Posted in music | pictures on June 5, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 played their 2nd of two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom last night (June 4, 2008). The first NYC show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg one night earlier....

Much like the band's namesake, a galaxy that's close enough to see with binoculars, the set burned with a ferocity implacably distanced from the non-performers. (Note to Music Hall of Williamsburg: if you're intending to aid this sense of chilly isolation, continue to keep your AC on wind tunnel mode.) [Impose]
Showtrotta was at that one too (stay tuned). M83 played the Middle East in Cambridge the night before that (and temperature again seemed to play a role)...
At 11 o'clock, we finally witnessed M83 appear on the dank and dated main stage to the delight of 300 hot and sweaty people, many below 'see' level. The band consisted of a bass, keyboard, guitar, drums (excellent drummer by the way), and the magic of Anthony Gonzalez's electronic sound effects, guitar, and loud, non-organic fuzz.....The music was still playing at 12:02am when Alex and I left the swamp-like room. The temperature downstairs must have been at least 100 degrees - no AC, no windows, no air at all other than what little trickled down the stairs at the back of the room. [J Boucher]
How was the temperature at Bowery Ballroom? More pictures from that show below....

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

M83 @ Bowery Ballroom

A couple more tour dates HERE.

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Comments (53)

does anyone have the setlist from the music hall of williamsburg show

Posted by Daniil | June 5, 2008 1:18 AM

that's some quick 425'ing there, bao. the show was freakin' great. temperature was temperate.

Posted by jason | June 5, 2008 2:01 AM

Does anyone have a set list from tonight. I can't remember which of the older songs besides Run into Flowers and Don't Save Us From the Flames were played.

Posted by guy at the bowery | June 5, 2008 2:04 AM

GOt my weed and bowl taken by bowery security. bastards!!!!!!!!! Good show. I also can't remember what old songs they played

Posted by meeeeeeeeee | June 5, 2008 2:10 AM

the setlist was exactly the same except one song. both shows were SICK

Posted by went to both | June 5, 2008 2:28 AM

i don't see what all of the fuss is about. i saw them a couple of years back at bowery and they were dreadful and their new album is crap. they're no dan deacon that's for sure...

Posted by hipster poseur | June 5, 2008 7:24 AM

I couldn't take my eyes off that keyboardist, damn!

Posted by Smitten | June 5, 2008 7:47 AM

Well i went to the mhow show and i want the setlist. such an amazing show.

ha your mad cuz they took your bowl of weed, they kicked a dood out at mhow for smoking-far worse.

Posted by Daniil | June 5, 2008 8:00 AM

more photos up on flickr if anyone cares:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jberg/sets/72157605444676130/

Posted by jason | June 5, 2008 9:28 AM

What was up with all the people yammering on during the show.

People need to shut the hell up, especially during the quiet songs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:54 AM

Guitar and a Heart was un-fucking-believable.

Better than that time I saw Dan Deacon play T5.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:59 AM

I was at the MHOW show.....a little hint, don't look behind the curtain. Probally +50% of the sounds were pre-programmed. Those nice samba beats in the last song, programmed, much of the backing vocals, programmed, the low rumbling bass, programmed. Don't get me wrong, they sounded amazing, but just found it little misleading when one guitarist is playing the wrong chord and you can't even tell. In the world of people playing laptops I guess expected, but gotta say it lessened my enjoyment.

Posted by Frank Morgan | June 5, 2008 10:15 AM

The show last night was insanely good. A couple of the people I was with thought it was hot in there, but I was too into M83 to care or notice.

Posted by Beeeeve | June 5, 2008 10:18 AM

my friends were REALLY cold but i quite enjoyed the temperature. this is the third time i've seem them in 3 years and really enjoyed the show. it was interesting how their new 80s tinged material meshed with their older, starker stuff.

Posted by modestmerlin | June 5, 2008 10:24 AM

ok please explain, if we go to MHOW, should we bring jackets/hats?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:29 AM

Keyboard girl was dope!

Posted by adam | June 5, 2008 10:35 AM

I didn't get the appeal of keyboard girl. She looked like Moose from You Can't Do That On Television.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:39 AM

Moose was hot.

