Last night was the Morrissey show at Radio City. I was so excited! I still had a bit of a cough from being sick (my nose congestion was gone) but a drink of Makers Mark and ginger ale helped curb the coughing for the most part. Is it bad to say I was thinking about whiskey for a few days? Alison and I missed the opener, Kristeen Young, but made Morrissey’s prompt start at 9pm. Here’s the setlist as taken from BrooklynVegan:
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
You Have Killed Me
The Youngest Was The Most Loved
You’re The One For Me, Fatty
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
People Are The Same Everywhere
Meat Is Murder
To Give (The Reason I Live)
Let Me Kiss You
I Know It’s Over
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
I’m OK By Myself
In case you can’t tell, that is Adam West and Burt Ward from the Batman TV series.
Last month I went to see the band Pulp at Radio City with my friend Pete and his friend Jess. Last time I saw them was the last time they were in New York City. That was 1998 at Hammerstein Ballroom!! Pete and Jess were at that show too but I didn’t know them. Anyway, the show was FANTASTIC!! Mr. Jarvis Cocker was a great host, said funny things, sang great songs, danced and flailed around. Sigh. I may not go to as many concerts as I used to but if the ones I do go to have this kind of quality, then I’m happy. I didn’t take many photos so I’m just documenting my ticket and the big PULP in lights on the stage.
The view from the 2nd mezzanine. Here is the set list:
Do You Remember the First Time?
Sorted for E’s & Wizz
(snippet of Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie”)
This Is Hardcore
Like a Friend
Bad Cover Version
On to see Florence and the Machines at the same venue tonight! Woohoo!
Speaking of babies, we had a surprise baby shower for Robyn during the October mixer. (Hmm, I guess you can’t really call it a mixer since no cd’s were exchanged!) We went back to the Magician, since it worked so well for the surprise shower they gave me back in January 2007. I was so glad that Robyn was surprised! Whew! Such pressure to keep it a surprise. Of course, we also bought a dozen cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Robyn and Eric both loved all the gifts, the cupcakes and the surprise (well, just Robyn since Eric knew about it!) It only took 2.5 years for another CDMOMer to get pregnant, who’s next?!!!
I met up with Brenda before the mixer for dinner. I suppose I should keep that post separate and will write about it next.
The mixer was a couple of weeks ago on the 18th. We had it at Common Ground, a really nice loungy feel bar in the East Village. I liked it so much, we are having the September mixer there on trivia night on a Wednesday! And Robyn is pregnant! Woohoo!! She’s due December 30th.
For my mix this month I did a tribute to John Hughes as he passed away earlier this month. I hunted for a bunch of quotes from his movies and was really happy with the way the mix turned out. I did so much work on the actual mix that I got lazy to do the cover so here is just a screen shot of the playlist:
I have the mix uploaded so if you are interested in downloading it, leave me a comment and I’ll send you the link and password.
I can’t believe I forgot to post about seeing Doves at Terminal 5 on the 4th with Joy and Pete! My photos came out on the darker side and at the time was lazy to fix them, which is probably why I forgot about it. The show was good. They have a new album out, that none of us have, so the majority of the show were new songs we weren’t familiar with. Of course the band and the crowd really picked up at the encore when they played a bunch of familiar songs. We got there around 9:15 and they were already playing. I’m pretty sure they just started. We walked out of there at about 10:45.
Prior to the show, we met up for dinner at a Mexican place called Tulcingo del Valle. It’s a small little place but their menu was pretty large. I got overwhelmed and ended up ordering mixed fajitas to get a little bit of everything. It was just ok. Paled in comparison to Joy’s and Pete’s dishes! Joy got tripe soup and chicken molÃ© and Pete got fried pork skin in a green sauce. We also got an order of Texan style nachos that included delicious pickled carrots that were hotter than the jalapenos! (I forgot to take a photo of that!) Would definitely go back there and this time not order the fajitas! And you know it’s authentic when there is no sign of sour cream!
