In a rolling post that we will update throughout the day, The FADER’s editor in chief Peter Macia and senior editor Sam Hockley-Smith recount the momentous Phoenix and Dirty Projectors and Wavves show at Madison Square Garden that ended with an unbelievable guest appearance by the real Daft Punk. Read on and watch videos (courtesy of this dude of the Phoenix-Daft Punk jam sesh after the jump and check back for updates throughout the day while we do other stuff.
Pete Macia: ready?
Sam Hockley-Smith: sure
Pete Macia: ok
Pete Macia: here we go
Pete: so last night you saw what i dream every night
Pete: eddie izzard dressed in pants and sitting with a model in madison square garden
Pete: just kidding, phoenix and daft punk!
Sam: also Sofia Coppola for like two seconds
Sam: I’m assuming she’s in your dreams too in a not creepy way
Pete: she directs my dreams with a light touch
Pete: i don’t even know she’s there
Pete: but yeah, she seems cool from 50 feet
Sam: does she go to all their shows?
Sam: or just the ones where daft punk play a giant keyboard in the back
Pete: she goes to all the ones i go to
Pete: which is most of them
Sam: WEIRD COINCIDENCE
Pete: wavves just tweeted: I played with daft punk at Madison square garden. I can die happy.
Sam: how many Phoenix shows have you been to since you did that cover story
Sam: including the one at the Apple store for like 40 people
Pete: let’s count: music hall, apple store, h’wood bowl, msg
Pete: only 4
Pete: i haven’t been to 4 other shows in that time though
Sam: where did last night rank in terms of Peter Macia’s Favorite Phoenix Shows
Pete: with all due respect to daft punk, i’m gonna put it at tied for 2nd
Pete: no wait
Pete: solid 2nd
Pete: no wait
Pete: they’re all tied for 1st
Pete: and here’s why
Pete: phoenix, despite being french and of immeasurable coolness, really go the extra distance to make every show unique and memorable. hollywood bowl, they did all the stuff they did last night–dropping the white curtain, acoustic encore in the audience, thomas climbing out in the cheap seats during 2nd encore, plus all the great lighting and messing with the songs. BUT at the end they brought everyone on stage because the venue is conducive. MSG is conducive to bringing daft punk on stage, so they did that
Pete: not many bands really make that kind of effort for the fans these days
Sam: that’s true
Sam: actually rivers cuomo did something similar when I saw Weezer at the beginning of September
Sam: but it felt cheap
Sam: like he did it not because he wanted to do it but because he felt like he had to and knew what reaction he would get
Sam: and I think the reason that Phoenix are as popular as they are without really going through the traditional channels of becoming A POPULAR ROCK BAND is because they are genuine
Pete: TOPIC #1: Is Phoenix what Weezer could have been if they didn’t go off the deep end after ‘Pinkerton’?
Pete: please do not answer that
Sam: I was about to write an entire essay
Sam: you just saved the members of Real Estate from having to read a long, boring essay written by me in an IM window