Video: “Getting Away With It” (Electronic Cover) live by Johnny Marr

Posted by The G on May 10, 2013 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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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!

An Encounter with Johnny Marr

Posted by The G on May 2, 2013 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Johnny Marr and Geoffrey Dicker

Johnny Marr and Geoffrey Dicker

Johnny Marr!  The man who is responsible for all the great and iconic guitar licks you hear in the music of The Smiths is in New York this week promoting his really awesome solo record “The Messenger.”  Johnny Marr’s list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there as he was also a member of Electronic (featuring New Order’s lead singer Bernard Sumner), The Cribs, The The and Modest Mouse.  He was also awarded NME’s Godlike Genius Award earlier in 2013 and it’s so well deserved.  You’d think with this impressive career, Marr would take after one of his ex-Smiths bandmates and not be that nice, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Johnny Marr is a super cool guy who was happy to talk to fans and sign autographs.  What a class act!  Thanks so much for being so cool Johnny and I can’t wait to see you in concert tomorrow night!

10 Reasons The Swedish House Mafia Concert Was Genius!

Posted by The G on March 4, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

The Swedish electronic band Swedish House Mafia are one show away from performing their final ever show in New York.  I caught their second to last show on March 3, 2013 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.  Here are 10 reasons why the concert was a stroke of genius.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

1. It was the biggest rave I’ve ever been to.  Barclays Center holds 18,103 people and it was sold out.

2. Rather than just have one DJ behind the decks pushing buttons and moving up and down to the beat, Swedish House Mafia employ THREE DJs!   Supersize it!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

3. The group was able to sell out 3 nights at Barclays Center, 1 night at Madison Square Garden and 1 night at Hammerstein Ballroom as they’ve announced this is their final tour EVER!  Since there was not much to look at other than the visuals, every seat was a good seat!

4. Swedish House Mafia said little more than “New York, MAKE SOME NOISE” and “Brooklyn, are you feeling alright?” for the duration of the show.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

5. Laser lights, cool projections and sometimes fire and/or fireworks were featured for every song.

6. The show was proof that nearly 18,000 kids could be on drugs in a single place and nobody got hurt.

The crowd at Swedish House Mafia

The crowd at Swedish House Mafia

7. The ability to have the crowd eating out of your hand, freaking out and losing control with dance songs whose lyrics are “Ooh, Hey” (that was the carefully selected opening act).

8. Their tour merch, which consisted primarily of sayings in a really simple font, was selling for $35 and up!

Swedish House Mafia Merch

Swedish House Mafia Merch

9. The group had the nerve to take a 10 minute break in the middle of the set, thus disrupting everyone’s groove and flow!  Clearly, it was not from working too hard, which makes the act even more genius!

10. At some point, enough money will be offered and Swedish House Mafia will make a killing on a reunion tour!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

It’s crazy to think of all the songs that Swedish House Mafia will never get to perform again!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

On a side note, this was my first trip to the Barclays Center and even though I had to travel to Brooklyn which does not make me thrilled, I must say that the staff were extremely nice and since the venue is very new, it was very clean.  The prices of food are your typical over-priced stadium fare ($10.50 for a beer, $4.50 for a pretzel, $9.50 for a burger and fries, etc.)  The pitch of the venue is not for those that are scared of heights, so my recommendation is to sit low if you have this affliction.  Obviously, Swedish House Mafia are not doing anything to push the musical boundaries forward, but for what it was, their show was thoroughly entertaining.  Their songs have great beats and their visuals could keep even non-dance music fans eye fucked all night long.  If you are going to their final show EVER in New York on March 4, 2013, they went on just prior to 10 pm so make sure your drugs kick in before that hour!

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

The setlist was:  2 hours of dance music that pretty much all sounded the same with little variation.

Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia

 

Electronic To Reissue Debut Album With Bonus Tracks

Posted by The G on January 11, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Bernard Sumner of Electronic

Bernard Sumner of Electronic

90’s supergroup Electronic featuring Bernard Sumner of New Order/Joy Division, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys is re-releasing their debut self titled album on March 11, 2013 in an expanded and remastered edition, featuring some previously unreleased tracks.

The tracklist is:

Tracklisting

CD 1
1. Idiot Country (2012 – Remaster)
2. Reality (2012 – Remaster)
3. Tighten Up (2012 – Remaster)
4. The Patience Of A Saint (2012 – Remaster)
5. Getting Away With It (2012 – Remaster)
6. Gangster (2012 – Remaster)
7. Soviet (2012 – Remaster)
8. Get The Message (2012 – Remaster)
9. Try All You Want (2012 – Remaster)
10. Some Distant Memory (2012 – Remaster)
11. Feel Every Beat (2012 – Remaster)

CD 2
1. Disappointed (Stephen Hague 7” Inch Version) (2012 remaster)
2. Second To None (Edit) Previously unreleased
3. Lean To The Inside (Edit) Previously unreleased
4. Twisted Tenderness (Guitar / Vocal Mix) Previously unreleased
5. Idiot Country Two (12” Version)
6. Free Will (Edit) Previously unreleased
7. Until The End Of Time (Edit) Previously unreleased
8. Feel Every Beat (Edit) Previously unreleased
9. Getting Away With It (Instrumental) (2012 remaster)
10. Turning Point (Edit) (2012 remaster)
11. Visit Me (Edit) Previously unreleased
12. Twisted Tenderness (Instrumental) Previously unreleased

Pre-order the set here.

James Blake’s First Show In The USA – A Review

Posted by The G on March 15, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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James Blake

James Blake

Midway through James Blake‘s first show in the United States at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Willamsburg on March 14, 2011, over thunderous applause, the British electronic singer told the packed to the rafters crowd that words fail to describe the feeling he was currently experiencing.  Based on what I heard and the crowd reaction, I can say that perhaps the appropriate word was “love.” There was so much love in the room as music’s newest superstar more than won over the New York crowd.  If you’ve never heard James Blake’s music before, imagine bits of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke (from Radiohead)’s voices mixed with the slow trippy beats of Massive Attack.  The music and the lighting were extremely moody and as a result, Blake played most of the show with little or no spotlight, giving the crowd a chance to let the music wash over us.  Knowing I was going to be seeing him live, I’ve resisted all temptation to listen to his music so that when he walked out onto his first stage in the USA, I could experience his music for the first time.  So glad I did because I was blown away by what I heard.

James Blake

James Blake

Though James Blake’s self-titled album was just released in the UK in February, the crowd sang along to most every song.  Highlights for me included “The Wilhelm Scream,” “Limit To Your Love,” and “I Learnt To Share,” where Blake sampled the first line of the song “My brother and my sister don’t speak to me, but I don’t blame them” live and then sang on top of it.  As the song progressed, more trippy beats were introduced and the crowd went absolutely wild with each passing minute.  It was a goose bump inducing moment.  Also, for the encore, James Blake played a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You.”  I have no doubt that James Blake is going to be a huge star and I am looking forward to seeing that!  A video of “A Case of You” is coming soon, so stay tuned (it’s dark, but there’s nothing I can do about it).

See the set list after the jump.

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