It might have been raining outside, the weather comprehensively showering a sense of
profound doom and gloom upon the grand old city of York.
Fortunately, inside the cosy confines of Fibbers, Jesse Malin fired out
a ninety minute set of sheer joy, as the New York singer-songwriter extraordinaire
returned to the venue for the third time in his career to perform material from his
just-released third album, the mighty Glitter in The Gutter.
Jesse Malin might not be a household name in the UK, but he should be.
Judging by the crowd at this gig, he has a cult following to be proud of, almost
everybody packed into the venue singing along to many of the songs and verbally
proving that they were in great spirits.
In truth, what could be better? It was Friday night, and Jesse Malin
was belting out fantastic song after fantastic song with zestful aplomb, backed by a
full band, unlike the last time he visited the venue with his stripped down acoustic-based show.
Right from Riding On The Subway, the crowd was with Jesse as he chopped and
changed between acoustic and electric guitars, mixing a perfect smattering of
old tunes from his first two albums into the mesmerising fray so that songs
such as the upbeat Wendy and moving Almost Grown (both taken from his debut
album, The Fine Art of Self-Destruction) jostled for attention between amazing
new cuts to the tune of Little Star, Lucinda and the fabulously uplifting
Don't Let Them Take You Down.
Aside from singing like a dream, Jesse's also something of a stand-up comic,
blessed with the ability to talk for America and go off at tangents with madcap monologues.
He also openly declares that music should be both a source of enjoyment and inspiration
for everybody, regardless of their sexuality, colour or creed.
Jesse is a New Yorker through and through, and a resident of the borough of Queens.
His talent at entertaining a crowd does perhaps manifest itself best when he
regularly hops the barrier that separates the stage from the crowd.
Tonight, he did so during the breathtaking Solitaire, vaulting the barrier and
persuading as many people as he could to sit down with him while he
passionately continued on with singing the song, another of the must-hear
highlights from his first album.
In this way, Jesse never distances himself
from his fans, making the effort to interact with them as much as time allows.
Ever the ultimate urban poet, Malin's songs, for the most part, are infectious
rock 'n' roll anthems... but with a difference, for they are sublimely shot
through with sultry Country influences that are piqued by Jesse's fondness for punk music.
Indeed, Jesse used to front US punk band D-Generation, and the influence of the likes of
The Ramones and Iggy Pop can be heard in some of his music. Incidentally, one of the
songs on Glitter in The Gutter is an astounding piano-led version of Bastards of Young,
the tune originally written by Paul Westerberg when he was with
The Replacements... not that such a tune was performed live on this occasion.
By default, once-in-a-lifetime gigs tend to come along once in a lifetime.
Tonight's Jesse Malin gig in York was one such occasion.
I knew it was as soon as Brooklyn hit its superb climax.
By the time that he closed the show, after his band had left the stage, with the
final track from his latest album in the form of Aftermath, there barely seemed
to be a dry eye in the venue. Such a song, Jesse said, was based on him seeing
Yoko Ono walking in New York, across the road from him.
Music Reviews - Saturday 27th May 07 - The Who, The Ordinary Boys and Jackson Analogue at KC Stadium By Julian Thorley Photographs By Roland Standaert
The 'classic' British summer and the 'curse' of the KC Stadium looked to have struck again
on the evening of the 26th May, when The Who played in Hull.
It rained yet again. Not the torrential downpours of past gigs there, but it was
chilly and damp enough to make it uncomfortable for those out in the open.
It just goes to show though that a bit of lousy weather
Music Reviews - Saturday Night at Jack Rabbit Slims By Cilla It's Showtime!
Jack Rabbit Slims bar on the corner of Holderness Road and Wincolmlee seems an unlikely
place for a night out - during the day you'd barely notice it as you pass by.
Saturday night is where that all changes; the neon lights burst into life and it's
time to get ready for a rock n roll extravaganza!
The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a bunny girls serving drinks.
Music Reviews - 16th May 07 Soulflame Cowfish at Goose and Granite George Street Hull By Michelle Dee Pictures By Natalie Dudding
Astounding, incredible sounds from both bands due in some part to the excellent work by
Dr. Mike Shindigg at the sound desk.
For award-winning five piece band Cowfishwww.cowfish.me.uk
tonight was a rehearsal for their headline appearance at the Great Green Concert in
Beverley the coming Saturday.
So aside from telling you that Simon (Cowfish keyboards)
Music Reviews - Thursday 10th May 07 - The Meatloaf Trilogy With Steve Steinman At Hull New Theatre Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It makes for a rare treat when a tribute act is almost as amazing as the real thing.
In many respects, when Steve Steinman 'does' Meatloaf, the net effect is sometimes even better.
