Posted in music | pictures on September 8, 2009

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"Though the undercards threw devastating curveballs -- Pivot's set was punchy yet serene, Flying Lotus's DJ set spanned everything from his earlier EPs to wobbling, quaking dubstep 12"s -- it was the evening's headliners that offered the most surprises. !!! sounded loose and fluid in their only New York date of 2009; "Must Be the Moon," normally an insistent, beeping rave-up, became looser and more open, with looser, longer guitar leads; "Heart of Hearts," normally clenched around tense guitar and synth riffs, was practically liquid, echoing and ringing instead. Indeed, when the band previewed a new track, "Treat Me Right," they sounded (however remotely) like the Band, with old organ whirs girding the rhythm section's grooves. !!! is a band that's built its name on its rhythmic force, but even in this smoother, more limber style, the band sounded right at home. Frontman Nic Offer got to strut his stuff, and the band's rhythm section, which included two drummers and an additional percussionist, got to embellish their songs with more cymbal color.

But changes aside, !!! was also thoroughly upstaged by Battles, the night's headlining act. Playing their only North American show of the year, the American foursome treated the event like a special occasion." [PAPER]

Battles also played new songs...
"Among the new works played were tracks called "Sweetie and Shag" (a vocal and bass-heavy track), "SDICT" (which starts as a sparse set of back-and-forths between Braxton, Williams and Konopka and eventually comes to a crescendo when Stanier's drums kick in) and "Sanford and Son" (which features Williams playing a loop in the middle of the song that sounds like what would happen if an accordion and a harmonica had a child -- this was by far the best-received moment of the evening). Though it initially sounded out of place, the band played around it, letting the music evolve into something entirely different by the end." [MTV]
The Friday night gig at Terminal 5 was the first of three Warp20 shows that happened over the weekend. The final one took place Saturday night with Jamie Lidell at Le Poisson Rouge. Pictures of Pivot HERE. The rest from Terminal 5, below...

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Pictures of Pivot HERE

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Comments (32)

FUCK. battles played new stuff. damn. after seeing them open for prefuse at North 6 and 10-15 times after that I skipped this one....

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 2:54 PM

Battles played new stuff, and it's no different than their old stuff.

Battles were fun for a few years, but now it's time for them to go. They just aren't new and exciting anymore.

Posted by Sean | September 8, 2009 3:07 PM

Battles SUCKED. Most of Terminal 5 exited by their third song! Chk Chk Chk were fantastic! They owned the night! Can't wait to see them again!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:09 PM

Mirrored was probably the most dissapointing album I have bought in the past 5 years!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:09 PM

^^^ Totally. What a crap record, and that's their best.

I loved Chic Chic Chic! I had never heard of them before. That guy can dance his ass off! Great band, Great frontman!

Posted by Olivia | September 8, 2009 3:15 PM

when was !!! on warp? this nyc version of warp's anniversary was lame.

imagine the attention if aphex and autechre played.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:17 PM

Be gone Battles! You bored us to tears. Wank wank wank your stupid noises for 45 minutes. Try writing anything resembling a song and get back to us! You're dismissed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:18 PM

wow you are all morons

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:20 PM

battles kick the hell out of most bands out there today...you brooklyn kids are a spoiled bunch...mirrored is fricking great, seriously, most disappointing album is way off for that one...try that hold steady crap for that deal

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:21 PM

Battles? MEH. I'd rather listen to aMEHzing baby.

Posted by wingwalker77 | September 8, 2009 3:23 PM

Highly disappointing. Went for !!! and saw some faded out rock stars try to recreate songs of years before. Battles wasn't interesting either but they did have new sounds and I'm sure the cd will be interesting. Just couldn't translate to the stage. What a waste to the west side though. Missed the other two acts but left early.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:25 PM

flying lotus was by far the most interesting part of the night.

i agree, this was the lamest WARP show of the bunch. wtf nyc. why can't i live in paris?

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:25 PM

Amazing Baby were the worst band on this blog, till I saw Battles last week. What a hype up! They're all hype, NO talent.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:26 PM

I wouldn't even attempt to listen to a Battles record, after hearing Atlas on Sirius (and never being able to make it through the song without flipping stations.

I don't understand how anyone could find it appealing. It literally sounds like aliens taking over my mind. I imagine that if an alien race was conquering us, they would destroy our brains with those noises. Droning. Pulsating. Awful.

It also reminds me of the "one of us" chant at the end of Todd Browning's Freaks.

Posted by KC | September 8, 2009 3:36 PM

Battles are all hype. We know this. That is why most of the audience left during their set. Hype will only get you so far if you suck like Battles.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:37 PM

!!! RULES.

Posted by funked | September 8, 2009 3:46 PM

battleswouldbenothingwithoutphish.blogspot.com

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:47 PM

what the fuck are all you idiots talking about

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:50 PM

the MEH remarks, still? i haven't looked in these comments for a little while, but i can't believe that person(s) is still up to that comedy. still. in 2009. um, dude? dudette? that was funny, years ago. it's time to move on now. we've seen that movie before.

oh, and the new tyondai braxton solo disc is beautiful!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:58 PM

It's pretty sad for Warp Records when they have a 20th anniversary show and 3 out of the 4 acts play live instruments.

Flying Lotus was by far the best act of the night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 3:59 PM

Flying Lotus > Amazing Baby

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:16 PM

What's with all the Battles hate? Two years ago, most of you were probably jocking hard at their Central Park and Studio B shows right next to me. John Stanier on drums is worth the price of admission alone. Easy folks.

Posted by blackhat | September 8, 2009 4:28 PM

this blog has officially been overrun with the tennie bopper generation of the 90's. resurrect your blink 182 and good charlotte mp3's and leave critiquing the great performances of battles and flying lotus to the one's with credible taste and knowledge on music. sadly the internet has given a generation of unwarranted entitlement and phone-in voting a voice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:34 PM

battles > the pains of sucking dick with a gag reflex

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:53 PM

why even bring up the pains of being pure at heart, why

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 4:59 PM

vivian girls!

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 5:02 PM

'!!!' is pronounced MEH MEH MEH.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 10:43 PM

I had a blast at this show!

!!! was better than I've ever seen and their new stuff is smooth and funky and pretty fantastic. I'm really pumped about that album now.

And Battles put on a great show as well, but they've been better. It might not have been their performance but the new songs might take a little warming up to before they really grab you live. All the stuff from the last album was great but overall I think !!! actually stole the show that night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 11:55 PM

Flying Lotus easily stole the night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2009 11:56 PM

i saw !!! at this RIDICULOUS show in Philly on sunday. It was at a bikini bar and a swimming pool, which i thought would be kitschy, but instead was just gross. Everyone there was afraid to swim and the singer of !!! invited a ton of high-school-galpal types, drunk beyond oblivion, onstage during the first song. Not for one song, but for the entire set, and there were about 15 of them. You couldn't even see the band at all, and the saxaphone had to push through the cesspool to reach the microphone. The girls were falling all over each other and touching titties and taking photos and stripper dancing. And the singer from !!! was hitting on them, and encouraging them from what I could tell. It made me lose all appreciation for the band. "Political songs" really pale when they are sung grinding against a co-ed with a fake tan and a weave stumbling in platforms.

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2009 8:48 PM

we were most definitely peaceful, happy, loving ... content.

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