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Anyone? Saw them at SXSW and the new stuff was stunning.
Should be good
Saw a few vids from their set (sets?) at SXSW and yeah, the new stuff sounds crazy. Lucky Dragons will no doubt be brilliant as well.
I'll be handing out flyers for our Matt Elliott, Passe-Montagne and USAisamonster shows afterwards, so say hello!
but seeing Elliott's name made me double-take and get one of your flyers. :-)
it was awesome in nottingham
In Manchester last night.
I’ll probably leave early if I go
This seems to be the only question i ever post on DiS but as usual, my friend who has the tickets is hard to convince to arrive early enough for support acts - so I'm hoping it doesn't start too early...
Lucky Dragons - Luke Fischbeck uses technology to make music from the collective being of the audience and produce a sound that in certain moments reminded me of Ribs Out by FB
Polar Bear - introduced to me by jimitheexploder - I'd never experienced any form of live jazz in my life - they are truly astounding. Tom Herbert the double bass player is in The Invisible - and I've seen him twice before. Such a subtly of understanding between the players. I love the way melodies are created, dissolve and are rediscovered.
Dirty Projectors - there is multiple complexity here in the vocals of David Longstreth, and in the guitars, but they bring in so much more - bits from everywhere ranging from where Polar Bear had just left us right over to I don't know - somewhere near gospel.
All these artists engage you in a different way; and I thought this was a clever line up.
Lucky dragons were pretty amazing to see live, really clever, I just saw some documentary about that project we saw last nights, looks like he's been working on it some time.
With Polar bear, I never realised live jazz could be so powerful! When both Sax players were blasting it out and the whole band was in full swing it really was something special. I'd take them over the stuff the play in Matt & Phreds any day, and I like M&P's.
Dirty projectors were ace as expected, so damn tight, must take a lot of hard work to make all the harmonies flow so effortlessly. I'm now in love with this girl: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2305/2476805847_804bca9524.jpg?v=0
Very excited. Can't wait to hear new stuff and see how the new line-up works. Looking forward to 'Temecula Sunrise'.
Not bothered about Lucky Dragons but Polar Bear should be interesting.
I'm looking forward to it - I'm about to leave now in fact so ta ta!
Lucky Dragons - 8:15
Polar Bear - 9:00
DP - 10:00
cannot wait, about to leave.
set the bar for 2009. Fucking astonishing. The new stuff actually surpasses the Rise Above tunes, live at least.
Fleshed out line-up (extra lass on vocals, a new bassist, plus Angel's keyboards, albeit barely audible tonight), and a far more prominent rhythm section made for a more robust sound than the last time I saw them.
That's another Brooklyn-based act's new record to get in a lather about. Oh, King County - can you not share some awesomeness?
the whole night was rather special. Panda Bear were great and Lucky Dragons really created a rather nice atmosphere...
DP were totally outstanding - way better than last year. The 6-piece sound is just better, the new songs are again very different to everything previous... that guitar riff on Remade Horizon is so, so good.
Knotty Pine was totally the highlight, (alongside pretending to forget how Rise Above goes).. the only qualm I had was that Dave was a little tame on "Depression". Also nice to see them even touching stuff from The Glad Fact...
thanks for that. It was getting late
was amazing! Thing is, that's surely their most commercially acceptable song.. and least like the majority of their music...
DP and Polar Bear were both brilliant. I only caught the end of Lucky Dragons, however.
Really enoyed Lucky Dragons, thought Polar Bear were ok but DP really were not my cup of tea what-so-ever. Just found it irritating, especially the vocals.
by a mile, amazing night.
I didn't think they could get any better! The song where Amber sings the main vocal (I think it was the 3rd one they played) was something else. It was like if Mariah Carey's output had got exponentially better for the last ten years instead of getting worse. I didn't know Amber could sing like that.
And that vocal interplay thing she did with the new singer on the 2nd song! It was like the part in 'Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie' but at double speed.
So many great moments. They're such an important band.
Polar Bear were really great too. Sadly we couldn't see the drummer from where we were but he's the money.
I was stood infront of Polar Bear's drummer. Him and the double bass player are really well knit & were great to watch...
the song Amber sings is called "Stillness is the Move"...
Can't wait. I love this band a disturbing amount.
but for some reason this site wouldn't let me.
Anyway, yeah Stillness Is The Move (you were right first time, Holmenator) was incredible - easily the highlight of the show, and you could tell that it's something special when the crowd react that way to a new song.
It deserves to be the song of the summer. It deserves to to dominate the charts like Umbrella, or something.
Might go to this in Bristol tonight.
I have a copy of 'Bitte Orca', and it's oh, y'know...almost unbearably lush. There's a second studio album due this year beyond that, too. It's entirely emblematic of Plan B's wins+fails that we put them on the cover about a year and a half before they went big but OH WELL, it's all (really. really) good.
I think it's thanks to Plan B that I got in to Dirty Projectors back at the start of last year. So that's a win.
I find it hard to tell, are they going big(ger) right now?
Also, the Dirty Projectors cover/article you're talking about was one of the best Plan B have done.
i wrote that - thanks!
you're probably right to say big(ger), but having seen them a few times the most recent show was notable not only for having at least 3x the audience, but for all of those just radiating looove toward the stage. it was so warm - and so nice to see a crowd willing a band on that way.
i did hear that the Plan B cover was a contributing factor (however modest) toward getting their bigger record deal, so that was a real reward, too. something similar may have happened when we did micachu big this year - originally the album was scheduled for january, but just as we put ther on the cover she was signed to rough trade, etc.
last year at the Dome (and I'm probably most projecting (no pun) here) I think the crowd was more kind of impressed/intrigued/surprised/blown away by the band but a year later - a year spent getting to know 'Rise Above' and anticipating the new album and hearing leaked tracks or live videos - this has turned to proper love. No band deserves it more.
...on YouTube, too. hopefully a real video will follow soon, maybe even made by the dude they worked with for The Getty Address - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9wblCE2B0w