On October 23, 2010, electronic music pioneer and legend Gary Numan played at the Best Buy Theater (formerly known as the Nokia Theater) in New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his classic album “The Pleasure Principle,” which he played from start to finish. The ninth song on the album is a track you might know. It’s called “Cars.” It goes a little something like this…
I cannot believe it’s only been two months since I was first exposed to the disco-punk band Young Empires. I saw them open for Dragonette in August of 2010 and I have been listening to their music so much since then, it seems like their songs have been a part of my musical vocabulary for a much longer period of time. Naturally, I was excited to see them perform again as they played a very intimate gig at Arlene’s Grocery for the CMJ music festival on October 23, 2010. Once again, Young Empires kicked ass! Non New Yorkers might know of Arlene’s Grocery as it was one of the venues Jeff Buckley used to play before his career skyrocketed.
Speaking of careers skyrocketing, I spoke with the band before the gig and they were telling me that they just supported Jamiroquai on a South American tour! Mark my words, this band is going to be huge! I was shocked when I discovered they are not signed to a record label yet, so my dear readers, let’s all close our eyes for a few minutes and think “Interscope.” Also, while you wait patiently for live videos of Young Empires’ fantastic soon-to-be worldwide smash hits “Against The Wall” and “Rain of Gold,” which I’ll be posting soon, you can download FREE demo versions of the tracks by signing up on the band’s mailing list on their official Myspace page. This is highly recommended and I know your ears will thank you for clicking the link! When I wrote my review of Young Empires from their August performance, I remarked that I liked the music so much, I couldn’t wait to meet the band after their set to tell them. I saw the same thing happen after their performance today with new fans and I am happy to see that people are really responding to Young Empires.
Young Empires’ 7 song set consisted of “White Doves,” “Against The Wall,” “Rain of Gold,” “Diamond Rings” and a couple of new songs. I really enjoyed watching the audience go crazy during the Young Empires’ set especially since the crowd was virtually expressionless for the bands that played prior to them. Dance floors in 2011 are going to be a much happier place once the music of Young Empires is playing, so get ready to get your disco-punk groove on!
I cannot wait for Young Empires to become huge stars and if performances like the one they delivered at Arlene’s Grocery are a predictor of future success, I think it’s only a matter of time before they conquer the music charts. Pass it on…
On October 23, 2010, New York based band Rasputina opened for electronic god Gary Numan. The band rocks out with a drummer and 2 cellists (including Melora Creager who also handles vocal duties and designs all the artwork for the band’s albums and website!). Their music is very quirky. Melora Creager mentioned that the band would be playing two songs about the weather and they also performed slowed down cello-rock cover of “How Soon Is Now?” by The Smiths. The audience shouted out requests several times during Rasputina’s 40 minute set and I think a few wish-lists were fulfilled. We were also treated to a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Risin'” which sounded quite cool on cello!
Tokyo’s electronic rock group Boom Boom Satellites opened for electronic god Gary Numan at the Best Buy Theater in New York on October 23, 2010. I had no idea they would be playing and it was really exciting since I’ve liked their music since they remixed “Push It” by Garbage in the late 1990s. Boom Boom Satellites got the crowd revved up with hard rockin’ electronica that found me with my eyes closed and my body swaying for the majority of their 30 minute set. The band has a female drummer and she kicked some serious ass keeping a pulsating beat that was one of the best parts of the night for me.
On October 23, 2010, electronic music pioneer Gary Numan celebrated the 30th anniversary of his “Pleasure Principle” album by playing the entire record live at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The night began with opening sets from Tokyo’s Boom Boom Satellites and New York’s Rasputina and then Gary Numan hit the stage around 10 pm.
Though Gary Numan lost his voice earlier in the week, he sounded just fine. He started the show with an instrumental called “Random” and then went right into playing “The Pleasure Principle” from start to finish. Even though a large portion of the crowd came to hear “Cars,” Gary Numan’s biggest hit, the “Numanoids” (aka Gary Numan’s die hard fans) were loving every second.
Gary Numan had a great use of lighting and though at times I thought I was going to hallucinate from all the strobe lights, I loved getting lost in Gary Numan’s version of electro-heaven. A video of “Cars” will be coming soon, so stick around…
See a couple more pix as well as the set list after the jump.