Posted in music | pictures on March 25, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fiona Apple

"Fiona Apple got a warm welcome back to her native city [Friday] night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Born in New York City in the fall of 1977, her last live show here dated back to December 2005 [actually she played NYC in August 2007], so fans --most of whom, we're assuming, probably didn't see her performances at SXSW last week-- were exploding with emotion as the lights dimmed. She came onstage to deafening cheers, her hair in a simple ponytail, wearing a bright green camisole cinched with a silver-y belt that hung stylishly in a bow at her side. She declared that she had two things to say:

1) She missed her dog Janet, so her friend had made her a cardboard cutout of her canine pal that she could bring with her on stage.
2) Even though she wouldn't hear anyone chatting away during the show, she suspected other folks in the crowd wouldn't appreciate any loud talkers.

(On the second point, there would be little to worry about. The crowd hung on her every lyric last night. Talkers? No. But there were plenty of participants, as the set would veer into a full-fledged sing-along at several moments during the hour-long show.)" [VH1]

Guitar great/singer-songwriter Blake Mills opened the Brooklyn show and also addressed talkers ("I can't hear myself think"). He then joined Fiona as a member of her extremely talented live band, as he will again Monday night at Bowery Ballroom (part of a very short North American tour).

Like she did in Chicago, Fiona, who was on stage by 9:45pm (I know at least a couple of people who missed the first 15 minutes of her set), played for just under an hour. Her 12-song, encore-less performance included a couple of new songs, hits like "Fast as You Can", "Sleep to Dream", and "Criminal", and the title track of her 2005 album "Extraordinary Machine" (one of my favorites of the night). She closed with a cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make-Believe" which I thought, despite being a cover, was the greatest, most powerful moment of the too-short show. Video of that & more, with the full setlist and more pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...

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Fiona Apple - Fast as you can HD @ Music Hall, NY March 23, 2012

Fiona Apple - Paper Bag HD @ Music Hall, NY March 23, 2012

Fiona Apple - It's Only Make Believe HD @ Music Hall, NY March 23, 2012 (Conway Twitty cover)

Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 3/23/2012 - actual setlist
"Fast as You Can" /
"On the Bound" /
"Paper Bag" /
"Mistake" /
"Anything We Want*" /
"Valentine*" /
"Sleep to Dream" /
"Extraordinary Machine" /
"Every Single Night*" /
"Carrion" /
"Criminal" /
"It's Only Make-Believe"

*New songs
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Comments (72)

$40 for 12 songs and a set that's under an hour? Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 5:41 PM

she was awesome in atlantic city last night!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 5:44 PM

Umm wasn't she like popular in the 90s? People still pay attention to her?

Ohhh hipsters

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 5:47 PM

She needs some vitamin D and a sandwich.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 5:51 PM

yo would you all seriously shutup...this looks like it was a damn good show, gosh

Posted by frustrated with haters | March 25, 2012 5:57 PM

Very disappointing that this was under an hour, but this still looks like a great time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:06 PM

Pros:
-muscle tone
-set list font

Cons:
-everything else

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:09 PM

This bitch looks terrible. Would not hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:10 PM

Those twelve songs had more power in them than any 18-songs concert I have ever been to. I'm sure she didn't do the encore because she was drained by the last song. She really needs to start eating a lot more, though. She is alarmingly thin. But man, what a voice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:25 PM

No encore is lame, especially since this is supposed to be her triumphant return to the game. Didn't some of these tickets go for mega-bucks via stubhub? I would feel jipped.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:49 PM

6:09 -- "set list font" -- I laffed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 6:58 PM

ya'll(commenters) are awful people

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 7:11 PM

I'm glad she is not fat like all you fat fuck hipsters now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 7:21 PM

Bands with fruit in the name besides Fiona Apple (feel free to add to this):

The Apples (???)
Bananarama
Blind Melon
Buckcherry
Code Orange Kids
The Cranberries
Grapefruit
Orange Goblin
Peaches & Herb
Tangerine Dream


Posted by D | March 25, 2012 7:32 PM

Melt Banana
Quick Apple Two Step


Posted by D | March 25, 2012 7:35 PM

Melt Banana
Green Apple Qucick Step


Posted by D | March 25, 2012 7:35 PM

Apples in Stereo
Orange Juice

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:04 PM

Village People

Oh, different kind of fruit? So sorry ....

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:09 PM

the moldy peaches
duh!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:10 PM

I think that she's pretty hot. It's her music that makes me want to stick long sharp objects into my ear canal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:24 PM

The Electric Prunes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:30 PM

Blake Mills rules. fuck talkers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:31 PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:31 PM

Keep 'em comin'

Orange Juice? Ok...

Posted by D | March 25, 2012 8:36 PM

sausage, hummus, falafel, tabouhleh

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:37 PM

Feel bad for the people who payed out the nose to see this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 8:47 PM

Meth addict.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 9:12 PM

I would go to the show

Posted by Carros Usados Brasil | March 25, 2012 9:47 PM

BAHAHA I feel bad for the suckers that paid over $400 a ticket on Stubhub to see her perform for less than an hour.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 9:50 PM

Agent Orange
Neenah Cherry
Lemonheads
Berry White

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 9:57 PM

i smell varmint poontang

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 10:06 PM

The Raspberries!

