Video: “In/Out” live by Dan Croll

Posted by The G on April 18, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Dan Croll and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan Croll and Geoffrey Dicker

On April 17, 2014, New York experienced “Croll-chella” as Britain’s Dan Croll performed a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom.  I’m really into his debut album “Sweet Disarray,” which fuses folk and electronic music with rock accents (think Two Door Cinema Club meets Paul Simon).  Dan thanked the audience several times for purchasing his album instead of downloading it illegally, and he rewarded his fans by hanging out at the merch table after the show was over.  Very classy!  I’m looking forward to hearing more great things from Dan and you will be too after you press play on the below video for “In/Out” which will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day because it’s ridiculously catchy.  I’m glad to provide that service for you!  Great seeing you again Dan!  Support Dan Croll’s music by visiting his official website.

The setlist was:

Dan Croll Setlist Bowery Ballroom

Dan Croll Setlist Bowery Ballroom

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An Encounter with FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett)

Posted by The G on April 17, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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FKA Twigs and Geoffrey Dicker

FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett) and Geoffrey Dicker

Hot new artist alert!  Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs is a trip hop/R&B/pop singer from Britain and in addition to her gorgeous look, her music is infectious.  She performed a show at Glasslands in Brooklyn the other night and whilst she kept the mood going by virtually performing in the dark, that makes for horrible photos.  So in lieu of those, I will tell you that FKA stands for “formerly known as” since another artist named Twigs was upset that she took on the name Twigs, which refers to the sound her joints make when they crack.  Learn more about FKA Twigs on her website.  Best of luck to you Tahliah and I look forward to seeing you again!

An Encounter with Chuck Palahniuk

Posted by The G on April 16, 2014 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

I would love to tell you all about how this photo came about, how much I love Chuck Palahniuk and how cool he was to take a photo with me, but the first rule of Fight Club is….

Thanks Chuck!

An Encounter with Ghost Beach

Posted by The G on April 11, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Josh Ocean of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Josh Ocean of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

On April 10, 2014, New York’s electronic/pop/rock duo Ghost Beach opened for The Sounds at Webster Hall.  If the truth be told, Ghost Beach were the highlight of the evening for me.  Their music had a Talking Heads meets MGMT vibe to me, and that is a very good thing!  You can check out their music on their official website, which I recommend you do.   After their performance (and prior to their DJ set – gotta love a band that knows how to multi-task), I met them and they were super cool, even clowning around in these photos!  Love that!

Eric Doc Mendelsohn of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn of Ghost Beach and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again Ghost Beach!  Look forward to seeing you again!

10 Observations From the Kraftwerk Concert

Posted by The G on April 3, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

To say the Kraftwerk show (their second of 2 sold out nights) at the United Palace Theater in New York on April 2, 2014 was mind-blowing is taking the easy way out.  The show took all of your senses on a journey for 2 solid hours and frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again.  Here are 10 things I observed at the Kraftwerk show.  As you look through these pictures, please note that the show was in 3-D, which pushed the boundaries out a little further on the definition of the word “epic.”

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

1. Mind-blowing visuals were not saved for the finale.  The show got better and better with each new song.  With a 20 song set list, my brain was so over-stimulated,  I could barely even function once the show was over!   Of course, I pulled it together eventually ;)

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

2. The United Palace Theater is absolutely stunning.  It’s very ornate (more so than the Beacon Theatre), and though it’s located on 179th Street, the trek was completely worth it. Security would not let you find your own seat.  They insisted they help you to your seat which caused a traffic jam of epic (and extremely annoying) proportions.

Kraftwerk

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk

3. Ralf Hutter is the only original member of Kraftwerk that is still in the band.

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

4.  Despite being one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen, SO MANY PEOPLE felt compelled to keep getting up during the show and walked back and forth thus obstructing the views of so many people who actually attended the show to WATCH IT!  I swear, what is wrong with people?!  Either they text too much, talk too much, or in this case walk around too much.  What’s the point of going to a show if you aren’t going to be present?

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

5. The lone words Ralf uttered to the crowd were “Auf Wiedersehen.”

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

6. Even though some of their songs are 40 years old, they still sounded fresh and contemporary.  Accept no other robot substitutes (read: Daft Punk)

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

7. Being in a room filled with nearly 4,000 people wearing 3-D glasses was super cool!

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

8. This show definitely goes down as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve seen thousands of bands.

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

9. Coldplay (on their song “Talk”) basically stole the music for “Computer Love” and 2 Live Crew (on their song “Dick Almighty”) took “The Man-Machine.”  I hope they paid royalties!  Hearing their music makes you realize what pioneers Kraftwerk are and how many musicians owe them a lot for being so forward thinking.

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

10. If Kraftwerk ever comes to your town, DO NOT MISS THE SHOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

And now, enjoy some more stunning photos from the show!

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker

Great meeting you Ralf, and as I told you in person – thanks again for one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever attended!  You are a god!

Stay tuned for a video of “The Man-Machine” (where you will see what I complained about in Observation #4).

The setlist was:

The Robots / Metropolis / Numbers – Computer World / It’s More Fun To Compute / Home Computer / Computer Love / The Man-Machine / Spacelab / The Model / Neon Lights / Autobahn / Prologue / Tour De France 1983 / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 1) / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 2) / Airwaves / News / Geiger Counter – Radioactivity/ Ohm Sweet Ohm / Trans-Europe Express – Metal On Metal – Abzug / Boing Boom Tschak – Techno Pop – Musique Non Stop

Encore: Aero Dynamic / Planet of Visions

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