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Tegan and Sara / City and Colour: live in New York [first night]live in New York [first night] (2008)
Warner Music Group
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Tegan and Sara's two-night stay at New York City's Terminal 5 was a hotly anticipated event for me. Even though the band had just played the same venue a few months prior, I chose an upstate trip. That means I hadn't seen them play since November 2007 at Webster Hall, from an iffy vantage point no l.
Tegan and Sara's two-night stay at New York City's Terminal 5 was a hotly anticipated event for me. Even though the band had just played the same venue a few months prior, I chose an upstate trip. That means I hadn't seen them play since November 2007 at Webster Hall, from an iffy vantage point no less and when I was much less familiar their catalog outside of The Con. This review mostly focuses on that first night, when the venue was a little more packed.
Seriously, they have the most entertaining and engaging stage banter in the business. Sara tends to go off on weird and awkward tangents, but it works because it's so conversational. She somehow went into a diatribe on herpes before "Burn Your Life Down," which is when she also joked about how bloggers/writers at the show would go home and draw criticisms like, "Went on for too long." "Disrupted flow of the set." Amusing and, at least as far as this review goes, ironic.
As insanely receptive as the crowd was, the vast majority was very staid for the set. Most chose not to sing along or even move, really, exhibiting overt politeness to the sisters and their backing band. It was a bizarre calm, really. But between songs they would routinely throw gifts on stage, which over the course of both days included glittery gold dance shorts, headbands, an opened one-serving container of Frosted Flakes and a Special K bar ("This is terrible for you. Don't you have a Whole Foods?"). Another girl threw up her bra, asking them to sign it and return it (which Tegan actually agreed to do).
Anyway, since they'd done so much U.S. touring already the last year or so, they chose to delve into a decent amount of old stuff. "Superstar," which dates back to one of their first demos, was thrown in, while one from If It Was You snuck in (but no "Monday, Monday, Monday" unfortunately, even during the Monday show).
One song that Tegan described as "sorta new" was very cool. It was devastatingly morose, with Tegan putting heavy repetition on the foreboding line, "If I love again...," and gave the song a much different vibe than what one tends to expect from the band. However, it still managed to be a punctual, concise pop song, which they're experts on. Perhaps we can expect it on their next studio LP, due out in 2009.
They also played "One Second," a B-side from last year's previously iTunes-only I'll Take the Blame EP, since it was finally physically pressed and on sale on this tour. I was pretty iffy on the song at first, but after another listen of the studio version and seeing it twice live, I'm sort of into it; Tegan's bizarre rambling and the catchy crooning chorus make for a quirky, good time.
I could've gone either way with the "Umbrella" cover. It was cool the first time around, but its novelty has sort of worn off by this point.
The first encore song was a duet between Tegan and Dallas, where they informed us the second night that it was an old Tegan and Sara song reworked. I really have no idea what song it was, but I know one of the lyrics was "go and get wasted."
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