Review: Guards and Two Door Cinema Club live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on September 28, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club

On September 27, 2012, Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted a double bill of great music.  The extremely sold out combo of Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club and New York’s very own Guards was one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in quite a while.

Richie Follin of Guards

I saw Guards earlier this year and loved their music immediately.  Since that time, I’ve gotten familiar with their studio recordings and it was great to sing along to tracks such as “Resolution of One.”  Though Guards’ describes their music as new wave and power pop, in concert they are much more rockin’ than their self categorization would suggest.  Their new single “Silver Lining” was released online this week and I definitely think that it won’t be long before Guards are the headlining act.

Guards

Guards

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

At the stroke of 10 PM, Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage.  I’ve seen TDCC several times in concert, including their very first headlining gig in New York (in 2010) and I’ve always had fun at their shows.  Last night was no exception and once again, I had a blast.  One of the things that is so appealing about their music is that they make songs that are short and straight to the point.  They don’t feel the need to drag out songs past their expiration point and also, they don’t do ballads!  Every song is a 3 to 4 minute dance party and gives way to another one.  It’s hard to sit still listening to their music at home and when you see them in concert, it’s a full on party!

Alex Trimble

Two Door Cinema Club’s first record “Tourist History” sounds more like a greatest hits album than a debut album as there is no filler on it.  In the midst of a globe trotting (and seeming never ending) world tour, the band somehow found time to record a second album and it came out this month.  The record is called “Beacon” and like their first album, it’s packed with radio friendly songs that are all upbeat.  Alex Trimble told the crowd how good it was to be back in New York again and the crowd was more than happy to return the love.

Alex of TDCC

There was a good mix of tracks played off each album during the band’s 16 song set, which was streamed live over youtube.  From “Tourist History,” they played: “Undercover Martyn,” “This Is the Life,” “Do You Want It All,” “Something Good Can Work,” “Come Back Home,” “What You Know,” “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You,” “You’re Not Stubborn” and “I Can Talk.”  From “Beacon,” they played “Sleep Alone,” “Wake Up,” “Sun,” “Spring,” “Next Year,” “Handshake” and “Someday.”  I definitely recommend picking up their albums and also seeing them live whenever you can as you won’t be disappointed!

The setlist was:

Sleep Alone / Undercover Martyn / Do You Want It All / This is the Life / Wake Up / You’re Not Stubborn / Sun / Spring / I Can Talk / Next Year / Something Good Can Work / Handshake / Eat it up, It’s Good For You.

Encore: Someday / Come Back Home / What You Know

Two Door Cinema Club News!

Posted by The G on August 16, 2010 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club’s debut album “Tourist History” has already secured a spot in my top 10 favorite albums of 2010 and it’s about to get even better!  On September 20, 2010 (my birthday!), TDCC is releasing a deluxe edition of “Tourist History” featuring a bonus disc of remixes (and 1 B-side).  The track list is:

01. Kids
02. I Can Talk (French Horn Rebellion Remix)
03. Come Back Home (Is Tropical Remix)
04. Undercover Martyn (Jupiter Remix)
05. I Can Talk (Moulinex Remix)
06. What You Know (Cassian Remix)
07. Come Back Home (Ted & Francis Remix)
08. Something Good Can Work (Ted & Francis Remix)
09. Undercover Martyn (Softwar Remix)
10. Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)

The Ted and Francis remix of “Something Good Can Work” is my favorite remix of the year, and the album sounds like a greatest hits record instead of a debut album.  The band rocks live and they are all super nice.  If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.

However, if you are not sold by my glorious praise you can sample the merchandise by downloading a free mp3 of their non-album track “Hands of My Cash, Monty.” by signing up on Two Door Cinema Club’s mailing list.

G’s Top 10 Songs of 2010… so far

Posted by The G on July 1, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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The year is half over or half started, depending on your point of view.  Some people would argue that June marks the half-way point of the year, but those who read this blog daily, aka MY HEROES, you know that nothing I do is conventional.

There’s been a lot of great music I’ve heard this year (thank The Creator) and to celebrate that fact, here’s my top ten list of best songs of 2010… so far.

See it after the jump.

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G meets Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club

Posted by The G on May 13, 2010 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photo taken with my hand.

Alex�Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club and G.

I heart the Two Door Cinema Club.  The Irish indie-pop/electronic band had just finished it’s first headlining gig in Manhattan (to which the band admitted several times on stage that it was one of the highlights of all of their lives!) on May 12, 2010 and I met lead singer Alex Trimble backstage at the Bowery Ballroom.  I don’t think it’s possible that he could have been any nicer than he was.  That makes me extra happy because I’ve been really loving Two Door Cinema Club’s debut album “Tourist History” for quite a while now and I love it when my favorites are nice to me.  Thanks again Alex and I am confident that you and the rest of TDCC are going to be huge stars!

Two Door Cinema Club live at the Bowery Ballroom

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Two Door Cinema Club

On May 12, 2010, Irish indie-pop/electronic band Two Door Cinema Club played their first ever headlining gig in Manhattan at the Bowery Ballroom. I’ve been really enjoying their debut album “Tourist History” for quite awhile now and the good news for the USA is that it was just released.  The album hardly sounds like a first record and instead sounds like a greatest hits set as pretty much every song on “Tourist History” is catchy enough to be a smash single.  They sound a bit like the band Phoenix, but with much better lyrics.  Sometimes when you like an album so much, it’s scary to hear it performed live, because it always disappoints, but that was not the case with Two Door Cinema Club.  Their live act was just as fun as the album and the sold-out crowd was loving every minute of it and sang along to every word of every song, including a couple of tracks that never made it to the album!  They played all of my favorites including “Undercover Martyn,” “This Is the Life,” “What You Know,” “Come Back Home,” “I Can Talk” and my latest obsession “Something Good Can Work,” and all of them sounded great.  There’ll be a video of “Something Good Can Work,” coming soon, but let me warn you now – the sound quality is crappy, so you should definitely check out the studio version.  The band revealed that they would be back in the fall to play the much larger Webster Hall, so it looks like these guys are well on their way to super-stardom.  I met the band backstage after the show and they were all extremely nice.  More on that to come as well.  I highly recommend “Tourist History” and I am sure it will make my best albums of 2010 list.

For now, enjoy some more pictures and the set list after the jump.

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