Sondre Lerche at Webster Hall: Tiny Dancer…and the Rules of Wearing Your Own Band’s Tshirt

Yesterday night I went to go see one of my favorite musicians, Sondre Lerche, do a gig at New York City’s Webster Hall. Sondre was performing in support of his new album, Phantom Punch, on Astralwerks Records.

It was thrilling to see Sondre playing such a large space to the totally devoted crowd. His fanbase is totally hard-core, the girls in the front hung to every word he said, giggled when Sondre bust out into the robot dance to make up for the fact that his guitar underwent technical difficulties during his “Dead Passengers” guitar solo, sang sweetly in reply during “Modern Nature”, and pounded their feet and clapped their hands to demand TWO encores from the young troubador.

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I do have to take this moment right now to comment on Sondre’s new haircut. It’s kinda 80’s, with the short back and long front…but more than anything it reminded the Backseat Blogger and I of the lead singer dude from The Stills. Take a look at this press photo of Tim Stills and see if you agree…
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Sondre Lerche Update: New Site and New Song

Check out Sondre Lerche‘s brand spankin’ new website, and his video for “Say It All”, the single off his upcoming new album, Phantom Punch. In it, Sondre plays a virtual reality karaoke game. He chooses to be a 42-year-old male singing in his living room. Different strokes for different folks, I guess…

He’s also got a new blog entry that many of you freelancers will sympathize with. It’s about doing your own taxes.

Also, definitely check out the video for “Phantom Punch” directed by contest winner Kristoffer Borgli Thomsen, which is a totally rockin’ song and a completely different sound for Sondre. It’s probably the best Sondre video I’ve seen:

Sondre did his best slacker hipster impression for Ruvan Wijesooriya for the Phantom Punch press photos. Take a look:

Phantom Punch drops February 6, 2007.

Sondre Lerche at Hiro Ballroom

Gotta make this one a quicky right now. Ok, I so I missed the season premiere of America’s Next Top Model, but tonight I saw Sondre Lerche play Hiro Ballroom instead. It was cool because it was a seated show–yeah, that’s right, seated–which I’d never experienced before. He mainly did songs from the Duper Sessions, and his two previous albums. He did do 2 songs off his new album, Phantom Punch, and he played for almost 2 hours.

He has one other show tomorrow night at Hiro, so you should definitely check it out. He’s been playing some songs he hasn’t played in a long time, like “Don’t Be Shallow”. Ah oldies but goodies.

sondre lerche at hiro

Listen to Sondre Lerche at Upstairs at the Square

Weren’t able to make it to Sondre Lerche at Barnes and Noble last week, you can now listen to his interview on BN.com. He talks about his childhood ponytail, Cole Porter, and his new album, the Duper Sessions. Features him singing “Everyone’s Rooting for You”, “Minor Detail”, and “I Want to Call It Love”.

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LISTEN: Sondre Lerche interview during Upstairs at the Square

DOWNLOAD: Sondre Lerche interview/ performance

Yay Sondre and His Simon Cowell-esque Tshirts!

It’s late, but I just wanted to post a photo of Sondre Lerche at Barnes and Noble today before I went to sleep. He was delightful as always…although I couldn’t help but notice his little belly since he was wearing a skin-tight gray t-shirt. It was adorable.

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You can catch the entire interview/performance on BN.com at a later date.

Oh btw- Everyone totally gasped in delight when they announced that Duncan Sheik would be appearing at the next Upstairs at the Square event on August 16th at the Union Square B&N. Awesome.

Catch Me “DJing” and Bands Playing on Wednesday…and Emo Sondre Lerche?

Yeah yeah…I’ll be “DJing” aka- hitting “play” on the CD player and my iPod on Wednesday as part of the launch for the new site Haystack. Stop by and say hello! Here are the details:

Wednesday, July 19th
Haystack and Insound Present… @ Club Midway
Ave B between 2nd and 3rd
$7 at the door

8pm – Annie Lin
9pm – Arbor Day
10pm – Cavalier King
11pm – The Yards

Before the show you should definitely check out a FREE Sondre Lerche show that is going on at 7pm at Barnes and Noble as part of some “Upstairs at Union Square” author/musician series they are doing. And then after the show you can head over to Audrey‘s Calling All Kids at Saphire!

Oh btw- on Sondre Lerche, he’s got a new diary entry where he talks about getting beat up as a kid for wearing A-Ha tshirts and his philosophy on wearing eye shadow. Apparently photos of him from a magazine called The Book Los Angeles has caused quite a stir on his message boards, with some hailing his eyeshadow wearing as an indication of “selling out”.

His new entry explains that wearing a little makeup should never spell sell out to anyone. He’s got a point, when was the last time you saw a female pop star being lambasted for wearing some eyeshadow? Equal eyeshadow-wearing rights for all, I say! Besides, he looks hot! It’s fun to see him with a totally different look. Now if only we could get him to do a duet with Patrick Stump…my head would explode.

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Seriously, if those kids think that photo is emobad, they should start reading my other site, So More Scene. Then they’ll realize there are far worse offenders than Sondre Lerche.

He also mentions some ultra-awesome girl at his label who gave him the A-Ha tshirt which he wore to the now infamous photo shoot. Wonder who THAT was! 😉 (PS- I don’t work for a record label, so don’t think it’s me!)

