10/15/09 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
10/16/09 Pearl St Nightclb Northampton, MA
10/17/09 Paradise Boston, MA
10/23/09 Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Warpaint ♥ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (10/13/09)
They opened up with their harmonizing cover version of "My Guy", which may sound a little outdated with such lyrics as "he's the cream of the crop" to rhyme with "I think he's tops". As soon as that song ended, they launched into an instrumental song, and continued for another thirty minutes. Setlist seems short, but all the songs I heard, I did like.
I'll have to find out more about them later, all I know is that they recently released an EP called Exquisite Corpse on the Manimal Vinyl label.
The Depreciation Guild ♥ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (10/13/09)
The Depreciation Guild Setlist ♥ 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (10/13/09)
They borrowed some of their musical instruments from Warpaint and borrowed the movie projector-thing from School of Seven Bells. The movie of various colors and blocks played throughout their whole set.
I think all their live songs required some computerized help with the quirky noises, and for the most part it made their music more video gamey. Unfortunately, for one song, there was a hiccup when an unwanted looped noise continued to play onto the next song.
As you can see from their setlist, most of their songs are taken from their 2007 album In Her Gentle Jaws, which got a recent vinyl release (500 copies only) on Kanine Records. I think the future is in vinyl, so I was quite happy to see that all three bands here have continued to release music on this funky format.
When School of Seven Bells came on stage, after the intro song played on for about a minute, the lights on stage were turned off - save for the one lone red light that shined on Benjamin Curtis. I suppose it's to make the movie that were shown in the background to be more of the focus, but I suspect the twin girls might be shy if the spotlights are on them.
I think if I remembered correctly, that Claudia is the one on keyboard, which as it turned out is an Indigo keyboard. Both of the sisters are dressed in mostly black and, I think, Alejandra is in knee-high boots. I have photographs, but in poor light, it's not worth showing (and I'm too lazy to produce any drawing).
My favorite autotune song, "Chain", was played on their set - but it didn't sound 'tuned' live. Instead, there are stretches in the song that extended the song a bit. Other highlight from the show was probably their closer, "Half Asleep". They came back on for a one-song encore, but I don't remember what song it was.
They left a lot of eager fans who wanted more, especially the guy from Madison, Wisconsin, that wanted to have the girls record the call letters to Madison radio station (WSUM?).
Anyway, it looks like Ghostly is re-releasing their Alpinisms in a "deluxe" album on iTunes, so perhaps there'll be a real physical deluxe album release at Ghostly Records in the near future.