Why is that dude playing a blender?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:41 AM

"I LOVE YOU KEYBOARD GIRL!!!" <--- that was funny.

anyway I felt like i was one of five people out of 750 that was dancing during some songs, why were so many fans so stiff? :-\

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 10:57 AM

what was the last song they played before the encore?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:03 AM

"Probally +50% of the sounds were pre-programmed. Those nice samba beats in the last song, programmed, much of the backing vocals, programmed, the low rumbling bass, programmed. Don't get me wrong, they sounded amazing, but just found it little misleading when one guitarist is playing the wrong chord and you can't even tell."

yeah it was kind of obvious at points but their songs are so layered and dense that there is probably no other way to do it live unless he had like 10 people. even though the stuff was samples/pre-programmed i thought there was a decent amount of at least making the songs sound somewhat different from on the album (like "*" or "a guitar and a heart".

Posted by jason | June 5, 2008 11:07 AM

i got my weed, coke and e tabs snagged by the asshole security. what gives?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:13 AM

some dick security guard snagged my syringe while i was tying off my arm. what gives?

i don't want to live in a new york where heroin abuse is frowned upon.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:22 AM

damn dude you got your WHOLE stash taken, how the fuck? yo they kept hassiling me about filming, i smoke BEFORE the show. I met some kid after the show outside from Long Island, he was smoking, i wanted more but had to catch the train back upstate :-\

Posted by James | June 5, 2008 11:22 AM

"what was the last song they played before the encore?"

Yeah, does anyone know? I didn't recognize it, but it was damn awesome.

Posted by CN | June 5, 2008 11:22 AM

Last song before the encore was "Guitar and a Heart."

You douchebags need to listen to Before the Dawn Heals Us before calling yourselves fans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:25 AM

i loved the keyboard player, both nights. her real band is kinda wack though...all tori amos'd out or someshit.

http://www.myspace.com/wearetheromanovs

as for the progammed layers...i kind of went into these shows expecting the whole show to be programmed, so the fact that there was much of a live element (which there totally was) made me really happy. Bowery was tighter.

Posted by settle down 1125 | June 5, 2008 11:36 AM

You are a much bigger fan than me 11:25. I bow down to you.

Posted by CN | June 5, 2008 11:36 AM

I wanted to say guitar and a heart too, but i was friggin drunk as can be. im glad they played A LOT of stuff from deadcities, redseas&lostghosts

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:37 AM

"some dick security guard snagged my syringe while i was tying off my arm. what gives?

i don't want to live in a new york where heroin abuse is frowned upon."

Totally! That power-trippin' funpoliceman jacked my waterboarding apparatus right before I started torturing this 14-year-old girl for a natural adrenaline high.

Also 11:25, you need to start rolling on 7 E-tabs while listening to Digital Shades Volume Don't-Worry-You-Don't-Own-It-Anyway spliced with backwards loops of Nicolas Fromageau solo project B-Sides layered over duckbilled platypus mating sounds before you start calling out concert attendees for not being real fans.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:38 AM

I am so bummed that I missed out on these two shows (Unfortunately I had to work both nights). I found out about their Bowery Ballroom show through buzzd.com and was practically tearing my hair out in the attempt to find a way to sidestep work and see them. (Does anyone else here use it to find out about events in Manhattan or Brooklyn?)

It's such a testament to a band's genuine talent when they're able to release an album so many years after the fact and still remain relevant. It would just be far too easy to sound dated, especially when implementing such an 80's-tinged sound. I'm pretty impressed that M83 pulled it off successfully.

Posted by Amorous in Bauhaus Fashion | June 5, 2008 11:47 AM

very stiff crowd, i felt like i was the only one dancing too, and i was sober...

