It’s stories like the one I am about to share that restore my faith in humanity! On February 10, 2012, Portland’s Italo disco-duo Glass Candy performed a very exclusive show at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York to kick off Fashion Week. When the evening began, I had no idea what I was in for. A couple of my friends, whose advice I listen to, are really big fans of Glass Candy, so I assumed with that knowledge I would also like the band. That was the understatement of the year! Adhering to my wacky rule of discovering a band’s music for the first time as they are performing it in front of my eyes, I loved Glass Candy from the second they stepped on stage. Lead singer Ida No, who changes her look for each show, looked fabulous in a style that was reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and musician Johnny Jewel’s great beats could get the harshest critic shaking their moneymaker on the dance floor. As described so accurately on their Wikipedia page, their music could be filed between Olivia Newton-John, Suicide and Schooly D!
Ida No of Glass Candy
After their hour long set was over, the band invited my friend and I to come and hang out with them and spending time with Ida No and Johnny Jewel was such a pleasurable experience. A great thing about Glass Candy is that not only do they make great music, but they have an inspiring DIY esthetic that affords them the luxury of getting to connect with fans across the world while maintaining creative control of the business aspects of their music. They design their own art work and often sell their music directly to fans at their concerts. As a result, they’ve been able to maintain a loyal fan base across the globe and have cut out the unnecessary middle man. Most importantly, Glass Candy is all about spreading the love and not the hate! It’s infectious and one can only wish and hope that this outlook on life spreads across the body of rock and roll!
Johnny Jewel of Glass Candy
I spoke with Johnny Jewel and Ida No at great length after the show and we talked about everything from music to their basic spiritual beliefs. Both Johnny and Ida are so grounded, so grateful and so great! It was an absolute pleasure talking to them about the feelings they get when a fan shares with them one of their great Glass Candy moments. I also enjoyed speaking about the trappings of fame and what people like Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey must be going through when the world has built them up only to tear them down. Another great thing about Glass Candy was they also enjoyed hearing my view point on things instead of the usual ego-stroking that so many rock stars can’t seem to get past. Before the night was over, we were joined by Alan Palomo of Neon Indian and he was lovely to speak with as well. At nearly 3 in the morning, it was time to say good night and I told Ida and Johnny that I’d be back to see them and that I found their energy and enthusiasm inspiring. I highly recommend you check out Glass Candy’s music and support a band who make music for musics’ sake! Thanks again Glass Candy!
Deborah Harry at WIP wearing a "Jesus Looks Like Me" T-Shirt!
In the wee hours of the morning of February 8, 2012, Deborah Harry stopped by the club WIP in New York to perform with Miss Guy of The Toilet Boys, whose new video was premiered tonight. In other amazing news, the Toilet Boys will be opening for Guns N’ Roses at their shows this weekend in Manhattan. Back to tonight – Deborah Harry performed 2 songs including the disco classic “New York Groove” with Miss Guy. This was my first time at WIP and the club is really cool. I saw art from several street artists including Dick Chicken on the walls and the crowd were dressed to the 9s in a scene reminiscent of the old Studio 54 days. The nearly impossible to get into show was also served as an unofficial kick off party for Fashion Week.
It always seems to be Fashion Week and Fleet Week in NYC. On one of those occasions you can give a straight guy a 6 pack and get lucky. On the other occasion, you’ll see some of the ugliest clothing ever made. I am very annoyed that I’ll be missing a lot of great music tonight as fashion week kicks off, but I have free tickets to see the legendary rock and roll goddess Patti Smith and that trumps everything as rightly it should.
You know how I’ve mentioned dozens of times that I love the singer Dan Black? Well, this video will explain why. He rules! I was fortunate enough to attend a fashion week party in New York at Sak’s 5th Avenue where Dan Black performed a 5 song acoustic set! His music is usually electro pop, but as you can see and hear from this video, he sounds great unplugged too. I love the bit in the middle of the song where he asks the audience to clap along. Enjoy Dan Black’s new single, “Yours” – acoustic!
If you read this site regularly, you know that I love singer Dan Black. I’ve seen him live multiple times this year and on September 10, 2010, I got to see him perform a 5 song acoustic set for New York’s Fashion Week festivities at Sak’s Fifth Avenue. It was very cute to see that he recognized me as he walked to the stage. I guess stalking being a fan pays off sometimes. He performed a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom last night, but I was in LA so I missed it. When I spoke with him, he told me that he’ll be back in October playing at the Highline Ballroom! If you’ve never seen him live, you won’t want to miss it.
Pumpin' his pumps - Dan Black
He laughed at me for asking to take a picture of the set list which was eco-friendly and written down on his blackberry. I told him he’ll thank me when he becomes a big star and I was there to document this historic performance. So you heard it here first…
Dan Black holding up the set list for me (and all of you)
See the set list and Dan posing with his favorite blogger, after the jump.