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 10:13 PM

david blaine used to bang that

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 10:40 PM

LINSANITYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 10:42 PM

She needs a whole apple pie everyday.

Looks like an older grimes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 11:02 PM

whoa....an artist with some actual TALENT that this shitty site is covering???

I've seen it all now

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2012 11:20 PM

My name is Gerald and I'm drunk

Posted by Gerald | March 26, 2012 12:24 AM

Peaches
Eagle-Eye Cherry
Chuck Berry
Smashing Pumpkins
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 12:39 AM

I love Fionna Apple. Bummed that I couldn't be there. Sounds amazing.

Posted by Scottsdale Homes | March 26, 2012 12:48 AM

Jamba Juice

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 12:56 AM

EAT SOMETHING FIONA!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 2:03 AM

Literally every single one of these comments is offensive.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 3:04 AM

"Literally every single one of these comments is offensive."

FUCK YOU AND THE HORSE THAT RODE IN ON YOU.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | March 26, 2012 3:25 AM

Asking the audience to refrain from talking is taking one huge risk. There are those who might believe that it is the performer's job to make sure the audience stays quiet via their performance. But if she can ask the audience to shut up and they respect her wish, that sure says something about how highly they regard her...

Posted by Joshua Sanders | March 26, 2012 7:51 AM

FIONA WAS AWESOME!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 8:37 AM

I thought David Carradine died jacking off?

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/blakemills/mhow2/6.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 8:46 AM

^ Probably watched that classic 'Criminal' video one last time, if ya know what I mean.


Also, haha 8:09, nice.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 9:13 AM

ya, thats obviously not D.C. nor do it look like he

Posted by Sven | March 26, 2012 9:19 AM

Dudes rockin Fiona Apple t-hirts might be the funniest thing ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 9:26 AM

haaa didn't know she plays her cover of across the universe (it's listed on her setlist but was apparently scrapped for the "it's only make believe" cover)

love that version from the pleasantville soundtrack

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 9:29 AM

Its Sebastian Steinberg!

Posted by John | March 26, 2012 9:33 AM

It's Sebastian Bach!

Posted by 18 And Life To Go! | March 26, 2012 10:04 AM

brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fionaapple/mhow2/5.jpg will haunt my dreams forever

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 10:26 AM

^ ha ha that's like the Ripley stare down the mama Alien look there

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 11:02 AM

The guy at the door told me that they had over 100 fake tickets from stubhub

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 11:42 AM

great pictures, Amanda!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 12:18 PM

Your photos from this show are stunning. They capture not only the energy and attitude of the performers, but also the scene in the audience which is a nice touch. Kudos, Amanda Hatfield.

Posted by Cassie Newman | March 26, 2012 1:10 PM

If I paid 400 bucks to get in, I'd feel ripped off getting a 55 minute set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 1:31 PM

"The guy at the door told me that they had over 100 fake tickets from stubhub"

Not buying that. I would not trust anything the door guys at Music Hall would tell me much less trust they know how to even count.
I am sure they had a few but over 100. Bullshit. I have used StubHub a bunch of times and never got a fake. Plus StubHub would be out of business if you actually believed all the astronomical numbers you hear these days of fakes coming from them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 1:35 PM

Man, Fiona looks BAD.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 2:32 PM

linsanity off da hook yall!

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 2:32 PM

I would've loved to have seen this show, but the tickets' selling out in 1 second prevented that. I think $40 was a fair price, even for a 55 minute show. Fiona clearly puts her all into her performances, and I'd rather her keep them to a length that doesn't destroy her voice than have her try to do more than she's comfortable with. I just wish she'd played at a bigger venue so more people could've gone.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 4:10 PM

bowery tickets re-released five minutes ago - already all gone. i got 1

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 5:00 PM

The Rolling Chickpeas

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 5:25 PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 1:09 AM

@109 i was standing behind you; filming an entire song makes you a piece of shit. put your phone away.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 7:29 AM

7:29 i was standing behind you; it's called deodorant. give it a shot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 8:44 AM

@844/@109 there were people who were talking about literally throwing something at your phone so it would fall out of your hand. i hope the ~200 views you get on youtube were worth ruining the song for the entire crowd of people standing behind you.

also i personally thought that 'criminal' was her weakest performance of the night. 'extraordinary machine' was the greatest; she kind of phoned in criminal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2012 9:43 AM

yes Also, haha 8:09, nice.

Posted by Game | March 31, 2012 3:04 PM

I want to see her so badly! :/ Extraordinary Set List ;)

Posted by Aida Flores | March 31, 2012 8:37 PM

Uaal! Very, very good!

Posted by Esporte | September 25, 2012 7:05 PM

great performances here

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 2:26 PM

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