Monday, November 14, 2011

Photos/Review: Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - November 12, 2011

Photos: Tommy Kearns / Review: Chris

After playing Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ the night before, Sebadoh took to Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday to play a triumphant homecoming gig (both Jason Loewenstein and Bob D’Amico reside in Brooklyn), which also happened to be the final date on their tour. The show, much like the night before, was heavy on material from the Bakesale album, though they were sure to play favorites from Sebadoh III (“The Freed Pig”), Bubble and Scrape (“Soul and Fire” and “Sister”) and Harmacy (“On Fire” and “Ocean”).

The crowd seemed a little more easy going than the night before, with a full on mosh pit breaking out during “Give Up,” which continued throughout the remainder of the set. Lou Barlow was also sipping heavily on the J├Ągermeister (an end of tour tradition), which made for some great stage banter, revealing that both he and Robert Pollard had been born in the same Ohio hospital, and the fact that Henry Rollins could not comprehend why anyone would want to be a loser (after singing “Losercore”). Oh, there were also the random hilarious moments when Jake or Lou would just spontaneously scream into the microphone.

Also revealed: the trio have no roadies, travel in a minivan, played to about 70 people in Detroit recently and ordered about 300 too many t-shirts for this tour. Luckily, they truly have a dedicated fanbase in New York City, as evidenced by the packed crowd that stayed to the end of a two-hour encoreless set. After Sebadoh left the stage (though to be fair, they did announce when they were playing their “first” and “second” encores but they never actually left), the crowd stuck around demanding more songs, but it didn’t happen. Which reminds me that not playing an encore seems to be the next big thing at shows lately. I’m all for it, as long as the set was satisfying, which in this case… it definitely was.

Check out a full set of photos of the Brooklyn show below, and also be sure to check out our recap of the show at Maxwell's one night earlier...

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