Posted in music | pictures on January 23, 2011

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Evan & Juliana @ the Bell House
Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

"Thursday night's sold-out Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield show [at Maxwell's] was a trip down memory lane. Mostly, though, a testament to the timeless power of great songwriting.

Dando and Hatfield, for the uninitiated, were the king and queen of the 1990s alternative rock prom. They were friends--or more than friends, nobody is really sure--who sang and played on each other's records. They made a handful of really great records that still hold up today.

For someone like myself, who saw The Lemonheads' "It's A Shame About Ray" tour in 1992, (I kept the set list as a souvenir until just a few years ago), and had Juliana Hatfield's 1993 classic, "Become What You Are" stuck in my car cd player for at least a couple of years, Thursday night's show was a real treat.

Armed with only microphones and acoustic guitars, the duo swapped songs back and forth. They played songs from the albums that made them famous, as well as more recent compositions and a few cover songs.... [Jennifer O'Connor for Hoboken Patch]

Read the rest of Jennifer's review at Hoboken Patch, and catch Jennifer herself playing music on February 8th at the Rock Shop as part of her new monthly residency there. Maybe she'll land Evan or Juliana to play with her at a future show (in February she'll be joined by Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Kendall Meade of Mascott, and Richard Baluyut of Versus) (meanwhile catch Charles Bissell at Maxwell's with Cymbals Eat Guitars TONIGHT/SUNDAY).

One night after they played Maxwell's, Evan and Juliana headlined a show at the Bell House. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper opened both shows. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, and a bunch of videos and the setlist from the NJ show, below...

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield

EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD outdoor type MAXWELL'S NJ January 20 2011

EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD drug buddy MAXWELL'S NJ January 20 2011

EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD choose drugs MAXWELL'S NJ January 20 2011

EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD bit part MAXWELL'S NJ January 20 2011

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield at Maxwell's "It's A Shame About Ray" on 20 Jan 2011

Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield Concert at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, USA
Setlist on January 20, 2011

All My Life
Butterflies
Bit Part
Brain Damage
Cells (Teenage Fanclub)
Choose Drugs
Down About It
What Is Wrong
Hospital
It's About Time
My Darling
Paid To Smile
Rain
Ride With Me
It's a Shame About Ray
Somebody Is Waiting For Me
So Alone
The Outdoor Type
$1,000 Wedding
Waiting For Heaven
My Drug Buddy

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Comments (16)

Wow, Evan Dando has held up well over the years. Juliana Hatfield's voice sounds terrible. Also they could be doing some layering or rudimentary harmonies. She's mostly doubling him (listen to the Shame About Ray riff) or doing the most rudimentary vocal harmonies (listen to drug buddy, most of her "vocal harmonies" are a straight octave up). If they are going to do the acoustic duo thing there are many options they had to make the music sound lush. I'm glad I decided not to go, this seems like it would be tedious if you aren't a superfan.

Shame, it is a missed opportunity to do something special with their catalog.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 3:22 PM

3:22,

Please give break now. We know that your church group, which u just got home from, really kicks it.

Go listen to your cherished Simon & Garfunkel records. The will always be there for you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 5:51 PM

from the shots from side angles, they look like the same person.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 5:59 PM

There's a later-Paul Westerberg quality to his singing and the songs. It's nice.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 6:21 PM

5:51, pat yourself on the back, you'll feel better about yourself for about two minutes. Then reality will set back in and you'll have to face your useless life once more! Booyakasha!

3:22 (or anyone), do you know if Evan and Julianna are back together in that sense?

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 6:57 PM

Doubtful, since Evan's wife was in a very long video sequence playing behind them.

Posted by @6:57 | January 23, 2011 7:11 PM

6:57,

Why is my life useless? I'm calling some dickehead's bluff who is trying to school us on innovation in vocal harmonies? Give me a break. Once he (invariably a "he") extends his record collection beyond his parents' Mammas & Pappas records and actually ventures out in the world, he'll loosen up a bit. At that point he can post something again.

Until then . . .

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 7:16 PM

Juliana needs to play "Make It Home" next time round.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 8:58 PM

5:51, the other dude was giving an opinion, even if it was negative. You just come off like an asshole. Thanks for playing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 10:34 PM

Sad that they didn't play 'Hate Your Friends'.

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 11:22 PM

Just got back home from the CT. show. Some strange shit, Ms. Hatfield has some sort of breakdown and stormed off the stage after an hour, followed by Dando, who threw down his guitar and followed.

They both seemed fucked up. But there were moments of great beauty during the course of the evening, esp. a stunning cover of "pale Blue Eyes."

Something was going on though.

Posted by kwhitehead | January 24, 2011 12:06 AM

They choose drugs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 9:08 AM

Evan Dando write some new fucking songs ...how old is that shit...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 10:47 AM

WASHED OUT

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 11:03 AM

he was smoking oxy in the band room before his show in providence a couple months ago. he basically has a model's face on a stooped, scarecrow body. when asked why he was smoking oxy, he said "it's helping me kick heroin".

Posted by junco | January 24, 2011 11:56 AM

watched a few minutes of the posted videos and they made me feel depressed. Nostalgia can be a trap. Better often to have the memories of the songs and gigs from when/where they WERE than trying to recapture it....

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2011 4:28 PM

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