new york! do you know what tomorrow is?

 

03/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/26 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall

 

The tickets for Moz go on sale tomorrow at 10am so get your fingers ready, friends! It’s a happy day, indeed. Remember The Courteeners are opening too which should makde for three fantastic evenings! I can probably be found at the Webster Hall and Bowery shows so if you happen to catch me, feel free to say hello! 

 

To celebrate,  here’s a listen to an album track (and my pick for a single) off the forthcoming record, Years Of Refusal, called Something Is Squeezing My Skull.

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hype alert…glasvegas

 

“When your feet decide to walk you on the wayward side

Up upon the stairs and down the downward slide
I will, I will turn your tide
Do all that I can to heal you inside
I’ll be the angel on your shoulder
My name is Geraldine, I’m your social worker”

 

I’m intentionally late on posting about Glasvegas. I’m sure you’ve all heard about them by now due in no small part by the hype of their manager, Alan McGee and the NME. A clever pastiche of 60s doo wop, girl groups, Phil Spector and throw in some good-old fashioned MBV/J&MC style feedback and you’ve got yourself the most anticipated band and record heading into 2009. Well, they played this past Tuesday at the Bowery Ballroom and I was there with friends who were beyond psyched for the show. Alas I was the party pooper as I wasn’t impressed by what I heard on record but hey it’s a show so why not, right?

The place was packed to the hilt. I noticed David Fricke from Rolling Stone hanging out to my left by the stairs looking ever so Joey Ramone.  The band came on and if you blinked you’d swear you were looking at half the Clash, Mo Tucker from the Velvet Underground and some other dude on stage. Granted the singer, James Allan, is a little on the short side but he could certainly pass for one Joe Strummer! The music was as I described. Very Spector “Wall of Sound”-esque. The crowd ate it up and was singing to every word especially for singles, “Geraldine” and “Daddy’s Gone” which naturally is a testament to the hype and the impact the songs have already made. Unfortunately, it all went over my head as I left the Bowery with the same opinion of the band I had going in. There was simply no connection. They just left me numb. That is not to say they are bad at all. They’re not, they’re quite good live but the songs…just left me cold. You’ve been warned.

i guess pop idol isn’t all that bad…

 

“Don’t meddle with the heart, 

or meddle with the mind,
or meddle with the things that are inside.
You don’t know what you’ll find,
you don’t know what she hides

 

Or better yet. Losing out in Pop Idol isn’t such a bad thing after all… Okay, who am I kidding. The idea of being associated with those popularity contests is bad enough and reprehensible to be sure but we’re let someone with some talent like our dear friend, Miss Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots, off the hook just this once. This…is Meddle. A single from her forthcoming debut record produced by Greg Kurstin (The Bird & The Bee). Enjoy it, bop your head to it. A little on the Timbaland tip, innit? That, my friends, is a good thing to my ears. Nothing wrong with a bit of thump-thump in the indie electro scene if you ask me! 

Fellow New Yorkers: She’s playing Studio B February 6th. I suggest you be there. Don’t live in NYC? Sucks to be you. Move. 

A bit of trivia. Little Boots is from Blackpool, England whch just happens to be the hometown of Chris Lowe, from the Pet Shop Boys. I think it’s fair to say Chris would heartily Miss Boots, no?  

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