Posted in music | pictures on August 25, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Ira Kaplan w/ The Clean @ Glasslands 8/22/2014
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New Zealand indie rock icons The Clean are on tour in North America and just played two NYC shows, both of which had notable surprise guests: Will Butler of Arcade Fire played a solo opening set at Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21), and at Glasslands on Friday (8/22) Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo joined the band onstage for a good chunk of their set. Pictures and (dark) video of "Getting Older" from Glasslands are in this post.

I was at the Rough Trade show (missed Butler's set) but enjoyed's The Clean's loose -- very loose -- hour-long set that included such Flying Nun standards as "Tally Ho," "Draw(in)g To A (W)hole" and "Anything Can Happen." David Kilgour's famous dislike for practicing had songs stopping more than coming to an end, but the group seemed to be in good spirits.

David's brother, Hamish, pulled double duty on Friday night, as his new Brooklyn-based band, Roya, opened the night. Pics from their set, plus more of The Clean, below...

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The Clean w/ Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley @ Glasslands 8/22/2014

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Comments (9)

The Clean, Why you no Texas?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:53 PM

The Clean were fucking fantastic that 2nd night, but Glasslands really ain't that cool when it's that crowded. Very few places where you can see the band, hear it well, get a drink.

Still rad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 4:59 PM

sorry I missed this. oh please please please come back soon Clean

BTW they did the same song with Ira and Georgia at the Matador 21 festival in 2010

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:15 PM

Those dildo lights are something else....amiright?

Posted by Ikea light fixture(!) | August 25, 2014 5:18 PM

Georgia and ira joined them for more than just one song at Glasslands - maybe for as much as half the set. Ira came out for the encore too. Amazing show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:19 PM

Yeah, it was about 5-6 songs they were on, and Ira only during the encore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 5:25 PM

love that scene in the jay reatard documentary where he starts talking about when he got into the clean. it was around the same time that he started writing really sturdy melodies

Posted by Original Fuzz | August 25, 2014 10:18 PM

too bad pee-squared was there to ruin the vibe again

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2014 11:23 AM

Looks and sounds good! Come to OC, I'm sure you'll find a ton of fans out here.

love the set.

Posted by oc events | August 31, 2014 3:32 PM

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