Posted in music | pictures on May 5, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Slint @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/4/14
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Fast forward 23 years, to last night at Union Transfer. Slint takes the stage to show us what could have been, what should have been and what shall forever be. The set is a mash-up of Spiderland and Tweez, their 1989 Steve Albini-produced debut, where all the songs are titled with the first names of their parents. They perform in near- total darkness. They say nothing to the crowd, save a few goofy non sequiturs uttered between songs by McMahan in a faux-ancient negro rasp. They are precision incarnate, but they make their flawlessness look effortless. They are humble masters of tension and release. They raise anti-climax to an artform. They swing like a sledgehammer, with more groove than four white kids from Kentucky have a right to. [Phawker]
Legendary post-rock/post-hardcore band Slint broke up in the early '90s before ever getting to tour their second album, the now-classic Spiderland. They've reunited before though, and are now reunited again, currently on the road playing their first US shows since 2007. The above review is of their Philly show which they played on May 1, before beginning their sold-out 3-night run in NYC.

The NYC run kicked off last night (5/4) at Bowery Ballroom, and like the rest of the tour, saw them playing all of Spiderland and a few songs off their debut, Tweez, plus Tweez-era outtake "Glenn" (which eventually came out on their 1994 untitled EP) and Spiderland outtake "Pam" which appears on the new Spiderland box set. Pictures of the Bowery Ballroom show, including shots of their tourmates Spires That in the Sunset Rise, are in this post.

Slint's tour continues with more sold-out NYC shows tonight (5/5) at The Wick and Tuesday (5/6) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, with the setlist, below...

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Comments (28)

I'm sure all the black people in the crowd thought the 'negro rasp' thing was real, real funny guys.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 5:13 PM

5:13 - Luckily their weren't any!

(yes, terribly unfunny)

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 5:29 PM

yeah what the fuck is that? if anyone cared about this band, they'd be taken down as racists. too bad their ship has sailed so they can keep on with their white bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 5:31 PM

LOL chill out douchecicle. Show was amazing, and you missed out. Sucks to be you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 5:37 PM

What is "negro rasp"?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 5:43 PM

Don't blame Slint because some dumb ass from Philadelphia stupidly used the words "negro rasp" in their review of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 6:28 PM

Are Spires that in the Sunset Rise actually talented and I'm just not getting it?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 6:42 PM

I wasn't at this show, so I'm going to hope that the writer of the article talking about the "rasp" is a young blanco searching for profundity...and failing at it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 7:38 PM

stupid ass nerd shit

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 8:25 PM

Yes, but how influential were they?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 8:49 PM

Slint is just all around the greatest rock group of all time.

Posted by Matt Fuller | May 5, 2014 10:05 PM

Opening act was beyond horrendous, but Slint was really so good. They were even at ease and a bit joking from the stage. All around great show. Minus the opener. That shit I really could have done without.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:23 PM

My man Dave Pajo got a beard like a billy goat

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2014 10:26 PM

The crowd at this SUCKED. Too many over-entitled jackasses looking for a party instead of coming to listen to a band play their music.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 1:23 AM

That's too bad^^^

Crowd at the wick last night was maybe the most respectful I've ever witnessed in NY.

Amazing show, The wick is a cool addition to the neighborhood too.

Posted by K | May 6, 2014 7:44 AM

This show was great, loved the opener. The crows was 35 and up, which was awesome. People were mostly quiet (reverent), which I loved. It was not super crowded either.

All in all an awesome night, and makes me wish we could just pay more for shows and have venues sell fewer tickets. Made it like 10x more enjoyable. Bowery >>>>> Term 5.

Posted by Hbomb | May 6, 2014 9:54 AM

The opener was really awful.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 10:00 AM

"... loved the opener ..." = nullifies entire post

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 10:15 AM

The opener was unbelievably terrible... Slint was awesome on monday at the wick. Great audience, and the wick turns out to be a pretty nice venue..

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 10:40 AM

great show at bowery... crowd was having fun, remember that? One all time super album, more brilliance than some bands show in five albums.... super sound... best hour and change ever...

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 10:40 AM

was peesquared an asshole to everyone in his vicinity at this show too?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 12:42 PM

'spires that in the sunset rise' quite a mouthful, they are clearly into this for the art and not for popular recognition

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 4:49 PM

4:30 what the fuck are you even talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 5:34 PM

that guy with the killdozer shirt is so hot!

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2014 6:42 PM

Saw them at Irving Plaza in 2005. One of the greatest shows I've ever been to.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2014 9:38 PM

wow so exciting that spires that in the sunset rise created so much dissent ! truly the mark of something different and original thank god

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 1:22 PM

stitsr reminded me of xtabay meets terry riley meets ligetti

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 1:28 PM

LOL yeah 1:22 like Ashley Simpson and Grimes before them LOL

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2014 1:31 PM

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