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I Don’t Second That Emotion

Smokey Robinson
Barclays Center
December 11th

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It’s no miracle that Smokey Robinson STILL sounds like good ol’ Smokey Robinson (or that he can rock a green outfit from neck to toe AND look simply amazing), but it is a absolute sin that I walked away from his concert dissatisfied. Yes, he played the sure-fire hits, and yes, they sounded great, but he only played 14 tunes in total, and 3 were shortened into a quickie Temptations medley. Where was ‘Shop Around’ or ‘Going To A Go Go’ or ‘Mickey’s Monkey’? Smokey was too busy padding time with pointless stories and jokes that a 6 year old could make. How could such a gifted writer have no gift for gab? And even if he did, why bother when there’s plenty more music he could have done sung? How could a Smokey Robinson concert not be amazing? That’s like an anti-miracle. And how could he have written the song ‘Love Bath’? It’s so gross that I need to take a hate shower after hearing it

SetlistBeing With You / I Second That Emotion / You Really Got a Hold on Me / Quiet Storm / Ooh Baby Baby / Temptations Medley – The Way You Do the Things You Do / Get Ready / My Girl / The Tears of a Clown / Fly Me to the Moon (Kaye Ballard cover) / Love Bath / That Place / The Tracks of My Tears / Cruisin’

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Cat/Yusuf Scratch Fever

Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam
Wang Theatre
December 7th

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Dude, CAT FCUKING STEVENS. Dude, YUSUF FCUKING ISLAM. Whatever his name is, he may be a changed man, but the song/voice/soul/words remain the same – AMAZINGS!!!!! We’ve know his work for years, and were reminded of his genius by seeing Harold & Maude + Wes Anderson movies, but he’s always seemed so out of reach. Probably cause he hasn’t toured America since 1976. 19-SEVENTY-FCUKING-SIX!!!! I WASN’T EVEN BORN THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, got the rare chance to see him, when he was inducted to the RnR HoF, and after taking in his tiny 3 song set, I wasn’t juss thirsty for more, I was on life support for more!!!! Had to see him again, in full. HAD TO!!! Europe and elsewhere had been lucky. He’d been touring there and there for awhile, and yet, still no US dates. That changed this fall when he announced a handful of North American dates. NY was originally on the docket, and then it wasn’t (something about paperless tickets, and NY not allowing it), and so I had to see him, ANYWHERE. Boston became the choice, and OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN, it was a Boston revolution!!!! I was having a teabagging party for one – putting Cat’s balls in my mouth and sucking it all in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dude, Cat was like – listen to the wind of my soul. And we listened to the wind of his soul!!! And every time he did, I kept seeing this picture of him!!! Oh man, this 1st cut was the deepest. SO DEEP!! And so was the 2nd, and 3rd and billionth!!! I’ll always love you, CAT!!! Maybe I don’t love you. LIES!!! Man, all kinds of children play in his yard, but where do they play? Oh wait, he answered that. He loves his dog. I LOVE HIM!!! TRAPPED!!! Like a cat and a dog, in the old schoolyard. Remember those days? Cat does. We don’t, but he makes us remember. People got ready. They sung out, sung out. Boy did they. THEY ATE IT UP. Who wouldn’t. 1976 to now is like a forever

Everyone has a big boss, man, causing trouble, but set me free trouble!!! Cat’s old, but oh very young. Cat’s dying to live but living to die. STAY WITH US CAT!! Keep casting your moonshadow, as you are our sunshine. You make us foreigners feel like heaven, where our true love goes. Man, this world is wild. None of his cuts would end up on the editing floor. He gets the blues, and we get the chills. It’s not another Saturday night. It’s a SUNDAY TO REMEMBER. In fact, December 7th – a concert that will live in AWESOMEly!!! Why did the night have to end? Morning wanted to break, but he had to board the Peace Train, as it was heading to the next stop, for another father and son to cherish

The train is miles from anywhere, and nowhere. It made Lisa sad, but everyone was beyond happy

Cat, come back. Trains make more than one repeat stop, don’t they?

I mean, I still need to hear you play ‘Matthew & Son’

Set 1 – The Wind / Here Comes My Baby / The First Cut Is the Deepest / Thinking ‘Bout You / Sitting / Last Love Song / All Kinds of Roses / Where Do the Children Play? / I Love My Dog / Cat and the Dog Trap / (Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard / People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield cover) / If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

Set 2 – Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover) / Trouble / Oh Very Young / Dying to Live (Edgar Winter cover) / Moonshadow / You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis cover) / Foreigner Suite – Heaven – Where True Love Goes / Wild World / Editing Floor Blues / Another Saturday Night (Sam Cooke cover) / Morning Has Broken / Peace Train / Father and Son

Encore – Miles from Nowhere / Sad Lisa

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Lily Allen
Terminal 5
September 23th

