Video: A Funky Cover of “Hallelujah” by Andre Cymone

Posted by The G on April 1, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Andre Cymone

Andre Cymone

After a 20 year absence from the stage, the always funky Andre Cymone made his return to New York on March 31, 2014 at Bowery Electric.  Andre Cymone, along with Prince, was a pioneer in the Minneapolis Sound that so many people have emulated over the years, was once married to Jody Watley and has produced hits for Adam Ant.  Now he’s back after a long hiatus with a new album entitled “The Stone.”  His hour and a half set showcased a new 5 piece band of amazing musicians who were part James Brown, part Sly and The Family Stone and extremely rockin’ and funky!

He did not play “The Dance Electric,” but he did do an updated version of “Kelly’s Eyes,” and he performed the majority of “The Stone,” which features heart-felt lyrics, a nice rock edge and some funky little grooves that ran the gamut from soul to country music!  He also threw in a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I guarantee you, it’s the funkiest version you’ll ever hear!  Just press play!

See the setlist after the jump.

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According2g’s 13 Favorite Concerts of 2013

Posted by The G on December 9, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Tom Petty - Beacon 2013

Tom Petty – Beacon 2013

1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the Beacon Theatre.   Original review here.

Johnny Marr - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Johnny Marr – Music Hall of Williamsburg

2. Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Watch a video of the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Smiths reunion – Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke playing together on “How Soon Is Now”

 

Muse - Madison Square Garden 2013

Muse – Madison Square Garden 2013

3. Muse at Madison Square Garden.  There’s nothing like having strep throat and saying “Fuck it.  I’m going to the show anyway!”

Leonard Cohen - Radio City 2013

Leonard Cohen – Radio City 2013

4. Leonard Cohen at Radio City Music Hall.

 

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

5. Pet Shop Boys at Beacon Theatre.  Review of Night OneReview of Night Two.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac

6. Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden.  Review.

 

Shirley Manson of Garbage - Terminal 5 2013

Shirley Manson of Garbage – Terminal 5 2013

7. Garbage at Terminal 5.  Review.

Garbage and the Screaming Females covering Patti Smith!

 

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft of the xx at Radio City Music Hall

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft of the xx at Radio City Music Hall

8. the xx at Radio City Music Hall.  Review.

Morrissey - BAM 2013

Morrissey – BAM 2013

9. Morrissey at BAM.  Review.

 

Nine Inch Nails - Barclays 2013

Nine Inch Nails – Barclays 2013

10. Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center.

 

Jake Bugg - Iridium 2013

Jake Bugg – Iridium 2013

11. Jake Bugg at Iridium Jazz Club.

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

12. Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

 

Harry McVeigh of White Lies

Harry McVeigh of White Lies

13.  White Lies at Bowery Ballroom

 

Video: “Suzanne” live by Leonard Cohen

Posted by The G on April 10, 2013 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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The following is why you should see Leonard Cohen every chance you get.  He’s beyond amazing.  Listen to the gorgeous lyrics of “Suzanne” and maybe Leonard will touch your perfect body with his words…

This video is from Radio City Music Hall on April 6, 2013.  Enjoy!

Review: Leonard Cohen live at Radio City Music Hall (1st Night)

Posted by The G on April 7, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

On April 6, 2013, Leonard Cohen performed the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  To say his show is amazing is an understatement.  Some people treat Bob Dylan as their god of singer/songwriter/poetry, but my god is Leonard Cohen.  At age 78, Cohen is not only on a world tour for his latest album “Old Ideas,” but his shows last for over 3 hours!  He went on stage approximately at 8:20 PM and ended just before midnight (with one 20 minute break in the middle).

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

He announced at the beginning of the show (and addressed the audience as “friends”) that he and his band may not be the best and who knows when our paths will cross again, but he promised that they would give us everything they had.  Both Leonard and band made good on that promise.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen performed many of the songs on his knees and generously gave each member of his band a solo or two and was more than happy to share the spotlight as he introduced the band to us many times throughout the night.  He has so many great songs with so many great lyrics that you could hear a pin drop in the 5,000 seat venue as he sang.  He performed songs such as “Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man,” “Everybody Knows,” “Bird on a Wire,” and the heavily covered “Hallelujah” in his staggering 28 song set!  When he recited “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” the audience practically held its breath as he delivered line after brilliant line.  The last time I saw him, that was one of the many highlights of the show and once again, it stands out as one of my favorite moments.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

To think that his career has seen format in the the way we listen to music change from Vinyl to 8-Track to Cassette to CD and now to digital and streaming, it’s clear more than ever that his music is timeless.  Whether singing about asking forgiveness from a lover, taking Manhattan and then Berlin (which received some of the biggest cheers of the night) or democracy coming to the USA, the poetry he uses in his lyrics are beyond inspirational.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

If you’ve never seen Leonard Cohen perform, I urge you to check him out on this tour because he will blow your mind.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

Mr. Cohen, thank you for an amazing night, one that I will not be forgetting for a long time.

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

The setlist was: Dance Me To The End of Love / The Future / Bird On A Wire / Everybody Knows / Who By Fire / Darkness / Ain’t No Cure For Love / Amen / Come Healing / Democracy / A Thousand Kisses Deep (recited) / Anthem.

Break.

2nd Set: Tower of Song / Suzanne / Waiting For The Miracle / Show Me The Place / Anyhow / Lover Lover Lover / Alexandra Leaving (performed by Sharon Robinson) / I’m Your Man / Hallelujah / Take This Waltz.

First Encore: So Long Marianne / Going Home / First We Take Manhattan

2nd Encore: Famous Blue Raincoat / If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters) / Closing Time.

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Must Have Box Set: Leonard Cohen Complete Studio Album Collection

Posted by The G on October 25, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Leonard Cohen - The Complete Studio Albums Collection. Available October 25, 2011

 

If you don’t know the music and words of Leonard Cohen, you are doing your ears and your mind a great disservice.  The Leonard Cohen concert experience ranks among the best shows I’ve ever seen as people of all ages are frequently moved to tears with Cohen’s poetry.  My first known exposure to Leonard Cohen was in 1995 when the tribute album “Tower of Song” was released.  It featured many of my favorite singers such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Don Henley, Peter Gabriel, Bono and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode singing Cohen’s songs.  A year later, Jeff Buckley covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Leonard Cohen’s music was introduced to a new generation.  Sony’s Legacy Division is releasing yet another must have box set today:  Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album collection.  It includes all 17 albums he’s released for Columbia including several live albums (full list is below).  I highly recommend this set as you’ll be hard pressed to find lyrics that are as poetic.  If you think this box set is too overwhelming, you may want to start with the double album “the Essential Leonard Cohen” and work your way up from there.  After you hear songs such as “I’m Your Man,” “Suzanne,” “Coming Back To You,” “Bird on a Wire,” “the Future,” “Tower of Song” and the list goes on, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the brilliance that is Leonard Cohen.

Albums included in “The Complete Studio Album Collection” are:

Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968)

Songs From a Room (1969)

Songs of Love and Hate (1971)

Live Songs (1973)

New Skin For The Old Ceremony (1974)

Death of a Ladies Man (1977)

Recent Songs (1979)

Various Positions (1985)

I’m Your Man (1988)

The Future (1992)

Cohen Live (1994)

Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 (2001)

Ten New Songs (2001)

Dear Heather (2004)

Live In London (2009)

Songs From the Road (2010)

Live at the Isle of Wight (2011)

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