Back on Oct. 6, The Walkmen were supposed to play the Electric Factory, with The War On Drugs opening. Would have been a great double bill, twinning a formidable partly Philadelphian headliner and a stellar wholly Philadelphian opener.
It was not to be, however. The show was canceled "for some dumb reason" - most likely that the Electric Factory is a big room, and not that many tickets were sold - that was never adequately revealed, and didn't seem to sit well with either of the acts. Promises were made that the show would be made up, and now those promises are scheduled to be kept, with a Walkmen show set to happen on January 11 at the more intimate Union Transfer, at which all ticketholders from the canceled Factory show will gain admission.
But that's not all they'll get. Union Transfer used to be a pasta joint called the Spaghetti Warehouse, and in a nod to that lineage, everyone who comes to the show will get a free spaghetti (and meatballs) dinner, that might possibly be served by members of such local or non-local bands as Blood Feathers, Fleet Foxes, Mazarin and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
This is according to Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, who admitted in the Facebook post announcing what he called "not that sweet of a deal" that he hadn't actually asked any of aforementioned musicians yet to wait on tables. In a post that began "As we realize it's a headache for everyone in Philadelphia who bought tickets to the cancelled October show, and we've come to understand it's never a good idea to tick off a large group of our neighboring Philadelphians," Leithauser wrote that food will be served "around 5" while the band soundchecks "half-assed versions of songs like "the Scientist" by Coldplay and "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour...and maybe the "Fix You" song by Coldplay too...and maybe "Salsbury Hill.""
Below, The Walkmen's entry into the song of the year sweepstakes "Heaven."
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