Wearing a suit for the occasion, Christopher Owens (formerly of Girls), premiered his debut solo album “Lysandre” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on January 21, 2013. His 7 piece band includes a flutist and it gives his songs a medieval vibe to them. Beginning with the instrumental “Lysandre’s Theme,” Christopher Owens said very little to the audience (aside from an occasional “thank you” after songs) and let the music speak for itself.
Christopher Owens and his band
The songs on “Lysandre” are all quite short and like you’d hear on a Girls album, some songs are quite slow, but there are also a few upbeat rockers and the theme of heartbreak is featured prominently. Songs like “Love is in the Ear of the Listener” sounded like it could fit in on an episode of Sesame Street and there were several love songs featuring New York as their locale. “Lysander’s Theme” (on flute) was featured towards the end of many of the songs and it gave the set a nice cohesive feel to it.
Christopher Owens also covered “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel and it fit in perfectly with the rest of the songs. If you missed Christopher Owens’ last night at Bowery Ballroom, you are in luck – he’s also playing tonight (January 22, 2013) and if you are willing to brave the 10 degree weather, you will see a great show.
On January 21, 2012, British electronic band Fujiya and Miyagi played a sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge. If you are unfamiliar with the music of Fujiya and Miyagi, here’s a brief primer: the band gets their name from a brand of record player as well as a character in the film “The Karate Kid.” They’ve been around since the early 2000s and their music features playful lyrics over delicious electronic grooves. Their songs are all mid- to up-tempo and they’ve mastered the art of moving on to the next song before the groove has a chance to get boring. What you will find in Fujiya and Miyagi’s music are carefully constructed 3 to 4 minute tracks with a bass line and a beat that will definitely get you in the dancing mood. Taking that formula to the live stage made for a great night as the audience got a chance to dethaw from the first New York snow storm of 2012 in an all out dance party. Fujiya and Miyagi played a generous helping of tracks from their 2011 album “Ventrilloquizzing” with songs such as “Cat Got Your Tongue,” “YoYo,” “16 Shades of Black and Blue” and “Minestrone.” Fan favorites such as “Uh” and “Knickerbocker” were also played as well as “Ankle Injuries” which features the band shouting out “Fujiya and Miyagi” at the end of the song. What a fun night! Thanks to F&M!
On January 21, 2011, Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club performed their biggest show yet in New York at Terminal 5. It was really amazing to see 3,000 people having a dance party while TDCC played their entire “Tourist History” album. One of my favorite songs of the night was their closing number “I Can Talk.” It looked and sounded exactly like this…
Turn your speakers up, put your dancing shoes on and press play!
For those like me who have been dying to hear new tunes from Two Door Cinema Club, the wait is over! The track “Handshake” made its live debut in New York City last night, January 21, 2011 at Terminal 5. I smell a hit! After hearing this song, I am really looking forward to a new album from TDCC. Enjoy!
Wanda Jackson, aka the Queen of Rockabilly is a legend! She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and she’s still going strong. Her most recent album, “Wanda Jackson” was produced by Jack White of the White Stripes. The album is fantastic! She does a badass version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.” She was in town to perform her new album. I met Wanda Jackson prior to her show and she was really cool! Thanks Wanda! Fun facts about Wanda Jackson: she briefly dated Elvis Presley in 1955 and she’s been married to her manager Wendell Goodman since 1961! Keep rockin’ Wanda! I’d also like to point out that the insanely genius Jack White arrived about 5 minutes after Wanda Jackson, and instead of obliging me with an autograph (as I was the only person asking in sub-zero weather), he laughed in my face and walked right past me. Perhaps he should take a lesson from the legends he works with.