On August 20, 2013 (a month to the day before my birthday), I was treated to an early present as I got to see the brothers Jeffery or Atlas Genius perform a very intimate acoustic set on the top of the Thompson LES Hotel! The video you are about to see is dark, but what matters most is the sound, because this acoustic cover of “Something” by The Beatles is AWESOME!
Let me set the scene for you – it’s a gorgeous (though slightly warm) summer night in New York. We’re on the 7th floor roof deck and in the background , we can see a breathtaking view with the Manhattan skyline. Around 9 pm, Keith Jeffery, the lead singer of the band, performed for around 30 minutes playing tracks off Atlas Genius’ awesome debut CD “When It Was Now,” including “If So,” “Don’t Make A Scene,” “All These Girls,” “Trojans,” and “Something.” As the set was acoustic, drummer Mike Jeffery got to relax and enjoy the gig from the crowd. After it was over he said, “this was the easiest show I’ve ever played.” Ha! Thanks again to Atlas Genius for a great night! If you are new to discovering Atlas Genius’ music, head over to their website (link is above) and you can download a free mp3 (for a limited time) by signing up on their mailing list. Do it! And now, press play to enjoy “Something.”
I had a request to post my video of the extremely talented Tom Odell covering “Oh Darling” by The Beatles and it is my pleasure to do so. I didn’t know “Oh Darling” was going to be part of the set, so I was enjoying the song like every other concert goer when I realized, “Holy crap! This is great! I better get this on tape!” So apologies for missing the complete song, but you will definitely get the gist, and by the end of the video, you will never want to miss seeing Tom Odell when he comes to your town.
Speaking of Tom Odell, you can see him doing a Billy Joel cover (of “New York State of Mind”) which is also amazing HERE!
George Harrison - Living In The Material World. Showing on HBO on October 5 and 6, 2011
Martin Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, “Living in the Material World,” made its US premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2011. The four hour documentary is a must see for all Beatles fans. There’s a ton of footage you’ve probably never seen before including home movies as well as newly recorded interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty – just to name a few. The film is a fantastic portrait of a fantastic man. Obviously as he was a Beatle, he achieved fame and success that the majority of people on earth will never get to taste and yet he spent his life searching for inner peace. The first half of the documentary covers the Beatles and the second half explores his fascination with spirituality and shows great footage from his solo career.
George’s widow, Olivia Harrison was present to introduce the film and afterwards, Martin Scorsese, Olivia and some of the key film makers did a question and answer session. Spotted at the premiere were Eric Idle, Adrian Grenier, Rita Wilson, Fisher Stevens and Wes Anderson. The film will air on HBO on October 5 and 6th, so make sure you catch it!