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DOWNLOAD: Versus - Deseret (MP3)

Peter Moren, Carl Newman & the happy couple @ Union Hall, Nov 10, 2007 (cred)
Union Hall

Eugene Mirman now pronounces you man & wife, Nov 10, 2007
Union Hall

Union Hall can now call itself home to at least two major indie rock weddings, and both weddings involved The New Pornographers' Carl Newman, and Union Hall mainstay comedian Eugene Mirman, in one way or another. The first wedding (August 4, 2007) WAS Carl Newman's, and (luckily then) Carl merely played at the second one. Carl and Peter of Peter Bjorn & John did a set of covers at the private Saturday night show that also included sets by Dean & Britta and The Mugs (not the Muggs). Congratulations to Union Hall's booker Skippy, and his new wife Courtney. More photos like the two in this post, at Flickr. Read an interview with Skippy (Jack McFadden) at Gothamist.

For Peter, that meant his third show at Union Hall. His first was with Bjorn and John - their NYC debut back in January, and his second was just one night before the wedding - he was the not-so-secret guest on Friday night's David Kilgour show....

Peter played a short impromptu set of songs he's working on for an upcoming solo album, working out arrangements in advance of his "real" solo show at Joe's Pub on November 19. Stress on "working them out." There were stops and starts, flubbed lyrics... but luckily Moren's a real charmer so nobody seemed to mind....[Sound Bites]
BUT, ends up....
the real treat was after the night's show (including David Kilgour and Euros Childs) was supposed to be over.

1990s indie faves Versus reunited for their second show since breaking up in 2001. This wasn't the start of a reformation, however -- this was a 40th birthday present for former Teenbeat labelmate Matthew Datesman, who has logged time playing drums for various bands on that influential Arlington, VA label, including True Love Always, Aden, and currently Flin Flon. Teenbeat prez and Flin Flon singer Mark Robinson (who still looks like he's 25) was one of the 50 or in attendence, most of whom were super-psyched to be seeing Versus. [Sound Bites]

Versus reunion, Nov 09, 2007
Union Hall

And as if that wasn't enough, Michael Showalter's new comedy album Sandwiches & Cats is out this week. What does that have to do with Union Hall? Well, it was recorded there! Stream it now at AOL.

As you probably know by now - mostly thanks to Michael Showalter & Eugene Mirman's weekly Sunday night show "Tearing the Veil of Maya", Union Hall has become - along with UCB and Rififi, one of the best places to catch a show by one of NYC's many "alt-comedians". Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Leo Allen.....the list goes on.....

Sarah Silverman poses with a super-fan, Nov 1, 2007
Union Hall

That's right - Sarah Silverman herself was the the "surprise" at Todd Barry's 20th year in comedy celebration at Union Hall earlier this month.

Upcoming shows at Union Hall include Daniel Kitson, Travis Morrison, and Oppenheimer. Eugene Mirman & Immaculate Machine played their Sunday night.



Comments (20)

Congratulations Skippy & Courtney!

Posted by hipster replacement | November 12, 2007 3:07 PM

Union Hall is a great venue. The atmosphere and events are worth becoming a regular for.

The Urban Naturalist

Posted by The Urban Naturalist | November 12, 2007 4:13 PM

A brand new Thin Lizzy t-shirt! Good to see that hipsters aren't straying from the tired norm of dressing in ironic T's.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 4:32 PM

I still don't understand who posts these critical comments about stuff like how old that guy's thin lizzy t-shirt is. It's got to just be other hipsters; who else cares?

Posted by Jen | November 12, 2007 4:58 PM

Thin Lizzy were a good band, anyway, and the logo is pretty awesome.

Congrats, Skippy and Courtney... Union Hall rocks. The downstairs at least.

Posted by bill p | November 12, 2007 5:03 PM

oppenheimer is prettayy prettay good

Posted by homey | November 12, 2007 5:16 PM

Apparently, thin lizzy dude hasn't heard of a little thing called a "razor".

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 5:35 PM

Thin Lizzy dude is a hott piece of ass. Go, Klaus!

Posted by db | November 12, 2007 6:12 PM

"A brand new Thin Lizzy t-shirt! Good to see that hipsters aren't straying from the tired norm of dressing in ironic T's."

And don't overlook the ridiculous hipster beard. He must live in Williamsburg with all the other conforming non-conformists and ride a track ride.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 6:42 PM

Klaus, You Ironic hipster fuck. There is no possible reason to wear a Thin Lizzy (or any band for that matter) shirt unless you actually like the band.

Oh wait you do actually like Thin Lizzy.

Well then I'll apologize for jumping to hasty conclusions based on a photo I saw on the Internet of somebody I don't know. Perhaps I'll just go back to being a jerk to people I know face to face as opposed to being a douche to someone whom I've never met anonymously.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 7:11 PM

If you people don't like Phil Lynott, then you should go die, too.

Posted by db | November 12, 2007 7:17 PM

There really should be an all-female Thin Lizzy tribute band already.

The only hard part would be coming up with a name.

Posted by hipster replacement | November 12, 2007 7:30 PM

>>>>>The only hard part would be coming up with a name.

Well, Thin Lezzy of course ......or better yet , Sin Lezzy

Posted by Jo Jo | November 12, 2007 8:58 PM

how about:
Wish I was Thin, Lizzy
or better yet:
Fat Larry

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 9:08 PM

That beard is almost hairier than Sarah Silverman's eyebrows.

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2007 10:16 PM

Hey Klaus, where's my photo credit?

Posted by bumpershine | November 12, 2007 11:56 PM

oh my god, i cannot believe how good versus sounds in that video you linked to.

Posted by claire | November 13, 2007 1:26 AM

Comedian Dave Hill officiated at the wedding, and was the one who now pronounced them man and wife. The ceremony was upstairs. Eugene Mirman just did a bit at the beginning of the party afterwards. Graham Smith of Kleenex Girl Wonder also performed. Peter and Carl performed "Never My Love" by The Association and "I Want to Make It With You" by Bread. There was karaoke after the bands, and Peter from PB&J performed "Suspicious Minds" if you must know.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2007 12:19 PM

Skippy and Cortney: Good luck with that marriage thing... You'll need it!

Posted by Ya Muva | November 13, 2007 9:50 PM

Why did Skippy try to copy Carl Newman's wedding so closely? LAME.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:21 PM

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