Just read your review Harry. Good as usual, although I don't really agree with you about the Antony comparison (JB isn't as much of a drama queen, imo) and I would equate his demeanor more as a young, polite Englishman (vs "timid"), but whatever.
Also, I'm glad you shed light on what happened with those two girls. We thought it was weed related this whole time. Did you actually witness the entire scene? If so, please elaborate.
I concede both of those points to you. To be fair, "polite Englishman" translates to "timid" in America because Americans couldn't give a fuck about being polite.
I was right in front of them, I didn't see everything first hand but I definitely saw hair being pulled and that security guard took about 2 full minutes to realize anything was happening. The people right next to them said the instigator was drunk and throwing plastic cups at people. So people threw cups back, and that's when the bitch started fighting. The reaction on stage was interesting. James completely ignored it, didn't hesitate, he was focused. The bassist and the drummer were glaring at the crowd, not because they were angry at the drunk chick, but like disappointed in everyone else for paying more attention to the fight than the music. I felt bad for that but shit I didn't want my friend's camera to get destroyed!
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Just got back from tonight's show at the Troubadour, I thought it was great. All album material, a few "new ones," and nothing from the "old EPs," besides Klavierwerke (which was probably my favorite track of the night, he was skankin' sitting on his piano bench). His encore was a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You." He does spice a few of the tracks up for the stage as well, in particular "Limit to Your Love," where they went into a sort of dub (in the reggae sense) extended outro that sounded real nice.
His voice sounded wonderful, as did the instrumentation. It was excellent sonically as well in my opinion, everything was mixed just right; his voice could always cut through whatever else was happening (while not being overpowering). He can definitely fill the space, sounding full and rich, be it from silence with waves of reverb, an increasingly resonant synthesizer, or a deep, soul shaking wall of bass.
James was about three feet away from me the entire night. Despite that all of the conversations I overheard sounded like posts from hipster runoff, it was a great show.
But that's just like, my opinion, man.
Originally Posted by psycobetabuckdown
To be fair, "polite Englishman" translates to "timid" in America because Americans couldn't give a fuck about being polite.
I was going to say he was very soft spoken, but perhaps this is the case.
I was real skeptical how his live show would turn out. Man, did he impress! Never have I heard the Troubadour sound system put to the test like that. It felt like the place was gonna crumble to the ground on a couple of the bass hits. just got tixs to Fonda. Can't wait.