[Photo by Greg Abramowitz]
From The Barr Brothers:
“Hey everyone, here’s a little gift from The Barr Brothers. Back home from tour, we went down to our friend Patrick Watson’s studio and recorded our holiday jingle, entitled “Dear Mrs. Claus”. We felt Mrs. Claus really needed a Christmas song dedicated to her. Enjoy!”
Montreal’s Barr Brothers share this video detailing the process used to create their self-titled debut out September 27 on Secret City.
It’s been some time since the last Slip show. But starting tonight, the avant-garde rock trio returns to the road for a pair of shows in their native Northeast. The trio will make their debut appearance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl later this evening, followed by a performance at The Met in Pawtucket, RI on Saturday.
To celebrate The Slip’s return, I’ve turned the tables on my good friend Lucas Samuels from The Artist Mixtapes. Generally, Lucas has bands and artists curate an 8 song playlist for an ‘Artist Mixtape.’ But for today, I asked Lucas (my Slip mentor) to select some of his favorite Slip jams to share with DGB readers. Clocking in at just over an hour, this playlist will help those less familiar become familiar, and allow us die-hard fans to hold out until tonight. Thanks, Lucas! Be sure to head over to his blog where he is constantly discovering promising new acts from all walks of music.
Hope to see many of you at the show tonight!
1. Airplane/Primitive (Daytrotter Session 2007)
2. Children of December (Valentines Day Candy ’04)
3. Cut from the Cloth (2004.8.7)
4. Get Me With Fuji (2007.5.19)
5. My Room (2002.7.13)
6. Reddish Moon (2009.6.27)
7. Spice Groove (2006.3.31)*
8. You’ll Find a Home (2005.2.11)
For those unfamiliar with The Slip, read up on the band in a previous Listening Station post or check out a playlist from ’04 shows here. You can also read my interview with Brad and Andrew Barr over at Jambands.com.
Wednesday, Brad and Andrew Barr of The Slip returned to Brooklyn with their new stripped-down outfit, The Barr Brothers. This performance was the band’s 3rd NYC gig of 2011, and saw perhaps the largest crowd of the three. Set in the intimate Littlefield venue in Brooklyn—a remote space often used for art exhibits—the Barrs treated fans their first full NYC-area show, as oppose to a brief opening or shared slot.
The night began with a performance by Brooklyn’s Bizigara, fronted by Baptiste Ibar (the artist who designed the cover art of Marco Benevento’s Invisible Baby). Bizigara also features DGB friend Noah Plotkin on drums, who plays San Fran psych-rock band Citay’s new lineup. As an opening performance, the band paired well with the Barr’s sound and stretched out during several extended psychedelic jams.
The Barrs took the stage shortly after 10 and opened with a brand new song, fresh to most of our ears. Sidestepping the more common “Beggar in the Morning” opener, this new tune infused the set with a different, and more upbeat, energy. For this song and several more, Brad wielded a “tackle box” guitar—a guitar made from an old metal box—lending a unique guitar tone and natural reverb to the songs. While much of the audience remained seated for the performance, the Barr’s jamband roots came into full view as a crowd of fans gradually gathered toward the back, engaging in hippie-like dance throughout the performance.
A highlight moment came during the admittedly Desert-blues inspired “Deacon’s Son” when the band streched out into near Slip-like territory. Again, at times, the set seemed more upbeat and energetic than previous Barr Bros. performances and helped to draw in the audience. During “Deacon’s,” harpist Sarah Page led the jam off with a solo that moved into Tinariwen-inspired riffage from Brad. This carried into new song “If You Leave Me,” which saw Brad and Sarah facing off in humorous a call and response battle of harmonics.
Allowing us yet another taste from the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, the band introduced a new song with Brad and Sarah on acoustic guitars and Andrew on a “manjo.” And, while this was one of the night’s calmer moments, it still stretched out into 8 minute territory with quiet instrumental sections and haunting vocal chants. Songs such as these show Brad becoming more comfortable with his softer vocal range as well as with the stripped down songwriting format.
The band followed up with another new song with Brad moving to a Danelectro guitar and the rest of the band including guest vocalist Sonya Kitchell huddling around a mic in acapella fashion. Brad then appealed for volunteers from the audience to take long pieces of twine attached to his guitar strings as he does himself in several songs. The friction from the twine combines with the guitar strings to create a droning violin-like sound. And so, six members of the audience handled these long lines, literally playing Brad’s guitar for him, as the band sang along. Quite an experience.
When the band came out for the first of a two-song encore, the crowd was eager to hear more new material and requested both “England” and “Alta Falls.” The band, seeming somewhat surprised, appeased the second request and performed the mellow tune to perfection. Kitchell joined in again to close out the show with the somber “Ooh Belle,” concluding what may have been the most engaging Barrs performance I have seen to date.
The Barr Brothers take the stage at 10pm tonight at Firehouse in Providence. Be sure to check them out on their current Northeast tour. Visit the band’s website for tour dates.
1. New Song, Old Mythologies, Kisses From Chelsea, Deacon’s Sun, If You Leave Me, Beggar in the Morning, lord I Just Can’t Keep From Cryin’, New Song, New Song, Give the Devil Back His Heart, Cloud, Alta Falls, Ooh Belle.
I apologize for the shitty pictures, our photog was not able to make it.