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Robyn Hitchcock Sounds Great When You’re Alive

Posted by on Dec 1, 2008 in Music | 1 comment

Robyn Hitchcock Sounds Great When You’re Alive

The iPhone’s camera captures everything with amazing resolution: Robyn at Symphony Space. I’ve had mixed feelings about Robyn Hitchcock for many years but now I love him. The first song I ever heard by him was “Sounds Great When You’re Dead” on the local college radio station probably around 3 in the morning.  (Funnily enough, years later I would have a radio show at my college station from 1 to 5 in the morning on Thursdays.) What struck me was that it was so...

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Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, Phooey on the Fillmore

Posted by on Oct 13, 2008 in Music | 2 comments

Killing Joke at Irving Plaza, Phooey on the Fillmore

 Ha ha ha, ho ho ho, hee hee hee! Killing Joke stormed into New York City for a two-night stand at “The Fillmore NY,” which is really the Irving Plaza — the only city one in three cities in America that sees the original quartet reunited: Jaz Coleman on vocals and stage creeping; Geordie on guitar; “Big Paul” Ferguson on drums; and Youth (Martin Glover) on bass. The first night focused on the first two albums while the second night was focused on latter-day...

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My Bloody Valentine, New York, Sept. 22

Posted by on Sep 23, 2008 in Music | 2 comments

My Bloody Valentine, New York, Sept. 22

I’ve been assaulted at the Roseland Ballroom by two men and two women who call themselves My Bloody Valentine.  But I’ll get back to them after light discussion of the opening acts. Wow, I’m not really into you guys at all. Le Volume Courbe kicked off the show.  It’s really a vehicle for singer Charlotte Marionneau backed by a nu-folk band.  Her vocals come off like a flat night for Bjork fronting the Flying Burrito Brothers.  If that sounds interesting, it really...

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The Vaselines at Maxwell’s (Hoboken) and Southpaw (Brooklyn)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2008 in Music | 0 comments

The Vaselines at Maxwell’s (Hoboken) and Southpaw (Brooklyn)

Not their first reunion, but these two shows were The Vaselines’ U.S. debut before heading to Seattle for this sellout record label’s anniversary show. Maxwell’s The Hoboken show, Wednesday, July 9, was nearly derailed.  Literally.  The PATH train that connects Hoboken to Manhattan went out of service at 6PM.  Anyone coming from New York who wanted to see the show had to take a PATH train to some other destination in Jersey and then get to Hoboken via the light rail...

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You’ve Been Away for So Long. . .Swervedriver Live in New York

Posted by on Jun 14, 2008 in Music | 2 comments

You’ve Been Away for So Long. . .Swervedriver Live in New York

Fuck, yes! If I were returning from the the Land of Dead and Gone Things and I could take one thing back with me to the Realm of the Living, it would be Swervedriver. Luckily, the band resurrected itself after a decade layoff and played at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom Wednesday June 11 and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (both sold out) on Thursday June 12. In all honesty, Swervedriver has never really formed a critical mass in terms of fandom, but their fans — dudes...

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154 Pink Chairs — Wire Live in New York

Posted by on May 31, 2008 in Music | 1 comment

154 Pink Chairs — Wire Live in New York

I went to see Wire last night, who kicked off the South Street Seaport Music Festival. I wasn’t really so sure if the mix of tourists and Wall Street types would be into the band, currently in their third (fourth?) comeback. But, hey, right in front of me were four guys in their late 50s who looked like they just walked out of a casual Friday at a brokerage. They were smoking pot, chugging beers, passing around a flask of Bacardi and yelling for “Ex-Lion Tamer,” which they...

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