Video: “No Words” live by Erik Hassle

Posted by The G on May 5, 2015 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

HD Video, photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

May the 4th is Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you, get it?!) and for music lovers such as myself, May the 4th was the night of a rare intimate performance by Erik Hassle on the roof top of The Standard Hotel in New York’s East Village.  Erik Hassle comes from Sweden and if you aren’t already a fan, you will be by the end of this article.

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

This was the backdrop on an extremely rare perfect weather night in New York City on May 4, 2015 as an intimate crowd of less than 100 people gathered to hear Erik Hassle perform an 8 song set that included his new single “No Words.”

Raymundo and Erik Hassle

Raymundo and Erik Hassle

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

As you are about to see and hear, Erik Hassle’s voice is so soulful and his dance moves are infectious.  Rather than trying to describe how awesome Erik Hassle is, just click play and watch his great new song, “No Words.”  I would also like you to pay close attention at the 2:12 mark, when Erik spotted me in the crowd and sang straight into my camera.  It’s epic!!!

Sunset on May 4, 2015 in New York

Sunset on May 4, 2015 in New York

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

NYC Skyline Spring 2015

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

Thanks to Erik for such a great show.  Make sure you are following According2g and Erik Hassle on Instagram and visit Erik’s official site or his Soundcloud page  to hear more of his great tunes.

Thanks again to Erik Hassle for a great evening!  “No Words” is out now!!!

Erik Hassle Set List Standard East Village

Erik Hassle Set List Standard East Village

Review: Erik Hassle live at Pianos NYC

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

On March 23, 2015, Sweden’s Erik Hassle played a sold-out show at Pianos in New York.  The show was announced at the last minute, making it even more impressive that fans packed the house for the criminally underrated pop/soul singer.  Erik Hassle is currently supporting New Zealand’s Broods (see video I shot at one of their first ever US shows here) and decided to book a solo gig where he showcased several new songs in front of an adoring crowd, which also included his parents and many of his friends from Sweden.  Erik Hassle has a hell of a voice, very soulful and his dance moves on stage will make you fall in love with him.

I would normally be posting a video I took at the show, but sadly the Youtube police are after me at the moment for copyright infringement – despite the fact that I don’t make a penny from my Youtube account AND I post concert videos with the intention of turning my readers onto music they probably would not be exposed to without my site.   Thanks for sticking up for me (and all the others that are in a similar position) bands, managers, etc – NOT!  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?!

Erik Hassle - Pianos

Erik Hassle – Pianos

So in the absence of a live version of “Innocence Lost,” which I would have loved to have posted, you should definitely check out that song.  It’s amazing!  If you want to see the video, you can come over to my place.  Ha!  As an alternate plan, for my international readers, you can see a little clip of “Fuck The Pain Away” on my Instagram account.   In addition, you can hear samples of many Erik Hassle tracks on his official website (link will open in a new window).  Before his final song of the night “No Words,” Erik mentioned that the song will be available as a single in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for that song.  It was great!  Follow him on his Soundcloud page for updates.

Erik Hassle is supporting Broods on the following dates, so make sure you don’t miss his set (because it will likely be as good if not better than the main act).

03/25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/26 – Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
03/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
03/28 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
03/29 – Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
03/31 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
04/01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
04/02 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Thanks for a great show Erik.  Can’t wait to see you again!

Photos from NYC Snowpacalypse 2014

Posted by The G on February 5, 2014 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

The East Coast is getting pummeled with snow and freezing weather this winter.  While it’s quite annoying to be outside and it doesn’t stay nice for long, it can sure make for some pretty moments.  Over the last few days, at times it felt like walking through a poem.  Today, it feels like walking through freezing slush.  Who knows what it will feel like tomorrow and there are no less than 2 more storms on the way.  Here are some photos from Manhattan’s Winter Wonderland during “Snowpacalypse 2014.”

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Snowpacalypse 2014

Be careful out there and stay warm!

Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer Discuss “The Phantom Tollbooth” in NYC

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

Photos by G.

Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster

Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster

From a young age, I’ve been an avid reader.  One of the books that influenced my childhood (and has carried over into my adult life) is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.  To celebrate the book’s 50th anniversary, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer attended the New Yorker Festival to screen the film “The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations” and participated in a Q&A session after the movie.  October 6, 2013 started off with Norton and Jules signing books at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo. At the signing I had the chance to tell them how much this book meant to me (more on that in a few), and several hours later, I went to see a movie about their lives, which is filled with stories of how this classic book came about. What an experience!   By the end of the film, you will be so in love with Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, you will wish you were related to them so you could basque in their presence on a regular basis.

The Phantom Tollbooth signed by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

The Phantom Tollbooth signed by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

“The Phantom Tollbooth” is an “Alice In Wonderland” type story that follows the adventures of Milo, a bored, know-it-all kid who doesn’t really see the value of learning.  After he is transported (via tollbooth) into another space and time,  his mission is to return the princesses (Rhyme and Reason) to the Kingdom of Wisdom.  The book is filled with word plays, puns and the message that learning can be fun and that you should want to learn for the sake of acquiring the knowledge instead of feeling forced to learn.  If you read this book during your formative years, you’ve loved it dearly for your whole life and if you are just discovering the book, you’ll wish your teachers would have clued you in sooner!   “Beyond Expectations” goes into the fact that Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer lived in the same building, which is how their collaboration came to be, and you learn about their pre and post-Tollbooth lives (Juster was an architect and Feiffer drew political cartoons).  The banter between the pair will remind you of the uncles you wish you had and your appreciation of this book will grow exponentially by the end of the film.

Norton Juster and Geoffrey Dicker

Norton Juster and Geoffrey Dicker

Earlier in the day, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer signed copies of “The Phantom Tollbooth” at McNally Jackson Books in SoHo, and it was such a thrill to meet the men behind a book that shaped my life.  As I was taking a picture with Norton, he told me he was in the market for a camera and liked mine, so we talked about cameras for a bit.  By the end of the conversation, he sincerely thanked me for my advice in this matter and shook my hand! I told him that for the advice he gave me in the “Phantom Tollbooth,” it was my absolute pleasure to ‘pay him back’ so to speak.  WOW!

Jules Feiffer and Geoffrey Dicker

Jules Feiffer and Geoffrey Dicker

Jules revealed that the Whether Man is his caricature of Norton and that the character Milo was named after the actor Milo O’ Shea (who played Durand Durand in ‘Barbarella,’ one of my favorite movies!  It all makes sense now!)  A brief video will be coming soon from the Q&A session where someone asked, “who gets the tollbooth next?”  Stay tuned to hear the answer.  Thanks a million to Norton Juster for Jules Feiffer both for being so gracious in person and as well as writing a book that has made such a lasting impact on my life!

NYC: Tonight “Destination Unknown” by Ari Lankin at RL Fine Arts

Posted by The G on August 1, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Ari Lankin.

EXTREME CLOSEUP!

EXTREME CLOSEUP!

NEW YORK!  Cancel your plans tonight (August 1, 2013)  and head over to RL Fine Arts (located at 39 West 19th Street #612) and celebrate with artist Ari Lankin at the opening for his latest exhibit (and his largest paintings to date), “Destination Unknown.”  The photo above is a close up from an extremely large painting that will definitely take your senses on a trip.  Coming soon on Ari’s official site, he’ll be posting “process videos” so you can see the progression of how his beautiful paintings came to be.  Stay tuned!  The reception will be from 6 – 8:30 PM.  Don’t miss it!!!

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