Posted in music | pictures on August 4, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Spoon @ McKittrick Hotel 8/3/2014

"This is a pretty cool summer, right?" asked Britt Daniel, smiling like the Cheshire Cat, as Spoon took the stage at the McKittrick Hotel last night (8/3), a surprise record release show for the band's terrific new album, The Want My Soul, which is out this week. The McKittrick is home to Sleep No More, the extremely interactive adaptation of Macbeth and a little of that David Lynch vibe was part of the show. Before Spoon came out, a group of people came throuh the crowd dressed in white robes, and one of them sang a Django Reinhardt-style-arrangement version of the new album's "I Just Don't Understand" before the curtains opened up to reveal the band. (I was also pulled off the elevator into a phone booth where, after being told to make a call, was taken into a secret room where I was given a sacrament. Freaky, disorienting, but fun.) Spoon were in good spirits, having played Lollapalooza just the day before in Chicago. Guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel (imported from Divine Fits) had some amp issues but they took it all in stride. They were definitely having a good time, as was the 300 or so people in attendance. (Spoon has been sending out "mystery mailers" to fans, invites to this was one of them.) We got 13 songs, a little more than half from They Want My Soul mixed with favorites like "Small Stakes," "I Turn My Camera On," and "Black Like Me." Setlist is below.

Spoon will be back in about a month, playing Central Park Summerstage on September 10 as part of their upcoming tour. Still no opener announced for that one but tickets are still available.

Setlist, and a couple more cameraphone pics, below...



SETLIST: Spoon @ McKittrick Hotel 8/3/2014
Knock Knock Knock
Inside Out
Small Stakes
The Beast and Dragon, Adored
Do You
Don't Make Me a Target
Who Makes Your Money
Rent I Pay
Got Nuffin
I Turn My Camera On
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Black Like Me



Comments (22)

I was just super stoked to see my favorite band for the first time since the NPR show. But this....this I did not expect. The long wait in line and inside was well worth it! I love how they've taken their concept to such extremes, incorporating it into so many elements. Love them, loved this show!

Posted by Sara | August 4, 2014 9:50 AM

Spoon rocked and I found a bag of coke on the men's room floor. Best night ever!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 10:12 AM

new album is good and im not even a fan of theirs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 10:21 AM

!!! is the opener at summerstage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 10:27 AM

Anyone know what the deal was with that fucking line? I got denied getting in which was likely my fault getting there at 7:30 but the place has a 250-capacity. It took a fucking hour to get 250 people in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 10:56 AM

really cool show. as soon as spoon started playing Izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 11:21 AM


They were letting people in one elevator capacity's worth at a time, which is probably why it took so long. In the elevator, there was a Sleep No More type of speech and they took their sweet time escorting you into the room. It was quite an experience. I showed up at 6:55 and that seemed to be the sweet spot...a few minutes later the line was down the block

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 11:22 AM

Thanks 11:22. What time did they go on?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 11:27 AM


they went on about 9:30... and they let people at 8.


Posted by bill p | August 4, 2014 11:32 AM

Show was amazing. It was PACKED in there though, and filled with the worlds tallest people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 11:44 AM

"...sang a Django Reinhardt-style version of the new album's "I Just Don't Understand"

Since Reinhardt was a none singing guitarist I would love to know what the author thinks this means.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 11:49 AM

Spoon is one of those RARE bands that always seem to be "around" because they're actually quite good. No schtick. No gimmicks. Their new platter is as good as anything they've ever done. Dig on it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 1:16 PM

^^ Agreed. I have to admit, the new Spoon disc is incredibly solid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 1:47 PM

Anyone remember them when their gimmick was the main guy playing distorted rock on a nylon string acoustic?

But yeah, they've always been super-solid. I'm glad they're doing so well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 2:17 PM

it's pronounced SCHPOON

Why am I the only genius on the internet?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 2:53 PM

Just finished my first spin of their new album...rock-solid, indeed! Quintessential Spoon with some added grit. Very nice!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 4:49 PM

^^Yup, they make it look easy. Their 8-album catalog is as strong as ANYONE'S over the past 20 years...

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 4:53 PM

BV commenters are apparently conflicted about this band. One comment thread will be almost completely negative, another universally positive. Very weird.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 5:00 PM

The super-hater comments around here mainly come from one very unpleasant young man. He hasn't been around much lately. Maybe his parents grounded him from his computer?

This place is opinionated enough without that putz around.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2014 8:35 PM

It's just that the new Spoon disc is undeniable, that's all. Seriously good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2014 7:08 AM

Spoon suck and the average Spoon fan is a sports blogger who went to Syracuse.

Posted by Guy | August 5, 2014 11:44 PM

They must have had a great sound engineer at the Mc Kittrick !!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 9:58 AM

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