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As all the people are wetting themselves over singer James Blake making his US debut this week at SXSW this week, just remember – New York had him first. As he stepped onto the US stage for the very first time on March 14, 2011 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York – it looked just like this. You’re SO welcome!
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Electronic singer James Blake took his first steps to conquering America on March 14, 2011 as he played his debut show in the States at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. After a triumphant show, he closed the night out with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” It looked and sounded like this.
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On March 14, 2011, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, I met singer James Blake prior to his first ever show in the United States. This was the second time I’ve met a singer named James on their first trip to America. The first time was James Cook, lead singer of Delphic, and that encounter, over a year old is still fresh in my memory. I welcomed James Blake to America and wished him great success with everything including his upcoming SXSW appearances. He was very nice and he told me that from what little of America he’s seen so far, he’s loving it! After the show, the American audience returned the love and we all embraced James Blake as music’s latest superstar. Thanks again James and I know you don’t need my luck to make it big here, but I am giving it to you anyway! If you don’t know James Blake’s music, think of Thom Yorke’s voice over the laid back trippy beats of Massive Attack. Huge!
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Midway through James Blake‘s first show in the United States at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Willamsburg on March 14, 2011, over thunderous applause, the British electronic singer told the packed to the rafters crowd that words fail to describe the feeling he was currently experiencing. Based on what I heard and the crowd reaction, I can say that perhaps the appropriate word was “love.” There was so much love in the room as music’s newest superstar more than won over the New York crowd. If you’ve never heard James Blake’s music before, imagine bits of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke (from Radiohead)’s voices mixed with the slow trippy beats of Massive Attack. The music and the lighting were extremely moody and as a result, Blake played most of the show with little or no spotlight, giving the crowd a chance to let the music wash over us. Knowing I was going to be seeing him live, I’ve resisted all temptation to listen to his music so that when he walked out onto his first stage in the USA, I could experience his music for the first time. So glad I did because I was blown away by what I heard.
Though James Blake’s self-titled album was just released in the UK in February, the crowd sang along to most every song. Highlights for me included “The Wilhelm Scream,” “Limit To Your Love,” and “I Learnt To Share,” where Blake sampled the first line of the song “My brother and my sister don’t speak to me, but I don’t blame them” live and then sang on top of it. As the song progressed, more trippy beats were introduced and the crowd went absolutely wild with each passing minute. It was a goose bump inducing moment. Also, for the encore, James Blake played a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You.” I have no doubt that James Blake is going to be a huge star and I am looking forward to seeing that! A video of “A Case of You” is coming soon, so stay tuned (it’s dark, but there’s nothing I can do about it).
See the set list after the jump.
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