The Johnny Marr concert last week in Brooklyn was so epic, it’s hard to even put it into words. Just to see Johnny play the guitar was a treat, but also his new solo album “The Messenger” is great, he played a handful of Smiths songs, Andy Rourke of The Smiths guested on stage giving us probably the closest thing to a Smiths reunion that we’ll ever see and also did a pair of songs by Electronic! Wow! The video you are about to see is “Getting Away With It,” the first single by supergroup Electronic. The studio version of the song is a duet between Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order and Neil Tenant of Pet Shop Boys and as you are about to see, Johnny Marr makes it his own! Go Johnny, go!
Now you can connect Jared Leto to Damien Hirst when you are playing the 6 degrees of separation game has Hirst has lent one of his spot paintings for the cover of the new Thirty Seconds to Mars album. In other news, I am seeing Laura Mvula (pictured on the far left) in a few weeks and I am excited!
Several months ago, I saw British singer Tom Odell’s first US show. I was blown away watching the 21 year old singer who at times channels Thom Yorke, Chris Martin and Tom Waits. Needless to say, I was very excited to see Tom Odell on his second trip to New York where he performed at Bowery Ballroom on May 2, 2013. The show opened with folk/rock singer Jeremy Messersmith who got the crowd in good mood with his mellow love songs (and songs about Tatooine, graveyards and organ donors!)
Go to Jeremy Messersmith’s website where you can sample his music and if you like what you hear, you can download his 4 albums for a “pay as you wish” price for a limited time. Don’t be cheap, support emerging artists!
At 10 pm, Tom Odell hit the stage and kicked off the evening with a cover of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” before launching into his soon to be hit “Hold Me.” You can see a video of the pair of tracks below. Throughout the 12 song set, Odell played piano and guitar and had a nice mix of ballads and rockers. I spotted Tony Award winner James Corden in the audience who was singing along to every song by Tom Odell. Odell also performed an awesome cover of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling,” which will hopefully be officially released because it rocked! His EP “Songs from Another Love” is out now, and you should check out his music as Tom Odell is tremendously talented. Just click play below and you’ll see what I mean.
In honor of Record Store Day 2013, which will take place around the globe on April 20 (insert your best 420 joke here), Garbage will be releasing an exclusive 10″ vinyl where they will cover Patti Smith’s “Because The Night.” The Record Store Day exclusive will also feature a previously unreleased track called “Love Like Suicide” and the “Automatic Systematic Habit Costa Cadeu Remix.” More info can be found on Garbage’s official website.