February 5, 2010
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles, CA
I can’t wait to see what people write about this show! Last night Yeasayer played among the dinosaurs, bison, and moose at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. This was the second show of the First Fridays event series in 2010.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 1991 and had never even considered going to the Natural History Museum (not sure I knew it existed) until the First Fridays series in 2009. During a memorable Friday night in Los Angeles, in 2009, dancing among the elephants, while Z-Trip crushed the turntables, the Natural History Museum became one of my favorite music venues in Los Angeles. Imagine seeing an amazing band perform in a hall, surrounded by life-sized animals.
It might not work for every band, but if you’re Yeasayer, you’re stoked to be playing in the North American Mammals Hall of the Natural History Museum. Having spent an hour or so exploring the museum, listening to the sounds of birds, watching paleontologists restore dinosaur bones, marveling at stones and gems from around the world, walking through jungles trying to identify camouflaged animals, the next logical step was to enter the North American Mammals Hall and see Yeasayer.
It felt as if we’d found some hidden jungle path and discovered a tribal ritual of music and dance. The birds could be heard in Yeasayer’s whistles. The light could be heard reflecting off the gems as Yeasayer tapped the high notes on the keyboard. And you could definitely feel the thump of dinosaurs moving around you as Yeasayer struck the deep bass lines.
Other bands have tried to do this. I’ve seen ’em. But Yeasayer does it funkier. Yeasayer does it sexier. Yeasayer is having more fun. They do it so well, it almost feels forbidden. It would be a disservice to try to describe what goes down at Yeasayer’s live show – you’ve just got to experience it.
I left the show feeling like I got away with something. I left the show feeling like I had become part of something that is about to explode.
Yeasayer left the show with these words: “Thank you to all the animals!”
Perhaps it’s time to return to Coachella afterall:
FRIDAY APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ’s, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.