Entries tagged with: Dan Deacon
photos by P Squared
Does the relationship ever feel just a bit strange?The unlikely -- but seemingly genuine -- pairing of Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips brought the craziness that is their current tour to NYC on Saturday (11/28) at Terminal 5. With myriad costume changes, props, streamers, glitter and more, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was a spectacle that may have rivaled Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Parade, complete with Pornicorn.
Wayne Coyne: I know it seems strange or seems impossible to some people. It's like, how the fuck? Why the fuck would you guys even care about each other? But the reality is that she is not like the way people think she is and I'm probably not the way people think I am either. We're just people who love music. I really love her. I've been around her and seen the way she works. She's just fuckin' cool. We get these weirdoes involved and have fun and get to know each other. If you're in my world then that's what we're going to do, that's how we get to know each other. That's how we got to know Miley Cyrus. If you're in Miley's world you're going to make crazy music and get tattoos with her. - [The Observer]
"Still, as much fun as it is to see her do her bad-bitch routine dressed as a stick of butter, or prance as an apocalyptic ponygirl in a chrome harness sporting a massive, perhaps 18-inch corkscrew dildo -- the moments of transcendence were when Cyrus was on her own, less concerned about us: at the piano, howling a eulogy for her departed fish; doubled over, screaming "What does it mean?!" at the floor; or the moment when she ripped off her fake dreads in fuck-this-shit earnestness. It suddenly felt like this is the Miley we've been waiting for -- or rather, the Miley we really deserve. [Jessica Hopper @ Rolling Stone]Dan Deacon's party-friendly, interactive set warmed up the crowd. More pics from the whole night along with one of the setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
Arty electronic duo Matmos have a new album, titled Ultimate Care II, due out February 19 via Thrill Jockey. Despite the Roman numeral in the title, this is not a sequel -- "Ultimate Care II" is the name of the Whirlpool washing machine that they own and sampled sounds from to create the entire album. That's right: the album is 100% washing machine sounds. Highly manipulated sounds, and sometimes the model was played as a drum, but still. Helping them out on this perma-pressed collection are Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher and Sam Haberman of Horse Lords, Jason Willett (Half Japanese), and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun). It's all one big track (split into halves for the vinyl) and you can check out "Ultimate Care II Excerpt Eight" below.
photo: Dan Deacon at Outside Lands 2015 (more by Wilson Lee & Andy Lei)
Miley Cyrus' trek into surrounding herself with indie types continues. She already announced a tour with The Flaming Lips as her backing band, and it's since been revealed that the tour will be opened by Dan Deacon. That includes the NYC show on 11/28 at Terminal 5, which is now sold out.
Updated dates, including a Kingston, NY show, are listed below...
photos: Dan Deacon @ Green Man Festival 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Dan Deacon is currently wrapping up his tour with some West Coast dates -- he plays Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory tonight (9/22). He's also just announced a new NYC date, playing a holiday show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
In other news, Dan made a mix of his favorite synthesizer music for Dazed, featuring cuts from Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Jean Jacques Perry, Matmos, Add N to (x), Enya, Devo and more. Stream that below.
Hot Chip / Gwenno / Sun Ra Arkestra @ Green Man Fest 2015
The Green Man Festival has been taking place in Wales' beautiful Brecon Beacons for the past few years, drawing an increasingly impressive line-up of worldwide and Welsh musicians to the sprawling Glanusk Estate. The 2015 edition happened August 20 - 23 and added enough extras (Hot tubs! A cinema! A beer festival! A science garden!) that you didn't really even need to see any bands at all. But that would be silly, because the bands are great. Read on for some of the best bits from the first two of the four days.
First three-generational dance parties: Dan Deacon. Grandmas love Dan Deacon. (No word on what the wild-dancing toddlers made of Mr Deacon describing playing on the Thursday night as like being invited to the pre-party the day before Simba's Baptism in the Lion King.)
Best outfit: Multi-lingual singer, DJ, dancer, radio presenter and all-round over-acheiver Gwenno's glittery elegance on Thursday night complemented her shimmery soundscapes.
