Review: Sharon Van Etten live at Bowery Ballroom (2nd Night)

Posted by The G on February 27, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Could there be a better way to celebrate your birthday than by playing a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on February 26, 2012?  That’s exactly what New Jersey’s singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten did.  In fact, she closed out the weekend with 3 sold out shows in the area and if tonight’s audience was any indication, New York hearts Sharon Van Etten.  The show lasted nearly 2 hours and Sharon played many tracks off her latest record “Tramp.”  In between songs, the audience took every opportunity to wish Sharon a happy birthday and the audience sang to her during the encore.  Sharon Van Etten has an angelic folk/rock voice and to go along with her music, very cool visuals accompanied each song, projected onto a huge white screen situated behind the band.

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon told the crowd that her label, Jagjaguwar is having a contest where fans can help contribute to the trippy visuals they use on tour so be sure to check out their website for full details.  Sharon’s father was in the crowd as well as Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio.  During the encore, Van Etten covered Kris Kristofferson and she mentioned it was her first time ever playing the song.  Our friends at NYC Taper have recorded the show so the audio should be up on their site very soon.  Thanks again for a great show Sharon and happy birthday!

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Prince’s Best Bootleg in 20 Years Surfaces

Posted by The G on May 9, 2011 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

Photo courtesy of the Purple Underground.

Prince and the Revolution live at First Avenue - June 7, 1984

Just when you think you’ve had enough of Prince’s antics and you conclude that you can no longer support a man who regressed from singing “Sexuality is all you’ll ever need” to “Open up your Bible and let God guide you to the Purple Rain,” the purple one sucks you back in.  Prince became a worldwide megastar in the 1980s with mega-funky albums such as “1999,” “Purple Rain” and “Sign O’ The Times.”  What the majority of the world does not know is that for every amazing track on these records, there are probably 50 songs from the same period that are equally as good, but for some reason, have never seen the light of day.  It doesn’t end with unreleased studio recordings either.  Prince rehearsed new ideas constantly and it’s certainly one of the reasons that he is one of the best live performers of all time.

The die-hard Prince fan community has been fortunate enough to hear a lot of these tracks, concerts and rehearsals over the years.  It’s always open to speculation as to how they make their way into the hands of rabid fans.  Some theories include the fact that Prince often does not pay his employees and in retaliation, they share the music they worked on and will never be paid for.  Whatever the reason, die-hards have scored as there are CAREERS worth of unreleased music that are easily available in the fan community.  Lately, it appears that Prince has kept a stronger hold on his studio material, but truthfully with the songs he’s been releasing over the last few years, it doesn’t sound like we are missing out on much.  As the sound quality can vary with these recordings (because they are often copies of copies of copies – often originating from cassette tapes in the 1980s), the die-hards have been utilizing the technology that is available to clean up the sound quality on some of these beloved unreleased tracks that are in very poor sound quality.  Last year, a sonic improvement on a collection of studio outtakes called “Box O’ Chocolates” was leaked to fans and it was one of the best unofficial releases fans have gotten their hands on in years.  Until now.

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