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Mastodon Performance of "Curl Of The Burl" On Letterman Hits The Web

Mastodon performed new track "Curl Of The Burl" from the latest LP "The Hunter" (reviewed at this location) on the Late Show With David Letterman on October 5, 2011. The performance footage hit the web this morning. Check it out below:

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1. BrianMN writes:

I'm sorry but that was just as painful as Oblivion was when they were on Letterman.
I know I'll get crucified for even daring to type this but OMG please let them auto tune you when you're on tv.
I was honestly laughing during the whole thing.
I do love the Hunter though...makes me wonder if there was any auto tuning going on on the album.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrunoHockalugie writes:

^^^
You prefer auto-tone live? Really? I would rather hear nalils on chalkboard singing than any Lady Gaga auto-tone bullsh**

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

^LOL, I knew I'd catch Hell for that comment but yes, when you sound THAT bad, either don't do it at all or fake it.
And that performance WAS nails down a chalk board bad.
And what was up with his little hip dance.
EWWWW.
Has he been taking dance lessions from Axl Rose?
Abbath from Immortal perhaps?
Sorry but Abbath can out hip shimmy Brent any day and look awesome doing it lol.
I stick by my comment that there is definite auto tuning on the album.
No way they go from sounding like that on disc to sounding like a cat being dragged over a bed of nails without studio help.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 1:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. R10 writes:

Actually the new albums growing on me,some poppy vox,but i like the shorter songs. As far as live,we'll see. And no! Please no auto tune! Ozzy? Ke$ha,Lady Ga Ga? No place in metal for it! So cmon Ozzy,ditch the auto tune sh**! Actually miss the gruffer vox of old Mastodon,Leviathon,Remission.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. KREDD writes:

@BrianMN, auto-tune? really? no, they weren't spot on but that was not painful. i read your comment before i watched and was expecting to be horrified. nope. sounded pretty good actually.

i'm not disagreeing with auto tuning, just whether or not it was warranted.

i imagine its not the easiest trick to hit 3 part harmonies while playing what they play.

just my two cents :)

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrianMN writes:

For some reason my last comment didn't post, not sure why.
Anyway...I stand by what I said...it was painful.
If you can't pull it off live, then don't do it.
Some singers nail it live.
Warrel Dane, King Diamond, Dio being a fine examples.
Some singers cannot...James Labrie being a prime example of a live singer who couldn't swing a dead cat and hit one decent note.
But back to Mastadon...
Let's discuss......the dance.
Yes, the hip wiggle.
Axl Rose?
Abbath? (Immortal).
Brent's was neither awesome like Abbaths nor was it Axl's slither.
It was.....well....it was something....
Please don't do it again.
I also stand by my comment that they had big help in the vocal dept. on the Hunter disc.
Whether it was auto tuning or some kind of processing I don't know but it's rather obvious.
That said, I know the fan boys are going to call me every name you can imagine but I don't care.
I still love Mastodon but they simply cannot pull it off live.
Fan boys attack in 3.....2.......1........blast off!!!

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. the guy writes:

saw mastodon a few yrs ago live and it was a great show, one of the best sounding live bands ive ever seen imo. this performance was a bit off but auto tune? if you auto tune sh** live it takes away from the live perfromance, may as well just listen to the album if you want to hear the song exactly as it is on album cuz chances are its not gonna sound perfect live.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 3:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. yeur writes:

seems like with the heavier stuff they do a great job of playing it live vs. more melodic stuff. or it could be letterman's studio and sound guy still suck d*** after all these years. going with option B.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BrianMN writes:

Ok, this will be the last I post on this topic.
I'll clarify.
I do NOT want bands to start auto tuning live, that would ruin the experience.
BUT...I have no problem with it if they're are fortunate enough to be on tv.
Look at a band in Mastodon's position.
A lot of Letterman's viewers are non metal heads.
What version of Curl The Burl would convince these people to run out and buy the album?
The studio version or the live version?
My guess would be the average viewer would be swayed by the album version.
Now, I do admire them for at least doing it live.
However if I were in their position and it meant doing it live or selling another million albums I would go with the latter.
That may be selling out....but then again...I'm old, fat and broke.....I'll sell out in a second. :)
Cheers...

