As usual, lots of highlights to of Montreal's performance at the Showbox at the Market last night--check Andrew Gospe's review of the spectacle here--but for me one moment stood out amid all the set pieces, costume changes, crazy pogoing crowd, and ace renditions of (even older favorites) like "The Party's Crashing Us." That moment happened two bars toward the end of Sunlandic Twins' epic "So Begins Our Alabee," a propulsive, operatic number that seems to simultaneously celebrate the birth of Kevin and Nina Barnes' baby girl (for whom the song is named) while strangely, ecstatically foretelling the romantic dissolution which would inform breakout follow-up album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? The moment was this: Barnes interpolated one refrain of New Order's twangy, wide open, windows-down road-tripper "Age of Consent": "I'm not the kind that likes to tell you/Just what you want me to/You're not the kind that needs to tell me/About the birds and the bees (woop woop!)."
That's it. Not much for a guy given to covering Prince power funks in their entirety--or a band that performed last night like a variety show, giving multiple members a moment in the spotlight, including a song from Davey Pierce's electro project Yip Deceiver and an almost-karaoke duet rendition of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Something Stupid"--but it was a sweet little touch. Which of course reminds me of another great New Order interpolation . . .
Always awesome Canadian band The Weakerthan's drop of the "Oh, you've got blue eyes . . . " refrain from New Order's "Temptation" into their song "Wellington's Wednesdays":