Few songs get as much of pre-release buzz-up and as many swoony mentions as the Grizz’s first glimpse at post-Yellow House/Friend, “While You Wait For The Others.” You know a good tune when you remember exactly where you were when you first heard it (and when it tops your live experiences of the year) and it looks like Conan — “I really liked that band. I think they’re going places. I hope they’ll take me with them.” — won’t be forgetting it anytime soon, either. He closed the show by looking at Kal Penn for some reassurance to his Grizzly rave, but Kal looks like he’s about as into Brooklyn buzz bands as he is herb and burgers (see because earlier he said he doesn’t smoke herb or eat burgers). Like we said last time: “Threads through to their love for old ’60s pop in the harmonic feel, building off of the sort of dynamic avant folk they’ve been slinging of late, flooding the sepia of Yellow House with a lot more sunshine … yeah, pretty fucking good.”
Just part of the reason GB was our favorite live act of 2007. In somewhat related Conan/Radiohead news, yesterday it was announced that Thom & Co. would be offering Conan a “Greener Than Live” performance tomorrow night, 4/23. Expect “House Of Cards,” pre-recorded to avoid a carbon footprint “equivalent to driving one’s car for a solid year.”
But you should set your TiVO for that, since tomorrow night you’ll be at BAM to watch Grizzly Bear settle into Paul Simon’s residency. This summer Grizz opens for the green-minded Radiohead, later this year Dan’s Dept. Of Eagles project (produced by GB’s Chris Taylor) puts out an album, and then the Bear go back into the studio for LP3. We realize Mr. Rossen could probably use a vacation. But being a workaholic suit him.