Final post of the year. Hope you had a great year at the clubs, venues, bars, halls and basements and that you were thoroughly entertained.
(what I said then) It's blatantly apparent that Mumford & Sons have forged their way into the hearts of America with this sold out tour and their debut album, Sigh No More. When you have fans lined up around the block an hour before doors, you know you're doing something correct. During my interview, I asked Marcus if he grasped why he was so popular, which he hasn't figured out. Well, if I may, my observation is that the band produces an energetic, foot-stomping hoedown good time. People respond to those freakout moments in Little Lion Man and Roll Away Your Stone. You see the majority of the crowd jumping to the beat.
(what I said then) At many points during the show, I had to gather my thoughts about the importance of these shows in just to solidify Pavements legacy. The band did the right thing in coming together one more time. Yes, in the end, they get a nice payout, but all us need to soak all those great tunes in live form. Although Malkmus is the big name in the band, he blends in seamlessly with the others on stage. He or anybody doesn't take over the whole show. Except when Nastanovich doesn't his screaming thing, the band thrives on being a complete entity on stage.
(what I said then) As I mentioned before when I said I was going to the show while on holiday, I hadn't seen MGMT since they've become stars. I was at the famous rained out Pool Party but left early. Then I didn't seen their set at the last All-Points West. If they are one of the biggest breakout New York bands in the past few years, you would only know it by the size of the crowds. They still play a straight-forward and focused set. Their antics are held back until they do Kids, and Andrew and Ben leave their mic stands and dance and jump around. It's funny to see the reserved and unassuming Ben try to be a crazy rock star. During the song, he took some fruit from backstage and started handing it out. Meanwhile, Andrew jumped into the crowd to feel the love.
(what I said then) It was moving, beautiful, enthralling, invigorating, transcendent, magical, intense, enveloping, surreal and out of this world. Yes, we, as an audience, floated into space. This is the show we'll be talking about for years to come. Sure, Jason Pierce performed the album in its entirety before, but not in the most famous venue in the world. It was a once-in-a-lifetime paring that I doubt can be recreated anywhere else.
(what I said then) Twenty thousand people can't be wrong, Sharon Jones is the best. Last Saturday, the peoples came out in force to give major love to Miss Jones and her Dap-Kings, in what can only be described as the largest and best performance of her career. The free show, in the final weekend of Celebrate Brooklyn, was three and a half hours of fun and funk. Her set alone pushed the two and a half hour mark, going right up against curfew. You can't stop her! You can only hope to contain her.