Atoms For Peace/Flying Lotus @ Roseland, NYC 4/5/10

Scott Lapatine | April 6, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Atoms For Peace took the stage at Roseland moments after my iPad (j/k) lit up with a NYTimes alert about the Pentagon’s new limits on when the U.S. can use nuclear weapons.

“For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack.”

This is potentially a big a fucking deal, and I’d like to think it’s why Thom Yorke wore a smile throughout the NYC debut of his newish band, named after Eisenhower’s famous speech to the UN General Assembly (and its Eraser namesake).

A4P’s setlist was almost identical to what we saw at the Orpheum last fall, focusing heavily on the Radiohead frontman’s ’06 solo LP, with Thom alternating between piano and guitar. Flea, in a white Minutemen shirt (the rest of the band wore black), still emits boundless energy (and blue hair) at 47. The Chili Pepper hung in the shadows for only minutes before tearing up center stage for the coda of opener “The Eraser” alongside a bracing cameo from NoLa jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. Sorry for the blown out sound of my video, but you have to watch this (skip to 3m25s perhaps):

The encore began with a mellow NEW ballad Thom performed without Nigel, Joey, Mauro, or Mr. Balzary. The fansites are calling this “Let Me Take Control” or “Chris Hodge.” Pick a name, fansites! (UPDATE: We’re going with “Chris Hodge.”) Here’s that:

Also in attendance: Michael Stipe (fun fact: it was the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.’s first ever show), David Byrne, Albert Hammond Jr., Chris Taylor, and plenty of other local rockers. Indeed I saw buzzed about opener Flying Lotus, as much as a short dude with terrible eyesight can see someone crouch behind a strobelit laptop from the very back of Roseland. (He went on at 8PM sharp. If you’re going tonight don’t be late.) FlyLo’s much-anticipated Cosmogramma (out 5/4 on Warp) is a chill jazztronica trip on headphones (he samples cuz Ravi Contrane on one track, Thom sings on another), but in concert the DJ brought beats that nearly blew the venue’s speakers. The set ended with with a breakbeat “Idioteque.” Tease.

ATOMS FOR PEACE SETLIST
01 “The Eraser”
02 “Analyse”
03 “The Clock”
04 “Black Swan”
05 “Skip Divided”
06 “Atoms For Peace”
07 “And It Rained All Night”
08 “Harrowdown Hill”
—-
09 “Cymbal Rush”
10 “Chris Hodge” (Thom solo) [new song]
11 “The Daily Mail” (Thom solo)
12 “Everything In Its Right Place” (Thom solo)
—-
13 “Paperbag Writer”
14 “Judge. Jury. Executioner.”
15 “Hollow Earth”
16 “Pulled Apart by Horses”

A cool limited-edition Atoms For Peace tour t-shirt set me back a whopping $40. Knowing Thom (I do not know Thom), W.A.S.T.E. will probably be donating some of this money to fight tar sands.

Atoms For Peace @ Roseland 4/5/10

UPDATE: Here’s the set list for Atoms For Peace’s April 6 show. They played all of The Eraser:

01 “The Eraser”
02 “Analyse”
03 “The Clock”
04 “Black Swan”
05 “Skip Divided”
06 “Atoms For Peace”
07 “And It Rained All Night”
08 “Harrowdown Hill”
09 “Cymbal Rush”
—-
10 “All For The Best” (Mark Mulachy cover) (Thom solo)
11 “Fog” (Thom solo)
12 “Everything In Its Right Place” (Thom solo)
—-
13 “Paperbag Writer”
14 “Judge, Jury and Executioner”
15 “The Hollow Earth”
16 “Pulled Apart By Horses”

Here’s Yorke doing the Mulachy cover:

04/06 New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom*
04/08 Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre*
04/10 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom*
04/11 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom*
04/14 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Fox Theatre*
04/15 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Fox Theatre*
04/17 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
04/18 Indio, CA (Coachella)
*with Flying Lotus