Entries tagged with: Dirty Projectors
based on their setup and sound....imma take a wild guess dirty projectors are from BK? -?uestlove
backstage @ the Fallon show - 9/28/09 (Brassland)
Dirty Projectors were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night where they premiered a new song called "When the World Comes to an End." Before that, they performed acoustically backstage. That earlier part wasn't aired on TV, but ?uestlove, a member of Jimmy's house band The Roots, was there recording with his iPhone (see above), and posted a video to his Twitter where he wrote, "Man. Dirty Projectors came into our room and demonstrated their awesomeness. How cool is it for them to do this?". He then Tweeted it again with the message, "dirty projectors really became a fav of mine after today" (both of those notes came an hour or two after the Tweet quoted at the very top of this post). Both videos below.
?uestlove, in addition to appearing on Fallon like he does every day, will be playing tonight (9/29) at the free Wizard of Oz show/screening in Central Park (with Jennifer Hudson and others). Then, as you can hear him tell DP in the below video, the Roots play Thursday night (10/1) at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn. Tickets are still on sale
Dirty Projectors are playing, what we now know is a short four-song set, at the New Yorker Fest's "Bands from the County of Kings" show at the Bell House on Friday, October 16th. Also on the bill are House of Ladosha, Jubilee and Liturgy. Tickets are still on sale.
Dirty Projectors then go out on tour from the end of October through most of November. It ends with four full NYC shows on 11/18-11/22 (with no show on the 20th). Recent 4AD signee tUnE yArDs has been added as opener to all of those shows, and to the entire last two weeks of their tour. She (tUnE) also has more gigs before then, including non-NYC shows with Sunset Rubdown and a Brooklyn show on October 6th at Union Hall with Dragons of Zynth.
All videos and tour dates are below...
Tickets for 2009 New Yorker Festival events go on sale at noon. That includes the Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy show happening at the Bell House on Friday, October 16th. You can browse the full schedule at their site, and I've listed a few more select choices below...
photos by Lori Baily
"Larkin Grimm (born September 18, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Memphis, Tennessee.As embarrassing as this is, Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors is always the first thing I think of when I hear "Yale". Interestingly (I never knew this before), according to her bio, Larkin Grimm knew Dave at Yale and even played in the Dirty Projectors for a short time.
She was born into a spiritual commune/cult called 'The Holy Order of MANS'. Her father is a fiddler of German, Afro-Caribbean, and Sinti descent, and her mother is a hippie folk-singer of English, French, and Cree descent. After her parents left the cult, they relocated to Dahlonega, Georgia, where she grew up. She won a scholarship to study at Yale where she painted and sculpted. At 20 years old she dropped out of Yale, and moved to Alaska, where she hiked and began to experiment with singing. She later was convinced by a friend to return to Yale, where she began to record 'Harpoon', which was inspired by a love affair at that time. She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where she has since produced another album called 'The Last Tree'. Larkin's third album 'Parplar' was released October 2008." [Wikipedia]
Parplar was released by Michael Gira's Young God Records in October 2008. Sample tracks from all three of her albums are available for free above. Check 'em out.
Coming up, she's playing September 11th in Boston and Sept. 12th in NYC - the latter of which will be at the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn (set to open on Sept. 9th with Les Savy Fav). There she plays with circus rock bands Mucca Pazza and Beat Circus. She's also at Santos' Musicka Mystica Maxima Fest on September 21st and 22nd. Finally, she is scheduled to play the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub on October 7th.
All dates and more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...
photos by Lori Baily
Liturgy @ Glasslands
Friday | October 16That's the complete,info on the previously-mentioned New Yorker Fest show which is not to be confused with the other four NYC shows that Dirty Projectors have coming up before 2010 (2 are at Bowery & 2 at MHOW). It's a diverse lineup...
Brooklyn Playlist | A Special Concert Featuring Bands from the County of Kings
With Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy.
Curated by the New Yorker staff writers Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh.
8 P.M. The Bell House ($25)
Tickets to all events may be purchased starting at 12 noon E.T. on September 18th, at newyorker.com/festival or by calling 800-440-6974.
