Posted in music | pictures on April 26, 2010

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

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Tallest Man on Earth

This Tuesday I went to see the "Tallest Man On Earth" at the Highline Ballroom. With a name like the "Tallest Man On Earth" Kristian Matsson is rather scrawny, I have to say. Nevertheless, his was by far one of the best concerts I've ever been to. His new album, "The Wild Hunt" is excellent and he's even better live. Also, did I mention the fact that, despite his scrawniness, he really is quite beautiful? A lot of people say he has a big forehead, but they're just jealous because they can't sing like him.

Overall, a great concert. I would definitely recommend listening to his music and seeing him in concert if you ever get the chance. After the concert I made a bet with my friend, Jeff, that he would pay for my wedding if I managed to get Kristian to marry me. I'm working on it... [nothing&excess]

The Tallest Man on Earth and Nurses, on tour together through mid-May, played a show at Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, April 20th. That gig happened a week to the day after Tallest Man's new CD, The Wild Hunt, came out on Dead Oceans. "King of Spain" from that record is reposted above (as are a pair of Nurses tracks, again).

Tallest Man (aka Kristian Matsson) continues on tour alone up to the Sasquatch Festival at the end of May, then returns to Europe for shows there.

More pictures and videos from the NYC show are below...

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Tallest Man On Earth - Like The Wheel from dominick mastrangelo on Vimeo.

Tallest Man On Earth - This Wind, Highline Ballroom NYC 4/20/10. Encore #1

Tallest Man On Earth - Burdon of Tomorrow Highline Ballroom NYC 4/20/10.

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Comments (16)

i love him to death, but this show just had none of the magic from the first bowery show... THAT remains one of the best nights of my life. not saying 4/20's failure was his - the highline is awful, the lightshow was tasteless... i dunno. the atmosphere was just totally off for me. buuuut of course, he's still one of the best.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 3:13 PM

interesting . . . i missed the highline show (purposefully actually) and was wondering what it would be like. the bowery and mhow shows were fantastic. was it sold out?

Posted by jan jansson | April 26, 2010 3:23 PM

disagree with 3:13 - the laser drawing of the pony on his head while playing "king of spain" was spectacular.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 3:25 PM

Wow. That's some blog prose right there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 3:45 PM

forehead

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 3:51 PM

@janjansson Yes it was sold out. And it was a chance to hear a lot of the new songs live for the first time (like "You're Going Back" and "Love Is All"). But Highline is definitely cheesy—look at all those lights.

Posted by sarahana | April 26, 2010 3:58 PM

his first bowery show was one of the greatest nights of your life? wow, hopefully you're just really young.

as for venues, he needs smaller ones for it to really work, imo. think joe's pub or mercury lounge. that would be sick.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 4:09 PM

how could Highline NOT be cheesy? It's owned by the Israeli mafia...

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 4:53 PM

what confused me about this show was where all the high school students came from? The Man is obviously somewhat of a hipster heart-throb, but i didn't realize the appeal had spread to the youngins too.

i've seen just about all The Man's NYC shows and the Highline was a little less spectacular (although still completely worthwhile) than all the prior, but perhaps that's just my disdain for Highline Ballroom in general speaking. light show was incredibly tasteless and sometimes distracting -- disco ball need not be used constantly.

i don't agree with the other commenters who think he can't command a big room. yes smaller shows are always better, but his stage presence is significantly stronger than most singer-songwriters out there. he's still new to playing the bigger rooms, so i imagine it's a little overwhelming trying to keep the crowd engaged between songs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 4:58 PM

...it also doesn't help that he's a menacing 4'9" tall and probably 140 lbs soaking wet, lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 5:07 PM

it may not have been filled for his performance, but he owned the Town Hall stage opening for Bon Iver in Dec. 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 5:34 PM

The little highschool brats showed up because Pitchfork just gave this a Best New Music anointing. The sheep do follow.

What was disappointing me about this show was the fact that he was acting like such a fucking rock star. There was so much prancing around and he was trying so hard to play to the audience (the timed pick throw at the end of each song, the perfect hair and clothes, the straggled smack addict poet look). All this of course was forgiven once he started playing those incredible songs. The Highline sound was great for this and I could hear every beautiful word. But as for that AC/DC light show, what the fuck??

At one point someone asked if he could play songs without an amp or mike. Tallest man said that he wish he could but then he looked out to the packed ballroom and just started to play. The only way I can picture getting the true essence of his music is in an unplugged and intimate setting.

Posted by bones | April 26, 2010 5:42 PM

@bones he's always had perfect hair, poet look, great clothes, timed pick throws and heavy pacing. at every show i've seen him. even the 5'x5' room at club 1808 in austin that could fit only 20 people.

Posted by sarahana | April 26, 2010 6:21 PM

i don't think the highline is the right setting for him to go all unplugged acapella on the crowd, but he did seem to indicate he was going to give it a go. he also mentioned doing a cover that he did at the bowery ballroom the last time he came through town. i assumed that was going to be uncle tupelo's "moonshiner", but that never came either.

i know he gets a lot of comparisons to dylan, but i don't think he gets enough credit for his writing. drying of the lawns is as fine of a song as i've ever heard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2010 11:15 PM

Don't understand the knock on Highline. The sound system is really good. His voice was roaring through the speakers. Agree it wasn't a 10 but I still give it a 8.5

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2010 11:14 PM

I love how bones thinks s/he isn't a sheep because s/he knew about the Tallest Man before 2010. We're all sheep.

Posted by Bill | May 1, 2010 8:48 AM

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