On January 19, 2012, Punk legend Ted Leo made a guest appearance at The Rejection Show at Littlefield in Brooklyn. The concept of The Rejection Show is pure genius – comedians and singers finally get a chance to play material in front of a live audience that has been cut from their act. Occasionally, the cut material deals with rejection too, which just adds to the hilarity of the program. This was my first experience at The Rejection Show and I definitely want to go back. Some of the rejected ideas and concepts presented were side-splittingly funny like a fake band idea called “Banter,” where the band didn’t play songs on stage, but instead they just told preposterous stories to the crowd instead of playing songs.
Ted Leo joined in on the fun to perform songs from his unreleased musical about the Banana Trade. The musical was in pre-production when its producer disappeared and never got in touch with Ted Leo again, save for a cryptic email that Leo received several years later. The original version of Ted Leo’s track “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb” was supposed to be in the musical, but when the concept got scrapped, Ted Leo repurposed the song for his album “Living With The Living.” It was a great night of music, laughter and comedy so I recommend checking out The Rejection Show.
It’s not an easy accomplishment to cover Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and make it look like you know what you are doing, but Fitz and the Tantrums have succeeded! I like their jazzy/alt. rock take on the classic song. This was performed at Bowery Ballroom in New York on January 19, 2011 and it’s another According2g.com exclusive! Enjoy! Tell us what you think!
By now, you’ve hopefully taken my advice and downloaded a free mp3 of Samuel’s “I Heart New York.” If you didn’t, find out all the details and see photos from Samuel performing live at Bowery Ballroom on January 19, 2011. As soon as you’ve caught up with the rest of us, see what that delectable groove looks like when it’s performed live.
Samuel. “I Heart New York.” Bowery Ballroom. Live. Another According2g.com exclusive. Enjoy!
January 19, 2011 was my second time seeing the very talented singer Samuel. He opened for Fitz and the Tantrums for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. He did not disappoint! His music is funky and soulful and it was great to see the Bowery rockin’ out along with Samuel. He performed his soon to be classic songs “Champagne Kisses” and “I Heart New York” during his 40 minute set. Speaking of “I Heart New York,” a video of that song will be coming soon so stay tuned. When I post it, I dare you to sit still during this very funky love letter to the Big Apple. While you wait patiently for the video, you can download a free MP3 of “I Heart New York,” courtesy of our friends at RCRD LBL.
When I arrived at the Bowery Ballroom in New York to see LA-based band Fitz and the Tantrums on January 19, 2011, I had no idea what to expect. Aside from knowing that the show was sold out and that Samuel, a pop/soul singer I’ve seen before and loved (and more on Samuel coming soon) was the opening act, I knew very little about this band on the rise. Their music has elements of soul, indie rock and jazz and when you put that combination together, you’ve got a night of fun live entertainment. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick has a great stage presence as he dances around and kept the crowd engaged the entire night. He shares vocal responsibilities with Noelle Scaggs who has a great voice and watching her shake her groove thing was infectious! The band was tight and they said multiple times how happy they were to be playing for us in New York. The feeling was mutual as the last time Fitz and the Tantrums played Manhattan, it was at a much smaller venue. Making the night extra special was the fact that Michael Fitzpatrick’s parents were in the crowd.
Fitz and the Tantrums
The band played a couple of new songs that were apparently written less than 2 weeks ago. Fitz asked the crowd if they should keep them in the repertoire and the audience response was an overwhelming YES! A cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” was also played and a video of that will be coming soon. The final song of the night was “Moneygrabber” and Michael Fitzpatrick broke the song down and asked everyone in the audience to get as low to the ground as possible. Everyone followed his instructions and when he gave the word, the audience broke free into reckless abandon. It was pretty awesome! Speaking of “Moneygrabber,” you can grab your own free mp3 of the song for no money by signing up on the band’s mailing list on their official website! Fitz suggested we all say hello to him and the band on our way out of the venue and pictures from my encounter with Fitz and Noelle Scaggs will be coming soon. Stay tuned. Also stay tuned for Fitz and the Tantrums when they come to your town. I hope you have as much fun as I had.