Posted in music | pictures on January 27, 2010

words & photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Susan Sarandon punishes a pig
Of Montreal

Of Montreal didn't come out with quite as many theatrics as usual during their show last night at Highline Ballroom. Playing a smaller venue than they've played before for a rabid all-ages crowd, they could have played motion and emotionless. The furor generated by their die-hard fan base would still rage mightily. Minus the strobe-lit crucifixion scene and the cameo by Susan Sarandon as a schoolteacher with a ruler and a streak of corporal punishment for two misbehaving pig characters, one could almost call it a mellow set visually. Oh and there was the confetti shooting machine, but that's just normal nowadays at shows right?

Of Montreal member and tour-mate James Husband opened and showed flashes of promise, especially when his smooth and almost haunting voice gave way to energetic group breakdowns full of noise and unexpected developments.

Even despite Of Montreal's minutely toned down performance act, musically the band sounded tight and focused, switching effortlessly from insidiously bubble gum sing-alongs to dark, discoed-out dance-hop material. All with the power and professionalism of a hardened rock band. Sporting one less musician on this tour meant none of the instrument swapping and running around that was such a presence at their last several New York City tour stops, and maybe that enabled a little more time for poise and togetherness amongst the members of the band. The band was augmented by one member for the encore, as indiephile Solange Knowles joined Of Montreal to play a chill, funky version of The Jackson Five's "I want You Back." Even that addition was just for musical engagement, no hoopla required. Maybe for Of Montreal, sometimes less is more.

Solange is one of a few collaborators announced for the next OM album. More pictures from Highline Ballroom, including one of the setlist, below...

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Comments (38)

and the comment section explodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BV servers go down, chaos erupts in NY!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 3:54 PM

Fashion

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 3:55 PM

In addition to being a contributor to OMs new album, playing with Of Montreal, Solange Knowles is also worthless.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:00 PM

I'd let Susan Sarandon spank my hog.

NO DOUBT.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:04 PM

her and her daughter

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:07 PM

does anyone else think all those xtra performers at of montreal shows is tiresome?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:11 PM

I meant are tiresome!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:12 PM

they covered MORRISSEY?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:12 PM

susan sarandon @ of montreal

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

solange knowles - i want you back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7LE1hQ_3i4

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:14 PM

apparently its not the morrissey song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-7YQk-CRGw

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:16 PM

Looks like some kinda art ting... is i sppos'ed ta think along wit da music?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:18 PM

susan sarandon? lol.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:27 PM

i feel sad for susan sarandon

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:29 PM

this shit sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:32 PM

Why would you feel sorry for her? Her comic deadpan was on point last night, and she's obviously down with absurdity and cool music. She's obviously cooler than your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:33 PM

SS and I share an Oct 4 birthday!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:35 PM

The Morrissey song called "Everyday Is Like Sunday," and Kevin Barnes shouldn't be allowed within 50 ft of it

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:36 PM

Anyone else see Of Montreal open up for the Thrills at Maxwells - May 2004? I did!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 4:38 PM

Du Og Meg AND Everyday Feels Like Sunday?!?!? Holy shit!! Disconnect the Dots and Lysergic Bliss too!! You lot are lucky.

Posted by drew | January 27, 2010 5:00 PM

new song - teenage unicorn fisting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApcXRSymAj4

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 5:28 PM

lol @ of montreal = "absurdity and cool music"

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 5:45 PM

i'm sorry, but the thought of susan sarandon listening to of montreal is really depressing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 5:48 PM

Spring Rolls

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 6:34 PM

Lost respect for them when they did the outback steakhouse commercial

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 7:29 PM

everyone here who doesn't love of montreal leads a worse life because of it.

"Lost respect for them when they did the outback steakhouse commercial" cool story bro

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 7:38 PM

great show

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2010 10:22 PM

"Lost respect for them when they did the outback steakhouse commercial"

have you paid for all the music of theirs that you have on your computer? if not you have no right to be upset. being angry at bands for doing commercials is so 1990s.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 12:37 AM

i'm sure being there is great, the energy and all, so don't get all "why do you hate fun" on me.
but, you can't deny that the theatrics are a bit less magical and a bit more, uh, sad and calculated from a healthy distance.

of MEHntreal, fur'real friends.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 12:48 AM

^hates fun^

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 1:19 AM

Glad to see that guy with the moustache made it to the show!

Posted by Fan of the moustache guy who goes to shows | January 28, 2010 1:26 AM

great photos ben!

Posted by v | January 28, 2010 11:41 AM

of montreal-cool indie rock band. ha!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 2:05 PM

ALright! I am the girl in the penultimate picture in the flower dress with boxers and tights and I'd like to say thank you to the ginger who took my picture because I love of Montreal and this made my January!

Posted by Cynthia | January 28, 2010 10:48 PM

do these guys even play songs? so commenters attack vampire weekend and passion pit, but will let this "music" go without insult?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2010 11:23 PM

What's with serving up the freshly spanked hog? I thought this was a vegan-friendly family site :o}

Posted by oink oink | January 29, 2010 6:26 AM

"do these guys even play songs? "- anonymous

no. they just stand there looking pretty ;)
BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY PLAYED SO GOOD!

Posted by tiger hat kid | January 29, 2010 2:23 PM

I want to go back to this night.

Posted by Crystal | January 30, 2010 9:16 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 3:30 PM

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