Video: “London” (The Smiths Cover) live by Johnny Marr

Posted by The G on May 7, 2013 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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Under the category “songs I never thought I’d ever hear performed live,” the song “London” by The Smiths was on that list.  But Johnny Marr, formerly of the band whipped it out during his really amazing show at Music Hall of Williamsburg last week.  You can see a review of the show (which featured the closest thing we’ll probably ever see to a Smiths reunion) here.  You’ll also note that even though he didn’t sing on the studio version of the track, he kills it!  Check out “London” by just pressing play.

Review: Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on May 5, 2013 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Fuckin’ Marr!  The guitar god from The Smiths and Electronic has a solo album out called “The Messenger” and he performed a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 3, 2013 to promote it.  Johnny Marr didn’t sing when he was with The Smiths, so many people may not know that he is both great on guitar and vocals.  The show was epic on so many levels.  Of course, the final song featured former Smiths band mate Andy Rourke (more on that in a moment), but in addition Johnny Marr busted out some classic Smiths songs and also a pair of Electronic songs mixed in with tracks from his latest album.

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr played two Electronic songs that I never thought I’d ever hear live before, and though he doesn’t sing lead vocals on the studio versions, he made them his own last night.  He performed “Forbidden City” and “Getting Away With It” which were both great, and if you stay tuned, a video of the latter will be coming soon.  He also dusted off some Smiths classics including “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “London” (and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned) as well as the final song “How Soon Is Now?” where he brought former band mate Andy Rourke on stage for what will probably be the closest thing to a Smiths reunion that the world ever sees.

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

On a personal note, it’s really amazing to me that I uploaded a video of the historic performance and it’s already gone viral having been reposted on the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Brooklyn Vegan and Slicing up Eyeballs!!!

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr doesn’t often tour, but a friendly word to the wise, the next time he comes to your city, do not miss him!  I hope he comes back around because it was really epic hearing his new album mixed in with classic tracks from his past.  Hearing 500 people sing the words in unison also was pretty cool and you could tell that Johnny was having as great a time as the audience.  Respect!

Johnny Marr Merch

Johnny Marr Merch

The setlist was:

The Right Thing Right / Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Smiths) / Upstarts / Sun & Moon / There is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths) / Forbidden City (Electronic) / London (Smiths) / The Messenger / Generate! Generate! / Say Demesne / Bigmouth Strikes Again (Smiths) / Word Starts Attack / New Town Velocity / I Want The Heartbeat.

Encore: I Fought The Law (Clash) / Getting Away With It (Electronic) / How Soon Is Now (Smiths) – Featuring Andy Rourke.

Video: “How Soon Is Now” live by Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

Posted by The G on May 4, 2013 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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History was made last night during Johnny Marr’s excellent sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 3, 2013.  He brought his old friend and Smiths band-mate Andy Rourke up on stage for the show’s finale, “How Soon Is Now?”  Epic is an understatement, but you can draw your own conclusions.  Just press play!

 

Phoenix is Playing A Free Show on April 5, 2013

Posted by The G on April 5, 2013 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Phoenix

Phoenix

New York!  You’d better call in sick today and be at the box office of Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn by 10 am on April 5, 2013 as Phoenix will be playing a free show tonight.  The show is at 6 pm, so don’t miss your chance to see Phoenix for FREE!

 

Review: MS MR and Jessie Ware at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on April 4, 2013 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

If Jessie Ware does not become a huge star, there is a great injustice in the world, according 2 G.  I saw Jessie Ware a few months ago and I have been listening to her debut album “Devotion” on repeat ever since.  With a voice somewhere between Whitney Houston and Sade, Jessie Ware had no problem selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 3, 2013.  It didn’t hurt that Brooklyn’s own MS MR (who has sold out an upcoming headlining show at Bowery Ballroom) opened for Jessie Ware.

Ms Mr at Music Hall

Ms Mr at Music Hall

MS MR are a duo (but a 4 piece live on stage) from Brooklyn who kicked things off at 9 pm.  Their music has a magical quality to it that is sort of reminiscent of Florence and the Machine (read: they are going to be huge!).  The crowd was really into their set and the band mentioned how glad they were to be on tour with Jessie Ware and back in their hometown to boot!  Their debut album “Secondhand Rapture” will be released on May 14, 2013 and if it’s as good as their performance, we are going to be hearing a lot more about MS MR  (pronounced Miz Mister) in the months to come.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

When Jessie Ware hit the stage at 10 pm, she immediately had the devotion (pun intended) of the crowd as she started with the title track “Devotion” off her amazing debut album (which will be out in the USA in a few weeks).  She told stories in between songs such as her first experience eating Samoa Girl Scout cookies (and begged for forgiveness since she ate them during Pesach).  She seemed genuinely surprised that the audience knew the words to almost every song, but she said that this is one of the reasons she loves coming to the USA so much.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

She changed up the set list since I saw her last time and this time around included rarities such as “Valentine” and “Say It,” a Brownstone cover.  Speaking of covers, she threw in a bit of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” during the song “No To Love,” and she also did Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love.”  The rest of the songs were Jessie originals such as the epic “Wildest Moments,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” the new track “Imagine It Was Us,” and my favorite, “Running.”

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware is playing a sold out show at the much larger Webster Hall on April 5, 2013 and my suggestion to you is, make sure you get a ticket, no matter what!  Thanks Jessie and Ms Mr for a great night!

See the setlist after the jump.

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