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Gloria Estefan and Geoffrey Dicker
Come on shake your body baby, do the conga! Well, if you don’t want to do the conga, you can check out Gloria Estefan’s latest cd “The Standards,” where her legendary voice sings some of the greatest songs of the American songbook. I met Gloria in New York recently when she was promoting her new album and she was very nice! She signed a cd for me and graciously took a photo with me. Thanks Gloria! Love you!
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Bob Odenkirk and Geoffrey Dicker
Better call Saul! Bob Odenkirk is riding high in 2013! From releasing a book with his former Mr. Show cast mate (and performing a sold out show promoting the book) to co-starring in one of the hottest shows in recent history, “Breaking Bad,” to getting his own spin off show, “Better Call Saul,” you’d think that Bob Odenkirk would have a massive ego. Nope! Bob was super nice when I spotted him in New York and was very happy to chat with fans, take photos and sign autographs! I love that! Looking forward to his new show too, especially now that with one episode of “Breaking Bad” to go, I am all caught up! Thanks Bob!
Photo by G. Sticker by Errand Boy.
Give Him Some Hair
Interactive Street Art. You can color your computer screen if you want. Just don’t tell your boss it was my fault.
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Thom Yorke of Atoms for Peace
On September 27, 2013 Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms For Peace performed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Being a die-hard Radiohead fan, of course I loved the show, but there were a few things that definitely puncture a hole in the otherwise untouchable world of all things Radiohead. The show began at 9:15 and for nearly one hour and 45 minutes, Thom Yorke (with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass) and his band used many of Radiohead’s signature techniques to get the crowd going. Personally, I think Thom Yorke’s voice is so beautiful that he could do an a capella show with no backdrop and I’d love it, but why do that when you can use a crazy-ass lighting system (see below)? Yorke danced, played piano and guitar throughout the show, which included songs such as “Default,” “And It Rained All Night,” “Harrowdown Hill,” “Ingenue” and “Black Swan” (as an unlikely final song) and each song was filled with pretty cool visuals (although, the stage set up was surprisingly recycled from the last Atoms for Peace tour).
Atoms For Peace
Surprisingly, the show was nowhere near sold out, and of course, since one should not expect Radiohead songs to be played (and except for “Paperbag Writer,” a Radiohead B-side, none were), that might have been a deterrent from people filling the seats. The floor, which was general admission, was only about half full, but for those of us that were there, it was pretty awesome. The majority of Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” was played (though the title track was criminally absent) along with the Atoms for Peace record “Amok,” and again, hearing the songs in a stadium setting made me realize the limitations of the tracks. The Atoms for Peace tracks are quite experimental, and in a huge space such as Barclays, keeping everyone’s attention was not something that Yorke and company were particularly successful at. I am always amused at Thom Yorke’s “dance like no one’s looking” moves, which were used throughout the show, and Flea’s “play the bass like your life depends on it” energy, but many times, a few seconds after a song’s intro, hordes of people were getting out of their seats to mill around instead of watch the show. I saw the last Atoms for Peace show in the much smaller Roseland Ballroom a few years ago and that show, even with a lack of Radiohead songs was mindblowing. The Atoms for Peace show at Barclays had its moments but I think the space was way too big for the material that was presented. Perhaps Mr. Yorke’s ego will be deflated a bit after realizing that he is far from perfect and the Atoms for Peace show was a huge reminder of that. I’m sure I am in the minority on this, but that’s why this site is called According 2 G. A video of “Amok” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
The setlist was:
Before Your Very Eyes / Default / The Clock / Ingenue / Stuck Together Pieces / Unless / And it Rained All Night / Harrowdown Hill / Dropped / Cymbal Rush
Encore 1: Skip Divided / Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses / Rabbit In Your Headlights (UNKLE Cover) / Paperbag Writer (Radiohead Cover) / Amok
Encore 2: Atoms for Peace / Black Swan
Photos by G.
Alison Goldfrapp and Geoffrey Dicker
Goldfrapp have a new record out called “Tales of Us” and they were in New York last week to play their potentially only 2013 US show. Lucky for me that after a great show, I got to meet Ms. Alison Goldfrapp and her collaborator, Will Gregory. They were both gracious enough to pose for a few photos and sign some autographs. I left the night feeling shiny and warm! ha! Thanks Alison and Will and please come back SOON!
Will Gregory of Goldfrapp and Geoffrey Dicker