Neko Case @ the 2009 Newport Folk Festival (more by Jim Brueckner)
"During the weekend of October 16th through October 18th, The New Yorker will present its tenth annual Festival, a three-day series of events that brings together some of the world's most talented and distinguished people in the fields of literature, art, film, music, humor, business, food, politics, design, and science....This is a full three months before Bon Iver's other upcoming NYC show. More New Yorker announcements soon. "Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 18th, at 12 noon, and may be purchased at newyorker.com/festival"
...Pop-music offerings will include interviews with and performances by Neko Case, Bon Iver, Steve Earle, and Loudon Wainwright III; a pub-rock reunion with Ian Hunter, of Mott the Hoople, and Graham Parker, of Graham Parker and the Rumour; and a panel discussion about the music industry with Jace Clayton, Josh Deutsch, Melvin Gibbs, Danny Goldberg, and Livia Tortella. In addition, a special Brooklyn Playlist concert at Brooklyn's Bell House, curated by Sasha Frere-Jones and Kelefa Sanneh, will feature Dirty Projectors, House of Ladosha, Jubilee, and Liturgy."
Dirty Projectors @ Williamsburg Waterfront in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Dirty Projectors' two scheduled NYC shows, November 18th at Bowery Ballroom and November 19th at Music Hall of Williamsburg, have sold out. Luckily the band has announced two more shows at the same venues, happening just days later. The new dates are November 21st at MHOW and Nov. 22nd at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the new shows go on sale Friday, August 28th at noon.
UPDATE: These NYC shows are part of a much larger tour that was announced a few hours after this post went up. Those dates are now below. DP will also be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman next Monday, August 31st.
They'll spend September in Europe. They've also got a new EP on the way.
Clips of Dave Longstreth in conversation, and playing acoustic in March at Minneapolis's Walker Art Center, and all dates, are posted below...
Two not-shows in one day. First Bowery listed Pissed Jeans at Mercury Lounge (not happening), and now I've found out that (Angel) Deradoorian is no longer playing Glasslands on August 27th. She canceled, though they say she'll make it up by playing the venue in November. Effie Briest and Tony Castles are still on the August show though, and Free Blood and Mahogany have also since been added which makes it a pretty solid bill all around.
Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon) for the Dirty Projectors shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in November. General sale starts Friday at noon.
Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works Bookstore (more by Chris La Putt)
No sooner do we post about their new EP and European dates, than Bowery Presents spills the beans that Dirty Projectors are scheduled to play a pair of NYC show in November. They'll appear at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 18th, and the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 19th. Tickets for these long-awaited, semi-intimate (but not TOO intimate), indoor shows go on sale Friday, August 21st at noon.
DP's last NYC shows have been outside at the Williamsburg Waterfront, in a very small record store, in the rain at Central Park Summerstage, in a book store (short set), and at Radio City Music Hall (a VERY short set). Updated tour dates below...
Dirty Projectors @ Williamsburg Waterfront 7/19 (more by Chris La Putt)
Dirty Projectors played the second of the summer's Jelly NYC Pool Parties at the Williamsburg Waterfront/East River State Park. That series still has two more shows to go, with Girl Talk headlining next weekend (Aug 23) and Grizzly Bear closing it out (Aug 30).
Dirty Projectors have a set of European dates scheduled for September, which is when they'll be releasing a four-song UK-only EP for Temecula Sunrise. Included on that 12" single, out September 28th on Domino, will be two unreleased songs, "Ascending Melody" and "Emblem of the World."
All tour dates and EP tracklist are below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Frisicano
"This is the first outdoor New York show we've played where it hasn't rained," said Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth (or something like it) of the sunshine and light clouds that soared over his band, and both of Sunday's openers, Magnolia Electric Co. and Crystal Antlers (who replaced White Denim on the bill). (it rained during Dirty Projectors' Sumerstage show in June and their lightning-backed Seaport gig last year.)
It was the second Jelly NYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront aka East River State Park where activities include dodgeball, basketball, and drinking beer in a roped off area (but not slip n slide). The view of Manhattan, Empire State Building included, along with the breeze from the water make it a great place for spending the day outdoors. The live music makes it even better.
After the inaugural Waterfront event on July 12th, the July 19th show was more of a laid back affair -- a vibe carried by the organ-driven sound of Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co., who went on around 4:30pm. The band from Indiana made it clear they were very happy to be there and having a great time. After their set you could catch them behind their own merch table until the end of the show.
