On December 14, 2013 Australian singer Jessica Anne Newham, better known as Betty Who performed 2 sold out shows at Mercury Lounge in New York. Snow storm be damned, the venue was packed! Unlike most of these new bands you read about on blogs where they don’t do any research and just post the press release, I can say that Betty Who lives up to all the online hype she’s getting. She has a hell of a voice, has a great look and is super cool towards her fans, of which I have become one after seeing her perform.
Songs like “High Society,” will hopefully turn you into a fan. The only way you will know for sure is by clicking PLAY. Enjoy.
On December 13, 2013, New York’s own MGMT played Barclays Center in Brooklyn, thus making it MGMT’s biggest NY show to date. Here are 10 observations from my experience at the show.
1. Every hipster in New York was at the MGMT show.
2. After seeing MGMT in small venues (Mercury Lounge), medium sized venues (Webster Hall), festivals (All Points West), large venues (Radio City Music Hall), and museums (Guggenheim), their best show to date was the arena (Barclays) show where they were able to show off extremely cool visuals and they let the music do the talking. Though being a “hipster who jumped the shark” type band, their songwriting is really excellent.
3. During their epic 12 minute song “Siberian Breaks,” which features many changes, the audience had no idea it was the same song and applauded thunderously as each change happened.
4. MGMT smartly paced out their 3 major “hits” (‘Time to Pretend,’ ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Kids’) and after “Kids” was played at least 1/2 of Barclays Center made a mass exodus for the door, despite there being several songs to go.
5. Even though they played 5 songs from their disappointingly horrible new album, they were peppered in between their more “catchy” and “linear” songs off their first two albums, therefore not derailing the momentum of the show too badly.
6. Although the setlist was 16 songs long, favorites such as “The Handshake,” “Brian Eno,” “Astro-Mancy,” “Destrokk” and “Future Reflections” were omitted.
7. Nearly everyone around where I sat took selfies for the duration of the show.
8. The “cheap seats” section was closed thus messing with the acoustics of the arena and the sound was pretty bad, whereby it was very echo-y and it was very hard to make out the lyrics.
9. A gigantic cowbell was played during “Your Life Is A Lie,” and when Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers (who was a special guest that came out to play the dreaded instrument) missed his cues, you could still hear the sound of the cowbell thus potentially arousing a “Cowbell Lipsync” scandal.
10. MGMT at BRCLYS were AWSM and a video of “Congratulations” will be coming soon!
The setlist was:
Flash Delirium / Time To Pretend / Introspection / The Youth / Of Moons, Birds & Monsters / Mystery Disease / It’s Working / Weekend Wars / I Found A Whistle / Siberian Breaks / Electric Feel / Your Life Is A Lie / Kids / Cool Song No. 2 / Alien Days
Here’s my predicition for one of the biggest stars of 2012: Lana Del Rey. She performed a way sold out show in New York a few weeks ago to mark one of her very first live performances. She’s going to be on Saturday Night Live (hosted by Daniel Radcliffe) in a few weeks and she’s due to make the transition from being the most talked about singer in the blogosphere to the most talked about singer in the lame-stream, I mean mainstream. One of the songs she’ll probably play on SNL is her infectiously haunting track”Video Games.”
What a perfect day! On December 4, 2011 I had a really great experience with Lou Reed! Lou is a god to me and up until today, I have had not such great luck with the rocker. He was in a very good mood and signed a few autographs for fans and also posed for this photo with me! Wow. I am speechless. I never thought this would ever be possible – so I learned something today – take a walk on the wild side and dream big! Thanks again Lou for helping me see the light!