About two weeks ago, Adrian and I were offered two tickets to the Woodies (the MTVU equivalent to the VMAs but cooler). Instead of being normal, humble, sweet bloggers, we demanded two extra tickets for guest writer Claire and ATG “friend” Derek. Seeing as how Lindsay Hood may just be the illest lady on the planet, we got hooked up, so off we went to New York to check out performances by the likes of Chromeo, The Cool Kids, All Time Low, Lykke Li, Santogold and, most notably, Vampire Weekend.
The Cool Kids performed first with a few random people we had never seen before (Asher Roth?? Who?) but the party was definitely bumpin’, especially with Kanye’s tour DJ A-Trak presiding over the tables. It was the second time I’d seen Mikey and Chuck perform, with the first being a much more intimate and enjoyable show, but they did a quality job of getting the crowd into it, which I guess was all they were there to do.
We were really excited to see Santogold perform. Her rep is that she always brings the house down with a M.I.A.-like dominating stage presence. That definitely proved to be true when she took the stage in flashy garb to perform “L.E.S. Artistes” with support from Spank Rock, who may just be the grimiest man on the planet.
Although I (Adrian) am not nearly as familiar with hip-hop as Zack is, I can’t deny how excited I got when Q-Tip appeared on stage during Lykke Li’s stellar set. Li has been known to cover the Tribe classic “Can I Kick It?” at her live shows, but seeing Q-Tip come out and back her up was mindbogglingly awesome, and his surprise performance of “Vivrant Thing” was the highlight of the night.
One of the other highlights for me was getting to see Mark Hoppus for the first time. As a young lad, I never had the chance to see him play as part of Blink-182. Unfortunately, he was only there to introduce All Time Low. Although I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the Maryland pop-punkers, I’d be lying if I said that “Dear Maria Count Me In” is not a guilty pleasure of mine. The guys did a good job of bringing a little variety to the overall indie feel of the show.
The final performance of the night had something for everyone. And by everyone we mean Adrian, Claire, Derek, and Zack. Adrian went apeshit when Chromeo (his obsession) came out on stage to assist Vampire Weekend (Zack, Claire, and Derek’s obsession) in “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”, which they recently remixed for VW’s new single. While we agreed that someone with more energy like Santogold or Lykke Li might have been more successful in closing out the show, we couldn’t argue with the choice of “A-Punk” to lead us out into the streets of New York and then on to the after-party, where the four of us felt absurdly important despite the fact that we are extremely irrelevant.
In honor of the artists that rocked Roseland Ballroom, here are some relevant tunes. First, check Logarhythmix creative middle-eastern-influenced remix of “I (Mikey) Rock”. Then check Lykke Li’s cover of fellow performer Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (which we just recently wrote about here). Next, check Q-Tip’s “Move”, off his newest release, The Renaissance (review to come). Lastly, check the aforementioned Vampire Weekend/Chromeo collabo on “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”. The keyboard riff at the end gets me every time.
If that isn’t enough, you can watch the entire Woodies online at MTVU’s site.
Note that all but Lykke Li are zshare links. We’ve had it up to here with our hosting, which just decided to not work again. We’ll fix em as soon as we can.
Apologies for this post being disjointed and overall fairly poorly written. Adrian and I split the writing duties, which is not easy. Regardless of how the show was described here, we had an amazing night. We’d like to extend our extreme gratitude to Lindsay Hood and everybody else at MTVU for inviting us to this awesome event. T’was a night to remember.
Zack & Adrian