Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah?

Hi everyone. I’m going to come out and say it. You should officially not be allowed to come to tomorrow night’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at the Bowery Ballroom if you are not willing to do one of the following: clap, yell, “wooh!”, dance, stomp your feet, smile, jump up and down, throw your hands up in the air, or nod your head.

If last night’s show was hot and heavy like a sauna, tonight’s was as f-cking frigid as a meat locker. Was everyone really tired from working all week or something? I swear I could have heard crickets chirping through some of the crowd lulls during the performance. Seriously, WHERE WAS THE LOVE?

Every other time I’ve seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Bowery Ballroom (2 or 3 times) it has been nothing short of a semi-contained riot. Most of the times it’s been a violent, lively affair, with people throwing themselves into the air, arms and elbows flailing, beer being sprayed all over the place. I didn’t even break a SWEAT at this show no matter how hard I tried. WHAT THE HELL GUYS?

I’m mad at everyone who didn’t seem to be enjoying themselves. Why was I dancing by myself? I BEST see you freaking out at tomorrow’s show otherwise we are SO OVER. I know there are a lot of fun people coming to the show tomorrow, prove that NYC folks are NOT above having a good time. I know you can do it.

God, don’t even talk to me, I’m so upset. I’m going to watch “Project Catwalk” now. (Thanks K.F.)

SET LIST:
Cheated Hearts/ Way Out/ Black Tongue/ Honey Bear/ Mysteries/ Down Boy/ Gold Lion/ Happy Birthday (to Karen’s Mom)/ Phenomena/ Miles Away/ Warrior/ Turn Into/ Maps/ Our Time/ Modern Romance

Here is the one photo I took (I’m not kidding, I only took one) due to the camera rules at the show tonight. I would suggest bringing your little “non-professional”-looking camera if you plan on seeing the show tomorrow, otherwise you too will be one of the people who was ejected from the venue. (I counted 4 photographers and 1 smoker.) They won’t let anyone with one of them big “fancy” cameras take shots (even without flash) at the show but allow any kid with a PowerShot snap away like a ‘razzi. Go figure.

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Author: laura

I run The Modern Age.org

25 thoughts on “Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah?”

  1. Yeah yeah yeah. I could tell the Maxwell show was probably better than this. I had people next to me critiquing Karen’s performance during silence in between songs. And these people were loud and jaded. Loud enough for Ms. O to hear. I think me and this gay guy next to me were the only one’s rockin’ out at the front.

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  2. the crowd was real limp but i think a lot of those people were expecting to hear yyy songs that they knew. One girl, who was actually dancing, kept shouting for art star but they did not play it.

  3. sounds like to many art stars were in the audience.i still wish my lazy philly ass had been up there.i love the pic,kinda 60s like

  4. have to agree.. the crowd sucked.
    there were even some drunken frat boys at my end.. screaming nonsense, then of course got too drunk and left.
    counting just nodding heads there were like 5, and probably only 2 people moving some parts of their body…

    ah!! that is the NYC crowd for you…

  5. I was one of the five people actually moving. Since you told me the setlist for the Maxwell’s show I listened to their new album all day trying to get it into my head.

  6. I agree, the crowd was horrendous. I just tried to ignore everyone and only concerned myself with Karen & having fun.

    I spotted the annoying girl shouting “ART STARRR!” repeatedly and gave a nasty look. I’m glad they didn’t play it, mwahaha.

  7. It was good to see the YYY’s last night but you people are fucking retarded. I’ve seen the YYY’s many times at Bowery along with other places, and of course this did not compare. But you “my shit don’t stink” people have to take things into consideration. Standing in the cold for a long time doesn’t help things one bit. Waiting till 11pm for them to go on sucks as well. No photography at the show! what is that horse shit. They never had that rule at a YYY’s show before, especially not at Bowery. And then when most of the show consists of new songs, people can’t get into it as much. They are there taking it in and listening to the NEW song. When they pass up doing songs like Date with the Night ( which was on the set list) and do their slower stuff instead, you can’t expect the crowd to get into it as much. And to top all that off, enery comes from the performer as well. Maybe since her mom was in the audience Karen kept things tame, but i counted one swear word the whole time, and that’s not the beer spitting Karen O i’ve come to love. If you want to dance, fucking dance. If you want to enjoy a band that you haven’t seen in a long time and listen to the new material for the first time then so be it. See ya all tonight.

