CMJ ’09: Broadcast/Atlas Sound @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, NYC 10/20/09

While team Stereogum was otherwise engaged in the Studio, photographer Natasha Ryan headed downtown to capture the sights at LPR last night. Bradford Cox celebrated his album release day with openers the Selmanaires as his backing band, but as we’ve seen in the past, he’s most compelling when he strips things down and handles Logos on his own. It’s the appropriate presentation for a project born alone in a bedroom. He, in turn, via humor and disarming honesty, can make even a packed Music Hall Of Williamsburg feel like that intimate personal space. As for Broadcast’s triumphant return, Trish Keenan and James Cargill played in complete darkness with various projections: It took some time for them to dig into recognizable pieces, as if they were doing My Bloody Valentine’s thing in reverse.