Entries tagged with: The Walkmen
DOWNLOAD: Surfer Blood - "Miranda" School of Seven Bells remix (MP3)
The Walkmen at Williamsburg Waterfront recently (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
The Walkmen will join School of Seven Bells, The Kick Drums, Wormburner and many others THIS SUNDAY (10/16) for a rescheduled-due-to-Hurrican-Irene FREE show on Hoboken's Pier A from noon until 10PM. Entry to the hMAG Music Fest 2011 (presented by H Lifestyle Magazine) requires RSVP and set times are below. The show is one of two Northeastern dates for The Walkmen (who play Bloktoberfest in Philly the day before) as they prep for Australian dates on November.
In related news, School of Seven Bells recently remixed a Surfer Blood track for their forthcoming EP, Tarot Classics, due on October 25 via Kanine. SoSB joins names like Speculator, Allen Blickle (Baroness) and Totally Sincere (Peggy of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Connor of The Drums). Check out "Miranda" downloadable above and streaming below, and order a copy of the EP at Surfer Blood's site. Reminder, Surfer Blood is on the road with the Pixies, and will play Wellmont Theatre on 10/27 and Asbury Park Convention Hall in NJ on 10/28.
All tour dates, set times, and some recent live video from Austin City Limits 2011 is below.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The night began with a great opening set from The Walkmen at Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday (9/24). The set was made up largely of the band's calmer songs and hit an interesting point during the galloping "Blue As Your Blood," when lead singer Hamilton Leithauser crooned, "The sky above is blue as your blood." Everyone and their cell phone cameras turned around to find that the sky above was actually a really intensely vibrant orange.
At around 7:50 PM, Fleet Foxes walked out onto the stage before the sold out Williamsburg Waterfront and after a shout out to The Walkmen, drifted into the lifting psych folk of "The Plains/Bitter Dancer." Since I last saw Fleet Foxes they've added a sixth member (their lineup now includes Morgan Henderson, formerly of The Blood Brothers), and are able to flesh out their set with even more layers of instrumentation than on their earlier tours. Morgan brings an array of woodwinds and string instruments to the band's sound and helps create more space for the other members to rotate between different instruments as well.
After opening with one of the strongest songs on Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes took us back with two Sun Giant tracks, "Mykonos" and "English House," before returning to their more recent material. The new and old songs fit together perfectly in a live setting. This came across most prominently when Robin Pecknold's performance of "Montezuma" was accompanied only by the lush vocal harmonies of his bandmates until they returned to their instruments on the last chord of the song, leading directly into "He Doesn't Know Why." Fleet Foxes hit their highest peak in the set with their 8-minute psych-prog opus "The Shine/An Argument." Beginning with Robin's delicate acoustic guitar and gentle vocals, the song slowly began to build as Robin howled, "Sunlight over me, no matter what I do," and harmonies floated into the mix. On the first hit of J. Tillman's thundering drums which drive the song's second passage, shapeshifting psychedelic visuals took over the screen that hung on the stage's backdrop. Robin and Co. added in tremendous harmonies secured by the "In the morning" refrain, which eventually meandered off into the song's third passage, complete with images of green apple trees and Morgan Henderson's fantastic avant-sax solo. The song eventually faded into "Blue Spotted Tail" which, after the otherworldly ending of "The Shrine/An Argument," felt like a return to reality led by unanswerable questions like, "Why is life made only for to end?"
After playing "Grown Ocean," Fleet Foxes left the stage and after a short break, Robin returned by himself to play a new song that he had finished a few weeks ago. He was then joined by the rest of his band for three more songs including, "Sun It Rises," the much anticipated "Blue Ridge Mountains," and recent single "Helplessness Blues."
More pictures, videos, and setlist from the show below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Arcade Fire / The Walkmen
The 10th annual Austin City Limits festival came to a close on Sunday with a headlining set by Arcade Fire (who also taped an edition of Austin City Limits the TV show one day earlier). It was a rough year for some attendees. I'm talking about smokers. Austin Statesman posted the following before the weekend:
We welcome all the people and music artists attending this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. It's a special year for the music festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The talent this year is incredible, with headliners Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Arcade Fire, as well as local favorites such as Asleep at the Wheel.I don't know how many people obeyed that, but it's safe to say that ACL was fire free. In fact, much to the delight of many, it actually rained a bit on Friday and Saturday. Pictures from Sunday continue, with Arcade Fire's setlist, below...
Before we get this party started, we must advise attendees that the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at all Austin parks, greenbelts, trails and golf courses. That includes Zilker Park, site of the festival.
