Brian Molko and his fellow band members at Placebo gave a great show in Israel. And today, The Editors are playing in town. The Editors were initially had a minor role in backing theThe Pixies, that cancelled in the last moment. I’m glad that The Editors came.
80s music made a huge comeback in Israel a few years ago. Unfortunately this trend refuses to leave us. It seems to haunt me in every cafe I’m sitting it.
There was some good music in that decade. I like U2′s first albums, The Police, Dire Straights, and the Pixies among other (few) acts. But those rock bands, despite their popularity, weren’t the sound of those times. The discovery of synthesizers caught the attraction of musicians, the media and the public.
Electronic music has evolved since then. The sound became better, the use became wiser and the songs less idiotic. But back then, songs like these were big hits:
Just heard it while surfing the web on my laptop using wireless technology in 2010. Stupid words and bad sound. The cold singing styles continues as I type…
Here’s something that’s more to my liking. Neil Young and Dave Matthews collaborate in a show for Haiti. It’s a combination of hi-tech recording equipment with low-tech acoustic guitars and excellent performers.
I hope that more songs like these will be heard in the cafes in Tel Aviv…
The British duo Zero7 performed in Israel. I’m a big fan of the band. Their show in Tel Aviv had many interesting versions to old hits, but too many new songs which are in a totally different style.
Zero7 put a nice show. The lighting was excellent, and they enjoyed good sound. Good sound isn’t so common in live performances in Israel.
They made acoustic versions to many of their big hits, from “Simple Things”, their first album, and from the second one “When It Falls”. I liked these versions. All the singers have good voices, and they didn’t need too much noise in the background.
Their hit “Destiny” was well accepted by the audience. Also “In the Waiting Line” which was accompanied by an acoustic guitar and a cello was great. I recognized one song from the third album, “The Garden”, which had a slightly different style.
The downside was the new and fourth album, Yeah Ghost, featured in their website. I understand that they came to support its release, but there was too much of it. The style is totally different: it’s electronic non-vocal music from outer space. It was fun to dance with such a track for a song or two, but there were way too many tracks like this.
I don’t expect a band with 4 albums to stick to old hits, but they should have taken their audience’s preferences in consideration.
The evening began with the Israeli band Coolooosh, which was a great warmup. The guys from Jerusalem play funk music with some interesting jazzy beats.
Here’s one song that was missing from Zero7′s show, called Salt Water Sound. It’s also missing from most of the first album’s releases, but appears as a bonus track:
Pearl Jam, one of my favorite bands, is coming to Europe this summer. I’m going to Werchter Rock festival in Belgium at the beginning of July. They won’t be there, but rather in mid-August in other cities in the old continent. Details here.
But I might make an extra effort, and if I’m lucky, I might make a quick jump to London or Berlin and see Eddie Vedder and the gang.
I grew up in the 90s, when Seattle grunge music was at its peak. Here’s one of my favorite songs, Rearviewmirror:
Well, I’m no musician, but that’s an answer that I prefer to say over my profession. It sounds better! Anyway, music is a hobby that I enjoy very much.
In the past months I’ve been playing on the base guitar with my friend Lior. He writes excellent original songs which we performed on stage. He plays the acoustic guitar. Another friend, Amit, joined in the second show on the drums. In our recent, and third show we Gil on the saxophone as a guest.
In this last show, I also sang one song, Neil Young’s Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World. This is a song I love, and I hope that I didn’t ruin it too much…I apologize for the quality of the video as well:
And, here’s another song we performed on stage, Lior’s :”Mehaka Lera”, which translates to something like “Waiting for Worse”:
If you want to hear more of Lior’s songs, check out his MySpace.
The German band And One performed a great show in Tel Aviv. I had little expectations from an electronic band from the 80s, but their style and their engagement with the the audience was wonderful, and I’m truly waiting for their next promised visit in 2009.
Picture credit: Jasmine.
The 80s were a dark period in music. The “dark 80s” style is even darker! It always amazes me that 80s song are still written nowadays. Morrissey, which will perform in Israel this summer, is one of the only great artists that emerged from the 80s.
