Okay -- just in case there was any doubt, Tortoise are an ecstatically good live band. Even on borrowed gear and (sacrilege!) synthesized mallet percussion.
[There was, apparently, an incident involving the band's instruments, hence the need for borrowed gear and ersatz mallet perc. Guys, next time you need a set of vibes on short notice, call me -- I'll hook you up, I promise.]
Two encores, and five straight minutes of applause demanding a third, until the killjoys at the Bowery Ballroom finally turned on the house lights. One of the best gigs I have ever seen. Without any doubt the best two-drummer gig I've ever seen. (Well, technically: three drummers, two kits.)
Now do it again with a real vibraphone.
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