Posted in music | pictures on March 2, 2009

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear

Thursday night (2/26), Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden joined members of The National (Clogs) and Arcade Fire (Bell Orchestre) on stage with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM.

Two nights later (2/28), members of the National joined Grizzly Bear (headliner) and Final Fantasy (opener and sometimes member/contributor to Arcade Fire) on the same stage with the same orchestra. Nico Muhly, who contributed arrangements to the show and to Grizzly Bear's new album, was on stage playing piano during both sets as well.

Members of Beirut, who played their own two shows at the same venue a few weeks earlier (but with their own orchestra), could be spotted in the indie-rocker heavy audiences at both the Clogs/BO and FF/GB shows. All this collaboration and support between the current group of popular "indie" artists is commonplace (especially in Brooklyn), and there's no better representation of that than the recently-released National members-curated Dark Was the Night compilation which pretty much everyone mentioned in this post so far (except the Philharmonic) contributed at least one song to. I'm still anxiously awaiting more news of the ultimate live representation of Dark Was the Night in the form of a concert at Radio City Music Hall. Speaking of which, that's where Dark Was the Night contributor David Byrne was playing for the 2nd night in a row on the same night as Grizzly Bear.

Final Fantasy
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So, how was Saturday night? I thought It was great. Final Fantasy opened the show....

Mr. Pallett, who hails from a classical background, was in his element, if not his comfort zone. Many of his songs reflect orchestral dimensions, including "Horsetail Feathers," which required little reinvention, and "Arctic Circle," which led to a coda packed with chromatic suspense. The two newer pieces that closed his set were marked by pungent but graceful touches: a suggestively smudged viola part, a twitchy line for violins.

Usually, though, Mr. Pallett practices an art of accretion, looping his own violin and keyboard parts to create chamber-pop arrangements in real time. Without that hint of sorcery, his performance felt almost ordinary. And because he isn't a forceful or particularly magnetic singer, he sometimes sounded overwhelmed by the pomp... [NY Times]

Grizzly Bear came up next and even impressed the people who had never heard of either band that were sitting all around me ("Grizzly Bear can sing!") (BAM subscribers?). Grizzly Bear played a mix of old and new songs, some for the first time live, and many of them with the orchestra. Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen have such different voices, and write such different songs, but somehow they mash it all together and it becomes Grizzly Bear. More than ever it seems the two front-men are collaborating - singing at the same time, or back and forth. Ed also seems to be letting his voice out in a gothier, Depeche Mode/Dead Can Dance/Antony-like direction that I liked a lot. I can't wait to hear the new album. More pictures, a video and the setlist from the show, below...

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Grizzly Bear encore Deep Blue Sea at BAM from lofi.tv on Vimeo.

Grizzly Bear play Deep Blue Sea, the first of two encores sans the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The song is a new full-band version that the band's drummer Chris Taylor says is very close to the recording that appears on the new Dark Was The Night charity compilation. Shot by Stuart Rogers. [lofi.tv]
Grizzly Bear selist
1. Easier
2. Central and Remote
3. Ready, Able
4. Two Weeks
5. Plans
6. Colorado
7. Reprise
8. Little Brother
9. Campfire
10. Dory
11. While you wait for the Others
12. Foreground

Encore:
13. Deep Blue Sea
14. He Hit Me

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Comments (130)

Beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:46 AM

Beirut played with the Vassar orchestra not their own.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:04 AM

I'm being redundant here, but..

Complete setlist (via Owen Pallett and Ed Droste):

Final Fantasy
- 1. None of You Will Ever See A Penny
- 2. Horsetail Feathers
- 3. Keep the Dog Quiet
- 4. Lewis Takes Action
- 5. Arctic Circle
- 6. He Poos Clouds
- 7. Midnight Directives/End of Time
- 8. Tryst with Mephistopheles
- 9. The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead (Many Ives Version)

Grizzly Bear
- 1. Easier
- 2. Central and Remote*
- 3. Ready,Able
- 4. Two Weeks
- 5. Plans
- 6. Colorado
- 7. Reprise*
- 8. Little Brother
- 9. Campfire*
- 10. Dory
- 11.While You Wait for the Others
- 12. Foreground
Encore (with just the band)
12. Deep Blue Sea
13. He Hit Me....