We realize that a smoking ban might be an inconvenience for some. But it is necessary to keep everyone safe. So please have fun at the events, which run today through Sunday, but leave the cigarettes, cigars, pipes -- or whatever else one might be smoking -- behind. (The ban also prohibits wood or charcoal grilling in Zilker and other parks.)
Smoking was allowed at previous ACL festivals, but this year is different. This year, Central Texas is dealing with wildfires that have killed two people, destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres in Bastrop County, Steiner Ranch, Pflugerville and other Central Texas communities. In Austin, city firefighters responded to 469 brush fires from January through July. Cigarettes caused about a fourth of those fires, officials said. [Austin Statesman]
Fleet Foxes at United Palace in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Fleet Foxes go on a short tour in July with an unannounced opener. According to their twitter, "super pumped for who we're touring with in July, but can't announce yet due to other tours." Fleet Foxes also have some dates in September scheduled with The Walkmen (!) including ACL where both bands appear, and at Williamsburg Waterfront on September 24. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (6/10) at noon.
Welt Martin of The Walkmen called Fleet Foxes' debut his fourth favorite album of 2008. Great to see them play a show together, especially since Fleet Foxes have also "been such gigantic fans of theirs since their first album."
Meanwhile the Walkmen play this weekend at Bonnaroo. All tour dates below...
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
Noncerts #1 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
After a successful first show in February co-headlined by Hamilton and Gene with the help of David Dondero, an all-star house band and performer/noncert-creator Dave Godowsky (ex-John Shade), charity concert series NONCERTS will return to Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on April 29th, and the main lineup is: Elvis Perkins, Martha Wainwright, and Jesse Harris (who also has a bunch of collaborative shows scheduled at LPR).
Dave Godowsky will also again perform a couple songs and play in the house band which features an all-star line up of NYC musicians: Pico Alt, CJ Camerieri, Jesse Harris, Dave Godowsky, Clarice Jensen, Ben Lester, Eivind Opsvik, Caleb Burhans, Christina Courtin, and Doug Wieselman. The venue, Cameo Art Gallery, is hidden in the back of the Lovin' Cup Café at 93 North 6th Street in Williamsburg. As I've been told, "just follow the signs for the restrooms and you'll find it (not a joke)."
Tickets are $20 and on sale now. 100% of the proceeds go towards getting pianos in every Brooklyn public school. Check out some videos from last time, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"Gene Ween closed the night with a set that boasted numerous Ween songs as well as a cover of Fiddler on the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man" that featured the house group's string section. In addition to the show's house band, Ween's set featured accompaniment from longtime Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz." [jambands.com]First of all, sorry for the delay in this post - I was originally waiting for some video (coming soon!), and then I just fell behind. Second of all, the first-ever edition of Noncerts back on February 20th was a magical night of music at Cameo in Brooklyn with special sets by Gene Ween, Hamilton Leithauser, David Dondero, and Dave Godowsky, not to mention the 10-piece rotating house band full of acclaimed musicians who have played with everyone from Jay-Z to Bon Iver to Yo-Yo Ma. Plus, all proceeds form the show are being given to music funding at public schools in Brooklyn.
Stay tuned for video and audio, and for the lineup of the next Noncert (date TBA), but for now check out the full setlist and more pictures from the first one, below...
Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...
"Noncerts is a charity-based concert series in Brooklyn, NY. The idea is to bring together some of the finest musicians in the area to back-up prominent songwriters, putting established artists in a unique musical environment while encouraging community and collaboration."BrooklynVegan is proud to be on board as co-presenter of this new series conceived by Dave Godowsky who is also performing at the inaugural event on February 20th at Cameo Gallery alongside David Dondero, Gene Ween, and Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen! Those great men will be backed by an unbelievable house band comprised of Pico Alt, CJ Camerieri, Dave Godowsky, Jesse Harris, Marika Hughes, Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Ben Lester, Eivind Opsvik, Jenny Scheinman, and Doug Wieselman! It will be a special night, with all the money going to charity, and tickets are on sale now.
Stay tuned for more future Noncerts announcements. More Walkmen tour dates HERE.
In addition to separate upcoming dates, The New Pornographers and The Walkmen have announced a week long tour together at the end of April. Unfortunately though, the only time they're stopping in New York is April 25 at Town Ballroom in Buffalo. All dates are listed below.
The New Pornographers have no upcoming dates in NYC, but contributors Neko Case and Destroyer do. Neko Case will be at The Bell House this Sunday (2/6) with Lost in the Trees and is playing a free show at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on 2/24 with Michael Showalter.
