It's hard to believe it's been over a week since Dan Deacon, White Williams and Girl Talk played their one-two shows at Webster Hall and Bowery, and I feel I've just barely recovered. I went to the late late show, and I nearly lasted the entire time. I left during Greg Gillis's last "song". You don't get a trophy if you stay till the end and I had a put in a great night already.
Earlier that week, Amrit
convinced me to get there early for White Williams
who S'Gum's been plugging for
weeks. I'm glad I did as I've been listening to "Smoke" ever since [so that's what, Jerry, 9 days?] "In the Club" which may be the weakest on the album reminds me of a T. Rex tune (any of 'em, really) and "I Want Candy" reminds me of the Strangeloves (of all things). Most surprising at Bowery Ballroom was that Mr. Williams wasn't a laptop artist - he was a full band. The album release party for "Smoke" is October 31st at the Annex. It might be the cool post-parade shindig to attend.
While White Williams was a pleasant warm-up that late (by now it was what? 1:00 AM?), the real action waited for Mr. Dan Deacon [website
]. Holy crap was that fun. Capital "F" fun except in the middle or end of a sentence. Fun: Dan Deacon. The album is a solid piece that seems to always trick me up; I don't think I've ever listened to it straight through. And yet it's brilliant and inspiring. Live, he's even more so. Dan plays his stuff on a table on the dance floor and it got so hectic I think it's time he graduated to the stage. Bring people up with him if need be, like that other guy you tour with.
Speaking of which. Girl Talk. Lowercase fun. More of the same, and that was good -and a few new samples/tunes he throws in. But the highlight for me was Dan's set and Girl Talk was just the late late late cherry on top. With White Williams being the delicious waffle cone.
Dan Deacon's back for CMJ at Bowery Ballroom with White Williams among other bands. Buy tickets while you can.