Posted in music | pictures on August 14, 2010

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Frisicano

Grizzly Bear

The summer of Governors is almost at an end. If you haven't gotten to the island yet, there are two more free chances this weekend - with Neon Indian headlining Saturday and Dr. Dog on Sunday. Beyond that, Governors Island has a number of ticketed shows coming up: Rick Ross/P Diddy on August 22nd and Rock the Bells on August 28th, John Prine on September 10th and Panda Bear on September 11th.

Grizzly Bear, who played one of last summer's most memorable outdoor shows (and played a Williamsburg Waterfront show earlier this year), headlined the Beach on Thursday (8/12). The night's drizzly rain was an exception to the summer's remarkably hot and dry weather, but the spotty light rain, which started during the Walkmen's opening set, didn't spoil the show. Grizzly Bear's first move was a massive song ("Showcase") that opened with an attention-getting roar. From there the band worked through their catalogue, giving songs like "Southern Point," "Knife" and "Fix It" a nuanced and dynamic reading. Grizzly Bear is all about contrast, and the band's ability to go from a whisper to face-shaking heights is felt on a literal level during their live show (especially when they play a big stage with a view, like at the Beach). Going at full thrust, the band seemed to be playing to the skyline across the water.

For the Walkmen, the rain provided a cinematic backdrop to their set, which included new album songs like "Blue as your Blood, "Angela Surf City" and "Stranded," and a guest brass quartet. The Walkmen dealt in contrasts too, but with a more even keel. Singer Hamilton Leithauser stood with one hand in pocket before exploding into a yelped chorus, the band swelling up behind him.

Though the Walkmen were the only band with a new album set for release, Gang Gang Dance frontwoman Liz Bougatsos announced that her band's first two songs - extended jams both - were new ones. About the second song's strange sampled interlude that sounded like flute squeezed through an AM radio, Bougatsos quipped, "Do you guys know that TV show Taxi?" The band stretched their four Ibiza-meets-dub songs across a forty-minute set (really made for a headlining slot). "It's a full moon tonight," said Bougatsos, looking through the clouds.

More pictures from Thursday night's sold out (despite competing with a free Deerhunter gig) show, and a video and GB's setlist, below...

Gang Gang Dance

Gang Gang Dance

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Showcase- Grizzly Bear LIVE from Monica Yi on Vimeo.

and from Lollapalooza:

Grizzly Bear Concert at Governors Island, New York, NY, USA Setlist on August 12, 2010 (can anyone confirm this?)
1. Showcase
2. Southern Point
3. Cheerleader
4. Lullabye
5. Little Brother (Electric)
6. Fine For Now
7. Knife
8. Two Weeks
9. Ready, Able
10. I Live With You
11. Foreground
12. While You Wait For The Others
13. On A Neck, On A Spit
Encore:
14. Fix It

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Comments (41)

SETLIST CONFIRMED. BOOM.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 7:18 PM

First song on the setlist is new song correct?

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 7:21 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 7:21 PM

Switch Knife and Fine for Now, and that's the correct setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 7:22 PM

I'm glad the rain provided such a 'cinematic backdrop'.

Posted by Tully | August 14, 2010 7:58 PM

Best show of the summer

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 8:01 PM

Showcase is old, but massively reworked. I don't know if they've been playing it live at recent shows, but it sounded great. By far the best thing they played

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 8:33 PM

Seconding BEST SHOW OF THE SUMMER

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 11:01 PM

Best snore of the summer.

Fixed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 12:57 AM

Photos are serious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 1:04 AM

those are some stellar photos-really captured the night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 2:57 AM

the rain provided a john cusack/vw commercial backdrop

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 8:48 AM

should have went to this show...