As previously mentioned, Neko Case sings on about half of No Color, the new album by The Dodos out March 15. The Dodos released the first track off the album, "Black Night," listen below. An immediate download of this song is available on The Dodo's website with the pre-order of their album. They also recently performed on Pitchfork's Tunnelvision, video below. The Dodos also announced tour dates, including an appearance at SXSW (but no NYC dates at the moment).
The New Pornographers also have announced a few April dates with Menomena (including Coachella). According to Menomena's website, they recently lost Brent Knopf, who left the band to "focus on Ramona Falls and other creative pursuits." Ironically, Paul Alcott of Ramona Falls' live band is replacing Knopf on Menomena's upcoming dates. In addition to touring with The New Pornographers, they also have dates with Maps & Atlases, and an appearance at SXSW.
Menomena will also be overseeing FILMguerrero's reissue of their debut I Am The Fun Blame Monster! which will be available this spring. As stated in a press release, the reissue includes "a CD/DVD package with extensive bonus materials." Their newest album, Mines, is out now via Barsuk.
All tour dates and videos and that Dodos song below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Crisp pressed shirts, khakis, sport coats, and bulging neck veins (due to vocal exertion) were the order of the evening at Terminal 5 last night (12/2), as The Walkmen headlined the NYC venue.
"The Walkmen deftly tore through a set with singer Hamilton Leithauser playing up the frontman role to a tee. His voice was absolutely fantastic and there are few vocal performances that I've seen in recent memory that had me as captivated. Songs like "Canadian Girl" and Lisbon cut "While I Shovel The Snow" were exquisite, and the set closing crowd favorite "The Rat" was very powerful. This was a set I did not want to end, but I can't say I was angry when it ended before midnight thanks to it being a weeknight. I would go see them again tonight if I could." [I Have 19 Voices]School of Seven Bells and Tennis both opened the show.
The Walkmen play a "hometown show" of sorts tonight at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC (the band grew up in the area before moving to NYC), and then call it a day with respect to shows for 2010. The new year means a new batch of dates though. In January Hamilton will belt it out at various venues in the Southeast before heading overseas to bless the UK. All dates are below.
Denver's Tennis, who will join The Walkmen again in DC, headlined Mercury Lounge the night before Terminal 5. All of their dates are below too.
School of Seven Bells (now a duo, Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis) will hit the road for a string of dates with Interpol in the new year. And though they are not currently scheduled to open for Interpol at Radio City, no openers have been announced for the NYC show yet, and SoSB do open the shows right before and after that one (so maybe they'll get added?).
All dates and more pictures, and videos from Terminal 5, with the Walkmen's setlist, below...
"Holiday Road" video and all tour dates below...
Tennis at Glasslands in August (more by Jessica Amaya)
Concept albums are nothing new, but the story behind the latest seven-inch from the band Tennis feels pretty fresh. The summery, lo-fuzz songs on the "Marathon" EP, which was released.. on Underwater Peoples, are based on the sailing trip taken by the husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore in 2009 -- an eight-month journey along the East Coast that took them from "Bimini Bay" in the Bahamas through "Marathon" Florida, "South Carolina" and up to "Baltimore" on their 30-foot "Cape Dory." Not bad for two kids from Denver who'd never sailed before -[New York Times]Denver's Tennis are going on tour in December. That tour, includes two shows with the Walkmen. One of those two show is the December 2nd gig atTerminal 5 (the other is in DC). Tickets for the NYC show, which School of Seven Bells are also opening, are still on sale.
You don't need to trek all the way to T5 to see the band named after a sport though. They will also will headline a show of their own at Mercury Lounge the night before (12/1). Tickets are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale at noon Friday (10/15). All dates below.
School of Seven Bells meanwhile will be around for CMJ.
Tennis's Marathon 7" is sold out via Underwater Peoples, but the band recently popped by Daytrotter to bless them with "Cape Dory" from that effort, as well as three other live jams you can download for free.
All current tour dates with some videos below...
The Walkmen on Governors Island in August (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"We took two trips to Lisbon over the course of writing this record... None of us had ever been there, and we were really blown away by the place. The topography and architecture are stunningly handsome. Even when we were there for the rainy season - it literally never stopped raining - it was a trip that outshone a lot of others. We've never had much luck at all in Europe, and the Portuguese were surprisingly accommodating. I think those two trips really helped keep us motivated while making this record. We named the record Lisbon as sort of a 'thank you' and a small tribute." -[The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser to NPR]The Walkmen, currently on a tour of the west coast, will return to the town that inspired the album on November 14th. That's exactly two months after the album's U.S. release date. "Lisbon" is out Tuesday, September 14th, in various packages that include 7" vinyl, 12: vinyl, CD, tees, and everything in between. It's also currently streaming at NPR.
