A Hawk & a Hacksaw played Drom w/ Dark Dark Dark (pics), opened for Jeff Mangum @ Paramount Theater (do again tonight)
photos by Chris La Putt
Dark Dark Dark / A Hawk and a Hacksaw
"Eerily soothing piano melodies, smirking accordion lines plucked from a New Orleans carnival, cloudy gang vocal harmonies, and lonely horn bleats inhabit last year's Bright Bright Bright EP and full-length Wild Go (both from Supply & Demand Music). Thus far, the catalogue of Dark Dark Dark could be mistaken for lullabies inexplicably emanating from a deserted lakeside cabin haunted by Tori Amos and Gogol Bordello . . . except that, thankfully, Amos and those affiliated with the Bordello camp are alive and well, and therefore can't haunt anything. [The Phoenix]
The A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ft. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes) / Dark Dark Dark / Pillars & Tongues tour came to NYC for two shows last week - 9/28 at the Bell House and 9/29 at Drom. Pictures from the latter are in this post.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw have since opened for Jeff Mangum as part of ATP at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park on Friday (9/30) and will again in the same venue tonight (10/3)...
Without a word, Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Magnum walked onto the stage of Asbury Park's gilded, enveloping Paramount Theatre Friday night and eased into "Oh Comely," staring straight ahead, singing "soft silly music is meaningful, magical." In the recorded version of that song, at the end, you can hear someone far off exclaim "holy shit!" as if startled - which is just about right.
Over an hour and 15 minutes, Mangum - performing as part of the three-day ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Festival - was focused and relaxed, sitting on a chair mid-stage. He was flanked by four guitars, bathed in autumn orange lighting and looking especially solitary in the theatre's expanse. Where Bon Iver has traded up in touring accompaniment, Mangum is more at home alone - except, of course, for the rapt, capacity crowd of around 1500. [Rolling Stone]
Jeff Mangum's entire Friday setlist, along with more pictures from the non-Mangum NYC show at Drom, below...
Pillars and Tongues
Dark Dark Dark
A Hawk and a Handsaw
Jeff Mangum - Friday @ The Paramount Theater setlist
"Two Headed Boy Pt. 2"
"In An Aeroplane Over the Sea"
"Song Against Sex"
"Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone"
"True Love Will Find You In the End" (Daniel Johnston Cover)
"Two Headed Boy"
"A Baby for Pree"
"The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2 & 3"