Posted in To Do | music on January 24, 2014

Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010
Delorean

Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Brendan Canning

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the second of five shows here.

Delorean, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spanish synthpop band Delorean may not be as buzzy as they were back in 2010 (which feels like way more than four years ago), but they're still making shiny, catchy tunes and tonight's show is sold out. NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa opens.

Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene), White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge
While Broken Social Scene is on hiatus, both co-founders are focusing on their solo projects, and tonight Brendan Canning finally makes his way to NYC after having to postpone his last tour. White Hinterland makes solid indie pop and is about to release her first album since 2010, Baby, on April 1 via Dead Oceans. You can listen to its new single, "Ring the Bell," below.

The Detroit Cobras, Nude Beach, The Above @ The Bell House
Detroit Cobras have been doing garage rock covers for about two decades now, and they'll bring the fun back to Brooklyn tonight. If you're going, get there early for Nude Beach, whose punky take on Elvis Costello-style power pop is pretty great.

French Horn Rebellion, Seasick Mama, Heavenly Beat, Pizza Underground @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This week's BKNB line-up is a well-curated bunch of '80s-leaning dance acts from the wispy psuedo-Swedish Heavenly Beat, the Miami Vice-style cod reggae of Rush Midnight, and the big hook party jams of French Horn Rebellion. Sandwiched in there as well are Macaulay Culkin's novelty VU tribute band, The Pizza Underground. Free.

Woodsman, Herbcraft, Fire Talk @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing drony folk, motorik rhythms and the occasional chopped-up beat, Brooklyn's Woodsman are set to release their self-titled third album, on February 5. This is the kickoff to their tour with Herbcraft.

Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson, The Creepshow, Reformed Whores @ Irving Plaza
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts.

Prurient, Azar Swan, Clay Rendering @ Saint Vitus
Dominick Fernow is a man of many sounds (and projects) in the worlds of noise, power electronics, and industrial, and tonight he brings his Prurient project (just days after releasing a noisy new single) to the black walls of Saint Vitus. Also don't miss the goth pop of Azar Swan and the post-industrialism of Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick's Hospital Productions label).

Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Bowery Ballroom
You can pretty much always depend on Damien Jurado to deliver excellent indie folk songs, and his newest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out this week on Secretly Canadian) lives up to that promise.

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Trust, Heathered Pearls (DJ), FJTRSPA (DJ), Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Toronto resident Robert Alfons is Trust, for all intents and purposes, who makes sinister minimal synth. With a new album, Joyland, out in March expect lots of new stuff at the late show. Sold out.

DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep @ Radio City Music Hall
Tons of old school rap that needs no introduction at tonight's 'Masters of Ceremony' show at Radio City.

Travis Morrison, Jeff Rosenstock, Max Low, Patrick Salt Ryan @ The Grand Victory
The Dismemberment Plan may be active again, but frontman Travis Morrison still makes time for his solo project. And on the other hand, Bomb the Music Industry! may have just ended, but frontman Jeff Rosenstock isn't going anywhere, as he's playing solo tonight too.

R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson @ Issue Project Room
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.

Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).

North Highlands, Black Girls, Arms, Fasano @ Death By Audio
Superior locals North Highlands and Arms highlight this show which also features Richmond Virginia's Black Girls (stream their album below).

EL-P, The BOTS @ Converse Rubber Tracks
To celebrate the culmination of Converse Rubber Tracks' creative workshops, rapper El-P and rock duo The Bots play this final concert, which is free but you had to enter via Converse for a chance to get in.

JD Samson & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light @ Littlefield
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin is probably the most talked-about post-Le Tigre project at the moment, but if you were into Le Tigre's dancey, passionate jams, JD Samson's band MEN continues to provide those. This show is a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey."

Darlings, The Doozies, Island Twins, Sundelles @ Shea Stadium
Darlings, who make crunchy/catchy indie rock, curated this bill, "handpicked for maximum good times."

Tournament, Liquor Store, Moon Dudes, Giggly Boys @ Legion Bar
There's some solid local punk at Legion tonight with the melodic aggression of Tournament and the garage rock leanings of Liquor Store.