Best thing overheard from a security bloke's walkie-talkie: "Er, what's our policy on bongs? Over."
Shortest journey: Seren the Heron, teenage provider of acoustic loveliness who opened the Green Man Rising stage, who's from just down the road in Crickhowell (you could walk there from the festival). The stage also hosted finalists from the festival's unsigned band competition, with winners Hunck opening the main Mountain Stage.
Hardest rocking with the least amount of notes: Hookworms:
Most life-changing festival food: Bloody Mary crumpets, blowtorched. Thank you, Strumpets with Crumpets.
Best sounding session: Glasgow's C Duncan. A handful of bands ventured behind the crumpet truck each day to record exclusive Green Man sessions, and C Duncan's was so good people kept nipping in from the press tent to see who it was.
Most attractive to insects: Englishman Bill Ryder-Jones, who had to halt Wild Swans mid wasp-attack, and own Natalie Prass, whose bee-battling struggle was rewarded with a break in the clouds, a burst of sunlight and huge cheers. (Prass also had the best unofficial introduction from a lady in the front row, who explained to a tiny child that "she's a beautiful girl with beautiful brown hair with a beautiful voice and a beautiful guitar.")
Best Green Man-related tweet: Matthew E White, the day before he played -- "I passed @deepthroatchoir a note that said "will you sing with me tomorrow at @GreenManFest, check YES, NO, MAYBE" #fingerscrossed"
Coolest drummer: Sarah Jones, for Hot Chip (who played all the hits and made everyone very happy) and - directly before that - Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, a tour-de-force supergroup playing all the hits from an alternate reality in which Nigerian funk recluse Onyeabor is as well-known as Hot Chip.
Best security staffer: The nice man assigned to the rum bar (aka ad hoc press tent on the other side of the site where all the drinks are doubles) every single day. He came back to hang out when he was off duty and everything.
Pictures and review of Days 3 & 4 coming soon. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Days 1 & 2 of the 2015 Green Man Festival, below...
Hurrray for the Riff Raff & Giraffage playing bonus sets in the tent
Like we did a week earlier at Lollapalooza, BrooklynVegan co-hosted/presented/curated the Toyota Tent inside the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco this past weekend. We already posted some pictures which included the Friday sets by Speedy Ortiz and Natalie Prass. Here are more from both of those sets and from Saturday and Sunday too.
Saturday included live set by Waters, The Drums, Classixx and Hurray for The Riff Raff whose upcoming tour includes a show at Carnegie Hall. There was also live Q&A with Django Django whose live set was a major highlight for one paper:
The London art-rock quartet came in a close second to [Kendrick] Lamar, turning in a sensational set that surely earned them hundreds (thousands?) of new fans. The group isn't all that well known in the U.S., but that will change if they keep rocking the house like they did at Outside Lands. Indeed, just plan on being head over heels for this band in, say, about a week. Grab a copy of the group's new album, "Born Under Saturn," and the transformation could happen even sooner.On Sunday DJ Rezound (aka Jamie Granato who was also our BrooklynVegan host for the weekend) started warming up the crowd at 1pm to get the crowd ready for a Q & A with Dan Deacon at 2:00. One of the last songs he played was off the new Tame Impala record, which felt good when an audience member later asked Dan which records he had been impressed by recently and he mentioned their new one. Dan felt immediate comfort on the stage, telling the crowd he and Jamie were an improv group and asking for suggestions. Dan waxed poetic about everything from human perspective (being trapped inside a painting) to hoarding (he is self-proclaimed). Lastly, he reminded everyone to not litter on the beautiful festival grounds. Giraffage drew a crowd that spilled out of the tent and had people dancing wildly to his brand of house, trap and mash-up. Shakey Graves left everything on stage with their performance, an emotive show that had girls running past security for selfies the minute he stepped down the stairs.
