Video: “The Body Electric” (New Song) live by Lana Del Rey

Posted by The G on June 8, 2012 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Hey Lana-be’s!  Here’s another According2g.com exclusive video. This is the New York live premiere of Lana Del Rey’s new song “The Body Electric” as performed at Irving Plaza on June 7, 2012!

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Review: Lana Del Rey live at Irving Plaza (1st Night)

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Lana Del Rey June 7 2012

Lana Del Rey on June 7, 2012 at Irving Plaza in New York

The last time Lana Del Rey played New York City, she made headlines across the world with a less than perfect performance on the TV show Saturday Night Live.  She had a live performance redemption on June 7, 2012 at Irving Plaza for the first of 3 sold out shows.  Lana-be’s (you’re welcome for that word!) from near and far gathered to watch the self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” perform songs off her excellent album “Born to Die.”

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey took the stage at 10 PM after a tortuous set by the rap group Zebra Katz (who were pelted with ice after singing a nearly 15 minute song that repeated “Imma Read Dat Bitch”).   The stage was like a mini jungle as there were trees and plants everywhere!  Del Rey was backed by a 5 piece band that included a mini orchestral section (and no drummer).

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana wasted no time making the crowd freak out in delight as she opened with her mega-hit “Blue Jeans.”  The crowd sang along to every word of the song (and nearly every song after).   “The Body Electric” made its New York debut next and a video of that song will be coming soon so stay tuned!  One of the lyrical highlights of that song is “Jesus is my bestest friend.”  She sang the lyric “Let me fuck you hard in the pouring rain” during “Born to Die,” and that got some of the biggest cheers of the night.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Over the course of the next 45 minutes, you could tell Lana is developing a better stage presence and she was showered with love by her fans.  During many of the songs, fans held their hands out in hopes of Lana touching them and it reminded me of being at a Morrissey concert (and for those wondering, she obliged as often as possible).

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

If I were to say something bad about the show (aside from Irving Plaza charging an extra $35 per head for an alleged “VIP section!!!), the downside was that the show only consisted of 10 songs, so many great tracks off “Born to Die” (such as “Radio,” “Off To The Races” and “Diet Mountain Dew”) were not played.  It hardly seemed to matter to the legions of Lana-be’s who waited after the show to catch a glimpse of the goddess leaving the venue.

If you’ll recall, I met Lana Del Rey prior to her album being released, and at that time she was extremely nice.  Now that she’s even more famous, has the fame gone to her head?  The answer and the set list – after the jump.

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The Ambassadors live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on June 8, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Ambassadors

Sam Harris of The Ambassadors

On June 7, 2011, New York based indie rock band The Ambassadors opened for fellow New Yorkers The Postelles at the Mercury Lounge.  This was my first exposure to their music and I am happy to report, they turned me into a fan!  Lead singer Sam Harris was a both treat for the eyes and ears.  It was an extremely hot New York night and Sam Harris wore a loose fitting tank top, exposing his muscular arms and hairy chest that had the ladies (and gays) in the audience going crazy.  Someone even threw a bra up on stage (perhaps to celebrate that it was Tom Jones’ birthday yesterday?)  Every song in their 40 minute set sounded like a future stadium anthem as they fused rock, R&B with occasional hip hop and electronic beats.  Every member in the band is a great musician and I found it both impressive and inspirational that keyboard player Casey Harris is blind.  He never missed a note.  Respect!  The Ambassadors debut album “Litost” is expected for release in 2011.

The Ambassadors

The Ambassadors

The Postelles Live at Mercury Lounge

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The Postelles

The Postelles

What better way for the New York based band The Postelles to celebrate the release of their debut album than by playing for their hometown crowd at Mercury Lounge on June 7, 2011.  The show began with a great set by The Ambassadors (more to come on the Ambassadors, so stay tuned).  Around 11 pm, the quartet hit the stage.  If you don’t know their music, they remind me of surf rock meets The Strokes!  Speaking of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist for The Strokes) produced The Postelles debut EP.  The band played a mixture of older songs as well as many tracks from their self-titled album including “She She,” “Stella,” “123 Stop” and “Sleep on the Dance Floor.”  Lead singer Daniel Balk has a great stage presence as he plays guitar and gets his feet moving at times like James Brown (but he doesn’t do the splits).  When crowd favorites such as “Whole Wide World” and “Running Red Lights” were played, the audience sang along to every word.  They also performed a cover of The Rivieras (and later The Ramones) song “California Sun.”

The Postelles

The Postelles

If you missed the Postelles on June 7, never fear.  The band is also playing the Mercury Lounge on June 8, 2011 so don’t miss your chance to see one of indie rock’s hottest new bands.  Their self-titled debut album is available now!  You can see the set list after the jump.

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Prince’s Best Bootleg in 20 Years Surfaces

Posted by The G on May 9, 2011 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

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Prince and the Revolution live at First Avenue - June 7, 1984

Just when you think you’ve had enough of Prince’s antics and you conclude that you can no longer support a man who regressed from singing “Sexuality is all you’ll ever need” to “Open up your Bible and let God guide you to the Purple Rain,” the purple one sucks you back in.  Prince became a worldwide megastar in the 1980s with mega-funky albums such as “1999,” “Purple Rain” and “Sign O’ The Times.”  What the majority of the world does not know is that for every amazing track on these records, there are probably 50 songs from the same period that are equally as good, but for some reason, have never seen the light of day.  It doesn’t end with unreleased studio recordings either.  Prince rehearsed new ideas constantly and it’s certainly one of the reasons that he is one of the best live performers of all time.

The die-hard Prince fan community has been fortunate enough to hear a lot of these tracks, concerts and rehearsals over the years.  It’s always open to speculation as to how they make their way into the hands of rabid fans.  Some theories include the fact that Prince often does not pay his employees and in retaliation, they share the music they worked on and will never be paid for.  Whatever the reason, die-hards have scored as there are CAREERS worth of unreleased music that are easily available in the fan community.  Lately, it appears that Prince has kept a stronger hold on his studio material, but truthfully with the songs he’s been releasing over the last few years, it doesn’t sound like we are missing out on much.  As the sound quality can vary with these recordings (because they are often copies of copies of copies – often originating from cassette tapes in the 1980s), the die-hards have been utilizing the technology that is available to clean up the sound quality on some of these beloved unreleased tracks that are in very poor sound quality.  Last year, a sonic improvement on a collection of studio outtakes called “Box O’ Chocolates” was leaked to fans and it was one of the best unofficial releases fans have gotten their hands on in years.  Until now.

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