Posts tagged NYC
Once the City, Always the City

Once the City, Always the CityThere's something that happens to you when you no longer live in New York City... something great. You notice how grand of a city you had in your back pocket and how no other place on earth will compare, no matter how hard they try there just isn't an equal. Is it the smell? God no, it's literally everything you can desire or hope it to be it is but also lets you fall, learn your lesson and best of all get back up.

The smell of NYC is an eclectic taste...err scent, especially the 125th street A train stop at 3AM; however it's part of what makes the city. Besides that whiff you can expect to see/hear/experience all sorts of cultures and people which I think is the best part. I was born (St. Luke's) and raised in Manhattan now reside in Jersey, the pride I have for NY and my old neighborhood Washington Heights never seems to diminish. As if Bloomberg was handing me a check I defend my city no matter where I am, proudly telling people what you can experience in glorious New York. Being gutter while glamorous (it's own Yin-Yang) and always embracing, it forgives you then yells "hey go check this out!" right after. I've seen furiously violent fights erupt at 8AM while going to school and some of the deepest music conversations as the sun comes up, it never gives up, eats itself and is whole again in the morning.

I've met folks that I never thought I'd be chillin' with both normal and famous, met some that I wish I never did but whatever haha. From last row seats in a concert then backstage in a boat talking shit with the musicians, how could I not see the awesome scope of the music scene in New York? The music, oh the music... you can be in Brazil then hop into an explosion of Bhangra and dance in Cuba within a few blocks. No words can describe what a night of music can bring but you can expect the best and worst time of your damn life. The Worse? Yes because life isn't perfect and that's why it's great. It's something special and for those that can't appreciate, I feel sorry for you and wake up!

Why am I writing this? No real reason really... it just popped into my head and I didn't push it away.

Anyways, I love New York.

Portishead at Hammerstein Ballroom

This last Wednesday I witnessed something that I've been wanting to hear/see for YEARS, I finally saw Portishead wow. Even while on the ride to NYC I kept repeating to myself "Holy shit, I'm actually going to see them," I couldn't believe it myself for a while haha. Everything began with Thought Forms opening up for them which sounded good but not great, it sounded like they were a mix of (not my words "A poor mans") psychedelic Smashing Pumpkins with chant like sounds full of oddities. Besides the annoying ass hipster wanna-be's next to us complaining about "What's the point of opening bands, cause they always suck," I heard all of their set and it was promising but still felt like their sound needed some sort of push to set it higher. I'm going to check out their Bandcamp page and hear what else they got, it was interesting to say the least and sort of mesmerizing in a cult-ish kinda way. Unfortunately I couldn't get my cam in there and didn't request a press pass (total fail), but I did have two people taking pics for me by the stage and will be posting those as well. Also depending on the quality of the intro song video we recorded, it might be posted along with the images but I have to take a look at everything first. NOW... all I can say is that I might be able to die happy now since I saw Portishead live, it was full of chill filled sounds and captivating visuals the while time. Their setlist ran their discography time gamut and it all melted in beautifully along with Gibbons gloomy broken hearted yet strong voice. It was amazing to see it all play out live and once ended I already wanted to see them again, their music is normally deemed "boring" or depressing" by some folks but they fail to see the lyrics and sounds that come out. It was truly a fantastic experience and I loved every minute of it even without my camera at hand, I will try to get those pics edited and done soon for you all.

We had a wonderful time listening to great music, Portishead was freaking amazing and hope to see them again soon... then again they took a decade to make 'Third' but I still love them anyways haha. Oh yeah... I MIGHT have audio... MIGHT.