Monday, January 9, 2006

More Cowbell



There's a lot of pressure, as a blogger, to stay caught up in the latest trends and buzzes. Point in case: Tapes 'n Tapes. I first heard of the band from Chris who found them from Music For Robots and soon, every other blogger was talking about this Minnesota band. Many a times, I wanted to post about them, but decided it was best to wait until I had seen them live.

And boy, was that the right decision.

I must admit, I wasn't immediately taken by Tapes 'n Tapes the first time I heard them. Like Wolf Parade and even Animal Collective, it is that quirky indie rock whose first impressions aren't always the best. But I kept listening, and I learned to love. Songs like "Cowbell" and "Omaha" quickly became favorites. So when I found out they were coming to New York, I decided I'd wait to post about them until after the show. So here that is.

I was still skeptical going into Delancey on Saturday night. First of all, the venue isn't my favorite. And second of all, I thought all the buzz would render a packed venue, but when we arrived at 9 PM, there was far too much room to move around. Bloggers were there in full force, and after paying for our $6 beers (terrible) we headed to the front.

By the time Tapes 'n Tapes took the stage, Delancey was packed, and by the time they played their first note, I was sold. For most of the set, I felt privileged to be there, front and center, for this band. That doesn't always happen. From the tambourines on heads, tubas being played, an awfully cute drummer, and song after song that kept me moving -- I rarely see a band for the first time, only knowing a certain amount of songs, and have that good of a time.

Tapes 'n Tapes @ Delancey

Local band, and friends of Tapes 'n Tapes were up next. Mancino took the stage and although they were off to a bit of a slow start (or was I just still reeling from the previous band) they used their piano driven melodic rock to keep the crowd going. While I am still more impressed by the band on record than live, I blame The Delancey's awful sound system. But they closed with "Hiccup Lines" and it never sounded so sweet.

Mancino @ Delancey

I caught up with the boys of Tapes 'n Tapes and they couldn't have been nicer. So nice, in fact, that they've agreed to let me interview them before their show tonight at Mercury Lounge.

If you have any dying questions you'd like me to ask the band, leave them in the comments, and I'll see you at Mercury tonight...because, well, you don't want to be left behind now do you? You'll be kicking yourself in six months, trust me.

  • Tapes 'n Tapes - The Illiad
  • Tapes 'n Tapes - Cowbell
  • Mancino - Hiccup Lines
  • Mancino - Tina's Little Joy

    Also:
  • More pictures on my flickr.
  • Brooklyn Vegan went to Delancey and Pianos. He says Pianos blew the Delancey show out of the water
  • Ryan was at Delancey too. He has pictures including one of the set list.
  • Read Chris's original post on the band here and the one that started it all on Music for Robots.
  • Jerry Yeti and Central Village should have reviews up shortly, while Wes is pissed he missed them.

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