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Grizzly Bear finally broke the telly-glass ceiling last night. Via Ed’s Twitter account of the evening, we know one song went live, with two more recorded for Friday’s extended show. First up is “Two Weeks,” which is a good choice for a first impression. Welcome to Veckatimest, The UK.

UPDATE: And here’s “While You Wait For The Others.”

Veckatimest is an album. That isn’t even out yet. The band is set for a return to Letterman on May 20th.

Comments (60)
  1. norma  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    SO lovely! I can’t wait to see what they bring to Letterman!

  2. unseen3war  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    So Sloppy!

  3. John  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Wow. There are some serious pitch problems in the vocals. Is this what passes for “harmonizing” these days? No wonder y’all like the Vivian Girls, too.

  4. Evil  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Too bad its not as good as you-know-who.

  5. Ace  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Typical crap as usual.

  6. chris  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    who?

  7. Matthew Lingo  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I hate you all. This was wonderful.

  8. Go Grizzly Bear Go! this is simply beautiful performance. i love you guys.

  9. Rob   |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    *obligatory post to talk about pitch problems by people who haven’t listened to any live Beach Boys, Four Freshmen, Blind Boys of Alabama or Temptations tracks in a while to understand that even the best groups have off days and even when they have off days it still makes for a good performance so maybe it’s not the end of the world*

  10. 2nose  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    agreed.

    Fucking beauty performance.

  11. misledyouth  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    While I’m not insanely partial to a great deal of the Grizzly catalog, this will probably be my favorite song of the year.

  12. jb  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I think it’s pretty clear they were just very nervous. It ended up sabotaging the whole performance really. Chris Taylor’s vocals were off, and he comes in a measure early later in the song. It’s alright, they’re almost always far better than this, just a case of the nerves in this environment.

  13. John  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Listened to plenty of Beach Boys and Temptations live in my day, and it’s laughable that indiedom feels it necessary to compare Grizzly Bear, a band with a couple of memorable songs, to these groups. This was a mediocre performance by a thoroughly average band!

    • dave  |   Posted on May 10th, 2009 0

      Fuck you and your Petsounds. The Beach Boys were just the Monkeys with schizophrenia — stealing from The Beatles like every other band from that era.

      On that note, thought the song was good, but not so hot on Grizzly Bear.

  14. lr  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Okay debbie downers, I really don’t think this is bad.

  15. zach  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    i think they were just nervous…it’s understandable. i think they did great.

  16. I heard Animal Collective never has gotten nervous for a show. What professionals.

  17. animal collective? ANIMAL COLLECTIVE!

  18. wingedgopher  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    Does anybody else think that Chris Bear is a way better drummer than he gets credit for?

  19. Jamie  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    What the hell’s going on here? Has the backlash started already? There was nothing wrong with the performance.

  20. Lucas  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I thought the performance was pretty okay, but I do love that guys drumming. For a band that’s supposedly lush, it was pretty minimal, and maybe not in a way that served the song very well. Is it okay to think Grizzly Bear’s kinda okay?

  21. rhyannon  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    who cares what they sound like?

  22. awesome  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    This was so much better than the letterman performance. Fucking amazing performance. Grizzly Bear haters are going to have a very exhausting year of hating!

  23. it was hardly all that off, you guys are freaking out over some really minor issues. And yes Chris is the best drummer in Indie Rock. Anyone else notice they switched to a less prominent w sound in the oh harmonies then they used to do?

  24. artie  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    The people complaining came here specifically to complain regardless of the song or performance. Actually this is a much better sounding performance to the Letterman one and was really quite good for live TV. It’s funny how every band has a good 10 trolls that need to leave negative comments on blogs all the time. Dirty Projectors. TVOTR. Hold Steady, Animal Collective (yes even they have quite a few haters) and now Grizzly Bear.

