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You may remember earlier this year when Brandon put together a little show at a little bookstore in SoHo for which Dirty Projectors performed the little feat of composing a six-song suite for Björk in a week, after recording their best record to date, and then proceeded to blow everyone’s minds with it. There were only 300 or so lucky ones in the room that night, but after last night’s stop at Fallon, a lot more became privy to a piece of Dave Longstreth’s latest. At Housing Works the song was called “Until The Day I Die,” which Dave described to us as “Song of Amber, sighting the Whale, statement of devotion.” (The overarching piece is titled Mount Wittenberg Orca, which Dave said “is about a day three weeks ago that Amber Coffman was in Northern California watching whales from a mountain called Mount Wittenberg. The six songs are imagining the moment Amber saw this whale, and the whale saw her.” He also said Mount Wittenberg Orca was “definitely like Bitte Orca’s younger, hotter sister,” so there’s that.) Last night new DPs superfan Jimmy Fallon informed us its been retitled “When The World Comes To An End.” After it’s done, Fallon immediately says “You gotta come back” before asking of Amber, Haley, and Angel’s harmonies, “How did you do that?” Good question. We have video of that, and some pics and vid of Dirty Projectors making the Roots gush backstage. Get in it:

(“When The World Comes To An End” was one of the suite’s movements that didn’t feature Björk on any vocals, so that version was fairly true to the Housing Works performance, just with a slightly slower tempo.)

Before the taping, Questlove tweeted this video of DPs backstage at Fallon saying “Man. Dirty Projectors came into our room and demonstrated their awesomeness. How cool is it for them to do this?” (He reiterated they “really became a fave” of his later, although my favorite of his DPs tweets was “based on their setup and sound….imma take a wild guess dirty projectors are from BK?“) And when the band finishes the private performance, you can hear Quest say “Wow I will follow y’all to the ends of the Earth.” If you listen to the video all the way through, you hear Roots guitarist Captain Kirk talk about how sitting between the girls is even better than 5.1 surround sound to feel the magic of their “alchemy.” Yes I imagine that is a good seat to have. For alchemical reasons.

As the video’s closing, you can hear Questo ask what the Projectors’ plans on for Thursday night — the Roots will be at Brooklyn Bowl at N. 11th and Wythe in the Burg, and it sounds like they’d want Dirty Projectors to come up onstage with their Meredith Monk-ing mind explosions. Dave’s face in that moment is pretty classic. Here’s a photo from one of our spies of the Dirty Roots mindmeld:

Mount Wittenberg Orca is not out. Here’s how it sounded at the Housing Works Bitte Björka show:

See you guys at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday?

DPs on tour:
10/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Givers
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero w/Givers
10/22 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/Givers
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/Givers
10/25 – Lafayette, LA @ NiteTown w/Givers
10/26 – Austin, TX @ Antones w/Givers
10/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/Golden Boots
10/30 – San Diego, CA @ Birch North ParkTheatre w/Little Wings
11/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbos 365 Club w/Little Wings
11/03 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/Little Wings
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos w/Little Wings
11/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
11/08 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
11/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
11/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/15 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
11/17 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
11/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
11/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
11/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

Comments (28)
  1. Elvin  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    DP’s and the Roots? amazing…its so cool to see the most fabulous Roots band geeking on DP’s! cross pollination at its best.

  2. Ed  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    What a neat trick! Now back to the rock and roll please.

  3. Basement Tape  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    What up Brian Williams? I had no idea this was on…A bit overwhelming all at once but the hook is very Curtis Mayfield majestic as I hear it….

  4. jr  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    i watched the video and didn’t see a particularly “classic” look from dave–what should i be looking for?

    • Dave  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

      Jr,
      I’m sorry to report that the only people capable of seeing this “classic” look on Dave’s face are the ones that sweat him so bad that they’re sheep-like brains are overtaken by their imagination, such that they think they’re really seeing Dave do things they only dreamed he would be doing in reality.
      Like this “classic” look on his face…or not sounding annoying when he sings.

  5. you’re welcome for the tip.

  6. oy
    big fat hipster crush on amber

  7. Troof  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    I honestly truly wanted to enjoy the Fallon segment. But seriously, that was incredibly uneventful…unless you consider madrigals with intunation issues an event.

  8. sandy  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    “we live in brooklyn, actually”
    she may as well have said
    “that was my ticket to being cool…is it working?”

  9. matt  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    heh – 3:54, when Jimmy *almost* shakes the bassist’s hand.

  10. music  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    that’s not music, you can pretend to like it because its no one else does & you want to be different for the sake of being different. But thats not music

    • commentary  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

      that’s not a comment, you can pretend to like it because its no one else does & you want to be different for the sake of being different. But thats not a comment

    • I’ve never understood it when people claim that I must be “pretending” to enjoy a band based on their particular aversion to them. So you don’t like Dirty Projectors, that’s fine, I’m not particularly fond of McDonald’s, does that mean that everyone else eating it happily on a daily basis is faking it? No. Different people have different tastes, musical or otherwise. It’s not that big of a deal.

  11. ML  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    is there anyway that stereogum could somehow announce when cool bands are playing on late night shows before they air, so that i can actually watch them on TV? it would really help, cause every time i see one of these posts i feel like i missed out.

  12. brian  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

    DPs sound great! alot better than when they did cannibal resource on letterman. maybe bands play better on Fallon besause of of the intimdation factor, or the lack thereof…

    • alex  |   Posted on Sep 29th, 2009 0

      Every band that plays on Letterman suffers from a terrible mix. I don’t think the actual performance was off

  13. Dan  |   Posted on Sep 30th, 2009 0

    I posted this on my facebook page. Top comment: “poor guy, he is so superfluous”

  14. Brandon you’re the man. I wished I’d been able to make that show and yeah the projectors stuff shortly after was pretty amazing, glad to see it’s coming to even more fruition. Keep up the (I don’t know how you have to time to do all this) excellent work. There’s a nip in the air finally, go Bills.

  15. Amazing.

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