Posted in music | pictures on June 3, 2008

words by Nick Masi, photos by Leia Jospe

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

A day after their three day run opening for The Raconteurs at Terminal 5, Black Lips headlined the significantly smaller Maxwell's across the river in Hoboken, NJ (June 2, 2008). They played only a few new songs - the rest of the set consisted mostly of tracks from their older albums and covers, one dedicated to the late Bo Diddley and another by their friends (and sorta-labelmate) King Khan & BBQ....

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

Black Lips @ MAxwells

I knew it was going to be one of the last times to catch Black Lips in such a small setting (in NYC anyway) and the band must have been looking forward to the show as well because they were on point. They took a request and kept saying how much fun they were having. The crowd was going crazy too, especially upfront (which always helps). The night ended with two solo performances by drummer Joe Bradley - a nice treat. Overall, everything I was hoping for.

Black Lips play one more local show on Thursday at the Ridgewood Temple in Brooklyn. Should be sick! -Nick

They're also playing McCarren Pool this summer.

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Comments (52)

check out the 3rd to last picture..is Music Snob about to choke a bitch like Wayne Brady??

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 4:43 PM

Ha! it looks like he's going for the choke if he comes any closer

Posted by anonymous2 | June 3, 2008 4:47 PM

You go dude in the glasses. Scope that ass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 4:58 PM

^^haha, that's hilarious. it's a spectacular ass though.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:04 PM

Fucking sick show!

Posted by qweebaroo! | June 3, 2008 5:10 PM

jailbaitpalooza !

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:15 PM

they look like they don't even know how to hold their instruments properly. what the hell happened to bands who actually learned to play their instruments and tried to coax new and interesting sounds out of them? all these kids look like they know what to do is pay attention to what to wear in order to look hipstery.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:16 PM

I'm doing the pose from the Neil Diamond Live album Hot August Night.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/a2/32/fd4062e89da0298ae09e5110.L.jpg

Posted by MusicSnobbery | June 3, 2008 5:21 PM

^^^These guys don't give a flying fuck what they look like. By the way, everybody isn't aspiring to be Robert Fripp or Eddie Van Halen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:26 PM

anyone have the setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:28 PM

haha, riiiiigght. 'cause maxwell's in june always requires a wool hat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:31 PM

anon 5:16, this band isn't around for uptight assholes like you that doesn't know what fun is if it hit you in the face. sorry you got so old and forgot how to have fun - go drink a fucking martini.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:32 PM

was the lead singer spitting up in the air and catching it in his mouth like he did at terminal 5 saturday? now that was really cool and sexy....not

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:43 PM

yeah , there's no reason for a wool hat indoors ever....let alone in the summer.. you have to really be a slave to (bad) fashion to sport that look... or a Rastafarian

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:52 PM

what if i want to drink a martini that's not fucking, is that ok?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 5:56 PM

who are those chicks? they're good-looking.

Posted by Dan | June 3, 2008 6:00 PM

G R I N G O

S T A R

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M I D N I G H T

* * * * * * *

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P I A N O S

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u good u

Posted by anywhere but pianos | June 3, 2008 6:02 PM

Yeah, what a bunch of fashion douches. They only got me on their guest list after the show sold out, each of them took 5 minutes of their time to come and meet me, played a tribute to Bo Diddely, and assisted me in meeting the members of the Raconteurs that were there. But yeah, he's wearing a wool hat inside in June, fuck him.

Posted by Ian rules! | June 3, 2008 6:05 PM

I'm curious as to why people like this band? They don't seem to write interesting or fun songs. They sound like a sloppy mess live. It's just all very mediocre. Any hints?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:42 PM

who is that fag in the white hat?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:48 PM

^
I must concur. Is this Clap Your Hands Say Yeah version 2 or what?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:48 PM

you go, ian rules. black lips are some of the best dudes around. they are fuckin' awesome. and you can talk to them about anything. especially their grandma's. seriously. ask them.

Posted by Brianna | June 3, 2008 6:50 PM

So when you met up with the Raconteurs, did they strike you as regular people or did they display their ability to walk on water, as many famous people do. Living in NYC, their are famous actors, musicians, etc. walking the streets on a regular basis. They're just like us. Believe it. They might not use the word "douches" and say things like "fuck him", but for the most part, famous people are just like non-famous. Go figure.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 6:53 PM

Thank you to whomever posted those videos. I never realized how much they've mastered the art of ripping of The Clash without sounding anything at all like The Clash.

