Panda Bear played Governors Island w/ Teengirl Fantasy & Gala Drop (pics, video, setlists & live recording)
photos by Erez Avissar
Noah: "I was living in Brooklyn, right on the edge of Brooklyn Heights, right near Red Hook over there. I was walking to work actually and walking towards the subway and I didn't know anything about it. The first plane had crashed when I was walking and everybody was walking the other way from the subway towards somewhere else. It just felt weird and smelled weird and I guess a women saw me going towards the subway stop and she was like, 'The subway isn't running right now.' And and I was like "What happened?" She just pointed up in the sky and I could just see a really big pillar of smoke and you could see the building on fire."
With the NYC skyline aglow from the Sept 11th memorial, Panda Bear headlined the Beach stage at the serene Governor's Island with his AnCo cohort Avey Tare on the one's and two's, and opening sets from Teengirl Fantasy and Portugal's Gala Drop.
...The 100-layer-electro-pastoral-pop burrito thing [aka Panda' Bear's sound] has its charms: His new "Tomboy" shows up early, a few angry-sounding power chords giving it form and drive; his songs are better the more they sound like temper tantrums, particularly "Song for Ariel," wherein he bellows "I want what I want what I want what I want what I want" until you're ready to give it him already.
It all just starts to blur together garishly after a half-hour or so, though there's rarely not a sweet, simple tune buried under there, and he's much better at keeping it at least faintly audible: Even at his worst it only sounds like, say, two Passion Pit songs and a Bruce Hornsby song playing on top of each other. And his voice, as always, will rescue both him and you, huge and brassy, traces of both Thom Yorke and Rufus Wainwright, selling his more grandiose drama and doing major damage the softer and sweeter and simpler his backdrop gets: "Ponytail," the slight, painfully delicate closer to his rapturously praised Person Pitch, is the exception that makes the rule bearable. As for the rest, just do what you do when you're drunk: Find something in the room and stare at it until the room stops spinning. -[Village Voice]
The easiest thing to stare at Saturday night was the visuals on the screen, which when not covered by the smoke from the smoke machines, made for excellent eye candy though I couldn't help but look towards the skyline at times as well. The full Panda setlist, courtesy of NYC Taper who taped the show, is below. Teengirl's setlist is down there too along with a 20 minute Big Ass Lens video that you need to check out.
The Panda Bear show was one of two Noah Lennox played over the weekend. He played Baltimore the next day (9/12). Panda Bear will also appear at Moogfest on October 20th, and that's it for now. Hopefully he'll spend that time working on Tomboy, which currently has no official release date (new single out in October).
More pictures, video, and setlists from the 9/11 show are below....
DJ Avey Tare
Panda Bear - Ponytail/Last Night at The Jetty/Benfica/Comfy/Slow Motion (via)
2. Last Night At The Jetty (3:16)
3. Benfica (8:21)
4. "Comfy in Nautica" (12:14)
5. "Slow Motion" (14:36)
Teengirl Fantasy setlist
Love Don't Live Here
In The Rain
Floor to Floor
Commercial (new beat for Das Racist)
Now That's What I Vol 2
PANDA BEAR SETLIST, 9/11/10 (via)
02 Daily Routine
04 Song For Ariel (Guys Eyes)
05 Surfer's Hymn
07 Last Night At The Jetty
09 Comfy in Nautica
10 Slow Motion
12 You Can Count on Me
13 [encore break]
14 Alsatian Darn
* with "I Think I Can" verses