Posted in music | pictures on May 23, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano

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The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...

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Dirty Projectors guys flipped the script on their Black Flag set by actually playing the songs like the originals (I missed this, and cohosts Janeane Garofalo & Eugene Mirman introducing the show, but that's what I heard from outside). They played "Police Story", "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie", "Spray Paint", "Thirsty and Miserable", and "Rise Above".

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Delicate Steve performed a fairly faithful rendition of the music of the Minutemen, first with a solo guitar version of "Cohesion," then with Tim Harrington singing "This Ain't No Picnic." Lee Renaldo came on to chime in on the chorus, then took the lead for "History Lesson Pt. II" and "Jesus and Tequila." (Lee read the words off a sheet of paper, which made me a bit nervous for the rest of the sets. Thankfully nobody else did.)

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Citay played Mission of Burma (again, fairly faithfully). Setlist: "Term Two" and "Peking Spring".

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Ted Leo prowled the stage as he sang Minor Threat over backing tracks played on a reel-to-reel tape machine. The instruments sounded appropriately gritty and blown out, but could have used a couple notches more of volume (a common thought on the night). "Salad Days" made a great closer. He also played "Minor Threat", "Stand Up", "Filler" and "Look Back And Laugh".

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Grooms played Husker Du. Setlist: "Pink Turns To Blue" / "Diane" / "Something I Learned Today"

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Titus Andronicus played the Replacements. Craig Finn came out to play the role of the cop at the beginning of "Kids Don't Follow," before diving into the crowd. He almost made it all the way to the back bar. They also played "Raised In The City" and "Treatment Bound".

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Tune-Yards played (one) Sonic Youth song, "The Burning Spear." Easily the most avant take of the night, Merril looped her voice to mimic the droning guitar of the original, pounded a set of toms, and got some help from a bassist.

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Callers played a more Sonic Youth songs ("Shadow Of A Doubt" and "The World Looks Red"). The drummer, correcting his introduction, said "We're callers not the callers" to much heckling.

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Dan Deacon & his "All-Star Ensemble" staged a multimedia performance for their set of Butthole Surfers songs, which included a shred-tastic version of "Sweet Loaf", and "Human Cannonball", ad "The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey's Grave". The lights were turned off for the hallucinogenic video projections, and the crowd took that as a cue to mosh, stage dive, etc. Someone in the front row got their nose broken, but (dedicated!) stayed for the rest of the night with towel on their face to soak up the blood.

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St. Vincent absolutely tore apart a pair of Big Black songs with help from the Dirty Projectors rhythm section and Shahzad Ismaily on moog. Her versions of "Bad Penny" and "Kerosene" were easily the highlights of the night (wait for the bootleg).

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I think it says something about Michael's curatorial intent (and the state of indie music currently) that 9 out of the 14 acts featured women playing the very male-centric music of the original bands. Still, that thoughtfulness doesn't necessarily stop guys in the audience from catcalling when a woman takes the stage at a punk/indie-rock show, as was the case here. Azzerad points out the disconnect between bands and their audiences in the book (Black Flag vs. its fans is a memorable one), so perhaps this echoes that, and I guess it's not really a surprise that male rock nerds still have a problem dealing with women artists, but alas - one bummer of the otherwise inspiring night.

Wye Oak played Dinosaur Jr. This was predictably great. They played "Sludgefest" and "Tarpit".

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Buke & Gass played one long, wiry Fugazi tune (that was actually two songs. They played "Long Division" and "Guilford Fall".)

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White Hills jammed out on Mudhoney (Maybe an unfair task, since you can still go see the still-very-energetic original). Setlist: "In 'N' Out Of Grace" / "When Tomorrow Hits"

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Yellow Ostrich played Beat Happening: a set I had low expectations for (I'm wasn't familiar with Yellow Ostrich, and Beat Happening doesn't exactly seem like a big finish on paper), but their version of "Indian Summer," with flugelhorn and trumpet, was a sweet finish. They also played "Left Behind".

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Michael Azzerad gave a nice speech before the encore (Deacon introduced him by saying, "Some of you are going to hate him for this, but if it wasn't this man I wouldn't be making music.") then stagedove into the crowd, who started to grab the monitors and microphones and create general disorder during the...

