Posted in TV | music | video on April 12, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Santos Party House tonight (4/12). Last night they played "Maps" and "Zero" on Saturday Night Live (David Pajo included). Both videos below...

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Comments (56)

ok, anyone think they have any chance of getting in without being on the guest list? honestly??

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 3:24 AM

Hmm strange that they would play this. I would've have hoped they played 'Hysteric' instead.

Posted by Mehdi | April 12, 2009 3:25 AM

still, years after they they began playing shows and then becoming popular, i continue to find them to be pretty darn shitty. maybe it was because snl tonight clouded me even more so than usual, but i found them even more laughable tonight than ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 3:41 AM

Someone out there has to have a straight answer on how to get in to this thing - or if it's even possible.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 6:28 AM

@ 6:28. There is a straight answer, but any information you get from here is suspect. People either want to deter you from going to improve their chances of getting in or alternatively, would like you to stand in line in the cold and not get in. You can call Santos and tell them that you are interested "in the events going on tonight" without mentioning anything specifically and they will give you a pretty straight answer

Posted by Ashok Chandra | April 12, 2009 7:55 AM

Mehdi- Yes, strange that they would play their CURRENT SINGLE and MOST RECOGNIZABLE SONG.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 9:43 AM

Wow that was great I love ZERO even more now that I've heard it live. Why does the sound always sound a lil weird on SNL?

Posted by Tara | April 12, 2009 9:47 AM

Wow - that was so shitty and uninspired! You see Karen going through the movements that were actually genuine when the song first came out? Unreal. Remember when their shows were straight up insane and Karen didn't worry about her make up as much? Yes, they have always been about image, but now they have become so self aware that it is sickening. I put on their first EP the other day and holy shit! They were so ill on the first two records! Where is Nick Zinner's guitar work now? I didn't knnow that if you made punk rock 8 years ago the only thing you can do now is make shitty dance music. Bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 10:14 AM

I agree that they sounded a bit uninspired. Playing the SNL stage in front of a small seated audience must be weird.

And why did they play a song from Fever To Tell? That was two albums ago. I was hoping for two new songs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 10:21 AM

10:14, if she poured beer on herself and felated a microphone every night for 8 years, it'd be just as contrived or image oriented as you accuse them of being now...

i dunno, that first EP was amazing and the debut album still holds up-- i'm just psyched to see them or Phoenix on SNL instead of the jonas brothers.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 10:28 AM

down boy

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 10:53 AM

Karen Orzolek is fucking annoying

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 11:15 AM

the best.....still!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 11:19 AM

despite valid comments already made here, I'm glad the band got their spot on SNL. The venue and the occasion definately spooked Karen a bit (performance wise), but I still enjoy the band and look forward to their tour of It's Blitz!!

Posted by shagatude | April 12, 2009 11:35 AM

I was happy they played "Maps".

Posted by j | April 12, 2009 11:47 AM

everyone shut up.... they were great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:19 PM

it's bliiaeergrf

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:30 PM

The sound on snl is so terrible! You couldn't hear the bass guitar at all!

Posted by ignorant trendy whiner | April 12, 2009 12:31 PM

Why is it that Jimmy Fallon's show, which has been on the air for about 3 weeks, has better sound than SNL, which has been on the air for over 3 decades? You'd think SNL would've been able to work the kinks out by now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:34 PM

Why did they play Maps? Song is like so 6 years ago

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:43 PM

If performing in a different type of environment than you are used to "spooks" you after being a band for that long you must be a pretty lame performer. A true professional would be able to perform in front of a small seated crowd all the way to a large outdoor audience. We are not in high school people!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:45 PM

"Why did they play Maps? Song is like so 6 years ago"

because that was the last good song they wrote.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:57 PM

that's ma nigga David Pajo

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:57 PM

yeah fuck this band

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 12:58 PM

why don't you like the band 12:58?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 1:14 PM

boring

Posted by d | April 12, 2009 1:17 PM

I'm sorry but this band can't write songs for shit. The only "hook" on Zero is a direct rip-off of the song "Cathy’s Clown" by the Everly Brothers..but of course their audience would never know that one. Panting a single word over and over does not equal quality material.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 1:26 PM

i normally think the people in the comments who whine about sound are whiners, but it was pretty ridiculous how much the bass backing track overpowered the live guitar on "maps." that's why it sounds "weird" and small. that said, i think yyys show great judgment in playing that song, because it's the only good thing they've ever done.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 1:58 PM

this act got lucky they were swept up by the NYC 2001 major label "we gotta find our own Strokes" sweepstakes. They were and have always been a third rate indie club band . Period.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 2:26 PM

It's a shame their new album is terrible or it might have been work seeing them.

Posted by This Music Sucks | April 12, 2009 2:36 PM

My feelings are truly hurt.

Posted by Karen O | April 12, 2009 2:36 PM

"Zero" so fucking great... always happy to hear "Maps" but the new album is actually better than "Fever To Tell."

