This one's a little late coming, but it was a great little show, so it's still worth sharing with Dig Nation. I unfortunately missed Patrick Watson opening for Andrew Bird last weekend, but when life closes a door, a nice little cocktail bar near you throws a show, or something like that.
I had the distinct pleasure of catching Patrick Watson and his band Patrick Watson play an intimate show for probably 50 people in the piano lounge at the Manhattan Inn in my Greenpoint hood. The set-up was essentially in-the-round and definitely up close, which ended up being the best possible way to absorb Patrick and co.'s sentimental, cinematic pop tunes. It was so intimate, in fact, that it ended up being more like a house show for friends with audience interaction, laughs over goof ups in songs, and a tip jar.
Patrick Watson (the man) has a fascinatingly emotive voice that carries the ballads (despite his cigarettes and two glasses of whiskey). Patrick Watson (the band) play perfectly off of eachother and weave their voices and instruments into a mesh dripping with feeling.
Join the Digsters tomorrow night at Pianos for a killer line-up featuring Brooklyn heroes Snowmine and Via Audio, the lovely voice of Sea Of Bees, and friend of the Dig, Beat Radio. Hit the jump for a little sneak peak of each band.
I think I always liked Badly Drawn Boy more than most people seemed to. A lot of this stems from the fact that I loved About A Boy. Yea, jerks, I mean the sentimental Hugh Grant early-oughts heartwarmer. Mostly, i just worship at the alter of Nick Hornby (which in turns stems from my complete obsession with High Fidelity). But, tender admissions aside, Badly Drawn Boy's full-hearted, diverse, sometimes acoustic warblings always struck the right chord for me.
Everyman Of Parts is the musical project of Andrew Sheron who plays almost every instrument of his upcoming album, Travelling Time. Sheron is chanelling Mr. Gough something fierce here, which is refreshing really. It's a form of honest, meandering indie rock that's been lost in the current reverbed, synthy haze. The songs of Travelling Time are comforting with an underlying fierceness. Sheron's talent is always evident as he jumps around genres and woos you with his words.
Check out Everyman Of Parts on Facebook and pick up the album on his Bandcamp page.
Really, I'll give a fair shake to any band potentially named after a Saved By The Bell character. It's icing on the cake that the Bay Area's Kapowski are actually really good. "Section 8" is a tidy little 60's inspired rock song with a sizable portion of awesome organ. The breakdowns are particularly intriguing, only to be sucked out of existence by the hard-driving percussion. All in all, it's a great teaser for the bands' upcoming February 1st album, Boy Detective.