Posted in music | pictures on September 10, 2008

photos by Ryan Muir, words by Nick Masi

Deerhunter @ LPR

Last night was a special night of music at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (September 9). Unfortunately I missed the early show where Skuli Sverrisson and Olof Arnalds each performed a full album and were joined by guests such as Nico Muhly and Laurie Anderson whose husband Deerhunter's Bradford Cox later said he just missed meeting (and getting an autograph from) in the back room.

Deerhunter hit the stage around 11:20. Bradford immediately began chatting with the crowd and seemed to be in great spirits. The music started and the sound was a little off, but they seemed to fix it by the second or third song (though people standing near the front later told me the sound was messed up the entire show). One thing with Deerhunter is that when they are played at a high volume, they sound that much stronger and last night was LOUD. I even caught a few people with fingers in their ears, which is always a good sign. The setlist was very accessible and full of crowd pleasers. They played a lot of older material ("Fluorescent Grey," Spring Hall Convert," "Strange Lights," "Hazel St."), a few from Microcastle ("Agoraphobia", "Saved By Old Times" and I think "Never Stops") and "Operation" off of the recently leaked and soon to be released Weird Era Cont. They started the encore with a hilarious, yet well done death metal version of what sounded like Jay Reatard's "Always Wanting More," introducing the segment as a "unique opportunity to hear material off their new album." The show seemed a little short, clocking in at little over an hour, but I didn't leave disappointed. Actually, I left thinking it was one of the best Deerhunter shows I have seen yet.

More pictures below...

Deerhunter @ LPR

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Deerhunter @ LPR

Deerhunter will be back soon. All tour dates HERE.

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Comments (51)

was this sold out?


Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:42 PM

Sound was really awful for the first 20 minutes - after that it did noticiably improve (and then I could actually start to enjoy show), but in my opinion - Loud is not better.

Posted by Renee | September 10, 2008 1:48 PM

pictures actually look pretty good.

Posted by wembley | September 10, 2008 1:53 PM

not even CLOSE to sold out

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:53 PM

small point but I think it was a death metal version of "thirsty and miserable" by black flag.

WHY do they put the sound guy right on stage? he looked like a comatose keyboard player and had his fingers in his ears the whole time.

the first show was pretty good but the laurie anderson guest spot was pretty underwhelming - skuli's band was great though.

also, why have big tables out everywhere on the floor [for the first show] when you don't even serve food? get small round tables if you have to have tables at all - it felt like a lounge club or a douche-ier version of joe's pub.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:54 PM

yeah not sold out and they let you stay for no extra cover if you went to the first show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 1:57 PM

i believe the sound guy is in the dj booth (at least i hope so), and the lighting guy is in the back of the stage. still odd placement.

Posted by ryan | September 10, 2008 1:59 PM

"not even CLOSE to sold out"

why do you CARE? It seemed pretty full to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:01 PM

Those are so pretty, Ryan :) I like the artsy fartsy draggy shutter ones the best, as usual.

Posted by Lori | September 10, 2008 2:01 PM

that room is very oddly shaped.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:02 PM

they were barely attempting to get people's cash as they came in. a whole lot of who was there just walked in without paying.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:10 PM

Real setlist:

Calvary Scars
Never Stops
Spring Hall Convert
Dr. Glass
Hazel St.
Saved By Old Times
Operation
Fluorescent Grey
Nothing Ever Happened
--
The death metal song
Intro (as in Microcastle)
Agoraphobia
Strange Lights

Posted by Eduardo | September 10, 2008 2:11 PM

they said it was an "industry night" but I'm not sure why.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:11 PM

""not even CLOSE to sold out"

why do you CARE? It seemed pretty full to me."

BECAUSE SOMEONE ASKED, WHY ARE YOU SO DEFENSIVE ABOUT IT?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:12 PM

figured it wouldn't sell out

even all the pitchfork/fader hype in the world wont help

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:13 PM

that hype's pretty last year anyway

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:14 PM

all the jealous haters are pathetic. last night's show was beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:21 PM

I think that opening paragraph could use some commas.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:24 PM

"they said it was an "industry night" but I'm not sure why."

Because the invited the industry out to see the club last night. The invitation included a cocktail hour, the early show and the late show. The guestlist was huge.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:25 PM

Great show. Seemed pretty full to me. And yes, I walked in without paying, which made it even sweeter.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:30 PM

I knew I've should of gone to this show....

