Brooklyn-based psychedelic electropop group YEASAYER put on a blinding spectacle of a performance at last night’s sold out show at Royale. Before taking the stage, the lights went out and the speakers blasted Q Lazzarus’s “Goodbye Horses.” This immediately brought on all sorts of Silence of the Lambs quotes from the audience, as well as a few pretty decent Buffalo Bill impressions, all in giddy anticipation for Yeasayer’s heady dance beats.
Because it's pretty weird. It's not the storyline we pictured
accompanying this song. Actually, it's not the storyline we pictured
accompanying any song. It's got Kristen Bell in it. But that's not the
weird part. The weird part is the amorphous, anemic-looking blob that
plays her love interest. It looks sort of like a
cross between Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and something much
at Pitchfork’s Saturday-night South By Southwest showcase last March, I
coaxed SLEIGH BELLS’ Alexis Krauss to crowd surf during their
M.I.A.-ish punk anthem “Crown on the Ground” (video here). She hit the crowd and briefly fell into my arms.
Last month, WFNX invited its listeners to pick the Top 101 Alternative Albums of the Decade. The methodology: throw 400 albums into a random-generating web app, then let listeners pick their favorites in head-to-head battles. It's kind of like a democracy-powered centrifuge: the crowd's favorites rise to the top of the list, like Radiohead, the White Stripes, and MGMT.