Old Cole Younger, Beach Party, DJ Tennessee Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Cole Alexander of The Black Lips is in NYC tonight with his Old Cole Younger project (ahead of his band's upcoming tour) and LA garage punks Beach Party are on the bill too.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

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Comments (195)

cool, indie schlock karaoke with Neutral Milk Hotel, i might even cry when Linda McCartney is on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:58 AM

12:58 is a fucking douche; this isn't a "nostalgia" tour asshole and Jeff's new material is the best shit he's ever done!!! and his wife is talented and funky and has as much right to be on stage as Flava Flav.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:01 AM

i saw beach fossils, Chelsea light moving, delorean and natural child at the Mohawk pre sxsw for free. delorean was not very good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:44 AM

NMH was special.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:02 AM

NMH, so #overhyped

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:27 AM

Neutral Milk Hotel was great last night. Not amazing. It got a little boring after 15 minutes. They were sloppy and not very happy to be there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:33 AM

How was the line/ticketing/seating for NMH?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:42 AM

coldplay > NMH

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:54 AM

NMH >> just about every other band

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:58 AM

the cranberries > NMH

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:02 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:07 AM

kanye>nmh

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:09 AM

metallica > NMH

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:12 AM

wu-tang>>>>>>>nmh

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:16 AM

frozen embryos > nmh

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:20 AM

Deafheaven > NMH (and I hate deafheaven)

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 8:58 AM

BAM instructions:

1) Go inside the building and pick up tix at box office (print out is enough, or the card you used to buy them)
2) Exchange the tix for wristbands - also inside the building
3) Go outside and wait in line.

They started letting people in around 7:15. I came at 7:10 - line seemed huge but it went fast and I got front row center seats on mezzanine level (which is what I wanted, there were still free seats in the orchestra).

Line-up:

8:00 - 8:40 Elf Power
9:15 - 10:40 NMH
(they were supposed to start at 9 but had some delays)

Jeff asked the Orchestra people to stand; Mezzanine and Balcony people sat through most of the set.

Posters are 25$ but don't have a date/time/venue, so that sucks. Crappy LP reissues for $20. T-shirts seem cool though.

They don't let you take food or drinks in (except water), but super easy to sneak stuff in, they don't check.

The Elf Power sound was horrible. They seemed to fix it by the time NMH came in (still far from perfect, but whatevah).

Set was ok. It's cool to see them live, but have to agree that the whole thing is a bit overhyped.

PS: No mosh pits unfortunately

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:11 AM

LCD was special.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:24 AM

Modern Weepers> everyone

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:28 AM

Who are the Modern Weepers?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:28 AM

Nicko Mcbrain > Trust

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:43 AM

LCD, sonic youth, Vivian girls reunion tour

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 9:52 AM

they didn't let you keep the tickets!! what's up with that!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:05 AM

9:11 is informative but a bit inaccurate in one area - the sound all night was horrendous. The soundman should be taken out in the cold without a coat and pissed on until he cannot move his finders anymore. The vocals all night were overly tinny, there was really no bottom end to speak of, the mix of the horns was indistinguishable and muddy, and drums were too buried. Really could have been a zillion times better with a competent soundman that actually gave a fuck about the fans that waited 90 minutes in near-zero-degree weather to get inside.

Having said that, the show was fun for NMH (despite the shitty sound). On the floor standing is the ONLY way to see this, singing along, surrounded by weepy young ladies and beta males. The songs are strong, always have been, and they shined most when it was just Jeff and guitar with minimal / no backing.

Elf Power was totally missable. Couldn't find a hook with an infrared scope, and even if you could there would be too much artifice between you and the magic. Really not into seeing some band of quirky, zany people convinced of their own talents amble through nondescript "songs" after freezing my ass off for as long as I did waiting to get in. Glad I had enough charge on my cell to text and surf the net during that clown shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:06 AM

SMH at people that sit through an awesome show like NMH and then say that the performance was uninspired. Get outta that chair and shake what yo mama gave you!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:11 AM

the wanted have broken up

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:11 AM

what time did people start lining up?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:12 AM

^ you want to get there by 6:00 to get a good spot in line. bring good gloves, and double socks, it is *HOLY**FUCK* cold with the wind and ice.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:14 AM

Sure as shit not standing outside for an hour and a half for this. What time can normal people get there to get a decent seat in the balconies?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:17 AM

I showed up at 7:15 and got a good seat off to the side but close to the stage (Jeff stands Stage Left by the way). The first 20 rows or so are partitioned off for "Reserved" so all the REALLY good seats are taken right up front.