Sunday I went to see Dark Was The Night at Radio City with Joy. She first lured me to go by saying that Ben Harper was supposed to play it. He didn’t – DOY! (I think he was at the Pete Seeger celebration at the Garden) but it was a great show anyway! It started around 8:15, had a 20 minute intermission and ended about 11:115ish. We had pretty good seats, first mezz in row C. Alison was there with Josh in the orchestra. ;-p~
Dark Was The Night is a compilation that benefits the Red Hot Charity Organization and all the benefits go to prevent Aids and for Aids research (I believe). You mightÂ remember past compilations such as Red, Hot and Blue or Red, Hot and Rio.
Stand outs for me were David Byrne (I was surprised at how good his voice sounded as I’ve only seen him live with Talking Heads), My Brightest Diamond, Feist, Bon Iver, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Honestly, I really enjoyed everyone!Here is the setlist taken from brooklynvegan.
Dark Was The Night @ Radio City Music Hall 5/3/09 – Setlist (started by Happy Genius Heroes)
1. Dirty Projectors – “useful chamber” and ‘stillness”
2. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness Is the Move”
3. Dirty Projectors – “Ambulance Man” w/ David Byrne
4. Dirty Projectors – “Knotty Pine” w/ David Byrne
5. My Brightest Diamond – “Feeling Good”
6. The National – “Slow Show”
7. The National – “England”
8. The National – “So Far Around The Bend”
9. The National – “Vanderlylle Cry Baby” w/ My Brightest Diamond
10. Dave Sitek – “With A Girl Like You”
11. David Byrne – “Don’t Fence Me In”
12. David Byrne – “Dreamworld: Marco de Canavezes” w/ Justin Vernon
13. David Byrne – “Waters Of March” w/ Leslie Feist
14. Bon Iver – “Brackett, WI”
15. Bon Iver – “Blood Bank”
16. Bon Iver – “Big Red Machine” w/ Matt Berninger
17. Bon Iver – “Flume” w/ My Brightest Diamond
18. Feist – “The Wagoner’s Lad”
19. Feist – “Look At What the Light Did Now”
20. Feist – “Train Song” w/ Justin Vernon
21. Feist – “Someday Baby”
22. Sharon Jones – “Not Gonna Cry”
23. Sharon Jones – “When I Come Home”
24. Sharon Jones – “Inspiration Information”
25. Sharon Jones – “100 Days, 100 Nights”
All – “This Land Is Our Land”
(they were playing the song rather mellow and then Sharon Jones came out to show them how to really sing it!)
David Byrne with the Dirty Projectors
My Brightest Diamond
The National and My Brightest Diamond
David Sitek of TV on the Radio
I loved these drummers that came out with David Byrne and I loved that he played 2 songs from past compilations that were never heard live!
Bon Iver and My Brightest Diamond
Last night I went to see Morrissey atÂ Carnegie Hall with Alison. I’m so glad she had an extra ticket because I probably wouldn’t have gone to see him on this tour. The tickets were kind of expensive and I was going back and forth as to whether I wanted to go, tickets went on sale, I hemmed and hawed and then I regretted not getting tickets. But anyway, I got to go! This was his third show in NYC on this tour (he played Bowery and Webster Hall before Carnegie). It was a pretty subdued show as far as Morrissey shows go but that shouldn’t be surprising since it was at Carnegie Hall and we were seated waaaay up in the balcony (the sound was pretty good tho!). What made this way exciting for me was the fact that I was able to sneak in some photo taking! Every Moz show I ever went to did not allow cameras and they checked pretty thoroughly. I used to sneak in a camera in my skirt back in th early 90’s (such a rebel I was back then! HA!) but since I always went up front, dealing with the mosh of people while trying to take pictures did not produce very good photos (imagine a tiny lopsided image of Morrissey in the corner of a shot or a photo of Morrissey’s chest – no head – just chest) . No photo or video taking is allowed at CH but they didn’t check my bag at all! But because we were far up in the balcony, the images weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. But better than nothing!! I also bought a tour shirt.
