Posted in music | pictures on May 24, 2010

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Middle East
The Middle East

The exhaustive stateside touring schedule for The Middle East landed in New York this week. Their two opening sets for Mumford and Sons (MHOW & Webster Hall) were followed by a BrooklynVegan-presented, sold-out headlining spot at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday. Much praise been written (here and elsewhere) about the collective from Townsville, Australia since their first shows back in March (including the BV showcase the first night of SXSW) and all of it has been fully deserved.

Mountain Man
Mountain Man

Opening were the the female trio, Mountain Man (Molly, Amelia and Alex) who were making their first NYC appearance since announcing that they signed to both Bella Union and Partisan Records. Their sparse, rustic songs, most sung acapella (the final three songs without any microphones) were enchanting and brought to mind other folksy singers like Caitlin Cary or Sera Cahoone with the heart-breaking lilt of Sharon Van Etten. The crowd, which included Amelia's dad (his first time seeing her sing she said) was both silent and attentive. The dad theme continued as they closed their set with "Dad Song" followed by "Holy Father". Their entire setlist (and video of "Dad Song") is below.

Catch Mountain Man next time they're in town. More pictures, some videos, and both setlists below...

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The Middle East's setlist
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Mountain Man - "Honey Bee" @ Mercury Lounge 5/19/2010

Mountain Man - Dad Song @ Mercury Lounge 5/19/2010

The Middle East @ Mercury Lounge 5/19/2010

The Middle East @ Mercury Lounge 5/19/2010

The Middle East - Blood @ Mercury Lounge 5/19/2010

Mountain Man's setlist
honey bee
how am i doing
bath tub
mouthwings
dog song
swee swee
soft skin
loon song
river
dad song
holy father

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Comments (4)

Alas The Middle East, yet another band that is pretty good being touted as great. Todays musical standards are so low. A bit pompous for a 3 song encore at the Mercury Lounge no? Save that shit for when you're headlining Webster or something.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 10:17 AM

Great show, but only 2 songs off the new album???

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 10:27 AM

set list was wrong, they didn't play the very first or last song. also, "new" album came out in 2008 and all the songs are like 3 or 4 years old.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 10:49 AM

mountain man was incredible

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 12:43 PM

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