Rabbits Full of Magic

22 February 2013

 

Memory Boy



I played keyboards with Deerhunter two years ago today on David Letterman. They are about to put on a new album, and are having a bunch of awesome shows lined up this year as well as curating All Tomorrow's Parties. They are probably my favorite band and have been ever since they started. The music has this wonderful quality to it that I relate to on a very close level, it's sort of like being sick as a kid and your mom giving you chicken noodle soup and letting you play Atari all day. Beautiful and free.

So it was a long time fantasy to play with Deerhunter again in any capacity, much less on national TV. I used to play tons of music with Cole and Bradford back in the day and more than anything this was just a terrific reunion and a chance to rock out with the people i grew up with. People ask me if i was nervous, knowing millions of people would be seeing it, but I had such a blast hanging out with old friends that the audience was the last thing on my mind. Bradford brought his glockenspiel with a little plastic glow-in-the-dark skeleton dangling from it, and I played that and a Farfisa they rented.

The crazy thing was that the Farfisa was the EXACT same model that i used to play years ago in Tabitha and the Kiwis of the South Pacific, bands that played shows in the ATL area a decade ago. I remember one night at the I-Defy House when Bradford jumped on the drums and we jammed to My Bloody Valentine's "When You Sleep". Jack and Julie Hines of NYC's excellent K Holes were also in Tabitha and the Kiwis before they moved to New York. They met up with us while we were in town doing this show. I think Jack may even be in the studio audience. Alix Brown of X-Ray Eyeballs as well! I think you can see them in the skit before we play. There was one skit during the show that involved a bear randomly mauling somebody, and while waiting to play we saw them fine-tune this on a monitor in the Green Room. They kept adding more and more fake blood each time they ran through the skit. It was obscene. But the people at the TV studio were all super awesome to us. TV is just a cold, violent, bizarre abstraction.

But it was a blast! Cole had these sunglasses that were broken and had an Illuminati-style triangle of missing glass framing his eye. He played harmonica and guitar and did a cool noise solo which was unfortunately mixed out of the show. Paul Schaffer enjoyed the performance, telling Letterman, "I had an acid flashback!" The Halcyon Digest recording of the song was a minute short of what they wanted so we improvised a minute of drone on national TV to make up the time. We got there at around 8 in the morning and it was absolutely freezing in the studio. I think the song was filmed before a live studio audience shortly after 5pm, and we all crammed into a hotel room that night to watch it. Yeah, one of the most fun things I've ever done!

Here is the blog post from that trip, which includes alot of photos i took. Enjoy!

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