My first concert of 2013 was a biggie! Morrissey performed a sold out show at Brooklyn’s Opera House at BAM on January 11, 2013 and in a word, it was awesome. A Morrissey concert is always filled with great songs, in between song anecdotes, worshiping fans and lately, glimpses of a shirtless rock god (for at least part of a song). Morrissey lived up to all of those things and more.
Opening with “Action is My Middle Name,” Morrissey quickly got the crowd revved up with his classic “Every Day Is Like Sunday” followed by the first Smiths ‘cover’ of the night, “How Soon Is Now?” Morrissey joked that an article in yesterday’s New York Times said that he needed therapy, but Moz rightly pointed out that the author of the article most likely makes $3 an hour, so “who really needs therapy?” He also introduced the band members by saying “the nominees for country music artist of the year are… ” Equipped with an envelope, he opened it and the ‘winner’ was Taylor Swift!
It was nice to see songs like “First of the Gang To Die” and the Smiths “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” make their way back onto the set list. Like his last tour of late 2012, the show ended with a dramatic version of The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder” (including horrifying animal cruelty videos as a back drop) and “Still Ill” as the finale. If this is setting the tone for concerts in 2013, this is going to be a great year!
The setlist was:
Action is My Middle Name / Everyday is Like Sunday / How Soon Is Now? / First of the Gang To Die / Shoplifters of the World Unite / Black Cloud / People Are The Same Everywhere / Alma Matters / Maladjusted / Let Me Kiss You / You Have Killed Me / Ouija Board, Ouija Board / Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want / You’re The One For Me, Fatty / November Spawned A Monster / One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell / I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris / Speedway / Meat Is Murder. Encore: Still Ill
On January 11, 2012, UK’s darkwave/reggae/dubstep band King Krule played a sold out show at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge. King Krule’s lead singer Archy Marshall is only 17 years old! Wow! Also known as Zoo Kid, Archy Marshall has been releasing albums since 2010. In fact, he played the title track of his 2010 release “Out Getting Ribs” as an encore. He also played many tracks off his recently released EP “True Panther” including “Bleak Bake,” “Portrait in Black and Blue” and “Lead Existence.” The future is very bright for King Krule as they are blowing up in their native UK and have been offered a plum spot as an opening act on Girls’ 2012 US tour. Best of luck to King Krule!
I’m still buzzing about Plan B’s debut concert in America at Bowery Ballroom in New York on January 11, 2011. The video you are about to see is Plan B joined by beatbox master Faith SFX performing a cover of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose.” Congratulations to Plan B for a triumphant show and for all the Brit Award nominations he received this week. Enjoy!
Do you remember the Police Academy movies? Actor Michael Winslow played Sgt. Larvelle “Motor Mouth” Jones and he amazed audiences with the sound effects that came from his mouth. Well, I think it’s safe to say that the man of a million sounds can pass the torch to Faith SFX. Faith SFX got the crowd revved up for singer Plan B’s debut performance in America on the magical day 01/11/11. The guy is beyond amazing! With just his mouth and a microphone, he created a symphony of sounds that ranged from hip hop beatboxing to the theme song from The Godfather! I highly encourage you to check out Faith SFX (link is above) and get ready for your mouth to drop open. The sounds you hear are not a full band, instead they are the tremendously talented Faith SFX. I met him after the show and he was a super cool guy! You can download a free mixtape, cleverly titled “All In The Mouth, Volume 1” from Faith SFX’ official site. Thanks to Faith SFX for being cool and I am looking forward to seeing a successful career ahead of him.
The first video of 2011 is here and it’s a great one! Plan B is going to be the next big thing. I have no doubt that he’s going to be huge in America and he’s already got a huge following overseas. Check out this soulful live rendition of his international smash hit “The Recluse,” exclusively on According2g.com. The video was shot at his first show ever in the United States, at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on the magical day 01/11/11. I’m quite impressed with myself for holding the camera steady as I was rocking out during this song! Yeah, baby! A video of Plan B’s amazing cover of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” will be coming soon. Keep your internet browser bookmarked to According2g!