*prob won't play live again unless with an orchestra.
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Posted by L. | March 2, 2009 5:29 AM

oops. 14 song set from Grizzly Bear.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:33 AM

Man, I blogged so hard today I feel GOOD! These Grizzly Men Werner Herzog guys look like they are underdressed for the venue man! Look at the BAM gentle sirs and madams, they are nicely turned out. DAMNIT PREPOSITION!

Whaddaya, whaddaya, Rossen? Come on Droste, come on Taylor! Bear! Get the act together.

I have confidence, though, I think they'll rebound from this and blog the hell out of this coming week. They're gonna run a train out of the blogodome. Hell yeah grizzly gentlemen. Work hard, blog harder.

Posted by Orpheus | March 2, 2009 5:53 AM

Is it true that they recorded this for a live album release?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 6:47 AM

that's the rumour. there are already a couple of crappy boots, and one very good hq one.

Posted by willyum | March 2, 2009 7:31 AM

Where's the HQ one?!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 7:38 AM

This was one of the best concerts I have ever been too period. Totally different from their music hall show last summer but equally magical in a different way. Wish it would happen all over again. New songs were so so good.

Posted by heart be still | March 2, 2009 8:21 AM

Fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 8:29 AM

NY Times seemed to like it

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 8:30 AM

I refuse to listen to the bootlegs and have them mar my perfect memory of the evening. I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time! Foreground was so amazing. I can't wait for the studio version.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 8:56 AM

did anybody else REALLY miss 'dont ask'?? anyone??

Posted by Paio Laa | March 2, 2009 8:57 AM

Huge GB fan, but let's be honest -- Saturday night stunk. You're playing with the fucking Philharmonic - why not use them for a bit more than boring background instrumentation? I wasn't into FF, but he at least recognized the abilities of an orchestra. So much potential, and in the end it sounded just like the album instead of what could have been an amazing set.

PS - the photographers in the balcony were incredibly disruptive during their allotted two songs. They flailed like kids having seizures. Least respectful photogs ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 9:17 AM

Bernie Madoff was there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 9:24 AM

>>Huge GB fan, but let's be honest -- Saturday night stunk. You're playing with the fucking Philharmonic - why not use them for a bit more than boring background instrumentation? I wasn't into FF, but he at least recognized the abilities of an orchestra. So much potential, and in the end it sounded just like the album instead of what could have been an amazing set.

...huge GB fan , really ?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 9:33 AM

give me a hot snakes show anyday ... this bloated, orchestral nonsense must end ...

Posted by mack26 | March 2, 2009 9:40 AM

@ huge GB fan

yeah, that makes sense. It probably did suck. I mean, it's only one of the best bands (probably the single most talented) in the world, debuting new material, playing previously non-live songs for the first time, sounding extraordinary as always, and getting backed by a fucking orchestra. sounds shitty. Not to mention how totally lame it probably was when they played reprise and it sounded like God wafted a savory biscuit of deep inner fulfillment into your ears.

Posted by nope | March 2, 2009 9:41 AM

@ 9:41 am

"it's only one of the best bands (probably the single most talented) in the world"

You're serious? I am a fan and was there saturday night, that aside, you seriously think Grizzly Bear is the single most talented band in the world? Wow, just wow.

Posted by patrick | March 2, 2009 9:57 AM

orchestra played it too safe. wished for some kind of atonality, something 20th century, not the romantic 19 century legato...

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 9:59 AM

great show, with or without the orchestra. i'm not the world's biggest grizzly bear fan, but they've really stepped up their game. i think the new album is going to be a stunner.

can anyone post the hq recording?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:02 AM

most importantly however, you forgot "Ready, Able" from Veckatimest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCqJuOPi_n8) and the absolutely stunning rendition of "Colorado"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkZ8kZdXcgs). Amaaazing HD streams!

