Entries tagged with: Spoon
"Once you've reached Madison Square Garden, you've reached the peak. You're the success story of the day, so one relaxes. There's no where to go, there's no higher, there's only the abyss waiting. So live free, for one night only." -Terry Gilliam on the Unstaged Pre-show video q
a win Win situation (by Jonathan Bayer)
Arcade Fire looked perfectly at home on the stage of Madison Square Garden Thursday night, the second show in their two-night run. At this one, the audience exceeded the nearly-full stadium, with an at-home crowd watching a live stream directed by Terry Gilliam broadcast over YouTube (the live channel has something like 600,000 views currently, though not sure that number means anything).
That bodes well for the band, who are still waiting on the first-week sales numbers for their possible #1, The Suburbs, which came out on Tuesday (and has been on sale digitally for $3.99 at Amazon). At the show, the new record's songs weren't totally unfamiliar. One, "The Sprawl II," even made the encore, and spurred a roar of recognition from the girls in front of me, who informed our cozy section of the song's title (with a peace sign for the two) and described its arc (slow at first, but then really awesome) as it started up. A faulty drum machine forced the band to restart the tune a minute in, allowing a reflective pause for the victory lap in progress.
The band was clearly reveling in the moments of the show. Win Butler sailed into the crowd multiple times, occasionally with his guitar still attached. In one impressive maneuver, the frontman walked along the seated section's railing like a balance beam, before jumping into the general admission pit, tangles of mic cord trailing behind him (a play from the Matt Berninger handbook). The band frequently rotated instruments, with pianos, keys, two drums kits, violins and an array of percussion all playing a part.
The second night's songs were close but not identical to night one's (and both differed from their Boston show a few nights ago). As before, their debut LP, Funeral, provided ripe stadium-level material for the set, filling a little less than half of it. The order changed, but only one new song was swapped outright: "Empty Room" replacing "Half Light II."
For me, the stadium aspect of MSG was kind of a strange novelty. From the distant seats, the experience of watching a band while reclining, huge soda and personal pizza/popcorn/whatever in hand, is in some ways closer to a YouTube stream than a crowded, sweaty live concert. Still, the in-person event had its rewards for those that weren't up front - the band's backdrop for the evening depicted an abandoned bridge overpass, with an rectangular block of lights similar to a football stadium. In front of that was a video screen, mostly likely meant to be a billboard, which projected forms and images for each song. Antiquated ghosts lit up "No Cars Go" and what I can only hope is the video for "The Suburbs" depicted a gang of kids riding bikes in Reservoir Dogs-style slo-mo through an eerie neighborhood development.
And the people: a view-obstructing beer vendor trolling the aisles, a group of teens trying to find someone to buy them beer, an energetic (chemically-enhanced?) man pirouetting around the stadium's perimeter, and thousands of fists raised in unison for the group rite of "Wake Up" (the latter being inspiring or frightening, depending).
and there was confetti...
Owen Pallett started out the night to a minimally filled stadium. "I'm so happy to be playing here for the 200 of you," he joked. Then responding to a heckler, "No, I'm not taking it off, I just got this. Sorry." The empty hall added a nice element of reverb for the people who were there, amplifying the work of Owen's orchestra-in-a-box loop pedal.
Similarly, Spoon sounded great, with help from a horn section and drums borrowed from Phil Collins (both on only a few songs). The band jammed through a taut set with favorites like "Jonathan Fisk" and "I Summon You" taking their place along the new Transference batch. For "No One Gets Me But You," the Roots' Owen Biddle joined to make a two-piece bass section (as he did on Fallon).
Some videos from the show's "Unstaged" live stream are already online. Fan videos too (including a nice close-up of Win in the crowd). The set list, some more picturs from night two (night one are HERE), and those videos are below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"The Arcade Fire was majestic." - Tumbleweed
"that arcade fire show was unreal." - Anonymous
"I never thought in a million years I would say this.....but Arcade Fire at MSG was one of the best things I've seen in years. I am still reeling and still thinking about how fucking amazing it was." - Anonymous
Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8).Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Owen Pallett played their first of two NYC shows at MSG on Wednesday night. The second show, which will also be streaming online, happens tonight, Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are still on sale.
