Fleet Foxes @ Bowery Ballroom (July 08), NYC – pics
photos by Elizabeth Weinberg
“‘fantastic’ doesn’t do tonight’s show justice. This is the best new band on earth right now, bar none.” [Anonymous reviewer 1]
“Fleet Foxes were very good, but boy is Robin Pecknold sick. He downed five or six bottles of water over the course of the 50-minute set, and it took four songs for him to warm up his voice. He sounded noticeably better from White Winter Hymnal on. He was also sick the last time they played, but this time around the band looked really beat, their set lacked the joyful stage banter of their last show. I don’t know how he’ll do tomorrow night, performing two sets in his condition, but I’m pulling for him.
A few other notes:
–J. Tillman is a really good percussionist (the songs have a more defined beat) and his vocals add a lot of depth to the songs. Mykonos is a near religious experience with him.
-I had a truly love-hate relationship with the crowd. While I admired their ability to cheer for (and lift the spirits of) an obviously ailing Pecknold, they were a little obnoxious. Clap after songs, don’t clap for ten seconds just because your favorite song just started. Also, don’t hoot, holler, or whistle in the middle of a song. I don’t care if Robin just uttered your favorite lyric or if it’s your “jam,” bro, you’re a cocksuck.” [Anonymous reviewer 2]
More pictures and the setlist from last night’s show (July 9, 2008) below…
The setlist (via)
Sun Giant -> Sun It Rises -> Drops In The River
White Winter Hymnal
Crayon Angels [Judee Sill Cover] (Robin solo)
Oliver James (Robin solo)
Blue Ridge Mountains
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Robin solo)