Charlotte Gainsbourg, with full band, played her first of two shows at The Bell House in Brooklyn last night (1/19). Beck was not there, but Wayne Coyne was (in the audience). Not counting Letterman (which she already taped and I think airs Friday), Charlotte will perform four shows total while she's visiting. The final gig happens on January 23rd at Hiro Ballroom.
The rumor at the show was that it was her first public show ever - not just her first US or NYC show, but her first proper show anywhere. Maybe that's related to why I wasn't blown away, but then again, others were way more into it. To quote Bill, she was "a bit nervous, but charlotte gainsbourg was great at the bell house. no beck, nor his band...but c'est magnifique!" One Max Miller said, "Amazing show!" I heard similar accolades from others after the show too.
One highlight for me was her cover of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman", a tune she recorded with Calexico for the soundtrack of I'm Not There, a film she also appeared in. And speaking of films she's in, I'm a little scared to see Lars Von Trier's Antichrist after hearing some of its graphic details (Charlotte won 'Best Actress' at Cannes in 2009 for her role in it).
Dean & Britta opened the show. The full Bell House setlist with a few more so-so pictures from the night, below...