Hot Chip DJing the tent
With 15 years and six albums behind them, Hot Chip took to the main stage with an army of synths prepared to get the audience moving with their fusion of disco, pop and hip-hop. Tracks like "I Feel Better," "One Life Stand" and "Over and Over" had the audience dancing along to the band's makeshift choreographed moves. [Billboard]METZ stopped by the Toyota Tent for a picture, and Rezound DJ'd more while Hot Chip finished their main stage performance and walked over to our tent for their own DJ set. After a fun set of old and new classics, Alex Bleeker and The Freaks took the stage to play a set of all new material that sounded great. They were jazzed up from their performance earlier that day of Grateful Dead covers where original Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with them on the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death (Bill has two shows coming up at MSG with actual Grateful Dead members).
More pictures from the whole weekend continue below...
The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.
The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...
photo: Big Freedia in last year's Toyota Tent @ OSL (more by Wilson Lee)
Outside Lands is taking over San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend with headliners Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, Tame Impala and more.
BrooklynVegan, SPIN and Stereogum are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located in the Polo Field near the Lands End Stage. The tent is called "Sound Central" on the festival map.
Like previous years, and like at Lollapalooza last weekend, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Hurray for the Riff Raff play the Sutro stage at 12:20 on Saturday. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 5pm the same day).
BrooklynVegan's OSL representative this year will be Jamie Granato, also known as DJ Rezound and the man behind Group Tightener. Watch Jamie interview Dan Deacon and METZ on Sunday. Come see bonus performances by Natlie Prass, Speedy Ortiz, The Drums, Django Django, Shakey Graves, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and more. Check out the full weekend schedule below....
Festival Supreme, the music/comedy fest put on by 2015 Best Metal Album Grammy winners Tenacious D, will return for its third year this fall, happening at Los Angeles' Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds on October 10. The lineup is pretty supreme indeed, including Kids in the Hall, Rocket from the Crypt, the original cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, The Darkness, Die Antwoord, Jenny Slate, Amy Poehler, Super Dave Osborne, Neil Hamburger, Dan Deacon, Andrew WK and lots more.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday (6/11) at noon PDT, with a Festival Supreme website presale beginning Tuesday (6/9) at 10 AM PDT (password: SUPREME). Full 2015 Festival Supreme lineup is listed below...
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photos: Dan Deacon at Baby's All Right in February (more by Drew Gurian) / Death Cab
Death Cab For Cutie returned earlier this year with their eighth album, Kintsugi (their last with guitarist Chris Walla and first with an outside producer). Now, pop weirdo Dan Deacon has given its track "Black Sun" the remix treatment, turning the big-sounding song into something glitchier and more subdued. Maybe this is what a new Postal Service album would sound like? Check it out for yourself -- the song exclusively premieres below.
Dan Dacon has upcoming shows, including one in NYC this Friday (5/22) at Warsaw, which is sold out.
Listen to Dan Deacon's "Black Sun" remix, with the list of Death Cab's tour dates, below...
photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.
3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...
Dan Deacon @ Rough Trade 2/25/2015 (photo via @roughtradenyc)
Dan Deacon threw a party for the release of his new album, Gliss Riffer, on Wednesday night (2/25) at Rough Trade. It was his second Brooklyn show this month and, as usual, Dan put on a very interactive show with more than your average crowd participation moments. Did you go? Also yesterday, NPR posted a visit from Dan for their Tiny Desk concerts which had him playing "Feel the Lightning," "Sheathed Wings" and "Learning to Relax." Not your average Tiny Desk show. You can watch that below.
photo: Warpaint in Chicago, October 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Warpaint will be releasing a series of new digital singles this year, the first of which will be "No Way Out" b/w "Riot" in March. You can stream "No Way Out" below.
