Posted in music | pictures on May 13, 2011

photos by David Andrako

James Black @ LPR
James Blake

James Blake has the element of surprise working for him. The 22-year-old Londoner first became known last year as a producer of dubstep, the British club-music micro-genre marked by throbbing, reverberating bass.

But that was "a long time ago," Blake said on Monday night during his first Philadelphia performance, at a sold-out First Unitarian Church, where the show was moved to from Johnny Brenda's to accommodate demand. "Well, not that long. But you know how the Internet is."

Yes, we do. The Internet is a place where an evolving artist can grow up, and be scrutinized, in public long before putting out a full-length album. And when he does put out an eponymous full-length - as Blake did, in January - he can generate even more buzz by displaying talents more multifarious than those that dweeby, techno, knob-twiddlers are expected to possess....

...in an hour-long set, Blake demonstrated that his audience-relating skills have improved considerably since he performed in March at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. And the depressive tendencies in Blake's highly emotive music were balanced by the lush textures that cushion his languorous tunes, as well as the promise of a bright future that clearly lies ahead. [Philadelphia Enquirer]

James Blake and Active Child toured from DC to Philly to NYC where they played sold out shows at both Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge. The latter took place late last night - James went on at 1am, and the pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below...

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Comments (38)

Such a great show. James Blake is for real.

Posted by Serious Steve | May 13, 2011 2:13 PM

I went to this thinking it was a tennis match and now my bf's in a coma. Damn you James Blake

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:14 PM

Saw him in Brooklyn at his 1st US show, better and far more brilliant than you expect. Glad to hear these were just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:15 PM

show was incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:22 PM

like a map with no o-o-cean, yo!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:26 PM

It would appear, based upon said accompanying photographs, that Mr. Blake moves significantly less than, say, Mick Jagger or Fishsticks Crybaby while performing on stage.

Interesting. Or, as we like to say around here, boring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:33 PM

stellar show at LPR only marred by a wretched crowd. guess that's to be expected in nyc these days :(

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:35 PM

I couldn't agree more 2:35. The crowd was so loud that it was difficult to hear the music. Rather than blame it on the NYC crowd, I'd say it was due to the extremely late hour of the show (more time for people to wait around and get loaded) - I wonder if the crowd at the Bowery was as obnoxious.

Anyway, James Blake was fantastic. Far better than I expected.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:42 PM

James Blake is like a woman without a vagina. Worthless.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:44 PM

It was a great show! Take that haters! I don't get why LPR shows are so late though. When he looped his voice as backup for "I never learned to share" the crowd got caught in the loop. It was funny for a second...then quite annoying. booo annoying crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 2:48 PM

Crowd wise, Bowery is usually the least obnoxious. T5 and Webster have the most heinous crowds imaginable. Seems like LPR is a mixed bag.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 3:11 PM

I feel like the hype for this dude is....gone. Webster Hall show isn't even sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 3:16 PM

Saw him at bowery and lpr...I have to say there was a lot more chatter from the crowd at LPR. The bowery crowd was better and I feel like James extended more of his songs and had a better encore at the bowery. bowery show>LPR

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 3:22 PM

James Blake is about as awesome as AIDS. You people have such shitty taste. Makes sense though because your stupid tattoos and ironic mustaches are equally gay.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 3:44 PM

So you have AIDS? You know what it's like?

(FWIW, I'm not a Jimmy B. fan)

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 3:55 PM

What does Jimmy Buffett have to do with anything? He's horrible!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:08 PM

zzzzzzzzzz


some of the most boring overated crap i've ever heard...

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:13 PM

Bring a product of late night raves in abandoned warehouses, it cracks me up how y'all feel James Blake goes on "Late". Back in the day, the groups like the orb and underworld would start at "peak hour" which was 4:00 am. Y'all are truly a bunch of yuppies who worry about sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:15 PM

Going out to dance and hear good music > your bullshit dream of your career and all the money you claim to make.

Posted by A Ford Dodge Sipping Man | May 13, 2011 4:17 PM

cool story, rave dude.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:17 PM

Being a product of Berlin, it cracks me up how you think Underworld went on "Late." Last weekend, DJs like Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock would start at "peak hour" which was Sunday at 9 a.m.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:18 PM

LPR is a club space... Not a concert hall. And it always always always cracks me up when people watch somebody "perform" with a laptop. They shouldn't even be visible. They should be properly tucked away in the DJ booth punching out the beats for a dancefloor. Plus, that stage area he was on would have made more room available for dancing.

Posted by Rave Dude | May 13, 2011 4:22 PM

what time did Mobb Deep go on?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:26 PM

4:15 and 4:17 are obviously unemployed and living on their parents' dime.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:28 PM

Being a product pf Chelsea Super Clubs in the 90's, I can't seem to recall when "peak hour" was due to the fact that massive amounts of ketamine were continuously being utilized throughout the experience.

Posted by A Fort Dodge Sipping Man | May 13, 2011 4:28 PM

Being a product of classical Mediterranean cooking, it cracks me up how you think hummus would be brought out to the table at a "Late" hour. Last weekend, the open hummus bar in Tripoli opened at "peak hour" which was all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:33 PM

2:44 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 4:55 PM

Being a product of a family who makes products for stores, it cracks me up how you think being the product of a certain city dictates ... well, anything.

Suck a bag of dicks, rave dude.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 5:09 PM

being a product
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Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 5:14 PM

Being a product of the Midwest and currently living in east Williamsburg, I find most things to be... (enter something comical in this area)

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 5:45 PM

I heard that James Murphy was selling hummus platters in the crowd, while Frohawk was standing outside holding signs in favor of free-trade hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2011 9:26 PM

LCD was special..

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2011 12:58 AM

he was good everyone, wasn't he? c'mon its ok to say it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2011 3:03 AM

I can hear nice music being played just from the pics. :D

Posted by copywriting | May 14, 2011 5:02 AM

It is about time we sent this guy home with a polite "thank you," but please don't come back

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2011 4:37 PM

frohawk got the edge, yo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2011 1:34 PM

Anyone have a set list for the show? There was one song, shortly before Klavierwerke. Had a sort of 50's Beach Boys apocalyptic feel(?)anyone know what it was? It was the only one I can recall that I haven't heard on his releases. Wonderful show!

Posted by Hayley | May 16, 2011 11:02 AM

drum it up son.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 12:56 PM

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