Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ The Chapel, SF 2/2/13
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro are two people you may not know you wanted to team up and make music together…until they actually did. Released just this past week, the duo’s eponymous album is one full of morose, lovesick lyrics set to the lo-fi pop melodies most akin to Green’s previous work with The Moldy Peaches, and Binki’s understated vocals beautifully complimenting Green’s signature deep monotone.
Naturally, when we caught their show at The Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission district Saturday night, we weren’t surprised to see that their chemistry also translates wonderfully onstage. With the aid of a yet-unnamed backing band, both musicians were perfectly in sync with one another, particularly during songs such as “What’s The Reward” and the newest single, “Just to Make Me Feel Good.”
After Green abandoned his guitar to perform the “choreographed” dancing to his song “Buddy Bradley,” Shapiro – of the all-too-short-lived trio Little Joy – stepped up to claim the spotlight by channeling Mama Cass Elliot during “Casanova,” a thundering, ’60s-tinged ballad that is among the album’s highlights.
Toward the middle of the set, the duo began a rendition of another one of Green’s solo songs, “Getting Led” (from 2008’s Sixes & Sevens), but both performers forgot the lyrics and promised a second attempt before the night was over – and indeed, the night concluded with a flawless do-over followed by an epic dance-off between Green and Shapiro.
For those who couldn’t catch the pair on their brief west coast tour, fear not: they’ll be back on the road in May, touring North America with Father John Misty.
Check out all the photos from the night HERE.