Posted in music on October 4, 2011

photos Jessica Amaya

Feist

A select few were treated to a now rare intimate performance by Feist in NYC last night (10/3). The show took place in the crypt of the Church of the Intercession on 155th Street in Harlem. Feist was backed by a 16 piece orchestra who are part of the Mason Jar Music artist collective, as well as the three women from Mountain Man, fellow Broken Social Scene member Charles Spearin, a keyboard player from Beck's band, and a drummer. They orchestra performed the arrangements currently on Feist's new-out-today record Metals, as well as doing a superb original arrangement of "When I Was a Young Girl." Feist delivered a riveting, emotional performance throughout the evening and offered plenty of witty banter between songs to the 150 lucky people or so in the room. Most of those people were there because they bought the album earlier that day from Sound Fix Records.

The idea for the show, which was being filmed, came from Mason Jar Music who reached out to Feist in the hopes they could one day collaborate. Mountain Man will also be backing Feist on tour. They play Letterman with Feist tonight. Here are some pictures from the church show. They continue with the setlist below...

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Comments (80)

Harlem (band) > Harlem (ghetto)

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:27 AM

Fart noises.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:29 AM

WTH happened to the Crypt Keeper

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:31 AM

I love her

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:32 AM

::grabs popcorn::

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:33 AM

^ All of you. Seriously. Leave NYC or go visit another blog. Fucking immature and inarticulate babies. And if you must stay, I'm sure The Today Show has a great lineup of Rock Center shows you can focus your time on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:35 AM

White people. LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:36 AM

Feist shmeist

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:37 AM

Cool space.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:44 AM

how many people attended?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:48 AM

A crypt in Harlem, hmmmm...

Souds like a job for Count Blackula! Muwahahahahaha!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:49 AM

I BET THAT THE S P I N D O C T O R S THINK FEIST'S HOT.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:51 AM

i stopped following harlem (the band) on twitter yesterday

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:52 AM

Jesus H. Feist

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:53 AM

To the sad soul who claimed Harlem (band) > Harlem (ghetto)....you are not funny and have terrible taste. You have failed at humor in a larger ultimate fail at life.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:55 AM

I was there. She said it was only 100 people in the audience (90 tickets + friends of Feist, etc.). Extremely, extremely intimate. Very impressive acoustics given the space - the sound was great. Perfect venue to play her new material.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:55 AM

Not a fan of her music but that looks like a pretty awesome thing to do for people that bought your album. Cool Idea.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:57 AM

Whatever happened to the band Harlem? No touring... nothing. Hippies is so great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:02 AM

"Extremely, extremely intimate"

mmmmhhmmmmmm

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:03 AM

11:03: If playing for 100 people in an underground crypt isn't intimate to you, then I don't know what is (short of having her sing post-coital songs to you in your bedroom). Troll on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:06 AM

Fiest probably got the idea from Bjork . Bjork played a vestibule in Riverside Church in Harlem in 2001

Posted by smartone | October 4, 2011 11:09 AM

I was busy playing the sacristy with surfer blood of christ.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:14 AM

A pretentious stunt for an artist who has the emotional depth of a rock.
But her PR people are brilliant, considering that her full page banner on this site will guarantee abundant positive coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:15 AM

Rocket for the Crypt should have opened!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:19 AM

I'd like to get extremely intimate with her.

In a crypt cause I'm into some freaky shit!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:21 AM

I'm not a Feist fanatic by any stretch of the imagination (I have the albums, but rarely listen)

But I decided to give this show a try, simply because it seemed like a rare opportunity to experience a type of show I had never before.

She was fantastic. The orchestra really enhanced her stuff. Gave it kind of an unusual punch.

Her set was LONG. We were there for over an hour and 1/2. At times it dragged, but over all it was worth the time.

Best part of the show was the crowd chanting the lyrics to one of her new songs (something about rising from the dead) over and over, at various times during the show.

Looking forward to listening to the album today.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:22 AM

"A pretentious stunt for an artist who has the emotional depth of a rock."

Your opinion is pretty worthless considering you are a nobody who will never accomplish anything that is newsworthy. Keep on coming up with your witty criticisms while waiting for the clock to strike 5pm.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:36 AM

Did she do that catchy counting song? Oh, how I love my Ipod!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 11:40 AM

I am guessing that her BAM theatre show will be pretty good - probably with fuller band. When The National played there a few years back, the sound in that place was fantastic.

Posted by yo | October 4, 2011 11:48 AM

There are some serious fucking losers on this blog these days. Why would you knock a show like this? I am not even a huge fan but, Hell, I'd love to see some music in a place like that.