  8. I too hope tonights show is better because last night just didn’t do it for me. I am not sure it was the crowd fault though, some parts of last night perfomrance were very weak.

  9. I completely agree with you…. Since moving back from London, I am always dissappointed and embarassed by New York crowds. Why are people so afraid to express joy? Why are they so concerned by how other people will percieve them? Everyone needs to loosen up and let the music take hold…

    Who knows? I was dancing up a storm in the front middle last night… I kept bumping into nick in london while he was mixing the music. I have been so curious… it sounded great… I am not familar with most of their new stuff i.e. I don’t every song by heart yet but I very much liked what I heard.. I can’t wait to listen to the album in its entirety…. They are so creative… And viva Karen O for being a true rock star…. Killer bedazzled costume… Ziggy stardust anyone..

    Since it is my b-day today, I think I might try to see them again… If I get in Laura I promise, to dance, to dance and to dance..

    Quick question: Do you guys who see lots of shows and are familar with the band members ever feel like you it is your duty when you are in the audience as aficionada and friend to music to move and dance for all the rest of the lame asses around you? When the bands from the UK come over that I know, I always plant myself up front and shake and shimmy so they won’t feel bad about their performance. Oh well…. New Yorkers will never change. To cool for school….

  10. I was also one of the wild and crazy people smiling, moving, clapping, and “wooh”-ing. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve given up caring what the hipsters think of me. The new material is awesome. I wish I was going to tonight’s show, because I have a feeling it’s going to be better.

  11. Do you guys really believe it was all the audience’s fault this show “didn’t rock” or could any of it been the bands fault? I had a good time last night, was it the best performance of the YYYs I have seen? No. Was it a bad crowd? Maybe. Was it both of these things that effected the outcome of how good this show was. Yes. Also if your expierence is being effected by the crowd that is somewhat your own fault. I was with a person who was hating on the crowd during the show and I told them to critize afterwards and just enjoy themselves while it is happening. Don’t let what other people do effect your good times. So tonight lets just have fun.

  12. Do you guys really believe it was all the audience’s fault this show “didn’t rock” or could any of it been the bands fault? I had a good time last night, was it the best performance of the YYYs I have seen? No. Was it a bad crowd? Maybe. Was it both of these things that effected the outcome of how good this show was. Yes. Also if your expierence is being effected by the crowd that is somewhat your own fault. I was with a person who was hating on the crowd during the show and I told them to critize afterwards and just enjoy themselves while it is happening. Don’t let what other people do effect your good times. So tonight lets just have fun.

  13. I can’t agree more with your comment. I spent the show trying to listen to the band and rock out, but two assholes behind me kept talking and talking and talking as if they were out to dinner at some lame-ass uptown cigar lounge and everyone else around was standing lock solid to the ground as if they were staring at a Picasso on a college art school field trip to the MOMA. And if that wasn’t bad enough as Karen O launched into the beautiful Modern Romance, a fight broke out between some Melon Head and some Entertainment Lawyer looking dude. The band totally rocked, as they always do, and Karen O managed to be her usual crazy self despite the corpses she was performing to, but with crowds like this, I was surprised they didn’t leave the stage with a big fuck you. She told us motherfuckers were “her love” but where was the love? What is up with us NY’ers? What happened to the YYY shows back in the Brownies days when it seems we all actually knew how to have fun? Disgusted. And embarrased for us all.

  14. I really don’t understand all this focus on whether the crowd acted enthusiastic enough…We enjoyed the show just fine.

    I can remember being puzzled that this really tall dude next to me was standing stone still (and cut out before the set was over) but, like, whatever.

  15. I have to say that after seeing tonight’s show I completely agree. The New York crowd just fucked up completely… the YYY’s were giving out crazy sweet vibes like there’s no tomorrow, but the crowd didn’t get wacked out enough. Either way I danced my ass off… so I don’t care.

  16. Some people just aren’t comfortable dancing in public.

    real question: how can any real hipster afford the rents in NYC?
    and will the old people eventually take over the city with their
    401Ks and stock options?

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