Quasi, Let’s Wrestle & Blair played Bowery Ballroom – pics, video, setlist, recording
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"[Quasi] played for about an hour, running through most of the catchier songs from [new album] American Gong, including "Everything & Nothing At All," "Black Dogs and Bubbles," "Rockabilly Party," and "Laissez le Bon Temps Roulez"...that song's lyrics perhaps embody the philosophy of the mature musician in a musical form that favors the youthful. As individuals, the members of Quasi have played with everyone from the late, great Sleater-Kinney and Elliott Smith, to Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and Bright Eyes. "You might say your race is run or you can rise up on the sound in the center of the sun ... I used to be mad, not crazy, just mad, not anymore, the receding taillights of a teenage dream." Not only is rock and roll not the fountain of youth, but it often eats its own young. Getting older is not for sissies, especially if you are a rock musician.
Performing only a few songs from other releases, including "All the Same, "Sword of God," and for an encore, that great Portland anthem "It's Raining," they ended the show with a perfect rendition of "Pictures of Lily," another song about the dangers of being misled by dreams. Quasi hasn't given up their dreams, they have brought to them a steel edge, pulsing beats and ferocious chords that do not go gently into that good night." [Metro Music Scene]
The above review is from Quasi's April 24th show in Washington DC, two nights after the band played (with some technical difficulty) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 22nd.
Both gig were with UK band Let's Wrestle, whose tour with Quasi continues up till May. It was Let's Wrestle's first time in NYC since CMJ after a failed attempt at visiting before SXSW. Blair also opened the NYC show.
The Quasi set was recorded by NYCTaper. His setlist with more pictures and videos from the Bowery show (including a shot of the setlist) are below...
quasi- repulsion(clip) bowery ballroom nyc 04/22/10
quasi- birds bowery ballroom nyc 04/22/10
03 Nothing From Nothing
05 Rockabilly Party
06 You Fucked Yourself
07 Sea Shanty
08 Little White Horse
09 tuning/banter/false starts
10 Master & Dog>
11 Death Culture Blues
13 Everything and Nothing at All
15 Laissez les bons temps rouler
16 false start/banter
17 intro jam
18 The Rhino
19 Good Time Rock & Roll
20 Bye Bye Blackbird
21 encore break/banter
22 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown jam
23 It's Raining
25 Heaven and Hell