The last NYC show took place on Governors Island in August. The next will happen at Terminal 5 on December 2nd. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/15), and then regular sale at noon two days later.
All Walkmen tour dates and a bunch of Big Ass Lens videos from Governors Island show, below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Frisicano
The summer of Governors is almost at an end. If you haven't gotten to the island yet, there are two more free chances this weekend - with Neon Indian headlining Saturday and Dr. Dog on Sunday. Beyond that, Governors Island has a number of ticketed shows coming up: Rick Ross/P Diddy on August 22nd and Rock the Bells on August 28th, John Prine on September 10th and Panda Bear on September 11th.
Grizzly Bear, who played one of last summer's most memorable outdoor shows (and played a Williamsburg Waterfront show earlier this year), headlined the Beach on Thursday (8/12). The night's drizzly rain was an exception to the summer's remarkably hot and dry weather, but the spotty light rain, which started during the Walkmen's opening set, didn't spoil the show. Grizzly Bear's first move was a massive song ("Showcase") that opened with an attention-getting roar. From there the band worked through their catalogue, giving songs like "Southern Point," "Knife" and "Fix It" a nuanced and dynamic reading. Grizzly Bear is all about contrast, and the band's ability to go from a whisper to face-shaking heights is felt on a literal level during their live show (especially when they play a big stage with a view, like at the Beach). Going at full thrust, the band seemed to be playing to the skyline across the water.
For the Walkmen, the rain provided a cinematic backdrop to their set, which included new album songs like "Blue as your Blood, "Angela Surf City" and "Stranded," and a guest brass quartet. The Walkmen dealt in contrasts too, but with a more even keel. Singer Hamilton Leithauser stood with one hand in pocket before exploding into a yelped chorus, the band swelling up behind him.
Though the Walkmen were the only band with a new album set for release, Gang Gang Dance frontwoman Liz Bougatsos announced that her band's first two songs - extended jams both - were new ones. About the second song's strange sampled interlude that sounded like flute squeezed through an AM radio, Bougatsos quipped, "Do you guys know that TV show Taxi?" The band stretched their four Ibiza-meets-dub songs across a forty-minute set (really made for a headlining slot). "It's a full moon tonight," said Bougatsos, looking through the clouds.
More pictures from Thursday night's sold out (despite competing with a free Deerhunter gig) show, and a video and GB's setlist, below...
photos by Peter Applebaum
The Walkmen in Camden, July 2010
"Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen, is due September 14 with iTunes pre-orders beginning August 10. The album's first single "Angela Surf City" is currently available via iTunes. This summer and fall the band will embark on a nationwide tour in support of the record including newly announced stops in Montreal (October 8) and Chicago (October 13).As that blurb points out, you can catch the Walkmen twice tonight - first when they open for Grizzly Bear on Governors Island (the sold out show that Gang Gang Dance is also opening) (update: day-of-show tickets were just released), and second on Fallon on your TV.
The band will also be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on August 12, the same day they perform in New York City at Governors Island with Grizzly Bear. Additionally, they [were] on WNYC FM's Soundcheck on August 10 at 2:30pm EDT;
Lisbon was recorded over a two-year period in warehouses on Girard Ave. in Philadelphia and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn." [PR]
The Walkmen's recent appearances included the WNYC thing and Camden's XPoNential Music Festival in July. The pictures in this post are from the latter. More of them, along with a stream of the WNYC appearance (which includes new songs), updated tour dates (many with Japandroids), and info on how to take the ferry to Governors Island tonight (8/12), below...
Solange & Ed...
Her recent credits include playing with Dirty Projectors at Fashion Week and singing with Of Montreal at Highline and Terminal 5. Now Solange is DJing at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, June 18th. I'm not totally sure if she's a good DJ or not, but tickets are on sale.
"Yesterday, we reported that Interpol's new album comes out September 14. As it turns out, September 14 will be a big day for bruised, world-weary New York indie rock, since that's also the date that Fat Possum will release Lisbon, the new album from the Walkmen.As Pitchfork said right there, Interpol's new album is coming soon too, and their old label Matador will be releasing it in the US! In the UK it will be Interpol's "own newly formed label, Soft Limit" that puts it out on September 13th (one day before the US). More details below. Interpol, now with a new 5-person lineup, are playing a free NYC show on June 26th.
The band recorded the follow-up to 2008's You & Me over two years, working in warehouses in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. They also wrote a few songs on trips to the Portuguese city that gave the album its title. St. Vincent/Mountain Goats/Thermals knob-twiddler John Congleton produced the 11-song album, and Passion Pit/Les Savy Fav veteran Chris Zane engineered it."
