Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on November 2, 2010

photos by Stefan Raduta, words by BBG

Swans

The Swans are wonderful to look at: three craggy veterans and three younger musicians. One of them is a guy named Thor, who has waist-length blond hair and hammers a set of bells. After he took off his shirt, he looked like nothing so much as a sweating blacksmith. There were three guitars and a pedal steel and another percussionist, all banging away... I saw Michael Gira's lips moving, but I couldn't hear what he was singing. I am told--and I believe--that the loudness is necessary, that it is part of the point. For a while, I found a place on the balcony, right by the railing, and I could look down at the heads of the people below, standing shoulder to shoulder and vibrating. And it was kind of thrilling in a visceral way. It blows everything else out of your head. -[AlternateSideParking]
After a triumphant show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple with accompanying after-party on 10/8, Swans completed their NYC run on 10/9 at Bowery Ballroom (where the above review originates) with support from tour-mate Baby Dee. Reports from attendees of both NYC shows say that Bowery featured a less animated Michael Gira (no thumb-sucking or self-flagellation).

The show was part of a much larger tour for Swans, that was just extended. Updated dates below (no new NYC dates, though that semi-related Shearwater show is almost here).

The setlist from Bowery (which was identical to Brooklyn Masonic), with more pics and all dates below...

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SWANS at BOWERY 10/9/10 Setlist
No Words, No Thoughts
Your Property
Sex, God, Sex
Jim
I Crawled
My Birth
Beautiful Child
Eden Prison
(encore)
Little Mouth

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Swans - 2010 Tour Dates
Nov 23, Gronignen, NL at VERA
Nov 24, Utrecht, NL, Le Guess Who Fest
Nov 25, Brussels at AB AB Club
Nov 26, Lille, F Le Grande Mix
Nov 28, Paris, F at BBMIX festival
Nov 29, off
Nov 30, Toulouse, F Le Phare
Dec 01, Lyon, F, Epicerie Modern
Dec 02, Geneva, Switzerland L'Usine
Dec 03, Turin, I, Musica90 c/o Sala Espace
Dec 04, Bologna, I, Locomotive Club
Dec 05, Roma, I, Cirglio delgi Artisti
Dec 06, off
Dec 07, Vienna, Austria, at Arena
Dec 08, Prague, Czech Akropolis
Dec 09, Wroclaw, Poland, Firlej
Dec 10, Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Dec 11, OFF
Dec 12, Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel
Dec 13, Berlin, Germany, Volksbuehne

2/18/2011, Austin, TX, Mohawk Austin
2/19/2011, Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
2/20/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
2/21/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
2/22/2011, Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/23/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
2/24/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
2/25/2011, Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
2/26/2011, Seattle, WA, Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
2/27/2011, Portland,, OR, Roseland Theater
2/28/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
3/1/2011, San Francisco, CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom
3/2/2011, Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theater
3/6/2011, Auckland, New Zealand, Powerstation
3/10/2011, Melbourne, Australia, Forum Theatre
3/11/2011, Brisbane, Australia, The Hi-Fi
3/12/2011, Sydney, Australia, Metro Theatre

4/12/2011, Tel Aviv, Israel, Barby
4/13/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
4/14/2011, Athens, Greece, Gagarin 205
4/15/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
4/16/2011, Tilburg, Netherlands, Roadburn Festival at 013 Popcentrum - Main Stage

5/2/2011, Copenhagen Demark, Vega
5/3/2011, Aarhuis, Denmark, VoxHall
5/4/2011, Malmö, Sweden, Babel
5/5/2011, OFF, OFF, OFF
5/6/2011, Oslo, Norway, Rockefeller
5/7/2011, Drammen, Norway, Union Scene
5/8/2011, Stockholm, Sweden, Strand
5/9/2011, OFF
5/10/2011, Tampere, Finland, Klubi
5/11/2011, Helsinki, Finland, Tavastia
5/12/2011, Tallinn, Estonia, Von Krahl Theatre Bar
5/13/2011, Riga, Latvia, Grivas Mebeles
5/14/2011, St. Petersburg, Russia, SKIF Festival - Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center
5/15/2011, Moscow, Russia, Avant Club
5/21/2011, Budapest, Hungary, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
5/23/2011, Zagreb, Croatia, Teatar Itd
5/24/2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture

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Comments (24)

wooden wand is opening some of these shows? that guy's shit is spent. one totally vacant cliche after another.

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2010 8:27 PM

bowery was awesome...when i found they are going to be playing roadburn i was like awesome...and now i get to also see them in israel...fucking awesome...

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2010 8:38 PM

8:38

WHAT A FUCKING JEW!

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2010 9:07 PM

fuck you^^^

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2010 9:49 PM

9:07 - Please fall down and cripple yourself. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | November 2, 2010 10:18 PM

why such hatred?

Posted by best account | November 2, 2010 11:50 PM

@9:07
what a fucking douche!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 12:10 AM

why is he not wearing shoes?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 12:24 AM

FUCK YES... more dates, Texas, finally

THOR!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 12:41 AM

Oh hai let's feed the trolls

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 1:56 AM

Pretty cool setlist. :-)

Posted by Lötstation | November 3, 2010 3:08 AM

cant wait to see them in Frisco

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 7:03 AM

as a Jew, I think that 9:07's comment is the funniest thing on BV in a long time. you all need to find a sense of humor.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 7:59 AM

i was looking back at BV posts from like 07 and people definitely wrote some funnier stuff. the first thing that comes to mind is Bill O'Reilly waiting in line for a Radiohead concert at Santos Party House eating a free taco and getting shit from the bouncer. now that's some funny stuff

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 8:24 AM

IMO, Wooden Wand is one of the best young songwriters out there today. gem after gem!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 8:33 AM

I have been slogging on the Swans but I will give them credit. They have the balls to play Israel unlike the Pixies, Costello etc. Their excuses for not playing were weak at best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 8:39 AM

Went to Philly and Bowery shows...1st and last of the tour...both were amazing! Philly was louder, NY was tighter. SWANS Rule!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 9:06 AM

masonic temple show was fucking great!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 9:59 AM

Michael Gira is J.Crew for the Goth people.

Posted by assface | November 3, 2010 10:20 AM

What is your point...assface!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 10:27 AM

These older dudes get a 6.2 for effort.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 10:28 AM

7:59 ditto

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:06 AM

Wooden Wand is a songwriting joke. Dude is aping every "underground" and not so underground record to carry any weight in the scene. Don't confuse the ass with the head.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 11:44 AM

When I think 'weak excuse', the first thing that pops into my mind is 'unwilling to be used as a propaganda tool', definitely.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 7:29 PM

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