Nirvana encore with Wye Oak (Jenn on guitar, Andy on bass) and Brian McOmber on drums. First, Dan Deacon and Arone of Buke & Gass took vocals for "Negative Creep" (someone from the crowd also nabbed a mic), then Patrick Stickles sang "Sliver," and Merrill rocking out to "Lithium."

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Comments (111)

Foist.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 4:59 PM

Everyone there last night was raptured... Hands down, best show of the year...

Posted by Citybug | May 23, 2011 4:59 PM

this show was unpredictably great. usually tribute shit like this sucks but everyone was clearly rehearsed and ready for this...great sets all around...

except for CALLERS who fucking sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:01 PM

jenn from wye oak got that nirvana guitar distortion down solid.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:02 PM

yes amanda, you rocked this set.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:02 PM

Should of bought a ticket, this would of been awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:05 PM

fuck YES! annie clark i want to marry you and your bad ass guitar platying and stylish dressing beautiful self.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:06 PM

Someone got footage of Bad Penny? Sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:12 PM

So glad I wasn't there.

Posted by Dean Wareham | May 23, 2011 5:12 PM

Love that Dan Deacon said Azzerad's book is the reason for him making music. Instead of the actual bands being written about Perfect summation of how shameless and terrible this show was.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:26 PM

Wow, this looks like fun.
Not really.
Looks like SSDD

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:27 PM

Sad thing is hipsters or 99% of the crowds probably knew more songs by last night's bands than the actual bands from the book.

oh well.....

atp 2012 fugazi.

you heard it first.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:30 PM

I hate fun.

Posted by Gerald | May 23, 2011 5:34 PM

"St. Vincent is the Michael Jordan of whiteness"

-Buddyhead

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:43 PM

St. Vincent stole the whole night. Who knew she could shred and rock as hard as Albini? Fucking amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:46 PM

St. Vincent absolutely killed it!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:48 PM

lol @ Ted Leo doing Minor Threat kareoke that is the lamest fucking thing I've ever seen

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

None of these modern hacks with PR lackeys, managers, guarantees, etc., etc. has anything to do with the scene Azzerad described. Indie is now a lifestyle commodity, not an ethic or genuine subculture. Dan Deacon is a real DIY guy but his music has nothing to do with those bands, White Hills are legit and Ted Leo is hard to hate, but everyone else on this bill is just a dad/mom rock hanger on or pretentious. If this is the continued legacy of indie rock boy are we in trouble.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 5:54 PM

sorry, guys...but...this looks dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:00 PM

or it's probably more likely that you're just an old crabby asshole @5:54

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:00 PM

You can say it 'looked dumb' and that you're 'glad' you 'didn't go,' but speaking as someone who attended, I can say there was quite a special feel in the air. I feared a train wreck going in, but really, just about everyone brought their A game. I had a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:05 PM

@5:54 Go to bed old timer, it's after 6.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:06 PM

everyone who is complaining wasn't there. Everyone who was there left satisfied, even the guy with the broken nose.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:07 PM

Sad thing is hipsters or 99% of the crowds probably knew more songs by last night's bands than the actual bands from the book.

oh well.....

atp 2012 fugazi.

you heard it first.


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meh, fugazi will not play that event. sorry holmes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:08 PM

My only quarrel is with choosing Titus Andronicus to cover the Replacements;have they ever heard of them? Because it certainly didn't sound like it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:27 PM

Titus was awesome but why not play anything off Let It Be?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:39 PM

TItus Andronicus covered the Replacements at Bowery Ballroom last year, 6:27.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 6:41 PM

as someone who did attend, I'd have to agree with 6:05. There definitely was something special in the air. It was a really beautiful show, and Azzerad did an excellent job putting it together. I'm really happy that I was present for it. Highlights for me included Delicate Steve's Minutemen set, St. Vincent doing Big Black, Dan Deacon doing Butthole Surfers, and Titus doing the Replacements. Buke and Gass's take on Fugazi's Long Division was absolutely incredible. It was cool seeing Lee Ranaldo watch them from the stage. I had seen them open for Mission of Burma earlier this year and was really impressed. They certainly did Fugazi justice. Last but not least, Ted Leo's take on Salad Days brought a tear to my eye. When my cousin gave me Our Band Could Be Your Life when I was in the 8th grade, I had no idea how much of an impact it'd have on me. Cheers to Michael Azzerad for influencing a generation.

