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Spoon at 9:30 club: Set list statistics and analysis

SpoonSpoonman Britt Daniel amid his band's 23-song set at 9:30 club, Monday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By David Malitz

Spoon finished up a sold-out, two-night stand at the 9:30 club on Tuesday with another stunningly sharp show. The second evening was actually a bit looser -- frontman Britt Daniel took off his jacket, joked around -- but it was still another extremely efficient display of rock prowess. And if you like nerding out over set lists, Spoon are the rock band for you. They've got seven albums, they still play cuts from most of them, they refuse to play the same set every night and with consecutive shows in Washington, we figured the twofer deserved some breakdown and analysis.

Total Songs played: 47

Number of songs played on night 1: 23

Number of songs played on night 2: 24

First night songs broken down by album: "Transference" - 8, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" - 7, "Gimme Fiction" - 4, "Kill the Moonlight" - 2, "Girls Can Tell" - 1, Other - 1

Second night songs broken down by album: "Transference" - 6, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" - 5, "Gimme Fiction" - 5, "Kill the Moonlight" - 4, "Girls Can Tell" - 1, Other - 3

Songs played both nights: 15

Songs from "Transference" played both nights: 5

Catalogue repeats: 10. "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," "The Ghost of You Lingers," "Don't You Evah," "I Summon You," "I Turn My Camera On," "Don't Make Me a Target," "Someone Something," "The Underdog," "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb," "Love Song" (The Damned cover)

Songs from the '90s: 2 (both on Tuesday - "Metal School" from "A Series of Sneaks" and "I Could See the Dude" from "Soft Effects")

SpoonThe set list/the execution. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

(More thoughts and full set lists after the jump.)

What, if anything, can we take from this? "Goodnight Laura" and "Out Go the Lights" are studio-only songs -- neither of those "Transference" tracks made an appearance, and that includes a third show in Austin last week. The catalogue repeats are either band favorites, fan favorites or somewhere in between. I'd group them in the following manner:

Apparent band favorites: "The Ghost of You Lingers," "Don't You Evah," "Love Song"

Apparent fan favorites: "The Underdog," "I Turn My Camera On," "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"

Songs fans and the band both seemed to like: "The Beast and Dragon Adored," "Don't Make Me a Target," "I Summon You," "Someone Something"

The first night featured 15 songs from the two most recent albums. The second night featured just 11 songs from the two most recent albums and also the only two songs from its '90s albums. Was this because the band expected more die-hards to be there on the second night? Or more slackers, so they could loosen up instead of giving first night patrons the newer songs they were more familiar with? The first night had a five song encore; second night had a pair of three song encores.

Song placement within each set seemed pretty random. "The Underdog" closed the encore of Monday's set and was in the middle of Tuesday's show. "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" was third on Monday and led off Tuesday's encore. One of the few things you can count on is hearing "The Ghost of You Lingers" right around the fifth song of the set every night. I am fairly convinced this is Britt Daniel's favorite Spoon song. Not only are you guaranteed to hear it every night, but of all the songs from breakout album "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," that was the one that most served as the blueprint for "Transference."

Complete setlist from Spoon's March 22 show at 9:30 club
Me and the Bean (solo acoustic)
Before Destruction
The Beast and Dragon Adored
Love Song (The Damned)
The Ghost of You Lingers
Who Makes Your Money
Don't You Evah
I Summon You
Mystery Zone
I Turn My Camera On
Is Love Forever?
Don't Make Me a Target
Someone Something
Written in Reverse
Got Nuffin
Trouble Comes Running
My Mathematical Mind
Black Like Me

Encore
Nobody Gets Me But You
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Rhthm & Soul
Jonathon Fisk
The Underdog

Complete setlist from Spoon's March 23 show at 9:30 club
Everything Hits at Once
I Saw the Light
Don't You Evah
Metal School
The Ghost of You Lingers
Before Destruction
Is Love Forever?
Stay Don't Go
Written in Reverse
Love Song (The Damned)
The Underdog
They Never Got You
I Summon You
Don't Make Me a Target
The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
Got Nuffin
Someone Something
Trouble Comes Running

Encore 1
The Beast and Dragon Adored
That's The Way We Get By
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb

Encore 2
I Could See the Dude
I Turn My Camera On
Small Stakes

By David Malitz  |  March 24, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  Lists , Live last night  | Tags: Spoon  
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Comments

Yay for stats - always welcomed in reviews.

Posted by: Hemisphire | March 24, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Glad that I caught Mathematical Mind and Rhthm & Soul on the 22nd. Sad that I missed Monsieur Valentine and Small Stakes on the 23rd.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | March 24, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice work Malitz. Every question I had after last night's show has now been answered.

Posted by: PotsyDC | March 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I nominate this post for Blog Post of the Year at the Washington Post. As a friend of mine said: "We need to get Malitz a telestrator or something. He could be the Madden of concert reviews."

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | March 24, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, thanks - take THAT Ezra Klein! I think I like the idea of stopping with actual reviews and focusing more on the numbers. Maybe I'll start a Kickstarter for my own telestrator.

Posted by: DavidMalitz | March 24, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

neat post! always great hearing "the ghost of you lingers." that song gives me the chills, nearly brings me to tears.

Posted by: hre1979 | March 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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