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Broken Social Scene & Land of Talk played Masonic Temple (pics & setlist), will play “3 hour show in 2009″??

words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Broken Social Scene

Arguably one of the biggest CMJ shows this year was Friday night‘s Broken Social Scene gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (10/24). Ironically, they probably allowed the least amount of badges in (I heard 45, to be exact). Moreover it was pretty much the only CMJ show to have only two artists on the bill – not your typical 40 minute sets. That’s because really it was just the NYC stop on a much larger tour that happened to be in Brooklyn at the time of CMJ. For that I am thankful.

The show was amazing. After a fantastic opening set by Liz Powell and Land of Talk, Kevin Drew & co. took the stage. The band varied between 3 and 11 members, and featured a more retrospective setlist than expected. With the release of two so-so solo-ish albums in the past year and a half, it was good to hear the band head back to their roots. Liz joined the band numerous times (as did Metric’s Josh Winstead) as they played nearly all of “You Forgot It In People.” The 2 hour, 45 minute set was highlighted by “Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)” and the finale of “Lover’s Spit.” The show did lose momentum from time to time – during Charles Spearin’s “Happiness Project,” for instance (which was beautiful, by the way) – but overall it built perfectly and really hit the spot.

Throughout the night Kevin kept commenting that this was the last time they’d play these songs in New York for a long time – they’ve played here numerous times in the past year – though next summer he promised a big 3 hour show where they play all their stuff with special guests. Should be epic.

More pictures and the setlist below…

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Apostle of Hustle also played “National Anthem of Nowhere” somewhere in there…

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