Posted in music | pictures on August 24, 2011

photos by Jessica Amaya words by Andrew Sacher

Deerhunter @ Webster Hall
Deerhunter

Eleanor Friedberger (of Fiery Furnaces) and her band took the stage around 9 PM at Webster Hall last night (8/23) for the second of two shows with Deerhunter, while a cover/remix of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" played through the PA. They played a great opening set. Eleanor's got an awesome voice and she's a killer downstrummer on the guitar. The set was enjoyable throughout, but the undeniable highlight came for me on the last track, "I Won't Fall Apart on You Tonight." The vocal harmonies she did in the chorus with her guitar player meshed so well, and were definitely something I wished I'd heard more of.

You can catch Eleanor again in NYC TONIGHT (8/24) at UCB, and when she opens for Wild Flag during and around CMJ (who just announced their initial 2011 lineup).

At around 10:15 PM, Deerhunter minus Bradford Cox walked out onto the stage at the sold out venue and began filling the room with noise and ambience. While awaiting Bradford's entrance, the band were joined by Colin Mee, an original member of Deerhunter who left in 2007. Bradford then appeared, taking solely to the mic like he did in Deerhunter's earlier days, and they began playing the intro to "Fluorescent Grey" off the EP of the same name, released shortly before Colin's departure from the band. Without a second of silence in between songs, they progressed into the first few tracks on Cryptograms, building the songs around the layers of noise they'd been creating. As the band moved through their set the stage was flooded with languid clouds of fog and absinthe-green lights, silhouetting the members and adding a visual companion to the heavy atmospheres of their music.

After about a half hour, Colin left the stage and Bradford returned to his guitar for the remainder of the set. In a slightly sarcastic manner, Bradford commented on yesterday's earthquake hitting NYC and that he was glad we were all okay, before going into Halcyon Digest's opening track "Earthquake." The band followed that with a couple more tracks off the album, including a distortion-ridden version of "Don't Cry," before going into a few Microcastle cuts. After extending "Nothing Ever Happened" into a trance-like passage, Bradford started screaming the "Horses" section of Patti Smith's "Land" over the mix. They left the stage after ending the climactic "Twilight At Carbon Lake" with a reverberating crunch that continued through their entire break before returning for an encore. The 2-song encore included the Lockett Pundt-fronted "Desire Lines" and "Calvary Scars II," which again ended with hypnotic noise that didn't cease until the lights in Webster Hall were turned back on and the stage crew muted the amps.

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Deerhunter -- 2011 Tour Dates
Thu 08/25/11 Cosmic Charlie's Lexington KY w/ Casino Vs. Japan, Lyonnaise
Sat 08/27/11 LouFest St. Louis MO

Atlas Sound -- 2011 Tour Dates
Fri 10/28/11 Moog Fest Asheville NC

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Comments (50)

Pure class. This band has come along way!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:22 PM

ugh, they really switched it up last night. wish i went to both, but night 1 was pretty satisfying.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:22 PM

What an incredible show (tuesday night). I was blown away by them last year at Pier 54, and they outdid themselves this time. Really great live band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:22 PM

eh. first and last time i'll see them live.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:25 PM

Bradford Cox is Lord Voldemort.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:28 PM

Hello merch girl. I can barely see you, but you look immensely doable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:33 PM

monday night was as good as it gets. tuesday was a bit off and dis- jointed, but if that was your only night, you'd have never noticed. i like that this group is different on successive nights. most acts are automatons. many different songs, and a different vibe, for sure.
did anyone notice one of the songs sounded like a combination of a grateful dead jam without garcia, and the doors 'la woman'? symphonic. one of the best groups out there these days.

Posted by bwaynester | August 24, 2011 1:41 PM

"did anyone notice one of the songs sounded like a combination of a grateful dead jam without garcia, and the doors 'la woman'? symphonic"

I am crying tears of laughter at that statement. More than the other ones made in your comment as well as "the best show of the year" troll ones made by others.

bwaynester, you should really apply for a job writing reviews for BV. You would fit right in

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:54 PM

"the best show of the year" troll ones made by others."

how is that a troll comment? i think being overtly negative is more troll-like than actually, you know, LIKING something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 1:55 PM

i LOVE "what's going on Tuesday" that column is the best. is that so wrong?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:00 PM

over
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rated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:01 PM

Krallice > Beerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:02 PM

merchandise girl
let's give it whirl
i see you hi-ding in the shadows.
at the best show of the year have no fear...
I will do you on the table

Posted by Mick | August 24, 2011 2:05 PM

horses! horses!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:11 PM

battle of the a cups

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:13 PM

Monday's show was fantastic. If anyone happens to have a setlist from Monday's show, it would be most appreciated.