Posted by rob z | March 2, 2009 10:02 AM

Brooklynvegan commenters have something shifty to say about every band. This is the only place on the Internet I've seen anything negative and it's just the same oldgb hater. Bring on the hatred this band is so talented and good they can take it. One disgruntled bro on brooklynvegan vs. Dozens of blog posts and new York times. The show ruled

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:03 AM

LOLOLOL

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:03 AM

Like I said before, everything about this show was gorgeous. The occasion, the venue, the sound, the lighting...all added to an unforgettable night. I can't see how anyone could be disappointed.

Posted by Ted | March 2, 2009 10:05 AM

you could be disappointed when the orchestra added absolutely nothing. Traditionally - one is moved by the addition of an orchestral arrangement - but this interpretation did absolutely nothing.

Were you seriously at any point like, "wow, this arrangement adds so much to this song"?

It just middled all of the drama out of their sound. Sad. Muhly is usually more on his game.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:22 AM

"Huge GB fan, but let's be honest -- Saturday night stunk. You're playing with the fucking Philharmonic - why not use them for a bit more than boring background instrumentation? I wasn't into FF, but he at least recognized the abilities of an orchestra. So much potential, and in the end it sounded just like the album instead of what could have been an amazing set.

PS - the photographers in the balcony were incredibly disruptive during their allotted two songs. They flailed like kids having seizures. Least respectful photogs ever."

huge complainer

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:24 AM

I thought the show was amazing, but I do think FF utilized the orchestra better. I would have liked some more solos from the orchestra, and would've cut back on GB not using the orchestra at all. Not complaining, just sayin'. Also, a weird song to end the show...

Posted by baby genius | March 2, 2009 10:26 AM

Anyone else like Dan's voice a lot more than Ed's?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:28 AM

leonard cohen amex presale sold out instantly, but this show almost looked better than it!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:38 AM

Should of seen this show instead of David Byrne! Hindsight sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:40 AM

this show was incredible. only wish FF would have played song song song. now that would have been interesting with the orchestra..

and @ anon 9:17, the photogs had mufflers on their cameras and shot during the louder segments. it could have been a lot worse.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:57 AM

grizzly bear are still such a young band. i am a huge huge fan. i buy their records and concert tickets, but they are not the "greatest band in the world"... no such thing exists...i cant wait for the new record

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:59 AM

i got a single leonard cohen ticket in the pre-sale at 10:10, so, not quite instantly... actually, bought on single, then another...

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:05 AM

I thought Final Fantasy was better than Grizzly Bear and his orchestration was FAR better. I still enjoyed GB though - they just played it safer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:13 AM

I liked Final Fantasy but all the people around me did not which made me sad. Both were different. It's true, FF's set was more acoustic so you could hear the orchestra bigger, but it didn't have the peaks and valleys that Grizzly Bear's did. Fundamentally I love grizzly bear's songs and am intrigued by Final Fantasy's

Ny Times was harsh about FF's voice. I think it's nice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:30 AM

This show was amazing, one of the most beautiful concerts I've ever seen.

Haters, lighten up. If there was ever a band that could be forgiven for some blogger hyperbole, it's GB. And to that note, Saturday night they were the best band in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:35 AM

I don't know about the rest of it, but the point of them being one of "the most talented bands" in the world deserves a some unpacking. I will say that Dan Rossen is an incredible guitarist, undeniably one of the most original players in strumming style and chord choices around. The chordal thing is pretty undeniable, even if you hate them. He and Chris Taylor play several instruments, Taylor playing several at a time, mixing traditional instruments and electronic looping effects. He even uses clarinet through an octave filter to achieve bass effects, which is pretty amazing. Chris Taylor is an incredible drummer than can only be fully appreciated in a live setting. Ed is a good musician, but great songwriter. They all have amazing voices, sing tough harmonies all while playing. That compounded by the fact that Christ Taylor records them and does their production makes them pretty fucking talented as a whole. Especially considering all their talents mesh, opposed to similarly talented bands that cannot found outlets for their creativity.

