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I wish I wasn't so tired but still, this can't be anything but amazing no?
to get my hopes up, according to avey tare there's only going to be one brand new song but he didn't say anything about reworkings of old stuff.
haven't seen them live before, last time they were here i had an exam the next day.
Don't know what to expect, but should be interesting in any event.
if they are half as good tonight i'll be happy.
i'm worried about how packed it will be inside though, dunno if i should stand upstairs or not...
and for those who missed out on tickets, check out the march show at the forum: http://www.last.fm/event/879931
going to be a good few months
I used to pretty much dismiss KOKO gigs before I even got there, but !!! changed all that. It turns out a band CAN play well at that place
hopefully tonight will be one such occasion.
They were so so good at ATP last year. I love the way their shows are like a singular performance idea rather than just a band trawling through their hits or whatever.
Hope I don't get too excitably drunk to appreciate it properly and hope there aren't any lame posh hecklers like at lows koko gig.
They had a crazy light show and it was all quite dancey and they played at least one Panda Bear song. Really gutted I'm not going, I did get Merriweather Post Pavilion in the post this morning as a birthday present which was a rather pleasant suprise.
that I don't remember their set :( I did send 4 text messages to my friend while they were playing, all of which said "Fucking hell" so clearly was enjoying myself.
because they thought they were rubbish so I pushed my way almost to the front and danced on my own was lovely.
I was dancing on my own at the front of Primavera too. It was amazing and I got hugged by strangers. Whoop!
saw them in Berlin between Sung Tongs and Feels, and last year in Brussels. Both gigs amazing in their own way. Can't wait to see what they're going to pull out htis time...
and it was fucking amazing! I am shitting excited for this evening.
I'm really looking forward to the chorus of my girls. Hopefully the sound in Koko will be good.
it has the potential to be a massive let down - poor sound, band visibility etc.
But if it is half as good as their set at ATP last year then it will be very special.
As I can only afford one gig a month these days I am hoping for the latter.
Fingers crossed they play For Reverand Green.
Charles Hayward - 7.45 - 8.30
AC - 9 - 11
we cant go, but they're on wegottickets. I dunno what the policy on selling these are, but I'll sell them at base value if anyone wants them (16 quid each). Is Jamie summers around to help?
through the wgt site
But I have a booking reference for 2 tickets if anyone wants to make me an offer.
like in x men
particularly like AC that much.
I'm going to the Forum show because I thought they were so great last year.
and i feel like a twat because people are clearly desperate for tickets and i have no way of giving it to them
i've just signed up to the forum bit to send you a private message, but god knows if you've got that. if you still have those tickets give me a shout. you would make two people very happy and it looks like we got tickets do have the facility to change details.
In the Glasgow art school, never seen them before and am very much looking forward to it.
i'm so excited!!
that is all.
except for Brothersport, which was.
Brothersport was THE highlight by a street
it could have been so much better.
They seemed to uptight to really open up the euphoric potential of the record.
That happened last time I saw them. I just wished they were less awkward and more... generous.
But: it was good, in an eyes-closed floaty sort of way.
I found it really chilled out and not plodding really as thats a bit mean but one passed.
Brother Sport has the energy for sure
Even when it's slow.
It largely failed to translate.
it's just there aren't many peaks and troughs no build up of energy really. The vibe is a little flat to be called euphoric in my opinion. It's all dreamy looping and chilled out, until Brother Sport comes along and picks the pace up a notch or two.
but it made me cry in a good way the last time I saw them. The energy was all over the place I thought. The transitions especially in Daily Routine and Guy's Eyes were intense and Brother Sport was magic. Slippi, the new song and LionInAComa were all fantastic too I thought.
gig picked up when avey picked up the guitar, the first few songs had me daydreaming a bit.
lots of 12 year old cunts in there. this one girl had her back to the band for half the gig taking pictures of the koko's disco ball. lots of people with unnecessarily big glasses.
brother sport was amazing
my girls was amazing but it's a shame thye didn't do fireworks/essplode amazing into it.
getting out of koko is an embarrassment. the sound was quite good tonight. very bassy.
but i concur with brainlove's thoughts on them maybe being a little uptight. chores was fantastic as was the outro to daily routine (when the disco ball was spinning was brilliant).
i would liketo say a second 'HELLO' to jamie summers who so expertly found my tickets for me. lovely stuff.
I thought it was an amazing show!!! I had a great time. I actually think the crowd needed to loosen up more than the band. The first 4 or 5 songs sounded brilliant (to me at least), but no movement from people at all. It wasn't until Brother Sport that people started getting into it. Beautiful harmonies, very kool bass...I really hope somebody recorded it!
i thought people were quite into it before that.
It takes a VERY static crowd for me to the person dancing most. I had a similarly stultifying gig experience watching TVOTR at Koko in crowd of dead hearted indie stiffs.
the flutey thing during "sometimes i'm feeling fine" was heavy
everything on MPP bar taste, no more runnin and bluish.
