Who wants to be the last of anything?

I’m trying to get through these quickly but it seems to be taking a while, eh?

Devendra Banhart

I’ve put up two sets today, both of which I enjoyed immensely. The first is this one from Devendra Banhart, which featured a full band (made up largely, as I said yesterday by members of Vetiver), and was not quite the kooky acoustic affair I was expecting. In fact opinion on the Green Man message boards has been pretty mixed, a number of people not going for his full band sound. The word “Santana” was mentioned at one point. (No need for language like that…). But Michael and I had a great time watching.

I should say that the set also featured a sort of impromptu open mike section, where he invited anyone who’d recently written a song on stage – a game lass from Newcastle jumped on stage and did her thing. I’ve included this part in the recording but to be honest I could have done without the whole thing…

Devendra Banhart, Green Man 2007

Soft Hearted Scientists

The second session I’ve got here was a great set from Partly Porpoise favourites the Soft Hearted Scientists, whom I fear I’ve neglected somewhat recently. They cheered up a fairly bedraggled audience with their gentle mix of atmospheric keyboard sounds and quirky songs, and played a combination of songs from their first album and their new one which has just appeared. The versions of “Brother Sister” and “Wendigo” were particularly good, I thought.

Soft Hearted Scientists, Green Man 2007