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Patty Griffin: Angel Orensanz Center, 2/6/07

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Words can’t describe how blissful it is to see and hear Patty Griffin perform live.  I had only seen her once before, at a Barnes & Noble in-store while promoting Impossible Dream.  Again, I was struck by one thought: I can’t believe such a voice, with such emotion, is coming out of this woman.

The concert, presented by The Artists Den, took place at the Angel Orensanz Center on the Lower East Side.  I’d never been there before, and it’s one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen.  A former synagogue, the architecture and acoustics were simply breathtaking.

Allison Moorer opened with five or six songs.  Patty came out, with band, and stuck mostly to her new record, Children Running Through.  She played a few from Living With Ghosts and a handful from Impossible Dream, but sadly, none from Flaming Red or 1000 Kisses (my favorite).  Guesting on piano: Ian McLagan!  The band was phenomenal, and as I mentioned, Patty was just stellar.

We were sitting pretty far back, and I’m short, so my pictures aren’t up to my usual standards.  Still, that 12x zoom came in quite handy last night.

If Patty comes to town, don’t even think of missing her.  Tour dates!

Photos:  Patty Griffin, Angel Orensanz Center, 2/6/07

The Weepies: The Canal Room, 12/2/06

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Well, it’s that time of year again, when music blogs the world over start publishing their "Top 10 of 2006" lists.  I haven’t even begun to think about a Top 10, for a couple of reasons:

1) Why do you need another Top 10 List?
2) Isn’t it clear I only listen to music from the ’70s and ’80s?

I’m sure I could come up with a Top 10.  But I probably won’t.  Instead, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that Say I Am You by The Weepies is my favorite album of 2006.  There were plenty of really good albums this year, but only one album made my heart ache and knees weak.  Only one album was so beautiful that a bridge actually woke me as I was drifting off to sleep.

So yeah, I like The Weepies.  I’d been looking forward to seeing the concert at The Canal Room for months.  Jess and I got our spots directly in front of the stage and spent 90 minutes mesmerized.

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, along with their band, played a mixture of material from Say I Am You, their previous album Happiness, as well as songs from their solo albums.  (One, in particular, "Sing Me To Sleep" from Tannen’s Big Señorita, gave me chills.)

And as I tend to do, I took photos.  Click below to see the full set, but here are a few of my faves.  I also got full video of their Christmas song, "All That I Want," but it’s around 300 MB.  If anybody can recommend a cheap (okay, free) way to compress, I’ll put it on YouTube.


Photos:  The Weepies, Canal Room 12/2/06

Rachel Fuller Presents IN THE ATTIC JAM, 11/29/06

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Rachel Fuller and a fantastic group of artists made their return to Joe’s Pub in NYC last Wednesday for yet another successful ATTIC JAM concert.  Their last concert, which I reviewed here in September, felt like a well-kept (yet sold-out) secret.  Well, after subsequent successful shows in locations including Chicago and Los Angeles, this show seemed more popular than ever.  The energy in the room was unbelievable.

The concert was hosted by Rachel and Jimmy Fallon.  The artists were:

Rachel Fuller
Mikey Cuthbert
Martha Wainwright
Pete Townshend
Sean Lennon
Ryan Adams

Unfortunately, this time around, I wasn’t able to gather all the song titles that each artist performed.  So before I get to the photos I took, I’ll just share a little bit about each performance.

Jimmy Fallon:  Jimmy played a well-received, parody "We Are The World" type-song entitled "Car Wash For Peace."  I was impressed at how well Jimmy did as co-MC for the evening.  One thing I’ve always liked about Jimmy is that he never hides his enthusiasm around other performers.  He comes across like a genuine fan.  I spoke to him afterwards and he was extremely nice and down-to-earth.

