Posted in music | pictures on October 18, 2010

photos by Ryan Barkan

Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club is forever fresh.

They've been playing for 30 years, but the husband-and-wife team of Weymouth and Frantz have barely aged at all. If anything, their nimble fingers and legs put all of the younger musicians that I've seen lately to shame. This incarnation of the Tom Tom Club is made further complete with old friends, like Victoria Clamp, who added a lovely extra layer of vocals, and Bruce Martin, who juggled keyboard lines and tropical percussion with ease.

Here, everything shines with the passage of time. Their older songs, like "The Man With the Four-Way Hips," sound like gritty photographs re-touched with the power of funk, while their newer songs, like "Punk Lolita," have nostalgia written right into them ("this is about going to CBGB's and seeing all the cute girls who would do anything for their guys"). -[The OC Weekly]

That's a review from Tom Tom Club's appearance at The Echoplex on 10/10, which was six days before they ended their tour at Brooklyn Bowl. Pictures from the Brooklyn Bowl show, which was two days after a show at Santos Party House, are in this post. Ryan said the band helped him get excited about live music again, just in time for CMJ. Actually he couldn't stop raving about the show that included some Talking Heads songs in the setlist.

Tom Tom Club were touring in support of a new double-disc live album Genius of Live, out now. The Brooklyn Bowl show was with opener Command V. More pictures from that show, with both setlists and some video, below...

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Tom Tom Club - Brooklyn Bowl - 10-16-10

Tom Tom Club Genius of Love

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Comments (21)

not one photo of chris frantz. that's odd.

Posted by jan jansson | October 18, 2010 11:32 AM

chris frantz died, you didn't know that?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 11:37 AM

Kinda wanted to go to this. Would've been better if the Thursday show was here, and the Saturday show at Santos' in the city.

How was the crowd/vibe for this show? Was it happenin'?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 11:46 AM

"not one photo of chris frantz. that's odd."

He was in two, but admittedly no closeup. Oversight corrected. thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 18, 2010 11:55 AM

this show was AWESOME. Tina and Chris came out after the show to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, which may possibly be the highlight of my life.

Posted by wordy rappinghood | October 18, 2010 12:28 PM

when are The Heads going to tour behind "No Talking, Just Heads"?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 12:37 PM

oops... i mean Just Head. damn... epic fail.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 12:40 PM

The Heads already did a tour in support of "No Talking, Just Head" with Johnette Napolitano as their lead singer.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 12:56 PM

oh.... was it as good as Stop Making Sense?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 1:11 PM

Massive amounts of confusion in this comment thread this morning.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 1:23 PM

david byrne > tom tom

at least as far as aging gracefully.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 1:36 PM

Pretty good show, possibly oversold. Is it just me or Brooklyn Bowl like a Chuckie Cheeses for hispters. Waaay too much going on.

Posted by kwhitehead | October 18, 2010 1:44 PM

Brooklyn Bowl is my favorite venue... They honestly sell hummus at the snack area. It's pretty amazing too!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 1:49 PM

Old people...

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 2:21 PM

Caption should read, "Victoria Clamp Mystic Bowie".

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 2:22 PM

Colicky, 2:21?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 3:55 PM

I'd tag team them both..sure why not..

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 7:48 PM

thanks for admiring the neck beard. fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 4:57 PM

ageism is awesome. apparently more important than music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2010 1:57 AM

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