Posted by Will | May 23, 2011 6:51 PM

For the bulk of these bands, Whooooo??? That singer from Tune Yards might really be a Humanzee. St. Vincent tearing apart anything! Whaa?! St. Vincent is the Michael Jordan of Boring. The only thing she is probably tearing into is the latest Sara Gruen novel on her kindle.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 7:02 PM

Show of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 7:12 PM

7:02 is the Michael Jordan of negative blog posts that no one cares about.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 7:15 PM

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That is kinda funny. I wrote 7:02. Good one 7:15 am.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 7:46 PM

Has anyone ever heard of anything? My guess is no.

Posted by Señor | May 23, 2011 8:19 PM

i loved it

it was so nice

i purred the whole time

Posted by hazel the cat | May 23, 2011 8:41 PM

The other St. Vincent video is "not available"? Where can I see it?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 8:47 PM

Kind of sorry I missed this. But Ted Leo should have played with a band for Minor Threat covers. And "Let It Be" deserved some time during the Replacements set.

And, just judging from the video, St. Vincent doesn't rock and tear as hard as Albini. Watch an old Big Black live performance. Or better yet, go see Shellac now. Still, it looked like she did a good job on the material.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:00 PM

this is like watching high school bands play covers.

horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:07 PM

I can only imagine how dumb the people who enjoyed this truly are. Ted Leo singing over a reel-to-reel??? For Minor Threat songs? No, just no. And Dirty Projectors touching Black Flag's songs is just sacrilege to begin with. You losers will fall for anything, wont you?

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:22 PM

lithium was an embarrassment, the drums were good...that's fucking it though kids jeezus

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:43 PM

were these video'd covers supposed to be a joke?! holy shit

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:46 PM

the replacements would have dumped beers on all of your heads.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:47 PM

I was there(free ticket)so I have no axe to grind either way. I can tell you honestly that the people saying "show of the year", "killed it", "something special" are just plain IDIOTS. Not to mention I can promise you that none of them saw live, in their heyday, any of the bands being covered. You want to call me old so be it although I had cool older brothers, so I was going to shows at a very young age.
To say something as stupid as St Vincent shred and rocked as hard as Albini not only goes down as one of the dumbest statements ever made on here but it is completely insulting to Steve.

You don't have to wonder how these people are dumb. You only have to look at statements such as the one from 6:51. He learned about these bands from a book when he was 8. He never experienced any of them live. So this is as close as he is gonna get. And how ultimately sad that is.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:50 PM

"Still, that thoughtfulness doesn't necessarily stop guys in the audience from catcalling when a woman takes the stage at a punk/indie-rock show, as was the case here. Azzerad points out the disconnect between bands and their audiences in the book (Black Flag vs. its fans is a memorable one), so perhaps this echoes that, and I guess it's not really a surprise that male rock nerds still have a problem dealing with women artists, but alas - one bummer of the otherwise inspiring night."
THERE AIN'T NOTHIN WRONG WITH OPENLY EXPRESSING HETEROSEXUALITY IN A PREDOMINANTLY CONFUSED TIME!!!
S.F.W.??!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 9:52 PM

you commenters try too hard to be like gawker commenters.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 10:38 PM

I feel bad for kids growing up thinking this is subculture.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 10:39 PM

Obviously if you are trying to tear apart this show, you missed the point of it. Azerrad said at the end of the night that his book was meant to inspire people to look into these bands, and understand the messages that the bands had for people. Many of these young bands did exactly that, and were inspired by them. The point of many of the show was to prove that people are inspired by these bands. Take Beat Happening for example, they wanted to inspire other people to make music, and show that anyone could do it. The point of the evening in many ways, to me anyway, was to celebrate this fact, and pay tribute to bands that inspired others. And so what if I am too young to have seen Big Black, just because someone, by chance, were to be born earlier than me, does not mean they have more of a passion for the music than I do. Even suggesting that is preposterous. Oh and as a side note, I'm the one who got his nose broken.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 11:10 PM

Digital camera above my head for the whole show. Yay!

