Pictures first, words later.
Grizzly Bear’s “Swarovskis.” The band personally hand strung each crystal (certified Swarovski) with fishing line. Soothe.
The complete display
For the last three or so songs of the night I went up in the backstage balcony. I love the way the crystals are growing out of Bear’s head. It’s like a mash-up of Encyclopedia Pictura’s and Patrick Daughters‘ videos for Grizzly Bear–crystals and wild things coming out of the band’s heads! Here’s more:
I love it when Taylor plays the clarinet:
They did a really special acoustic encore:
San Francisco audiences are really soothed by Grizzly Bear.
Above are some of the wild spirits in the front row. It’s great to check out the audience. The previous night, I spotted one of the guys who works at the bookstore around the corner from my house (Diesel) about three bodies from the front of the stage. Last night my favorite fan was this guy in the headband. I think the band should put him in the artwork for their next album. Once, a picture of my friend Emily of Wild Life in the audience of a Sonic Youth show ended up on the inside of their next album. That was pretty cool.
After the show, the wild spirits from Here We Go Magic hosted a drum circle. Everyone was dancing like Kokopelli. It was super San Francisco. Raymond, one of the kind gentlemen on staff at the Fillmore said that he felt that we were bringing back the true spirit of the Fillmore from the glory days.
We ended up in the lobby of the Hotel Nikko with these really wild light fixtures and a grand piano. Dan jammed out on some Doobie Brothers and we all sang along until we were kindly asked to retire.
Find Patrick Daughters online here.
Find Encyclopedia Pictura online here.
I was over the moon–figuratively. Physically I was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music soaking in a rare coupling: Grizzly Bear and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The event marked Grizzly Bear’s first performance with an orchestra dedicated to performing alongside of the band (Grizzly Bear has previously shared a bill with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall).
Perhaps the most special parts of the evening for a longtime fan like myself were the songs Grizzly Bear played that they had never performed live before, but that I have savored for years on their albums; namely “Central and Remote,” “Reprise,” and “Plans” (all from Yellow House). “Reprise” was particularly special, given the leading banjo, a fact which Daniel Rossen acknowledged from the stage.
I found “Colorado,” another longtime favorite, to be particularly successful with the orchestral backing. It’s another that you’re not likely to hear the band perform regularly.
Of the new material from the upcoming release Veckatimest, “Foreground” was far and away my favorite, and the Brooklyn Phil did well by it too.
Then Grizzly Bear did something that I wouldn’t suspect given the tone of the evening; they closed the show with The Crystal’s foreboding “He Hit Me.” I don’t think Edward Droste has found a better pairing for his vocals than this diminutive ditty. It just works. I was thrilled.
The boys were looking sharp: Daniel in shiny new shoes visible from row “S,” Christopher Bear in saddle shoes (!) and a handmade black silk bow tie by Julia Ziegler-Haynes, Edward sleek in black jeans and a crisp shirt, and Chris Taylor sporting a new shorter haircut. They’re ready for the big time!
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I’m absolutely atwitter about the new Grizzly Bear album! I even have tickets to their show on 2/29 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM! With contributions from some of my favorite femme fatales like Feist and Victoria LeGrand, this album is sure to soothe to new heights.
Stereogum is close on the bear trail. Here are some fun pics of the boys doing the mix:
Will May ever come? I just can’t wait!