It's understood that "The Suburbs" is greatly benefiting from its promotion in Amazon's MP3 store, where it's been sale priced for $3.99 since Monday. (The store began selling the album one day earlier than its official street date.)
There's a chance that Eminem's "Recovery" may possibly retake the No. 1 slot. The album slipped to No. 2 this past week, selling 159,000 (down just 15%).
Arcade Fire's last release in 2007, "Neon Bible," started at No. 2 with 92,000. It was blocked from the top spot by the No. [Billboard]
More pictures and the setlist from Wednesday (8/4), and a video of "Wake Up" with the entire very large venue singing along, below...
Spoon @ Oya Fest 2007 (more)
Hot Chip @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* The Dead Weather @ Don Hill's
* Mark Burgess @ Home Sweet Home
* Elvis Martinez @ Highbridge Park
* Fol Chen, Baths @ Union Pool
* Michael Rother & Freunde, Lichens @ Maxwell's
* Conjunto Imagen @ Wagner Park, Battery Park City
* DBCR, Purse Snatchers, Andy and Zeus @ Cake Shop
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center Broadway Plaza
* Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Frank Turner, William Elliot Whitmore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ivo Perelman, Daniel Levin, Andrew Cyrille @ Roulette
* GDFX, Twin Stumps, Cacaw, Divorce Money @ Shea Stadium
* Arcade Fire, Spoon, Owen Pallett @ Madison Square Garden
* Robyn, Kelis, Dan Black, Far East Movement @ Webster Hall
* Bird Names, Procedure Club, Cavex, Columboid @ Silent Barn
* Starship Troopers (film), Grooms @ McCarren Park SummerScreen
* Lower Dens, Inoculist, Gross Relations, Nightdogs @ Glasslands
* Black Taxi, That Handsome Devil, Decibel @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* This Frontier Needs Heroes, She Keeps Bees, Naked Hearts @ Mercury Lounge
* Right Coast, Statespeed, Love Isla, Assumbly Line @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Hot Chip, Hercules and Love Affair, Holy Ghost! @ Central Park SummerStage
* Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7, Inyang Bassey & Binky Griptite @ Mercury Lounge
* Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Q-Tip & Bilal, Jose James' Blackmagic @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
The Europa show with Enthroned, Destroyer 666, Pathology and Black Anvil will be happening on August 31st instead of tonight.
Interpol isn't at Wellmont Theatre after the venue's ceiling started to crumble.
The Lincoln Center lineup tonight looks like this:
Wednesday, August 4, 2010Spoon play their first of two shows with Arcade Fire at MSG tonight. Last night they were on Fallon. Video below...
7:00 PM Asphalt Orchestra
(premiering commissioned pieces written for them by Yoko Ono and David Byrne / Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
7:30 PM Jose James Blackmagic
8:30 PM The Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Q-Tip and Bilal
Jonsi has a new video for "Animal Arithmetic" which you can watch below...
Arcade Fire's second show at Madison Square Garden, set for August 5th, will be streaming live on YouTube. The teaser video that says as much (that they put on Vimeo), with a clip of new song "Rococo," is posted below.
Spoon @ Radio City in March (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Spoon, whose next show is at the MAHA Music Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, will be coming to New York soon as part of their handful of dates opening for Arcade Fire. Those include the shows at Madison Square Garden on August 4th and 5th (which Owen Pallett also opens).
Spoon's upcoming tour dates also include Matador's Lost Weekend, Austin City Limits, and a free September 12th show at Clark, NJ's Oak Ridge Park (a little more than an hour by train from NYC). There they'll headline the 13th annual Union County MusicFest. The free five-day fair will have two days of music, Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th. The first night's bands include The Bravery, Soul Asylum, OK Go, Mike Peters and Friends, Willie Nile, Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social, and 61 North. Joining Spoon on the second night are Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo, The Zombies and Suzanne Vega. More bands are still to be announced.
All Spoon dates below....
Owen Pallett @ Webster Hall in April (more by Sarahana)
Arcade Fire collaborator and 2010 Polaris Prize nominee Owen Pallett (ex-Final Fantasy) has been added as the opener to both the August 4th and August 5th Spoon & Arcade Fire shows at Madison Square Garden (tickets). Those dates are in addition to his upcoming tours with both Dirty Projectors (he opens Terminal 5) and the National (he opens Wellmont Theatre).