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 11:30 AM

Easily one of the top 3, if not the best show of the summer. I thought arcade fire at MSG would be impossible to top, but the grizzly live show is immense.. Couldn't believe the lighting. Utterly perfect and masterfully coordinated. It was also the best sounding show so far at the island this year.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 12:31 PM

Great venue, great views of the city, but the show was lacking. I should have brought some weed as you have to be high to enjoy the music and none of the performers had much in terms of stage presence or ability to perform that engages an audience.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 1:07 PM

BV, are there going to be anymore photos of this show? there were epic moments that aren't shown here. Visuals were sick.

also wonder sometimes what people expected in terms of stage presence at gb shows. It's not like you can go full out rock antics to knife, etc. their stage presence is being some of the most gifted musicians and pulling it off live. Is that not enough? You need running around the stage and leg kicks to enjoy music?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 2:07 PM

i need the running around/leg kicks to get me excited. otherwise i might as well stay home and press play.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 3:09 PM

great pics. what kind of camera is that?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 5:42 PM

How much coke did Grizzly Bear do for everyone to see?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 8:03 PM

hey, anyone have the setlist for the walkmen?

i'm really just interested in finding out what the 2nd or 3rd song they played is called. thanks.

Posted by Bretzky | August 15, 2010 9:47 PM

Seems like everyone is commenting on the sick visuals, lighting and views...anyone like the music?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 9:18 AM

Seems to be more people commenting favorably on the show than were actually paying attention and not talking during it. Seriously, I don't understand why you guy even fucking bother coming if you're not going to listen to the music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 9:21 AM

there was music?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 10:45 AM

To those who might be camping once the weather cools down a little this autumn, please be careful to not leave any hummus near your tent or anywhere on your camp site. Grizzly bears are attracted to hummus and it could end very badly for you. Stay safe!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:05 PM

Hey Tully, sorry that you have to complain about everything including a writer's artistic license and innocent use of an adjective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:07 PM

I thought this show was kind of a snooze. To compare it to Arcade Fire at MSG is just ridiculous. I agree, maybe if I was stoned this would have been better. Not a very exciting live band. I wish The Walkmen played longer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:57 PM

the show was good. happy to have been there. it certainly was not my favorite grizzly bear show to date. the sound seemed off to me. and i'm kind of itching for them to do new material. opening with showcase was a plus. little brother was also highlight for me. walkmen kind of won me over more than grizzly bear that evening. guess my ratings would be better if they served humus:)

Posted by colorado | August 16, 2010 2:39 PM

enough of the hummus talk, how about commenting on the show/band and not any spreads/snax?

Posted by barry bright | August 16, 2010 3:32 PM

Hummus is a healthy enjoyable snack, it has relieve stress since ancient days. Eat more of it and your comments will be cheerier.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 4:06 PM

so much coke backstage

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 4:26 PM

I flew up from Florida for this show! Completely worth the $$$.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 6:09 PM

im still high

Posted by roadie | August 16, 2010 6:49 PM

4:06 That is *close,* but still a fake hummus comment. Work on honing your craft a little longer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 8:14 PM

id swallow ed's hummus any day

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 8:28 PM

these guys put on a phenomenal concert. Its very clear that a lot of thought goes into their presentation. I feel fortunate to have been there. can't wait for the next album!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 1:41 PM

An act doesn't need to do cliched arena rock moves to engage an audience or display showmanship and stage presence, but for a venue like Water Taxi Beach Governors Island, they should do more than play their instruments well and act as if there was a wall between the audience and the stage. There are ways they could reach out and communicate and there's nothing wrong with working the stage. Perhaps Grizzly Bear would be better off performing in chamber music like settings like Carnegie Hall or Alice Tully Hall where the audience can sit and just listen. Either that, or if you want a show and some sensation and connection, bring the cannabis and light up!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 7:40 PM

Anon 7:40-
I don't require any "cliched arena rock moves" to engage me, but I do like to see a little hip thrusting once in a while. Knameen?

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 7:52 PM

hip thrusting does nothing for me. Great sound and songs are what I care about. Wish I could relive the evening. Fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2010 1:38 PM

An act doesn't need to do cliched arena rock moves to engage an audience or display showmanship and stage presence, but for a venue like Water Taxi Beach Governors Island, they should do more than play their instruments well and act as if there was a wall between the audience and the stage. There are ways they could reach out and communicate and there's nothing wrong with working the stage. Perhaps Grizzly Bear would be better off performing in chamber music like settings like Carnegie Hall or Alice Tully Hall where the audience can sit and just listen. Either that, or if you want a show and some sensation and connection, bring the cannabis and light up!

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