The band will be on tour in Europe in March, and their only current US show is headlining the 2015 Desert Daze Festival which takes place May 2 at the Sunset Ranch Oasis in Mecca, CA. Also playing are Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing They Make Beer Commercials Like This), Dan Deacon, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more. Tickets are on sale now and full Desert Daze line-up, and all Warpaint live dates, are listed below...
photo: TEEN @ Bowery Ballroom, 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Carpark Records, home of Toro Y Moi, Speedy Ortiz, TEEN, Young Magic, and many more, is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year which means it's old enough to drive. For the occasion, they're releasing a super sweet basketball themed compilation on May 26 featuring 19 bands from their current roster. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the comp (and are about hoops), including TEEN's "Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball" which makes its premiere in this post. You can stream it, and check out a Toro Y Moi vine, below.
There will also be a few Carpark anniversary shows, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on March 6 with Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors, Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, and DJs Young Magic and Montag. Tickets for that show are on sale. There will be one in DC, plus one in Austin during SXSW as well. Details on those are below.
photos by Drew Gurian
Dan Deacon and Future Punx @ Baby's All Right
Dan Deacon played the Popgun-curated edition of Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS) at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Tuesday (2/10). The packed house for the $3-with-RSVP show were also treated to opening sets by NY bands The Great Void and Future Punx (who also just opened for their friends Parquet Courts at Palisades). Pictures from the Baby's show are here.
Stay tuned for future RBSS NYC show lineup announcements. The next two NYC ones are both at Baby's too: March 10 (curated by AfroPunk) and April 14 (curated by BrooklynVegan) (we also did the January show at Baby's). Speedy Ortiz, who just released a great new track, headline one in Toronto tonight. Peaking Lights do Philadelphia on 2/19. LA gets How to Dress Well with Cherry Glazerr on 2/25.
For Dan Deacon, who already has a sold out record release show later this month at Rough Trade in the same neighborhood, the Baby's gig was a special, intimate show. Now Dan has announced even more tour dates, including a much bigger Brooklyn show happening at Warsaw on May 22nd. Tickets for that one go on sale at noon on Friday (2/13).
Check out the full list of tour dates, along with a stream of just-released Gliss Riffer track "Learning to Relax", and more pictures from the Red Bull show, below...
As mentioned, Dan Deacon will drop his new album Gliss Riffer on February 24 via Domino and will play a sold-out release show at Rough Trade the next day. Before that, Dan will play a Red Bull Sound Select show curated by Popgun at Baby's All Right on February 10 with Future Punx and The Great Void. Like most RBSS shows, it's $3 with RSVP or $10 at the door. Show up early either way, RSVP does not guarantee entry.
The next Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC after Dan Deacon will be at Baby's on March 10 (curated by AfroPunk). Then BrooklynVegan returns for a show at Baby's on April 14 (stay turned for lineups). The last NYC RBSS show was also us, and also at Baby's.
Dan's new video for "Feel the Lightning" (note: he does ALL the vocals) can be watched with an updated list of tour dates below....
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
Dan Deacon (right) and MC Schmidt takes notes in Adult Swim's latest "informercial"
Adult Swim has released another oddity into its 4 AM "Infomercial" slot that unleashed "Too Many Cooks" and "In Search of Miracle Man." Titled "Unedited Footage of a Bear," it starts off just as that but quickly transitions into commercial for fake allergy medication "Claridryl," the kind where the warnings go on longer than the selling of the product. We'll stop there, but writer/directors Alan Resnick and Ben O'Brien pretty much echew any attempts at humor, happy just to be weird, unsettling and, actually, pretty scary. Dan Deacon, who has a new LP on the way and worked with the filmmakers on another Adult Swim short, did the music and cameos (along with Matmos' MC Schmidt) as a police detective. Watch it below.
For those watching it online, note that clicking the familiar "Skip Ad" button it takes you to a fake Claridryl website. If you're looking for something that's unsettling, weird and funny, you might want to try The Heart, She Holler.
Dan Deacon said his new album would be out in February and he's now announced all the details. It's called Gliss Riffer and will be released February 24 via Domino. He produced the album himself and you can check out the video for first single, "Feel the Lightning," below. It's a little less hyperactive than you may be used to from Dan, but the video, directed by Andrew Jeffrey Wright, definitely keeps things weird -- part Adult Swim, part Willy Wonka, and part New Order's "True Faith" video. Watch it below.
