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Last week, Norah Jones at the Hammersmith Apollo. I know, I know, and I was not sure why I'd booked even before it started. I mean, I've never bought the new album. But as I'm sure I bored everyone wi

Going to see the Finn brothers in Central Park this evening. I assumed it would have sold out, but I got a message pushing half price tickets which I couldn't resist. Think it will piss down?  

Saw the Cowboy Junkies again last night, in an ice cold Beacon Theater. They had to wind up a ninety minute set at 11pm - union rules - which is a pity, as I think the audience would have loved anoth

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I hope to catch Franz Ferdinand as part of Pop Montreal, no futureheads though.

Looking at that lineup... whoa!

 

There's actually news here that I hadn't heard about. On the thursday of this fest, Galaxie 500 are playing their first show in 12 years or so as part of this. That's big, in a small kind of way.

Whoops... reading the blurb on the show, it's some Montreal band who have swiped the name for themselves.

 

That Franz Ferdinand show should be good, I've seen them a number of times. Don't miss the band before them, The Delays, who are a dreamy mix of The La's and the Cocteau Twins. Really.

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For those in NYC and into the New Rock, there's a good show at Rothko tomorrow night: The Secret Machines, plus Tight Fit.

 

The Secret Machines are something else live. They all dress in white, the drums are front and to the side (shades of E&TB) with these crazy bright white spotlights shining from behind them. It's rather startling and fits their sound: droney space rock a la old Pink Floyd if John Bonham played drums. Their songs are long, hypnotic and built around a groove. But there is melody too. I haven't seen them play since the release of their excellent self-titled debut, which contains actual songs with choruses and hooks. You could even call the single, "Nowehere Again," a pop song. Their website has the whole album to stream and you can watch the video, blah blah blah.

 

Opening is Tight Fit. I saw them open for Franz Ferdinand back in March; they're very high concept, somewhere between Phil Spector and VU. Yes, they even do a JAMC cover. Call them the Monophonic Spree if you will: indie rock backing band, Tight Fit had four girl vocalists, all dressed like Nancy Sinatra and playing tamborines. No attempt at harmonies, they all sang the same melody as if they were at a slumber party (in that way, sorta like Fuzzbox). Entertaining, but one note but worth seeing.

 

In between Tight Fit and Secret Machines are, I think, two other bands. Tight Fit are on at 8pm (probably more like 8:30 is my guess). The show is $10 and there's no advance tickets. If you're interested, I'd adviise you get there for Tight Fit because it's likely to become a mobscene as it gets closer to Secret Machines set time. They're on a major label and that means guest list out the wazoo, leaving poor unconnected shlubs stuck outside.

 

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Yes, keep the recs coming. Maybe the Secret Machines have been mentioned here before. Name rings a bell. That link to their site is good. I've been listening to them very loudly this PM, so loudly that I only vaguely heard the Fire Dept* ring our doorbell.

 

*I wasn't causing a community disturbance, honest. They were doing a routine inspection of our brownstone.

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And if you like to consume some electronica on occasion, M83 are at the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. I will let their site speak for itself:

 

http://www.ilovem83.com

i am curious as to what they'll be like live... besides very loud. my bloody valentine fans should pick this one up if you haven't already.

So am I, too bad it sold out by the time I remembered to try and buy tickets... :D

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Saw a couple of shows in connection with the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival. Last Tuesday at Satalla was an Israeli group called Smadar, who performed a kind of Sephardic jazz fusion. The vocalist, Smadar Levi, had an amazing voice and reminded me of the late Ofra Haza. Yesterday was a free concert at the South Street Seaport. I really enjoyed De Amsterdam Klezmer Band, but you haven't lived until you've seen a guy in full Hasidic garb do reggae rap with a Jamaican accent. (His name is Matisyahu, and he was a secular pothead until he found hiphop & God at about the same time.)

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Yes, keep the recs coming. Maybe the Secret Machines have been mentioned here before. Name rings a bell. That link to their site is good. I've been listening to them very loudly this PM, so loudly that I only vaguely heard the Fire Dept* ring our doorbell.

 

*I wasn't causing a community disturbance, honest. They were doing a routine inspection of our brownstone.

You believed them that their inspection was "routine"? That is the one of the oldest scam in the books.... :D

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I hope to catch Franz Ferdinand as part of Pop Montreal, no futureheads though.

Looking at that lineup... whoa!

 

There's actually news here that I hadn't heard about. On the thursday of this fest, Galaxie 500 are playing their first show in 12 years or so as part of this. That's big, in a small kind of way.

Some shows of note (apart from the obvious ones):

 

The Unicorns - almost too stoned to play, but still gave a good performance with a combination of guitar and cheap 80s synthesizer sounds (it was a bit of an issue when Mr. Ginger broke a string and had no replacement bass guitar, fortunately an audience member had one handy). The person opening for them (Noah23) should be barred from rapping - not even fit for a Geico commercial.

 

Culture Queer - a couple of kids from Indiana (again, with a bass guitar and ancient synths, instruments of choice for many) - quite rough around the edges and clearly used to a friendly local crowd, but there's definite potential there. Mr. Ginger, mentioned above, gave a guest performance.

 

Duchess Says - very silly, very 80s, but a couple of good tracks (both on their website)

 

 

Stop Die Resuscitate - hip hop/laptop pop crossover, if that makes sense to you. (mp3 here)

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