Posted in music | pictures on December 23, 2013

photos by P Squared Photography

The Breeders / Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall - 12/20/13
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Speedy Ortiz weren't the only benefactors of the stage. This is going to come off either stupid or obvious for those whose Breeders concert experience doesn't come from YouTube or 20-year reunions, but Last Splash needs to be heard live. Take "Roi"; as track five, it's a grind between fuzz and silence, which is striking as an idea and compelling on record, but live it's colossal, a battle between big sound and bigger silence. Deal's voice, small in the original mix, rises like smoke off an explosion -- it is the closest music comes to sounding like a battlefield. (There's fuzz, too; at times the Last Splash set comes off like a wobbly, distorted remix you'd find lying around some stray SoundCloud.)

Pod fared even better, tracks like "Doe" and "Hellbound" thrashing out of their unassuming confines and Kelley sweetening Kim's vocals as ably as original bandmate Tanya Donelly did. (Kim might have been the draw for much of the crowd, but Kelley was the heart. As lead on "I Just Wanna Get Along," she managed to sigh "I just wanna get along" with all the defeated comedown from one of the most honest post-breakup tracks in existence, while simultaneously coming off as the happiest person who's ever been on a stage.) [Village Voice]

Kim Deal & co. brought The Breeders back to NYC on their December tour for a two-night stand at Webster Hall late last week (12/19 & 12/20). Unlike The Breeders' tour earlier this year, where they played only Last Splash in its entirety, this time around they played that album AND its predecessor Pod. Opening both shows was Speedy Ortiz, who owe a thing or two to the Breeders' sound. Pictures of the second night, including a shot of the setlist, are in this post.

Speedy Ortiz have a very busy tour schedule. Their next NYC show is opening for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and in possibly related news, their old label Exploding In Sound Records is throwing a big year-end party at Baby's All Right on December 30 with Porches, Krill, Dead Wives, Roomrunner, Big Ups, Baked, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, Pile (acoustic), Gnarwhal, Ovlov and special guests billed as "Average Cock" (tickets).

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Comments (46)

Look at pictures of Speedy Ortiz from a year ago, look at pictures of them today and then tell me that getting famous doesn't make you start caring more about what you're wearing all of the time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:01 PM

No Tanya Donelly = No Breeders

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:16 PM

Killer show

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:19 PM

3:16 - Dumbest comment of the year. In a year filled with D posts, it was hard to pick a winner - but this is undoubtedly it!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:21 PM

I wonder how many years the Breeders have to tour the same 2 mediocre 20 year old albums before your hipster dilettantes turn on them the same way you turned on poor old Black Francis (who is looking a bit svelte these days as compared to dear old Kim amirite)

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 3:39 PM

The Breeders were overrated in 1993, and they remain overrated in 2013

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 4:00 PM

Didn't I see Kim and Kelly in front of Macy's yesterday? Coulda sworn they were playing hand bells near some kettle looking thing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 4:17 PM

Pretty sure the bassist for The Breeders taught a feminist theory class I took in college.

As for Speedy Ortiz, I want to check them out live one of these days.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 4:32 PM

Never wear a hat on stage. Almost as bad as shorts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 4:43 PM

LOL feminist theory

What, the early Moabite poetry class was full?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 5:08 PM

No Tanya Donelly = No Throwing Muses

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 5:14 PM

No Tanya Donelly = No Belly

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 5:15 PM

4:32 if you want to check out Speedy Ortiz you're in luck, they play a show every 5 hours.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 5:54 PM

Is that David J from Love & Rockets playing bass?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 8:03 PM

David J teaches feminist theory classes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 8:11 PM

No Gary Young = No Pavement.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 8:54 PM

Tanya apparently did play the Boston show... maybe she felt Speedy Ortiz was a hard act to follow.


LOL j/k

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 9:03 PM

4:43

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 9:38 PM

No Lou Barlow = No Dinosaur Jr.? Is this what's going on?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2013 11:29 PM

No Babe No Yankees

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 12:35 AM

damn The Breeders were excellent. Great show. come back again!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 1:09 AM

Kim Deal looks like a PE teacher

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 2:05 AM

Kim Deal looks like the love child of Black Francis and Robert Smith.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 9:26 AM

Incredible show and what a treat to see them do a new song. Here's hoping for a new album with the line up this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 9:46 AM

was pumped when they opened with Safari at the Friday night show, show was great, was surprised they went with last splash first when, in my opinion, it's the more upbeat album, but both albums sounded awesome

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2013 10:06 AM

Kim Deal is a fat slut lol

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 1:07 AM

wow you are all fucking deaf idiots. the breeders were always terrible and still are

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 1:13 AM

you wouldn't even be alive without the breeders.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 1:27 AM

The comments section on this site is so depressing. I feel sorry for all of you people who feel the need to go out of you way to be negative just so you can feel cool and fit in with strangers on the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 10:38 AM

^ as opposed to the brain dead cheerleading section, who you clearly submit don't have that need or motivations? Yeah, no. Why don't you go back to sleep there, Skipper ... no need to smell the coffee, just us adults having big boy talk.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 11:06 AM

11:06 thinks his 'big boy' talk actually equates to something - good for you you skilled barista, now, get back to work.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 11:55 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 7:06 PM

stop breeding

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 8:07 PM

11:55 is really confused, and quite mad - kind of a bad combination for stable mental health

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2013 12:52 AM

Belly was always a much stronger band than Breeders. I would like to see Belly again; Breeders, not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2013 1:59 AM

I don't know how anyone could find this place depressing. I'm always so happy and heartened when I come here to find that there are still people who are mature and thoughtful enough, and who have free time to spend reminding us that the bands we like are overrated and shitty and fat. THANK YOU, you provide an invaluable service and you really are so cool.

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2013 2:30 PM

^ lol tldr

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2013 3:08 PM

I don't need to grab a lion's balls to know that the experience would not be as awesome as it might sound in my head

Posted by Anonymous | December 27, 2013 3:37 PM

Most people who talk shit on this site are:

1) obese
2) males
3) get laid maybe once a year, by women with lowered self-esteem
4) smell of porkchops & b.o.

Posted by Quincinones | December 29, 2013 5:12 AM

I'm excited to see the comments below, but it's going to be funny because the guys responding KNOW it's true! At least two of the four options will always apply for these losers. hahah

Posted by Quincinones | December 29, 2013 5:20 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2013 5:40 AM

lol such hatred at 5 AM. this person is so mad. grrrrr so mad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2013 8:33 AM

iPo

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2013 8:34 AM

Wow that girl in the last picture is gorgeous. If she sees, please comment back! I think im in love

Posted by Sensitiveindiehottieswhowearshatsbutnotindoorbeanies | January 8, 2014 11:22 AM

It's not difficult to understand why the Breeders were a success back in the day. Two cute, goofy, identical twins, with endearing personalities, pretty voices and "girls can do it too" attitude. Fact remains that the music, with the exception of a few songs that sound like Pixies, isn't very memorable.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:54 AM

people still throw up devil horns?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:31 AM

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