11-11 The Gaskets @ Arlene’s Grocery
It’s hard to write a review of a show that’s already several weeks old, but they were so fucking killer it’s hard to just ignore it. In short, the Gaskets
rule. They got me dancing –which despite my unfortunate blogname is easy to do- and had a small but devoted group up front equally as mobile. And that’s all it takes.
While the Gaskets are seriously talented and compose great dance tracks, live they become something else… a ridiculous parody in the vein of Ghostland Observatory. Whilst they don’t need to be so hilarious to be good, they have so many dance moves -neither play instruments- that I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. I hope their act doesn’t hold them down form becoming a serious force… but I also would hate to see them give it up because they have so much fun. They opened with The Easy Life
, and closed with Eiffel Tower
followed by a song so-called-inspired by the movie 8-mile
. You can just imagine.
-Download a whole live show here
. I’ve listened to it at least 5 times… which is unheard of, for a 45 minute track.
-Go to this post for 4 mp3s
.11-18 Devin Davis @ Mercury Lounge
Since I didn’t know what time W.A.S. was was-ing at Rare, I didn’t go (Jay
did though). Instead I went to see 2005 Male Artist of the Year (awarded by Yeti Don’t Dance, not PLUG
) Devin Davis at the most opening-est slot at the Merc. He was solo, and the songs felt hollow, but not just because he was solo, rather it’s just that they didn’t carry any significant magic other than sounding like regular ol’ singer/songwriter fare. Ho-hum for the most part. He did his best with a loop machine to create choruses, but generally they were only a shell of his magnificent album. On top of that, his voice was shot and he couldn’t hit anything in his upper range. I’m not sure if he was sick or his voice was tired that night, but he tried his best to fight through it. 11-18 Jaymay, A Brief Smile, The Diggs @ Crash Mansion
After Davis, I strolled over to the Crash Mansion to find a line to get in. That’s right… A LINE! I guess word is out on Open Bar Fridays there. I got a few drinks while that lasted, and then proceeded to get buckets of beer which was shared with friends. The best part was when I asked a girl for a bucket, but it turned out she wasn't a waitress. Opps. It felt like I know a ton of people there between bloggers, coworkers, and friends from college. Jaymay was impressive, and played a really really long set. A really long set, as I recall. A Brief Smile took the reigns from there and impressed me also, far more than I expected from them. The Diggs followed by the best set I’ve seen them play yet. Oh so good. And I can’t forget DJ Nora
, who tore it up in between sets despite being barely able to talk or walk straight. Don’t you ever doubt that that girl can party. I’m a celebrity over at her flickr account
/. Notice that I did in fact get a haircut after the untameable coifure
seen on Brooklyn Vegan. Rachael, the hostess, has her own recap
.11-26 The Cribs @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
I flew in from Denver in the early morn, so I figured it’d be a stretch to last until the late show for FIXED. I did, but barely. At least the Cribs can rock. Inside it was nice and spacious –not the typical can of sardines that Tribeca Grand normally attracts. The Cribs throttled through their set and ended again with the jam to end all jams… Wrong Way to Be
. The bloody singer –and when I say “bloody”, I don’t mean it in the English/Irish way (“we’ll have a bloody good time”), I mean, he actually bleeds from his mouth-…. well… he wasn’t so bloody Saturday night. Maybe his PR firm told him it’s creepy and he should stop.11-27 The Magic Numbers @ Mercury Lounge
I’m not the biggest Magic Number fan, but it seems a lot of them were there last night. The crowd was singing and moving along, probably because much of them were British. Ahhhh lovely British. I’m consider a move to U.K. He’s considering a move to U.K.
They played 9 out of 12 from their album, 2 new songs, one old song, and a cover. They ended their encore-less set very strong with Mornings Eleven
– Some popular Top 40 cover – Forever Lost
– and Excellent new song that was stretched very long. "Brilliant," as one might say.