Performance was inspired but the sound was atrocious. I don't know why rock bands insist on playing venues like this that just swallow their sound, but whatever. Soundperson didn't help, they didn't get a handle on it until about halfway through Elf Power. Couldn't hear the bass guitar at any point during the show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:20 AM

^
For special people like you I would say definitely walk in at 9:05 and you should find the perfect seat, in the lobby somewhere just next to the merch table

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:20 AM

I was 5th row center, definitely not "Reserved". That was for 2 rows (7 & 8 maybe?). The whole front is open.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:22 AM

ah that makes sense, I saw a bunch of roped off rows and assumed it was the whole front. the seats off to the side were fine. I don't know if sound was better in the middle, sounds like it wasn't

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:24 AM

There is an SRO "pit" up front that surprisingly did not fill out all that fast. If you don't mind standing, you may get the monitor mix but miss a bit of the vocals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:25 AM

you couldn't hear the bass at all at Capitol Theater either - it was definitely weird, because the sound was otherwise clean at the show; it seemed an almost intentional (bad) choice to turn it down.

It's strange because Julian Koster is actually doing a very good job right now - he's one of the highlights for sure (having seen the first show at Baltimore where you could actually hear him)


Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:28 AM

Julian was an absolute joy to watch.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:31 AM

Who needs bass when you got Julian playing the SAW!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:34 AM

the sound-guy was on stage, not in the back where the audience is. Elf Power had the worst mix I've ever heard - most of my high-school bands had better sound mixing than that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:36 AM

Julian seems like a tard. Is he a tard? What's up with that tard geranimals hat?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:37 AM

^ even 285 Kent had better sound than BAM. There. I said it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:37 AM

Elf Power makes Vivian Girls look praiseworthy (KBK's titties aside)

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:38 AM

EVEN T5 HAD BETTER SOUND THAN BAM!!!!!11!1!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:39 AM

^as stated earlier the Loew's will be the show to see them at. Case closed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:46 AM

^ha ha Yeahno, I highly doubt that the sound was any better whatsoever at that shit hole in Bumfuck Sticks, NJ. This is a sound man issue, and I'm glad I was home in 10 minutes after the show. So, I win!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:56 AM

don't know what show most of you guys were at but there were only about four rows "reserved" and they were in back of like the first six rows, i was around the forth row or so behind the pit, center... sounded great to me, could even hear the bowed saw, it was one of the great shows of the year...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:00 AM

"^as stated earlier the Loew's will be the show to see them at. Case closed."

Step 1.) Google: Union Transfer Philadelphia

Step 2.) Eat your words...and a steaming pile.


Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:02 AM

So much inaccuracy and so much stupidity in all these NMH comments about last night.

First about the sound. Many times over you dunces have been told that the sound at BAM sucks unless you are in the first 5-10 rows of the orchestra. Was true for last night. In the 4th row center aisle where i was it sounded great. You could hear all the instruments. It was nice and loud which is how the records are mixed and how Jeff likes it.

The guy who said the band did not look happy to be there was not at the show. The band looked absolutely overjoyed and were having a blast. Big smiles all around.

I thought Elf Power were actually very good and had plenty of hooks. Crowd up front was very into them

There was about 4 rows reserved which were the 6th-10th rows but they did not all fill up and they let non reserved people in them eventually.

Floor pit did not fill up till after Elf Power and then it was packed and security did not let anyone else in.

Security also was very cool and let people come down and stand in the aisles. They did not really say anything to people taking pictures either and I saw a number of people taking photos and video. NMH also had a guy with a tripod in front of stage right filming video

Someone above did get it right about the time to be there. If you get there around 6 you should be able to get a good spot but yes wear heavy clothes.