From the opening notes of "Two Doves" at 6:15, Dirty Projectors' set got off to a slow start (that opener being one of the most low energy songs on either of their last two albums). The band continued with new-album material before launching into a mid-set stretch of older songs. I was wondering how they'd rearrange the older material, it turns out they didn't. The band played the Rise Above and before material with their two new touring members (singer Haley Dekle and bassist Nat Baldwin) off the stage. The combination of "Fucked for Life," "Gimme Gimme Gimme," "Thirsty & Miserable" and "Rise Above" injected some much-needed energy into the crowd. In my opinion, the tension and drama in those is unmatched by anything on the (still good) new record. From there, single "Stillness Is the Move" solicited cries of excitement and applause. That song led a straight shot through the Dirty Projectors' poppiest numbers, closing with a two song encore and Dark Was the Night track "Knotty Pine" (though without David Byrne there to sing his part like he did at Radio City and Bonnaroo).
I was a bit farther back, but upfront Chris had a different view of something I missed... (of someone who wasn't content yelling his marriage pleas from the crowd).
"It was a blur. During the Dirty Projector's set a man managed to get into the photographer's pit and attempted to rush the stage. He climbed onto one of the speakers in front of the stage nearly toppling it over before security managed to pull him off and escort him out of the pit."Yikes!
Crystal Antlers opened the show, but I personally got there too late to see them. Chris did get pictures though. More of them, along with an attempt at the DP setlist, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...
"The emails have been piling up and everyone's asking, "dude, what's up with the Pool Parties?" Well DUDE, so sorry to keep you waiting, but here at JELLY we've been working our asses off to bring you one of the greatest free concert series in history. The Pool Parties are going to be extremely crucial this year, "epic" or "amazing" as you people say these days. Seriously, eight weeks of FREE shows on the waterfront of Williamsburg? Does it get any better? You might be thinking "waterfront"? Yeah, in case you didn't hear the McCarren Pool's closed so get over it :) , and yeah we kept the name Pool Parties even though the East River's not at a pool, so what? We've still got DODGEBALL, basketball, DJ's, bands, burgers the works! We love you more than your parents ever could, and if you want to have fun and hang out with us this summer. [Full schedule below]. Bring your friends but please don't bring these things [pictured above]. As you can see below, underage drinking will not be tolerated. . You guys wouldn't do that though, so there's nothing to worry about. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!!" -JellyThe big news here is that they finally announced! As far as this year's lineup, well, we figured most of that out already. The Black Lips will also play the show with Trail of Dead, HEALTH, and Grupo Fantasma. Jemina Pearl is also on the bill of the first show on July 12th (Mission of Burma). Full lineup poster and a video below...
Dirty Projectors @ Central Park Summerstage (more by Natasha Ryan)
"After the Dirty Projectors' highly anticipated headlining appearance Wednesday night at Lee's Palace was cancelled [Tuesday] afternoon by the show's promoter, the Brooklyn art-rockers' label, Domino Records, have released the following statement explaining what happened:Dirty Projectors played Other Music in NYC on Friday. A message directly from the band about the accident, and a picture of the flipped van, below...
Dirty Projectors' van flipped outside of Detroit, MI on their way up to Toronto. Although the crash was serious, we're happy to report that all members of the band have been safely discharged from the hospital. The band will be flying home to New York in the morning to regroup and rest. Unfortunately, the band will have to cancel Toronto and Montreal.
Thank you for understanding and sending your well wishes.
Refunds for the cancelled Lee's Palace show are available at point of purchase." [Eye Weekly]
The Drums @ Cake Shop in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Bilal @ Blue Note
* Old 97's @ Maxwell's
* Mika @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* John Hammond @ City Winery
* Diana Krall @ Carnegie Hall
* John Hammond @ Hudson Square
* Build, Greta Gertler @ Joe's Pub
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas @ Zebulon
* Little Joy, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bedouin Sound Clash, DeLeon @ Mercury Lounge
* Exact Change 20th Anniversary @ Issue Project Room
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Anni Rossi, Pearl & The Beard @ Pianos
* The Legends, The Drums, Soft City, Care Bears On Fire @ The Bell House
* Patrick Wolf, Living Things, Jaguar Love, Plastiscines @ Highline Ballroom
* Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians, Will Johnson, Kevn Kinney @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary Wilson, Birds of Avalon, Animal Cruel-T, Silk Flowers, Ted Leo (DJ), Spencer Sweeney (DJ) @ Santos Party House
Little Joy, who opened for Regina Spektor last week, headlines a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood plays the first of two NYC solo shows, tonight at MHOW.
