Posted in music | pictures on February 17, 2011

photos by Ryan Barkan

Nat Baldwin & Delicate Steve @ Public Assembly
Delicate Steve
Delicate Steve

"The New Jersey band Delicate Steve, led by the guitarist Steve Marion, slyly eludes generalizations.

Its debut album, "Wondervisions," is all instrumental, except for one track, "The Ballad of Speck and Pebble," that has a few words in a hazy chorale, and another, "Sugar Splash," with some modest vocal ahs. The tunes usually put some sort of guitar -- electric, acoustic, slide -- upfront, except when cheap keyboards take over. The music is handmade, except where it's blatantly artificial, and has a folksy twang, except where it's more like progressive rock or 1970s pop or surf-rock. And while Delicate Steve often sets out a (more or less) straightforward melody and cycles through it, building each time around, there's no telling when a track will take an abrupt, peculiar tangent." [Jon Pareles @ the NY Times]

Much like the album, the record release show at Public Assembly on 2/5 was mostly an instrumental performance, and like on the album, Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin helped out on some upright bass. At least two other members of DP (Dave and Amber) were in the back of the room cheering him on, along with Phosphorescent and other familiar indie rock faces spread throughout the packed back room of the North 6th Street venue on that Saturday night.

In fact, the show was pretty much packed right from the start of the first band, Strange Shapes, and stayed that way through Grandchildren and the excellent Dustin Wong who plays beautiful solo guitar with live looping. Delicate Steve was great but Dustin Wong may have been my favorite.

Delicate Steve kick off a tour with Akron/Family at a sold out Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (2/17). More pictures from the Public Assembly show are below...

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Strange Shapes

Strange Shapes

Strange Shapes

Strange Shapes

Strange Shapes

Grandchildren

Grandchildren

Grandchildren

Grandchildren

Grandchildren

Grandchildren

[Dustin Wong went here]

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve\

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve

Delicate Steve

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Comments (5)

god, that show was awesome from front to back. so glad i caught it.

Posted by OP | February 17, 2011 4:00 PM

Totally off topic but the last time I saw Delicate Steve, there was this amazingly annoying couple who were not only talking during the whole show but were talking about TMI info. The guy kept asking her "Do you like my seven and a half inches? Do you like my seven and a half inches? Is it the biggest you've ever had?" Yeah bro you're cool

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 4:06 PM

not to be a hater (and i really dislike when people leave negative comments on BV posts).. that being said i saw this band at union pool and they were rhythmically all over the place like a high school talent show band. they cleared the room. pretty surprised to see them on BV all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2011 10:00 PM

The sleeping girl is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 10:52 AM

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Posted by Kim Helmers Morton | May 13, 2011 4:05 AM

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