Seems like Nick Zimmer shares his viewpoint (rant) of the recent Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows in a blog entry over at Jane Magazine.
An excerpt from the blog:
MAXWELL’S: “Showtime. We’re escorted through the crowd, and of course, when we hit the stage, everything is fine. duh. why do i do this to myself? Its a rough, sloppy, and aggressive show, and people are screaming, jumping, dancing, sweating. We try playing an acoustic version of “maps,” which we haven’t practiced, and i butcher it trying to remember my parts on the spot, but the sentiment is there for us on stage, and seemingly strong in the crowd too. We close with “tick”, run downstairs and collapse in a giddy exhaustion. Being a rock band, we spend the rest of the evening doing mountains of drugs and passing groupies around. ”
BOWERY BALLROOM: “At Bowery, its a little tense in the crowd and in the air, but we’re not nearly as nervous as last night, because we are already sore and bruised. We rock onstage, but unfortunately the crowd is stiff as nails, with heavy-duty lead in their shoes. The Bloggers in the front row keep their arms crossed for the whole show even though we are playing our bleeding hearts out, and sweating gallons. We’re trying out mostly new material for the very first time which could explain the collective reservation, but both the Maxwells Show and a few older songs disprove this theory.”
And yea, being a New Yorker I must admit New York crowds can be tough to play to, but when the show rocks or sucks, the crowd will let the band know it. I’ve seen huge crowds fall silent to bands like Explosions in the Sky, cry to Ryuichi Sakamoto, and go completely apeshit for Wolf Parade. But the audience reaction to a show like this is truly bewildering.
And reading some of the comments flying around, I must agree that I get annoyed by all the increased cameras and “bloggers,” me being one of them. But I make it a point to not interfere with the people behind me, just take a few shots during the middle of the show and I’m done. Moreover, my pics from this particular show came out so crappy ‘cuz I was too busy jumping up and down and flailing my arms in total excitment.
The ModernAge has a good insight on this as well.
So I was super lucky to get tickets to this show at the very small club Maxwell’s. This was their first show of their pre-tour trying out their new songs. Tickets were in high demand being sold for around 100 bux. The band actually bought back the tickets that were being sold on Ebay and gave the money back to the buyers.
The last time I had butterflies in my stomach before a show was when Skinny Puppy and Whitehouse played after a multi-year hiatus. I got to the venue 2 hours early to secure a spot near the front. I was not going to miss an opportunity to see a band like this again AND in such an intimate setting.
Blood on the Wall opened and I kinda dug them. A trio that has fast metal punk songs. The drummer was wearing a Napalm Death shirt so kudos to him. Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage and Karen O was dressed in a Flinstones type smock over a Kamp Krusty” Simpsons t-shirt. They also had Imaad Wasif play a few songs who is also in alaska!. They announced the show by stating that they were playing 90% new material which I was very excited for. Those of you complaining about not hearing your favorites should shut the fuck up. The whole purpose of this tour is to test out the new tunes which I must say are killer.
The band was great, the audio was pretty much right on, and the crowd was perfect. Karen O’s stage presence is what makes the live perfromance all the better. As the night went on she became more and more possessed by the music, throwing punches in the air, swinging her mic wildly around and taking a bite out of the mic stand. Towards the end of the show she just started pounding the walls with her hands and for gave us a treat by dedicating an acoustic version of “Maps” to all the “awesome mother fuckers here tonight in Hoboken” and the other bands members exes. For the final number she repeated “tick” for about almost 10 minutes as she walked wildly across the Maxwell’s stage. The best quote of the night was when she said that “It’s so hard being in a rock band”. I honestly don’t know how she has this much energy for every show day in and day out.
The venue was steaming. The walls were dripping wet and for such a cold night outside, I’ve never been so hot inside a club before. After the show I was in awe and looked around and saw similar reactions from the crowd. I stumbled through the streets of Hoboken walking on cloud 9. This is what it’s all about. And yea, last night may have been one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen thusfar. yup. ain’t kiddin’.
An unforgettable night.
My Pictures and Videos of the show.
The Modern Age.
Pillow fighting is the new moshing…
Over a hundred people showed up for a pillow fight at Union Square. It was a ton of silly fun. There were just as many cameras as pillow fighters. People were dressed up and armed with all sorts of pillows (including a couch cushion). The event lasted over an hour and I was surprised how tired I got from swinging and getting pummeled with pillows. I was armed with a nice feathery one and a camera and took the following shots.
Video I took here
cool photo montage.
I’m on Rocketboom!
Most of the videos and content on these new video posting sights are usually a waste of time. But every once in awhile you get a gem like this. Makes the internet all worthwhile. Biggie freestyling in front of a bodega– he was only 17 years old when this movie was made.
Click here for the video link.
So it’s been a slow music week (which is ok cuz there’s a ton of good shows coming up). In the meantime, check out these videos. Click on the images to launch a new window.
Some pretty cool stuff coming out of Eyebeam and Graffiti Resarch Lab. Little balls of LEDs that can be thrown and stuck to walls.
Check out a VIDEO here.
Don’t like the fact that they totally ripped off the Sony Bravada commercial idea and yet another music instance of Jose Gonzalez.