Posted in music | pictures on February 6, 2009

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Cat Power

"Her setlist contained mostly covers, including "House of the Rising Sun," "Dark End of the Street," "Fortunate One," "Lord, Help the Poor and Needy" and "New York, New York". With Chan being in a class all her own, she gave each track a unique spin, mostly due to her fantastic backing band, the Dirty Delta Blues. You can spot Judah Bauer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Gregg Foreman from one of my favorite departed bands, The Delta 72. Obviously, with a name like that, you're going to hear and fell the sounds of the deep south, a mixture of soul, blues and gospel. With that sound and Chan's empathetic, gravely voice, you have the makings of a perfect performance." [Music Snobbery]
Cat Power kicked off her short February tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (2/5). The show was annnounced only a few days ago, after her two bigger shows at the Apollo Theater were close to being sold out. Those bigger shows happen tonight/Friday and Saturday.

The Dexter Romweber Duo opened at MHOW and does again at the Apollo. More pictures and the setlist from last night below...

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Comments (56)

at first i thought that said "you could spot Judah Friedlander"

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 8:41 AM

"at first i thought that said "you could spot Judah Friedlander"'

hahahaha

Posted by Brussel Sprout | February 6, 2009 8:48 AM

show was awesome

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:03 AM

any idea what time she goes on tonight?
thanks

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:04 AM

Give Judah back to the Blues Explosion, for god sake!

Posted by liveon35mm.com | February 6, 2009 9:05 AM

setlist looks hot! what time did she hit stage?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:13 AM

The show would have been better with the lights turned on... I prefer intimate concerts when I actually can see who's on stage. The Dirty Delta Blues were awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:15 AM

I wouldn't trust that the time Cat Power came on at the MHOW would be the same at the Apollo. I just have a feeling that the Apollo will have strict on/off times and will probably end earlier than the MH show. Typical of a larger venue, especially one that don't do rock shows.

Posted by bob | February 6, 2009 9:32 AM

^ good point. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:51 AM

yeah chan played about 1 hour 30 minutes. i think seemed like a really really long set list.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 10:10 AM

really quite good!
I have a feeling Apollo tonite will be better...

Posted by Pedro | February 6, 2009 10:10 AM

wow. she sounded amazing. I can't stop thinking about her. i wish i had apollo tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 10:41 AM

Good set but I agree with 9:15 and wish there were more light onstage. Also the show was so downtempo I wished they rocked it up for a song or 2. Otherwise band was great and Chan's voice sounded in fine form. Highlight for me was when she jumped into the crowd and sang almost an entire song walking around/through the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 10:54 AM

Fantastic voice, too bad she doesn't do original material. Being a covers performer is getting old.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 11:15 AM

agree with anon 11:15, plus the pacing of the show was like watching paint dry. actually, the pacing of that show was like the Jukebox record. everything . . . exactly . . . the same. love her voice. love her original albums. over the covers.

Posted by feb 5 freddy | February 6, 2009 11:30 AM

"Obviously, with a name like that, you're going to hear and fell the sounds of the deep south, a mixture of soul, blues and gospel."

yeah, you totally expect some deep fried southern soul from a couple of over-the-hill indie white dudes. Then throw in some Chan karaoke and you're really getting to the heart of SOUL.

Posted by John | February 6, 2009 11:55 AM

Get ready for $12 wells at the Apollo. Beautiful venue, but no point in even thinking about getting a drink there. Oh, and hopefully some of the slobs that embarrass the rock crowd when they do these shows will realize they are at the fucking World Famous Apollo Theater and step it up a notch with the attire. A simple blazer wouldn't kill you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 11:59 AM

I liked Cat Power when Chan was an alcoholic and on drugs.

Posted by michael | February 6, 2009 12:02 PM

Anyone know if that was Jim White on drums last night? I think it was but not sure. Either way the dude and band were fantastic.

Posted by StarkNY | February 6, 2009 12:07 PM

Wow, Meg lost all that weight and now Jack is fat as fuck. That band see-saws their extra poundage like they're trading sacks of potatoes.

Posted by Gentles | February 6, 2009 12:20 PM

yeah that was jim white. albeit with his hair looking more and more unkempt-ala warren ellis

Posted by blucat13 | February 6, 2009 12:25 PM

^ Thanks - yeah thought it was. He's fuckin amazing.

Posted by StarkNY | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM

wow gregg foreman got fat and even uglier

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 12:40 PM

There are 6 cat power original songs on that set list... I do agree I;d like to see more of her originals but they weren't all covers..
And for the idiot who can only comment on Dexter Romweber & his sisters looks & compare them to The White Stripes... get your head out of your ass & do your homework. Without Dexter, Jack White would still be playing in The Go

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 12:54 PM

Cat looks like she's pullin an early 80's Melanie

Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2009 12:58 PM

i didn't realize evan dando dyed his hair

Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2009 1:00 PM

Not to mention that was one of the best female drummers I've ever seen. Someone should hip Connor Oberst and M.Ward to her next time they try and hire Rachel Blumberg.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM

"Without Dexter, Jack White would still be playing in The Go"

In that case fuck Dex and his sisters!
On second thought let me handle the sisters.

