Posted in music | pictures on November 3, 2011

words & photos by Ryan Barkan

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Feist played the Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM Wednesday night (11/2). It was the show that needed quadruple confirmation back in August. It was her first proper New York show since 2008, though a lucky few caught her play a surprise show in crypt in Harlem exactly one month ago.

After a surprisingly great (to me, first time seeing them) opening set by The Happiness Project, fronted by fellow BSS member Charles Spearin, Feist and friends took the stage around 9pm. They played a long, two-hour set leaning heavily on material from the newly-released Metals in addition to fun classics from way back, and the witty banter we have all grown to love. Highlights from the set include a skull-faced crowd member being invited up to the stage by Feist for a lively, dancey "My Moon My Man," new tracks like "The Bad In Each Other" and "How Come You Never Go There," and the gorgeous backing vocals of Mountain Man.

The encore brought a bundle of goodness so...good...that it was hard for Feist not to affirm that we made her not want to wait three years to come back again. Feist and Mountain man silenced the crowd with a stunning rendition of "Cicadas and Gulls". It's amazing how powerful four voices, one instrument, and one simple song can be in bringing a room to quiet admiration. Probably my favorite moment of the night. The rest of the band joined for a 50's version of "Bittersweet Melodies," and "Sealion," the latter seeing the stage surrounded by a hundred or so audience members invited up by Feist. Whistling ensued, Feist wore a hat, folks sat, lots of devices were taking photos and video. The coda of the evening came with a gripping rendition of 2005's "Let It Die."

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Comments (73)

Extra celery stick in my bloody mary, please.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 10:57 PM

it's fucking feist, chill out

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 11:01 PM

my god Canada has lost its mind.

I'd take Celine Dion over this

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:25 AM

Took the lady. Just sad that instead of playing music Feist catered to all the obnoxious gay couples' idea of a concert... And the seventeen year old idiot with a ponytail.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:43 AM

Such an amazing show. I had forgotten how great she was live.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:49 AM

so cool. brunchwave is the only real scene left...

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:01 AM

I was a big fan of her previous two albums. Metals is the disappointment of the year for me. Partly due to the weakness of the album, this show was a disappointment as well. Also, if you're going to call people to the front of the stage, you should not sell assigned seats to a beautiful venue like BAM's Opera House. You can always have a show at Terminal 5 and sell cheaper tickets to more people. I'm sure those who ran to the front were happy. I can't say the same for the short girls sitting near me who could barely see anything after that. The National did the same thing at BAM a few years ago. If you have to invite people to get up, it's a sign that something is wrong. If these artists with the crazy egos did their job right at first place, people would be standing up at the right moments without the need for a verbal invitation.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:16 AM

metalz rulez

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 2:10 AM

I think I saw Frohawk in the second row. He seemed into it? :/

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 3:56 AM

All I'm saying is I saw at least 6 people dipping pita triangles into something tan and pasty in the 3rd row.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:24 AM

Are you sure Frohawk wasn't in the 3rd row???

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:05 AM

Is it true she will be opening for Broken Social Scene at the MHOW next month?

Ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 6:44 AM

LOL 6:44
I think that she already opened up, for all of them

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 7:48 AM

^teehee.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 8:26 AM

Dude, I brunched SO hard the next morning, I can't even begin to tell you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 8:51 AM

Dammit! I have to pick up Louis from soccer practice today. That's gonna cut my brunch short!

Word of advice to my Billyburger eating brethren: don't have kids, they only get in the way of unlimited mimosas.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:02 AM

Good for her that she has had success, but I think she is very overrated. Sort of a warmed over Norah Jones.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:25 AM

what is brunchwave?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:39 AM

Chicks don't rock.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:46 AM

brunchwave > hummus

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:47 AM

Frohawk is down with brunchwave? Of course he is. That guy is so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:49 AM

Why do people book these huge, seated venues, then bitch about how un-intimate they feel. Both her and Mangum at Town Hall did this. Either take the huge payday and zip it, or play a smaller room. Or T5.
I would've been majorly pissed if I'd paid more to sit in the front row, then have 400 people rush in front of me, as happened here, and at the National.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:19 AM

9:39 - (People correct me if I'm wrong), but brunchwave is music targeted to moneyed hipsters who grow up, settle down, move to Park Slope, and push baby carriages around to coffee shops and vegan eateries. You can find brunchwave CD's on the counter at Starbucks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:20 AM

It's funny that Starbucks does not serve brunch ...
true fact

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

10:20, I think you nailed it. Some brunchwave artists include: Norah Jones, Feist, Wilco, Band of Horses, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, etc.

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

10:29, Ironic, right? But that's where they sell the brunchcore CD's.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:30 AM

1 - 2 - 3 - 4
jab that guy, he's gonna snore

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:40 AM

@10:19 I was in row 2 and was overtaken by a lesbian couple who made out for much of the show. One had dreads, wore a hemp jumpsuit and fannypack, and farted the WHOLE show.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:41 AM

You don't have to have kids to be brunchwave. Brunchwave is a lifestyle based on the pursuit of maintaining the vibe of brunch at all time. It is not specific to gender, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

Feist is the queen of the brunchwave scene. Norah Jones is certainly brunchwave. Not so sure about Wilco, Band of horses et al.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:47 AM

so where does brostep fit in to all of this?

