A Play-by-Play Broken Social Scene Farewell Show for Those of Us Who Can’t Be There Tonight

11/08/2011 3:28 PM |


In September, Broken Social Scene announced they would soon be going on an “indefinite hiatus,” this time with leader Kevin Drew assuring there was some validity to the claim, citing that after 18 months of touring for 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, “you got to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em” — Kenny Rogers, always so on point. What this means is that their show tonight in Rio de Janeiro is the bombastic, life-loving, Feist-launching band’s last, possibly ever. To make it hit home, Drew managed to squeeze a career-spanning setlist into 140 characters over his Twitter feed. Then, a little later, came this:


For those of us unable to get to Brazil within the next few hours, let’s take his word for it on the setlist and have our own private concert, sorta. I fear that over the last few years, BSS’ combusting manic-depressive pop has fallen out of the limelight in favor of bareboned, James Blake minimalism. And that’s ok: I realize things have to change, trends and all that. But if nothing else, give “Stars and Sons” and “Ibi Dreams of Pavement” a revisit and notice how Drew and Co. swing from the most bedroom-incubated serenades to the most reaching-for-the-mountaintop anthems with ease and grace. And then watch Emily Haines, Feist and Amy Millan collaborate on “Anthems of a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl” for old time’s sake.

“KC Accidental”


“World Sick”

“Stars and Sons”

“Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl”

“Pacific Theme”

“Looks Just Like the Sun”

“Fire Eye’d Boy”

“7/4 Shoreline”


“Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)”

“It’s All Gonna Break”

“Texico Bitches”

“Forced to Love”

“Water in Hell”

“All to All”

“Almost Crimes”


“Swimmers” (underrated)

Young Buffalo covering “Anthems” (quite well, actually, which has to be tough):

*Anyone have a clue to what song “Fuzz” in Kevin’s tweet alludes to? Some weird B-side I don’t know about?

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