Cell phone camera above my head for the whole show. Yippee!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 11:29 PM

Well broken nose guy 11:10, I agree that just because you were not born early enough to have seen these bands makes your passion any less. But it certainly gives you less of a right to make judgements about what these bands were actually like than someone who actually saw them in their time. Or do you think that watching videos on YouTube allow you even close to a perspective than someone who witnessed it in person?
That is why the people who went who never saw these bands should have their comments taken with a grain of salt. Example, no one in their right mind who saw Big Black back in the day would even dare equate St Vincent even in the same breath
To your other point. Yeah we certainly need a tribute concert to show that bands today were influenced by The Replacements, Sonic Youth and Nirvana etc. Because that is such an original and not well covered topic.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 11:39 PM

on paper i thought st. vincent doing big black was the dumbest and most sacrilegious idea but did she steal the show!!
will never doubt you again, girl!

Posted by danny boy | May 23, 2011 11:46 PM

11:10 is absolutely right. And you sir are quite the champ for sticking it out the entire show.

@9:50
your comments might be the most close minded of them all. however, you're partially correct. I was unfortunately not at the liberty to see the likes of Big Black or Minor Threat. Unlike yourself, I was unable to relish in the astounding performances that Black Flag, Husker Du or The Replacements had in their heyday, and I was in Kindergarten when Kurt Cobain killed himself.

But lets make one thing clear. I too, have been going to shows from a very young age. and i go to lots and lots of shows. You, Mr. 9:50, seem to forget that the likes of Mike Watt, Mudhoney, Mission of Burma, Sonic Youth, Steve Albini, Dinosaur Jr and countless others not covered by Azerrad's book still exist in some form and still play to their hearts content, for everyone. Especially for people like my friend Mr. 11:10 and myself. Regardless of the fact that they might not be in their heyday anymore, its been an honor to witness the likes of, for example, Mission of Burma perform a number of times. I've even been able to establish a rapport with Jimmy Conley, Clint's brother who's been the bands tour manager since the beginning. These people still exist, and they still creating incredible, inspiring music because thats what they love doing.

To you, 9:50, to say something as asinine as "To say something as stupid as St Vincent shred and rocked as hard as Albini not only goes down as one of the dumbest statements ever made on here but it is completely insulting to Steve." shows the kind of character you are. Albini has his morals, alright, and he himself might not have approved of another band covering his stuff, St Vincent certainly proved herself and did Big Black absolute justice.

Unfortunately because of work the next day, i had to dip out before Azerrad's speech, but to quote 11:10, "Azerrad said at the end of the night that his book was meant to inspire people to look into these bands, and understand the messages that the bands had for people."

To see my friends in Delicate Steve pay tribute to the Minutemen the way they did, with Lee Ranaldo saying how "Watt sends his blessing" in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wtGErpnUXg

goes to show how people with opinions like
you, 9:50 are among the jaded, negative people that this New York music community needs to be rid of. Seriously, re-evaluate yourself a bit man. Be a little more open minded. You can't pause time from happening. The best thing you can do is something like what Azerrad did and write a book about those good old days, for a younger generation, like myself, to enjoy and appreciate. Because of that book I was able to embrace music from a very unique point of view over many of my friends who didn't read it. It's inspired me to motivate my local community's artists to do the same. And my friends in Delicate Steve had a similar community in New Jersey which was where they were able to thrive and come out to do what they do today.

