Posted in music | pictures on July 20, 2009

Siren photos by Chris La Putt, Pitchfork photos by Joseph Juechao Xu

Built to spill

"Even if you weren't a big fan of Built to Spill--and I was never converted by their postmodern updates of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse guitar jams--you had to pity bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and Idaho native Doug Martsch for having the unenviable task of trying to follow the Jesus Lizard, headlining over that band in its home town.

Martsch and his bandmates tried their best, making impressive use of dramatic dynamics shifts with quiet interludes exploding into six-string rave-ups. But it was sort of like following a gourmet meal with a Twinkie for desert: It might have been fine as a snack at a different time, but after what had preceded it, there simply was no point." [Jim DeRogatis - Chicago Sun Times @ Pitchfork]

Built to Spill played the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on Friday night (7/17). Saturday they headlined the Coney Island Siren Festival in Brooklyn. Sunday they played a much smaller show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (where they played for almost 2 hours). Pictures, videos and the setlists from the two festival shows, below...

Pitchfork Fest...

Built to spill

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Siren Fest....

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Thee Oh Sees

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more pictures from both festivals coming soon.

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Pitchfork Festival setlist
Liar
Stab
Strange
You Were Right
Kicked It In The Sun
Conventional Wisdom
Else
Big Dipper
In Your Mind
Virginia Reel Around The Fountain
Goin' Against Your Mind
Carry The Zero

Siren Festival setlist:
7:42pm
Liar
Stab
Strange
Temporarily Blind
You Were Wrong
Goin' Against Your Mind
Virginia Reel Around The Fountain
Distopian Dream Girl
Sidewalk
In Your Mind
Conventional Wisdom
Big Dipper
Carry The Zero
9:14pm

Maxwell's setlist?

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Comments (31)

mean fellow, that derogatis. cmon, it's built to spill! stop comparing to other sets also, stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:22 AM

That Replica Watches guy seems like a nice guy. It is great to see people supporting and praising the sites they really enjoy, instead of making snarky comments.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:34 AM

Maxwell's setlist was beyond meh. Who closes with a 25 minute song? BTS ≠ Sonic Youth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 8:46 AM

Thanks for posting setlists. Still bummed that I missed BTS at Siren, but not an amazing setlist, still great and i'm sure they were awesome but I feel a little less bummed!

Posted by brian roach | July 20, 2009 9:04 AM

8:46 is just mad they didn't play "Car". BTS kicked ass last night. Played a lot of deep cuts from all of their albums. "Nowhere Nothing Fuckup" and "In the Morning" were a couple of highlights.

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Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:23 AM

"Nowhere nothin' fuck up" was a highlight back when they played McCarren Park. Too bad they didn't play anything off of "Perfect From Now On" but considering they played that album in its entirety, I could totally see why they didn't play anything off of it.

Also, it should be "You Were Right" on the Siren setlist, not "You Were Wrong."

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:29 AM

"That Replica Watches guy seems like a nice guy."

I never know what to do with spam when people reply to it! I feel like i have to keep it there.

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 20, 2009 9:35 AM

Someone please tell Jim Derogatis that bands outside of Chicago are allowed to perform well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:45 AM

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 20, 2009 9:50 AM

to bv: please delete the spam its fucking annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:56 AM

I was secretly hoping the Built to Spill show would be as boring as it sounds like it was. I've seen BTS 3 times in the past, and it's been progressively more boring, so instead I stayed for Spank Rock (after Monotonix, which was AMAZING) which was pretty great...perhaps the funniest part is Spank literally getting carried off stage by security.

Monotonix is what made this festival anyway

Posted by Cory | July 20, 2009 10:04 AM

They actually played "Kicked it in the Sun" last night... from "Perfect from Now On".

Posted by wembley | July 20, 2009 10:09 AM

I didn't write down the setlist or anything... but here's some of the songs that I can remember BTS playing last night at Maxwell's:

Traces, Else, Gone (?), Strange, Nowhere Nothing Fuckup, Time Trap, In the Morning, Broken Chairs, In Your Mind...