Posted by gone gardens | October 4, 2011 11:50 AM

what an artistic waste of a beautiful venue. this woman is god fucking awful

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:00 PM

was a fucking amazing show. seriously. her voice is insane and the venue was perfect.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:07 PM

all I see is someone who stole Cat Power's schtick added a whole more "white" to it and sold it to Canadian soccer Mom's


Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:13 PM

I don't know much about Feist except that when she was on Colbert a couple of years ago, I had to turn off my favorite show because she was singing off key.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:16 PM

@12:13 Moms

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:20 PM

LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAA, BRING THEM ALL BACK TO LIFE!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:30 PM

She didn't play 1234. It was weird because a lot of the setlists lying around the show had different songs listed for the encore. There was one version where the encore was "1234/Pine Moon/Let it Die" and another like the one you see above. She ended up playing the set list above, and leaving out 1234 in favor of Young Girl.

All in all, an incredible experience.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:33 PM

"was a fucking amazing show. seriously. her voice is insane and the venue was perfect."


Oh please. The only thing that is insane is your ridiculous over hyping.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:34 PM

what a dead crowd!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:34 PM

12:07 I agree ... lifeless music deserves a lifeless surrounding.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:35 PM

1-2-3-4
Follow me down this smelly hole

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:36 PM

how precious

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:40 PM

LOL at people actually thinking Harlem makes good music.

Not really into Feist, but this looks like a good place to see a show. And I think her playing 1234 wouldve been too chipper, considering the surroundings.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:49 PM

Leslie was a kid, she liked to hangout in the graveyard

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:53 PM

BV has lost a little street cred with this post. The only way to redeem yourself is to post something "cool," like "skinny jean cool."

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:54 PM

I remember seeing Feist in a crypt in 06 and there were only like 74 people there. I feel bad for everyone that didn't see that show and had to suffer through this obvious cash grab.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:55 PM

All you need to know about BVs "cred" is to look to the left and the right of the screen while reading this post, brou

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 12:57 PM

I saw Kurt Cobain when he was in 2nd grade. Highly overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:00 PM

brou = romantic-era European bra

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:02 PM

LOL! loving the meltdowns here...jesus people, you take yourselves and this crap way too seriously. chill and go outside...i know i wish i was outside right now instead of being here at work, thats for damn sure!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:03 PM

I saw Feist when it was "cool" to see Feist so that makes me cool. WAH!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:04 PM

lol 1:03 telling people that saw a show in a crept to go outside lol you're about 18 hours late on that bra lol lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:05 PM

it was never cool to see feist

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:40 PM

^ Oh sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 1:44 PM

1:44 - get off your high horse!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:05 PM

MELTDOWN CITY! keep em coming!

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:10 PM

I love the commenters who dis BV for having ads on this website. Like he's supposed to run a website forever without any offsetting revenue. I take my hat off to him for building a site that is worth visiting day after day - moron commenters notwithstanding - and for finally starting to make a living from it.

Posted by lp | October 4, 2011 2:11 PM

@2:05 Like it's my fault my horse is higher than yours.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:17 PM

I, for one, wish that I could have been there. Seems like a pretty damn cool experience.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 2:46 PM

It was an amazing one of a kind experience. So intimate there was a palpable nervous excitement from the crowd as we realized we were witnessing something very special. Fab from the Strokes, Ed and Chris Bear from Grizzly Bear, Ezra from Vampire Weekend all seemed to think so too!

Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:25 PM

^ I think someone's on their period.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:48 PM

the best part of the show is when she took off her panties and the stink made everyone throw up

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:50 PM

oh my god! what other dropable names were there??

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:52 PM

of course she did

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 3:53 PM

@352 i was there, didn't see anyone famous (and i know what obscure musicians look like in person). maybe i was too busy watching feist and not scanning the crowd for celebrities, but no one stood out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:04 PM

lol strokes grizzly bear and vampire weekend are now "celebrities" lol lol who? lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:12 PM

3:50 - Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you.

Look for the sign, then our prisoners shall be released. You shall perish in flames....

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:16 PM

so not kvlt, or krieg, or grim for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 4:43 PM

i saw those musicians there. good music likes good music. fuck the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 8:25 PM

Metals is great, for those who haven't listened yet. Wish I was at this show, a crypt seems like an excellent place to showcase the sound of her new LP.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 9:02 PM

fuck this garbage

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2011 10:00 PM

Album will get BNM on P4K, then you will sploosh.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 9:40 AM

Nice ribbed vaults.

Posted by Regular reader | October 5, 2011 11:06 AM

Crypts should be reserved for more portentous bands. Sunn0))), Death In June, ya know ya know.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:00 PM

Feist only plays special performing arts centers and places like churches. She's not on the same level as other singers. Her work belongs on a different pedestal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:41 PM

Feist only plays special performing arts centers, apple stores and places like churches. She's not on the same level as other singers. Her work belongs on a different pedestal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:43 PM

She shares the same timeless wonder as nora jones, but dresses in more vintage thrift shop style. I bet she has an old picnic basket which she plans on breaking out in her next video.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:46 PM

chill, brous

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:54 PM

This is the best venue

Posted by dj fuji | November 9, 2011 7:41 PM

LOL! loving the meltdowns here...jesus people, you take yourselves and this crap way too seriously. chill and go outside...i know i wish i was outside right now instead of being here at work, thats for damn sure!

Posted by 25-11-2011 | November 25, 2011 4:46 AM

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