According2g.com’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Posted by The G on December 1, 2014 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Jessie Ware – Tough Love

 

  1. “Ultraviolence” by Lana Del Rey
  2. “Tough Love” by Jessie Ware
  3. “Royal Blood” by Royal Blood
  4. “Sun Structures” by Temples
  5. “In The Lonely Hour” by Sam Smith
  6. “Salad Days” by Mac Demarco
  7. “El Pintor” by Interpol
  8. “The London Sessions” by Mary J. Blige
  9. “We Want Your Soul” by Spoon
  10. “World Peace is None of Your Business” by Morrissey

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Review: Divine Fits Play First Full Show In NYC

Posted by The G on September 10, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Divine Fits

Divine Fits

On September 8, 2012, super-group Divine Fits played their first show in New York, selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  The band is comprised of Britt Daniel (of Spoon) on vocals and guitar, Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs) also on vocals and guitar, Sam Brown (of  New Bomb Turks) on the drums and Alex Fischel on keyboards.  Their music is a bit like ‘Spoon with synthesizers,’ which according to the crowd is a very good thing.

Alex and Dan of Divine Fits

Alex Fischel and Dan Boeckner of Divine Fits

After every song, thunderous applause could be heard and it seemed to take the band a little by surprise.  With a lineup like they have, it seems hard to imagine it could be any other way.  Divine Fits played every song off their excellent debut album “A Thing Called Divine Fits,” and also played a cover of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” as well as The Wipers’ “Doom Town.”

Britt Daniel of Divine Fits

Britt Daniel of Divine Fits

You could tell the band was having a great time as they would often face each other and jam out with extended guitar or keyboard solos.  Britt Daniel mentioned that although the band had recently done some radio and TV, this was their first full gig in New York City, which Daniel correctly dubbed “the center of the universe.”  If you missed the show last night, never fear – Divine Fits are coming back to play at Webster Hall in Manhattan on October 21, 2012.  Don’t miss them!

Dan Boeckner of Divine Fits

Dan Boeckner of Divine Fits

You can see a pretty cruddy picture of the setlist after the jump, plus photos of my encounter with Divine Fits.

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White Rabbits live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on February 28, 2011 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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White Rabbits

White Rabbits

On February 26, 2011, Brooklyn based band White Rabbits played a sold out show at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom.  I knew very little about the group prior to seeing them live, but as I had read that Britt Daniel, the lead singer of Spoon, produced their 2009 album “It’s Frightening,” that was enough for me to try out a new experience.  I am glad I went with my instincts as the show was awesome.  After great sets from Cavemen and Arms, the six-piece indie rock band White Rabbits played for about an hour and a half, taking the stage just after 11 pm.  More on Cavemen and Arms coming soon – stay tuned.

White Rabbits

White Rabbits

Lead singer Stephen Patterson played piano in addition to vocals and had a great stage presence.  The songs White Rabbits played were all upbeat and the audience danced along all night long.  Highlights for me were “The Salesman” and “Rudie Fails.”  The band also previewed some new songs that will most likely be on the band’s new record.  Spotted in the crowd was Britt Daniel of Spoon, whom I said hello to on my way through the audience.  See a spy photo of Britt Daniel as well as the setlist after the jump.

Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits

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10 More Great Songs of 2010

Posted by The G on December 13, 2010 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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You might recall that in July, I listed my 10 favorite songs of the year up until that point. This has been a great year for music and I have 10 more songs to add to that list.  See my additional picks after the jump.

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A2G’s Top 12 Albums of 2010

Posted by The G on December 1, 2010 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Top 12 Albums of 2010

I’m so happy that 2010 was a great year for music!  Last year, I struggled to find 10 albums I liked enough and this year, I had to stop myself at my favorite 12.  I was fortunate enough to meet 11 out of the 12 artists in 2010 (Arcade Fire being the exception) and I saw 11 out of the 12 albums performed live (with Kele being the exception) and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the artists again for making my ears so happy in 2010.  I’ve listened to all of these albums so many times this year and I love them all dearly.

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