IT’S ALIVE: Watch The National Play Three New Songs In Paris on May 30 2022.
The National kicked off their first tour since 2019. They brought some new songs along with them. The band debuted three tracks at their show in Spain on Saturday night, and then played them again in Paris on Monday night, where they were thankfully captured on video. The new songs, per a setlist that was shared on the National’s Instagram, are called “Tropic Morning News (Haversham),” “Grease In Your Hair (Birdie),” and “Bathwater (Mount Auburn).”
The full footage of their concert in Paris on May 30 is below. “Tropic Morning News (Haversham)” is at the 45m40s mark, “Grease In Your Hair (Birdie)” is at 55m58s, and “Bathwater (Mount Auburn)” was played during their encore at 1hr32m20s.
IT’S ALIVE: Jamie xx – “idontknow” – Live at Coachella 2022.
“When Jamie xx took the Outdoor Theatre stage on Sunday night with his latest single, “Let’s Do It Again,” the three giant video screens behind him were black. Soon, they were illuminated by splashes of light and color, but what was abstract quickly resolved into the mundane. Those screens were repopulated with what looked like real-time footage of the crowd—quick shots of fans smiling and nodding along to the music—that seemed to linger on a few key figures: a young woman in a Cleveland Browns jersey and another in a cropped New York Yankees top, along with a slender young man in a “COWBOY” tee and a stockier one whose shirt featured a giant portrait of Ned Flanders from The Simpsons. These four people danced, sometimes together but mostly apart, with abandon and without interruption.
As Jamie xx’s set mutated—nimbly but deliberately; it was the most brilliantly conceived performance of the weekend—so too did its visuals. The seemingly candid videos were edited in ways that made their provenance increasingly unclear, with sophisticated match cuts and reversals of color and perspective. After the main characters posed for their long, Jonathan Demme-style portraits, the video again confounded the audience’s understanding of it, this time by showing a camera rig operator capturing one of the dance scenes. This hyperreality would be captivating with any soundtrack, but is perfectly of a piece with a DJ set like Jamie xx’s, which draws some of its power from the relationships between different texts and textures of sound. The raw material—existing songs, proof of young people enjoying themselves—was merely there to be reconfigured until the finished product was just so.”
IT’S ALIVE: Arcade Fire – “Lookout Kid” – Live at Coachella 2022
“Unsurprisingly, Arcade Fire’s last-minute set on Friday night at the Mojave tent was extremely well-attended. What was not as assured was its potency as anything but a victory lap for a band whose history at Coachella goes as far back as 2005. Fortunately, the performance—of songs from the band’s forthcoming album WE, but also from their acclaimed back catalog—was charged and at turns poignant, as frontman Win Butler reflected on the psychological difficulties of the pandemic and the flat-circle nature of writing songs about parenthood with many of the same bandmates he corralled together in his youth.”