Lollapalooza 2008: Grizzly Bear Play Four New Songs

By Scott Lapatine & Amrit Singh

In a sense yesterday was the first show of the Grizzly Bear/Radiohead trek (aka The Best Tour Of ’08) — the Brooklyn faves hitting the Citi stage two hours before Radiohead’s day closer — so we were psyched to steal some time and wander the grounds with them. The hour we spent was a snapshot at where things are headed for these guys: approached by little kids for autographs, interviewed by John Norris for an MTV feature, Chris Taylor being asked to talk production with fellow multi-tasker Chris Walla. One thing that came up was Grizzly Bear’s revisiting the lost art of debuting new songs on television, months in advance of a new album, Ed sharing our thought that it was a welcome throwback. But we didn’t need to wait to set our TiVOs to hear the next crop of new cuts.

Grizzly’s set was powerful. They drew a strong crowd, members of other bands (Rogue Wave, Yeasayer, etc.) lining the sidestages for purposes of observation (and maybe awesomeness osmosis). The weather played along, a bright sun blaring down throughout, hitting hardest for the sun-drenched, Letterman-approved “Two Weeks” and the instant vintage “While You Wait For The Others.” Along with other Yellow House faves, we got first listens at a new Dan song “Fine For Now,” and an untitled new Droste tune. Both were … we’ll save the gush. Hear for yourself.

UPDATE: Audio streams removed by request, sorry!

Here are photos.

[Photos by Amrit]

Here’s your setlist — half old, half new:

01 “Two Weeks”
02 “Little Brother”
03 “Knife
04 “Fine For Now”
05 “Untitled”
06 “Fix It”
07 “On A Neck, On A Spit” (Abridged)
08 “While You Wait For The Others”

For the Grizzly Bear fan who thought he had everything, the band was peddling some animalistic new tees. They sold out before we got to see them in person (they’ll have ‘em at APW and Music Hall Of Williamsburg next week), but here they are modeled by Dan and Bear. Quite stylish.