Posted in music | pictures on February 4, 2010

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Atlas Sounds

"I had this all planned out," said Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox, "This was going to be a mind-blowing second song." Cox battled technical issues with one of his loop machines throughout his sold out show at the Bell House in Brooklyn, dropping it on the stage several times to get it to work.

Through it all, the Deerhunter frontman handled the technical difficulties with grace, humor and self-deprecating wit. Once he was up and running (almost making it through that second song, "Te Amo" before the drum track cut out again) his eight-song set was a sprawling reworking of many tracks off last year's, Logos.

The two standout tracks from that record, "Walkabout" and "Shelia" went back to back. Excellent on the record, but live both songs were lacking those key elements that make them so winning - the infectious piano melody on "Walkabout" and the shuffling drums on "Shelia." But those were minor complaints when songs like main set closer "Attic Lights" were so stunning with building echoing vocals and feedback that filled the venue.

The title track was one of three songs performed during the encore. Before he left the stage Cox charmed the audience even further explaining how much he appreciates playing in New York.

Opening were NJ-based, dance-rock outfit Memory Tapes (Dayve Hawk). Atlas Sound plays a 2nd NYC show, this time with Neon Indian, tonight (2/4) at NYU. More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...

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Setlist Note: "screens " was played before "Te Amo".
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Comments (27)

bradford cox gets my goat in the most positive sense.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 4:52 PM

its called the screens

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 5:35 PM

That guy needs to eat a burger.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 5:39 PM

5.39-- he has marfan syndrome, you douchebag

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 5:57 PM

i thought memory tapes was from Jersey. and isn't like his 3rd or 4th show ever? could you give us a little more about that, Dominick Mastrangelo?

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Posted by Indie Power | February 4, 2010 6:19 PM

most boring live show award nomination

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 6:35 PM

bradford had the same problem at ATP, and throwing the looping pedal at the stage is not "grace." one would think he could afford a new line 6 with the money he makes playing these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 6:46 PM

cox is an ego maniacal overrated form of noise pollution. the emperor wears no clothes ppl.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 8:35 PM

mEHmory tapes

I mean that as a compliment

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 9:28 PM

all the bands that are covered on bv are descent, good bands/good musicians/good people just like you (not me, i'm a wretch). attack musicians that lip sinc, bands that are mainstream and steal an "underground" bands sound, american idol, etc. as far as music is concered everything's been done..hip hop and electronica were the final frontier...there are no sounds left to make that can be considered truly original

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 10:13 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 10:41 PM

Why is he so tall and skinny? Why does he sit in a wheelchair?

Posted by Regular reader | February 4, 2010 11:05 PM

Hey Anon 10:13....go listen to The Knife "Silent Shout". Get back to me after you listen to that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:37 PM

The Knife=not good
Bradford=not bad

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2010 11:55 PM

11:55 = doesn't get it.

Posted by stiggity | February 5, 2010 12:01 AM

Damn, you'd think a review of this show would mention that he "covered" a Deerhunter song as one of the encores.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:25 AM

i'm anon 10:13 what are you trying to point out? that was mad lame. you don't get it, no-ting will ever be new , you thought that waas fresh...? do some shrooms you fucking degenerate

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 1:12 AM

I fell asleep standing up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 4:04 AM

cox is an ego maniacal overrated form of noise pollution. the emperor wears no clothes ppl.
^^
wronggggg. the last thing he is, is ego maniacal. if you ever seen him live you can attest to that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 11:49 AM

I agree with everyone

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 12:31 PM

6:35 were you even there? this show was unbelievably good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 1:48 PM

Is Bradford Cox only playing shows in that outfit now? (sidenote: nyu show was awesome, despite the shitty crowd)

Posted by Abby | February 5, 2010 2:48 PM

I'm starting a new band. It's gonna be called Bored With Bradford.

Posted by hot shit | February 5, 2010 4:59 PM

I'm starting a new band. It's gonna be called Bored With Bradford.
^
worst comment of the day goes to this dip shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 6:46 PM

this show was better than so much i've seen lately...

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 6:49 PM

the tapes need a singer and they may have a decent band on their hands. the drummer is on point. highly percussive stuff and he didn't miss a beat.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2010 6:52 PM

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