But last Friday, Jasmine took me to And One’s concert in the Barby club. Three hours late of schedule (which is late also for a middle eastern country), they guys were on stage, and I enjoyed every minute, despite the lack of guitars on stage.
The only musical instruments that were used were two synthesizers, played by Chris Ruiz and Gio van Oli. They were responsible for all the sound. For someone who plays the guitar occasionally, and likes the sound of live music, this was weird, but that’s part of the genre, and they sure know how to make the people dance.
You can see here their hit “Sometimes”:
Steve Naghavi, the lead singer, sure has style. Dressed in a 3-part suit, and running all over the stage, he gave a great performance. I knew only a small portion of their repertoire, but enjoyed the act very much.
Apart from the band’s hits, they made cover versions of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure and a few more hits (from the 80s, naturally). Most of the songs were in English, whilst some were in German. The singer made his homework, and spoke various words in Hebrew with the enthusiastic crowd. He also promised to come back next year…
I’ll go see him elsewhere. I’ve just received my entry ticket to the Rock Werchter festival. Neil Young is performing on July 4th, the second day of the 4-day festival.
I became a fan of Young in the past few years. I love his songs, his lengthly guitar solos, and his political thoughts. It’s amazing that this singer is still creating new and exciting material all the time. Many of his generation (he’s been in Woodstock!) are not active anymore.
I’ve featured his songs a few times on the blog, and here’s the song No Hidden Path from his last album Chrome Dreams II:
Apart from Young, the festival has lots of other big names that are definitely worth seeing: Radiohead, R.E.M, Lenny Kravitz, My Morning Jacket and Moby to name a few. Check out the site for all the details.
So, in two months time, I’ll be at a small Belgian village, enjoying those performances. Yeah!
In the past few months I’ve dived into reggae music. One of my favorite artists is Max Romeo, and I was lucky enough to see this veteran reggae prince, here in Israel:
After a short warmup by his 7 band members, I was excited to see a 60+ man with long gray dreadlocks sing clearly and dance on the stage.
His repertoire includes lots of hits. He began with some big hits, but it seemed that it took him some time to warm up. At the beginning of the show he looked as if he had done this act too many times. His band was enthusiastic throughout the show.
Later on, Max Romeo and the crowd got closer together and the bass beat was felt strongly across the hall. The peak was his song “I chase the devil” which was renewed by The Prodigy years later, and was a big hit.
My favorites were “Little time for Jah”, “Three Blind Mice”, “One step forward”, “200 years of history” and “Public enemy no 1.” which wrapped up the show.
The crowd didn’t let go of him and demanded more and more songs. His guitarist promised that he’ll be back on the next day for another show…
A few more notes: his base guitar player (a female) played on headless bass and there was something that I’ve never seen before: Sometimes they began playing a part of the song, stopped playing, asked “Are you ready?” and then played the song from the beginning. Well, that was the first time I’ve seen this…
Anyway, it was a great musical and emotional experience.
Max Romeo, March 5th, 2008, live at “Barby”, Tel Aviv.
Idan Rabinovici recently released his debut album named Bedroom Folk. He celebrated the release in a big performance, with lots of musicians:
His style is usually minimalistic. He accompanies himself with an acoustic guitar, and sometimes another person plays along or sings along. At this special show there were lots of musicians with various musical instruments.
The show was great. Apart from the full album’s songs, we had the chance to hear songs that didn’t make it into the album. The place, Levontin 7, was packed, and Idan’s excitement was felt all over.
Since it took me too long to write about this performance, it’s hard for me to elaborate about the show, but I can conclude that it was great. I’ve purchased the album and I listen to it again and again.
So, if you’re living in Israel and interested in good original folk music in English, you can see his next shows through his MySpace site or you can buy the album here (Hebrew site).
I usually prefer buying albums at live shows – more money goes to the artists and less money goes to the middle men.
So, I enjoyed his music, and you also will.
His next show is on April 17th, at “Zusammen”, Lilenblum 25, Tel Aviv.
More pictures from Idan Rabinovici’s special show.
After over a week of very cold weather the sun healed. While enjoying the sun, I also did some light-weight political activity, enjoyed live music on the streets and filled my belly. I love the city a lot, and here’s a post that mixes everything. Yup, you’ve heard it before…
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