Posted by Will | May 23, 2011 11:46 PM

And hey Broken Nose guy, wow you got your nose broken in the pit watching Dan Deacon play. HAH now there's something you can tell the kiddies years from now. Very impressive huh. See you at the Black and Blue Ball on Saturday. Let all the guys in the pit there know that. See their reaction.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 11:49 PM

Seriously though - the camera above the head thing needs to stop. no one wants to see your stupid shaky iPhone video. We want to watch the concert.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2011 11:50 PM

If your gonna wave something above your head, make it a pita triangle.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 12:09 AM

9:50 here to quickly responded to "long winded saying the same thing over and over again 11:49".
My simple response is get the fuck over yourself and get a clue. No one is arguing
your passion and I am far from close minded. But you stick your foot in that mouth of yours when you say St Vincent did Big Black justice. Making my point very clear. How the fuck would you know she did Big Black justice? You never saw them play live. Oh and as someone who did I can tell you that it aint like hearing em on record or watching videos. And Shellac is a very different band that Albini plays in now. So yeah she did not do Big Black justice. Not even close.
I am really sorry buddy that you saw this show as someone who did not get to experience the power of these bands in person in their heyday(SY, Dinosaur Jr, MOB are not the same bands now even with the same members). I am sure you enjoyed the hell out of this night. It is the closest you will get. I understand. As someone though who did experience this, I have to say the show was a joke.

Oh and i am very glad you are friend's with Delicate Steve and you have chatted up Jimmy Conley. That and 5 dollars will get you a sandwich at Subway.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 12:22 AM

I went and saw Ga'an instead.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 12:26 AM

Also, 11:49 regarding the Mike Watt approves of your buddy Delicate Steve covering Minutemen. What do you know of Watt? Cause if you have followed him over the years, read his blog, spoken to him in person you would know he is one of the nicest guys in the business. He would send his blessings and approve a 10 year old hitting a pot with a stick signing "This Aint No Picnic" Probably would even approve of Lady Gaga doing a Minutemen song.

Posted by D BOON FOREVER!!! | May 24, 2011 12:31 AM

These bands do far more by participating than you've ever done by watching. Glad you saw someone else "rock." That was never the point.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 12:49 AM

fair enough, 12:22. Point taken. Sorry for getting overly defensive and going over the deep end.and DBOON Forever, yeah you're right. Watt is a friggin saint compared to the rest of the sleazes in the music industry. that kind of minutemen attitude that people like Watt inspire are the kind of people that deserve to have success in today's music industry.

Posted by Will | May 24, 2011 12:59 AM

nose break guy- you ruled! everyone was amazed you stuck it out right in front the whole time! that kind of determined passion is super inspiring to see! you're awesome

@11:39- pretty absurd you think that something like a someone's personal emotional response to music can be less valid than another's. lots of people never saw the beatles but that doesn't mean their reaction to that music counts less, or that they can't possibly understand why a band from an older generation is relevant and important. that's the awesome thing about recorded media- sure it's not the same as being there, but it still lives forever for people to take in and experience over and over again, for generations to come. and everyone has a right to it.

it's great that you may have seen some of these bands, but instead of acting like it makes you cooler and give more of a "right" to have an opinion, wouldn't it be rad if you made it positive thing and just shared it with people in a cool way instead? that's exactly what michael azerrad does.

i'm not into bashing due to age or anything else for that matter, but i will say that it's when someone finds themselves completely out of touch with the younger generation and the present, that they really begin aging. like they say, "you're only as old as you feel." as long as you're on this earth, you are still alive, and you can be as lively and aware as you choose to be. nothing and noone is cool anymore once they become dogmatic.


thank goodness all the poetry, literature, music etc. that has been recorded throughout history will always be around for fresh minds to soak up. and thank goodness for people who never stop paying attention to and appreciating new things! here's to past, present and future


Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 1:17 AM

God forbid a musician of any age who likes another musician of any other age be allowed to celebrate them by playing some of their songs. What is wrong with you people? It's not a "joke," etc. These bands all probably got asked by Azerrad or his "people" or whoever to play some songs by some other bands that mean something to them. What is it wrong with them saying yes and doing it? I'd be willing to bet none of those involved feel like they gave ANYONE a "run for their money." It was probably just fun and maybe even a little bit of an honor for them to do. (That's how it came off at the actual show, anyway). They probably have more respect for the bands in question than all of you armchair quarterbacks put together.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 1:21 AM

12:09 could be your life.

Old assholes that comment about the old days are tiresome scum.