Posted by iheartlondon | June 3, 2008 6:59 PM

The Black Lips rocked Maxwell's! Thank you for posting all those photos and videos. Here are some photos I took at the show.

http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/gg141/chockorama/BlackLipsAtMaxwells/?start=all

Posted by Roy | June 3, 2008 7:22 PM

"I must concur. Is this Clap Your Hands Say Yeah version 2 or what?"

You're just pissed that Black Lips peed in your mouth and slept with your girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 7:30 PM

Walk on water? No, but Jack juggles apples well. More importantly though, do famous people know the proper use of their?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 7:49 PM

i've never listened to this band on record but i've seen them live three times and had a great time all three. they're not about making the next kid a but just about having fun and there is nothing wrong with that. it's not like they're posturing like they're making groundbreaking music. who cares if you don't like them and another people do. let people have their fun and don't try to "rain on their parade."

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 8:21 PM

blck lips rule. plain and simple

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 8:30 PM

They "golden shower" on their own parade!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 8:34 PM

^^You're just pissed that Black Lips peed in your mouth and slept with your girlfriend.

oh yes, of course, how could i have forgotten about those silly facts. quite a brilliant demonstration there kid of your ability to articulate those fascinating thoughts. bravo. mom & dad are undoubtedly proud.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 8:35 PM

Are those 12 year olds dancing on stage... must have been a all ages show. Nice photos!

Posted by CaptAbernathy | June 3, 2008 9:42 PM

i'm not a huge fan of either band but it takes an incredibly deep misunderstanding of music or lack of hearing to mistake this garage punk band for "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah version 2"

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 10:19 PM

I saw them a few years ago and it was forgettable.

well until they started getting more press than Obama.

lames

Posted by nick | June 3, 2008 10:21 PM

"Yeah, what a bunch of fashion douches. They only got me on their guest list after the show sold out, each of them took 5 minutes of their time to come and meet me, played a tribute to Bo Diddely, and assisted me in meeting the members of the Raconteurs that were there. But yeah, he's wearing a wool hat inside in June, fuck him."

How much blow did you bring them ?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 10:38 PM

the best 'stache in rock is gone!

Posted by tim duncan | June 3, 2008 10:52 PM

black lips fear 2010.

Posted by clay o'hansayeh | June 3, 2008 10:56 PM

Dominic Masi, you're the coolest.

Posted by Brendan | June 3, 2008 11:31 PM

black lips play really fun, completely unpretentious punk music. leave them the fuck alone. we need more bands like the black lips.

Posted by dick hell | June 4, 2008 3:18 AM

@ 942:

nearly all maxwell's shows are all ages.

Posted by Dan | June 4, 2008 7:53 AM

Do these guys still piss into each other's mouths? Isn't that their claim to fame?
We need less mediocre bands like the black lips. Those jailbait hipster dancers are simply too young to know any music beyond what's new.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 9:01 AM

Do these guys still piss into each other's mouths? Isn't that their claim to fame?
We need less mediocre bands like the black lips. Those jailbait hipster dancers are simply too young to know any music beyond what's new.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 9:06 AM

as a band they are def better than the recantours, you at least have to admit that. recantours are a dead, stinking fish.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 9:42 AM

BLAAAACK LIIIIPSSS
HOTTTTTTTTLIIIIIINEEEEE!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 11:12 AM

What I've learned:

1) Black Lips shows are great places to score wild hipster jailbait.
2) The Black Lips will exchange backstage passes and Jack White introductions for blow.
3) Only fashion douchebags wear wool hats in June.
4) 12-year-olds are allowed into Maxwells.
5) Music Snob chokes a bitches like Wayne Brady at Black Lips shows.

Posted by JWeir | June 4, 2008 11:26 AM

Seriously. Are people again just fucking around here or is there honestly any truth to the members of this band pissing into each other's mouths? Golden shower activity is usually not coming from rock band stages, but hey, one never knows.

Posted by Yellow | June 4, 2008 11:29 AM

>as a band they are def better than the recantours, you at least have to admit that. recantours are a dead, stinking fish.

not so sure about that. the black lips are kinda ripping off the clash a little too close for comfort.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 11:56 AM

Sick show. why all the hate?? i didnt realize it, but since when does "having a good time" equate to being a hipster douche?

Posted by josh | June 4, 2008 1:28 PM

"as a band they are def better than the recantours, you at least have to admit that. recantours are a dead, stinking fish."

You have got to be kidding me!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2008 2:20 PM

this show was fun

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:45 PM

im going to criticize everything on the internet

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2008 10:17 PM

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