Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wedding songs

I was at a wedding this past weekend, and for the trip down the aisle, the bride chose "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones and closed out the ceremony with "Moses" by Coldplay. Both songs were played on flute, violin, and cello. Pretty good choices, although as I was standing in my groomsman arc, I kept thinking "this isn't the usual and why does this song sound so familiar" since I just expected the standard "Canon in D."

It also reminded me of the slightly funny "hip wedding dance songs" list that The Knot put together.

Friday, May 26, 2006

is this the way they say the future's meant to feel?

Coolfer pointed out Tripwire's post with a treasure trove of links to Pulp mp3s. Included is a link to the Glasto '95 show - perhaps the pinnacle of Pulp's career. Great tunes at that show, and Jarvis explains where the title from "Sorted for E's and Whizz" comes from.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Sing....Blue Silver

Jason One Louder discusses how nonsensical most Duran Duran lyrics are and offers a remix of The Reflex (an unnecessary remix if you ask me). He's right about the meaningless lyrics - from "The Reflex" itself:

"The reflex is an only child who's waiting in the park / The reflex is the joy of finding treasure in the dark / And watching over lucky clover isn't that bizarre / Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark"

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I once read somewhere that Goldfrapp was a like Marlene Dietrich singing over Depeche Mode music. Quite accurate, and exactly what it felt like at Irving Plaza last night. During the first few songs, Allison Goldfrapp, with a fan blowing her hair back and an intricate light display behind her, reminded me of a sexy banshee wailing in the night. Quite a spectacle. That woman has an amazing voice, and showed it off. Once the band began playing Supernature songs, they settled into a glammed-up electro fest, armed with synths, violins, great bass-lines, and synth-guitars. To add to the spectacle, two dancers dressed as werewolves during "Train," aliens during "Slide In," and as expected, horses for "Ride a White Horse."

Goldfrapp played virtually everything from Supernature and a few cuts from Black Cherry. Highlights were "Slide In," "Ride a White Horse," "Fly Me Away," and "Train." Although the slow songs are good, I wasn't really in the mood for them last night, and frankly, I think they should have closed with "White Horse" when the energy level was up rather than coming back for the "Black Cherry" and "Number 1" encore.

This was definitely one of the best shows I've seen in 2006 and much better than when I saw Goldfrapp at Benicassim in 2003 (their sound works better in packed club than an open field).

[Full setlist via Fluxlog: Utopia / Lovely Head / Tip Toe / Train / Koko / Slide In / U Never Know / Deer Stop / Fly Me Away / Satin Chic / Beautiful / Ride A White Horse / Ooh La La - Encore: Black Cherry / Number 1 - Encore 2: Strict Machine]

[Above picture from Top of the Pops on BBC]

Saturday, May 13, 2006

White Rose Movement at the Bowery

A little underwhelming last night. WRM played a 35 minute set at the Bowery Ballroom to a pretty thin crowd. I love the cd, but WRM was a little weak live. More style than substance. The drummer and keyboardist were good, but the vocals left a lot to be desired. I love the album, but the live show...not so much. Half of the 8 songs they played were good, including "Alsation" and "Love is a Number", one of the three best songs of 2005. Worth buying the cd, but you don't necessarily have to see them live. (I heard excuses as to the weak show - last stop on the tour, long trip, etc, but step it up - it's New York City!).

Friday, May 12, 2006

Corrosion - Saturday at Luke + Leroy

Almost forgot, I'm DJing this Saturday at Corrosion at Luke + Leroy. From 10pm onwards. The standard new wave/electro/indie/brit rock stuff. 21 7th Ave. South at Leroy Street. See ya there.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Modernage live

Miami's outstanding indie rockers Modernage opened for Bloc Party at a show in Ft. Lauderdale a few weeks ago. Here's a video clip of "This Song".

Everyone knows we like visuals

Here's an idea: instead of writing a review of a bar/club/restaurant in New York, why not do a video review instead? That's what the people over at Vidocity have decided to do. An internet-based television show that gives viewers a glimpse of entertainment in the City, Vidocity airs Monday through Friday. They provide editorial content rather than paid promotion - so they are telling the truth!

Monday, May 08, 2006

More Radiohead news

Radiohead kicked off their summer tour of small venues this past weekend in Copenhagen. They played a bunch of new tunes and a lot of classics, including songs from every album but Pablo Honey (thankfully). According to NME, the setlist ran:

Everything in Its Right Place
Planet Telex
Bangers N Mash
Open Pick
Karma Police
Black Star
15 Step
Street Spirit
A Wolf At the Door
The Bends
4 Minute Warning
Pyramid Song
House of Cards
There There


You and Whose Army
Let Down
Paranoid Android


Apparently, "15 Step" sounds a lot like "Idioteque" - great news, as I love the dance beat behind "Idioteque." Other great news is that it turns out I do indeed have a ticket to one of the shows at the Theater at MSG. Apparently my credit card info did go through...

Friday, May 05, 2006

For the love of god

So everyone knows Radiohead is playing a couple of small venue shows around the US., including two at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (seats 5000). Tickets went on sale at 10am this morning. I was refreshing my screen from 9:54 onwards. After trying to get 2 seats to the Tuesday show and then 2 to the Wednesday show (after dealing with the ricdiculous word verification screen - who the hell knows what half those letters are - I kept getting the "your wait time is less than 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 7 minutes" screen and then ultimately "there were no tickets for your request"), I gave up and went for 1 on either night. I finally had 1 for Wednesday. I was already logged in, so I just checked which credit card I wanted to use. After processing the request for a moment, I get the "we are unable to process your request" screen. What the fuck! By the time I went back through the process, all gone. So alas, I have no ticket to see Radiohead.

Corrosion - Saturday - Luke + Leroy

Saturday's Corrosion at Luke + Leroy will be all request night (within reason people!). Hope to see you there. 21 7th Avenue South at Leroy Street. 10pm to 4am. No cover.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The return of Ned's?

I can't believe they are back, but according to XFM, Ned's Atomic Dustbin apparently has a new single coming out soon. You can stream it on their myspace page. For those of you who don't know, Ned's were a two-bassed band in the "grebo" movement (who, along with Pop Will Eat Itself and Carter USM, had this post-baggy, pre-grunge sound) who actually put out some decent songs, including "Grey Cell Green" and "Kill Your Television." I loved, and still listen to, their single "Happy," which received some MTV play back in the day.