Stop hating on Wordless, it was not their choice to make it all GA. That was the choice of the band which is their policy at all their shows unless the venue refuses to allow it a la Jersey City.

All in all it was a beautiful show. Have fun tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:02 AM

these asshole bring anne frank back to life yet? seriously. what's the hold up?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:05 AM

^ stop trying to make Elf Power happen. it's never going to happen

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:06 AM

the "crappy" vinyl reissue is 180 gram...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:06 AM

the lowes blows, but you must be from philly and know that...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:08 AM

"the "crappy" vinyl reissue is 180 gram..."

180 gram for the most part is a bullshit marketing ploy that in most cases does nothing to enhance sound. In fact it can often cause problems for the stylus if not pressed properly.

In this case though the pressing of these NMH reissues were done very well although the truth is both albums have had no remastering done on them at all. They were lo fi recordings and that is their charm and Jeff wanted nothing done to them. So the originals and the reissues both sound the same basically which is not a bad thing at all. The remaster work, and from what I understand, was a major job came with the extra tracks and ep's that are on the box set

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:14 AM

Relax, 11:02. I was in the 5th row center and the sound suck balls. So eatabagofdicks :-)

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:19 AM

^then you are a deaf schmuck. Sound was great up front. Go get your ears checked

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:20 AM

^ LOL why are you mad? You should really take a deep breath and consider that the world doesn't begin and end with your opinion. Literally every other person on this thread disagrees with your Kool-Aid soaked ears, and come to think of it you thought Elf Power was quality music so I should not even be interchanging with someone who obviously has no ear for music whatsoever.

Do try to have yourself a nice day.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:26 AM

11:02...umm PHILIADELPHIA IS NOT THE TRI-STATE AREA SO YOU EAT A STEAMING PILE

and 10:56 Bumfuck Sticks, NJ ok...its right of a path stop..

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:27 AM

".Literally every other person on this thread disagrees with your Kool-Aid soaked ear"

You might want to check 11:00 comment which was made before mine. You also might want to check the dictionary definition of the word "literally"

I am not mad at all. Truth is if you were that close and thought the sound was bad you have a hearing problem that needs to be checked.

Now run along dummy

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:28 AM

those double "f"s are so hard to type lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:29 AM

"someone who obviously has no ear for music whatsoever"

Clearly

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:29 AM

Also about your comment on ELf Powe, if you were there last night then even with those deaf ears of yours, you could hear the loud and extended applause given to Elf Power at the end of their set and before you try to get cute it was not cause they had finished. Many people enjoyed them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:30 AM

@11:00 "i was around the forth row or so behind the pit, center"

Dickless @11:02 (et al) "In the 4th row center aisle where i was"

Yup, not the same person though, and dumb as fuck and no taste in music whatsoever. But you keep trying there cupcake, sooner or later you are bound to make a valid point - statistics are in your favor.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:32 AM

I got the Aeroplane LP reissue last night and it was very lame presentation-wise (didn't have time to listen to it yet): it feels cheap, with a super-tight album jacket (the type where you rip the paper sleeve the first time you try to put the record back into the outer jacket), the printing looks cheap and colorless (nothing like the Aeroplane LP included in the box set, which looks beautiful).

Feels like they sent an order to China and none of the people in the band cared to check the quality before releasing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:33 AM

"Many people enjoyed them"

Many people enjoy heroin too - and your point is that this determines the quality of a given thing?

You must be a huge Bielieber

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:35 AM

^Ohhh please bitchass, really? You gonna come with the "it's the same person" comment?

I expected better from you than that cop out when you landed on your face with the "literally" mistake

Well I guess I should have expected it from a deaf dumbass like yourself

Nice try though

Back to school for you

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:35 AM

LOL yeah I counted 7 people in the same 4th row center seat last night, it's shocking anyone would not have seen that!

