Broken Social Scene plays Kevin Drew's "Spirit If..." at Webster Hall
In a set as sprawling (and, occasionally, as awkward) as the show's title, Broken Social Scene's indefatigable frontman Kevin Drew outlasted a packed house at Webster Hall last night with two-plus hours of remarkably tight, bouncy rock-n-roll, as well as his trademark deadpan pranks and patter.
The band featured longtime members of Broken Social Scene proper, as well as guests from Metric, Pavement, American Analog Set and Dinosaur Jr. (no appearance by Feist, in case you were hoping). At one time or another it seemed like everyone played at least two or three completely different instruments, including Drew on drums. My favorite of Drew's bits (though it went on for too long) was when he talked 20 or so audience members to throw their coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, bags, etc., onstage, and he put everything on at once, and then staggered around and performed an entire song buried in what must have been an unbelievably sweaty mess.
Anyway, here's an incomplete set list: UPDATE: blanks filled in in the comments. Thanks.
1. Lucky Ones
2. Cause = Time
3. Fucked Up Kid
4. Safety Bricks
8. Frightening Lives
9. Backed Out On the...
10. Unknown American Analog Set song
11. Gangbang Suicide
12 Farewell to the Pressure Kids
13. Kennel District (Pavement song)
14. Almost Crimes
15. 7/4 (Shoreline)
16. Anthems For a Seventeen Year Old Girl
18. It's All Going to Break
19. When It Begins (massive sing-a-long with everyone on stage)
At this point, Debbie and I left, Drew still up there trying to rouse the crowd, so it's possible we missed an encore. But I'm old (so's Debbie, but also gorgeous), and it was almost 12:30, and we were already more than satisfied with the night's entertainments. By the way, "Spirit If..." is an excellent CD, I think.