Prince News: Good and Bad

Posted by The G on January 7, 2013 under GNN | Read the First Comment

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I have good and bad news about Prince.  The good news – he appears to  have denounced his previous statement that the internet is dead (even though he’s used a certain website to be his town crier for the last few years) and has created (or one of his purple peeps has created) a Twitter account by the name of @3rdEyeGirl.  This brings us to the second piece of good news – 3rdEyeGirl has posted Youtube (a website Prince formerly sued for posting his videos) videos of a live rehearsal of his classic song”Bambi” (a song whose lyrics are about lesbianism and are very un-Jehovah like, according2g), a previously unreleased “Xtended” version of the 2010 song “Laydown,” whose lyrics feature the most cringeworthy phrase ever uttered in a Prince song (“purple yoda”), a new remix of the recent throwaway song “Rock and Roll Love Affair” and a brand new throwaway song called “Same Page Different Book.”

And now the bad news – all of the new songs he’s laid on us (not just these but all the songs over the past few years) are totally boring and uninspired.  It’s official, his religion has rotted his creativity.  He can certainly still cut the rug live, but his recent music is not the Prince who made us all fall in love with him 30 years ago.  It’s sad to see him sitting on vault classics and instead releasing music that is totally beneath his greatness.  It’s also sad that he thinks these songs are worthy of being released when he has hours and hours of funk that will kill you locked away in a safe.  He used to make music where you couldn’t even define the sound because it sounded like nothing you’d ever heard before but now, he just makes mediocre funk throwaways.  Prince, if you are out there, and you probably are because I’ve posted an unreleased photo and Jehovah-forbid that someone uses his image without his consent – even though he’s one of the richest musicians in the world and even though I took this photo fair and square, his purple lawyers will probably try and make me take down the image.  Well good, because you and I need to have a serious talk.

On a side note, we shouldn’t expect the 3rdEyeGirl Twitter account to last long, but you can follow me on @according2g.  I’m not going anywhere.

Dan Black Premieres New Songs At Le Baron in New York

Posted by The G on December 4, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Dan Black

Dan Black

Dan Black is back!  The British singer made his return to the live stage after a 2 year absence (where does the time go?!) on December 3, 2012 at Le Baron in New York as part of the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron Chinatown.  He performed a 10 song set that mixed old songs and also debuted 4 new tracks.  Dan Black fans will be happy to know that his new material is upbeat and catchy and will please those like me who love his debut album “((Un)).”

Dan Black

Dan Black

Backed with a 2 piece band (who wore a rabbit and bear mask, respectively), Dan Black premiered (and these titles are tentative) “Plastic Heart,” “Blown Away” “Let Me Get Back,” and “Hot in There.”  The packed house loved what they heard and Dan Black was very happy to have received such a positive response.  The set was not all new material however, and he also played “Symphonies,”  “U + Me,” “Pump My Pumps,” “Ecstasy,” “Alone” and his funky cover of Missy Elliot’s “Pass That Dutch.”

Dan Black

Dan Black

I spoke with Dan after the show and he divulged the following information – he’s married with a baby boy (side note: he introduced me to his wife and she was just lovely); they live in France; and most importantly – the new album will be released in the Spring of 2013 (and first single to come in January 2013) with a tour to follow.  I can’t wait!  Thanks Dan for another great show and we will see you in 2013!

The setlist was:

Plastic Heart (New Song)

U + Me


Blown Away (New Song)

Pump My Pumps

Let Me Get Back (New Song)

Pass That Dutch

Hot in There (New Song)




All The Critics Love Thom in New Yorke!

Posted by The G on April 6, 2010 under G Reviews | 6 Comments to Read

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Thom Yorke!

On April 5, 2010, at 9:10 PM, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke debuted his new band Atoms for Peace in New York at the Roseland Ballroom.  3,500 devoted fans packed the house to see and hear what will go down as one of the best shows of 2010.  Flying Lotus got the crowd warmed up with his funky tribal beats and took the stage around 8 pm.  An hour and ten minutes later, Atoms for Peace ran through Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser,” and also played a few new songs including “Daily Mail” and the world premiere of a song possibly called “Take Control.” (A video of the full song is coming soon so stay tuned).  The place went absolutely bonkers when Thom Yorke did a solo piano version of the Radiohead classic “Everything In It’s Right Place.”  When I arrived at the venue, I stood next to Thom as he was walking into sound check and sadly, he would not pose for a photo with his favorite blogger G.  He more than made up for it at the show as he played guitar, piano and danced like a man possessed across the stage, each time to thunderous applause.  Atoms for Peace, which includes Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, really added a new level of funk to the music of the often dark Thom Yorke.  The show included about 3,000 straight guys with man crushes on Thom Yorke, at least that many people snapping photos and taking videos plus a laser lights show that rivaled that of Yorke’s “other” band Radiohead.  It was amazing!  I should also note that this show was a “paperless” ticket which means you had to use the credit card you purchased tickets with to gain entry into the venue.  It prevented a lot of scalping and ran very smoothly.  Hopefully more bands will go this route to allow the true fans a greater opportunity to get tickets.  More photos and videos to come, so stay tuned!

Thom Yorke gets sexy!

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Scissor Sisters Cut Up New York (Night 2)

Posted by The G on March 19, 2010 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

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Jake Shears and Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters

The Scissor Sisters played their second of 2 sold out shows on March 18, 2010 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and it was equally as amazing as the first night.  While the set list stayed the same and there were no surprise guests, the crowd went wild as the Sisters performed new tracks and old favorites.  I’ll never understand why they are not selling out stadiums in their native US like they do all over the world, but seeing them at a small venue time and time again makes me wish they played every night.  The energy that Jake Shears and Ana Matronic bring to the show makes it feel like they are performing in an arena, yet the shows were very intimate.  They ran through hits like “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing,” “She’s My Man,” “Tits on the Radio,” “Laura,” “Comfortably Numb,” and of course, “Filthy/Gorgeous.”  They also played nine new songs and all of them are going to be club thumpers.  Their 3rd album is set to be released in July and based on the live renditions of the new tracks, it’s going to be really hot.

Jake Shears: Comfortably Numb?

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