Dan Deacon @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC (CMJ) – pics
Dan Deacon does not care about you, and by "you" I mean the person who came to check out what this Dan Deacon guy is all about, and the guy who was tired and leaning against the wall, or the girl who was hoping to have something to look at for $16 (or whatever the ticket price was). Dan Deacon only cares about making sure that those who want to dance with him are having a good time. To prove it once again, he played his sold-out Windish CMJ showcase at the overflowing Bowery Ballroom last night (Oct 17) - on the floor (of course), and completely in the dark. The only light was eminating from his glowing green skull, and coming from the many camera flashes that were surrounding him. It didn't matter where you were in the venue, even those of us who should have been home sleeping, but instead took it all in from the balcony above, basically had nothing to look at. That didn't stop me from having a good time, but there's no way I was enjoying it as much as the hundreds who Dan was really playing for - those who were going crazy and dancing out of their minds on the crowded floor around him.
OK, I lied. As you can see from the pictures, the lights were on - for one song. During that time Dan orchestrated the 'dance party' portion of the show, and he had some lucky crowd members (or his puppets - depending on how you look at the whole thing....the cult-like nature of it all...nevermind...) running around and high-fiving people, running up the stairs to the balcony, and back down, etc...
No Age and White Williams played before Dan. Deerhunter played after him. MTV was there.