Pre-orders of the LP get colored vinyl and an inflatable Gliss Riffer hand much like the one on the LP's cover art which you can check out, with the tracklist, below. As mentioned Dan will celebrate the release of Gliss Riffer in NYC at Rough Trade on February 25 with openers Eaters. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (12/11). He's announced a few more dates since we last posted and all those are listed below.
Dan Deacon @ DbA, 11/13/2014 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
Dan Deacon will release his new album in February via Domino. No exact date or title given yet, but you can hear a little bit of the music from it via an album trailer. Watch that below.
Dan was last in NYC to play one of Death by Audio's final week shows. He'll be back in town to play Rough Trade on February 25. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (12/11) at noon. The only other dates on Dan's schedule are both in San Francisco. He plays The Exploratorium this week (12/11) and will play The Chapel the same week as the NYC show. All dates are listed, along with footage from Dan's final DbA show, below...
There are only TEN NIGHTS LEFT at Death By Audio, the DIY Williamsburg venue closing to make way for Vice to move in. Eight of those ten nights were explicitly advertising secret guests (until a minute ago). You can browse the full schedule below.
Big names who have already come in to help the venue shut down in style include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, and venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers. It is of course possible that any one of them could play again in the next ten days (especially the residents), but it is more likely that Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Future Islands and other bands who have a history with the space will pop in, such as.... DAN DEACON who is now 100% confirmed for tonight's show (11/13). Check out the poster above.
Dan, who recently led a dance contest with "team Death By Audio" while opening for Arcade Fire at Barclays Center, will make people dance after a "special interactive dance performance by Prince Rama who have revealed their set involves an exorcism. Before that is the great Cloud Becomes Your Hand who are known to work in some interpretive dance of their own, and the night opens with performance artist Mr. Transylvania.
Final schedule below...
Set against "the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene" comes wistful indie romance, Song One, which stars Anne Hathaway and real life UK indie folk singer Johnny Flynn. (Weirdly, Zach Braff is not involved.) Here's the full synopsis:
After Franny's musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield, Boardwalk Empire) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances.The songs in the film were written by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, and features cameos by the likes of Sharon Van Etten, The Felice Brothers, and Dan Deacon. Bowery Ballroom, Pete's Candy Store and other venues make cameos too. The film, written and directed by Brooklynite Kate Barker-Froyland (and produced by Jonathan Demme), is out January 23.
You can watch the trailer below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center - 8/24/14
Arcade Fire completed the three-night Barclays Center run of their current tour last night (8/24). Like the first two, Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns opened, but this one was extra special because it also included an opening set from New York's legendary Television.
The Unicorns kicked things off early at 7:15 PM, and unfortunately the soon-to-be-filled venue was mostly empty for them, but this rare set (one of six dates they're playing this year) was a treat for those in attendance. They mostly stuck to material from their classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, and despite Nick Diamonds and Alden Penner's more "serious" recent projects, they retained all the quirk from their Unicorns days for this show. Alden and Nick both ran around on stage, cracked jokes ("Some people have told us now that they've finally seen us they can die happy ... that is very accurate"), and seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage playing those old songs. We certainly had a good time hearing them.
Television followed with an excellent set that included half of the classic Marquee Moon ("See No Evil," "Prove It," "Torn Curtain" and it's sprawling title track), but was more of a jammy psychedelic trip than a rehashing of old favorites. The band, whose lineup is 3/4 of the one that recorded Marquee Moon (Jimmy Rip in place of Richard Lloyd), are now almost 40 years past the release of that album and they don't perform all that frequently, but they were dead on last night. The interlocking guitar solos went on endlessly without dragging, and the rhythm section was locked in for all those jams. As improvisational as some of it sounded, parts like the ending of the instrumental break on "Marquee Moon" were exactly like the album. It was as powerful blasting from the stage at Barclays Center as it was the first time you heard it on record.
