Last week The Big Pink played their first New York City-area show in nearly two years at Bowery Ballroom. Since their last New York show the band has accumulated quite an interesting range of fans which was both impressive and off-putting, but the band as always delivered a high-caliber performance. The addition of live band members Zan Lyons and drummer Victoria Smith (former drummer for Ipso Facto) was a smart move to help bring the music to life.
Highlights from the show included a stripped version of 77 from Future This and a mash-up of Dominos and Did it On ‘Em by Nicki Minaj (who sampled their song on her 2011 debut album).
theatening teasing fans by tweeting that she was tempted to upload all of her new songs to the internet, M.I.A. released a teaser video for a new song called Come Walk With Me. The song is a preview of M.I.A.’s upcoming fourth album which is rumored to be titled Matangi (her birth name) as it relates to anthology and a chronological/musical fusion of her previous albums (two of which were named after her parents).
It’s true, Nelly Furtado is back after a six-year hiatus from the English-language pop market! The first single from Nelly’s June 19th release The Spirit Indestructible is Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better), a track co-written with Rodney Jerkins.
The best part of the song you may be asking? The Bjork Crystalline-esque breakdown, a much preferred alternative to those still hung up on dubstep.
I am not afraid to admit that the bulk of Pulp‘s legendary discography isn’t entirely familiar to me, but when the Radio City Music Hall shows were announced for New York (the first American gigs in over a decade) I did not hesitate to hand over my credit card to Ticketmaster. In a display of irony and to the envy of my friends (the die-hard Pulp fans), I somehow snagged a second row pit ticket for the first night (April 10th, 2012) which turned out to be a truly eyeopening experience.
I can say with full confidence that Jarvis Cocker is one of the greatest live performers (further reinforced after literally stumbling upon his performance at the Whitney Biennial) and Pulp’s live show goes above and beyond the hype. I did not bring along an actual camera to the show, however my HTC Sensation camera phone didn’t do too bad as you can see. It really was an excellent show and I am now a true Pulp believer, especially after making it to the video screens twice during I Spy when Jarvis shone the light-camera device on me twice!
Pulp @ Radio City Music Hall 4/10/2012 courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan
Do You Remember the First Time? / Mis-Shapes / Razzmatazz / Pencil Skirt / Something Changed / Disco 2000 / Sorted For E’s and Wizz / F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. / I Spy / Babies / Underwear / This Is Hardcore / Sunrise / Bar Italia / Common People // Like A Friend / Live Bed Show / Party Hard
The Rapture played the first of their two sold out New York City shows on Friday night at Bowery Ballroom with supporting act Yvette. The band surprisingly played much of their hits (Get Myself Into It, House of Jealous Lovers, Echos) early into the set, sprinkling in a few tracks from their 2011 album In The Grace of Your Love along the way.
Come Back to Me (my favorite from aforementioned album) brought the Friday night energy up to full throttle before closing on a high note with dancefloor filler/sing-a-long favorite How Deep Is Your Love. Be sure to catch The Rapture on the road, In The Grace Of Your Love is available now! Setlist, music video, and performance clip all below.
Setlist: In the Grace of Your Love // Never Die // Pieces of the People We Love // Get Myself Into It // The Devil // Killing // Wayuh // House of Jealous Lovers // Echoes // Olio // Come Back to Me // Sail Away // Encore: Children // Miss You // How Deep Is Your Love
Last week I finally got the opportunity to catch SBTRKT‘s live set, the last missed opportunity due to the police raid of Greenpoint’s Coco 66. The sold out show at Webster Hall packed in hoards of teenagers (am I the only one who didn’t realize how “mainstream” SBTRKT has gotten?) while simultaneously streaming online via MTV Hive.
At the start of the show a sheet emblazoned with SBTRKT’s signature mask logo was lowered to shroud the performance before revealing SBTRKT and collaborator Sampa onstage. The performance although dubbed a DJ set featured live percussion, mixing, and vocals, and incited a full-on Tuesday night dance party especially during crowd favorites such as Wildfire. SBTRKT’s self-titled debut was released last summer, check out a video of Go Bang below.