I agree about "Hysteric," that's the shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 4:20 PM

It's a small stage, the crowd are mostly tourists--maybe they were there to see Zac Efron?--But we smiled watching them on television last night from Los Angeles.

Does anyone else understand the significance of YYYs playing SNL?

"After the Strokes performed on Saturday Night Live, with guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. sporting a Yeah Yeah Yeah's badge, everyone began courting Karen O and the other two Yeahs. They got their record deal, and "Fever to Tell" is the end product they created for your consumption."

http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/46349/yeah-yeah-yeahs.html


We love you K.O. and the Never Say No Trio!; keep doing your thing...

Posted by echoparkave | April 12, 2009 4:29 PM

By the way, Karen O & Co. were smiling the entire time during Maps--There is definitely a story behind this...

Posted by echoparkave | April 12, 2009 4:44 PM

"Does anyone else understand the significance of YYYs playing SNL?"

Maybe it would have been significant if they played SNL back when Fever To Tell came out. It means nothing now. This band played the MTV Movie Awards in '04! To say that them playing SNL was a breakthrough moment or something big is just plain ridiculous...but if you're saying that it's significant because of Albert Hammond Jr. wearing a YYY pin on SNL back when they played and now the YYY were just on SNL and it's full circle, well, sorry but that's just silly.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 4:50 PM

" always happy to hear "Maps" but the new album is actually better than "Fever To Tell.""

I respect other people and their opinions and all that...but get real.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 4:53 PM

Between all the indie bands on SNL of late, collaborations with Fred Armisen, and their comedy-friendly stage presence - how long until Les Savy Fav plays SNL?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 5:02 PM

The band haven't played live for a long time. SNL then compressed the sound so much it took all the energy out. I bet it'll be a lot better tonight.

Posted by joly | April 12, 2009 6:13 PM

If anyone's interested I've posted mp3s of last night's performance here:

http://mcomv2.blogspot.com/2009/04/try-and-hit-spot-get-to-know-it-in-dark.html

Enjoy!

Posted by Honest Abe | April 12, 2009 6:50 PM

it's blitz = their best album. maps = their best song. snl = no idea.

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

" always happy to hear "Maps" but the new album is actually better than "Fever To Tell.""

"I respect other people and their opinions and all that...but get real."

I agree.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 8:05 PM

it will be great tonight- for some
for me that Karen chick, her voice, seriously- and i am not trying to be mean- it makes my ears want to bleed

they don't, but they want to. i guess it's my prick way of saying
bring earplugs.
but really, do.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2009 11:16 PM

Private show my ass. Twas fun. Thanks Mr. Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 1:01 AM

beathgoth.wordpress.com

got some pics up + setlist...great show yall

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 2:17 AM

pics from SANTOS up on the blog.. beachgoth.wordpress.com

Posted by beachgoth | April 13, 2009 3:08 AM

can someone post the set list?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 3:08 AM

beachgoth.wordpress.com
SETLIST

1. Heads Will Roll
2. Black Tongue
3. Fly
4. Phenomena
5. Dull Life
6. Gold Lion
7. Art Star
8. Skeleton
9. Hysteric
10. Down Boy
11. Zero
12. Maps
13. Y Control

Crowd request encore: Turn Into, Date With The Night, Poor Song

Posted by beachgoth | April 13, 2009 3:54 AM

This band suffers from:
-Awful songwriting.
-Fucking annoying aesthetic
-Awful songwriting
-A severe lack of musical talent, especially Karen O.
-Awful songwriting
-Delusion, worsened by a number of people who won't let the retarded idea go that this band is good.
-Awful songwriting.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 9:28 AM

"Zero" is indeed eerily similar to the Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown". Check it yourself:

http://sowellremembered.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/06-cathys-clown.mp3

Thanx for the tip, 1:26.

Posted by bob tomorrowland | April 13, 2009 9:38 AM

this band is good, however I agree the new song is lame.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 10:07 AM

Karen doesn't even walk around anymore. I suspect she's now more concerned about her perfect bowl haircut and leather jacket than the quality of their songs. That's just sad as they had so potential.

Posted by Dave | April 13, 2009 1:25 PM

show was great. you guys are miserable.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 1:33 PM

I wonder at the thought process that went into them deciding to play Maps. I mean isn't that song basically played out by now? Don't the bands that play SNL usually showcase their new material? I was puzzled. And that was not a good version of Maps. Where were all the shout outs to the people they love?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 1:40 PM

So someone actually has a job at NBC where at least one of their duties is to troll the video sites to make sure no one posts (or gets to see/share) a video of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singing "Zero?" You can almost see their Saturday night - a reporter-size Moleskine chock-full of Monday morning kill" lists.

Posted by chrissy jensen | April 15, 2009 9:38 AM

Totally derivative. It was being done 30 years ago when "it" was original. Haven't we evolved any edge that's new and different over a 30 year period? I mean, really.

And I agree. Totally awful songwriting.

Posted by BethG | May 24, 2009 11:01 AM

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