Sunday, July 26, 2009

XX Merge night 3 at Cat's Cradle: Spoon

The headliners on night three of XX Merge were none other than one of the label's biggest bands, Spoon. The band played a set, heavy on their early albums including "Chicago at Night," "Lines in the Suit" and the show closer "The Fitted Shirt," all from their 2001 Merge debut Girls can Tell. They also played the new song "Got Nuffin" from their new EP of the same name as well as another new song called "Is Love Forever?"

It was a good set, but not the strongest they've done (check out our review of their Carolina Theatre show last year). One of the highlights was their regular cover of Paul Simon's "Peace Like a River." Another was Mac McCaughan joining the band on lead vocals on a cover of Wire's "Mannequin" during the encore.

There were still no big surprises at the close of night three. Merge fans were left waiting another night to see if anything big would happen.

Check back later for coverage of the Orange County Social Club show on Saturday as well as coverage of nights four and five of XX Merge.

Spoon set list:
Got Nuffin
Lines in the Suit
The Ghost of You Lingers
The Beast And Dragon, Adored
Stay Don't Go
Chicago at Night
Is Love Forever? (new song)
Don't Make Me a Target
Eddie's Ragga
Mountain of Sound
Peace Like a River (Paul Simon cover)
Small Stakes
My Mathematical Mind
Black Like Me
Mannequin (Wire cover w/ Mac McCaughan)
Don't You Evah
The Fitted Shirt

[all photos by Kevin Norris]


Anonymous said...

I can never get over how awesome your photos are! The last photo of Mac and Britt hugging is so sweet, it brought a tear to my eye.

Especially when I'm not able to attend a show, but even when I am, I am grateful that you always manage to capture some amazing moments. Thank you!

slingtunes said...

The Wire cover was "Mannequin" from _Pink Flag_. Very well done might I add.