Posted in music | pictures on November 23, 2009

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors completed their tour and four-night NYC run in style on Sunday (11/22). The evening started with a beautiful set of music by Julianna Barwick who was followed by the mind-blowing Tune-Yards. It's been said before, I'll say it again. Merrill Garbus is an extremely talented girl and the crowd went nuts for her as she looped and strummed and drummed and sang. Backed by a bassist, her performance was even more special because her parents were in the crowd. She mentioned them a few times and even thanked them at the end for having her.

I'd been hearing rumors about special guests possibly joining the Dirty Projectors at some point this week, but nothing happened at the first three shows (1 at Bowery and 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg). Then Sunday the rumors started getting louder, especially the one about The Roots showing up.

The Roots and Dirty Projectors first met when DP were the musical guests at Fallon. Questlove was in love. Some thought that DP were going to join the Roots at a show in Brooklyn a few days after that TV appearance, but it never happened. It did this time though. Three members of the Roots, Questlove included, joined the band on stage for two songs ("Stillness" and "No Intention" I think?). The show was already great before that, but everyone went so wild and was dancing like crazy when the Roots came out. The energy in the room was off the charts, and stayed in the air even after the guests left the stage. The band was supercharged too as they finished their pre-encore set in one of the strongest ways I've ever seen them play.

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During the short encore break another microphone was brought to the stage. At that point I knew there was no question that David Byrne would be joining Dirty Projectors once again (it previously happened at least two times - at the Dark Was the Night charity concert and then again at Bonnaroo). Sure enough, Mr. Byrne helped them end the two song encore with a slightly-unrehearsed version of Knotty Pine (the song he and the band wrote together for the Dark Was the Night album).

Amazing night. More pictures of the headliner and guests and the setlist below..

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Pictures of the openers to come.

Dirty Projectors' next NYC show is at Lincoln Center.

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Comments (39)

So glad I decided to see them again. What a special show.

Gonna post some vids of the songs w/the roots sometime tmrw. Didn't get knotty pine recorded because security (politely) asked me to stop filming. Though it honestly didn't touch the version they did Wednesday, or at bonnaroo, for that matter. David Byrne, as much as I love his music, looked a like a lost old man up there tonight. But everyone seemed pretty down with it regardless. Sick sick show

and mark my words: Tune Yards are going to be big in 2010.

Posted by willbah | November 23, 2009 5:04 AM

I must say that David Byrne is a very good musician. Not only on his generation, but up to now, many people are looking up to him. I'm more impressed to him when I heard that his a cyclist too!

Posted by Kim Ramsey | November 23, 2009 6:36 AM

They ALSO did High Fidelity with Elvis on Fri...the Roots did...

Posted by Double Groove | November 23, 2009 6:36 AM

2 of the most fucking boring artists on earth David Byrne, and Dirty Projectors..Lets watch more cat videos Please! or even better Dylan's Christmas video... MG

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 8:25 AM

Seriously how does this band get to play with Mr. Byrne, The Roots, Bjork and etc.......

They were so boring when I saw them open up for Deerhoof.....

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 9:07 AM

Must say it was my first DP show, and I was majorly disappointed. Musical, yes. Anything I'd want to listen to? No.

Tune-Yards were awesome.

Posted by fruitstand | November 23, 2009 9:26 AM

Oh shut up!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 9:27 AM

dirty projectors-most overrated band of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 9:56 AM

Couldn't make it last night and at first was slightly disappointed... but I realized that only a few songs on Rise Above grip me and I would have really been there for the Bitte Orca stuff... and from what I have seen live-wise... they don't carry extremely well.

Posted by jason | November 23, 2009 9:56 AM

Dirty Diapers

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 10:09 AM

Show was great... chaotic at times as expected but still damn impressive and enjoyable live. Tune yards was also really good.

Posted by Jeff | November 23, 2009 10:10 AM

wow!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 10:11 AM

I'm so happy to see that the Dirty Projectors carrying the flame for Debbie Gibson. Pop music was really starting to struggle without her.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 10:28 AM

great show, but it looked like david byrne forgot the lyrics completely and he came in really off key in the beginning. he was just kinda winging it. he shoulda rehearsed a little more.

Posted by annie momus | November 23, 2009 10:37 AM

Don't put tune-yards and mind blowing in the same sentence

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 10:38 AM

Turds and non-turds?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 10:39 AM

That show rocked. If you weren't there, stop writing nasty comments and instead take your skinny fake hipster jeans and go hang yourself with them

Posted by Scott | November 23, 2009 10:43 AM

annie- you idiot- that's the whole point of having a surprise guest... for them to wing it!!! who wants perfectly rehearsed anything? that's what makes those moments special... morons on this site

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:00 AM

Agreed, "mind-blowing" is not the first thing that comes to mind with Tune Yards. It's more like joyous and life-affirming. They were brilliant last night. Virtually no one in the crowd had ever heard the band before but Tune Yards had the audience in the palm of their hand *halfway through the first song*. For real. The ovation at the end was deafening. That doesn't happen very often.

Posted by Maldo | November 23, 2009 11:01 AM

Talking Heads had soul

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:01 AM

Maldo...very well stated...I've never that kind of response to an opening act...they (she) were a lot of fun

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:14 AM

10:43,
what are "skinny fake hipster jeans?" i didn't realize it but OMG, they totally could be fake. i don't want the fake, i want the real hipster jeans! where can i get them?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:21 AM

It looks like Questlove needs to start laying off the fried chicken & collard greens

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 12:24 PM

prob gotta shell out hella cash 4 rel hipster jeans 11:21
jus don tell n e 1 u did

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 12:27 PM

^^^ and watermelon too? you racist.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 12:36 PM

10:43 is a fat ass who's jealous he can't fit into "skinny fake hipster jeans"... whatever that is...

12:27 is a broke ass from LA who can't spell nor type a complete word. Nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 12:43 PM

I went to Saturdays gig and was completely underwhelmed by DP. Meanwhile Tune-Yard was great... here's my review
http://www.rocknycliveandrecorded.com/2009/11/dirty-projectors-at-music-hall-hall-of.html

Posted by Iman lABABEDI | November 23, 2009 1:28 PM

?uestlove and ? and The Mysterians need to collaborate.


They can call it "The ??".

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:10 PM

UNDERWHELMED on Saturday? The DPs were fucking incredible that night. I've seen them a lot of times, but they were in excellent form.

I don't understand all the hate on this band.

Tune Yards also KILLED IT.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:24 PM

Much respect to DP... they've been going for years now and have really perfected their thing. When they first started, I thought they sucked incredibly hard. Now they are really good and quite unique. I could see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but that's what makes them interesting to people who are looking for something that stands out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 2:44 PM

She holds the microphone way too delicately for my masturbating tastes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:06 PM

yes... dirty p has come a long way. they deserve all the attention they get. their guitar and vocal musicianship is intimidating...

Posted by annie momus | November 23, 2009 3:20 PM

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Posted by theumpteenthtimes | November 23, 2009 3:51 PM

amen 2:44

Posted by willis | November 23, 2009 4:01 PM

all you people who apparently hate the DP so much, if they're so terrible why take the time to comment on their show?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 5:31 PM

as promised...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKffHsXP4Y8

More to come.

Posted by willbah | November 23, 2009 7:29 PM

Posted by willbah | November 23, 2009 8:08 PM

Anon 2:10 pm

kill yourself

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:25 PM

Yes, but it's great show.

Posted by Microwave Rice Cooker | March 29, 2010 10:56 PM

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