Posted in music | pictures on June 20, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt

"although each song is basically the same, The Tallest Man on Earth was blissful tonight @ Town Hall" - Christopher CJ Smith

DOWNLOAD: Strand of Oaks - "Maureen's (MP3)

The Tallest Man on Earth at Town Hall - 6/19/12
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Halfway through his set at Town Hall last night, Kristian Matsson--also known as Tallest Man on Earth--set his acoustic guitar down and clumsily stumbled to the other side of the stage, sitting down at a grand piano. "I can't really play this thing over here; it's hard," he mused softly into the microphone. "But I like to sing." He carefully placed his hands on the keys, fluttering his fingers just enough to make the audience doubt what he had just said, and squeaked out the first words to the title track of his recently released LP There's No Leaving Now, a song about overcoming the fear of failure. The concertgoers watched as this man, solo among his five guitars and single piano, earnestly shared his demons--a recurring image throughout the night. [Village Voice]
The Tallest Man On Earth brought his tour to NYC last night (6/19) for a sold out show at Town Hall with Strand of Oaks. He played most of the tracks off of his great new album, There's No Leaving Now and old favorites like "Love Is All," "Kind of Spain," "Where Do My Bluebirds Fly," and "The Gardener."

Opener Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter with drummer Chris Ward from Pattern is Movement) is set to release a new album this year titled Dark Shores. You can grab the first single from that album above and check out the lyrics to the track on bandcamp.

The Tallest Man on Earth and Strand of Oaks will play Town Hall again tonight (6/20) and tonight's show is also sold out.

More pictures and setlist from last night below...

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Tallest Man on Earth Setlist:
To Just Grow Away
Love Is All
1904
Leading Me Now
I Won't Be Found
The Gardener
There's No Leaving Now
Troubles Will Be Gone
Where Do My Bluebird Fly
The Wind and Walls
Like The Wheel
King of Spain
Little Brother
On Every Page

Encore:
The Dreamer
Thrown Right On Me (w/ Amanda Bergman)

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Comments (27)

Applause for lack of individual audience member shots.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 4:37 PM

How was Strand Of Oaks?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 4:41 PM

Get there early for Strand of Oaks. Just insane how fucking good that was.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 4:59 PM

The tallest man in the world can touch the clouds. Yes? But can he touch our hearts?

Posted by strand of dna | June 20, 2012 5:01 PM

8:00 - Strand of Oaks
9:15 - Tallest Man on Earth

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 5:01 PM

Dan Deacon filling in on drums??

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 5:03 PM

anyone have any idea what song he came out to? it was him singing in Swedish, I think...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 5:16 PM

More interested in seeing the iPods -- real diversity from tack to track!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 6:43 PM

GREAT Concert! I drove from Chicago and was the guy he bro hugged at the end of the concert! Will never forget!

Posted by Efren | June 20, 2012 8:02 PM

Great show! Strand of Oaks were fantastic! Tallest Man on Earth had the entire crowd wrapped around his guitar strings.

Posted by Anonimus | June 20, 2012 8:15 PM

Great show! Strand of Oaks were fantastic! Tallest Man on Earth had the entire crowd wrapped around his guitar strings.

Posted by Anonimus | June 20, 2012 8:19 PM

shortest man on talent

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:28 PM

Strand Of Oaks sounds a little like Ryan Adams. A lot actually.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:46 PM

is he gay? so handsome.

Posted by Eduardo | June 20, 2012 11:19 PM

What are you doing at the beginning of this article giving voice to a guy who thinks all of his songs sound basically the same. I hope that's tongue in cheek, because it's a very dense and ignorant statement.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 11:57 PM

YTIN .ASNIL is the best man on Earth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 1:17 AM

Get there early for Strand of Oaks

Posted by tn275 | June 21, 2012 5:03 AM

@5.16 PM, I wasn't there yesterday but last year he came out to some song by the swedish artist Håkan Hellström. Perhaps you can find the song by googleing him.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 7:19 AM

I met this dude...nice enough guy but he is a liar. I was taller then him by at least 2"

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 7:28 AM

Laughing at 6:43, 7:28.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 8:30 AM

Great show, but he kept hitting his head on the ceiling. Kinda distracting.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 8:43 AM

Surprisingly high Crowd Douche Factor last night.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 9:00 AM

@ 9am RIGHT? Almost ruined the show for me (I was two rows behind the guy who kept yelled RIDICULOUS. I think he was on drugs, for real).

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 10:04 AM

Biggest head on Earth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 11:01 AM

5:16, the song is "För Sent För Edelweiss" by Håkan Hellström

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 8:44 PM

"although each song is basically the same, The Tallest Man on Earth was blissful tonight @ Town Hall" - Christopher CJ Smith

i agree @11:57- What kind of journalist starts an article with that. Must be a real dum-dum

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 11:29 PM

I love the band the tallest men.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 5:08 PM

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