Posted by Pedro | September 10, 2008 2:31 PM

okay.... so i saw deerhunter twice last summer (once following ex models and again opening for battles), and while there were definitely moments, i found both shows largely disinteresting.

a friend invited me to last night's show at the last minute, and while the sound was a bit off, i really liked the new material and am looking forwad to "microcastles" very much. quite awesome. the new stuff's a bit more rocking, yes? also, great version of "strange lights," probably my favorite song of theirs.

in any case, i'm slowly getting won over by deerhunter.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:32 PM

i fucking love deerhunter.
bowery is going to be gnarly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 2:57 PM

who cares who or how many people were at last night's show - what matters is how great deerhunter were. can't wait till november!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:00 PM

i heard bradford cox is gonna start playing with mgmt.

read it here
http://theheadbandandtheears.tumblr.com/

Posted by headband & ears | September 10, 2008 3:05 PM

well, obviously the person who asked cares

in case you haven't noticed rock shows are a for profit business for many people

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:06 PM

It seemed pretty full and sold out to me. It was rather crowded. Maybe 700 people in a 800 capacity venue. Good show.

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

700 people? are you totally insane?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:23 PM

Big fan of DH. Liked the setlist / performace. Love their music. Have seen them live before. Thought it was good performance last night. But...

The sound quality was terrible and the lighting effects were terrible. I payed $15, learn to mix the sound and control the lighting. Also, an "odd" crowd.

Off topic -Loved the music selection before DH went on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:25 PM

max capacity at LPR is only 650. so you're pulling numbers outta your ass.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:41 PM

Great show!! they're one of the more interesting bands today, and bradford is a funny guy great sense of humor.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:48 PM

Do they not play anything off of the first album anymore? I'd love to hear Tech School or Adorno someday.

Posted by Mark B. | September 10, 2008 4:05 PM

How did 'Nothing Ever Happened' sound live? That song is ridiculously awesome on Microcastle.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:14 PM

Is the person posting "it wasn't sold out!" posts the same one who always harangues the Dirty Projectors for not selling out shows? It's strange to take such an interest in the audience numbers at shows staged by groups you hate. Everyone's gotta have a hobby I suppose...

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:34 PM

To anonymous341: According to LPR website, maximum capacity is 800 in main room and 130 in the side lounge. Stop crying.

(goto http://lepoissonrouge.com/html/index.html and click on "private events")

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:37 PM

this place was half empty and they gave away a million industry guestlist spots and let everyone from the early show stay for free and didn't care if random people walked in without paying either.

not looking too promising for Le Poisson Rouge or for Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:42 PM

male anorexia

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 4:50 PM

Deerhunter singer Bradford Cox has Marfan syndrome. Same as Joey Ramone. It's a genetic disorder characterized by abnormally long limbs and makes carriers susceptible to cardiovascular disease.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:11 PM

why does everyone take the bait on the anorexia comments?
look, EVERYONE who reads this blog knows that so no need to satisfy the people who make those comments.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:28 PM

who do you guys like best,

Deerhoof
Deer Tick
Matthew Dear
or Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:35 PM

"
who do you guys like best,

Deerhoof
Deer Tick
Matthew Dear
or Deerhunter
"

aw, poor loney, dear.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:41 PM

"who do you guys like best,

Deerhoof
Deer Tick
Matthew Dear
or Deerhunter"

answer: The Dears!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 5:42 PM

also the dear hunter...some post hardcore band

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 6:07 PM

Is that Cox guy serious? What an ultra-hipster dong.

Posted by chickenhi | September 10, 2008 6:58 PM

reeeeally fratty last night. some serious pleas for "freebird". was this also a NYU freshman orientation mixer? LPR isn't looking so good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 7:45 PM

I thought it was sold out way before!? Fuck, I would have gone!

Posted by Aaron | September 10, 2008 8:07 PM

to say it was fratty in there is to give too high a compliment...it was pre-fratty

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 8:30 PM

It was sold out. They sold out of advanced tickets a few days ago.

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2008 8:38 PM

those are beautiful pictures!!! what camera/lens were you working with?

Posted by emilie | September 10, 2008 11:11 PM

Deer Deer, duh.

Posted by corey | September 11, 2008 1:19 AM

the people who are commenting about the crowd of people there are so silly. who cares who was at the show. I think that if the club gets their sound mixing quality together it could be a really dope concert spot. super small and super low stage. I dug it and i saw geologist from animal collective in the crowd beforehand so that was cool

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:32 PM

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