Posted in music | pictures on October 5, 2011

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John Brion

"I hope he adds a fourth too," I exclaimed when the third Jon Brion show at Le Poisson Rouge was announced. That third show was last night (10/4), and today our wish came true! Brion has added a fourth (and final?) show Le Poisson Rouge on 10/9 (four days from now). Tickets are on sale. I hope he adds a fifth! (it worked last time!)

Brion's three performances at the venue so far were with October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. On the third he was joined by female indie hip hop artist K-Flay. Pictures from that show are in this post along with videos from two of the shows and the 10/2 setlist.

Not long before Brion got to NYC to play LPR (his new NYC regular spot?), he played a show at his regular LA spot the Largo (on 9/30):

Jon picked up an acoustic guitar for the next couple of tracks: first, the Smiths, trailed by his own song. Then he asked for requests. Alas, I didn't get one in this evening -- that is, I tried, but it didn't make the cut. (Come on, there's gotta be another "Boys of Summer" fan lurking in the readership!) As for Jon's final selection, I'm going on context clues because I can proudly say I've never listened to "Freebird." But after hearing the audience shout-out and Jon's fair warning at the outset of the performance (on vibes, by the way), then seeing him flip off the requester at the end of the tune, I put the pieces together.

The next choice was Jon's, as he built up "Walking Through Walls," but this wasn't any old performance -- it brought out Grant-Lee Phillips from the shadows! Matt Chamberlain was also called to the stage, but he didn't actually show up. I would've welcomed his appearance, but honestly, Jon and Grant are all you need to know for a good time (though it never hurts if, say, Robyn Hitchcock hangs around too).

Grant's first two songs were both Bowie tracks, but only one ("Cracked Actor") was delivered in anything resembling a traditional approach. The other selection was channeled through Willie Nelson, which should be familiar to anyone who's seen Grant at Aimee Mann's Christmas shows. Grant called it Willie Stardust, aka the Thin White Red Headed Stranger, and you could barely believe your ears as he works both characters at the same time.-[easily fooled]

Pictures, vidoes and setlist from NYC, below...

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Jon Brion "Making Plans for Nigel" (XTC cover) - Oct 3, 2011

Jon Brion "Knock yourself out" Oct 4, 2011 (le) poisson rouge New York

JON BRION 10/2 at LE POISSON ROUGE
Ominous piano intro / Witch Theme (Wizard of Oz) / If I Only Had a Brain (Wizard of Oz) / Ruin My Day
Jon Brion original (gtr)
Jon Brion original (build-up fail, finished out on gtr)
I Was Happy (drums, piano, bass, gtr)
And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles cover) (piano, celeste, analog chirps)
Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington cover) (piano)
Controversy / 1999 / When Doves Cry (Prince cover) (gtr, looped drums)
This Will Be Our Year (The Zombies cover) (vibes)
Theme (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) (piano)
Anarchy in the UK / I Wanna Be Sedated
I Believe She's Lying (drums, piano, bass,... more)
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More Than This (Roxy Music cover) (piano, kbd bass, video loops, chamberlain)

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Comments (28)

Where's the ignorant commenter who didn't know he was ignorant (one of the common traits of an ignoramus) to provide his ignorant commentary on this story?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:03 PM

it's a shame the first half of first night fell flat, just because they didn't sound check the loop pedal and check that the projectors were working before they started

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:04 PM

R. Kelly played on vibes was a highlight on night two.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:09 PM

Goddamn it. First it onflicted with ATP, now it conflicts with Jens Lekman.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:29 PM

eternal sunshine first night NOOOOOOO.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:37 PM

Must generate a lot of greenhouse gasses going back and forth between NYC and LA.

I cannot support that.

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

Second night singalong of "God Only Knows," aka the "art pop national anthem" (Jon's words), was glorious.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:53 PM

Yo fuck Jens Lenkman are you kidding me

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 3:56 PM

Not really understanding the appeal of his live show. I think he's a great producer, but his live shows essentially seem like a cover show. Why bother?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:00 PM

4:00 Who else is going to cover R. Kelly on vibraphone? Ignoramus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:02 PM

"Goddamn it. First it onflicted with ATP, now it conflicts with Jens Lekman."

Um, you still could have made it on Monday or Tuesday. Duh.

And Jens Lekman? Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:07 PM

>>Not really understanding the appeal of his live show. I think he's a great producer, but his live shows essentially seem like a cover show. Why bother?

Because Jon Brion is a wizard. And you want to be there when someone who can do just about anything does just that.

Posted by J | October 5, 2011 4:15 PM

Jon's going to be on WNYC Soundcheck tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:20 PM

4p - also note that the covers JB does are usually completely unique & reinvent the songs, like when he did Good Times, Bad Times as a ragtime/jazz standard last night. To the seekers go the spoils.

Of course you can sit at home with your Beastie Boys records & your backwards baseball cap.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:21 PM

^ weird, outdated reference to Beastie Boys... other than that, right on.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:23 PM

Um.. sure, if your idea of a good show is someone covering R. Kelly on vibraphone, power to you..

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:30 PM

He's producing the new Best Coast record. Gross.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:48 PM

4:48 - He did it all for the nookie. I hope he made Wavves-bro watch and cry in the corner.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:57 PM

Jens > Jon Brion > ATP

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:58 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 5:05 PM

"Who?" copycat guy. Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 5:17 PM

On Sunday he mentioned playing some unannounced shows this week. Anyone hear anything?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 5:19 PM

Looks like Jon needs some plastic surgery to fix the turkey neck he's gotten over the last few years. I guess that happens when you hit your mid-40's. It's a good thing there are so many surgeons in LA.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 7:20 PM

7:20, what the fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 8:59 PM

7:20, please, go die in a fire.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 11:13 PM

I made it to two of these three dates and they were both great, as I knew they'd be. I might even go back again on Sunday. Jon is THE MAN - he can do literally anything musical that pops into his mind. Watching him play music is a work of art.

I would love nothing more than for him to set up some kind of regular NYC visits!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 11:15 PM

That 10/2 setlist is missing 'Knock Yourself Out' played on acoustic.

Posted by Loganlv | October 6, 2011 1:02 AM

"On the third he was joined by female indie hip hop artist K-Flay."

Why does the adjective "indie" need to be used in this sentence?

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 1:51 PM

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