... I know there were at least a couple more...

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:17 AM

they also played Else at Siren.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:26 AM

Maxwell's Setlist:

Traces
Three Years Ago Today
Strange
Stop The Show
Else
Time Trap
Kicked It In The Sun
In The Morning
Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup
One Thing
*New Song
Virginia, Reel Around The Fountain
Broken Chairs
In Your Mind (extended version)

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:29 AM

who's got the better beard in that band - Doug Marsch or Brett Netson?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 10:31 AM

"Maxwell's setlist was beyond meh. Who closes with a 25 minute song? BTS ≠ Sonic Youth."

That's a very good setlist. We got two songs from Ultimate Alternative Wavers, two from Perfect From Now On, a good mix of stuff from the other records, and a great version of Virginia Reel Around The Fountain. Show picked up steam and the extended version of In Your Mind to close was great. Doug's vocals seemed a little restrained but that would be my only minor complaint. The sound at Maxwell's was excellent.

As far as the comment about who would close with a twenty plus minute song, I can only guess that you are not that familiar with BTS. They've done it a number of times over the years. Sorry that one of the very in demand tickets for last night's show was wasted on you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:23 AM

1123 - couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 11:30 AM

agreed 11:23. sucks that all the tickets didn't go to real BTS fans.

Posted by wembley | July 20, 2009 11:44 AM

Built To Spill will never get all the respect and praise they fully deserve. A truly amazing band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 2:02 PM

I agree with parts of what 1123 was saying also, but Doug skipping out on parts of the lyrics (at Maxwell's) and generally acting completely not into performing was disappointing. I've seen BTS many times over the past 10+ years, and this was by far the most tired and jaded they've seemed. If you didn't get tickets, you didn't miss much. I was disheartened by their lackluster performance. BUT Virginia...was by far the highlight of the show. When we gonna get another Halo Benders album???

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 3:25 PM

I thought Doug seemed like he was having a great time. Sure, he'd fade out on lyrics and skip parts of songs... but isn't that what he always does?

It was kind of hard to see due to the low lighting and Doug's huge beard, but he was smiling through the entire set. Seemed to me like the whole band was really enjoying doing an off the cuff show with no setlist (even an idea of a setlist) and borrowed gear.

If you were standing close to the stage, it was really fun to hear them discussing what to play next and making wise cracks to one another and the audience in the front. The show was almost a "by request" show... as at least half the set was taken from audience shout outs.

Also... didn't it seem like they spent a lot less time fiddling with instruments and tuning guitars between songs than they usually do? BTS were there to rock last night and that's exactly what they did.

Posted by wembley | July 20, 2009 3:48 PM

i completely agree with comment 3:48. i was close to the stage and doug throughout the show at maxwell's, and the band was joking and loose throughout the evening. they seemed open to requests, were laughing with the audience, and seemed happy to have an opportunity for a smaller and more unique show. it was a relaxed and confident band, hanging with each other and jamming on some old tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 4:23 PM

whoever wrote that setlist for siren got it wrong. they played "else" not "temporarily blind"

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 4:26 PM

"whoever wrote that setlist for siren got it wrong. they played "else" not "temporarily blind""

Can anyone list what they think the actual, entire setlist was? I will update. thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 20, 2009 4:32 PM

maxwell's setlist from 10:29 looks right to me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2009 9:44 PM

Actually, this is the Maxwell's setlist (the new song is called Hindsight and was played after In the Morning):

Traces
Three Years Ago Today
Strange
Stop The Show (Full)
Else
Time Trap
Kicked It In The Sun
In The Morning
Hindsight
Nowhere Nothing Fuck Up
One Thing
Virginia Reel Around the Fountain
Broken Chairs
In Your Mind

Posted by SetMEHster | July 20, 2009 9:53 PM

just have to say to the writer of this article that you are a completely ignorant shit head.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 10:37 AM

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