Posted in music | pictures on January 20, 2010

Charlotte Gainsbourg

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...



Comments (24)

That sucks that you heard the "graphic details" of Antichrist before seeing it. No one should spoil the awesomeness.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 1:50 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:03 AM

Good show and excellent band. The sound was also great--kudos to the soundboard guys.

Dean and Britta played a beautiful opening set. They also did a Dylan cover, I'll Keep It with Mine.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:04 AM

god damn it, wayne coyne. you can hang out in nyc, but why do you barely ever play here anymore? c'mon!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 2:11 AM

how easy to use became the word AMAZING when it comes to live shows...

Posted by me | January 20, 2010 6:39 AM


It WAS Beck's band. See the last paragraph here:

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 9:05 AM

The drummer at the show was not Beck's new drummer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 9:21 AM

I did not see Wayne Coyne there. Granted it was packed at least at the start of the show but he isn't hard to miss!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 10:41 AM

He was definitely there. Wearing nothing at all. Killed the ego, you see.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 10:44 AM


Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 10:47 AM

what time did she go on?
i have tickets for this evening.

Posted by john | January 20, 2010 10:53 AM

"Sorry Angel" ??!!??!!

How was this cover?

One of the great great song of the Great Serge.
Hope she will play it at Hiro too...

Posted by Oli | January 20, 2010 10:57 AM

'Sorry Angel' was beautiful! One of the highlights for me.

Posted by jp | January 20, 2010 11:05 AM

She went on around 9:45.

Good show, not "AMAZING", but definitely good especially considering it was her first show. Vocals could have been stronger/turned up at times. Band sounded fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 11:41 AM

Not sure if you mean first solo show, but Charlotte played with Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon at the Mercury lounge a year or two ago . . .

Posted by Cmad | January 20, 2010 12:19 PM

tonight should be awesome... i hear dinosaur feathers are really good... happy medium between Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 1:37 PM

not sure about the dinosaur feather comment - saw them at cake shop - were kinda very forgetable...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2010 5:49 PM

saw the show last night, and really don't understand why people think she is such an amazing singer. it was pretty much the most awful show I have ever seen, and this is coming from a seasoned music industry individual who has seen innumerable horrible shows. yes, she was nervous, but it was really bad. beck's band completely drowned her out/vocals needed to be up in the mix and she couldn't sing in key. the only couple instances where it was sort of bearable was when others were harmonizing with her. blech.

Posted by meh | January 21, 2010 10:12 AM

The guitarist chick is a hottie

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 3:35 PM

Beck's band was represented at Charlotte's concert by Brian LeBarton on keyboard and Beck's longtime bassist Justin M. J. as the musical director for the show.

Posted by Michael Miller | January 21, 2010 10:26 PM

What times at Hiro tonight?

Posted by Oli | January 23, 2010 2:16 PM

I am very concerned about this subject

Posted by Vietnam Travel | January 26, 2010 3:45 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:18 PM

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