On April 10, 2014, Sweden’s The Sounds made their return to the Manhattan stage at Webster Hall. The group’s music is part rock, part punk and part electronic and when you cook up those components coupled with lead singer Maja Ivarsson’s great rock and roll stage presence, that makes for one hell of a show. They are on tour to promote their 2013 album “Weekend.” But since this post was written on ‘Flashback Friday,’ let’s rewind and go back a few years for the video clip you are about to see. After diving into the audience for a crowd sing-a-long (see photo below), The Sounds performed their 2006 single “Tony The Beat” which you are about to watch.
In honor of my birthday, I am giving you a present! A week ago today, on September 13, 2013, Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band The Light performed the “Brotherhood” era non-album track “Everything’s Gone Green” at Webster Hall in New York. It looked and sounded just like this. Press play and enjoy! x
On September 13, 2013 New Order and Joy Division’s Peter Hook packed the house at New York’s Webster Hall as he performed 2 full New Order albums, “Brotherhood” and “Power, Corruption and Lies.” Unfortunately, as of press time, Peter Hook is estranged from the other 3 members of New Order, so they are doing their thing and Peter Hook is doing his thing. Billed as Peter Hook and the Light, you could have closed your eyes and hardly known that you were not hearing the original lineup of New Order. Hook’s voice has a hypnotic way of sounding both like Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and New Order’s Bernard Sumner. Coupled with the fact that Peter Hook has some of the best bass lines in music and that every song (no matter how obscure) induced a full crowd sing-a-long, the show was really awesome!
In addition to hearing songs that I never dreamed I’d ever hear live (like the studio version of “5 8 6,” and “Cries and Whispers”), Peter Hook also dusted off some Joy Division tracks like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and New Order’s mega-dance floor classic “Blue Monday.” Though technically not on the record “Brotherhood,” the non-album track “Everything’s Gone Green” was also a welcomed surprise to the set and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned. Thanks Peter for an amazing show!!!
The setlist was:
Ceremony / Procession / Dreams Never End / Truth / Senses / Chosen Time / ICB / The Him / Doubts Even Here / short break / Cries and Whispers / Age of Consent / We All Stand / The Village / 5 8 6 / Your Silent Face / Ultraviolence / Ecstasy / Leave Me Alone
The Beach (Instrumental) / Everything’s Gone Green / Temptation / Blue Monday / Love Will Tear Us Apart
Peter Hook and Geoffrey Dicker 2013. Photo by a complete stranger.
I’d also like to thank Peter Hook for being one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He was super awesome to sign quite a few things for me from Joy Division, New Order, Monaco and Revenge and even commented on the items as he was signing them. He was even impressed that as he signed a couple of my New Order DVDs, his signature on the items completed them as I’d previously gotten signatures from Bernard, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert. Is that the coolest or what?! Thanks so much Peter!! I love you!
If you haven’t believed me about how amazing Kimbra is, I present a video of Kimbra singing “Settle Down” live at Webster Hall in New York on October 20, 2012. Occasionally someone’s head gets in the way, but have patience and settle down!
2012 is officially the year of Kimbra! In addition to singing on one of the biggest songs of the year (Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”), the New Zealand born singer sold out two nights at New York’s Webster Hall. I attended the second night on October 20, 2012. The show began with a great opening set by Connecticut’s psychedelic pop/rock band The Stepkids. I’ve seen The Stepkids several times before and they get better and better with each performance. They dress all in white and have really amazing visuals projected onto them as they play.
Both myself and the crowd loved the set and their 2011 debut album “Stones Throw” was ranked in the best albums of the year list by many critics. Vocal duties are shared by Jeff Geitleman (left) and Dan Edinberg (right) and at times, Jeff’s soulful vocals would make D’Angelo proud. You should definitely check out their music as they have a nice mix of rock, soul and psychedelia.
Around 9 pm, the main attraction, Kimbra, took the stage. Dressed in a Gaga-esque outfit (but much more classy), the 22 year old singer belted out tracks from her debut album “Vows.” What a voice! Kimbra doesn’t just sing the tracks, she sings the hell out of them! Her live band turns her studio tracks into full on church anthems and the crows went wild after each song.
Though she didn’t play her duet with Gotye, she sang the majority of her album “Vows” including her off the charts cover of Nina Simone’s “Plain Gold Ring” and “Warrior,” which she collaborated with A-Trak and Foster The People’s Mark Foster for the studio version. She had the crowd singing along to songs such as “Settle Down,” “Cameo Lover” and “Two Way Street.”
If you missed the show, make sure you see Kimbra live. She’s only 22 years old and I can only imagine that she’s going to get better and better as her career skyrockets and I’ve certainly made it a point not to ever skip a Kimbra show. Thanks for a great night!
The setlist was:
Limbo / Posse / Good Intent / Plain Gold Ring (Nina Simone cover) / Two Way Street / Marigold / Old Flame / Warrior / Something in the Way You Are / Settle Down / Cameo Lover / Come Into My Head