Rachel Fuller:  Rachel, as always, gave an exquisite performance.  She’s the consummate performer: charismatic, beautiful, and unbelievably talented.  She’s the glue that holds the show together, and I loved watching her proud beams as each artist came up and performed as part of her evening.  Highlights for me were her cover of Joni Mitchell’s "Blue," and of The Who’s "Sunrise," with Pete on guitar.  I remember when she first played "Sunrise" on her In The Attic webcast, and her performance has come so far since then – it’s become a song just perfect for her voice.  You can buy her latest EP, Shine at Barnes & Noble or iTunes.

Mikey Cuthbert:  Mike is a longtime friend of Rachel’s and a mainstay on her ITA webcasts and performances.  He’s a fantastic singer-songwriter with a strong, pure voice – kinda like Simon Townshend’s, actually.  The man has got unbelievable vocal and guitar chops, and my hope is that he’ll get a chance to expose more people in the U.S. to his music.  Keep your fingers crossed for a song on Grey’s Anatomy or something.  You can get his new EP here.

Martha Wainwright:  Martha was making her second appearance at a NY ITA show, and was just as fantastic this time as she was back in September.  She’s riveting.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.  She also happens to be unbelievably photogenic!  She played a few brand-new songs with her talented bassist, as well as some I recognized from the previous show.  Buy Martha’s album at Amazon or iTunes.

Pete Townshend:  Pete never disappoints as a solo artist.  In addition to playing guitar on "Sunrise," he performed a blistering "Drowned" and played three songs from the new album: "Endless Wire," "In The Ether" (Rachel on piano) and "God Speaks Of Marty Robbins."  If you don’t want to go buy the new Who album, that’s fine, but you must hear "God Speaks Of Marty Robbins."  It’s one of the most beautiful, gentle and touching songs he’s ever written.  The song, sung from God’s perspective, is about how he can’t wait to finish his work so he can listen to the guitarwork of his favorite creation, Marty Robbins.  Listen to a sample and buy on iTunes.  Trust me.  (When I have I steered you wrong?)  (Don’t answer that.)

Sean Lennon:  Sean, for me, was the big surprise of the night.  I’ve never heard anything he’s done before, so I was a clean slate, walking in.  He opened with a song called "Tomorrow" that blew me away.  A beautiful voice, perfect jazzy chords, and sweet, touching lyrics.  Just about every song he played just knocked me off my feet.  I’ll be buying his new album, Friendly Fire, and I suggest you do too.

Ryan Adams:  Ryan Adams may be a talented and prolific musician, and his songs were fine at the show, but in my opinion, ITA was not the right place for him.  Whereas the show generally has a "community" feeling, with each artist inviting the others up on stage, joining in during the finale, etc, Ryan had no interest in any of it.  He came out, didn’t say a word to the audience the entire time he was there, did his four songs, ducked off, didn’t join in during the finale, and apparently insisted on being lit only in red.  I was completely irritated by his performance and most of the audience was as well.  All I kept thinking was that we could have been seeing Simon Townshend perform instead.  He came off as ungrateful and tortured.  (Please note: this is not an open invitation to argue about him in the comments.  I’m not talking about his talent, I’m talking about his attitude.)

Rachel’s final few songs, as well as an excellent finale by (almost) all the artists, brought the mood back up to a high level.  The bunch performed their usual closer, "I’m One," with each artist taking a part of the vocal.  Jimmy Fallon swung his mike, which elicited cheers and laughter (even from Roger Daltrey, who was in the audience).  All in all, yet another unbelievable performance from all the artists at the jam.  Can’t wait for the next NY one!

As usual, I took photos of the event:

Photos:  Rachel Fuller Presents IN THE ATTIC JAM, 11/29/06

And here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Evil Prince Ludwig!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

EVIL PRINCE LUDWIG THE INDESTRUCTIBLE! rocked a packed house at The Bitter End on Friday night!  Thanks to everybody who showed up.

Full photo album can be found here, and the archived info is up in the performance section.  Here are a few of my favorite shots!

Jess’s Birthday

Monday, September 25th, 2006

It’s my wife’s birthday so please permit me a second of mush.

Happy birthday, sweetheart.  Great things are happening for you…all just around the corner!

I love you!