Back to Solange for s second... She blogs that that she is in the process of finishing her new, indie (as in not on her former label, Interscope) album with indie rocker Dev from Lightspeed Champion (something that was originally reported a while back). That update is below...
Grizzly Bear @ Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
Luke Benge: Has it been a wild ride? Since Veckatimest came out things been going pretty ape shit right?It was kind of weird to hear that Grizzly Bear was opening for Band of Horses (at Williamsburg Waterfront on June 20th), and I guess it's also kind of weird that the Walkmen are opening for Grizzly Bear at Governors Island on August 12th. Gang Gang Dance are also on the bill. $38 tickets (which is itemized as $33 + $5 for the round trip ferry ticket) go on sale Friday at noon.
Chris Taylor: Ha. It's been such a positive feeling apeshit, there have been constantly surprises coming about but I feel really lucky and I'm really excited so I can't really say that I'm feeling weathered by it. I've been recording a lot. So that's kind of been my life when I'm not on tour. Straight back to the studio every time I get off tour, it's literally like I was in the studio the entire time I was off from this last tour to this one. I'm producing Jamie Lidell's record now.
The show is one of many happening at Governors Island this summer, some that cost money, and some that are free. Many more also still TBA. All GB dates, and a video of Chiddy Bang freestyling over "Two Weeks" and other songs, below...
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ Rockwood in April (more by Chris La Putt)
XPoNential Music Festival will take place over three days, July 16th-18th in the waterfront Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. The lineup includes Rosanne Cash, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Walkmen, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Free Energy, Nicole Atkins and Dawes. Tickets and three-day passes are on sale now.
The current lineup as of now (more are TBA) and more info are posted 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
The Walkmen last time they played the same venue (more by Jonny Leather)
To quote my friend CD who was at the Brooklyn show last night (I unfortunately missed it), "Fucking awesome. talk about a talented band. such skilled writers and arrangers. so in control of their instruments." The Walkmen closed the show with a three song encore including "Wake Up", a new song (they played a bunch of those), and "Red Moon". The encore songs are not written on their setlist which you can see, along with a short video, below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
The Walkmen @ MoMA
"Some jackass made his way out of Johnny Brenda's after our show in Philadelphia with a handmade, custom built baritone guitar. Luckily for us we do have the show on tape and the face of our sticky fingered friend has been recorded. Any info out there to help us i.d. this person would be gratefully appreciated. Please let us know if you know anything. Thanks!" [Alec Ounsworth]The guitar was actually stolen over 2 months ago and it still hasn't been recovered. It belonged to guitar player Matt Sutton who will join CYHSY frontman Alec Ounsworth again as part of "Flashy Python" tonight (they're the opener) at the Bell House (4/1) with The Walkmen ("advanced tickets are sold out" according to the venue's website). The Walkmen recently played SXSW and before that MoMA... which I just realized we never posted pictures from. Those continue 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...
The Walkmen @ Bell House Haiti benefit in January (more by Jonny Leather)
Greetings everyone. We are finishing up recording our record in New York. We've been working our little asses off for the last year on it and we're actually really psyched now. We think it's almost done. We produced the whole thing ourselves and we even recorded a bunch of tracks all on our own like the old days. When we brought the tracks to our favorite engineer Chris Zane for mixing, he gave our engineering skills a B-. We've recorded something like 28 songs but we don't know how many will be on the record. We did a lot of it here in Manhattan, and some of it down in the greater Philadelphia area. We're thrilled to report that it will be coming out on Oxford, Mississippi's legendary Fat Possum Records.Well, that about sums it up. Songs from the Walkmen's set at the Bell House Haiti benefit are postd below. They played a new song at Pitchfork Fest last summer - that's below too...
We're also thinking it's time to go out and start playing some shows, so we have a bunch coming up. First we're playing at the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan on March 3rd to celebrate the opening of the Armory show. Tickets are available here. Then we're heading down to Austin TX and playing NPR's showcase on March 17th at Stubbs with Spoon. NPR will present, broadcast, and "webcast" the show live on March 17th. Also, we're going to play a show at Brooklyn's The Bell House on April 1st....that isn't some stupid April Fool's prank though, we'll be there. Now that I think about it, maybe the prank is on us. Well, there's going to be this pre-jack presale that we're doing for the first time so the tickets will be available here first starting at NOON EST on Thursday, February 11th. The "secret" password is "eatinpuppies2". DON'T TELL ANYONE! Tickets will officially go on sale to the public Friday, Feb 12th. Ok have a good one, and we hope to see you around. -The Walkmen
photos by Jonny Leather
'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan
"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.
All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.
More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...