Douche :-)

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:36 AM

The aeroplane stand alone reissue is the same one that is in the box

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:36 AM

11:35 is so mad

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:37 AM

Yes 11:37, my deaf friend, keep hitting refresh and commenting back because you are not mad at all

ROFL

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:38 AM

Wow, just wow

You all need to chill out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:39 AM

Sorry guys, need to clarify something for the mentally challenged and deaf angry guy

From 11:00's comment

" i was around the forth row or so behind the pit, center"

Dude, do you have any grasp of the english language. The guy was not saying he was sitting in exactly the 4th row center seat

Jesus you are a fucking idiot.

Seriously

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:41 AM

Dude, chill out
I am 11:37 and I just clicked on this post
I was only making an observation which is apparently truer than I thought
You seem to have a problem, but it's not mine so buh-bye

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:42 AM

^righhttt

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:42 AM

If you don't care about sitting, there was plenty of room in the "pit" right in front of the stage to stand all night

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:43 AM

I was maybe 7th row center. Rows about 6-10 are roped off but only in the left (if you're facing the stage) center section and not the right one.

I thought elf power was terrible. The people around me, judging by their texting and bathroom trips were equally bored but it is true that there was a lot of applause at the end of their set which was unexpected.

I thought NMH was very happy to be there but they just show it in their own way. The bass/saw player who apparently is Julian seemed very happy and he was very charismatic. Jeff Mangum is more reserved but that's just his nature. He frequently waved to the audience in his own endearingly dorky/quirky way and I think he was happy and appreciative of the audience.

The sound was pretty bad and I was in the "sweet" spot. I'm not one to complain about sound since I feel that as long as it's decent and not atrocious, that it's not the point of a live show.. obviously as a music show sound is important but it'll never be as pristine and perfect as the recording so I go more the "experience" as pretentious as that sounds. I had a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:44 AM

No Paranoid Android, not interested

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:47 AM

great thread. great meaning pointless.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:50 AM

* * * * * * P U S S Y F I G H T * * * * * *

Seriously, you guys are so close to Jay Street already, you should meet up there and settle this disagreement

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:52 AM

Interesting discussion so I will join it. Show sounded wonderful to me last night up close. People around me I spoke to after felt the same and liked Elf Power as well and my hearing is perfect to boot Hey, there are those who think the sound at that god awful Terminal 5 is good so you never can tell with some people.

There is nothing pristine or perfect in the recording of the In The Aeroplane album. Here is an interesting link about the guy who did the reissues with Jeff and the work that went into them

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2011/12/01/mastering-neutral-milk-hotel-joe-laporta-on-sessions-with-jeff-mangum/

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:55 AM

yeah guys, keep it up. fuck, i'm about to cum. don't stop. dooooooooont stoooooooooop yeahyeahyeah aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh! yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 11:58 AM

^deaf guy wacking off in mom's basement.

Seems about right

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:01 PM

Way to keep it classy 12:01

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:28 PM

"PHILIADELPHIA IS NOT THE TRI-STATE AREA"

it's a $!2 bus ride away. deal with it!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:35 PM

Just curious, how did The National sound when they played there? I watched the web feed, and they sounded OK over that. Last night it did not sound so good to me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:37 PM

All Wordless shows of as late suffer from horrible sound. Liars at the Met, OM at the Met, Zola Jesus at that church, all bad bad sound.

11:02 sounds like he's on Wordless payroll...

Posted by ME | January 24, 2014 12:39 PM

"it's a $!2 bus ride away. deal with it!"

Uhm, no I don't think I will

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:39 PM

"it's a $!2 bus ride away. deal with it!"

Uhm, no I don't think I will

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:41 PM

"it's a $!2 bus ride away. deal with it!"

Uhm, no I don't think I will

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:41 PM

NMH concert tee stained with 3 day load for sale. 50 bucks. hit me up if you're interested.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:42 PM

Yes, OM at Dendur was muddy too, but that has more to do with the venue (I saw Hilliard Ensemble this week at the same place and it was similarly washy in certain frequency ranges)

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:43 PM

I like Terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:44 PM

You know, Terminal 5 gets a bad rep. They gotta cool shape, they got protein. Do you like Terminal 5?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:47 PM

As if it is a Wordless thing.

Sound is subjective. Some people have really excellent hearing and some don't. Some places in a venue sound fantastic and other places don't

Liars at the Temple sounded great if you were right up front.

