Photo by G.
I debated whether or not to even write a review of my experience seeing Das Racists, but with my luck, they’ll become the next biggest thing so I might as well get my two cents in. June 14, 2010 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg began on a great note as the first band Sensual Harassment was totally awesome! Das Racists were up next and whoever booked this terrible band in the mix of a night of pop electronica deserves to be fired immediately! These rappers were clearly drunk and the trio, whenever possible, all three of them spoke at the same time making it a cacophony of irritating noises. And that was just the between song banter! They all hopped around on the stage like possessed whirling dervishes and it was a dizzying site. When the audience is secretly hoping the band members will fall and hurt themselves so the show will end is always a bad sign! At one point, since I was standing in the front row, I had the displeasure of having one of the rappers get right in my face to “sing to me.” Well, since he was rapping really fast and he had been drinking, spit flew out of his mouth and hit me in the face! Of course, I was totally upset and grossed out and I shouted at him “Are you fucking kidding me?!” He quickly retreated and got me a towel, but by that point, this band could not do right by me. Luckily for the crowd, Penguin Prison came on next and saved the day with an awesome set, and of course the main act Delphic was also very great. If you find out that Das Racists will be the opening act for a show you are planning on attending, my suggestion is GET THERE LATE!
Photo taken with my hand.
Chris Glover of Penguin Prison and G.
What do you get when you mix Prince with Justin Timberlake and Jimi Hendrix? The answer – Chris Glover, lead singer of Penguin Prison. After seeing them live, I am anxiously awaiting the release of their debut album. You can download a slew of legal mp3s from our friends at RCRD LBL and I highly recommend them! I think you’ll become a big fan as I have. Thanks again Chris and I am looking forward to hearing great things to come from you and Penguin Prison!
*Except for Drummer Dan Hadley.
Photos taken with my hand.
Delphic Lead Singer James Cook and G
Read all about Delphic and how awesome they are here!
Delphic Guitarrist Matt Cocksedge and G
Delphic Keyboardist Richard Boardman and G
Photos by G.
On June 14, 2010, New York’s own Penguin Prison opened for Delphic at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Knowing that lead singer Chris Glover has cited influences such as Prince, Tribe Called Quest and Nirvana, I already knew I would love their music. From the opening notes of “Golden Train,” I was immediately in love. Chris Glover’s voice reminded me a bit of Justin Timberlake but much funkier and the music of Penguin Prison is delicious pop-electronica that will surely spawn many radio hits! One of my favorite parts of Penguin Prison’s 40 minute set was when Chris Glover placed his guitar over his head and played it backwards a’la Jimi Hendrix! While we await the release of Penguin Prison’s album, they have already been getting a lot of buzz for their remix of Marina and the Diamonds’ I am Not a Robot.” Our friends at RCRD LBL have a slew of free Penguin Prison mp3s (including the aforementioned Marina and the Diamonds remix), so I recommend you check them out! I met lead singer Chris Glover after their triumphant set and he was super nice! A picture of that encounter is coming soon, so stay tuned. For now, enjoy another picture as well as the set list after the jump.
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Photos by G.
When Brooklyn’s Sensual Harassment hit the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14, 2010, opening for Delphic, I was very excited to finally hear the band that the blog-0-sphere has been buzzing about for months. I met lead singer Todd Thomas right before the show and not only was he gracious enough to take a picture with me (but I blew it and didn’t turn the flash on, so it’s blurry), but he also gave me a free 3-track EP! Thanks on both counts Todd! Obviously having that sort of experience, you think I’d immediately be spoiled, but as you all know, I leave my mind open, empty (ha!) and turned on to as many new experiences possible before I make a judgment. Sensual Harassment was awesome! They took the stage with a thumping dance track that would not be out of place on a Chemical Brothers album and from there it just got better and better. After each song, the Brooklyn-based trio took turns playing different instruments and it was musical heaven watching the drummer play bass and the keyboard player switch to the drums! You can download a few tracks to hear their awesomeness for yourself at Sheena Beaston. Also, if you check out Sensual Harassment’s official site, you can download stems that will enable you to make your own mixes!
Loving the Radiohead Tattoo!
If the above praise for Sensual Harassment doesn’t sway you, look at Todd Thomas’ Radiohead tattoo!It’s obvious that he has great musical taste and I think it translates perfectly into their live shows! I think this is definitely a band to watch (and hear), so expect to hear a lot more about them!
Sensual Harassment lead singer Todd Thomas and G.
Thanks again Todd for rockin’ and for being so cool!