Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on October 6, 2009

photos by Vincent Cornelli

Devendra Banhart

Okay, so you probably could've guessed it without too much work: Little Joy's opening act [Friday] night, Swami Shave-us Jr, was in fact Devendra Banhart. (The connections? Little Joy's Rodrigo Amarante played on Banhart's Smokey album; Noah Georgeson produced the band's sweet, sunshiney debut; Binki Shapiro played with Banhart on Beck's Record Club project. Phew!) Still, Webster Hall was buzzing with excitement as Banhart took the stage. He played a beautiful, twinkling set of favorites and new songs (including "Little Yellow Spider" and new single "Baby") accompanied by Megapuss bandmate Greg Rogove (on mbira and drums and backups). Little Joy's members grinned from the moment they took the stage, an adoring, fresh-faced crowd singing along with vintage Coca-Cola ad gusto....The band's encore...saw Banhart and Rogove back onstage, along with most of Webster Hall (cue flummoxed security, etc.). Joy indeed. [Time Out]
As that review points out, Devendra Banhart opened the Little Joy show at Webster Hall on October 2nd. Next he'll be headlining his own NYC show on Sunday, November 22nd at Town Hall. It's one of a few dates he currently has booked (he's also in Chicago and London). Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th at noon.

Two tracks from Devendra's new album, What Will We Be, are currently streaming on his MySpace. The album is set to come out October 27th, 2009 on Warner Brother Records. Via Wikipedia: "The album was co-produced by Banhart and Paul Butler from A Band of Bees. Rejoining Banhart are old band mates Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington, and Rodrigo Amarante, all of whom worked with him on his previous album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon."

Banhart spoke to Paste Magazine recently about a possible collaboration with GZA: "I played Coachella, and, lo and behold, I looked on the sidelines and there was GZA. I was stunned," Banhart says. "So we hung out and talked--we talked about atomic energy and how the sun is powered. We talked about dark matter. Then I sent him my catalog. And he said 'Hey man, will you write some stuff? Let's write together.'" At this point, says Banhart, "[GZA] has shared his new writing with me and I've sent a couple sketches. With his new work I can tailor the sketches I already had. We're at the beginning stages."

Little Joy has been quite busy since the release of their debut. No more scheduled upcoming shows at the moment though. Meanwhile, Fabrizio Moretti, who did play with Little Joy at Webster Hall, but is only a part time member now anyway, is probably finishing up another project.

More pictures and videos from Webster Hall, and the new Devendra album tracklist are below...

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Devendra Banhart @ Webtser Hall - "Baby"

Devendra Banhart @ Webster Hall

What Will We Be tracklist
1. "Can't Help But Smiling"
2. "Angelika"
3. "Baby"
4. "Goin' Back"
5. "First Song For B"
6. "Last Song For B"
7. "Chin Chin & Muck Muck"
8. "16th & Valencia, Roxy Music"
9. "Rats"
10. "Maria Lionza"
11. "Brindo"
12. "Meet Me at the Lookout"
13. "Walilamdzi"
14. "Foolin'"
15. "Ultimate Warrior"

Devendra Banhart - 2009 Tour Dates
11-16 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
11-17 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
11-19 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
11-20 Boston, MA - Berklee
11-22 New York, NY - Town Hall
11-24 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11-25 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-27 Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
12-15 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire

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Comments (16)

What a freakin' kook. Why anyone is into this guy is way beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 1:12 PM

I can almost smell him through the computer and it aint pretty....

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

I love Devendra, but he really half-assed this one. He fucked up several times and had to start songs over. Half the time he was babbling incoherently into the mic about why he didn't want to play certain songs. Also, it was really hard to hear him above the background noise at Webster.

Posted by Devendra fan | October 6, 2009 1:51 PM

BOO devendra set sucked, so sad they got the headlined when they opened and no one was impressed.

little joy set was amazing!!! cmon vegan - something to talk about

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 1:55 PM

Devandra's set sucked so hardcore that I didn't want to stay for Little Joy (I did, and it was alright, especially one sort of Tropicalia number I liked).
Devandra's set sounded to me that he and his buddy had gotten stoned the night before, learned some guitar chords from a stupid book, recorded it onto Logic, walked onstage (after getting stoned again), and then pretended to play guitar while not enunciating the lyrics that DB somehow remembered. but he and his sidekick pretended that they were really cool and smiled like everyone was having such a grand old time, like we were all invited to his pad after a fucked up night on the town to hear him indulge himself for our benefit. Every time the crowd erupted after one of his songs I didn't quite know what to think. I just felt angry and cheated.
but i have to admit, it comes off a little less wretched in the youtube clips.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 2:38 PM

yeah, Devendra was blazed as balls. He really could have tried harder. Anyone know if his headlining shows are like this? Little Joy did play a great set (even though it sounded like a Gap Commercial).

Posted by Devendra fan | October 6, 2009 2:42 PM

Little Joy did play a great set. It was especially exciting to hear them play Clear skies, or wasting time, not sure of the exact title....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jap3XhRQf2s

thats from the show....

Here is Julian singing it. This is just the audio, not sure what the video is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2g0aQdsnXc

Posted by John | October 6, 2009 2:51 PM

his last album was awful... there are so many better performers out there... i really don't get the fascination...
but then again, some people like vampire weekend...

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 4:19 PM

He writes some good, funny songs. Probably over-hyped. Never heard him live, though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 5:05 PM

Swami did shave him I see. Even the little exotic spiders are shaved too.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 7:39 PM

Devendra may have fallen off, but a few years ago he was the best

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 12:30 AM

i've never seen him play with his whole band, but this was pretty damn fun. i don't think anyone expected him to do anything more, he was a secret guest not headlining. Little Joy sucks. I bought their shirt cause it looked cool and gave it away after the set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 2:03 AM

nipple joy

Posted by auriella | October 7, 2009 3:15 AM

dates updated

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 7, 2009 10:17 AM

Devendra was brilliant live when I saw him back in 2007 and his songs are ace man. Bad Girl from the last LP was stunning. Ill admit his voice live is pretty weak. I think this has to do with him playing over electric guitars and a full drum kit now-he isn't Chris Cornell, his voice is real tiny.

Posted by diego zambrana | October 7, 2009 7:01 PM

Nipple Joy indeed. Binki made my fall with that shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 9:53 AM

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