Posted by G. | February 6, 2009 1:06 PM

Dex Rules, always has.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 1:19 PM

I love the energy of her live shows these days.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 1:39 PM

do you think people will be sitting or standing during this concert?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 2:40 PM

Sitting. Some may even be asleep.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 2:59 PM

cat power, yawn!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 3:18 PM

flash?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 3:45 PM

yup, but not mine. figure that one out.

Posted by ryan | February 6, 2009 6:10 PM

i like the old cat power

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 9:05 PM

Just saw the Apollo show. Completely boring.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2009 11:59 PM

If you really were at the same show I just witnessed and thought it was boring, you should stop voicing your opinions about music.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 1:52 AM

What time did she hit/leave stage at the Apollo?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 9:58 AM

she went on at 9:30 (maybe a little before) and the show ended at 11.

while i don't care nearly as much for her more recent records, the live shows these days are pretty amazing. jim white on drums was enough in itself to hold my attention for the whole set. i would love to see her do a tour playing only the moonpix lp with mick and jim now that she can actually make it through her set without freaking out.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 10:38 AM

The apollo show last night utterly blew me away... if the current brand of music fan/snob/know-it-all actually dropped their own pretensions and LISTENED to the band playing on stage last night they would have known how lucky they were. I felt like I bore witness to one of the strongest, soulful, and most sincere voices around backed by a really strong group of musicians that knew when to play subtle and soft or loud and rocking. Sorry if you didn't get to hear "Cross Bones Style" because that's your favorite song from your 10th grade mix-tape. True artists evolve and grow... personally , I was impressed that this was the same girl I saw years ago barely get through songs in an overall uncomfortable show. Last night was an entirely different story. Plus.. It was the legendary apollo theatre and the sound was incredible!

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 10:50 AM

She started around more like 9:20 I think. I cannot agree more with Anon 10:50. The last time I have seen her was a couple of years ago. I cannot believe how she has grown into this brilliant performer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 11:19 AM

enjoyed it allot. Music Hall and Apollo had its pros and cons, but I have no favourite! I wonder if a new original album is on the way soon...?

Posted by Pedro | February 7, 2009 11:51 AM

Apollo setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 12:05 PM

true musicians grow and evolve into what exactly? A covers artist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 12:10 PM

what an artist brings to a song can often redefine it... Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Rolling Stones... all recorded and performed plenty of covers.
Song For Bobby is a highlight live and on the record...

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 12:37 PM

Went to the show last night and really liked it. I will say having seats was a nice bonus. Like people mentioned, she has taken every song and slowed them down like molasses. I haven't seen her since the late 90's and its nice to see her playing with professional musicians and a little more stage confidence. The no lights thing was kinda annoying. Everyone has paid $40 to see Chan and then she turns off the lights. If you haven't been to the Apollo before, get ready for drink lines longer than Shea stadium and for some reason the Apollo security will jump over seats and cause a major ruckus if they see you taking a picture.

Posted by bob | February 7, 2009 12:54 PM

Saw her for the first time last night. Sat up in the balcony. From there, the sound mix could have been better. The guitar was too loud and her vocals were often buried. The band was good but could have been more varied. Her cover of New York, New York was completely unrecognizable from the original except for the lyrics. It can be great when an artist reinterprets a song but this version did not sound much different from everything else she played. Loved her cover of Fortunate Son, which got a great reaction from the crowd. Most of the set received polite applause from the balcony crowd but she failed to pull the audience into it.

I am sure it was a different experience from the floor. It usually is. For now, I like her much better on record.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 2:16 PM

I was in the lower balcony and agree that Chan's vocals were undermixed. But overall, the show worked really well for a great experience. She has an interesting stage presence and appears a bit nervous, but is trying hard to interact with the crowd. It was a really cool moment when Chan walked into the audience...

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 3:03 PM

"true musicians grow and evolve into what exactly? A covers artist?"

Listen to some jazz first to understand what true musicianship is about. You're clueless.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 5:55 PM

"I was in the lower balcony and agree that Chan's vocals were undermixed"

People say this about EVERY Cat Power show. It has nothing to do with the "mix". It has everything to do with the fact that Chan has no confidence as a singer. Unless someone has the balls to belt out a song over the band behind them, you won't hear them no matter who the sound engineer or what venue they are playing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 6:34 PM

oh god. STOP HATING. the show was amazing. apollo was beautiful. having seats is very classy and totally worked in this venue. she ruled. if you don't like her go listen to the arctic monkeys or whatever band of the moment with no talent is HOT right now in greenpoint.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 7:46 PM

I had seats on the floor and thought the show was one of the best I'd seen in a long time... sound was amazing from where I was. I think it's funny how many people are complaining about the covers.. she just released a covers album and an EP!! What did you expect??!? Most bands tour to play and promote their latest records!! she'll obviously release her own material soon enough... but by that tour the haters will have a new reason to bitch and moan...

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2009 8:08 PM

does anyone have a set list from Saturday?

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2009 3:43 AM

out of curiousity, would anyone be interested in hitting it?

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | February 9, 2009 10:20 AM

Soporific!

Posted by Hot Pants | February 9, 2009 6:00 PM

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