Occupy Sandy

Dirty Projectors lineup consisted only of Dave Longstreth, Amber Coffman, and Haley Dekle which made it’s impact obvious. This was going to be based heavy on the trio’s vocals – which is never a bad thing. The trio held close to their more vocal reliant tracks, playing “See What She Seeing” and “Impregnable Question”. All it took was a guitar and three voices, but in a place like St. Ann’s, it was more than enough to fine sustainable for the evening.

Cass McCombs @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (November 17, 2012)

By Will Oliver, November 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Cass McCombs comes off as a mysterious character to me. That was just the feelings I got from listening to his recorded material. Seeing him live confirmed my suspicions. He was focused solely on his performance, and boy did he deliver.

The set was just him on the electric guitar, and another guitarist playing acoustic. The set had a dark depressing overtone with songs like “Bradley Manning”, which covers the wikileaks informant. Most of the set was new, as McCombs had pieces of paper at his feet that looked to be reminders or notes of some type. A highlight was a song titled “Morning Star”, which was powerful in many ways, and had me hypnotized for the entire duration.

The Walkmen weren’t in full lineup at the Occupy Sandy Benefit, with only Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin & Peter Bauer filling out the roster. It was quite alright, as the band still delivered a fine performance full of elegance and grace. They were joined by a horn section that was filled out by the band’s “extended family”, which included literal members like Hamilton’s wife.

The Walkmen’s strong-point is their ability to transcend so much by doing what seems like so little. It’s a natural talent of theirs that is really the selling point of “We Can’t Be Beat”. When Hamilton bealts out that final yell, time stops, and you can’t help but just take in how damn magnificent the band is, and they don’t have to oversell to prove it.

The Occupy Sandy benefit show was wonderfully hosted at the St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights yesterday afternoon. It was an intimate day of music in a beautiful place that was unlike any concert any of us had been treated to before. It felt like a gathering of a union of friends enjoying music together rather than a concert.

Real Estate got the show started with a perfectly light and dreamy set of theirs that fit the mold of the church, and put me in a daze while taking in all of the architecture and colors that sat behind their backs. The execution of tracks from Days seemed more than appropriate, and the day of shows couldn’t have been started any better.

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