Saturday, January 24, 2009

betanimal collective

Took a few days to come down off the high of DJing both Animal Collective shows this past week. It's hard to ask for a better audience than two ballrooms packed with AC zealots filling up on free venue water and doobage. The crowd response was pretty overwhelming both nights. Inauguration Night, we did a pretty implicit set that went something like this:

Grateful Dead's "US Blues" >>
Lee Dorsey's original "Yes We Can" >>
Mr. Finger's Chicago classic "Can U Feel It?" >>
this bananas track from Kenya >>
to this cherry-on-top track that made the crowd go ecstatic.

The Man repaid the band in kind with a glowing review of MPP the next day.

Not sure what sort of stick was jutting out of Caramanica's balcony seat though.

Second night was more scattershot, but fun nevertheless. We subjected the room to Seventh Sons, Fleetwood Mac, Francis Bebey, Yoko Ono and Gloria Taylor dubbiness, Bee Gees, African Head Charge, wicked Devo and Misa Criolia edits and other unmentionables.

While 7,859 days out of the year the Brooklyn Vegan comments section offers myriad reasons to either gouge out eyeballs, kick babies or else go postal, we got some love (though almost always in tandem with some cruel dissing of Abbey and Blues Control):

"Blues Control was meh...
but that DJ was AWESOME especially with all the Obama-speech mix! i was groovin!!"

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2009 12:16 PM

"Geez, Blues Control must be up for the worst set I've ever experienced in my life. The music the DJ was playing as we waited was way more interesting.

AC had a pretty good show, and the sound I believe was fine. I was right by the barrier and the bass was shaking me up!

I thought Fireworks was the best in the set, or maybe I just miss the real drums in their music. My Girls, Brothersport and Slippi were other highlights to me."

Posted by dee | January 21, 2009 1:42 PM

"dear god though that opening act needed to be put out of her misery. that baby sound effect was probably the worst thing ever.

dj in between sets was pretty great also."

Posted by kp | January 22, 2009 11:22 AM

"All in all, not that great. The DJ between sets played better music. That opening act was a total joke - someone should have pulled the plug on her."

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 1:29 PM