Owen is giving away a free EP via Domino for one week only. The tracklist for that EP (Dan Deacon remix included) and all dates below...
Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.
In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.
A flyer is below...
I'm not sure if and when an ArcadeFire.com presale is starting (today?) for the recently added August 5th MSG show that Arcade Fire & Spoon are playing, but the American Express presale for the show starts at 9am. Both bands are also playing August 4th in the same venue.
The tracklist for Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs, and a recent MTV Canada segment on the Toronto secret shows, below...
Arcade Fire @ Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON - 6/12/10 (the2scoops)
"ARCADE FIRE has added a second date at New York's Madison Square Garden. The new show has been confirmed for August 5.Updated tour dates below...
SPOON is confirmed as special guest on both the August 4 and 5 New York shows, as well as the Philadelphia, DC and Atlanta dates, which bookend the ARCADE FIRE's previously announced August 8 Lollapalooza appearance and the release of the band's third full-length studio album, The Suburbs, out August 3rd on Merge."
Spoon @ Radio City Music Hall in March (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
MSG will be one of four US dates that Spoon open for Arcade Fire in August, and it's one of seven US shows Arcade Fire play total that month (so far anyway). Not counting Lollapalooza, Arcade Fire will supposedly be having a presale for those dates at their website
soon UPDATE: the presale will happen Wednesday at 10 am est.
The NYC ticket price has been revealed as $49.50. And as mentioned, tickets for that one go on AmEx presale June 9th, Fanclub presale June 10th and general sale on June 12th.
All dates below...
Arcade Fire @ Bowery Ballroom in 2004 (more)
Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs is due on August 3rd. The band will headline Madison Square Garden in NYC on August 4th. The opening act? Spoon (!) (who headlinedRadio City in March). The MSG show
may be is part of a larger TBA tour. Other Arcade Fire tour dates announced so far include Osheaga and Lollapalooza.
Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale June 9th, Fanclub presale June 10th and general sale on June 12th.
Updated tour dates along with Arcade Fire's "Funniest Moments" (via Youtube) and more videos are posted below...
In addition to playing the June 30th Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Suckers show at Governors Island (they're opening), We Were Promised Jetpacks has added a Tuesday, June 29th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bear Hands open. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, May 28th at noon.
The Brooklyn show is one of at least seven shows that WWPJ and Bear Hands will play together this summer. Those dates include Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival which has updated its July lineup since we last spoke. That updated lineup and day-by-day schedule, and all dates below...
ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
October 8-10, 2010 | Zilker Park, Austin, TXTickets go on sale today. The 2010 ACL lineup is below...
"The Austin City Limits Music Festival began as a modest, two-day event and now, as it enters it's 9th year, has become a perennial American music experience. Taking place at the heart of Austin, Texas in the legendary Zilker Park, ACL Festival has grown to 3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands."
photos by Rachel Carr
"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...
The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.
Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.
Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.
King Khan Gabba Gabba
Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.
All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.
The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.
Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...
"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...
No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.
This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]
Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."
Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ the Seaport in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Andrew WK DJ w/ live performances @ Santos
* Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
* GWAR CRACK-A-THON @ MF Gallery
* Aloha, Pomegranates @ Maxwell's
* Hanne Hukkelberg @ Rooftop Films
* "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opening
* Yellow Dogs, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* Budos Band, The Jay Vons @ Southpaw
* Cable, Slacks, Goes Cube @ Union Pool
* Kaki King, An Horse @ Bowery Ballroom
* Caveman, Arms, Quiet Lights @ The Cameo
* The Low Anthem, Timbre Timber @ The Bell House
* Natural Child, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Lulu's
* Liturgy, White Mice, Suffering Bastard @ Shea Stadium
* Suprise Me Mr. Davis, Anne & the Beekeepers @ Union Hall
* Wussy, The Fervor, Mystery of Two, Little Big @ Cake Shop
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Golden Triangle @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Tao Saxo Quartet, Butchy Fuego, The Sway Machinery @ Zebulon
* The Little Death, Gordon Gano & The Ryans @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Rykarda Parasol, Bootblacks, Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch @ Littlefield
* Claymation Velociraptor,Sigmund Droid,LookBook,Common Loon,No Place @ Pianos
* Girls & Boys presents VIKING, The Hood Internet, Telephoned (Live) @ Webster Hall
* Air Waves, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Eternal Summers, Beachniks @ Bruar Falls
* Alex Battles, Gabe Rothschild, Lenny Molotov, B is for Baroness @ Petes Candy Store
* Real Estate, Family Portrait, Liam the Younger, Big Troubles @ Monster Island
* Justice of the Unicorn,Untied States,Lucky Pineapple,Pet Ghost Project @ Glasslands
* Fiasco,Daniel Francis Doyle,Dinowalrus,Pterodactyl,Dana Falconberry @ DeathByAudio
* Contact! w/ NY Phil plays Nico Muhly, Sean Shepherd, Matthias Pintscher @ Symphony Space
UPDATE: Shrinebuilder have added a last minute show tonight thanks to the volcano.