The Night of Unexpected Crooning

Man oh man. You ever have one of those nights where at the start of the evening you have absolutely no idea how much it’s going to rock? That happened today.

I just got home from seeing Sondre Lerche play a 32+ song set list at Bowery Ballroom. THIRTY-TWO PLUS SONGS I SAID. That’s a crazy marathon set the likes of which Ryan Adams would attempt. It was over 2 hours and 10 minutes of music. Dear Jesus. The reason why 32 songs were played? Because the majority of it was a first-ever performance of the songs off of Sondre’s new album–the one he hasn’t recorded yet, but the one that he and the Faces Down are soon going to be traveling to LA to lay down tracks for. Hottt.

The new material is awesome. The upcoming album is so Sondre Lerche’s dance/disco album. For real, some of those songs could have passed for We Are Scientists.

sondre at bowery ballroom 2006, march

sondre at bowery ballroom 2006, march

He didn’t do number 31, “No One’s Gonna Come,” instead he played “Lulu” a Norwegian children’s song. He and the Faces Down also did not do a conversation between 4 Norwegians.

More over at The Oh So Quiet Show.

Prior to getting to the Bowery I went to Le One Night Stand at Hiro where I witnessed Miss Audrey sing a bunch of Gainsbourg/Birkin songs. I couldn’t believe it! I thought she might be doing one, but she did like 4 or 5. So nuts. I loved it. Move over Nouvelle Vague!

audrey at hiro

Now it’s time for me to go to sleep. I’ve been standing since 8pm.

More later…

More on Friday’s Shows: Sondre and The Boy Least Likely To

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was originally started last Sunday, but I wasn’t able to finish it until now. Enjoy!

I know I absolutely have to write about the shows I saw on Friday today or else I will never get around to writing about them at all. In a nutshell, the shows were great. It was a wonderful night for pretty music.

I started off by hitting the 8pm show of Sondre Lerche and Paul Brill. Paul Brill wasn’t really my cup of tea, so I’m just going to move on and speak about Sondre. I had just seen Sondre the night before at a performance at the Astralwerks offices, but that gig was very casual, so I was excited to see Sondre perform again–this time without people snacking and chatting a mere 6 yards away from the performance area.

The crowd was extremely attentive–almost to the point of making me uncomfortable. I’m used to being able to “woo” after great solos, but at Housing Works it was so quiet and solemn that it just wasn’t the right place or time to be getting rowdy during songs.

Sondre continued his tradition of adorable between song banter–this time commenting that he had just bought the electric guitar he was playing on that very day! And it was different than the electric guitar he mentioned just buying in Japan during the Astralwerks performance–dear lord, how many guitars does this man own?!

Sondre seemed appreciative of the well-mannered and respectful audience because he mixed things up by not only doing his cover version of Elvis Costello’s “Human Hands,” but also adding in a bit of “The Only Flame In Town” in the middle of the song. But after doing so, Sondre commented that he needed to work on his transitions because he felt that his Elvis medley was far from being smooth-sounding.

As he started strumming strong rock chords for the next song he said, “This is not ‘Summer of ’69’,” to which everyone laughed because the intro to “Sleep on Needles” does in fact sound a little bit like the begining of the famous Bryan Adams tune. I was a little disappointed, because I would have LOVED to have heard a cover version of “Summer of ’69”! No, really. I would have.

He finished the night with doing a brand new song called “Tragic Mirror.”

SET LIST
Everyone’s Rooting for You/ Across the Land/ Dead End Mystery/ The Curse of Being in Love/ Minor Detail/ Dead Passengers/ Days that Are Over/ Human Hands and The Only Flame in Town (Elvis Costello covers)/ Sleep on Needles/ You Know So Well/ (I Wanna) Call It Love/ Two Way Monologue. ENCORE: Tragic Mirror

sondre lerche housing works

By the time Sondre finished it was 10pm, so J. and I booked it all the way to R and R on the West side to catch The Boy Least Likely To. Luckily when we arrived around 10:20, the band still hadn’t gone on yet, so I went around to the side entrance and found a spot in the front near R and S. As we all waited for the black velvet (!?!) curtains to part and reveal the stage, we were subjected to *interesting* dance remixes of U2 and Kasabian.

When TBLLT came onstage the crowd went wild! It wasn’t until later when Cameron told me that TBLLT’s album The Best Party Ever got an 8.5 from Pitchfork that the crowd fanaticism really made sense. It also explained why so many people in the first two rows were wearing dark-framed glasses. I kid, I kid.

The music was upbeat, peppy twee pop–and what would a twee concert be without a complete with a cartoon backdrop hanging across the back of the stage area? The keyboardist munched on cupcakes, the audience blew bubbles, “Eye of the Tiger” was momentarily covered, and the drummer stopped to take pictures of the crowd with his 35mm camera (below). Seriously, if a troupe of rainbow-colored bunnies had come on stage and done a dance, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash–it was that warm and fuzzy of a performance.

I believe TBLLT played through all of the songs off their album because when the crowd demanded an encore, they came back on stage and said that they’d have to play a song they’d already done at the begining of the set because they simply didn’t have any more tunes to play!

the boy least likely to

For more of my photos of The Boy Least Likely To, head over to my Flickr page.