Stereolab Chew John Cage Bubblegum, Play First Set In Over Two Years, Take It On The Road

A little while ago we saw and heard “Three Women,” the brassy lead track from Stereolab’s forthcoming Chemical Chords. The band’s getting ready to hit the road — Synch festival in Greece this weekend — and included the track in a set they played last night. It was their first live show in over two years, a “secret warm-up” that took place at the Windmill, Brixton in the UK for 100 fans, who found out about it via the band’s mailing list. We weren’t there, but Annette Lee was, and she snapped some photos while someone scribbled down the set list, a mix of old favorites and Chemical Chords material.

The set:

“Percolator”
“Vonal Declosion”
“Mountain”
“Valley Hi!”
“Ping Pong”
“Eye of the Volcano”
“Neon Beanbag”
“Lo Boob Oscillator”
“Three Womem”
“Double Rocker”
“French Disko”
“John Cage Bubblegum”
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“Cybele’s Reverie”
“Stomach Worm”

By the way, Chemical Chords is out 8/18 in the UK on Duophonic UHF Disks and 8/19 in the US on 4AD. Here’s what they were practicing for:

06/15 Athens, Greece @ Synch Festival
07/19 Tonsberg, Norway @ Slottsfjell Festival
09/20 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
09/21 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
09/24 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
09/26 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/27 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
09/29 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/30 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/02 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/03 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/04 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/06 Boston, MA @ Paradise *
10/07 Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda *
10/08 Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10/09 Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot *
10/10 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
10/12 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
10/14 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
10/17 Seattle, WA @ Showbox *
10/18 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
10/19 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom *
10/21 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
10/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre *
10/24 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern *

* w/ Monade

Tags: Stereolab