A couple of years ago, Lancashire singer Steve toured with a show called
The Meatloaf Story in which he sung a whole host of classic tracks as
Music Reviews - From Sleepers To Yo-Yo In Three Bottles Of Red (dis-ably assisted by Cilla) By Michelle Dee
It was only supposed to be a quick drink down Newland.
At the most a glass or two until the sun set over the railway bridge turning
the terracotta road a fiery orange; a pleasant fiction indeed.
In reality it was turning a trifle cold and clouding over, there might even
have been a few drops of spring rain dotting the pavement as we turned the
corner of Ella Street.
Music Reviews - Thursday 4th May 07 - Ray Davies at the Grand Opera House, York By Joe Malarky
A familiar gap toothed grin greeted the assembled audience of the bijou
Grand Opera House in York.
Ray Davies, founder member of The Kinks, original mod and songwriter par
excellence, stood and smiled as the rest of his band took their places alongside him.
The familiar punchy chords of 'I'm not like everybody else' rang out and the
tone of the
Music Reviews - Friday 30th March 07 - Pure Techno 3rd Birthday at The Welly Club By Tom Lewis Photographs by Tom Lewis, Michelle Dee and Cilla
March saw Pure Techno, one of Hull's leading innovators and
celebrators of new electronic music celebrate its 3rd birthday at the Welly Club.
After the (really rather sad) demise of the Rhythm Room earlier in the year,
Pure Techno was forced to relocate its base of operations to the
Welly Club, the birthday celebrations on the
Music Reviews, Galleries -
Live Music - March 07 - The Paddingtons Studio Demo Session By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this photo gallery of The Paddingtons March 07 - at
Studio Demo Session By Darren Rogers.
Checkout Darrens Featured Writers page here.
/writers/darrenrogers.html Read more...
Music Reviews - Lecorum at Dublin Castle, London By Rachel Sanderson
One band who really caught my eye when browsing myspace was Lecorum.
Having closely watched their progress over the last 6 months since they formed,
I thought it was about time to get down to a gig.
Seeing that they were playing just 5 minutes down the road from me, I figured this
would be the perfect opportunity.
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Music Reviews - Wednesday 18th April 07 - The American Four Tops Motown Show At The Crown, Holderness Road, Hull By Jane Foster Photographs By Mo
Get Ready , cos here they come...The American Four Tops Motown Show at The Crown pub, Holderness Road. A perfect night for my first visit to The Crown
(Witham being as far as I'd previously ventured East for a night out).
I soon found that it exceeded my expectations.
The Crown is a large capacity venue built in the 1920s,
Music Reviews - Monday 26th March 07 Karl and The Gimps Musicians Night Adelphi Hull By Michelle Dee Photos By The Gimps
Readers with a reasonably good memory will know that Karl Whiting received something close
to local cult status last year with his art work.
By the medium of pen and paper he produced on the spot drawings of live bands.
See some of his work here
His creative style is akin to the Scottish Colourists Movement, in that rather
than showing clear
Music Reviews, Galleries - Friday 26th February 07 - We
Are Scientists at Asylum at Hull University By Kate Langan
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this brilliant photo gallery of We Are Scientists at Asylum
at Hull University By Kate Langanwww.katelanganphotography.co.uk Read more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 29th March 07 - Barenaked Ladies at Leeds University Union Words and photographs by Julia Grant
It only took us just over an hour of queuing in the cold to secure our place in the front row.
Tonight's show wasn't sold out, whilst back in the States the band can sell out stadiums no problem.
In a selfish sort of way, I kind of like that though.
Their talent and ability to put on one of the best shows you may ever see is somewhat of a secret
here in the UK,
Music Reviews - Sunday 25th March 07 - The Horrors Plus Kreeps Club NME
At The Welly Hull By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
Eerie spaced out keyboard intros, skull shaped guitar heads, electric skeleton double
bass, flutes saxophones and a Theremin?
These are just some of the elements that make up the demented sound of Kreeps.
The five piece stateside act, create stylized theatrical rock with multi
instrumentation that leaves you open mouthed in admiration.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 13th March 07 - Towers of London and Dance Bastards at The Welly By Sue Watson
Photographs by Kate Langan
The Dance Bastards are not your average band. For a start there are only 2 of them.
A female vocalist and a female guitarist, who augmented their offerings with a
synthesized backing track to produce an amazingly full sound.
The music was both hypnotic and repetitive, like early acid house only slower and less manic.
They were a brilliant opening act.
Music Reviews - Friday 23rd March 07 Superscape And The Painted Sambas at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos By Michelle Dee
Superscape have been around for many years in fact they were one of the very
first bands to appear on this site.
They dropped out of the gigging scene a while back, since then they have done the
occasional gig usually at the Adelphi.
Now they are having another go with two new members and a different sound.
First though, were one of the few original bands hailing