Ben Lee – Joy unison at Prince Bandroom Melbourne, 18/10/2007

October 20, 2007 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Concerts | Leave a comment
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Ben Lee’s show at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on Thursday night (18th October) was full of rainbow goodness.For a start, the man wore a silver (or it may have been gold – it was hard to tell under the stage lights) lamé suit.And he rocked out on an acoustic guitar. But not just any acoustic guitar – one the size of a toy guitar you’d give to a very small child. “This guitar isn’t small,” said Ben at one point, “I’m just really really big.” Glad we cleared that up then.The set list was faultless; an even mix of material from new album Ripe, and the previous one, Awake Is The New Sleep.Main set From Ripe – these songs really came alive with Ben’s on-stage energy:American TelevisionBlush (which Ben introduced as “a song about taking someone out of their comfort zone”)Is This How Love’s Supposed To FeelLove Me Like The World Is EndingNumbRipeBirds And Bees (duet with support act Lisa Mitchell)From Awake:Light (a shortened version – “I’ll spare you guys the six-minute sax solo”)Gamble Everything For LoveNo Right AnglesAche For YouInto The Dark (the lyric ‘when I kiss you, that’s the real me’ slays me every time. Come to think of it, so does ‘it’s not a slow dance, this modern romance, feels like we’ve already waited too long’)Other:Cigarettes Will Kill You (launched into early in the set, a refreshing surprise)New Wave (Ben’s acoustic version of the Against Me! track. Ben so loves Against Me! that he covered their entire album, and made the results available on his blog to download for free)EncoreSex Without LoveCatch My Disease (and yes, Ben did point out the interesting choice of song order!)We’re All In This TogetherWhat I love about Ben is that he’s just such a happy character. And he has me convinced that his aim in life is to share the joy through his infectious attitude and his pure pop gems. Which is okay by me. I left the concert on cloud nine, and felt particularly good-natured for all of the next day.So, thanks for spreading your little rays of sunshine, Ben, and for being a slightly eccentric, passionate, earnest, joyful soul, proud to walk to the beat of your own snare. And also for employing a sexy little keyboardist who I very much enjoyed watching/imagining running off into the sunset with.

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Signs you’re addicted to Facebook #12 and #35

October 20, 2007 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Music discussion | Leave a comment
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#12: You think in status updates#35: Instead of checking Facebook for the millionth time, you sign in to your email account (pretending to yourself that you’re checking your emails). Of course, you’re really checking for Facebook email notifications, which helpfully inform you if someone has sent you a message, added you as a friend, written on your wall, tagged you in a photo, invited you to join a group, invited you to an event, etc. If there’s any, then clearly you can log into Facebook guilt-free (it’d be just plain rude not to reply). If there isn’t, then there’s no need to check Facebook, thus you have successfully avoided feeding your addiction, yet still cleverly managed ascertain whether you’ve had any Facebook-related action.Note: This thinly-veiled attempt to trick your conscious mind into believing that you’re not checking Facebook works about as well as setting your clock 15 minutes fast, hoping that when you glance at it, you’ll leap into action thinking you’re running horribly late. Which is to say, it doesn’t work at all. We all know that by day two, you’re mentally subtracting those 15 minutes. So, let’s celebrate (musically) the addict in all of us, shall we? Super songs by some modern-day addicts (who unfortunately are troubled by more than just zealousness for a certain social networking site):Amy Winehouse – ValerieI adore ‘Wino’. I don’t care how many shabby pictures of her I see in the mags – I just hope she’s happy (or gets happy). Your chances of hearing her sing this sunshiny Zutons cover live, however, are somewhat limited by the fact that she keeps cancelling concerts. Which is a real shame.The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into The SunPoor Pete’s problems have been comprehensibly chronicled by the world media. But there was a heady time when The Libertines were the darlings of the English music press (such as NME), anointed as The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (or similar). Here’s why – hard to believe this is a B-side.Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes And Chocolate MilkLet’s face it – Rufus is a godsend. And I’m not even religious. This song (one of his best) finds him confessing that everything it seems he like’s a ‘little bit harmful for me’. No matter our vices, I’m pretty sure we can all relate to that. So please be kind if he’s a mess.Now, if you’ll excuse me…

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