More about some of tonight's shows in This Week in Indie.
South Street Seaport just announced some of the bands playing there this summer.
The Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opens this weekend at Sunshine Theater and Lincoln Plaza. As everyone that was clapping at the screening we hosted on Sunday will tell you, it's a great movie. Mr. Brainwash FTW!
Speaking of movies, I haven't seen it, but No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) also opens tonight...
"Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence more », and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy..."Iranian indie rock bands Hypernova and Yellow Dogs both star in the film and then are playing its opening party at 92YTribeca.
The Iranian event is not part of the Tribeca Film Festival which starts on April 21st.
The Roadburn Festival is underway in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Stay tuned for reports from the ground.
Coachella starts today in California. You can stream it online.
Have Coachella open in one window and the Gwar Crack-A-Thon open in another (or go to the Crack-A-Thon in person).
The Cribs were supposed to be one of the streaming Coachella performances today, but not anymore.
Pavement played a US show at the Fox Theater last night. A video from the show below...
Spoon played Kimmel last night. Video below...
Kaki King plays Bowery Ballroom tonight. Last night she was at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Two nights ago she was on Fallon. Video from the TV appearance below...
Caribou's recent video for "Odessa" below...
Conan O'Brien in Eugene, OR 4/12 (by ob)
The approach, judging from Monday night's performance, was to sweep in with a torrent of energy (or as O'Brien put it in a Twitter post, a "towering tsunami of dry, self-deprecating humor"), high spirits, music, video bits, flashing lights and a crew of old favorite faces and routines. Andy Richter was back, along with LaBamba and the band (though not Max Weinberg), a bear with a certain self-gratifying habit, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was there on tape, along with other schtick the sellout crowd ate up with gusto. For surprise, there was a brief appearance by Jack McBrayer, aka Kenneth the page on "30 Rock," and the band Spoon [whose own current tour happened to be in Oregon on the same night].Conan's "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour," which kicked off last night (Monday, 4/12) in Eugene, Oregon, comes to Radio City Music Hall for two nights on June 1st and 2nd. Those are sold out, but some tickets are still available for his May 30th show at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
It was plain that this was the first stop on the tour, and cast and crew were getting a feel for what worked and what didn't. At times, the show seemed to cheerfully roll around like an out-of-control soccer ball. But O'Brien and crew always managed to bring it back from the "where-is-this-going?" episodic brink. The proceedings could stand some tightening and trimming -- Conan, we know you love that guitar, but a few of those songs should probably go -- but everybody was giving it their all.
At times, it almost felt like we were watching O"Brien's TV show, with the big-screen display on the stage behind him beaming out his face, and some delightfully loose back-and-forth banter between Conan and Andy. All in all, it's hard to get too crabby about a show that tries to squeeze in so much comedy...The Oregonian]
The first night of the tour coincided with the news that Conan would be hosting a new show on TBS this November.
Videos of songs, sketches and dancing from night one (though none of Spoon unfortunately) are below...
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
by Benjamin Lozovsky
Spoon has made a long and fruitful career out of simultaneously fulfilling and denying the expectations of fans, critics and record labels. On Friday night (3/26), the band greatly exceeded its own expectations by headlining a sold-out Radio City Music Hall.
