Dan Black is back! The British singer made his return to the live stage after a 2 year absence (where does the time go?!) on December 3, 2012 at Le Baron in New York as part of the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron Chinatown. He performed a 10 song set that mixed old songs and also debuted 4 new tracks. Dan Black fans will be happy to know that his new material is upbeat and catchy and will please those like me who love his debut album “((Un)).”
Backed with a 2 piece band (who wore a rabbit and bear mask, respectively), Dan Black premiered (and these titles are tentative) “Plastic Heart,” “Blown Away” “Let Me Get Back,” and “Hot in There.” The packed house loved what they heard and Dan Black was very happy to have received such a positive response. The set was not all new material however, and he also played “Symphonies,” “U + Me,” “Pump My Pumps,” “Ecstasy,” “Alone” and his funky cover of Missy Elliot’s “Pass That Dutch.”
I spoke with Dan after the show and he divulged the following information – he’s married with a baby boy (side note: he introduced me to his wife and she was just lovely); they live in France; and most importantly – the new album will be released in the Spring of 2013 (and first single to come in January 2013) with a tour to follow. I can’t wait! Thanks Dan for another great show and we will see you in 2013!
Dan Black is recording a new album! Better news yet, he wants you to sing on one of his new songs! All you have to do is visit his official site, download a part of his new song, make a video of you singing the vocals, upload it to youtube (or email directly to Dan) and voila! He’s planning on having an “internet chorus” sing on the track so there is no limit to the number of submissions!
As 2010 draws to a close, I can say that it’s been a good year for music. After seeing literally hundreds of acts this year, it is my duty to share some of my favorites with you. Below see my 13 of my favorite new bands/artists of 2010.
Delphic. If you like New Order, you’ll love Delphic. Check out “Red Lights”
Young Empires. Check out the disco-punk band performing “Against the Wall”
Two Door Cinema Club. The sound on “Something Good Can Work” is very bass heavy, so definitely seek out a cleaner version of this amazing song.
The Rassle. Take a drive, roll the windows down and sing “Born Free” at the top of your lungs! It’s a great experience.
Dan Black. The following clip of “Yours” is performed acoustically, so imagine what the dancey studio version sounds like. Don’t just imagine… find out!
Penguin Prison. If you like pop and soul with guitar, you can’t go wrong with Penguin Prison.
Wild Nothing. If you like The Smiths, you’re going to love Wild Nothing.
MNDR. If you love pre-botox Madonna, MNDR will be your thing. Here’s “Sparrow” and “Fade to Black” performed with Mark Ronson!
JBM. Jesse Marchant’s voice is so beautiful you might find yourself crying. But they’ll be tears of joy.
Hanni El Khatib. Rock and roll is not dead and Hanni El Khatib proves it!
Tame Impala. If you like the Beatles psychedelic era, you’ll love these Australian rockers. Check out “Solitude is Bliss”
Male Bonding. The punk trio from the UK rock. Hard! They are so awesome live too. This is their track “Weird Feelings.”Future Relative. Check out their cover of Bjork’s “Army of Me.”