This week we will spend each day counting down a category or two of BoB 09 as voted by you, leading up to the editors top ten songs of the year.
Concerts - it's what we do best here at Baeble. Our whole game is delivering the freshest, coolest jams for all of you to see and hear as closely as possible, no matter where you live. We've seen a ton of shows, did a ton of scouting and talking, and we've captured some pretty great stuff on film. Starting the Guest Apartment series this year, we branched out into more programing type formats, inviting artists to come in to the Baeble house and be creative with their performances. We've seen microphones made out of cereal boxes. We've seen our roof turned into an instrument. It's been a great year.
But you guys have decided that one concert rules them all, with its lightening fast past and energy like a freight train. It holds a special place for me because it is the first shoot of 2009 that I got to attend. That show is of course The Friendly Fires at Le Poisson Rouge.
In the small, cozy confines of Le Poisson Rouge, an army of boldly dressed concert goers gathered. Yes, sweet nothings and compliments on shoulder pads could be overheard, but for the most part, these eager young things descended upon the Greenwich Village hot spot not for apathetic displays of presence, but thirsty for full on dance floor hysterics, lead by the three ever stylish gentlemen of England's tastiest electro outfit Friendly Fires.
Doused in a humid bath of strobe light effects, Friendly Fires delivered their disco-electro, complete with signature hip swaying, before an enthusiastic gathering; one who, for their part, provided some endless hip swaying of their very own in return. Here, singer Ed Macfarlane's chemistry with the audience was undeniable and absolutely incredible, maintaining eye contact as he sang through the passionate verses of the band's self-titled debut album. Over the course of the concert, his vivid dancing drove the already converted crowd to new heights of frenzied, sweat soaked movement, awakening Le Poisson Rouge in both a brilliant bake of lighting and a reckless embrace of the music itself. When the band concluded their set with the fan favorite "Paris", they did so to the audiences' determined conviction. See the pumping fists and jumping feet of the entire mass of people, oblivious to the rest of the world, the August heat, and their own sweaty, plastered tees. An absolute marvel of a show to watch. - David Pitz and Laura Yann
Now our concerts are great, but we had even more opportunities, especially during CMJ, to welcome people into our Guest Apartment for private sessions. Of course they were really private because we made sure to let all of you join in on them! Almost all of them have some serious quirks. And the best of them all was probably the craziest batch of instruments we ever crammed into the place (including cell phones).
We caught the Low Anthem hustling down to Bonnaroo. That alone should serve a pretty solid indication of the promising trajectory this Rhode Island trio appear to be traveling. The other? An incredibly romantic batch of wooded folk tunes titled Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. Nonesuch Records was apparently so impressed with the band's sophomore release they recently decided to remaster/repackage/retouch it for a widespread release.
Pulling the band off the highway, we put the band up in our Guest Apartment. While they were here, Ben Knox Miller, Jeffrey Prystowsky, and Jocie Adams showed off some beautiful instruments (a 100+ year old, a "pocket" pump organ, a set of crotales, a double bass, a clarinet, an alto horn, a pair of cell phones), strolling through a number of tunes from both Charlie Darwin, and its' predecessor What the Crow Brings along the way. Here is the promised performance. - David Pitz
TOMORROW: The top 10 songs of 2009
SATURDAY: Seriously throwing a kegger or something.
SUNDAY: Getting out of jail.
Much thanks to everyone who voted in Best of Baeble this year! We hope you enjoyed our retrospective. We're all really looking forward to 2010 and all the exciting stuff we have planned! We're seriously raising the bar this year guys. Pack a lunch. But for now, sit back and enjoy a years worth of great music, courtesy of your buddies at Baeble. -joe puglisi