Live Video: Silversun Pickups

photo by William Anthony (view set)

Apparently, no topic is off limits for Silversun Pickups guitarist Brian Aubert — just listen to his conversation with the Midday Show’s Cheryl Waters about breast milk at the end of the full performance video below — but their easy rapport comes with years of familiarity and friendship, as KEXP has long championed the Silverlake band. Ever since we first jumped on their then soon-to-be hit “Kissing Families,” they’ve been hanging around, first performing live on KEXP back in 2005, then during special events like our SXSW broadcast in 2006 and for a VIP Club show in 2007, even a private show at Bear Creek Studios in 2009, but it’s been a while since they’ve been live on air. In fact, we thought we were finally rid of them, until earlier this year they put out a terrific new album, Neck of the Woods, so we knew we had to get them back. For a special acoustic performance in the KEXP studios, Aubert was joined by co-conspirator and bassist Nikki Monninger to play four new songs, while supposedly Christopher and Joe kick back by the pool at home. Heartfelt and emotive, Brian’s powerful voice and Nikki’s intricate finger plucking and vocal harmonies prove that no matter how amusing they are conversationally, Silversun Pickups are musically deadly serious. Get slayed watching this session now, and be sure to watch the full performance video through to the very end!

Individual songs here:

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  1. Mike
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting the videos of the Silversun Picksups. I had never seen the KEXP ones before. They are such a great band.

  2. mark parker
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Great band. Great videos. However, it’s “easy rapport” not “easy report”.

  3. proxima centauri
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    absolutely awesome tune I love it, Brian and Nikki U ARE A STARS !

  4. David Kaber
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    The “mean spirits” take was fantastic! Thanks for posting the videos.

  5. Joel Dalangin
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Great set. Had the pleasure of seeing them in Santa Ana, CA recently. Please come back to SoCal .

  6. John Gleeson
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Great set.I’ve seen you 3 times in the UK and I hope its not too long before you come back again.

  7. Roy Williamson
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!! Personal fav was ‘dots and dashes’ had the pleasure of having beers on ‘Silversun pickups’ tour bus when they played in the UK just after the release of ‘swoon’ they are such awesome people :) my all time favourite band :) can’t wait to see them tour ‘neck of the woods’ they just keep getting better and better!!

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