Posted in music | pictures on July 5, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Panda Bear

After an opening set by recent Domino signees Ducktails, Panda Bear came on stage with Tomboy-producer Sonic Boom (Peter Kember of Spacemen 3) to perform the recently released album in its entirety at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday night (7/3). The sold out venue came off as a bit of an underplay for Panda Bear, whose last NYC show was headlining Governor's Island, though the intimacy made for the perfect setting. Panda Bear spent most of his time on guitar and vocals as Sonic Boom handled the knob-turning duties. Together, they took psychedelia to an entirely different level. Audience members' senses were blurred as the venue was filled with excruciating volume, while smoke machine smoke sifted through the air and trippy visuals swirled on screen. The hazy atmosphere was even more obscured by lights and colors shooting over the audience from projectors. I found myself needing periodic reality checks to remember I was at a Panda Bear show and not in some other weird dimension.

The delivery of the album was spot-on, and in typical Panda Bear/AnCo fashion, he ditched song breaks for droney interludes, extended passages, and trancelike repetition, adding at least 20 more minutes to the 50-minute album. The drone parts especially came through live. They added breathing room into the intense set that you didn't realize you were getting until the songs picked up again.

After one other non-Tomboy track ("Ponytail"?), he ended the show with Person Pitch-favorite "Comfy in Nautica" to much excitement from the crowd. And while I was equally excited to hear that song, it helped further illustrate how cohesive Tomboy is. The album's unlikely marriage of drone and Beach Boys-y psych pop is like no other. Tomboy lacks the immediate standouts like "Comfy in Nautica," and performing the album from start to finish showed how well it works as a continuous piece of art, and not a collection of singles. Panda Bear chose not to do an encore, which was fitting. The Person Pitch tracks, although great, already felt a little tacked on to what was a very complete set.

More pictures, the setlist and some videos from the show below...

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Panda Bear - "Comfy in Nautica" at MHOW 7/3/11

Panda Bear - "Slow Motion" at MHOW 7/3/11

Panda Bear - Last Night at the Jetty (Music Hall of Williamsburg, 7.03.2011)

Panda Bear setlist
01 You Can Count on Me
02 Tomboy
03 Slow Motion
04 Surfers Hymn
05 Last Night at The Jetty
06 Drone
07 Alsatian Darn
08 Scheherezade
09 Friendship Bracelet
10 Afterburner
11 Benfica
12 Ponytail (?)
13 Comfy in Nautica

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Comments (50)

amazing show!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:44 AM

It's funny how I bet a ton of the people in attendance spent way too much time picking out the perfect outfit to go to this show, and the Noah Lennox comes on stage in a boring striped t-shirt he probably bought in the Arizona section at JCPenney whilea Peter Kember come son stage wearing a Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt probably bought on clearance at TJ Maxx, both with boring haircuts. Love it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:45 AM

Show was ok. Ducktails are horrible version of Real Estate if that's saying anything.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:45 AM

Why didn't he come out for an encore....

looks like the audience wanted more!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:46 AM

So are the random audience member shots mostly an excuse for Amanda to take photos of pretty girls? If so, I approve.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:46 AM

I want to see what this photographer looks like....

Amanda

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:49 AM

Amanda's pretty hot. Brunette hair, decent cup size, nice soft skin and legs. She's also a size queen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:54 AM

DUCKTAILS RULED

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:56 AM

Is is still karaoke if someone else is controlling the music?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 11:59 AM

Ducktails is horrible. He should go back to playing solo and not singing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:06 PM

Too much feedback. I get the noise bits but...the feedback loops sounded like it was an accident as it affected Noah's singing at times — you could see him cringing through the (unwanted?) feedback.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:15 PM

11:46,

Don't know about you but I was happy there wasn't an encore. I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there and hit up Denny's on the way home.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:24 PM

Where is there a Denny's?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:28 PM

"It's funny how I bet a ton of the people in attendance spent way too much time picking out the perfect outfit..."

Def didn't look like it. Just looked like people wearing clothes. That statement could be true if you're talking about the Apollo Theater.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:36 PM

I don't understand how you can say the performance was "spot on", there were some serious sound issues. Especially during Alsatian....

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:47 PM

Next up, Panda Bear at the Apollo Theater!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:47 PM

yeah - early sound problems were there - but this was all in all a beautiful sounding show (LOUD).


