Or, the Whale on KZSU, setlist, photos, mp3s

Last night I hosted ipickmynose-fav Or, the Whale (myspace) on KZSU.

I didn’t know beforehand, but they decided to do an acoustic set: guitars, banjo, accordion, a variety of percussion and lots of voices. Given their sound and this set up, it had a real front porch feel to it. It was loose and fun while still keeping the musicianship that the stage show has.

Here’s what they played:

  • Call and Response
  • Threads
  • Crack a Smile
  • Bound to Go Home
  • Givin’ up Time*
  • Shasta*
  • Isn’t She Awful
  • Death of Me

* unreleased songs

Here are a couple tracks from last night’s show. It was a challenging set up for our sound engineer. It sounded pretty good, but these are slightly on the rough side. I think they capture the fun of set up.

Here’s a slow and subdued version of their normally upbeat-rocker “Call and Response”. I almost didn’t recognize it.

Or, the Whale – Call and Response (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive, originally on Light Poles and Pines)

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“Shasta” is a new tune I first heard at their Starry Plough show a few weeks ago. I really love it. It’s slow and beautiful and definitely worth a listen.

Or, the Whale – Shasta (Live at KZSU) (mp3, exclusive, unreleased)

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3 Responses to “Or, the Whale on KZSU, setlist, photos, mp3s”

  1. […] The crowd continued to swell as Or, the Whale took the stage to set up. After they’d managed to fit the seven of them and all their instruments onto the small Cafe du Nord stage, they did a quick set of mic and instrument tests and launched into their set. It was a mix of new and old tunes with people singing along to “Call and Response”, nodding their heads to “Givin up Time” (with Matt and Linsday singing lead) and quieted down for the beautiful new tune “Shasta”. In the end, the set came and went too quickly. […]

  2. […] Adrian (me): Or, the Whale – Shasta (Live at KZSU) (mp3) (exclusive, unreleased, buy their album) After hearing this lovely song both when when I saw the band last Wednesday and seeing them last Thursday, I ended up singing this song to myself as I walked around all weekend and some of this week. It’s definitely the multiple overlapping vocals at the end that does it. […]

  3. […] Nord is already a pretty good bill (with, let’s be honest, sort of bad names). One’s an ipickmynose fav, one I’ve seen before and liked and one’s a band a friend is a fan of that I […]

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