Review: Night Moves and Django Django at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on March 7, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Vincent Neff of Django Django

Vincent Neff of Django Django

When I saw Django Django last year, I loved them so much, their self-titled debut made my top albums list of 2012 and has been in heavy rotation ever since. They are back in town with a pair of sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on March 6 and 7, 2013.  I caught their show on opening night and I didn’t think possible, but they were even better than when I saw them in 2012.

Night Moves

John Pelant of Night Moves

The show began at 9 pm with Minneapolis indie rock band Night Moves.  Their songs were rockin’ and their lead singer John Pelant has a voice that will surely be compared to MGMT or Portugal. The Man, but to me, that’s a really good thing.  Their sound falls somewhere in between the great music produced in California in the 70s and psychedelic rock, though I just read on the net that they don’t like the “P” word.  Sorry guys, no harm meant, maybe it was the venue’s lighting?!  They are definitely a band I am putting on my radar and I recommend you do the same.  You can check out their music for yourself on their bandcamp page (link is above).

Django Django

Django Django

At 10 pm, the main attraction, Django Django came out.  They performed mostly in the dark with psychedelic projections playing on horizontal blinds behind them allowing the audience to take a musical journey with the Djangos.  Like the last time I saw them, once the band started playing, they were a powerhouse!  The songs were faster, harder and stronger than the versions on their self-titled album and many times, they’d play 3 or more songs in a row before taking a pause.  Lead singer Vincent Neff is a born lead singer as he got the audience clapping and singing along to the band’s psychedelic pop/folk/rock music.  After each song, he excitedly shouted out “Thank you very much Brooklyn” and his enthusiasm was infectious.

Vincent Neff of Django Django

Vincent Neff of Django Django

The band played the majority of their album and if you don’t know tracks like “Fire Water,” “Hand of Man,” “Default,” “Storm,” and “Life’s a Beach,” you are totally missing out on aural pleasure.  When the band announced they were on their final song, the audience was begging for more and Vincent Neff pointed out “we only have one album, so we’ll make more music and come back and play those tracks for you.”  When Django Django comes back, they will definitely be playing in a bigger venue and I hope when they return it’s very soon!  Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out, but if you can score a ticket, I highly recommend you do.

See the setlist after the jump.

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Review: Foxygen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on March 1, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Foxygen

Foxygen

The last night of February 2013 was a night of great music at New York’s Bowery Ballroom as we were treated to the sounds of Foxygen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra at a sold out show at the legendary New York venue.  There must be something about having the word Foxy in the name of your band (see Foxy Shazam) that has a requirement of the lead singer acting completely nuts on stage.  The 5 piece indie rock band from Agoura Hills (shout out to my Cali peeps) played for just about an hour and their music has elements of folk, alternative and lots of psychedelia!  Lead singer Sam France walked out on stage with a pimp jacket and Indiana Jones type stetson hat (which you can see a clearer picture of after the jump) and danced/freaked out all over the stage as distorted vocals came pouring out through his mic.  After their set at Bowery Ballroom, the band headed down the road to Piano’s and played another set!  Hardcore!

Foxygen

Foxygen

It was hard not to be entertained by Foxygen and I was so curious to meet lead singer Sam France to see if his off stage behavior was the same as his on stage theatrics.  I’ll let you know after the jump.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Around 11:20 (on a school night!) PM, New Zealand/American lo-fi garage rock band (gotta love these internet descriptions) Unknown Mortal Orchestra hit the stage.  It appeared that the crowd was there to see Foxygen based on the reaction to their music, but everyone stayed and loved UMO equally as much.  They performed largely in the dark, though back lit by those candles that have little battery operated flames in them.  After hearing them live, I don’t know why they would be classified as “lo-fi,” because their sound was much fuller than a 3 piece band and during the jamming sections of their songs, they fucking rocked!

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Seeing both Foxygen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra live reconfirms that you should not believe everything you read on the net and experience their music in person as you will likely have as great of an experience as I did.  I never saw setlists from the bands, so if you know what was played, please leave us a comment!

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Happy Birthday, Denzel Washington

Posted by The G on December 28, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G archives.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Happy birthday to actor Denzel Washington.  I’ve met him on many occasions and I’ve had mixed results, but I still love him! Happy birthday DW!

Happy Birthday, Steven Spielberg

Posted by The G on December 18, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Steven Spielberg

Happy birthday to Steven Spielberg who celebrates his 64th birthday.  The man has written, directed and produced so many movies that have made my life a much better place and I am grateful for his life!  I feel an Indiana Jones marathon coming on.  Many happy returns to Steven Spielberg (who also shares his special day with Brad Pitt).

Happy 95th Birthday, Kirk Douglas

Posted by The G on December 9, 2011 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of G’s massive in-person autograph collection.

Kirk Douglas

Happy 95th birthday to actor Kirk Douglas who celebrates his special day on December 9.  I’ve met him many times and he’s always nice!  We hope he has many more solar returns!

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