It was a big deal for a band that's taken small but inquisitive steps over 16 years and 7 records. This show came in support of their latest effort, Transference, a moody yet powerful record of micro-experimentation that ultimately saw the band reinvigorating their inner scruffiness (they celebrated the release of that record by playing a much smaller NYC venue in January). But unlike some recent tour dates which saw Transference heavy setlists, on this night Spoon played a well curated sampling of many of their past gems; it felt like a therapeutic nod to history for a band eager to revisit the moments that brought them this far.
But it wasn't just looking back for the fuzzy feeling of nostalgia. Britt Daniel and co. breathed new sophisticated life into songs like "I Summon You" and "Someone Something." The latter was sung as a duet with Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, one of several guests (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits) who appeared during the show. Dan and Eleanor performed one of their own songs with the group as well as assisting on Spoon numbers, as the headliner graciously and generously dolloped the trademark Spoon appliqué onto numbers like "Waiting To Know You" and "Modern World."
Radio City Music Hall is often a tough sell for rock fans, and Friday was no exception. It wasn't until midway through Spoon's first set, when the band was augmented by a seven piece horn section for numbers like "Don't You Evah" from their brass heavy 2007 album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, that the crowd finally took notice of the scorching effort brought forth by the band members and joined in on the revelry of this potential poster child for indie rock perseverance affixing its name to such an illustrious marquee.
Attempting to warm up the crowd were lively but somewhat underdeveloped The Strange Boys (sans new member Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt) and Deerhunter. Many attendants preferred to mingle in the gold-plated lobby of Radio City rather than check out the openers, but neither band did everything they could to completely win over the crowd either. Deerhunter didn't outright disappoint, but they didn't sound as impactful as normal. For the majority of their performance, the powerful streams of noise normally associated with the band were muted in the large hall. Instead the bare trappings of their songwriting were exposed, which might have been an interesting contrast for a frequent listener, but to the uninitiated came across as listless and at times sluggish. When Bradford Cox and his bandmates played to their more expansive and propulsive leanings though, things improved. They finally turned up the volume and intensity in the finale which was topped off with a long cacophonously exciting outro. Then they seemed to be having fun as eccentric noise makers in such a staid arena.
Still neither of the younger bands could match the passion of the older Spoon, who now might be considered elder statesmen of the genre they often like to eschew connections with. Daniel has an ageless croon, even if it faltered occasionally Friday. One couldn't help but feel Spoon could go on forever taking small steps at musical progression and growth. As a performance though, this was one giant leap.
More tour dates HERE. The full Radio City setlist with more pictures and some videos, below...
photos by Brian Reilly
It was a happy St. Patrick's Day for Spoon. The Austin, Texas, indie-rock band received a hero's welcome during its hometown show on Wednesday at the South by Southwest music festival.Spoon's tour with Deerhunter has arrived in NYC for a massive show at Radio City Music Hall tonight (3/26). The Strange Boys play first of three. Tickets
The group, this musical city's biggest export in recent years, has been on a roll as of late. Spoon's newest CD, the recently released "Transference," debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first week on shelves. In honor of its achievements, the band was rewarded with the highly coveted opening night, headlining slot at Stubb's, SXSW's largest venue.
The group didn't disappoint the hometown crowd, which had filled the venue to capacity well before Spoon actually took the stage. The quartet wasted no time getting to the good stuff, opening the show with the solid new single, "Written in Reverse," and then quickly following with the even stronger "Don't Make Me a Target," from 2007's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga." The latter had a punky snarl to it, but also a dramatic piano line, reminding one of a classic Joe Jackson cut.
The one misstep, and it was a big one, came when Spoon covered the Damned's "Love Song." The band put its own spin on the track -- which I applaud -- but the lackluster, loopy result was something that would make punk-rock fans cringe. [Mercury News]
The NPR-presented Austin showcase on March 17th also had Visqueen, The Walkmen, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Broken Bells (who played earlier that day in a parking garage) on the bill. More pictures from that show with Spoon's setlist below...
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Micachu & The Shapes @ Pop Montreal 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
In addition to being at SXSW and MtyMx, Tanlines is playing a release party for its Settings EP (out March 9th on True Panther Sounds) on March 5th at Monster Island Basement. Also on the bill are Lemonade, Janka Nabay and Blondes. (It's not just a release party for Tanlines, you can get entry and 3 new 12"s from Tanlines, Lemonade and Janka Nabay for $25.)
