Posted in music | pictures on September 28, 2011

words by Bill Pearis, photos by Amanda Hatfield

Anika

At one point during Anika's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (9/27), someone in the audience starting chanting "A! N! I! K! A!" in hopes, I think, of getting a reaction. But Anika's detached cool was unflappable. She didn't say a single word to the audience. Not a "Hello," "Thank you," or "Good night." Which is exactly what everyone wanted from her  given the icy post-punk sound of last year's debut album.

Her band, featuring the rhythm section of BEAK> plus a guitarist and keyboard player, were similarly understated but delivered 100% on that minimalist, dub-heavy sound. The drummer had a three-piece kit, plus what looked like a Mattel Synsonics drum pad sitting on top of his snare. They played the entirety of Anika's debut, plus a few new covers, including The Crystals' infamous single "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" and an absolutely killer version of Chromatics' "In the City" which was one of the night's highlights. Also awesome: "Yang Yang" (a Yoko Ono cover), "No One's There" and, especially, "Masters of War" (a Bob Dylan cover). She closed the show with a 1-song encore of her cover of "He Needs Me" from Popeye (listen below). She also did "Love Buzz" which is a Shocking Blue song that was also covered by Nirvana. The full setlist is below.

Sound at Le Poisson Rouge was good if not loud enough. But I feel if ever a show shoulda been at a burned-out Bushwick warehouse it was this one. Anika's music screams for that kind of urban decay locale (though her chic black dress did not), what with all the police sirens wailing in the background. Maybe Glasslands, where Anika will be playing next Thursday (Oct. 6, with Slowdance and Ducktails) will come a little closer to that vibe. Tickets are on-sale now. Anika plays All Tomorrow's Parties this weekend. She also had a Maxwell's show scheduled at some point, but that's cancelled. After the Glasslands show will head out on a short North American tour. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Slowdance opened at Le Poisson Rouge as well and their sound was pretty well attenuated to Anika's.  Quay Quinn-Settel sang in French half the time and the band mine early-'80s bands like New Order and the B-52's. You can download their just-released EP, Light & Color, for free from their website. I missed first act (and Anika's Stones Throw labelmate) Bryant K but Amanda was on-hand to take pictures.

Anika's setlist, video and more pictures from the whole show, below...

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Anika - "I Go to Sleep" live at Le Poisson Rouge 9.27.2011

Anika - Setlist, Le Poisson Rouge 9.27.2011
Terry
End of the World
No One's There
He Hit Me
Yang Yang
I Go to Sleep
Masters of War
Love Buzz
Poetry
In the City
Officer
Sadness Hides the Sun
He Needs Me

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Popeye - He Needs Me - Robin Williams Shelley Duvall

Anika - 2011 Tour Dates
09.29.11 Thu Princeton, New Jersey Princeton
09.30.11 Fri Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Voyeur
10.01.11 Sat Asbury Park, New Jersey All Tomorrows Parties NJ All Tomorrows Parties - I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR NJ.
10.05.11 Wed Baltimore, Maryland Sonar
10.06.11 Thu Brooklyn, NY Glasslands w/ Slowdance
10.07.11 Fri Montreal, Quebec Club Lambi w/ Slowdance
10.08.11 Sat Toronto, Ontario Wrong Bar w/ Slowdance
10.09.11 Sun Detroit, Michigan Cave w/ Slowdance
10.10.11 Mon Chicago, Illinois Empty Bottle w/ Slowdance
10.14.11 Fri Portland, Oregon Mississippi Studios
10.16.11 Sun Seattle, Washington The Crocodile
10.18.11 Tue Trinidad, California Ocean Grove w/ Starving Weirdos
10.19.11 Wed San Francisco, California The Independent
10.20.11 Thu Los Angeles, California Eagle Rock Center
10.25.11 Tue Austin, Texas Emos
10.26.11 Wed New Orleans, Louisiana Siberia w/ Zola Jesus
10.27.11 Thu Atlanta, Georgia The Basement
10.29.11 Sat Asheville, North Carolina Moog Fest

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Comments (21)

Biscuit Head!!!

Posted by Laraby | September 28, 2011 1:04 PM

She's no Grace Potter

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 1:09 PM

I've seen a lot of 'U.S. debuts', and last nights performance was one of the best. Loved it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 1:09 PM

yeah, really cool to not acknowledge an audience that paid to see you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 1:10 PM

Has my add attention!

Posted by Jimitits | September 28, 2011 1:36 PM

Then who was she acknowledging by performing her music live? Dumbass. Troll.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 2:27 PM

Actually, the guys from Beak are the bassist and the guitarist/electronics guy. The two guys with glasses. Beak's drummer is Geoff Barrow, duh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 2:33 PM

any cool merch?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 2:45 PM

Awesome show. Surprised it was totally packed, people missed out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 2:50 PM

Anna Calvi vs. Anika


Battle at (le) poisson - IT'S ON!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 2:53 PM

@anon 2:45, I didn't see any merch at all, not even the album/cd/7".

Posted by bill p | September 28, 2011 2:56 PM


The new 7" / t-shirts, CD/LP will be at Glasslands show

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:00 PM

The merch mentioned above will also be available this weekend in Asbury.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:21 PM

2:50,
People did not miss out. Most people or many people did not go cause they are seeing her this weekend at ATP. That is why the show was not sold out and the same reason Swans shows are not sold out either


Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 3:23 PM

Anika = Martha Plimpton

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 5:23 PM

2:50 - you seem like a pretty fun person to hang out with

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 5:41 PM

5:41

we will continue to avoid you at bars and parties because you are lame. you think you are funny, and you think we all like you, but you are wrong

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2011 7:02 PM

the audience member screaming out "A - N - I - K - A!!" was the opening act vocalist Bryant K....unfortunately he was beside me when he did that

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2011 12:55 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by miniclip | September 2, 2012 4:04 PM

she's quite the pretty lady.

Posted by tim | August 18, 2013 12:46 PM

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