EJ and I, along with Jeff and Jen, killed a few hours with Tivo last night in order to arrive at Bowery just as Ben hit the stage. We came pretty close, but I didn’t start to note the set list until he was a few songs in, so help me fill in the gaps. I did hear he opened with “Brand New Colony.”
Ben Gibbard @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 1/10/06
“Brand New Colony”
“You Remind Me Of Home”
“(This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan” (Dntel)
“Why You’d Want To Live Here”
“It’ll Be A Breeze” (Long Winters)
“I Hate To See You Cry” (Alan Hull)
“Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow” (Neil Diamond)
“The Sound Of Settling”
“Such Great Heights”
“I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
“A Lack Of Color”
The performance was charmingly shoddy, which the packed house (packed with label execs, Jeff thinks) ate up. Gibb’s false-start “Sound Of Settling” and fuck-ups during “Why’d You Want To Live Here” were met with big applause. (“I haven’t quite practiced that one,” he said of the latter.)
As expected, Ben performed cuts from his 2003 split EP with opener Andrew Kenny, and a bunch of covers. Not Cyndi Lauper nor Avril Lavigne (despite the requests of a persistent crowdgoer), but Long Winters, Alan Hull, Spiritualized, and a Monkees tune penned by Neil Diamond (who is “the man,” according to Ben).
He also promised “I’m not fucking playing ‘Thriller.'”
Here’s a live cut from the Death Cabbie’s Tsunami benefit show in Seattle last January.
Coming up … our Stereogum concert winner’s report (and photos) from Ben and Nick’s Sunday night Q&A with Jon Pareles for NYTimes Arts & Leisure Weekend.