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

Wilco has some brunchwave elements, but brunchwave and drugs are mutually exclusive. Brunchwavers:
Feist
Norah Jones
Jamie Cullum
Dido
She & Him
Regina Spektor
Andrew Bird
Jenny Lewis
New Death Cab for Cutie

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:58 AM

10:58, good list. I would also include The Decemberists as part of the brunchwave movement.

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

The most important aspect of Brunchwave is the low-key vibe, totally chill, almost sleep-inducing. Music in the Brunchwave genre must be totally tame, without any rough-edges or surprises. A write-up in the Sunday NY Times Arts means an artist has risen to the top of the Brunchwave scene.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:08 AM

yeah good list. i forgot out Dido. she's totally brunchwave.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:17 AM

11:08 - To add to that, any of the nerdy whitebread people in those commercials for the NY Sunday Times, particularly the guy with the glasses, are indicative of the target audience for brunchcore.

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

11:08, makes sense. I suppose we can add Grizzly Bear to the list as well?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:20 AM

add pomplamoose

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:26 AM

Panda Bear is kinda brunchwave
Jewel, Cat Stevens, Sheryl Crow, Kenny G are brunchwave grandparents

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:27 AM

I think the likes of Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Bon Iver, Decemberists, Lykke Li, and other New Yorker/NYT Arts darlings have tracks that make it onto brunchcore playlists but are not inherently brunchwave. "Two Weeks" could do a fine job of accompanying an egg-whites, sundried toms, and goat cheese omelette, but "On A Neck, On A Spit" will make mama spill her mimosa all over her 7-year-old's pleather jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:29 AM

Belle and Sebastian deserve a shout out for laying down the template which most of our modern day Brunchwavers still follow.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:42 AM

@11:42 Good call. B&S, despite being so good, led to so much shitty twee and brunchwave. Sad stories.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:50 AM

shout out to OG Stevie Nicks as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:50 AM

does she really need a KISS style jumbotron behind her focusing on her face?....christ what an ego

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:54 AM

True I guess but Stuart Murdoch is a true genius songwriter and they were really inspired by things like Nick Drake & Donovan & Love.. Was there brunch in the 60's and 70s? I think many of the current ones are inspired literally by brunch itself or the thought that they too could be on a Starbucks comp.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:58 AM

Yeah, I get the sense Jamie Cullum has nothing but $25 eggs bennie on his mind when he sits down at a piano.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:06 PM

Don't lump Nick Drake in with these poofs.
Nick Drake was art.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:18 PM

Yes Nick Drake was art, until his family gave him to Volkswagon..then his cds were permanently lodged in every boho coffeshop on earth

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:29 PM

^ True.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:47 PM

BAM:The Brunchwave

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:12 PM

Arcade Fire is not brunchwave, but is beloved by those who brunch.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:47 PM

Arcade Fire is what the brunchcore set listen to when they want to "rock out".

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:52 PM

If you think Arcade Fire is Brunchwave, you are mistaken. Re-read the definitions above. Arcade fire is another kind of monster all together.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:54 PM

1:54, I made clear that Arcade Fire is not brunchwave, but is loved by those who brunch. It's what they listen to when they want to get crazzayyyyyy

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:56 PM

Is there a whiter band than Arcade Fire?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 1:58 PM

@1:58 Das Racist

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 2:04 PM

The S P I N D O C T O R S are when those who brunch want to relive their wild college years

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 3:28 PM

This could be the funniest thread since lustmord.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 3:34 PM

Is the 7th to last photo an example of brunchcore dirty dancing?

Posted by Lurky | November 4, 2011 4:18 PM

Umm...why are you forgetting The National in this brunchwave list?

They are the kings of the genre. In fact, they are also kings of another genre: white-wine-and-brownstones-wave.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:09 PM

"Bliss" and "Mymoon" in Williamsburg are fantastic brunch places. And the new feist album ain't bad.

Posted by A professional bruncher. | November 4, 2011 5:17 PM

The National are more like late dinner music

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:22 PM

What a god-awful small affair.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:27 PM

Joni Mitchell is super brunchwave.

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

The Smiths would be the equivalent of the original eggs over easy.

Posted by Valensi | November 4, 2011 8:32 PM

5:22 is correct. The National are formal cocktail party music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 12:15 AM

Yeah the national are too arch to be brunchwave

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 12:37 AM

Is animal collective brunchwave?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 1:47 AM

^ No. Animal Collective is Hummuswave.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 1:49 AM

Early cat power not brunchwave (too dark)
Later cat power (covers era) however is brunchwave

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 9:26 AM

Would Yo La Tengo be brunchwave?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 10:23 AM

i hate music

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2011 4:10 PM

6:44 - Feist does not wish to be associated with BSS. Please stop mentioning BSS.

And 12:29, since you used the phrase Boho, you are very brunchwave. Please let me know where you brunch, so I can watch you order and eat

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

a ton of fun for sure.

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 4:16 PM

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