No it’s not an April Fools joke, Tastes Like Caramel turns four years old today! I don’t get to post as much as I’d like but it’s still nice to share my opinions here, along with my live music experiences. And I’m still not done, thanks for allowing me to keep this space alive!
To celebrate, here are four handpicked tracks just for you::
Fresh from making a splash at SXSW, Grimes caused yet another stir in New York City last weekend. With three sold out shows (2 at Mercury Lounge and 1 at Glasslands), a DJ set at Bushwick’s Living Bread AND her very own curated art show at SVA, that’s what I call making the most of a weekend in the city.
Born Gold – the Canadian band formerly known as Gobble Gobble entertained the Friday evening crowd with a seizure-inducing theatrical set that included stilts, a shovel, a light/motion-rigged leather jacket and more. Due to time constraints Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) was onstage and cranking dials almost immediately following their set.
Before diving into her performance, Grimes forewarned everyone that she was not feeling well and would have to omit a few of those higher registered notes. Her voice wasn’t an issue at all though, the volume was!
I arrived at the venue early to secure a great spot and even right up front, the soundboard wasn’t cranked up to the right volume. Amidst some adorable banter throughout the set, Claire finally acknowledged this and shut her set down for a few seconds to plea with the soundboard during my favorite track from Visions – Nightmusic. It was quite amazing!
Check out some videos from the performance along with that fantastic moment caught on video below!
As you should already know, Miike Snow are no stranger to the pages of Tastes Like Caramel. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Happy To You, so when the surprise March 20th record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg was announced there was a fusion of panic and excitement to get into the instantly sold-out show. Jacques Lu Cont was originally slated to perform as a special guest, though he never took the stage.
The Miike Snow boys kicked off their celebratory set on Tuesday night with Enter the Joker’s Lair before launching forth into a relentless dance party. It was a special treat to see Miike Snow in an intimate venue such as Music Hall of Williamsburg before their THREE SOLD OUT shows at Terminal 5 next month. Happy To You is a great follow up to the band’s 2009 debut, and it is available now here! The full gallery from Tuesday’s show can be seen here.
In related news, Miike Snow have announced a special contest to “Find the Perfect Human” (details here) in addition to joining forces with Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Coco Morier and more on a new collaborative record label called Ingrid. More details can be seen here.
Miike Snow 3/20/12 Setlist: Intro // Enter the Joker’s Lair // The Wave // Cult Logic // Bavarian #1 // Burial // Pretender // Silvia // God Help This Divorce // Black & Blue // Paddling Out // Vase // Black Tin Box // Devil’s Work // Sans Soleil // Animal
While You Were in Austin: Charli XCX, Clock Opera & Django Django Live at Santos Party House + Video
While most of New York City made it’s annual pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW, Neon Gold Records took over Santos Party House on Monday night (March 12th) with an amazing lineup that included eagerly-anticipated stateside debuts from Charli XCX, Clock Opera, and one of my new favorite live bands Django Django.
Charli XCX was first up to bat (her first New York show a few days prior at Knitting Factory) and although she gave it her best go, you could tell that her live set up is a work in progress. However by the halfway mark of her set she seemed to loosen up, and by the end she had the crowd cheering for more. Give her some time and she’ll without a doubt be headlining her own New York gig in no time.
London’s Clock Opera (who also shared the Knitting Factory bill with Charli XCX and Niki and the Dove), played their second New York like seasoned pros with a polished set reminiscent of Friendly Fires, LCD Soundystem and Miike Snow. (Don’t be mistaken, that is definitely a compliment.)
The biggest slice of the pie for the night undoubtedly went to Django Django who went above and beyond the sounds of their recorded music. It was one of the best live sets I’ve seen this year and I truly urge you to catch one of their live shows next time they are around!
Clock Opera’s debut album Ways to Forget will be released on April 23th, watch the music video for single Man Made here. Django Django’s self-titled debut album is available now. Check out videos from each band’s sets below.