Posted in music | pictures on March 19, 2012

photos by Kurt Christensen

Jim James @ Webster Hall
New Multitudes

"New Multitudes, a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie, made up of the singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker and Will Johnson, operates from within a cocoon of familiarity. Not with regard to the songs, exactly: all 12 on the group's self-titled debut album, released last month on Rounder, began with previously unused scraps of writing from the Guthrie archives, freshly set to music.

What's familiar about New Multitudes is that process of refurbishment, which has also given us several albums by Billy Bragg with Wilco -- a collection, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," is due out on Nonesuch next month -- and one by Jonatha Brooke. In these and other instances, mostly smaller in scale, access to the material was enthusiastically granted by Nora Guthrie, the guardian of her father's legacy...." [NY Times]

New Multitudes hit Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/14) with Bobby Bare Jr. in tow. Here are some pictures, setlist included, from the NYC show. More below...

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Comments (15)

Yumpin Yimminy!

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 4:50 PM

Sleeper show [shaddup, you know what I mean] of the year this far

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 6:13 PM

Does anyone know the name of the solo acoustic tune that Will Johnson played?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 6:49 PM

That's "Just To Know What You've Been Dreaming" off of Will's solo disc "Vultures Await". A damn fine record.

Posted by cdm | March 19, 2012 7:01 PM

"The Way That He Sings" - awesome

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 7:13 PM

Jay Farrar sounded awesome on "The Way That He Sings". They really kicked ass on that tune.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 10:29 PM

Perfect show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 2:04 AM

Sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 9:25 AM

A retard supergroup, I'm not in the least surprised you hipsters are apoplectic over this. Just for the record, it is objectively uninspired music.

Glad you liked it, though. The short bus will be here in 10 minutes, so helmets on!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 9:49 AM

9:49 = an asshole who has no clue what they are talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 10:20 AM

the song Will played solo during the encore was "Little Raider" from a recent self-released EP of the same name. The song he played with the band during the encore was the previously mentioned "Just To Know What You've Been Dreaming."

Posted by bob andrews | March 21, 2012 1:01 PM

"The Way That He Sings" - awesome

Posted by Souq | March 27, 2012 5:21 AM

"The Way That He Sings" - awesome

Posted by Souq | March 27, 2012 5:27 AM

nyctaper.com posted the audio of this show on their website. Good stuff.

Posted by D.Proper | March 31, 2012 1:52 PM

great breads here

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 3:18 PM

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