Neutral Milk Hotel sounded great if you were in the front orchestra or pit last night. I have been to a number of shows at BAM and it is always that way

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:49 PM

A more accurate instrument will always reveal flaws more easily and comprehensively than a less accurate one.

http://www.squidoo.com/excellent-hearing-blessing-curse

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 12:59 PM

Neutral Milk Hotel *did not* sound great *even* if you were in the front orchestra or pit last night *as I was*.

*Unless you have shitty hearing or you were really high, in which case everything was amazing, man*

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:05 PM

Says you 1:05 and I and others as well disagree.


Sounded great unless you have shitty hearing

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:07 PM

"All Wordless shows of as late suffer from horrible sound."

Guess you skipped the Stars of the Lid show???

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:13 PM

@12:59, true statement even though that link does not really make your point. The guy in that link was just saying concerts are too loud for him.

Having excellent hearing can bring out more flaws. In this case though, most of the bad hearing people who went to last night's show are complaining the sound was muddy. That wouldn't be the problem you are talking about. That is due to not having good hearing and a not very accurate instrument


I think the problem also might be how the show was intended to sound. Jeff likes it loud with his vocals almost painfully out front Listen to the records. I thought it was an accurate presentation of their "sound" If you watched Jeff last night you could see him constantly gesturing to his sound guy to turn up his vocals and generally make it louder.

Subtle gestures but if you were close enough you could see it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:16 PM

***FACT*** The majority of those posting in this thread have reported bad sound last night. This fact is indisputable.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:20 PM

Amazing show.

I was in the pit having a blast with everyone else dancing around.

Happy faces everywhere

Loved how it sounded

Beautiful place for a show


That is all!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:21 PM

1:16 does not understand the difference between a monitor mix and a mains mix. That's OK, most people that are not connected to music / sound reproduction would have no idea what that is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:22 PM

***FACT*** 1:20 is a dope. Are you the same guy who does not understand the meaning of the word "Literally"

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:23 PM

Absolutely shitty sound, worst sound I've ever hear. You'd have to be tone deaf of have really bad hearing to think it was good sounding.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:23 PM

"worst sound I've ever hear"

Good job on mastering the english language. Almost as bad as your hearing

"You'd have to be tone deaf of have really bad hearing to think it was good sounding."


That made no sense at all but keep trying.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:25 PM

LOL

"If you agree with my opinion you are great, and if you do not you have bad hearing"

Classic Emotional Reasoning

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_reasoning

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:26 PM

I love this dumbasss that keep trying to say how great the show sounded last night.

Hey dumbass, you should get your hearing checked.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:28 PM

@1:22

I made the comment at 1:16 and i can assure you i know the difference.

Thanks

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:28 PM

Good show, poor sound as others have said

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:29 PM

Lol @ 1:28,

You do know that the terrible grammar you possess is giving you away as the same guy over and over, right?

but just for fun lets try this

I love this dumbass that KEEPS trying to say how bad the show sounded last night.

Hey dumbass, you should get your hearing checked


See what I did there?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:30 PM

@1:28 And yet you don't know how to capitalize "I" when referring to yourself in a sentence. Cool story bro!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:31 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:31 PM

1:28(3) and 1:16 comments are the only ones I made.

Yes 1:31 I fucked up with the "I"'s. Apologies it was laziness but that has nothing to do with the fact that I know the difference in those mixes

Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:36 PM

^righhttt

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:49 PM

I think I recognize Rockin Daddy in this one - Rockin Daddy is that you?

I wouldn't trust any sound quality determination he made, he thinks MSG has great sound. Probably because of his excellent hearing hahaha

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:51 PM

To the angry bad grammar bad sound deaf guy, you need this badly:

http://www.vintageclassix.com

Your welcome

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:56 PM

that's what happens when you leave it to hippies to run sound

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 1:58 PM

I liked finally having the chance to see NMH. Loved them a while now, and never thought I'd get to see them. Just wish the sound could have been better as a few people have said. They could have done the Beacon, right?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:01 PM

I pity the people on here who have bad hearing and could not enjoy last night

All my prays to you folks

#atleastyousee

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:03 PM

anyone know what time the stupid Pizza Underground thing goes on tonight? Since it'll most likely be only ten minutes long I don't want to miss it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:06 PM

Let's get back to how terrible the audience was. Girl next to me appeared to be suffering from an ongoing series of joy-prompted seizures throughout the evening.

