On Monday night, Jake and I saw The New Pornographers and The Walkmen in a 400-person venue. The Walkmen sounded great; the New Pornographers, unfortunately, didn't really get their levels straightened out until six or seven songs into their set. The volume of the music exceeded what the recorders were able to capture, so the bands sound a little distorted at times, particularly the New Pornographers, who employ more loud, high-pitched sounds than the Walkmen. Fortunately, when you are one of the greatest rock bands in the world, you still sound pretty good, even with a little distortion in the upper registers.
Three songs from the show have been posted to YouTube: two from their most recent album, Lisbon, and one oldie from their first record, Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone.
"In the New Year"
"We've Been Had"