Archive for July 14th, 2009

ST. VINCENT

2009-07-14

It seems that the “ABC” venue is now called the “O2ABC“, which is frankly a bit of a mouthful.

I nipped along there from my office at lunchtime today (I had half an idea that “Florence & The Machine” were playing — turned out to be end of September and already sold out).  So I picked up a copy of The Skinny (see www.theskinny.co.uk/) only to discover that “St. Vincent” were playing “Nice N Sleazy” tonight!

Damn.  There was no way I could make the gig at such short notice. On top of which, “The Pretenders” were playing the “O2ABC” and Bruce Springsteen was playing Hampden Stadium tonight so the roads were utter chaos.  What a night for music!

I had heard that Annie Clark is a daemon on the guitar, and that her band kicks ass live.  Oh well, maybe next time.

After listening to “Actor”, I checked her myspace site and was delighted to see three versions of the song, “Actor out of Work” — one is her on her own with an acoustic guitar, another is the band live, with Annie playing a Jaguar, and the third version is the official promotional video.  All excellent! Brilliant for comparisons.

Ah, good stuff. She really is very good at guitar, and her compositions are fresh.  Of course there will always be comparisons — who does she look like, who does she sound like and so forth.  She is what she is.  She is good. On Amazon, check out “Actor” or “Marry Me“. Read the reviews and give her a listen.  Well worth it in my opinion!

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