Posted by william | March 2, 2009 12:06 PM

village voice hyped this show hard in their review

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:16 PM

Amazing show...
sigh.
Only I really wish they's played shift, as it's one of their best songs ever.
Cannot wait for new album!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:30 PM

I think these guys could have been dressed just a little bit better. JUST SAYIN..

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:32 PM

William nailed it. And the entire show was heaven. Just such a gorgeous, lush experience. "Ready, Able" and "Foreground" were incredible, and they're not even my favorite songs on the album (at least not on first listen).

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:32 PM

Oh and same goes for "Dory"

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:36 PM

-----Does anyone know what the instrument(on the stand) in front of Ed was???

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:38 PM

whoa ANON 12:32 has heard the new album? LEAAAK IT NOW

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:41 PM

Their drummer is Chris Bear not Taylor.....
ad he wore a bow tie...so there's your dress up !
playing with an orchestra can't help to be somewhat pretentious as it is (I think even the band would admit this) .. for them to "dress up" they wouldn't really be who they are..

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:41 PM

@ anon 12:41

Good call. I knew it was Chris Bear, just got name happy when writing that fucking term paper up there.

Posted by william | March 2, 2009 12:51 PM

@ anon 12:41

Good call. I knew it was Chris Bear, just got name happy when writing that fucking term paper up there.

Posted by william | March 2, 2009 12:52 PM

grats double post. <==== fail

Posted by william | March 2, 2009 12:53 PM

I don't have it, just heard it once. And it wasn't totally finished.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:54 PM

Ed's instrument - you prob mean the omnichord. Also looks like he had a small controller keyboard. Great, great show.

Posted by cd | March 2, 2009 12:57 PM

@ 12:38 omnichord and small keyboard I believe...

Posted by Natasha | March 2, 2009 12:58 PM

/\ I knew someone was going to beat me as I typed that out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:00 PM

Most talented band in the world???!!!! WTF!? you lose all credibility right there.

Posted by flaco | March 2, 2009 1:08 PM

Last time I saw Final Fantasy I was blown away. This time was really cool but I didn't like it as much. He seemed really nervous

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:13 PM

jesus christ Grizzly Bear fans.

this band is a nice, pleasant band but for fucksake, you guys ae embarassing yourselves fawning over these pop musicians.

they're fine, not that special. They're very talented at making music your mom wouldn't object to.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:14 PM

no band is the most talented band in the world. fact.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:17 PM

i was in the balcony and was really disappointed with both the sound and GB's orchestral arrangements. it's not surprising that owen had better interaction with BP, since a lot of his work is as a string arranger, and i love that none of his songs are performed the same when live - i've seen him like 5 times and it's always a fresh take. that being said, they could've mixed the wurlizter a LOT higher, and i didn't see a mic in the piano. very hard to hear nico as well, though the drums came through - should've baffled those better.

as for GB, ed needed a better mic or to be pumped up a lot - daniel overpowered him so much that i became a little resentful of rossen during the show, since i vastly prefer ed's voice. there was no bass until the encore (without the orchestra), and the reverb on ed's voice sounded thin without low end. their orchestral arrangements were also pretty dull.

i was confident this was gonna be the best show of the year when i bought my ticket last october. i'm not sure it won't be now, but it certainly didn't live up to my expectations. BAM needs a new sound engineer, for starters.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:23 PM

I think the thing is, some people just really like Grizzly Bear. And for good reason!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:25 PM

^^^various locations in that space sound VASTLY different. It's crazy how one seat can have the best sound and others can have worst.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:26 PM

grizzly bear = pretty good but geniuses? maybe if they took some chances, ever. all this shit is tame to the point of harmlessness. they're talented serious musicians making melodramatic easy listenning.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:39 PM

^^^ definitely not true.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:44 PM

"^^^" is irritating, stop it

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:53 PM

1:39 is the most "true" statement yet made on this thread

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 1:54 PM

is taking chances being Dirty Projectors?

