Have you ever wanted to sing “I want to fuck… you baby” in a concert setting? Luckily for me, Van Hunt has made that dream a reality. The master of psychedelic soul performed “The Lowest 1 of My Desires,” from his unreleased album “Popular” at the Studio at Webster Hall on September 19, 2011 and the show was fantastic. This was the closing song of the night. Enjoy!
VHS or Beta is back! The Brooklyn based band by way of Kentucky performed at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York on August 25, 2011. Their music is a great mixture of disco, house and rock. The entire venue was a non-stop dance party for the duration of the hour long set. Lead singer Craig Pfunder announced that it was good to be playing for New York again and the crowd returned the love. VHS or Beta have a new album called “Diamond and Death” out in September 2011 and will be playing live in New York again with Ladytron in October. Don’t mind if I do!
A few months ago, I told you to put the band Young Empires on your radar. From the opening notes of their live debut in New York, I was immediately hooked. That night, they stole the show and I knew it would be a matter of time until the band was headlining their own shows. After a cherry opening slot for Jamiroquai in South America and being named one of the best bands at South By Southwest, it should come as no surprise that Young Empires played their first headlining gig on April 7, 2011 at New York’s Studio at Webster Hall. As always, the dance/punk Canadian trio kept the crowd dancing throughout their entire set, which included many new tracks making their live debut in New York. The reaction from the crowd to the new material was great. In addition to songs such as the laid back “The Earth Plates Are Shifting,” and the soon-to-be dancefloor anthem “Let You Sleep Tonight,” Young Empires also played their classics “Glory of the Night,” “Against the Wall,” “Rain of Gold,” and “White Doves.” A great time was had by all and it’s very exciting to see what the future has in store for Young Empires, who will be releasing their debut album in 2011.
The video you are about to see, “Enter Through The Sun,” was part of Young Empires recent Daytrotter Session, which can be downloaded for free here. Highly recommended! And now, enjoy Young Empires live in New York on April 7, 2011 performing “Enter Through The Sun.” Kick it!
What a wonderful day this has been. There will be separate blogs on each of these subjects coming soon, so please be patient. I am only one man with many great adventures to write about. Picture it: a very very very cold day in New York, February 8, 2011. It began seeing the Lynda Benglis career retrospective exhibit at the New Museum. From there, I got the opportunity to meet actors Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm. Next, I went to see Gang of Four at Webster Hall. On my way to the restroom, I went downstairs, near the venue within a venue – the Studio at Webster Hall. As my great fortune would have it, The National was playing a secret show that will be taped for a future MTV broadcast! Wow, what a great day! Sadly, I only got to see the final song The National played, which was “Terrible Love,” but you don’t see me complaining! One song is better than nothing! During the song, lead singer Matt Berninger made his way through the crowd while singing! Too cool! I am looking forward to seeing the broadcast to catch all the songs I missed.