And I'm kinda old myself.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 1:52 AM

12:22 you are the ultimate dick! you're just mad cause you can't get rid of your hard on for st. vincent. and good luck with that

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:00 AM

Looks like a fun night.

lol at just about everyone on the floor standing still during all of the footage of the concert. Dweebs.

I enjoy reading coherent arguments and wit on BrooklynVegan instead of hummus drivel.

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | May 24, 2011 2:12 AM

"It's not a "joke,""

1:21, in light of that statement,I'm sure the irony is not lost on you that the night was hosted by 2 COMEDIANS.

Jesus christ you idiots, of course someone's opinion no matter what their age is valid. That is not in question. But when you are judging a live performance of someone covering another artist you sure as shit can take with more weight a person who actually has seen the live performance of the original.

So yeah seeing Titus live doing The Replacements is an absolute joke having actually seen live The Replacements.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:50 AM

you know what, get a life all you junks
it was a good book and a good idea. if you didn;t wsnt to go, then you should not have.
it was a tribute sort of show. get it?
why be all sort or shitty. yeah we can't live that time or that music- which i think are one in the same but why be such a bitch?

Posted by genie | May 24, 2011 2:50 AM

"They probably have more respect for the bands in question than all of you armchair quarterbacks put together."

Really?? Someone who feels so strongly
against what this was has I would say maybe more passion for the bands in question.
For example, when Minutemen's Double Nickles on the Dime came out it meant everything to me. Totally confused and surrounded by Reagan's conservative patriot bullshit facade. Watching the inner cities crumble under that asshole, D Boon's lyrics and guitar along with Hurley and Watt's propulsion was my salvation literally. When i first saw them live it was a moment I will never forget.
So the other night, It's Delicate Steve playing those songs. OK i like Delicate Steve a lot but HELLO? How do you take that as anything more than a cute little joke.

Yes the other night was simply a tribute show sure. A not well thought out one and certainly not a just representation of how important those bands really were and what they meant.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 3:11 AM

we are all losers

we are taking precious time out of our lives to comment on BV

go read a book or something

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 7:33 AM

did anyone else find it weird that tim harrington seemingly never heard "this ain't no picnic" before? maybe he was trying something new, but why would he sing the first half of each verse and NOT the second? BAFFLING

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 8:19 AM

So historians shouldn't comment on history because they weren't actually there?

That's the conclusion I'm drawing from all of this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 9:07 AM

this thread started out pretty weak but you guys really came through with the pointless arguing! thanks

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 10:07 AM

this night is special, b/c it was the only night that GROOMS did NOT play Sonic Youth songs.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 10:24 AM

indie culture went from Husker Du to "Delicate Steve."... We need to be mourning, not celebrating

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 10:33 AM

As an old timer, who hasn't heard most of these bands, but saw many of the originals live back in the '80s, I don't see a problem with this type of tribute show. I just wish more of today's bands would make music that means as much politically as what these bands did back in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 10:52 AM

This music should be kept as a museum piece and nobody should be able to touch it. That's the rock and roll way.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:02 AM

For all of you that think that the bands that played Sunday night somehow do not represent the spirit of the original bands...I'd love to see who you would have chosen. Doesn't matter how realistic, let's just see what you come up with.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:04 AM

Kill yr idols. Anyone still talking about seeing the Replacements should be first against the wall.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:08 AM

Why was the least talented member of Les Savy Fav invited? I bet his mom and dad didn't pay attention to this performance either.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:22 AM

the old bands were part of a subculture. the new bands are not. end of story.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:29 AM

I'd rather that the younger generation embrace these indie bands than listen to shit like Tyler the Creator.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:29 AM

Old stuff is good, new stuff is bad. I'm old, and old things were better when they were new. This stuff can't be good because it's new. Maybe if it was old, and I had seen it when I was young...

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 11:56 AM

"we are all losers"

That sums it up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 12:20 PM

I'm old and saw most the bands from the book first time around. Went to this for shits and giggles and because I had a rare night off. I expected to be alternately entertained, amused and annoyed and ended up having an (almost) solidly great fucking time. Of course it wasn't life changing, but I can't imagine anyone with a genuine love for the bands covered not being at the very least pleasantly surprised by some of the versions turned out. No misplaced attempt to catch lightning in a bottle, just fun and goofy and lovely. You shoulda been there.

