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photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Sloan @ MHOW, 10/5/2012
Sloan with Feist (cameraphone shot by Bill)
"Who here likes surprise guests?" asked Sloan bassist Chris Murphy during his band's second encore at Music Hall of Williamsburg last week (10/15). "We've got one for ya. She's known for singing, but what she really likes to do is rock out on guitar... ladies and gentlemen, Feist!" Roaring applause. Leslie Feist came out and ripped it up with Sloan for a let-it-all-hang-loose version of "She Says What She Means," the Thin Lizzy-esque opening track to 1998's Navy Blues that the band rarely plays anymore because, says Murphy, "it rips up my voice."
It was a highlight to what was a super fun night and easily the most epic-length Sloan show I've ever seen. (Two hours plus.) The focus of the show was their 1994 album Twice Removed, which they played in full. Many of the songs from this album are setlist mainstays, but it was neat to hear rarely-played tracks like Patrick Pentland's "Loosens" and Andrew Scott's "Before I Do." I have been to a few of these album-in-full shows and while it's fun in general, especially with a record you love, but the spontinaiety of not knowing what's coming next maybe brought the energy level down a bit.
What followed after Twice Removed did not suffer this problem, and I think the crowd and band both had more fun during this second part of the evening. Opening with One Chord to Another's "G Turns to D," the band tore through a 20-song, fan-friendly set that hit most of the band's big singles (though no "Underwhelmed"), including "The Other Man" and "Fading Into Obscurity" which have been out of rotation the last few NYC go-rounds.
Full setlist and more pictures from the show are below.
Sloan with Feist (cameraphone pics by Bill Pearis)
Setlist: Sloan @ MHOW 10/15/2012
I Hate My Generation
People of the Sky
Deeper Than Beauty
Before I Do
I Can Feel It
G turns to D
Who Taught You to Live Like That?
Keep on Thinking About You
Shadow of Love
Fading Into Obscurity
Good in Everyone
The Other Man
Take Good Care of the Poor Boy
Money City Maniacs
Lines You Amend
Everything You've Done Wrong
She Says What She Means (w/ Feist)