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.

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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!

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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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Review: Jake Bugg live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on January 15, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

America!  Get ready for the next great singer.  Britain’s Jake Bugg played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on January 14, 2013, his 2nd show in the US to date, and there’s no doubt that he is going to be a superstar!  Jake Bugg has been making music since he was 12 years old and though his voice has the characteristics of  an old soul, one of the most incredible facts about Jake is that he is currently only 18 years of age!

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

He’s already been endorsed by Noel Gallagher (formerly of Oasis), is being compared to Bob Dylan!, and his country/folk music is currently residing at the top of the charts in England.  It’s so exciting to see such a young person possess so much talent and surely he’s only going to get better with age.  Head on over to his official site and get a free download (for a limited time only) of his song “Saffron.”

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Although his self-titled debut album is not out in the USA yet, that didn’t stop the sold out crowd from singing along to his European hits “Taste It,” “Country Song,” and “Lightning Bolt.”  I’ll be posting a video from the show in the coming days so stay tuned.  Jake Bugg is so talented and again when you consider how young he is and how great he already sounds, it will blow your mind.  As I tend to do when I go to concerts, I had the opportunity to tell Jake Bugg how great his show was and he was extremely cool.  You can see a photo from that moment as well as the set list after the jump.

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

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Reminder: Scissor Sisters at Terminal 5 (July 6 and July 7, 2012)

Posted by The G on July 6, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

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Scissor Sisters, Morrissey Posters

Scissor Sisters, Morrissey Posters

New York is gonna have a big old Kiki this weekend as Scissor Sisters play 2 shows!  Hope to see you at Terminal 5 this weekend!  Morrissey, who is also pictured above, will not be in attendance, but we can confirm that he totally disapproves of this post!  :)

Review: Wild Belle and The Maccabees at Webster Hall

Posted by The G on June 14, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Orlando Weeks of The Maccabees

Orlando Weeks of The Maccabees

If you missed out on seeing Wild Belle and The Maccabees at Webster Hall in New York on June 13, 2012, you missed out on a great show! Opening act Wild Belle got the party started around 8:15 pm.  Their music has elements of pop, R&B and reggae.  The band are comprised of brother and sister Elliot and Natalie Bergman and several members of the group NOMO.  Natalie sang nearly every song (except for one) with her brother playing keyboards, backing vocals and saxophone!  Natalie’s voice was very soulful and their songs were mostly short and sweet with fun beats that I am looking forward to hearing as soon as their debut album is released (as of press time, no word on release date).

Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle

Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle

British indie-rock band The Maccabees hit the stage around 9:30 and played a solid 18-song set that was really rockin’!  If you don’t know much about The Maccabees, here’s a few fun facts:   the band, who is not religious at all, got their name from flicking through the Bible and randomly chose “Maccabees.”  The group has been around since 2004 and have released 3 albums including their 2012 record “Given To The Wild.”  If you’ve never heard their music before, imagine bits of  Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Jose Gonzalez and Foals blended together.

The Maccabees

The Maccabees

Four out of the 5 members of The Maccabees lined up in a row to produce a (literal) guitar wall of sound, whilst their drummer sat behind in the center of the stage.  With a great light show and rockin’ songs, the audience was jumping up and down for a majority of the set and the floor at Webster Hall was vibrating!  Highlights for me were many of the fast paced songs like “X-Ray,” “Glimmer” and “Child” (which starts off slow and builds to a great climax).

Orlando Weeks

If you missed the show, you might be waiting a while to see The Maccabees perform again in the states as this was the only scheduled US show they have for awhile, but it sounded like lead singer Orlando Weeks mentioned something about being back in the fall.  If that is indeed true, don’t miss The Maccabees!

See the set list after the jump.

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Review: Van Hunt live at The Studio at Webster Hall

Posted by The G on September 20, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Van Hunt

Van Hunt is back!  The psychedelic soul rocker made his return to New York with a sold out show at the Studio at Webster Hall on September 19, 2011.  I’ve seen two other guitar players who fit the above description perform live this year and I can honestly say, Van Hunt is the only one out of the 3 who is still taking chances and is growing tremendously as an artist.  Van Hunt is so great live.  His band is different since the last time I’ve seen him, but they are still tight.  Van challenges the audience by playing his hits and best loved album tracks in different arrangements and every time I go to one of his concerts, I find myself singing along to the words not realizing what song it is until the chorus kicks in.  Tonight was no different, but one reason I keep coming back to see Van Hunt perform is that the arrangements of the songs are just as great as the studio versions.  It’s not just the grooves though – his lyrics are so great.  He expresses many things we all think, but never have the guts to say out loud.

Van Hunt

Van Hunt

Van’s latest album is called “What Were You Hoping For?” and off the new album, he played the title track, “Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane,” “North Hollywood,” “Eyes Like Pearls” and “A Time Machine Is My New Girlfriend.”  The new songs are much more rock oriented than his previous albums, but for those like myself that have seen Van Hunt live before, this direction is a natural progression in sound for Van.  He also played a few tracks from his unreleased 3rd album “Popular” including “The Dimples on Ur Bottom,” “SNM” as well as the final track of the night, “The Lowest 1 of My Desires,” which featured an audience sing-a-long of the chorus which is “I wanna fuck… you baby.”  A video of that song will be coming soon, so stay tuned.  From his second album “On The Jungle Floor,” he played “Man of the Year (Hot Stage Lights)” (but the version from his online only EP) and ”Character.”  From his self-titled debut, we were treated to “Dust,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Seconds of Pleasure,” “What Can I Say,” “Her December” and “Down Here in Hell,” all with different arrangements.  Lucky us!

Van Hunt

I highly recommend you check out Van Hunt in concert if you have not already done so.  There are very few artists these days that are willing to take risks, but Van Hunt is one of them.  Seeing Van Hunt and talking with him afterwards is the best way I could have possibly spent the final hours before my birthday, so thanks for that Van!

See the set list, after the jump.

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