    Can’t please everyone. Especially the whiny bitches

  25. laura  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I very much enjoyed the camera angels and each person got a little spotlight, especially Chris Bear–he does not deserve to be unnoticed, but is definitely the most overlooked musically in the group. hopefully this will change! love them. looks like they had the jitters, but who wouldn’t when you’re on live television? they are still wonderful and there have other live performances which have been absolutely phenomenal of Two Weeks, so I’m not that worried about this.

  26. tent  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    I used to leave anonymous negative comments about this band. I’ve since grown up and realized the error of my ways. That was awesome.

  27. ben  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    it was totally awesome! T didn’t come in at the wrong time, that’s how it is in the radio edit! Ed’s voice sounded sooo much better than in the letterman one and yes Bear’s drumming is PERFECT!

  28. stef  |   Posted on May 6th, 2009 0

    THEY RULED. unbelievable group of extremely talented individuals.

  29. Regardless of nerves, Ed sang great and looked quite handsome while doing so.

  30. Lonnie Pigford  |   Posted on May 7th, 2009 0

    I’ll give them their due it was a good performance and the guy has a good voice. But all these new bands sound like prog rock. Is it 1974 again? Who’d have thought it would make a comeback? I know some Emerson, Lake, and Palmer records you guys would dig.

  31. I’ve observed several posts where a band is judged on one performance. I know quick disposal is the “it” thing for the web but Grizzly Bear are here to stay. This isn’t a case of a stylized hype band that is on the cover of NME and washing dishes the next day.

  32. Emerson, Lake, and Palmer are mystics.

  33. I’m really appreciating the irony of “Evaluation Copy” being laid over a song from a famously very-early-leaked album.

  34. Why don’t they play Ready, Able or Southern Point :(
    Those songs are much more exciting, but I understand they want to perform the most poppy song.

  35. mf  |   Posted on May 9th, 2009 0

    lets start some criticism and anger here…..hmmmm

    I think Veckamist is going to easily be the best record of the year, based off what I’ve heard of it (Ready,Able and Two Weeks and Cheerleader) I’m just really excited about this record.

  36. hello?  |   Posted on May 9th, 2009 0

    Chris Bear > You

  37. jesus  |   Posted on May 9th, 2009 0

    that lead singer chap has an incredible voice. incredible.

  38. Amazing. I really hope they play while you wait for the others on letterman

  39. Victoria Legrand of Beach House is the high oohs in the studio song, so this is quite impressive that Chris Taylor does the vocals so well. Can’t wait to see their energy live at the Fillmore (“one of my favorite venues ever” – Chris Walla)

  40. Who is the fifth guy off to the left during “two weeks”?
    What is that touch-pad like thing Ed moved his finger across at the end of “two weeks”?
    Comment: Overall pretty good, under the circumstances. I guess British TV is more nerve wracking then other venues, but there was definitely a brown note played at 3:47 by Mr. Taylor. To my ears it sounded like a foible, but it gave the set some character. I enjoyed the live-wire slickness/rawness of this.

  41. AQ  |   Posted on May 11th, 2009 0

    Does anyone know if they’ve even played “Southern Point” live yet?

  42. I’m not a huge fan, but these guys are growing on me, slowly.

  43. pj harvey oswald  |   Posted on May 11th, 2009 0

    you stole my line: you leave me dry.

  44. sonicQ  |   Posted on May 12th, 2009 0

    why all the hate? simply don’t listen if you don’t like. there are thousands of other musicians out there who are probably better but not writing or performing a lick!!!

  45. whales  |   Posted on May 13th, 2009 0

    pretty sloppy

  46. BRrrrrrr  |   Posted on May 14th, 2009 0

    I have something similar to what he is using on Two Weeks called a “Q Chord” but it looks like the “Omnichord” is a similar device. It is fun to use and I am surprised that more bands do not utilize it.

  47. jb  |   Posted on May 15th, 2009 0

    i prefer “for you” by michael w. smith. same chords, better song

  48. chris  |   Posted on May 15th, 2009 0

    oh please @ accusations of sloppiness.

    “sloppy grizzly bear performance” = performance of a lifetime by a most indie musicians.

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