last song also sucked.

Posted by james | November 21, 2007 6:06 AM

The new Bright Eyes album is like listening to cardboard. Lifted is the best album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 11:02 AM

You all should have come up to Binghamton, NY. Magic City Music hall was small and comfortable. Suckers.

Sincerely,
Binghamton University student

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2007 5:40 PM

The Felice Brothers were great. Sonic Youth is where its at but Thurston was boring broing boring. Bright Eyes were epic. I've seen bright eyes 3 time. First time in Jersey was absolutely great-sound wise and performance wise. The town hall show i went to was a total mess, i thought. Maybe it was because it was so close to the end of the stretch (i went on the second to last day) or maybe he copped some bad blow but it was terribleee. In fact, i thought it was so bad at the last show that i wasn't even going to go to this one. The only reason i went was because i somehow managed to get myself on the guest list. THANK GOD--it definately topped Jersey City without a doubt.(the lack of white Prada suits didnt hurt,either)

Posted by Aly Aiich | November 23, 2007 10:03 PM

Jersey City is where it's at

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2007 4:56 PM

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