New music ensemble Build collaborates with Greta Gertler at Joe's Pub. On the program, "In addition to performing separately, Greta and Build will join forces in premiering new string arrangements by Build's Matt McBane for songs from Greta's forthcoming album The Universal Thump."
Publisher Exact Change celebrates its 20th anniversary at Issue Project Room tonight with music and performances by "Joan La Barbara, Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Till by Turning, Alex Waterman, Barbara Epler, James Hoff, Kenneth Goldsmith, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang responding to and reading the work of Joseph Cornell, Franz Kafka, Morton Feldman, Stefan Thermerson, Leonora Carrington, Unica Zurn and John Cage."
Santos hosts Stones Throw funk singer and recluse Gary Wilson tonight. Tuesdays are also the venue's weekly Sessions at Santa's parties. This week's lineup includes Birds of Avalon and DJ Ted Leo. Leo just wrapped up his tour with the Pharmacists and Titus Andronicus last night at Maxwell's.
Santos part-owner Andrew W.K. (who tends to hang around the club a lot) won't be there. He's in Vancouver, BC, appearing at the release show for his split 7-inch with Nardwuar & The Evaportors. That record, A Wild Pear, comes out today.
Yesterday, we posted a video of Triumph at Bonnaroo. Another video of the Insult Comic Dog, with clips of Dirty Projectors and A.A. Bondy at the fest, below...
Dirty Projectors @ Other Music in NYC - June 19, 2009 (photo by Kendra)
"They played as a five-piece: Dave Longstreth on acoustic guitar (and singing), Nat Baldwin on stand-up bass, and Angel Deradoorian, Amber Koffman, and Haley Dekle singing. I was psyched for the show because it feels like the band is at a point where it will be hard to see them in a small venue anytime soon. (Longstreth was signing autographs after the show.) The ticket came free with a pre-order of the album.... The band opened with "police story' which, cursing and all, is staggeringly good when acoustic. It was warm (actually very hot) I mean warm vibes I guess. Teenagers (twittering as we awaited them to start) and grey-haired dudes, and all really happy. They played an encore (in addition to the set list below) of "stillness is the move" the jam, the single... [(we) exist]Last night's date (June 19, 2009) was originally advertised as a show at the Williamsburg Waterfront. It was later discovered that it was a mistake in their tour dates and that they are actually playing Williamsburg Waterfront on JULY 19 (with White Denim). Their last NYC show before this one took place with TV on the Radio at Central Park Summerstage. The above-mentioned setlist, below...
"The genre that was once called "college rock" is currently drifting in a distinctly post-graduate direction. But for those who find 2009's US indie vanguard (the Grizzly Animal Projectors, the Dirty Bear Collective, those guys) a little too ethereal for their tastes, this down and dirty Austin, Texas power trio offer a marvellously rocking reality check." [Guardian]White Denim's new album Fits will be released in the UK on June 22nd. NME is even streaming it (though us in North America only get 30 second clips). Unfortunately though, at the moment at least, there is no info on a release in the band's own country.
To go along with that record, White Denim will be touring the UK/Europe from June 23rd until at least July 11th, and that will give them enough time to get back here for their only scheduled US show that I know about at the moment, which will be free in Brooklyn on July 19th at the Williamsburg Waterfront on a bill with Magnolia Electric Co. and Dirty Projectors. This NYC show is one of eight Jelly NYC Pool Parties that will happen this summer, all of which are currently still, sort of unannounced.
New White Denim video and all dates below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
"watching TVOTR in the rain felt kinda special somehow. I pretty much forgot it was raining as soon as Tunde got his falsetto working in the first song. But I disagree about the encore. Young Liars is still one of their best songs, it never fails to give me goosebumps." [Anonymous]Despite the rain, the show went on (though maybe not as packed as it should have been for a sold out performance). TV on the Radio and Dirty Projectors are on a tour that brought them back home Friday night to play Central Park Summerstage (6/5).
For both bands, it was the first of two outdoor NYC shows they have scheduled this summer. Dirty Projectors will play at the Williamsburg Waterfront, and TV on the Radio will be returing to Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell. More pictures from Central Park, and attempts at both setlists, below...
Dirty Projectors @ Housing Works in May (more by Ryan Muir)
So as it turns out, the June 19th Dirty Projectors date that has been sitting out there for a month, is in fact WRONG. They are not playing the Williamsburg Waterfront on June 19th. They are playing it on JULY 19 aka Sunday, July 19th aka the free show (Pool Party) that Magnolia Electric Co. are also playing!
