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Nada Surf discuss relationship with ‘Popular’, played Webster Hall & Music Hall of Williamsburg (belated pics & setlists)

Webster photos by Eric M. Townsend, Bowery photos by Bryan Bruchman

Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
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Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
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Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] “Popular” now?

Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws: One new thing is it’s starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It’s one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it’s funny – I still think it’s really funny – but it doesn’t always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it’s goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don’t necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.

But it’s funny, we can’t win. If we don’t play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you’d be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don’t remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might’ve ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would’ve been a different route. And we wouldn’t have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.

Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn’t play “Popular” at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below…


Nada Surf @ Webster (by Eric Townsend)

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Music Hall of Williamsburg (by Bryan Bruchman)

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Nada Surf Setlist at Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Clear Eye Clouded Mind
Waiting for Something
Happy Kid
Whose Authority
What Is Your Secret?
Teenage Dreams
Weightless
Killian’s Red
Something’s Growing Inside (The Gravel Pit cover)
Jules and Jim
Concrete Bed
80 Windows
When I Was Young
The Way You Wear Your Head
Your Legs Grow
No Snow on the Mountain
Blonde on Blonde
Hi-Speed Soul
See These Bones
Encore:
Inside of Love
Always Love
Blankest Year
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Nada Surf Setlist at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Clear Eye Clouded Mind
Waiting for Something
Hyperspace
Happy Kid
Whose Authority
What Is Your Secret?
Teenage Dreams
Weightless
Killian’s Red
Jules and Jim
Concrete Bed
80 Windows
When I Was Young
The Way You Wear Your Head
Paper Boats
No Snow on the Mountain
Blonde on Blonde
Hi-Speed Soul
See These Bones

Encore:
Inside of Love
Always Love
Blankest Year

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