Raisa Khan of Micachu & The Shapes sat in on keys and vocals with her friends UK band Laurel Collective at Hindenburg Mile High Club in London on Saturday, February 6th. The show was part of the band's monthly residency at the spot. Laurel Collective's debut album (actually a mini-album), Feel Good Hits Of A Nuclear Winter, came out in 2008 on Domino. Their more recent material (including a free cover of Micachu's "Golden Phone") is available online. They live up to the collective part of their name with a youthful group feel similar to Los Campesinos or Nana Grizol. Laurel Collective will be at SXSW this year for shows throughout the festival. Videos of their show with Raisa, tour dates and more are below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Southpaw, 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Jimmy Scott @ Iridium
* Royal Bangs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Questlove (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Delta Spirit, The Willowz @ Pianos
* La Roux, Yes Giantess @ Webster Hall
* Phantogram, Junk Culture @ Union Hall
* Unsound w/ Jacaszek, ACME @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Shuttle, Booty B, Pharaoh @ Public Assembly
* Heavy Hands, Traveling Circle, Sean Griffin @ Zebulon
* Gonzales' Piano Talk Show w/ Andrew W.K. @ Joe's Pub
* We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Girls At Dawn, Peace Killers, German Measles @ Don Pedro
* Wanda Jackson, Lustre Kings @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tourmaline, Life Size Maps, SSSEN, Galaxy Queens @ Bruar Falls
* Unsound w/ Morgan Geist (DJ), Neurotic Drum Band, Blondes @ Littlefield
* Savoir Adore, Uninhabitable Mansions, North Highlands, We Are Country Mice @ Cake Shop
* NinjaSonik, Japanther, Team Facelift, Fashen, The Auctioneers, "secret European guests" @ Santos Party House
* Hercules & Love Affair (DJ), Pat Mahoney (Special Disco Version), Finger On The Pulse, Yes Giantess @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
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Video of Spoon performing at Sirius-XM, below...
Eluvium's new video for "The Motion Makes Me Last" below...
Hot Chip @ Pier 3 in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* AA Bondy, Lia Ices @ Union Hall
* Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Matchless
* K Holes, Golden Triangle @ Union Pool
* Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Data Dog @ The Tank
* J Dilla Foundation benefit w/ Questlove @ the Bell House
* Kayo Dot (plays Coyote) @ The Stone (Late Show)
* Kayo Dot (plays Choirs of the Eye) @ The Stone (Early Show)
* Hot Chip, French Horn Rebellion @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dinosaur Feathers, Matt Singer, Pearl & The Beard @ Sycamore
* Hot Chip (DJ Set), We Are Wolves @ Brooklyn Bowl (Late Show)
* Cavalier Rose, The Moderate, Bridges and Powerlines @ Pianos
* Anamanaguchi, D/A/D, Movement, Lawrence Grey @ Shea Stadium
* Unsound w/ Groupshow performs Andy Warhol's "Empire" @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Class Actress, The Morning Benders, Blood Orange, Acrylics, Twin Shadow @ Glasslands
* Blood Warrior, Raccoon Fighter @ Pete's Candy Store (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)
* Small Black, Keepaway @ Brooklyn Bowl (BAM's Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival)(Early Show)
* Heavy Trash, Delco Nightingale, Jukebox Jodi And Her 45s, Howlin' Thurstons @ Public Assembly
* Holy Hail, Pony Pants, Edie Sedgwick (and The Brunettes), Love or Perish @ Cake Shop (Late Show)
* King Django Septet, Hub City Stompers, Outernational, Royal City Riot, Wareika Hill @ Knitting Factory
* Care Bears On Fire, Mother Courage, Jack & The Jaywalkers, BYS @ Cake Shop (Benefit for Hope For Haiti Now)
* Shellshag, forgetters, Screaming Females, JEFF The Brotherhood, The Measure, Black Wine, Groucho Marxists @ Bowery Ballroom
'Donuts Are Forever' at The Bell House. Flyer below.
