full sets: death from above 1979

death from above 1979“full sets” is a new bi-weekly series we’re trying out, one that will run opposite of our bi-weekly mixtapes.  while we do our best to present a weekly video of live music from either kexp or kcrw, we are also entirely aware of the vast amounts of concert footage that exists in the bowels of the youtubes.  so, twice a month we’ll dig up a performance with both gorgeous audio and video and present it to you.  overall length may not be consistent, but these videos will always be best experienced in a single sitting. check out our third installment.

death from above 1979 is resurrected with their long-overdue sophomore album completed, so the great sense of heartbreak over an untimely demise that surrounded the band during its interim is now gone.  but that feeling isn’t such a distant memory.  for five grueling years fans reminisced with you’re a woman, i’m a machine and a handful of eps while scouring the internet to gauge just how forceful the duo’s live presence was.  those types of searches often yielded brutal tirades such as this or this, but the guerrilla camera tactics rarely did the performances full justice.

the video below is a curious tradeoff: a rare instance of pristine live audio contrasted by a surprisingly indifferent crowd.  most footage accurately reflects the audience’s voracious appetite for death from above 1979, but the patrons at the amsterdam show were polite at best and apathetic at worst.  regardless, it’s still a crucial performance for the duo, reflecting both their growing animosity towards one another and their adamant statement that their live show differed purposefully from their recorded material.  what follows is an hour of numerous musical highs, a couple of unfortunate missteps, and perhaps the most definitive documentation of one of the most important bands from the 2000s.

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turn it out

you’re lovely (but you’ve got lots of problems)

dead womb

going steady

romantic rights

cold war

blood on our hands

black history month

go home, get down

you’re a woman, i’m a machine

little girl

pull out

do it!

mother (danzig cover)

losing friends

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