I find their instrumentation very unique and definitely not your run of the mill Fleet Foxes easy listening. To each their own I guess.


Posted by biggie smalls | March 2, 2009 2:06 PM

just quote the time of the post, no need for "^^^"

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:07 PM

so to summarize


anon@time >>> ^^^^

glad we cleared that up


Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:12 PM

anyone know how Ed gets his vocal reverb?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:19 PM

This show was amazing. Ignore the GB haters (what is the deal with BV negativity?).

I thought FF definitely took better advantage of the orchestra and were very good, but I personally didn't care for his voice. Sounded very Broadway.

When GB played "Colorado," the sound was spot-on.

I thought Ed's mic was low as well compared to Daniel's (from my left side mezzanine seat).

And since when does great music have to not be "tame?" Listen to punk, or metal, or whatever the hell it is you like if that's what you're looking for.

Posted by Cuse | March 2, 2009 2:25 PM

its kinda perfect grizzly bear = most sensitive fans on the planet

Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:45 PM

there are no haters here, just realistic critics

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:45 PM

I think to be a critic, you had to have actually been at the show.

:o

Posted by Cuse | March 2, 2009 2:47 PM

geez Gizzly Bear fans, relax!

not everyone has to like this band as much as you do, life will go on even if somebody out there doesn't tink that GRIZZLY BEAR IS THE BEST BAND THAT EVER EXISTED or whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 2:49 PM

Wow, I'm suprised at some of the sound critiques. From where I was at, the sound was flawless. It is an opera house and isn't designed for reinforcement, so you may have gotten some weird bounce up top...which isn't the engineer, but rather the rig (one center cluster?)

Orchestra and first Mezz. sounded lush and deep. Good job to whoever did it...

Posted by Noah | March 2, 2009 3:10 PM

grizzly is right!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:22 PM

this board cracks me up...apparently all one can say is that they are the greatest thing ever, and if you disagree, you are horrible and negative, and a hater....but, this site is actually musically interesting, and if you want to have any real discussion you cheerleaders have to learn that noone will ever take you seriously if you just say that 'so and so is the most talented ever' ...i mean, c'mon, as someone else pointed out, that just doesn't exist, this isn't a race, no one is the best

Posted by flaco | March 2, 2009 3:32 PM

yeah, sound wasn't an issue for me either. i was right side, floor. 1st time seeing GB, loved it.

it was a little wierd that Ed seemed to have a ton of reverb and Daniel didn't seem to have any. ed's voice doesn't sound like a voice that needs reverb to make it sound good, it already does. kind of took away from it imho.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:48 PM

I don't see how the comments on GB posts are any different than those on any others on this blog: band plays show, fans gush, some people dissent. What's odd is that the Grizzly fans are consistently called out for being thin-skinned. If anyone's being thin-skinned, it's the negative posters who can't deal with people disagreeing with them. I really don't see any fans freaking out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 3:52 PM

i love GB and have seen them six times and was very disappointed by this show...

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:05 PM

Fuck everyone ever!!!!!!!! I'm just generally dissapointed in everything!! Fuck you!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:46 PM

i thought the reverb on eds voice was incredible. just wondering how to achieve that? what pedal/processor?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:48 PM

Well, all the PROFESSIONAL critics loved Grizzly Bear. No surprise that some armchair brooklyvegan critics are bitching about the show (which incidentally was awesome). Gotta say these boys have arrived, glowing reviews and consistently the most commented posts on Brooklyn vegan and Stereogum

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:53 PM

I thought it was a great show too. although I was a tad (tad) disappointed with the Nico Muhly arrangements. nothing groundbreaking. they should have asked Sufjan to arrange them. the arrangements for Grizzly Bear were kind of tame.

