Posted in music | pictures on November 7, 2009

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris Goldberg


Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the Verizon DROID launch party at Angel Orensanz (the previously undisclosed location in NYC's Lower East Side) on Friday, November 6th. Music started at 9pm and was promptly over by 10pm.

The band is playing Fever to Tell in full at Ten Years Of ATP in the UK in December, but the set here was spread between all three of their albums (to the dismay of the guy behind me who kept requesting Fever). If you could ignore the subliminal Google ads flashing before your eyes and the "celebrities" watching the show from the balcony overhead (Christian Siriano from Project Runway looked pensive throughout) the show was a pretty good time. Most of the people there seemed to be fans of the band. The set was brief and to the point (and missed some key material, like all of the good songs off the new album) and there was no encore.

The venue itself was a big highlight: Angel Orensanz Center is one of the oldest synagogues in the US and has beautifully rustic ornamentation.

More pictures from the show and its setlist are below...










Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Angel Orensanz, November 6, 2009 - setlist (via)
Heads Will Roll
Black Tongue
Human Fly
Shame & Fortune
Gold Lion
Soft Shock
Cheated Hearts
Turn Into
Date With The Night



Comments (16)

was jeremy jay there?

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 2:21 PM

was maps the downtempo acoustic version they've been doing lately, or the normal version? were there extra tix available on the street/door?

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 2:34 PM

great intimate show. venue cap was 600 but the door only took in 360 guests. set was too short (w/ no Y Control) but can't argue with free and fun

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 2:57 PM

Nice costumes. Super lights. Bad music.
She looks like a little boy. Gross!

Buy some phones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 5:26 PM

It was the uptempo rockin version of maps. Far better than the slow version, which I saw at ACL. Check it out here:

Short but sweet show. Wish I could go to UK, Australia or Japan to see them next. :(

Posted by ChrisGoldNY | November 7, 2009 5:43 PM

wheres the residents eyeball?

how much you think they got for this show?

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 7:21 PM

^^ they each got a droid.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 9:36 PM

I heard the band phoned it in.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 11:10 PM

they typically get 75k per show

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2009 11:14 PM

So of all the NYC area performances of YYYs, which one is considered the best as far as live music? I didn't go to radio city for example.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2009 6:36 AM

I hope they got at least $100K...maybe more.. these corporate party things thing pay out the ass

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2009 7:33 AM

She's got a mic in her mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2009 12:01 PM

^^ i'll bet she wishes she had something else in her mouth.

Posted by a rod | November 8, 2009 1:37 PM

They DID NOT phone it in! It was a short gig for money, sure...BUT Karen was into it right off the bat as always. She's a pro. They all are.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2009 6:28 PM

well given how they started at exactly 9 and ended at exactly 10... sends the impression that they were solely interested in filling what had to have been a contractually obligated one hour set

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2009 8:09 PM

How long will shit have to be the way it is before everyone stops pretending to be let down when bands play things like this? The only reason The Pixies, Pavement etc etc ETC are reuniting is because they didn't make shit for cash when they were around. I hope the YYYs got paid a ton. I don't really like them that much but I can still recognize that Karen O is one of the only genuinely dynamic characters in music right now.

Let her make some cash now so we can all avoid the spectacle of the YYYs playing all of Fever To Tell at the 2018 Rolling Stone/Pitchfork fest.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2009 12:07 PM

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