I have to gush a little. When I first “discovered” Mac Demarco, I was on my way to interview him for a show on MTV called “Weird Vibes.” I was unfamiliar with his music and from the second we met, we hit it off famously. I found him to be such a cool person and once I heard his music, I became an instant fan. His music is mostly guitar based and he’s got a smooth voice (see video below to get a taste). Flash forward to present day, where Mac Demarco is releasing his 3rd album “Salad Days.” He celebrated the release with an in-store live and acoustic performance at New York’s Other Music on March 27, 2014 and I was like a proud little parent watching fans lose their shit to take their photo with Mac, who is seriously one of the coolest dudes in Rock and Roll. Mac – I wish you more and more success and it fills my heart with joy to see so many people responding so positively to your music! So please check out “Salad Days” and go see Mac live when he comes to your town. You will leave his concert in stitches, I promise! He’s not just a great musician, but he’s a funny dude who will do literally anything and everything to get his audiences engaged and it works every time! Love you Mac!
Boston duo Timeflies are back! The group is genre-bending as their music infuses rap, hip hop, funk, dance, pop and electronica. They can definitely hold their own when they strip their music down and perform acoustic, as you are about to see. To promote their new album “After Hours” which will be released on April 29, 2014 on Island/Def Jam, the group stopped by the label’s New York headquarters to give us an exclusive preview of their album.
Rob Resnick of Timeflies
The video you are about to see is Timeflies’ latest single “All The Way.” Cal Shapiro freestyles in the middle of the song after having been given a list of topics (which he was not privy to before the performance began), he incorporates all of them into the song. This video will hopefully be enough to tide you over until Timeflies’ album “After Hours” sees the light of day on April 29, 2014.
MGMT at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on 11/11/11
Could there be a better way to celebrate 11/11/11 than by seeing MGMT perform at the Guggenheim Museum in New York? Doubtful! Of course, technically, you could kick off the night by running into Michael Stipe (formerly of REM) and Terry Richardson, but I digress. Before I explain the amazing performance, here’s a little bit of back-story on what is happening at the Guggenheim right now. Artist Mario Cattelan has a retrospective of his works entitled “All” on display – literally suspended from the ceiling! The objects range from a stuffed horse to animal bones. You’ll have a hard time wrapping your head around how the exhibit was installed and how it doesn’t fall over as there are easily 50 works suspended from the ceiling. More and more objects are revealed as you make your way up (or down) the spiraled museum.
Partial view of the Guggenheim Museum (Mario Cattelan exhibit in the centre, MGMT on stage)
MGMT wrote a special 45 minute piece of music inspired by “All” and performed it live for two nights only at the Guggenheim Museum. The piece was largely instrumental and you could think of it as a long suite similar to their epic songs “Siberian Breaks” and “Metanoia.” The music had surf, pop and funk sections to it and it was really great! Fans of “Kids” that didn’t care for the art-rock album “Congratulations” might not have enjoyed it because it was not “commercial” and was extremely artsy, but I loved it! Every few feet around the spiral of the museum was a strip of lights that lit up every few seconds during the performance and one can only imagine that if you were on LSD, your head might have exploded.
Andrew Van WynGarden of MGMT
Whether or not this piece of music will ever see an official release is uncertain, but I am hopeful MGMT will put it out some day as it was really great! See the set list after the jump. Thanks for a great night MGMT! I’m glad I spent 11/11/11 with you!
It’s been 10 years since Lady Bunny performed a proper solo show. Her show “That Ain’t No Lady” at Escuelita in New York was worth the wait. Lady Bunny works it in so many ways. She looks great, she will keep you laughing the entire night (even after you’ve left the venue) and she will push out your boundaries of tasteless a little further. Though some might find her act offensive, no subject is too taboo for her. In between riffing with the crowd (which included superstars Joey Arias, Basil Twist, Flotilla DeBarge, Sherry Vine and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, on the night I attended), we saw videos of Lady Bunny’s hilarious song parodies that had lyrics about using diarrhea as a lubricant, dog come and dick cheese, just to name a few examples. Lady Bunny also talked about how gays used to set the standard for what’s cool on the dance floor, but with the invention of pop trash such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, we’ve just become robots who refuse to go underground and step outside of the mainstream. Though I could see tears in a lot of people’s eyes, everyone knows that Lady Bunny speaks the truth.
“That Ain’t No Lady” starring Lady Bunny is being performed every Tuesday through the end of November, 2011. Find out more on Lady Bunny’s official site, or through Esquilta. Don’t miss this show. It’s friggin’ fantastic!
You gotta love the spontenaity of New York. This morning, June 24, 2011, I found out Jack White (formerly of the White Stripes) worked with Stephen Colbert for a new single (yes, that’s right). It stands to reason then that Stephen Colbert and the Black Belles would perform the song. Underneath a new section of the Highline park that just opened, Colbert and White sang the National Anthem (and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned) and “Charlene (I’m Over You)” with the Black Belles. Jack White’s Third Man Records truck was there and they were selling vinyl, of which they announced a signing after the performance! Whoa! Thanks Jack, Stephen and of course, The Black Belles.