Posted by Muhly | March 2, 2009 4:57 PM

colorado.....collllloooooraaaaadooooooo

floating in my head all-day

and let me repeat, great, final fantasy is.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 4:58 PM

lets toss out the highest praise "GB best band in the world" which is just one dude's opinion and no one has defended that comment.. and we can also throw out the lowest opinions "the show stunk & Grizzly Bear fans are too sensitive" and somewhere in between is a rational discussion , if that even still exists in blogasphere..

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:16 PM

Anon 5:16 is an internet genius! Srsly!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:19 PM

@ 4.53 - maybe, just maybe, that's because they had floor seats comped by the band or the venue? for the rest of us paying suckers, yeah, the sound was kinda weak. nothing against the band, who WERE great, but just because we pay our own way into shows doesn't mean we don't know about audio. in fact, put an audio professional up against a sasha frere jones any day of the week and see who knows what sounds better.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:28 PM

big jim came for final fantasy, but he stayed for grizzly bear. after seeing antony & the johnsons here last year, i've come to associate BAM with gay men singing songs about getting slapped around and feeling the love.

ff's orchestration was playful and made for a fresh take on his music, but his solo performances are exponentially more riveting (and where was the mariah carey cover).

gb took the easy way out and didn't push their collaboration with the orchestra (but then maybe thats nico muhly's fault).

show was more interesting than it was amazing and fair enough.

Posted by bigjim | March 2, 2009 5:30 PM

At the
Moment GB is my favorite band in the world. Best? I'm not qualified to say

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:32 PM

@2.01 - thanks for the bootleg, but sound is kinda abysmal. any word on a soundboard?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:37 PM

there is no such official designation as "PROFESSIONAL" critic

a critic is someone who has an opinion, with varying degrees of notororiety and/or megaphone size

grizzly bear are a fine indie pop band. but seriously fans, grow a pair.

people can like the band less than you do and the sky won't fall down.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:42 PM

personally, if you made me listen to Grizzly Bear for an hour, I'd get really bored.

it's nice stuff, but limited in its range. they ain't the beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:47 PM

Final Fantasy sounded like musical theater

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:48 PM

Poor Nico Muhly

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 5:51 PM

I don't know where some of you guys were sitting that the sound was so "bad" but everything sounded great from mid mezz. I've never been to a show at BAM with bad sound.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 6:15 PM

5:42, I would love for you to point out where GB fans are taking exceptional umbrage at the negative comments. Because you are wearing out this "Grizzly fans are whiners" theme. We just disagree with you. People can like this band more than you and the sky won't fall down. But you seem to have a real problem with it.

And there is such a thing as a professional critic. They are people who get paid to share their observations. I'm not saying that makes their observations are any more valid. But I am saying that they exist. And I have to agree with the guy from the Times who noted that Grizzly Bear used the orchestra to flesh out their sound and just make possible some of the more elaborate songs from their records, rather than radically altering their songs to take advantage of the additional players. Hence the "tame" arrangements. Poor Nico Muhly indeed! But I can see how people might've expected something more surprising.

TO EACH HIS OWN.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 6:22 PM

6:22, you are what you claim doesn't exist

give your fingers a rest and stop typing so dang much

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 6:41 PM

bootleg linked @ 2:01 is poor quality - any other links?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 6:56 PM

What I take from this is that Grizzly Bear is cooler than everyone commenting on here (including me) at least they are playing sold out shows with philharmonics, what the fuck are you doing?

I'm working at a lame restaurant :(

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 7:12 PM

Didn't see that coming, 6:41. But you're wrong- I'm not mad that the dude wasn't into the show. I'm put off that he's being so insulting.

Expressing one's opinion while allowing other people's theirs is a concept that many BV commenters fail to grasp.

But you're right- it's not like I'm going to convince him that he's being a prick.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 7:56 PM

And yeah, the same applies to people proclaiming x to be the best band/show/album of the year/decade/ever. All it does is bring the naysayers out of the woodwork.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 8:02 PM

100th comment ! yeay !!

