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September 6, 2009 at 4:21 PM

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Bumbershoot: I wasn't feeling it (UPDATE: now with videos!)

Posted by Andrew Matson

Not like I was at Sasquatch!, at least.

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Karen O looked great, but her voice seemed worn out to me. Nick Zinner's guitar didn't sound so good, either. A friend commented, and I agree, that the tone was "fuzzy and muffly." Brian Chase's drums were mostly lost in echo, too, which was another bummer (Bummershoot...). Maybe it was where I stood (about 30 yards back from the stage and to the left)? Maybe the wind was a factor?

The only Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs that really sounded decent to me were "Zero" (Chase's rim shots came across crisply) and "Skeleton," both from my favorite album of this year, "It's Blitz." I think those mainly fared well because they were held down by synthesizer and not guitar lines. The synths sounded good on Memorial Stadium's speakers.

The confetti/glitter and giant floating eyeballs were nice touches.

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Here's what I wrote during "Skeleton."

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I have videos of "Gold Lion," "Skeleton," and "Heads Will Roll," and when my internet connection is better, will upload those so you can see for yourself.

Hopefully everyone else had a different experience than I did.

UPDATE: videos after the jump.

"Gold Lion"

"Heads Will Roll"

"Skeleton"

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