Chores with some lullaby intro
A massively reworked winters love making it almost unrecognisable
Drumless Banshee Beat
One new and very pretty song
who cares about the order?
in the flowers
dunno, maybe something new
this slippi song mentioned above that i have to say i'd not heard before despite being a huge ac fan
something else i'd not heard before
something else i'd not heard before despite a guy next to me saying it was on mpp, i'm not sure it was
lion in a coma
and the encore
In The Flowers
NEW SONG [Avey, big beat, "All I want is a blue sky"]
New Song [Panda, thought it was reworked "Good Lovin Outside", ends with him cooing myyyymannn or "Matt", couldn't tell. Definitely fits night time african jam vibes]
Lion In A Coma [full Panda drumming!]
Banshee Beta [sloooww!]
Chores [panda slow!]
Apparently one of the new songs was Winters Love, no confirmation which of the two though.
i tought it was a truly great show. i was standing near the back (which makes the koko sound good) and was swept up in the cavernous sounds on offer. really a good showcase of the new album, as joyous and psychadelic as it promised. seriously, if you didn't like it you weren't there or something pretensious like that
but it was super trippy and slow
was winters ove
praying they play that when they're back in march. amazing!
Maybe I was spoiled with my first AC gig at ATP last year - the hour long set of upbeat Ecstasy Music they played then is among my all-time gig highlights (from 25 years of gig-going!). Stretched to an hour-forty, and including a few early numbers that just failed to get going, seemed to me to flatten the occasion a little.
All that having been said, Koko remains a venue that could suck the life out of any performer/crowd and I was also Monday night straight. In the right circumstances (!) and in a better venue – i.e. The Forum – I could imagine it really taking off and soaring to the stars. There were moments last night that were just... phew!
I like MPP, but was hoping to get a bit more older stuff. They played barely anything off SJ on the SJ Tour, too
and I have realised that standing on the 1st balcony at Koko is the way forward - perfect view and sound.
How loud was it? My eardrums are still WRECKED from Dalek in November.
How loud was it? My ears are ruined from Dalek in November, still
But they were having problems with their bass amps so I suspect it wasn't quite as loud as they'd have liked.
I thought it was pretty good, not as amazing as last May though. Chocolate Girl, Fireworks/Essplode and Comfy in Nautica would have been hard to beat.
Brother Sport was amazing, as was Daily Routine. Guys Eyes worked so much better live - wasn't really feeling it on the album. Surprised with all the love the crowd gave for Lion In A Coma... easily the weakest on MPP but again, worked better live I thought.
Was anyone slightly disappointed with In the Flowers? It start off sweet and I was expecting that middle section to explode... but it didn't. Not how I wished it would anyway. But yeah, real good and gonna get my tickets for March now!
Lion In A Coma is amaaaaaazing
agreed about 'in the flowers'. i punched the air and everything and then felt a little foolish when it didn't kick in as i hoped. whoops!
The music wasn't actually too bad, and he's clearly a good drummer, but does he have to add those hideous vocals over the top? I was actually embarrassed for him at points
Besides that, Animal Collective were great. They seemed to get better and better as the night went on. Lion in a Coma into Brothersport was actually quite amazing
I once hugged him at Turnmills. I was mashed. He was sweaty. It quickly got awkward
charles hayward is brilliant. please save your pity for someone who wasn't in This Heat, ta
I thought he was ace
but it wasn't most triumphant either
my days of standing in the sardine tin on ground level at Koko are well and truly over I think.
I thought the gig was good. Not amazing. Some songs were incredible (Banshee Beat, My Girls, Brothersport) but there were a few too many long slow winded ones that both the band and crowd didn't seem particularly interested in.
i'm always a sucker for AC merchandise
i was expecting a nice explosion but the build up just fizzled. brothersport was insanely good. got really annoyed on the second balcony with c-nuts talking but a lovely fella on the first balcony let me get a good view and my faith in humanity was restored!
what order were AC standing in, from left to right? my friend disagreed with me...
Avey Tare left, Geologist center, Panda bear right
avey tare was in the middle, geologist was left, panda bear was right.
Other Guy, Avey Tare, Panda Bear
on the 1st balcony have spasams throughout the gig? I thought he was going to collapse.
That guy was awesome...
That was my mate Chris the List! He was only let out for the night and had missed his medication bless him. We both thought it was good but I do agree with some of the comments above about it being a bit sort of flat. They seemed a bit nervous but I think it is quite brave to play the first hour of a set with purely new material. Good stuff.
The guy stood next to him looked unhappy, that's all I'm saying.
...inside I'm ecstatic
which I think is pretty amazing, though admittedly not always as crowd pleasing as it could be. When they played London in the summer of 2007 (pretty much a one off gig) before they released Strawberry Jam they played one song from Feels and the rest of the stuff was even newer than Strawberry Jam. They need to be into it too I spose.
On a slightly unrelated note, I wasn't there last night but generally WHAT IS WITH PEOPLE NOT MOVING AT LONDON GIGS
just have to close my eyes and spaz out a little bit. Loosen up you cunts I say.
...was that it was so fucking rammed on the floor. I for one could barely move a muscle and my knee had just about locked up by the time it finished!!
I'd really wanna hear some SJ stuff. Hopefully they'll flop some out.