Hot Chip played a free show at Highline Ballroom last night, and they play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl). Check out an 11 minute featurette, "Brothers" about the band below...
Spoon's new video for "Written in Reverse" below...
photos by Paul Birman
"Thanks to everyone who came to the BV Haiti benefit last night. You made it really special." - St. Vincent
"St. Vincent and Justin Vernon performing together was easily one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen/heard." - Steph Lo
Wyatt Cenac was funny. Then came Britt Daniel (of Spoon) with White Rabbits frontman Stephen Patterson. They had such a good time on stage together, you can tell they were buds. Janeane Garofalo came next - she has the smartest humor and is a strong rooted New Yorker. Made a ton of jokes about the L train and hipsters which the crowd took very warmly to. Gosh she's tiny. St Vincent went on and sounded like the lovely thing she is. Someone yelled while she was setting up 'show us your bush'????', In which she replied, 'that is the strangest thing someone has ever said to me...on or off stage'. Adorable. Following her was Zach Galifianakis who everyone was undeniably waiting for. It really looked like he just rolled out of bed, picked up some papers from a table and walked on stage totally winging his whole act...hilarious. Alas came Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). His voice sounded just as amazing it does on record. The room was at its most quiet during "Flume". Unreal. He was the last act but did say something about a special guest - I heard it was Megafaun/My Brightest Diamond (had to leave early), which I imagine rounded out the benefit nicely. Really awesome that these guys all came together"...Thanks for that partial recap S&S. You should have gotten there earlier and stayed later though!
[Stadiums & Shrines]
The night opened with a great debut set by singer-songwriter John Shade (previously Dave Godowsky) who brought out Justin Vernon on drums for two songs. Before and after John, and between every set of the night, came comedy by our two able hosts: Bobby Tisdale and Leo Allen. St Vincent's set included a National and a Nico cover. Justin covered John Prine. Britt Daniel did three songs, which was one less than he played at Sound Fix a few hours earlier.
And yep, the special guest after/during Justin's set was in fact Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) who (after headlining Bowery Ballroom one night earlier) played two jaw dropping numbers - one with Colin Stetson on his most-insane giant saxophone, and a cover of Prince's "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore".
But it didn't end there. A supergroup called Songer Singwriter featuring Annie, Justin, drummer, and Brad from Megafaun came back to close the night off right with a set of four more covers. Neil Young's "Harvest Moon", Tom Petty's "Face in the Crowd" (with Brad on lead), Dolly Parton's "Jolene", and Annie Lennox's "Why". Each of those final covers was better than the next. To quote one of my tweets, "To quote my friend, 'Sounds like sonic youth playing a dolly parton song. Sick!' and now Annie Lennox Why! Full room Bon Iver singalong".
We ran almost non-stop for 3.5 hours straight (8-11:30), and raised over $20,000. I'm still waiting for an exact number. More pictures (one of two sets we have) and some videos from the show, below....
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Spoon you rock rocked Mercury Lounge tonite and I thank you for it - [noise64]If you got in line early yesterday afternoon (as early as 1PM from some reports), or were one of the lucky few to get advanced tickets, then you were able to catch Spoon at Mercury Lounge last night (1/21) with Mahogany. The show was one of a few the band has played in the past week leading up to release of their new album Transference (stream it), including El Cid in LA, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (video below), and many others, continuing at Waterloo Records in Austin,TX at 4PM on Monday, 1/25/10.
Spoon is scheduled to play one slightly less intimate show in NYC at Radio City Music Hall with Deerhunter ON 3/26 (tix), but Spoon frontman Britt Daniel will do double time this weekend by playing Sound Fix on Saturday (1/23) during day before hitting MHOW later that night with a star-studded lineup. That show, featuring appearances from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), St. Vincent, Zach Galifianakis, Janeeane Garofalo, Wyatt Senac, John Shade, host Bobby Tisdale (just added) and others as part of a benefit for Haiti. Tickets go on sale at noon for $35, and $40 at the door (if there are any left). 100% of the proceeds to go to Haiti.
Spoon is also on board to play Coachella along with Pavement, Faith No More, Jay-Z and a host of others.
More pics from Mercury Lounge, the setlist, and video from their appearance on The Tonight Show are all below....