The Chemical Brothers put on a magnificently mind-blowing show at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night. They started right off with the climax of "Galvanize" and the packed crowd went ballistic. A nearly 3 story LED screen projected everything from psychedelic tunnels, freakish clowns, dancing British police silhouettes, and architectural blueprints to churches all perfectly in sync to the music. The set never missed a beat. Some highlights did include a remix of "Out of Control," a harsh, unexpected reworking of "Believe," and live, soulful instrumentation for "Das Spiegel." All the favorites, "Block Rockin' Beats," "Chemical Beats," "Golden Path," and "Star Guitar," sounded as good as ever. The only thing missing was "Salmon Dance."
The Bohemian Playboy, DJ Alex English, and I wandered off to a Metric/Crystal Castles afterparty in the Lower East Side afterwards. Backstage, I knocked a beer on a fog machine and almost mixed my drink with cleaning solution. Crystal Castles are pretty good djs.