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I invented Lily Allen’s American career. Not really, but I sorta kinda did. I guess when all is said and done for TWS, the helping of Lily Allen hype in America will go down as one of this site’s greatest accomplishments, besides endless horrible puns & photochops

Well, a lot has changed for her and I, since I last saw her perform in 2006/2007. I see WAY less movies and got a little less gay by getting married, and she became a mother, and her music somehow got dumber and less awesome. I gave her latest – Sheezus – numerous spins before seeing her in concert for the first time in 7 years, and besides a couple of choice cuts, I wish I could unspin it. Generic beats mixed with lyrics trying too hard to be… hard = a recipe for lameness. How could the girl who once wrote & sang such cute tracks about doing things and stuff release new stuff of such ill repute? Dunno, but the new songs sounded less awful in concert than they did at home, but what they really did is highlight how great her earlier work is be, although the song ‘Fuck You’ is still a giant heaping pile of sh!t. Maybe the writing was on the wall of things to come with that song. Lily, stop fronting, and get back to where we once were – when 2006 was so our year, and the future seemed limitless, instead of limiting. Maybe the same is true of me and TWS, but what do I know?

Setlist

Sheezus / Not Fair / LDN / As Long as I Got You / Our Time / Everyone’s At It / The Worst (Jhené Aiko cover) / URL Badman / Bass Like Home / Smile / Life for Me / Littlest Things / Miserable Without Your Love / The Fear / 22 / L8 CMMR / Who’d Have Known / Fuck You

Encore – Encore Or Nah (Ty Dolla $ign cover) / Hard Out Here

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Praise Lorde

Lorde
United Palace Theatre
September 16th

Lorde’s debut album has 10 tracks. The extended version has 5 more songs. She does 2 covers. If she played every single one of those songs in concert, it would be 17 total. Well, she did all the above but two (see setlist below), and with a show that was barely an hour, it was barely a waste of time. In fact, barely an hour had never felt like such an endless euphoric epoch that I wish never ended

Too be honest, I had originally bought tickets to Lorde’s show with the intention of scalping them. Why not, I mean I netted 5th row seats. But a funny thing happened on the way to Craiglist/Stubhub – the tickets never had a demand, and so there wasn’t much value in selling em. Also, in my Robyn homework that I did on Pandora, Lorde’s music kept coming up, and kept blowing my mind and ears. The choice became clear – go to the show. And the show I did go to, and thankful that all that happened, cause she was fcuking rAWEsome (ok, ok, so it’s rare that I go to a show and DON’T come away being rawked, but last nite I was totally sober and so my opinion is even more pinioned!)

I normally see musicians that are close to my age (Jack White) or twice it (Brian Wilson), but rarely do I see anyone do anything that’s half my age (that doesn’t involve sports). Well, Lorde may be 17 or 18 or whatever, but she seems wise beyond her years/crazy hair/beyond crazy dancing, and I look forward to hearing her sweet sweet music until I’m as old as Brian Wilson

Setlist

Glory and Gore / White Teeth Teens / Tennis Court / Buzzcut Season / No Better / 400 Lux / Flashing Lights (Kanye West cover) / Bravado / Biting Down / Heavenly Father (Bon Iver cover) / Still Sane / Ribs / Royals / Team / A World Alone

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Full Bridge Fever

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
+ Steve Winwood

Madison Square Garden
September 10th

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It is without question (and without much explanation needed) that Tom Petty AND Steve Winwood are both rAWESOME in concert. Free Fallin’??? Running Down A Dream??? Cover of the Byrds’ So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star??????????????? REFUGEE?????????? HIGHER LOVE???? BRING ME A HIGHER LOVE!!!!!!! But we aren’t going to waste any more space on their stellar performances. Cause I’m here to talk about the amazingness that is MSG’s Skybridge seating area. They like skybox seats, but ANYONE can buy em. And here’s what they got – less people, less lines, endless room – room to boogie, to get up and walk around, stretch ye legs, and to boogie. SO MUCH ROOM TO BOOGIE. Normal seats are for lamewads. Skybridge seats are for AWESOMEWADDDDS!!!!! Dude, once you go skybridge, you never go any other kind of bridge EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Setlist

Steve Winwood – I’m a Man / Them Changes / Can’t Find My Way Home / Medicated Goo / Low Spark of High Heeled Boys / Empty Pages / Higher Love / Dear Mr. Fantasy / Gimme Some Lovin’

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star / Mary Jane’s Last Dance / American Dream Plan B / Into the Great Wide Open / Forgotten Man / I Won’t Back Down / Free Fallin’ / A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me) / U Get Me High / Rebels / Two Gunslingers / Yer So Bad / Learning to Fly / Shadow People / I Should Have Known It / Refugee / Runnin’ Down a Dream

Encore – You Wreck Me / (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone / American Girl

ps – Full Moon Fever is one of the fcuking greatestestesest albums ever

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