Posted in music | pictures on December 12, 2012

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher

James Blake at MHOW - 12/11/12
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"Now might be a good time to tell you that the album's nearly done, the new one. This is the first time we've played any of it to anybody in America," said [James] Blake, who admitted to being nervous. He needn't have been. The new tracks - which Blake says haven't been officially named yet, but were listed on the setlist as "We Are Going Down T'Pub", "Our Love Comes Back", "Every Day I Ran", and "Overgrown" - were stunning, continuing the trend of increasing Blake's vocal focus and even hinting at traces of R&B. The mix of fresh tunes and favorites was a brilliant balance. If set-closer "The Wilhelm Scream" had been the last song of the night, it would have been an impeccable show.

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[During the encore], Blake played new song "Retrograde", an absolutely massive tune that seemed to bring together everything he had played up to that point. It was the type of song that, when you hear it for the first time, puts a huge smile on your face, knowing you're going to get to hear it with fresh ears someday down the road. If this is the type of stuff on Blake's new album, he'll run 2013. [Consequence of Sound]

James Blake, who had one of, if not the most stunning debut full length of 2011, came to NYC last night (12/11) for his first of two sold out shows here to make the stateside live debut of the material he's working on for that album's followup. As quoted in the above review, his set included six new songs. He also played the new material at a recent UK show, and a video of two of those songs from that show is below (no videos from the NYC show at the moment though). Last night's show was at Music Hall of Williamsburg and pictures are in this post.

James and FaltyDL, who also opened last night, will do it again tonight (12/12) at Bowery Ballroom, and tonight's show is also sold out.

More pics and the setlist from Tuesday's show and that video are below...

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James Blake at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 12/11/12 Setlist:
Air and Lack Thereof
I Never Learnt To Share
We Are Going Down T'Pub
Lindisfarne I and II
Limit To Your Love
CMYK
Our Love Comes Back
Klavierwerke
Every Day I Ran
Overgrown
The Wilhelm Scream

Encore:
Anti-War Dub
Retrograde
A Case Of You

James Blake - 2 new songs and "Lindisfarne" at Conway Hall, London - 12/4/12

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Comments (23)

What's the matter? No tweets this time proclaiming "James Blake tore the roof off of MHOW!!"

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:12 PM

it was a pretty incredible show

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:17 PM

Show was unfuckingbelievable, he has upped his game exponentially. The new songs sound like they were written 400 years into the future.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:20 PM

he is soooooooooo cuuuuuteeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:22 PM

"Show was unfuckingbelievable, he has upped his game exponentially"

It's called practice. He should go from blah to unfuckingbelievable... he should have been unfuckingbelievable since the beginning.

He was so overhyped he was destined to disappoint. But since his being overhyped led to a zillion shows and some decent money, improvement was inevitable

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:23 PM

yeah anyone who disses this show is an idiot. it was seriously impressive.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:25 PM

What time did he go on and how long did he play for?!

ps Any merch?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:37 PM

set times?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:39 PM

Here's an idea that works everytime. Actual musicianship.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:56 PM

Last night:
FaltyDL 9-945
James Blake 1015-1140

Posted by CJ | December 12, 2012 1:59 PM

Thanks CJ, appreciate it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:07 PM

that was pretty outstanding.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:10 PM

no merch

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:24 PM

1:23 so musical improvement is somehow a bad thing now? Sounds like you are just grasping at straws to continue to hating on something for the purpose of hating on it.

I would much rather an artist go from lukewarm to extraordinary instead of just continuing to feel apathetic about them, as is the case with 90% of artists this website covers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:33 PM

Did he use the horrible autotune effect? I tried listening to this guy but couldn't get past that sound.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:45 PM

This dude is lame as hell. wanker

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:54 PM

your photographer is a cuntbag... cut in front of the the entire crowd right before the show started

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 3:43 PM

Is this the kind of wimpy, lame junk the hipsters are listening to these days? And people wonder why the older bands that actually rock out are still popular? It is absurd what Stones are charging but can you imagine anyone years from now paying that much to see ANY of today's bands?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 3:59 PM

Why even read this if you hate the guy? And then comment? THAT is wanking.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 4:11 PM

Yawn. I just woke up from hibernation after I listened to James Blake's first album, what's new in the wor......ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 5:23 PM

James Blake and his live band were magnificent last night @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Overall, one of the best live shows of the past year at this venue.

Posted by Bruce Nigga | December 12, 2012 10:57 PM

all thanks dear

Posted by freedo | March 29, 2013 9:46 AM

James Blake is amazing.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 1, 2013 2:54 PM

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