Review: The Twilight Sad live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on February 26, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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James Graham of The Twilight Sad

On February 25, 2012, Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad performed at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The band recently embarked on a US tour, but due to VISA problems (read:  please get it together USA, WTF?!), the band was denied entry into the country for 5 days forcing them to cancel some dates.  The Twilight Sad is here now and their show was incredible!  I saw them perform two years ago and that show was my first exposure to their music.  I fell in love with their deep, dark and rockin’ beats coupled with lead singer James Graham’s intense stage presence.  James Graham appears to be channelling Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and Jim Morrison as he lets the music take him to another place, and all at the same time, he delivers a very powerful vocal performance.  Musically, their songs tend to have a slow build with a great climactic ending.

James Graham of The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad performed many new tracks off their 2012 release “No One Can Ever Know” including the lead single “Another Bed.”  A lot of the titles of their song titles  are not used in their lyrics so it’s always hard to keep track of their setlist.  They played two of my favorite tracks “Reflection of the Television” and “I Became a Prostitute,” and I would recommend those songs as a good starting place if you are unfamiliar with the music of The Twilight Sad.  In an age where so few bands have little to add to the musical palate, The Twilight Sad are here to remind us all that rock and roll will never die.  Thanks to The Twilight Sad for a great night!

Catch The Twilight Sad on their Spring 2012 US Tour:

Feb 26 Allston MA – Brighton Music Hall

Feb 28 Montreal QC – Il Motore

Feb 29 Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace

Mar 01 Grand Rapids MI – Pyramid Scheme

Mar 02 Chicago IL – Empty Bottle

Mar 03 Minneapolis MN – 7th Street Entry

Mar 05 San Diego CA – Casbah

Mar 06 Los Angeles CA – The Echo

Mar 07 San Jose CA – The Blank Club

Mar 08 San Francisco CA – The Independent

Mar 10 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern

Mar 11 Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Mar 14-18 Austin – SXSW

An Encounter with Thomas Dolby

Posted by The G on February 25, 2011 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Thomas Dolby and Geoffrey Dicker

Thomas Dolby and G

New York had an unexpected surprise today when 80s music god and electronic pioneer Thomas Dolby paid a visit to the Greene Space in Manhattan.  Thomas Dolby is getting ready to release his first album in almost 20 years entitled “A Map of the Floating Cities.”  He performed 2 new songs “17 Hills” and “Love is a Loaded Pistol” (a tribute to Billie Holiday) as well as his classic “She Blinded Me With Science.”  He spoke about his absence from music, which found him focusing on technology.  He created the polyphonic ringtones which are now found on pretty much every mobile phone!  Moments after his first performance in years, I met Thomas Dolby and he was very nice as you can see above.

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby also mentioned that he’ll be releasing 3 EPs leading up to the full length album.  He mentioned that he was very happy not to have lawyers or musical representation because in this age, musicians can self-release albums and still be able to own their master recordings.  Dolby’s musical career masters are owned by EMI Records which was recently taken over by a bank! It was a pleasure to hear and meet someone that is so forward thinking in this era of “plug in and drop out” that we are currently living in.  Thanks again Thomas!!

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby

A video of “She Blinded Me With Science” will be coming soon.� I also recorded “17 Hills” and “Love Is A Loaded Pistol” so please let me know if you’d like to see those in the future.

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