Posted by Dan | August 24, 2011 2:26 PM

bfords bcome quite the frontman

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:37 PM

deerhunter slayed..

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:43 PM

Dear merch girl, let me assist you clearing that table at shows end so I can put a robust hummus platter on there for us to share. My puts triangles are crispy and my baby carrots are fresh.

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

cavalry scars was fucking awesome too

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:46 PM

If you stroke me, I'll stroke you ...
8=======D~'~,~'~
Deerhunter Deerhunter Deerhunter
8=======D~'~,~'~
Deerhunter Deerhunter Deerhunter
8=======D~'~,~'~

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:49 PM

@2:26pm - i think you can find it in yesterday's thread about the show last night - someone posted one there -
looks like Helicopter wasn't played last night - too bad - great encore with that and He Would Have Laughed on monday night

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 2:51 PM

I did not see a post for Monday's show on BV.

Posted by Dan | August 24, 2011 3:33 PM

"Bradford then appeared, taking solely to the mic like he did in Deerhunter's earlier days, and began playing the intro to "Fluorescent Grey" off the EP of the same name, released shortly before Colin's departure from the band."

Wait, how was he playing the intro if he had taken solely to the mic?

Editor?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 3:41 PM

8=======Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 3:54 PM

Crazy how different the two nights were. Most bands can not do that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 4:02 PM

I know, when he said "we're play different songs tomorrow" I figured it would be like two or three different songs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 4:04 PM

What?

Posted by Editor | August 24, 2011 4:10 PM

COLIN IS THE BEST PART OF THE BAND!

Posted by Truth | August 24, 2011 5:10 PM

8=======D~'~,~'~

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

This was a show played in reverse. I don't know why they didn't save Mee's appearance and the older shit for the encore, because it dwarfed the rest of their set.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 5:51 PM

@3:33pm - here's what someone posted and it sounds about right from our show on monday night

basement scene
desire lines
hazel st.
don't cry
revival
little kids
cover me (slowly)
agoraphobia
memory boy
nothing ever happened
spring hall convert
(unknown cover)

encore:
helicopter
he would have laughed

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 6:05 PM

Who is the guitar player in Eleanor Friedberger's band? The kid had cool moves.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 6:20 PM

Lockett seemed too shy during Desire Lines. Or bored. Great song, but a low point of the set. I'd rather have seen Fountain Stairs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 7:53 PM

am i crazy, or does bradford have an erection in that 2nd to last photos? bradford cox, that is.

Posted by jan jansson | August 24, 2011 9:28 PM

Uh, I think your right. Massive boner in that pic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2011 9:58 PM

What band did the cover of Eleanor Rigby that played over the PA?

Posted by Lou | August 24, 2011 11:51 PM

poop

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 3:01 AM

the cover that ended monday's set was "green fuz".

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 10:40 AM

2:01:
attention
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seeking

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 12:16 PM

I've been searching my dick off trying to find that "Eleanor Rigby" cover played before Eleanor Friedberger came on...anyone know it?

Posted by neil | August 25, 2011 10:46 PM

I left the concert feeling confused. I didnt have any strong opinion about the show. I thought they were pretty sloppy. The bass player was blowing clams left and right. Is this how they always play? At times they totally rocked. They write some really great rock songs. Can really hear the stereolab influence live.

Posted by Ottoman | August 25, 2011 10:49 PM

so anyone know the name of the guitarist in Eleanor Friedberger's band? he is awesome

Posted by harsh | November 20, 2011 5:50 PM

give us a listen. People have been saying good things and we hear a deerhunter comparision often.

www.reverbnation.com/visualizations

Posted by Visualmusic | March 24, 2012 10:07 PM

D is in love with Eleanor Friedberger. All 38hr goes into impressing her.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 12:12 AM

12:12pm Congrats on being my first stalker.

You're so wrapped up in me and what I make, my financial situation (cuz you're making $0/hr.), so on my dick, you're posting in comments I haven't even posted in until now LOL.

Get a fucking life and a clue...after you get a job. 'Still not acknowledging you're unemployed? Not that I think it's funny cuz it's not, although maybe it will be when your parents order you back to whatever town you left for the Bright Lights, Big City.

"Come back to Salsburg, my son." hahaha.

Posted by D | March 25, 2012 4:09 AM

12:12pm: Congrats on being my first stalker.

You are so wrapped up in me and what I make an hour, so on my dick, you're posting about me in comments I haven't even posted in (until now) LOL.

Get a life after you get a clue and a job.

Posted by D | March 25, 2012 4:11 AM

Let D smoke!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 7:10 AM

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