Posted in music | pictures on May 24, 2012

Webster photos by Eric M. Townsend, Bowery photos by Bryan Bruchman

Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
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Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
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Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?

Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.

But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.

Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...

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Nada Surf @ Webster (by Eric Townsend)

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Music Hall of Williamsburg (by Bryan Bruchman)

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Nada Surf (by Bryan Bruchman)

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Nada Surf fan in a rare BrooklynVegan t-shirt
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Nada Surf Setlist at Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Clear Eye Clouded Mind
Waiting for Something
Happy Kid
Whose Authority
What Is Your Secret?
Teenage Dreams
Weightless
Killian's Red
Something's Growing Inside (The Gravel Pit cover)
Jules and Jim
Concrete Bed
80 Windows
When I Was Young
The Way You Wear Your Head
Your Legs Grow
No Snow on the Mountain
Blonde on Blonde
Hi-Speed Soul
See These Bones
Encore:
Inside of Love
Always Love
Blankest Year
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Nada Surf Setlist at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Clear Eye Clouded Mind
Waiting for Something
Hyperspace
Happy Kid
Whose Authority
What Is Your Secret?
Teenage Dreams
Weightless
Killian's Red
Jules and Jim
Concrete Bed
80 Windows
When I Was Young
The Way You Wear Your Head
Paper Boats
No Snow on the Mountain
Blonde on Blonde
Hi-Speed Soul
See These Bones

Encore:
Inside of Love
Always Love
Blankest Year

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Comments (33)

Is that Doug Gillard?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:07 AM

nice white dreads fruit loop. Get a haircut and then a job.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:08 AM

Play your hit!

Posted by Puff Sr | May 24, 2012 11:11 AM

Blankest Year is such a great song.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:13 AM

what the fuck goes to see Nada Surf? really, who is their audience?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:21 AM

If you have ever seen them live you would understand. Fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:06 PM

Yes it is Doug Gillard. Nada Surf is fun power-pop!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:07 PM

11:21: boring.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:22 PM

Did they play Stacy's Mom?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:29 PM

Losers always lose when you bitch and moan about a band you obviously are just ripping on for the sake of ripping. Nada Surf always rules and rocks the roof off the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:51 PM

I remember seeing videos on MTV back in the day and thinking that I can't even begin to imagine the kind of idiots who like crap like this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 1:35 PM

yeah. timeless pop rock. who likes that?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:31 PM

Did they play Pretty Fly for a White Guy?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:47 PM

wtf is drunk dead milkmen guy doing in a brooklynvegan t-shirt?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:57 PM

2:47 I hope you don't have any offspring!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:59 PM

they are good, their songs are good, their hit was silly/stupid

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:18 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:27 PM

why is that guy from Batillus wearing a tie?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:28 PM

Nada Surf are tremendous live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:50 PM

I saw them live once, it was at the Barsuk showcase at CMJ back in like 04 or something. The singer was a part of "The Barsuk Men's Choir" which did backup vocals on Death Cab's Transatlanticism. I don't really remember their set, other than that the singer, or somebody, was smoking on stage.

I never thought 'popular' was a funny song, and it never struck me that they were trying to be funny. It seemed like a song that was made to appeal to serious kids. Oh well, can't please all of the people all of the time!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:06 PM

gotta say, didnt go to this but I saw them in a small intimate venue last winter and they played a near perfect show. they are really good live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:16 PM

Nada Surf is better than Pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:11 PM

^ False

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:32 PM

Nada Surf is better than Pinchers of Loaf

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:35 PM

How so?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:46 PM

I really like that song Friends of P they did. That was a good song.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 7:08 PM

They should have stopped at Nada and gone surfing instead of making shitty music

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 7:39 PM

Jesus, they were lucky enough to have one alt-radio hit from 15+ years ago and they refuse to play it out of some sort of holier than thou anger towards it/themselves? Fuck em until they own up to "Sex and Candy"

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:00 PM

Doug Gillard is way too talented to be in this band

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:32 PM

what does pavement have to do with this band?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 9:20 PM

8:32 that is rich..

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 7:54 AM

Don't judge Nada by "Popular". Also, the guy who asked who Nada's audience was.....Webster Hall sold out.

Posted by Nick | May 25, 2012 9:37 AM

nada surf for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 2:26 PM

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