SANTA BARBARA BOWL
24 MAY, 2012
After a few quiet years, with more time seemingly spent behind the boards than in front of them, 2012 appears to be the year Beck returns to the spotlight. Having just wrapped up recording a new LP in Nashville that will hopefully see the light of day later in the year, Beck's appearance at the Santa Barbara Bowl was something of a mystery timing-wise.
Capping off the night was "E-Pro", from Guero, that featured his son Cosimo coming out to bust some moves. The night underscored Beck up to this point, and as always, it will be fascinating to see where he heads next.
(video courtesy of Justin Wagner, who hit the YouTube lottery with Pitchfork picking up this clip, currently over 42K views!)
Devendra Banhart strolled onto the stage, plopped down into a chair, and proceeded to weave his spells. He was joined after one song by his band, and their 'South American meets Laurel Canyon' vibe was the perfect tone setter for the evening, as the Bowl slowly filled up. He was unfazed by the talkers, and closed the set strongly. It will be nice to catch him on his own turf at some point.
Third Man Records, "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" b/w "Blue Randy".