Immediately after Television's set, Dan Deacon got started on the small stage on the opposite end of the floor, hosting a huge dance competition on Barclays Center's ground floor which ended with the whole floor dancing. A second dance competition was then framed as a battle between Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio and NYC print-only show listings publication Showpaper. This was the second recent show we've attended that a now-big act playing to a lot of people in NYC gave props to Death by Audio from the stage (the last was Future Islands). Also spotted dancing in the crowd to Dan Deacon was fellow bald, bearded indie music maker Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav (Dan thanked him at the end). Dan's set was both a fun/funny activity for the crowd and an entertaining precursor to what was to follow.
Arcade Fire then took the stage at 9:30 for a 2-hour set (encore included) which was all thrills. At least in the world of music blogs and music twitter, Arcade Fire have gotten more than a little criticism for the last year or so of their career, which has included an elongated album rollout, lots of costumes, cover songs, and other gimmicks. But last night's show was such a truly good time, you'd have to be bitterly cynical to have been there and felt otherwise. Yes, it is a huge spectacle built for the huge venues they now typically play (this was their third arena show of the weekend in Brooklyn, and all three were full), but they do it without falling into bombast.
One of Arcade Fire's first NYC shows was ten years ago at the tiny Mercury Lounge (October 2004 to be exact). Core members Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Sarah Neufeld were all on stage that night, and impressively they're all still there ten years later. This time around they're joined by multiple other musicians (including sax genius Colin Stetson who you can catch in a more intimate environment at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (8/25)), a few people in paper mache bobblehead masks, dancers, confetti, and an elaborate light show, but they make it all unmistakably their own. The Arcade Fire of 2004 may not have written the dance-heavy "Reflektor" or "Sprawl II," but when the Arcade Fire of 2014 plays them right next to "Rebellion (Lies)" and "No Cars Go," nothing sounds out of place. The setlist was heaviest on Reflektor and lightest on Neon Bible, but it mostly felt like a very well curated collection of the many sounds Arcade Fire have made over the years, each song flowing perfectly into the next.
You know by now that Arcade Fire have been doing location-specific covers on this whole tour, and with NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" on Friday, followed by Marky Ramone joining for two Ramones songs on Saturday, and Television opening last night's show (not to mention Deborah Harry joining them at Coachella), it seemed like a pretty good bet that they'd keep the CBGB theme going for this final show. And they did. But Television, though their opening set fit the theme, did not end up being the guest. Win Butler, like Dan Deacon before him, did point out how amazing it was to play with Television though. In fact, Win said last night's show was the best lineup of bands they ever played with at one show.
Arcade Fire & David Byrne
The CBGB-themed cover ended up being Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," after a fake-out of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" playing through the PA as The Reflektors mimed the song from the smaller stage at the back of the floor. Nobody from Suicide joined them for this one, but they brought out Talking Head David Byrne (who was also on stage with Arcade Fire almost ten years ago) to sing guest vocals, complete with white face makeup on. It seemed like a good bet that David would be joining them when we heard he was spotted in the building, and we're pretty sure he was even out dancing in a mask to Dan Deacon. (There was a rumor they'd be covering Bruce Springsteen after someone got a hold of the setlist early, uploaded it to setlist.fm, and must have mistakenly not realized Bruce's recording of that song is in fact a Suicide cover.)
"Dream Baby Dream" segued into "Here Comes the Night Time," followed by "Normal Person" (which included Win singing "New York I love you, but you're bringing me down" over the intro, further teasing those of us who were hoping for a James Murphy cameo), and then the show ended with the longest-ever version of "Wake Up." Even after the song's huge ending and the crowd's applause, Win started singing the "whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh" part again as he and the band walked off stage, then the horn players joined back in, and the whole band proceeded to leave the stage in marching band fashion (the same way they had entered the venue 2 hours earlier) playing the song even once the PA was turned off until they fully exited the room.
Pictures of the third and final night are in this post (though unfortunately none of the openers this time). Saturday pictures HERE. Friday pictures HERE. More from Sunday, with a video of the Suicide cover and AF's setlist, below...