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 3:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ZMA writes:

^ Lmao at that last part Brian.

Eh I agree but I don't. They sounded slightly off, but not by much. I think that auto tuning would help if only to "enhance" the vocals, not turn it all the way up and T-Pain that sh!t, that would just be ridiculous. I mean that's why auto tuning was used in the first place. To enhance the performance. I think that's what Brian meant. Just assuming.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 3:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. R10 writes:

I agree Brian mn. Definately some studio trickery to get the layered harmonies and such. And i agree to a point,if you cant pull it live,i'll show little interest. I do like the new record,with exception to a few poppier tunes,the playing is first class. Ive seen alot of shows,always p***ed when a band couldnt come close to duplicating thier studio effort on stage. System of a Down comes to mind,also in some way,Mastodon. And i dont care about fan boi's who jizz all over this band,who might disagree. I saw em on Remission tour in a club,playing to less than 200 peeps,sooo there!

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 3:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. ZMA writes:

@ R10, yea dude System does not do as good live. They aren't bad, I mean I've seen them crank out some sick live tracks but for the must part they can't do live what they did studio. I hope when I get something off the ground I never have to worry about that. Cause nowadays it's all about the live show.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 4:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BrianMN writes:

Ok, maybe saying it was my last post was premature.
I can't help it, I'm bored.
@ZMA.....you hit the nail right on the head.
If they auto tuned just to clean up the rough patches is what I had in mind.
Not auto tuning ala Britney Spears where she doesn't even sound human.
That amount of auto tuning is revolting.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BrunoHockalugie writes:

R10/ZMA- System was hit and miss live. I saw them about half dozen times and I noticed they sounded crappy outdoors but indoors they sounded much better. I remember seeing Mastodon open for Slayer in 2003 or 2004 and have a fan every since.

BrianMN- I enjoy raw performances, mistakes and all. I guess a tv performance is not technically a concert, still I am not a fan of overdubs and auto-tune, but hey that's just my opinion.

and f*** David Letterman, he has not been funny since '95!!!

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. ZMA writes:

Brian, I figured that's what you meant. Glad I assumed correctly heh heh. Really the only person I can stand with the auto tune is T-Pain, because he's made a decent career out of it. But even he's not using auto tune anymore, he's coming up with his own "T-Pain" effect which will probably sound similar to auto tune it just won't be auto tune lol.
But yea now that I get where you're comin' from I think some slight auto tuning wouldn't be a bad thing for them. At least on that video.

Bruno, you're lucky you got a chance to see System. I hope they eventually make it over to NY with all those shows they did. I just hope I get to see a hit show and not a miss ya know? Most places they'd play here would be indoors I think so I should be good then.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. R10 writes:

Saw the same Mastodon show with Slayer Bruno. Killswitch also. Yes,Mastodon impressed givin they only got 35 minutes or so. They were also touring out for Leviathon,it was Nov.04 when i saw it believe. Jager tour! Agree with ya on SOAD,horrible and sloppy on that 06? Ozzfest. Saw them two other times,in a small gym in Clinton MA in 98 or 99 opening for Fear Factory supporting thier first album. Also saw em just before they broke up supporting thier last full length. It seems the more involved and complicated Mastodons music gets,thier live set suffers.

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Ryanopuffs writes:

A band performing on television, rather than performing live, is a WAY different outcome, depending on the act. On tv, all eyes are on you and your imperfections, and they are getting no energy whatsoever from anyone. Especially since they know its going to be national, that probably will muff up their performance a bit. Hey, id get nervous too... So, don't let that change your view on them live in general. I've seen many live clips where they sounded great, especially Crack the Skye tours, and im going to see them November 20th. Reguardless, should be a great show! Cheers brothers!

# Oct 6, 2011 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. ZMA writes:

"It seems the more involved and complicated Mastodons music gets,thier live set suffers."
It's funny that you said that R10, when I've been hearing that this album is really simplified for them. I'm not sure though, I've only heard about it. But I get what you meant I think.

# Oct 7, 2011 @ 11:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

Brent Hinds needs to stfu and let Troy and Brann sing more. He sounds like a drunk, clumsy, limp-wristed mess and wtf is up with those little dances?! Other than that, the song was pretty cool.

# Oct 8, 2011 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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