On September 8, 2012, super-group Divine Fits played their first show in New York, selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The band is comprised of Britt Daniel (of Spoon) on vocals and guitar, Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs) also on vocals and guitar, Sam Brown (of New Bomb Turks) on the drums and Alex Fischel on keyboards. Their music is a bit like ‘Spoon with synthesizers,’ which according to the crowd is a very good thing.
Alex Fischel and Dan Boeckner of Divine Fits
After every song, thunderous applause could be heard and it seemed to take the band a little by surprise. With a lineup like they have, it seems hard to imagine it could be any other way. Divine Fits played every song off their excellent debut album “A Thing Called Divine Fits,” and also played a cover of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” as well as The Wipers’ “Doom Town.”
Britt Daniel of Divine Fits
You could tell the band was having a great time as they would often face each other and jam out with extended guitar or keyboard solos. Britt Daniel mentioned that although the band had recently done some radio and TV, this was their first full gig in New York City, which Daniel correctly dubbed “the center of the universe.” If you missed the show last night, never fear – Divine Fits are coming back to play at Webster Hall in Manhattan on October 21, 2012. Don’t miss them!
Dan Boeckner of Divine Fits
You can see a pretty cruddy picture of the setlist after the jump, plus photos of my encounter with Divine Fits.
On February 26, 2011, Brooklyn based band White Rabbits played a sold out show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom. I knew very little about the group prior to seeing them live, but as I had read that Britt Daniel, the lead singer of Spoon, produced their 2009 album “It’s Frightening,” that was enough for me to try out a new experience. I am glad I went with my instincts as the show was awesome. After great sets from Cavemen and Arms, the six-piece indie rock band White Rabbits played for about an hour and a half, taking the stage just after 11 pm. More on Cavemen and Arms coming soon – stay tuned.
Lead singer Stephen Patterson played piano in addition to vocals and had a great stage presence. The songs White Rabbits played were all upbeat and the audience danced along all night long. Highlights for me were “The Salesman” and “Rudie Fails.” The band also previewed some new songs that will most likely be on the band’s new record. Spotted in the crowd was Britt Daniel of Spoon, whom I said hello to on my way through the audience. See a spy photo of Britt Daniel as well as the setlist after the jump.
Exciting news for fans of the band Spoon. The Texas rockers are offering an mp3 download of bonus tracks and demos from 2008-2009 at their merch store. The track list is:
1. Was It You Demo
2. Rhythm And Soul Demo
3. Don’t Let It Get You Down Demo
4. Cherry Bomb Country Version Demo
5. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case Oceanside Demo
6. Merchants Of Soul Demo
7. Eddie’s Ragga Writing Exercise
8. My Mathematical Mind Demo
9. You Gotta Feel It Rehearsal
10. In The Right Place The Right Time Demo
On September 13, 2010, I had the pleasure of seeing Spoon perform two shows. At both shows, they made me extremely happy by playing my favorite song off their latest album “Transference,” entitled “Who Makes Your Money.” This record has secured a spot on my top 10 best albums of the year list and when you watch the following video, you’ll see exactly why I feel this way.