Chris Martin played a secret set at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood last night. Maybe 150 people there, I was lucky enough to be one of 'em. Pretty magnetic experience, regardless of your thoughts on the current state of Coldplay. And of course, if you didn't love Parachutes back in '01, then man, I feel bad for ya. Covered "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Earth Angel" along with generally taking requests.
Sweet gig. There's actually a documentary about the hotel cafe and a tour like 5 or 10 years ago. Seems a pretty cool place if one is into singer/songwriters.
IMO, the best thing going that I know of the last couple of years is Warpaint. They just clearly love music and produce some great harmonic/hypnotic tunes. The English, who produce better bands than the US historically and have a much more active and influential music press, love Warpaint, but they don't seem to garner a whole lot of interest in the US outside varios 'hipster' markets. They seem to have a small but ardent following from europe to south america to asia and aus.
Listening to Neon Bible start to finish again this morning, had been a little while. Confirms what I wasn't really able to articulate before about Reflektor, and probably still can't. What an album though, godamn. I won't let as much time pass before hitting play on it.