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Robert DeLong – Basically, I

The live show that Robert DeLong put on the other week at Music Hall of Williamsburg quite simply, knocked the socks and shoes and possibly jewelry, off my feet and body. I won’t lie, I had a preconceived notion that DeLong was going to be a mostly dub-steppy DJ with a very electronic live show. I was happily surprised to find that my silly expectation couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as Hayden and I stepped foot into the crowded and darkly lit Music Hall of Williamsburg, we were dancing. Which is a funny feeling because I can’t remember the last time that happened to me. Being a person that likes to dance, my experiences as of late have been such that I’ve had to warm up to the music that was playing.

Not the case here. I turned around to see that everyone, mostly couples, but still everyone, was dancing and that many of the faces of the crowd were painted with some kind of glow in the dark paint, in honor of DeLong. But it’s not really exciting to read about the crowd, so much as the performer himself. DeLong probably plays every instrument that exists, or at least every instrument that exists that can somehow be incorporated into his music, and that was news to me. In the middle of songs, he would move from his several pieces of electronic equipment, to a drum set carefully placed out of the way, or grab a guitar and start playing in the middle of the song. The way I’m describing probably makes it sound like the kind of thing that was disorganized and random, but that wasn’t the case at all — he was seamless in his movement from instrument to production tools.

We walked in while he was in the middle of performing Global Concepts, which is one of my favorite songs. But when I got home that night, I did that nerdy thing that a lot of music geeks do when they get home from an amazing show: I went online and youtubed the sh*t outta his music. I found this (strangely titled Religious Views even though that’s not the title of the song), which I thought was beautifully done, and gave me a whole new appreciation for the song which I’ve included in this post. So, I’m including that song in this post for that reason. Because the build is that good, and because I have such a soft spot for watching an artist create the masterpiece in front of our eyes. The first time I encountered that at a live show, was at Newport Folk Festival while Andrew Bird performed. I then realized that he was one man band, and I was forever in awe of that sort of musician from there on out.

Enjoy!

Robert DeLong – Basically, I