performance :: ches smith and xiu xiu

a chilly night in greenpoint, in the most unique location for a show, a lutheran church. set up by todd p, i've been missing the shows set up there, but was happy to finally check one out. it was a great hall to experience a stripped down set of xiu xiu songs by jamie stewart and ches smith. ches opened the night will a solo drum performance. his jazzy avant garde instrumentation of the drums is a great live spectacle to witness, and the natural hall reverb from the church was a great sound setting. he's a true artist. the walls lined with candles, low lit green lights on stage, and the audience just shadowy movements sitting indian style on the floor.

a very respectful and pensive audience for xiu xiu and ches smith.
the concert was a release party for david horvitz's polaroid book. jamie's songs were beautiful, sailing from whispers and empty space guitar to yells, in the classic xiu xiu dramatic style. the dark church hall added to the eerieness and wonderful emotional experience of his songs.

listen to ches smith set

:: first song
:: second song
:: third song

listen to xiu xiu set
:: clover
:: master of bump
:: the fox and the rabbit
:: f.t.w.
:: don diasco
:: brooklyn dodgers
:: helsabot /you have killed me [morrissey cover]
:: clown town



At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

most of the morrissey cover is xiu xiu's "helsabot".maybe you know that.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger alias pail said...

i didn't know. thanks!

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any chance you also have the set by Disaster or Transformation Surprise?

At 7:58 PM, Blogger alias pail said...

sorry. don't record the other sets.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i was wondering, for shows at the church - is there any way to buy tickets beforehand or do you just show up and get them? thanks!

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Hey i like your blog. I like all kinds of music, that one thing that know good at .


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