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:49 AM

i thought the bowery show was perfect. the only thing that could have made it better was if it would have been outside.

well... that and the crowd, but it's a new york crowd, so what can we expect?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 11:54 AM

where's the berg love? left 3 tracks into m83 at mhow...couldn't get past all the preprogrammed layers, but then again, didn't know what to expect.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 12:00 PM

Guess I'm not the only one who got my stuff taken. The security there is seriously a problem, we should call bowery and tell them to drug test their security guards cause I have no doubts that those powertripping fuckers stole the drugs for themselves. its really ridicolous actually and I almost got kicked out too. This is why I like webster hall, cause they never do shit like this. I also have to agree that alot of the crowd was just talking and not really moving at all to the music

Posted by ****** | June 5, 2008 12:06 PM

yeah berg sans nipple was excellent, nice guys too i met them on the way out, shook one of the guys hands, he was very polite. Great ambient sound.

Posted by James | June 5, 2008 12:09 PM

yeah but how did you get your stash taken **** were you holding it up in the air?? also, the Australian security guard was pretty funny, he let me take pics behind stage and shit, but this one big gorilla dude kept giving me shit for filming...

knitting factory, peeps jump on stage, put they're empty bottles on stage and everything!

Posted by James | June 5, 2008 12:17 PM

very stiff crowd, i felt like i was the only one dancing too, and i was sober...
^^
What's new it's new york everyone has hold it in at all costs. It's the only thing I absolutely hate about going out to shows in the city, the f*cking crowds are the worst...

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 12:38 PM

ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 12:39 PM

very stiff crowd, i felt like i was the only one dancing too, and i was sober...
^^
What's new it's new york everyone has hold it in at all costs. It's the only thing I absolutely hate about going out to shows in the city, the f*cking crowds are the worst...

Not so sure, i've been to other shows in NYC and been in friendly dance-like environments @ the knitting factory/irving plaza. I just can see being so stiff for 'certain' m83 songs like, at the end when they did the encore with coloeurs i was going bonkers...and i didn't give a fuck what ppl thought, i wasn't rolling or anything like that, just a few beers and a spliff + good music/vibes = groovin'

Posted by James | June 5, 2008 12:48 PM

It's shoegaze man, not daft punk.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:09 PM

the one guy I saw get his stash taken happened during the first song of M83.

he lit up not five feet from the security guard... get to the middle of the crowd, dude.

and it would also have helped that when you take your hit that you don't blow your smoke straight up and all out at once like you're sitting on your couch watching South Park.

amateur.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:30 PM

Everything off the new album was terrible and people laughed and talked during those songs. Everything off the first 2 albums was incredible. He pretty much switched between old new every other song.

Posted by Andy | June 5, 2008 1:34 PM

Anon 1:30. So funny!

I'm loving "Saturdays=Youth" btw. I think it's my favorite of the 3.

Posted by Dan | June 5, 2008 1:43 PM

and it would also have helped that when you take your hit that you don't blow your smoke straight up and all out at once like you're sitting on your couch watching South Park.

Ah... was that that plume of smoke that arose during the 1st or 2nd song, right in front of the stage, towards the left (in front of the guitarist/bassist)? If so, that jackass was an idiot. I don't smoke myself, but even I know you don't blow it up in the air. It was very noticable!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:01 PM

yeah you gotta be real idiot to blow the smoke up in the air like that, gotta hold it in for as long as you can, kneel down and blow it at the ground, or just hold it in so long that it dissipates within you...

Posted by James | June 5, 2008 2:02 PM

i've got your stiff crowd right here, and you can blow your smoke on it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:26 PM

Hey, here's the setlist from the MHOW show, courtesy of a review in last.fm(awesome site, huh?):

Run into flowers
Graveyard Girl
Moon child
*
We own the sky
Gone
Kim and Jessie
Highway of endless dreams
Don't save us from the flames
Skin
A guitar and a heart
Couleurs

Does anyone know what the deal with the plexiglass surrounded drums was? Does it create a much different sound?

Posted by It's Not the Heat It's the Humidity | June 5, 2008 4:17 PM

thanks man, yea i checked last.fm but i only checked the comments, i stupidly forgot to check the review

Posted by daniil | June 5, 2008 5:06 PM

Plexiglass helps contain the sound a bit.

Helps with the huge crash sounds like at the end of a guitar and a heart.

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