Dirty Projectors will play a NYC show on June 19th though. It will just be much, much, much smaller and harder to get into.... Dirty Projectors are playing an instore at Other Music on 6/19 at 9pm. "Buy 'Bitte Orca' on cd or lp and recieve 1 ticket for the instore. Limit 2 purchases/tickets per person." The store will start selling the album
on Friday, 6/5 at noon TONIGHT, JUNE 3rd.
Speaking of Bitte Orca, NPR is now streaming it.
Dirty Projectors' next NYC show is this Friday (June 5) with TV on the Radio at Central Park Summerstage. The show is sold out. If you're going and you want to see DP, get there early - they are the only opener, and "Show 6:30 PM".
If you don't have a ticket, and want to see TV on the Radio (who just played Sasquatch), tickets are still on sale for the show they are playing later in the summer at Prospect Park.
Check out video from the Take Away Show DP filmed in 2007, below...
alan turing shows off his jeff lewis band cd (big bozo)
[In the UK, Jeffrey Lewis] will sell out venues that hold up to 800 fans. Back in America, though, a headlining slot at Bowery Ballroom is the highest-profile gig he'll play behind his new Rough Trade album 'Em Are I, and even that seems a bit excessive to him. "If we were hitting, like, 150 or 200 people everywhere around the States, that would be totally fine," he says. "Once it starts getting above, like, 400, it just takes it into a different context." [Village Voice]That Jeffrey Lewis Bowery Ballroom show happened on Wednesday, May 20th. It was the CD release show for his latest record, 'Em Are I, out now on Rough Trade. Were you there?
Jeffrey's previous record, 2007's 12 Crass Songs, was exactly that - an LP of Crass covers. About.com asked him about that...
Lots of aging punks got mad at the Dirty Projectors with their Black Flag album [Rise Above]. Did you find similar resentment?From Lewis' popularity overseas, it's not suprising that the songwriter calls the UK's Rough Trade Records home. After his current tour of the Northeast, which includes some dates with Au Revoir Simone, Lewis will meet with the Brits in Art Brut to perform as the "special guest" on the last night of that band's 5-day Mercury Lounge run (no We Are Scientists this time around).
"Mine was a very different record to the Dirty Projectors'. Black Flag songs are not so big on the content removed from the context, so putting them into this modern, art-rock, hipster context takes away whatever it is that makes those songs meaningful. With the Crass stuff, it wasn't a case of obscuring the message, but focusing it, by giving their lyrics a straight-forward presentation. In that way, it was like the opposite to the Dirty Projectors' project, so there was total irony in the fact that those records came out around the same time, and were always compared to each other. I do get some flack from the most devoted of Crass fans, but Crass themselves were really nice about it. I was talking to Dave [Longstreth] of the Dirty Projectors and he was saying that they just never heard any word from Black Flag at all. They tried getting in contact and met with no response. So it was pretty cool that Crass were so welcoming and supportive of me."
Lewis recently said goodbye to his NY Times Measure for Measure blog with a final post. Coming up, look for the singer to update his 2008 Daytrotter session with a visit to the Rock Island studio in June.
Video from Lewis's May 20th Bowery show, and one of Jeff playing with Emmy the Great, plus all tour dates, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
The songs were largely or entirely Mr. Longstreth's -- he took half the lead vocals, leaving Bjork the lead on three songs -- but her presence brought out their longer melodic lines amid the counterpoint. Where Mr. Longstreth's lead vocals can sound mannered, Bjork sings like a force of nature. The songs became ballads of innocence and discovery, particularly the delicate finale, a moment of mystical interspecies communion concluding with a line from Kurt Cobain: "All in all is all we are." It would have been a crowd-pleasing touch to follow up with a rearranged Bjork song as an encore -- Dirty Projectors recorded her "Hyperballad" on that Bjork tribute CD -- but they chose to leave that gentle homily in the air.You may have seen the first set of pics we posted Friday night. Here is another (which includes Kurt Weisman and a few other angles) from Ryan Muir (the night's house photographer)....