C. Holmes
P.S. Anybody that thinks that the music they grew up with is the best music ever and will never be topped by all the "shitty new bands that just don't get it" is fucking retarded and just doesn't get it.

Posted by Celebrity Holmes | May 24, 2011 1:52 PM

Highlight of the night - Zach Staggers of the So So Glos hijacking the drum set after crowd surfing to 'Lithium' - perfect way to end the night - no permission needed!! DIY or DIE!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:45 PM

"Anybody that thinks that the music they grew up with is the best music ever and will never be topped by all the "shitty new bands that just don't get it" is fucking retarded and just doesn't get it."

Spoken like a true dummy

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 2:54 PM

Whatever @1:52. My youth was the best youth ever, and nobody else's will compare.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 3:00 PM

We all know macaulay culkin had the best youth ever... all those wonderful sleepovers at the neverland ranch... who wasn't jealous of that?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 4:36 PM

Does anyone know where I can download the Reel to Reel versions of the Minor Threat songs?

Seriously, though - were these the original 4 track recordings that Minor Threat used to press their Minor Threat EP? Something tells me that was what Ted would have used.

And anybody who doesn't think Ted is a part of the same indie rock ethos as the 80s-90s era, well, he played in bands both of those eras, and he still drives his own van and carrys his own amps.

Posted by Crispin Glover | May 24, 2011 5:13 PM

Ted Leo recorded those reel-to-reel backing tracks himself, dude.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2011 6:36 PM

I was wondering about the Ted Leo tracks, but came to the conclusion that he must've recorded them himself because "minor threat" omitted the chorus. Needless to say, that performance was quite epic, screw the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 8:30 AM

"And "Let It Be" deserved some time during the Replacements set."

Why, because that is the one album you one? It is like hipsters owning only "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:18 AM

4TH MEAL loved it

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 3:10 PM

sounds fucking lame!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 4:51 PM

1018: I said they should have played some stuff off "Let It Be." I have most of the Replacements albums. I never liked the later sound. "Let It Be" is the best mix of their snotty side coupled with their more accomplished songwriting.

I don't own "Pet Sounds."

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 5:14 PM

Holy shit was Lithium douchechillingly bad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 5:18 PM

Everyone who was actually at the show knows how good it was. It's a testament to how magic it was because no one left over the course of 4 and a half hours!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 7:31 PM

Who's them dorks ruining the Replacements songs? Shouldn't you at least be a little drunk before you cover Treatment Bound? Nice beard douchelord.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 9:27 PM

Plus it's "Trem Two" not "Term Two"

Posted by Dave | May 25, 2011 10:22 PM

"Everyone who was actually at the show knows how good it was. It's a testament to how magic it was because no one left over the course of 4 and a half hours!"


LMFAO, were you manning the doors in the back checking to see if people left? Of course quite a few people left before it was over you lying motherfucker. I know many people who did not find the show special in any way. In fact many of them have commented on here. Oh wait that's right, because they don't happen to agree with your assessment they must be lying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 12:45 AM

would have been cooler if ted had a real band

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:25 PM

These bands do far more by participating than you've ever done by watching. Glad you saw someone else "rock." That was never the point.

Posted by best stocks | May 28, 2011 6:01 PM

I saw most of the bands that Michael Azzerad wrote about and they were great bands. I am glad that people are pay tribute and wish I could have seen this show but @9:50 its time to move on. Your time in the sun has ended and its time for people to see other bands that will be just as important to the next generation.

Also @ 9:50 to bad you took Michael Azzerad book title to heart, if any one wrote a book about you they could call it "get a life".

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2011 11:00 AM

on paper i thought st. vincent doing big black was the dumbest and most sacrilegious idea but did she steal the show!!
will never doubt you again, girl!

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That lead off shot is one of the stupidest tattoos I've ever seen.

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Holy shit was Lithium douchechillingly bad

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