Posted in music | pictures on March 28, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Sufjan Stevens
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Collaborations were the order of the day on Big Ears' Saturday, March 27th schedule (day two). At 1pm, the 802 Tour - Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and Sam Amidon with violist Nadia Sirota - performed songs written by each. The National's Dessner brothers and drummer Bryan Devendorf joined for a selection of full-band Doveman songs, and the finale was a clamoring, epic version of the folk song "The Two Sisters" arranged by Nico (part of the percussion included Nico combing Thomas's hair). Sam played his own set with help from Thomas one day earlier, and later Saturday night.

Before that, the day started with Andrew W.K.'s Q&A-heavy lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art (he played a set of music the night before) and a Bang on a Can All-Stars set that included works by Dave Longstreth, both at noon. Dirty Projectors performed later in the day (3:45pm) at Tennessee Theatre on a bill that also included DJ/Rupture and William Basinski who went on at the same time as Liturgy (who played at the Big Ears Annex at 2pm and then again at Pilot Light at midnight).

Clogs took the stage at the Bijou Theater with guests as well. Rumors of a solo set by Sufjan Steven circulated, but he only played one of his own songs, "Barn Owl Night Killer," on piano. Clogs were also assisted by Shara Worden, Aaron Dessner and Calder Quartet. Matt Berninger was delayed en route to Knoxville, so he didn't make his duet on "Last Song," for which main Clog Padma Newsome filled in. That wasn't the actual last song - new-album closer "We Were Here" was, which featured Sufjan on vocals and banjo along with Shara Worden and guitar by Aaron Dessner. A similar show happened in Brooklyn a few days earlier.

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The Saturday headliners - Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom - both played to sold out crowds (Vampire Weekend at the sprawling, ornate-adorned 1600 seat Tennessee Theater with opener Abe Vigoda). Joanna Newsom's set was opened by Fred Armisen aka Jens Hannemann, a master of "complicated drummer technique." Armisen also joined her set for one song to play awkward and out-of-place cowbell.

At the Tennessee, the night ended with Terry Riley's Autodreamagraphical Tales - music from Bang on a Can over Terry reading from his actual dreams (Eastern religion and weed popped up frequently) - and In C, led by BoaC's Evan Ziporyn and featuring the rest of Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as Calder Quartet, Clogs, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Gyan Riley, and Terry on voice. The open-ended song stretched to an hour, canceling out any chance to catch late night sets from Javelin and Gang Gang Dance. Gang Gang was stil going when I arrived, but the club shut down the power mid-song and flipped on the lights promptly at 3am, sending everyone home.

A recap of Friday is HERE. More pictures and videos from Saturday are below...

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802 Tour (Nico Muhly) - "The Only Tune" at Big Ears 2010
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Clogs - "We Were Here" at Big Ears 2010
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Comments (16)

uggh - NPR rock.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 7:14 PM

Good photos...some music I would have liked to have seen live.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 7:23 PM

@ 7:14 WTF do you mean? if an artist is covered on NPR they are NPR rock? tons of bands have been covered on NPR and I am pretty sure you listen to at least a few.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 7:41 PM

7:41... uggh annoying self-righteous NPR listener (as opposed to the non-annoying ones)

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 8:41 PM

i don't care about doveman unless sean lennon's girlfriend is there

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 8:44 PM

Looking at all of the posts from the past two weeks, I'd like to put forth the proposition that this blog be renamed Cities-Other-Than-Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 9:05 PM

bunch of whiners

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2010 9:52 PM

sufjan is a beautiful man

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 9:53 AM

can you spot the joanna newsom sideboob?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 10:17 AM

does it look like a mic stand boom?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 10:31 AM

Poor poor Doveman. Great musician terrible songwriter/frontman. I guess Nico/The National et all feel sorry for the guy as their careers are taking off and his is dead in the water (except as a great sideman/supporting musician) so they give him a mini set to soothe his ego.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 12:11 PM

Poor poor 12:11 PM. Himself undoubtedly a member of a failed band :( Kudos to Doveman, Dessner, and everyone else who inspired us at Big Ears.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 12:30 PM

what a beautiful theater!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2010 2:53 PM

I'm sorry, 12:11, but Doveman was given more than a "mini-set" over the weekend. He was probably the most prominent musician there, playing piano for a number of acts, and he played his own material at two separate shows. I don't think you have any idea what Nico Muhly or anyone else thinks of him. I think he's great, though.

Posted by brandon | April 2, 2010 1:14 AM

that jens hanneman gig made me want to kill myself (or him). so fucking bad and unfunny.

the tennessee theater is beautiful.

sufjan stevens is beautiful.

doveman is awesome, blew it out of the water, etc. and so did nico muhly. haters gon' hate.

Posted by hanne | April 2, 2010 6:54 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:32 AM

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