Posted in music | pictures on February 8, 2013

photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Devendra Banhart @ MHOW - 2/7/13
Devendra Banhart

Freak folk mainstay Devendra Banhart came to NYC last night (2/7) to open the second of two Swans shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, rescheduled from October (when Hurricane Sandy's wrath cancelled it). Devendra was the original opener of both of Swans' NYC shows in October, including the one that wasn't cancelled. Like at that October show, Devendra played seated and by himself, and he sounded great last night. Pictures of his set are in this post, and pictures of Swans' set are HERE.

He opened his set by explaining how lucky he was for getting to open a show he was later going to watch. It was the first of many flattering things he said about Swans and bandleader Michael Gira (whose label, Young God, Devendra was once signed to). He mentioned that he "owes his life" to Gira and was honored to be playing with him. In the midst of all this banter, he actually pointed out that he tries not to talk too much, and then it happens anyway, but he was pretty personable the whole time and the crowd never minded. A lot of the people in front were mega fans, a few of which even flew in to see him (!), and the crowd was loving him the whole time. They were completely silent during the songs, and excitedly cheering and clapping otherwise.

A portion of his set (at least three songs) was sung in Spanish, possibly including his just-released single, "Mi Negrita," the third track to be revealed from his upcoming album, Mala, which is due out on March 12 via Nonesuch. The set also had some classic Devendra songs, including "Little Yellow Spider," which was requested by the crowd (and Devendra forgot some of the words part of the way through).

A stream of the new single, another Mala cut, "Never Seen Such Good Things," and more pictures from the MHOW show below...

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Devendra Banhart

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Devendra Banhart

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Devendra Banhart - "Mi Negrita"

Devendra Banhart - "Never Seen Such Good Things"

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Comments (23)

great set.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 3:14 PM

This guy's such a fucking phony. I can't enjoy his music because all I can think of is what a fucking jerk off he is.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 3:16 PM

harsh words from... anonymous.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 3:18 PM

Anonymous? I'm 3:16.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 3:22 PM

Fell in love with this guy last night. Only knew his 'Long-Haired Child' era stuff, but almost every song that he played was excellent. Very economical sound-wise. It's like he spent a while holed up with xx.

Posted by Dylanon | February 8, 2013 3:39 PM

I wasn't at the show, but wish I was. The girl in stripes looks a lot like me - very "Double Life of Veronique". Hmm...perhaps I was at the show...in a sense?

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 3:40 PM

Rejoicing In the Hands is an amazing record!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 4:00 PM

this guy is why i didn't go see swans. don't want a single dollar going in his pocket.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 4:17 PM

Rejoicing is good as is Cripple Crow.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 4:18 PM

It's interesting the ways he has influenced M Gira. I swear I hear it in places on the last two Swans records. whistling, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 5:00 PM

Did the editor have to pick the geekiest looking photo for the lead? Answer is yes.

Posted by Demented Barnyard | February 8, 2013 5:08 PM

This Dude is a Pocket Pussy>>

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 5:23 PM

As if I didn't already think he was pretentious enough. Kinda interesting to do, though. I'll give him that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 6:23 PM

That was funny to see the array of conventional people and fashion victims who came to see Swans then left after 30 mins.
Truly odd that people have just cared about hype of Swans that they are loud or crazy so people who actually dont give a shit about the band snapped some Iphone photos and left soon after as it was a spectacle for them.
At least Swans got their ticket sales.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 6:32 PM

Does he live here now or something? Go back to LA.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 6:42 PM

At least he dropped the long hair/face paint/neo hippie look. Don't know if his music has changed at all, though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 7:06 PM

the new song is good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2013 8:33 PM

he is hot, we girls have mega crushes on him and you guys are jealous.
and oh yes he does make pretty sweet music

Posted by s | February 9, 2013 5:19 AM

don't think much of his music

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2013 3:05 PM

I met Devendra a few times about 10 years ago and he was always very nice to me.

Posted by Barry Bliss | February 9, 2013 3:13 PM

Well, his music is crap but he at least nailed Natalie Portman so I guess he can hang his hat on that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2013 10:33 AM

How did I even land on this site? It pains me to agree with the pair of anonymous posters who brand him a 'phony' and a 'pocket pussy' but ten years ago, I think when his first record was about to be released, I saw this guy play an industry showcase in California. He was so high he couldn't remember his own songs or play his guitar or whatever it was. I was dead sober and all I can remember about it was that he was gorgeous and everything else was bullshit. Someone gave me a promo of that first album and though the artwork was pretty and I liked the production, there really wasn't much to it. I wish I could say I'm shocked that the Brooklyn/vegan crowd is still enamored with him a decade later but frankly, I'm not. Affected eccentricity and a clever cardigan on a skinny white guy with a neatly trimmed beard seems to be all it takes to hold that scene's collective interest.

Posted by Luno | March 16, 2013 4:23 PM

I really like little yellow spider.

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