I didn’t document the set list because I’m sure someone did and could be easily found on the internet. I do remember he opened with This Charming Man and encored with First of the Gang to Die, played a lot from his current album, Years of Refusal, played How Soon is Now and Death of a Disco Dancer…I wished he played some early Morrissey stuff! I was hankering to hear Last of the Famous or Everyday is Like Sunday. Oh well. He came out in a tuxedo (it was Carnegie Hall after all!), he changed his shirt several times and took off his shirt several times! At one point, he came onto the stage with a baby/toddler in his arms (like on the cover of his new album). I joked that Sienna could have played that role perfectly and why didn’t I know about the casting call? The boy’s name was Sebastian too! I didn’t get a photo of that because it happened too fast.
Ok so before these next photos, I want to state for the record that I’ve never been sexually attracted to Morrissey (although I do think he’s become quite handsome as he has gotten older – not bad for someone turning 50 in May!). My fantasy relationship with him was always me being a close confidante of his. He does have a certain charisma, which is what got me obsessed with him after seeing him for the very first time in the early 90’s at Jones Beach – and I was far away at that show too! Anyway, this next photo he took off his shirt and I was so taken by surprise that I snapped so fast and the camera didn’t have time to focus. I thought it was funny!
He’s looking at me!!!
The full band (I think)
Moz Encore CH from Lisa on Vimeo.
Thursday night was the CD mixer and it was the best turnout we had in a long time! Woohoo! With 2 newbies too! We went to Jake’s Saloon on 23rd street and even exchanged CDs! (Granted I only made 6 copies and there were about 13 people but some people had uploaded their mix.) I kind of cheated with my mix and used one I made recently for a swap on swap-bot. Here’s my mix:
1. Play Your Part (Pt. 1)Â Â Â Girl Talk
2. Paper Planes (Starters Remix)Â Â Â M.I.A.
3. We Want Your Kids (Starters Mash-Up) Â Â Â MGMT vs. Adam Freeland
4. Lights OutÂ Â Â Santogold
5. 5 Years Time (Sun Sun Sun)Â Â Â Noah and the Whale
6. Beware Our Nubile MiscreantsÂ Â Â Of Montreal
7. Valerie PlameÂ Â Â The Decemberists
8. Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)Â Â Â Peter Bjorn and John
9. Hiphopopotamus Vs. RhymenocerousÂ Flight Of The Conchords
10. Singer SongwriterÂ Â Â Okkervil River
11. CampusÂ Â Â Vampire Weekend
12. Acid TongueÂ Â Â Jenny Lewis
13. Black HoleÂ Â Â She & Him
14. Every Valley Is Not A LakeÂ Â Â Cold War Kids
15. Fix ItÂ Â Â Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
16. Suspended In GaffaÂ Â Â Ra Ra Riot
Hopefully the CDMOM momentum will keep up! I uploaded my mix online as well so if you are interested in downloading it, leave me a comment!
I went to a concert Tuesday night! Woohooo!! My last one was in November for Girl Talk. I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since seeing a live show (Elmo Makes Music DOES NOT COUNT!) I went to see Relentless 7. I’m not sure if it’s Ben Harper’s side band or just another project. It was at Highline Ballroom, the first time at the venue. It was a pretty decent venue, although the entrance area is a little bit cramped. But no bag check! And the venue was cool throughout the whole night! I was actually a little chilly! That never happens! It was pretty small, I would say roughly the same size as Mercury Lounge but with the stage on the long side of a rectangle instead of the short end. We haven’t been that close to Ben since I got kicked out of his show at Bowery Ballroom. Anyway, it was LOUD!! I was resisting putting some tissue in my ears and then Joy told me to put my headphones in. I truly think that saved my hearing! Thank you Joy! The band went on aroun 9:15 after an introduction by Matt Pinfield and Leslie Frann from RXP (a station I love, BTW!) They played until about 10:30 and came out for 1 encore where they sang Under Pressure. It was an awesome show!!