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I hope I grow up to be like them...
Setlist was quite heavy on new bits I thought, and no Expressway, but second encore of Kool Thing was a most excellent surprise.
latter - yay
But who cares? Silver Rocket is a poor man's Cross The Breeze!
I liked the one with Thurston on bass. Bull in the Heather was great as well. Schizophrenia got an airing, pretty much nothing from Rather Ripped or Nurse as far as I could tell, but KOOL THING at the end was brilliant. I would only have been happier had Chuck D bounded his way on stage.
Also, big love fora creepy, distorted Tom Violence.
Must've been a newie.
A truly dark start to the set with such a lot of early stuff - Tom Violence was amazing.
she is not alone
bull in the heather
calming the snake
making the nature scene
what we know
cross the breeze
the world looks red
I really like Brother James live!
almost perfect build up to complete all-out assault for the last 5 songs.
never seen them play something so menacing and focussed. distinct lack of any of their trademark 20 minute fucking-arounds like expressway or teenage riot.
Brother James live is so much better than the original recorded version.
Just not quite in the right order. But well remembered!
amazingness out of 10 please.
They where incredible. The set was balanced against the albums I own, so I was a little unfamiliar with some of the stuff, but it all sounded fucking amazing. The sprawl followed by cross the breeze is one of the best things ive ever seen.
They were a bit slow off the mark, but once it got going it was great
I think I liked the new ones more than anything else in all honesty :) only annoying thing of the nite was that bloke who was shouting all the way through the set like he was the worldest biggest fan.. And then fucked off when they played some new ones :S lol.
were the higlights for me. did they play anything off murray street? i didn't think so, but they've made enough albums to warrant confusion.
the addition of mark ibold is the next best thing to the jim o'rourke line-up.
imagine GETTING ASKED to join sonic youth
great energy, and great noise without actually being all that loud. Like a lot of people have said, The Sprawl into Cross The Breeze was probably my highlight. A lot of older stuff I didn't know but it was all good, and just serves to remind me how much more Sonic Youth there is to listen to. In fact, the new stuff aside, I think the most recent album they played anything from was Experimental Jet Set?!
It made me just realise how little Sonic Youth material I actually know. Need to dig out the old albums now...
more interaction with the crowd, looked like they were really enjoying themselves.
Kim's dancing awsome
Thurston's stack leaning noise wank was great
What an excellent gig.
One of the best I've ever been too. Annoyingly, I rushed off to the toilet just before the Sprawl, my favourite SY track, and missed the most of it. Tom Violence, Brother James and Schizophrenia made up for that though. Making the Nature Scene was also great, and Kool Thing at the end.
As others have mentioned, it took the best part of 45 minutes to actually get going, but once it did, oh man.
They looked like they were enjoying themselves, which was really good to see.
Kim Gordon's dancing is never less than wonderful, and I am always so shocked that Thurston Moore still looks about eighteen years old (he's 50 ffs!).
Coupla (frankly shoody) photees here:
missed this. Sucks to be me. Lucky gits.
they were very rocky and I prefer their more melodic side, but bull in the heather and schizophrenia were pretty great, still hate the scala makes everything sound muddy
but then again I was wearing earplugs.
could mainly hear bass and bass drum
Really thought the sound was incredible, as did others, but I was near the stairs.
I was stood fairly central and the sound was really good. I was stood near the side (lee randaldos) for some of choras, and then moved to the middle and the sound improved greatly.
but they didn't really do anything different to set them apart from the rest of the herd.
when I got there I thought they were rubbish, but by the end I really enjoyed them, they got a pretty good response at the end
glad they had a good response. didn't think it'd be their best ever show - scala really isn't the right place for them in my view. one of the shining lights of the 'experimental' 'scene' in the uk right now, they'll be releasing a cdr or tape or something with me soon, hence my extended interest.
Really excellent. Confusion stuff sounds really good live, especially Brother James. Would have loved Teen Age Riot, but can't be too picky about these things. Am definitely considering going to Nightmare Before Xmas to see them again.
Also I met a few of you nice people, even if some of you (ie. lemonbrickcombo) weren't aware of this.
And LBC: no problem!
Still buzzing about it today.
Although sound on the bar i was working wasn't too great. I wouldn't have gone if i had to pay though. But yeh, best thing we've had there this year i think.
brother james was unbelievably good. agreed with people saying it started off a bit slow
for those sad bunnies that missed it, not the same but...
Can I ask what the line-up is then? do kim and mark ibold both play bass or is kim playing guitar again, or is lee alternating between keys and guitar...?
however, i was slightly alarmed at the end of the gig seeing the klaxons pulling girls who looked roughly 15.urgggh.
the yeah yeah yeah's were there on the balcony loving it.
what a brilliant gig.
my eardrums are destroyed.
thurston played bass on Making The Nature Scene.
where mark just came out for the rather ripped stuff and didnt play on any of the old stuff/daydream nation stuff, mark now plays bass on everything now - certainly adds an extra punch to the sound.
He was fucking incredible!
he looked like he was having the best time ever. they all looked like they were loving it tbh but lee particularly. awesome AWESOME gig. easily best of the year so far, one of the best i've ever seen. sound was lovely, setlist was great - the new stuff sounds lush, it just glides along - basically felt like the luckiest kid in the world. thanks so much OceanStorm for selling me your spare!
I'd say that's the best I've seen them for a good few years. They really did seem to be enjoying themselves, unlike at ATP.
As for Toby and his mates stood behind me, (we never usually pay for gigs as we're normally on the guest list). Babbling away through Schizophrenia and other quieter moments about how AMAZING everything was. Either shut the fuck up, stand at the back, or kill yourselves. Any of those options are fine by me.
Many thanks to Dan who sold me his ticket. You did miss a fine gig.
I do hope they can play with that kind of passion at ATP.
That was a major surprise. I've not seen them since probably Murray Street, but last night was intense. Just amazing, amazing. Definitely mt favourite gig of this year so far.
They seemed like a band again, bouncing off each other.
Longpigs were better.
I saw the Klaxons acting like tits as well leaving the VIP area after the gig when I got lost trying to find a different exit.
I saw Karen O and Nick Zinner absolutely loving it, whereas Brian Chase looked like a thoroughly miserable twat! I also saw the Klaxons in the staircase acting like horrible little men, groping 16 year old girls. I thought Sonic Youth were just outrageously brilliant though. So so good.
Looking miserable in a coat. Nick pulled of some cool head nodding.
he had some sort of big parka or something on and looked proper miserable. nick was into it, i took some photos of them and even on that brian looks like he has just been slapped with a kipper.
noel fielding was there too.
did you have the misfortune like i did to speak to the klaxons? bunch of wankers.
Just walked passed them when the gig was over and they were parading around like a gang of small school children.
despite being so tired after the weekend, really glad I got a ticket.
i saw bob dylan at the roundhouse - BRILLIANT
about this show in their headline:
:( Hope they announce some further dates up North, Though im planning to make it to ATP somehow...
jst thought you'd like to know
as well as seeing The Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Saturday. It was an excellent few days of music but I was not too sure about the support band on before Sonic Youth. What was that all about?