The crowd was absolutely horrid though. Please don't scream along to Panda Bear songs. We go to see him do karaoke - not you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:51 PM

There were feedback problems the entire time, not just early on

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:52 PM

12:36pm, they didn't? That's cool I guess. It was an assumption.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 12:54 PM

Andrew Sacher's description of the show is very accurate. sonic took the panda up to another stratosphere!

yes, there were unwanted feedbacks here and there. wish there weren't any but so what? have you ever seen spectrum?

an anchor was completely unnecessary. and again, if you know peter you were not surprised. fantastic show.

Posted by me | July 5, 2011 12:58 PM

It was DEFINITELY Ponytail

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:17 PM

could ducktails have cared less to be there?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 1:30 PM

i liked all of it. haters.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 2:50 PM

Any grown man who calls hisself Panda Bear is either a fruit loop or a pedophile. Judging by the pics of the chicks at the show, I'm guessing I'm about right here. Chicks don't usually go for the pedophile bit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 3:06 PM

3:06 - you already posted that comment a few panda bear posts ago. jealous, much?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 3:21 PM

panda bear pic #11 - "no, you have to turn THIS knob!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 3:23 PM

3:21 - it must be a movement, 'cause I posted no such thing in the past. It was a realization I just had while sitting here, eating my muffin, thinking about the miracle that just happened.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 3:41 PM

Is there an audio rip of this show anywhere on the internet???

Posted by Travis | July 5, 2011 4:12 PM

There were sound/feedback issues on certain parts of certain songs. I'm not sure why they didn't sound check a bit more carefully or bring in their own sound engineer to make sure it was spot on. However, they were specific sections of maybe 3 or 4 songs. Overall the sound was loud, absorbing, overwhelming. Very cool and unique show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 4:15 PM

saw the lead singer dude from MGMT in a ski hat totally spaced out. seemed a bit intimidated to see someone as good as panda

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 4:17 PM

There were some uncomfortable moments due to feedback. I wonder is this the first time that these songs have been played live though? It was a great show, but I (along with 95% of the audience) would have loved an encore. I wonder if all of the gizmos makes it hard to just pick a song out of the catalog and go for it, would have loved some acoustics a la "Welt Am Draht." I give the show a 7.5 out of 10. And yeah, Ducktails looked bored and almost disdainful of the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 4:41 PM

show was fucking great. hope he plays again soon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 4:55 PM

12:28,

There's a Denny's in Levittown brah! We saw Pandra Bear there getting the $2 pancakes after the show. Was sick!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 5:07 PM

Ok----so, contemporary psychedelic music, right? Only thing is, are any of these kids on drugs? Are there any good drugs left in NYC? Just trying to understand how a straight/sober person could get into a show such as this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 6:19 PM

yeah, take away the question mark. i would stake my reputation as a semi-anonymous internet commenter that ponytail and comfy were the last two songs played.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2011 7:29 PM

6:19,

I went sober. Was still mind blowing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 7:43 AM

I went hungry, but left satisfied.
The hummus was delectable.
The hummus did not disappoint.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 8:20 AM

how do people live life sober? I can't even just stick with alcohol and weed. I shoot and snort heroin. That's how shitty I feel life in general is. I can't feel comfortable in any fashion so I choose to numb it out. Panda's music goes great with a hot shot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2011 12:08 PM

Three cheers for the Painfully hip!

Posted by Mike Ho | July 7, 2011 10:19 AM

whats with the haircut?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 2:18 PM

Wrong. The best music for heroin is Sunn O))). WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 2:33 PM

shitty music
shitty concert
shitty comments

and jokes about heroin ... stupid children

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 3:01 PM

saw the lead singer dude from MGMT in a ski hat totally spaced out. seemed a bit intimidated to see someone as good as panda

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 4:53 PM

"and jokes about heroin ... stupid children"

Better than jokes about hummus ... faggoty douchenozzles.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2011 5:09 PM

panda bear has kevin shields' mid 80s haircut. ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 9:12 PM

this looks like a terrible show...

Posted by graham Birge | July 8, 2011 10:10 PM

Sound was awful. Or maybe it was just the artist.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 6:01 PM

9:12 - lol! thats a reaaally specfic slam. but lets face it, panda isnt the type of guy to give a shit about how fashionable his hair is. his wife probably puts together his outfits. thats why hes great. hes just a regular guy who wants to make music. hes not a hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2011 7:01 PM

i like! the best!

Posted by Ar do Carro | June 5, 2013 12:02 PM

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