I like the band but it was essentially just an adequate rehashing of their records with minimal deviation or audience interaction. Pleasant enough but entirely skip-able.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:11 PM

*clap* *clap*
RO-CKIN
*clap* *clap*
DA-DDY
*clap* *clap*
RO-CKIN
*clap* *clap*
DA-DDY
*clap* *clap*
RO-CKIN
*clap* *clap*
DA-DDY
*clap* *clap*
RO-CKIN
*clap* *clap*
DA-DDY
*clap* *clap*

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:17 PM

@1:16
That article proves my point exactly, namely that your hearing is not excellent. If it were you would have been quite bothered by the ice picky high end of Jeff's vocals last night. I will say that the sound man probably does not have excellent hearing either, so that may be why it sounded so right to you. Your hearing is not as good as you think however based on how you would have otherwise reacted if it was.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:21 PM

for lots of people the hearing starts going as they get older

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:23 PM

how does everyone feel about an ass-to-ass dildo situation? with dudes, I mean. me and other dudes. you dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:28 PM

old people also get all bent out of shape when confronted with a challenge to their opinions

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:31 PM

old people all think that their hearing and vision are as excellent and their minds are sharp as when they were younger. they never are.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:34 PM

did elf power play 'the winter is coming'? it's the only song i know by them and it is topical!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:39 PM

"the ice picky high end of Jeff's vocals last night"

Clearly a dude who has never listened to a single Neutral Milk Hotel record.

Fuckwit, that is always how Jeff's vocals are. on purpose

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:49 PM

2:39 no, they played like 2 songs from their first 4 albums and everything else was from the abominations they've released in the last decade.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:49 PM

^No, but the bass player totally looks like Samwell Tarly
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lw2tcykxlH1qlhdj1.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:50 PM

I totally take the word on sound by a guy who uses the term "ice picky"


GENIUS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:51 PM

^
These may be over your head b/c they are written by actual musicians, but here goes:

www.strat-talk.com/forum/pickup-forum/175705-what-does-trebley-ice-picky-pickup-sound-means.html

forum.fractalaudio.com/axe-fx-ii-discussion/47007-plexi-treble-ice-picky.html

www.tdpri.com/forum/amp-central-station/428985-drri-too-ice-picky.html

www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1039713

SO I WIN!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:55 PM

"old people also get all bent out of shape when confronted with a challenge to their opinions"


Apparently by the incessant and repeated comments you have made over and over it is you who is bent out of shape. Relax and get over over it stupid, many people thought the show sounded great and had an excellent time.

Keep typing over and over how bad it was cause certainly that will sway them and change their opinion of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:55 PM

^ haha hit a nerve did he?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:56 PM

Ice-Picky is not a technical term.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 2:59 PM

"^ haha hit a nerve did he?"

hahah, you mean like the same nerve that had you posting over and over mr. angry

Nice try on the "did he" though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:01 PM

From now on BV will only allow "technical terms" as defined by 2:59

I bet your daddy made you hold it in all the time too

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:02 PM

LOL at the angry old guy with the delusion belief in his poor hearing

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:03 PM

SO I WIN!


sadly the most pathetic individual commenting on here today.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:03 PM

so angry so angry grrrrrr

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:03 PM

Angry Old Guy, here I found this for you ....


http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_treatments.asp

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:04 PM

so mad

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:05 PM

^ yeah right? grrrr

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:06 PM

^great, i'm not old but you apparently have no clue as to the meaning of Irony.

SMH, lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:06 PM

Me thinks this person typing to a supposedly angry old guy over and over and saying he is so mad has no clue as to the meaning of the word Irony.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:07 PM

"From now on BV will only allow "technical terms" as defined by 2:59
I bet your daddy made you hold it in all the time too"


Awww poor little bitch, you are getting all ice picky on everyone now.