Bjork and the Dirty Projectors each chose an opening act: Olof Arnalds, a woman from Bjork's native Iceland, and Kurt Weisman, from Vermont. Both were songwriters who put unexpected melodic tangents and other idiosyncratic twists into sparse, folky material. [Jon Pareles @ The NY Times]
photos by Chris La Putt
I'm wiped. It was amazing. Here are some pics and a bit of summary....
Dirty Projectors @ Dark Was the Night (Radio City) (more by Natasha Ryan)
"Brooklyn, NY based Dirty Projectors are set to release Bitte Orca, their 5th full-length album and first for Domino Records on June 9, 2009. The album was recorded in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY in 2008 and will be available on CD, LP & digital. David Longstreth formed Dirty Projectors in 2002 and the group now consists of Angel Deradoorian [who played her own record release show at Cake Shop last night], Amber Coffman, Brian Mcomber and David as principal members. Lead single 'Stillness Is The Move' will precede the album on May 5th in North America and will be available on 12" and digital, with b-sides and a remix by Lucky Dragons [who are playing the Stone this weekend]. Dirty Projectors have also introduced an expanded 6 member live lineup with the addition of bassist Nat Baldwin and vocalist Haley Dekle for live dates this year including a tour with TV On The Radio in May [and the Dark Was the Night show at Radio City]....."Dirty Projectors have three NYC shows coming up. This Friday, May 9th, they play Housing Works Bookstore with Bjork (Bjork and David Byrne in less than one week). On June 5th they play Central Park Summerstage with TV on the Radio, and on June 19th they're playing the new concert venue of the summer, Williamsburg Waterfront! But it's a Friday, so does that mean the show will cost money? All dates (thanks Ryan), including a bunch of new headlining dates on the east and west coasts, below...
photos by Natasha Ryan, words by Andrew Frisicano
Dark Was the Night live finally happened Sunday, May 3rd at Radio City. Right before showtime, there were still tickets available, but the auditorium seemed fairly full as the Dirty Projectors set began. The band sounded great with its newly fleshed out six-piece lineup (though I didn't catch the titles of the first Bitte Orca song). The reverb of the room was almost a special guest of its own and a welcome addition throughout the night. On new single "Stillness Is the Move" singer Amber Coffman really let loose with the dance moves and the added vocal acrobatics the song deserves. David Byrne joined the band on their Dark Was the Night collaborations -- the not-on-the-comp "Ambulance Man" and album opener "Knotty Pine."
Red Hot executive director John Carlin (Red Hot being the AIDS advocacy group that put out Dark Was the Night along with many other benefit comps) came out and said a few words about the performers before My Brightest Diamond/Shara Worden burst into her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Worden was backed by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on keys, members of the National including the two Dessners brothers (who were obvious fixtures through the night), drummer Bryan Devendorf, plus horns and strings. Worden's massive voice filled the hall, but sadly took the lead for only one song.
The rest of The National guys came on stage for Boxer song "Slow Show," followed by new song "England." Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and band were on stage for backups, and for The National's Dark Was the Night contribution, "So Far Around the Bend," Vernon even picked up a guitar and took a solo. The band closed with another new song, which singer Matt Berninger mumbled the title of a few times (anyone catch it?).
For the next set, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek took the stage in a sharp looking suit and performed one track, his DwtN Troggs cover "With a Girl Like You." Here it was backed by a fuzzed out bass, horns, keys, and a collection of the night's performers on handclaps and tambourines (Dirty Projectors, Dessners, others).
As John Carlin announced earlier, the first half of the show was to close with David Byrne's three Red Hot compilation contributions. Led by five hand percussionists, Byrne opened with Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In." Second, he played "Dreamworld: Marco De Canavesems" with Justin Vernon sitting in on vocals for Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso (who originally collaborated with Bryne on the track). The tune's hyped up bossa nova, with the Dessners on guitars, was one of the night's many highlights. Finally, Byrne sang with Feist (who subbed for the original's Marisa Monte) on the Antonio Carlos Jobim song "Waters of March" ("Aguas de Março"). Even with Byrne starring down at the lyric prompt for nearly the whole song, the jumping melody of that tune was an amazing end to the first set.
Three years after their triumphant show at the Prospect Park Bandshell, TV on the Radio will return to the same Brooklyn stage, but this time it will cost money. As you may have noticed in the 2009 Celebrate Brooklyn schedule, the show takes place on August 11th. That's a little over a month after the band play their sold out show at Central Park Summerstage with Dirty Projectors. Brooklyn ticket and opener info TBA. All dates below...