On November 1, 2010, I met electronic god Rhys Fulber. You might know his face, but as a member of Front Line Assembly, Delerium and Conjure One, his music is unforgettable. Conjure One performed prior to Recoil (featuring Depeche Mode’s Alan Wilder) at the Highline Ballroom in New York and I met Rhys after his set. He was super cool as you can see from the above picture. Making this picture extra special to me is the fact that my friend is really big in the industrial music scene and meeting Rhys Fulber is the intersection where our two worlds collide. I didn’t get a chance to tell Rhys how much I love the song “Center of the Sun,” featuring vocals from singer Poe, so if you are out there Rhys, please re-read this sentence! And thanks again for being so cool and making such awesome music!
Long time readers of this site know that Depeche Mode is one of my all time favorite bands. Needless to say when I found out Alan Wilder’s band Recoil was doing a rare New York show and I was already committed to seeing Florence and the Machine across town, I was not entirely happy about it. I decided the only way to have a perfect evening was to attend both events! Because I am super bad ass like that, I was able to. Florence was awesome, Recoil was awesome. Added surprise bonus of the evening was Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance at the Recoil show, marking possibly the second public appearance of Alan Wilder and Dave Gahan in the same room in over 15 years! Dave was sitting in the upstairs VIP section (almost in darkness) so it was hard to get photos, but I found another one I’ll share with you (after the jump). But back to Alan Wilder! As another surprise bonus, Alan Wilder did a meet and greet after the show! Alan was super cool and he autographed 5 Depeche Mode cd Booklets for me (Music For The Masses, People Are People, Some Great Reward, Catching Up With Depeche Mode and the CD Single to Enjoy The Silence) and he took a photo with me as well. My friend had an even better experience as he also got a photo but he had Alan sign 19 things for him. Pretty slick, according2g. I asked Alan if Depeche Mode had a lot of unreleased songs in the vault and he only said “not really.” We can all keep our fingers crossed that he meant to say “tons, and they’ll all be released soon!” Thanks again Alan for great music past and present and for being so cool!
On November 1, 2010, California rocker Hanni El Katib opened the Florence and the Machine concert at New York’s Terminal 5. His music was fast and furious and I liked it instantly. He hails from San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, my former city! The crowd was feelin’ it too and if the ultra-horrible Smith Westerns would have not played, the evening would have been perfect. Hanni El Katib also gets bonus points for mentioning on his site that he is on tour with “The” Smith Westerns whose opening line on their myspace page is “There is no ‘the.'” Unfortunately, I cannot tell from Hanni El Katib’s website when his album is coming out (but I cannot wait to get it), nor did I find you links for free legal mp3s, but you can hear some of his tracks on his myspace page. As you can see from the above picture, the lighting was pretty crappy during his set, but if dark red lights is your thing, stay tuned for a video of “Build. Destroy. Rebuild.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to meet Hanni El Khatib to tell him how awesome I thought his music is, but I am planning on being in Los Angeles in December, so Hanni El Khatib, if you’re out there, keep me posted on upcoming shows!
If I had a dollar for every website I read that said “Video Premiere” and then they literally just yanked someone else’s video off Youtube, I’d definitely take all my wonderful readers out for a fun night on the town where we created our own news.
When I saw Florence and the Machine on November 1, 2010 for her first of 2 sold out shows at New York’s Terminal 5, she played the new song “Strangeness and Charm” and treated us to the first ever New York live performance of it. Since I took the video (with my hand), I’d like to present the world premiere of “Strangeness and Charm” live in New York by Florence and The Machine.
As I mentioned previously, I was unfamiliar with Florence Welch’s music until last night and performances like the one you are about to see turned me into a fan instantly! I hope if this is your first time hearing Florence and the Machine, you have the same reaction. Enjoy!
Recoil (featuring Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode on the right)
What could be better than having your mind blown by seeing Florence and the Machine in concert for the first time? I know! How about rushing to the opposite side of town to see a member of one of your all time favorite bands (Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode) performing live with his musical project Recoil. As an added (and extra amazing) bonus, Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance watching the show! I unfortunately missed seeing the opening acts, but I got to the Highline Ballroom at 10:30 pm just as Recoil hit the stage. They performed for a little over an hour in a megamix format that featured banging beats and trippy visuals. Unfortunately, Dave Gahan did not perform with Recoil, but a dark industrial instrumental of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” was played during the set. I met Alan Wilder after the show and he was really cool. A photo of that encounter is coming soon, so stay tuned. After the jump, see my secret spy picture of Dave Gahan that I took.