Cmon dude, you won right lol. You win BV comments. That should be enough to get you through the week.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:09 PM

^still mad and posting.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:10 PM

Same 2 idiots, over and over again. Oh, no, I'm sure it's really 20 people. Both of you go the fuck away.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:10 PM

^ice picky

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:11 PM

F5 .... grrrr .... F5 .... jkdfsaph old guy? klhdsfphep .... F5 .... grrrr .... F5 .... hmffff .... F5 .... grrrr .... F5 ....

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:11 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:11 PM

^still angry and being ice picky

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:12 PM

^that passed over the angry ice picky guy

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:13 PM

so mad
so old

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:13 PM

WHERE IS D???????

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:14 PM

"I feeeeel happyyyyyy I feeeeel happyyyyy"

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:14 PM

^still angry and being ice picky and delusional

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:14 PM

Are there seats for everybody? Did they overbook? What's the worst case scenario if you don't want to wait on line?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:14 PM

^ so mad, and confused
old people get so confused
somebody give him a cup to catch the drool

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:15 PM

^have you looked up the word irony yet mr angry ice picky guy?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:15 PM

Angry old guy has not used a mirror in 30 years. Fact.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:16 PM

^wow still mad? Still delusional? Still ice picky?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:16 PM

Hey, Angry Refresh Gramps!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:17 PM

Hey watch this Angry Refresh Gramps:

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:18 PM

^irony bro, irony

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:19 PM

Terrible sound last night. Actually, terrible show. Wished I would have stayed home and stayed home.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:21 PM

settimes for Detroit Cobras?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:25 PM

We've overlooked the fact that these warring assholes are all NMH fanboys (or fanoldmen) and are, therefore, total assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:26 PM

guys, why fight when you have two perfectly good cocks to rub together and suckle in a 69 position? seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:26 PM

Http://www.motherless.com

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:27 PM

aren't NMH fans supposed to be jesus dorks?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:28 PM

"coldplay > NMH"
Fuck that's cruel, but fair

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:30 PM

I don't know exactly why I think this, but I bet one of these two is BV staff

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:31 PM

I walked past BAM last night to see what the scalping scene was like. I've rarely seen a more embarrassing bunch of betas and twinks than that crew on the line in the freezing cold.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:34 PM

young people just think that whatever culture exits at their time of being young is the only stuff that really matters no matter how shitty it is in reality in comparison to earlier or future cultures.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:48 PM

Hey young people:

I got news for ya.... You got the losing end of the bargain when it comes to music. EVERYTHING was better before you were here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:49 PM

^ still cries when CSNY comes on K-Rock

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:53 PM

^ jes lookit them and siiiiiiiiigh and know they looooove yeeeeeeew

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 3:55 PM

If that NMH show is full of dildos like the two geniuses arguing here I'm glad I'm not going

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:06 PM

Rockin Daddy seems too cool to listen to NMH.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:07 PM

Rockin Daddy is pretty much the definition of uncool, bro

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:17 PM

At BAM now. Line is already around the corner. Get here soon.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:23 PM

It's 21 deg, practically balmy compared to last night so no whining.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:35 PM

249, 250 - thanks for the response re: 'the winter is coming' was just curious

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 4:42 PM

N(EIL) M(ICHAEL) H(AGERTY) >>>>> every other ofay pimped here combined

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 6:04 PM

Nmh Tix still available for sale tonight . Call bam. I guess this isn't as popular an event as people think.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 6:42 PM

Ditto for NMH for Saturday -- and these can still be bought on-line.

http://commerce.bam.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=8127

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 6:47 PM

6:04 = the truth

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 6:48 PM

Two carrot bowl
From the table to my tray
Golden hummus for dipping and
Savoring all through the day

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 7:32 PM

6:47: bam probably saw the 170 comments on this thread and realized it can easily oversell the event to hipsters who don't mind crowding in the aisles and in the back. I mean - if people lined up hours before, might as well oversell the fuck out of it. True story.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:29 PM

Damn Elf Power, they really do suck! You guys were right.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:30 PM

10:29 always carries tin foil on him because you never know when they will be listening

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2014 10:34 PM

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