New York Loves Nouvelle Vague: A Review Of Last Night’s Show At The Fillmore At Irving Plaza

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With their 3rd album of covers, 3 – or “trois” as chanteuse Melanie Pain put it — out this month in Europe and September in America, Nouvelle Vague played one of the first dates on their current tour at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza last night.

While Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux may be the masterminds behind the group’s punk and post-punk interpretations, singers Nadeah and the aforementioned Melanie Pain were the stars of the live show.  Nadeah in particular, was ever-charismatic, glamourously voguing in a sea of filtered violet and deep blue lighting.  Apart from being a photo opportunity, the sober first half mainly showcased cuts from the new album, punctuated by the opening track, “Master & Servant,” and the Violent Femmes’ crowd pleaser, “Blister In The Sun.”

After a couple anti-American numbers, Nadeah took it up a notch by scaling the balcony railing mid-song, side-stepping her way across and back before a security drone pulled her over the side by the wrists. In turn, the energy of the set climbed with hits from Bande A Part and their self-titled debut: including Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Public Image Ltd’s “This Is Not A Love Song,” “Too Drunk To Fuck” and an especially fabulous version of “Friday Night Saturday Morning,” which gradually sped up in tempo and worked the audience into a frenzy.  At the end, fan-girls and their dates stomped the floor and screamed for more; Nouvelle Vague obliged with two encores, finally closing with “Bela Lugosis’s Dead” and The Cramps’ “Human Fly.”

Despite a lackluster new album, Nadeah and Co can still headbang and thrash their way through a show, albeit in the most graceful and fetching way imaginable.

Nouvelle Vague’s Upcoming Tour Dates (MySpace)

Nickodemus Celebrates Sun People With Release Parties

2346Nickodemus of NYC’s Turntables On The Hudson is throwing a couple shindigs for his new album, Sun People, out today on D.C.’s ESL Music.

The first show is tonight at an undisclosed outdoor location with DJ Nickodemus + special live guests from the album. The party is free with RSVP to sunpeople@nickodemus.com, and you will receive full details by email. 8PM to 12:30AM.

This Friday, ZEB & Mamma Digdown Brassband join in the fun at Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City.  It’s ZEB’s birthday and the rest of the Turntables crew Mariano + Nappy G & Christian Rogers accompany in this double celebration that’s sure to be a night of super heavy Brassband funk.

Stream and download “2 Sips & Magic” from Sun People

The Resident 46: The Roots Picnic, Summer Jam ’09, LL Cool J, Estelle

estelle08_cd-736899By Mawuse Ziegbe

Puberty would not have been the same without LL Cool J. Honestly who was hotter than shirtless, lip-lickin’ LL in 1995? Coolio? Tag Team? Exactly. And yet when Estelle and LL Cool J took over Terminal 5 for the Grammy and T-Mobile tour I was not prepared for how totally phat it would be. Estelle was aiight – she was two-steppin’ and bitching about her ex-boyfriend – entertaining but all things I could see any sloshed slag do on a Saturday night. LL weaved through his 20-year-plus repertoire flexing to hits like “Doin’ It,” “Rock The Bells,” “Phenomenon,” “I Need Love,” “Headsprung,” and “Radio” with the energy and abs of a delusional MySpace MC. I spent much of the time jonesing for FUBU, Dunkaroos and general nineties awesomeness. So, mad props to LL and the booty-quaking potency of his def beats.

The Roots don’t score as many mainstream snaps as LL but they continue to prove their legendary status with events like the 2nd annual Roots Picnic. Following a typically grizzly Chinatown bus ride to the illadelph, I caught Antibalas’ fairly uninspired set. Philly’s own Santigold often relies on her fussy downtown b-girl look and heart attack-serious dancers to carry a performance. But she actually smiled and flicked her hair a bit more than usual through songs like “Find A Way,” “Unstoppable,” and “Say Aha.” Throngs of mall-accessorized girls thrashed along to “Creator” and Spank Rock made [Read more...]