Look who paid a visit to our little hamlet -- Miss Katie Nash! As I suggested during our chat last March, she should play New Jersey. There was no way I was missing this gig, and like the previous six times, she delivers smiles and good times.
- I Just Love You More
- Do Wah Doo
- Kiss That Grrrl
- Take Me to a Higher Plane
- I Hate Seagulls
- Skeleton Song
- Later On
- Mansion Song
- Early Christmas Present
- R&B Side
- Merry Happy
- ENCORE: Pumpkin Soup
There's so much to love about Kate Nash. It's probably the reason I'm a mega-fan -- there's diversity to her music. When it was just her and her guitar playing anti-folk/singer-songwriter tunes, I noticed her keen and unique insight. Then she made Caroline's a Victim her first single -- with its heavy electronic beats and minimalistic lyrics. Made of Bricks was brilliant in how merge quirky lyrics with playful pop sensibilities. I breathed a sigh of relief with My Best Friend Is You because second albums can be difficult when your first album is successful. There's great range of genres packed into the album. Like any good artist, she listens to everything out there and she incorporates her tastes into her music. She does big "Wall of Sound" track, a few riotgirrl tracks, somber song, more ultra poppy tunes and a rock-out track
Thus, I'. reminded again seeing her live that she's a true performaer in every sense of the world. She engages her audience -- looking at people, smiling, responding to people shouts of love. When she plays tunes like Marietta or Do Wah Doo, her playful spirit comes through. Then on the serious tunes like Don't You Want To Share The Guilt? or I Hate Seagulls, she hypnotizes the whole crowd. I must admit that when she plays solo, it makes me tense because I don't want anything to ruin the moment. This being the Wellmont Theatre with the collapsing roof during the Deadmaus show and suspect sound system that shocked Neko Case, there was extra reason to be nervous. But, nothing went array. Although, there was one song where the microphone was cutting in and out. You know, I love my neighbor concert venue, but dammit the sound system is wonky.
It was a small crowd on Saturday night, mostly of youngins with their parents hanging in back as to not embarrass their kids. This being my seventh time since September 2007, the only new wrinkle on is the stage setting and intro music of "Crimson and Clover" with the lightning affects in the backdrop. As you can tell with the pictures, her piano was decorated with light bulbs. Then, there were these random pillows floating above her head. It's recycled art! She seemed in good spirits, this being the last stop on her U.S./Canada tour with Peggy Sue. Like all the shows I've seen her, it's a loose affair with plenty of levity mixed with repertoire.
Here's this for a shout out, she had dinner at Veggie Heaven, which is about 4 miles up Valley Road in Upper Montclair. It's a great Asian vegetarian restaurant where they make all the traditional dishes in veggie form. I highly endorse the sweet and sour "chicken". V.H. gets The Nash bump, like Stephen Colbert giving Bluestone Coffee in Montclair the Colbert bump. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a MusicSnobbery bump.
Another chapter in the Nash file is closed and we await for her next move. I'm sure she has plenty of material swimming around in her red-headed mind. I'm just glad she listened to my suggestion.
Kate's longtime friends Peggy Sue joined her on this tour. After enduring the Trachtenberg Slide Players and Supercute, I was glad a mature band got to open up. I saw them a couple of times in March 2009, I thorough enjoyed their gospel meets country roots folk. They've got that O Brother, Where Art Thou? vibe with those ghostly harmonies and heavy drum beats. Their debut album, Fossils and Other Phantoms, turned out rather well. It's upbeat for the most part with his hoe-downs mixed with those dark, mysterous folk tales.