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 8:22 PM

there are several people posting less than "the best band on the planet" things here.

you weirdos need to get over this crutch that only "one angry person" doesn't agree with you. it's sad and pathetic

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:33 PM

I don't understand Anon @ 11:33

his comment makes no sense and seems kinda stupid

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:17 AM

makes sense to me.

it's a solid point: if someone posting here doesn't agree that grizzly bear is "AMAZING" then you superfans immediately conclude that the person making the comment is "the same hater"

fact is, lots of people don't really care about this band so much, and more than a couple have posted here. claiming they're all the same guy is bizarre and kinda sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:33 AM

it's definitely you still. You can just tell. You come around these parts a lot. We should get brooklynvegan to look up the IP address just to confirm.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:51 AM

HORRRAYYY FOR SHITTY MUSIC!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:53 AM

Of course it makes sense to anon @ 12:33 because you are the guy that wrote it!

HAHA


Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 12:53 AM

leaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 3:41 AM

SHITTY LEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAK

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 4:02 AM

BAD QUALITY LEAAAAK FUCKING INCREIDBLE ALLLLBUMMMMM

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:09 AM

Not half as good as Yellow House.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:24 AM

I spent 2 weeks disappointed with Merriweather Post Pavilion before I realized I was listening to a crappy leak that totally dulled what is actually an extremely vivid album. I will not listen to this Vecktimest leak.

Why would someone bother leaking something that sounds so bad? The band worked really hard to get this just right and now people are going to judge it on this muddy rip. Bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:39 AM

better than yellow house. Much better

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 9:54 AM

grizzly bear has whiny fans

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 1:12 PM

does BV not post about leaks? This is a bummer. Buy May 26 is too long to wait.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 3:13 PM

veckatimest is easily their best album

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:24 PM

bad quality leak? everyone is talking about a bad quality leak (including ed). i have 256 and its a beauty.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2009 10:53 PM

where is the leak link?
and 2 Town Hall shows!! yes!!

Posted by Pedro | March 3, 2009 11:24 PM

I heard the 256 is taken from the 128 rip. If you think it's beautiful, you should hear the real thing!

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2009 8:59 AM

the whole night was gorgeous... i think we all need to give nico some more credit! his arrangements weren't meant to overpower the band's sound, but to accent the pre-existing, nuanced melodies that run through grizzly bear's music. read his blog post about it (nicomuhly.com). i guess if you haven't seen them before you wouldn't realize just how magical the show was, all of the guys were fantastic, as were the dessner brothers on banjo and guitar. special mention: daniel rossen- the guy's on an entirely Other level.

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2009 7:56 PM

Pretty nice setup for a rap concert last night. They had a half court set up on stage. Jay-Z (and friends) ripped through all the hits. All the while LeBron just keep doing slam dunks in the background. Dude must have done 178 slam dunks the entire night. It was nonstop during the entire performance.

Posted by bedroom furniture | March 21, 2009 10:16 AM

Bad song choices from Yellow House, though. Why bother with Easier, Reprise and Little Brother when you can play Lullabye and On a Neck instead? much stronger tracks.

I hope it doesn't say anything for their tour - I want to hear these songs...

Posted by yaniv | May 19, 2009 7:27 AM

Pretty nice setup for a rap concert last night. They had a half court set up on stage. Jay-Z (and friends) ripped through all the hits. All the while LeBron just keep doing slam dunks in the background. Dude must have done 178 slam dunks the entire night. It was nonstop during the entire performance.

Posted by lily | May 28, 2009 8:09 AM

perhaps it is a bad quality leak

Posted by emily from husky trianing | January 8, 2010 1:30 PM

Yellow house might be good but still, they're not that up there

Posted by husky training | January 11, 2010 5:45 PM

Those are excellent pictures

Posted by husky training | January 11, 2010 5:46 PM

Those are indeed nicely taken pictures.

Nick

Posted by make money online | January 15, 2010 8:59 PM

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