Review: A Blizzard Will Not Stop Tame Impala

Posted by The G on November 8, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Not even a blizzard could stop me (and the rest of Williamsburg) from seeing the always amazing Tame Impala.  The Australian (now) 5 piece, played a sold out show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7, 2012.  For Manhattanites such as myself, the commute into Brooklyn was extra nasty.  With the main source of public transportation (the L train) not running, I took an alternate route that gave me a nice 30 minute walk in blizzard conditions.  But if you read this site daily (aka my heroes), you know I am a hardcore dude who will stop at nothing to have fun.  The venue was not very crowded for quite a while and I thought most people would have decided to pass on going to the show because of the weather. I was wrong.  By the time Tame Impala hit the stage around 10 pm, the place was packed!

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Playing in front of a screen showing trippy visuals, Tame Impala played for nearly 2 hours and as they always do, they rocked our socks off!  Lead singer Kevin Parker took to the stage barefoot and expressed his gratitude to the crowd many times for showing up under such horrible conditions.  The setlist was comprised of a nice mixture of both of their albums “Innerspeaker” and the recently released “Lonerism” and the encore “Half Full Glass of Wine” was taken from the band’s self-titled EP.  If you don’t know Tame Impala’s music, I think you are doing your ears a huge disservice.  Their songs are psychedelic rock odysseys featuring heavenly vocals by Kevin Parker.  I liken his voice to “A Day in the Life” John Lennon meets George Harrison.  I’ve been listening to “Lonerism” non-stop since its release and I hate to spill the beans so soon, but it will definitely be my #1 album of the year.  So did you really think a blizzard was going to stop me from seeing these great songs performed live?  A video of my favorite song of the year, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.  You can see a video of another great track off “Lonerism,” the ultra rockin’ “Elephant” at this link because I have double-dipped and seen them live twice this year.  I spotted MGMT’s lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden in the crowd (and in fact, I’ve seen him before at Tame Impala shows).   After the show, I was able to tell lead singer Kevin Parker that when I hear “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” I actually feel like I am floating.  He laughed and thanked me for my continued support of the band.  Tame Impala is playing Webster Hall in Manhattan on November 10, 2012 and even though the show is sold out – find a way to make it happen.  It’s so worth it!

Tame Impala

Tame Impala setlist at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7, 2012.

PS.  I have no idea what “Terriyaki Chicken” is on the setlist because they came out and launched into “Solitude is Bliss” pretty quickly after they took the stage.  Also, the encore (not listed) was “Half Full Glass of Wine” which featured a very long jamming section and “Jeremy’s Storm” (from”Innerspeaker”) made its live debut as Kevin Parker said that even though the band had not rehearsed it, they thought it was appropriate to play.  Ironically, they had a technical glitch and the keyboards didn’t work during the instrumental, but it still rocked.  Once the show ended, a taxi ride, 3 subway transfers and a few blocks of walking later, I made it home safe and sound, with these psychedelic anthems still filling my head.  Thanks again Tame Impala!

Tame Impala live at Webster Hall

Posted by The G on April 26, 2011 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

I have a serious band crush on Australian rockers Tame Impala.  If you’ve never heard their music, you must do so immediately.  Their music has qualities of Pink Floyd meets the psychedelic Beatles era and every song is spacey and rockin’.  Lead singer Kevin Parker’s voice has a fantastic blend of George Harrison and John Lennon’s voice, without being derivative.  Their debut album “Innerspeaker” is an hour long sonic journey and when I saw Tame Impala perform it live last year, I made a promise to myself to go see them every time they come around.  On April 25, 2011 Tame Impala played a sold out show at New York’s Webster Hall.  After opening sets by great bands with bad names Yawn and Yuck (repsecitvely) – and more on each band coming soon, Tame Impala hit the stage at 10:30 PM.

Tame Impala

The band had 9 flat screen monitors behind them that featured a light show that responded to the music.  As you can imagine, it was a pychedelic delight. (Wait until you see the video of “Alter Ego” – which will be coming soon!)  Aside from “I Don’t Really Mind,” Tame Impala played the entire “Innerspeaker” album as well as a cover of Massive Attack’s “Angel.”  They even dug deep and played “Skeleton Tiger” and “Half Full Glass of Wine” off their debut EP (which is quite hard to find in the United States).  The set was just about 70 minutes long and it was awesome.  The album flows together so perfectly, it seems weird to break the songs up, but the live renditions of the tracks in a different order made everyone in the crowd very happy.  They are definitely a band to put on your must see list and if you don’t already have “Innerspeaker” – get it NOW!

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

See the set list after the jump.

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An Encounter with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker

Posted by The G on November 26, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and G

If you like the psychedelic era of the Beatles and MGMT, you will love Australian rockers Tame Impala.  They are on the verge of great success and they deserve it!  After being a fan of their album “Innerspeaker,” I got the chance to see them live and they definitely delivered the goods.  I met lead singer Kevin Parker and he was super cool.  When this photo was being taken, MGMT’s lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden was inches from us as he came to check out Tame Impala rock the Bowery Ballroom.  It was a very surreal moment. Thanks again to Kevin Parker for being so cool and for putting on such a great show.  I can’t wait until they come back to the US!

Tame Impala live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on November 19, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Tame Impala

I love Tame Impala!  I’ve been wanting to see the Australian psychedelic rockers perform live for a while.  I’ve been listening to their album “Innerspeaker” all summer and I love it.  If you haven’t heard their music, I highly encourage it.  It’s definitely got a Beatles meets MGMT sound, and according2g, that’s wonderful.  Speaking of MGMT, lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden was checking out Tame Impala’s sold out show, the first of 2 nights, at Bowery Ballroom on November 18, 2010.  (see a picture of Andrew after the jump).  The show began at 9 pm with sets by Kuroma and Stardeath and White Dwarfs (more on both bands coming soon) and Tame Impala took the stage just after 11 pm.

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Lead singer Kevin Parker apologized to the crowd for feeling a bit under the weather, but you couldn’t tell from the powerful 70 minute performance that Tame Impala delivered to the adoring crowd.  In addition to sounding great, Tame Impala had a really cool projection screen behind them and even if you weren’t feeling the music (but everyone was), you could get lost in the trippy visuals.  Speaking of tripping, lots of people were smoking copious amounts of pot during the show and I saw at least 5 people get kicked out of the venue.  I read that Tame Impala often covers “Angel” by Massive Attack in their live set, but they didn’t do it tonight.  I can imagine it sounding really cool as their live performance is extremely psychedelic.  Their show at Bowery Ballroom on November 19, is sold out, which is a pity if you don’t have tickets because I think the next time they come around, they are going to be playing a much larger venue.  A video of “Solitude is Bliss” will be coming soon as well as a photo with of my encounter with Kevin Parker.  Please be patient.  I am merely one person with tons of experiences.

See a few more pictures (including one of Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT) and the set list after the jump.

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