Sunday, May 19, 2019

Live: Courtney Barnett @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 16th, 2019)


Rest assured that in a few months time, when we'll start the conversation about the artists that stood out in the musical landscape of this decade, Courtney Barnett will certainly be on everybody's short list. With two outstanding solo albums, several EPs and singles plus a fine collaborative effort with Kurt Vile, the often self-deprecating, but immensely talented Australian singer-songwriter has rightfully received plenty of critical praise and awards.


The timing of her first visit to Athens couldn't have been better, with last year's sophomore album "Tell Me How You Really Feel" cementing her reputation and recent single "Everybody Here Hates You" (which made its live debut here) keeping the momentum going. Of course the title of the single was the complete opposite of the reaction and sentiment that Barnett received from the fans that congregated in Fuzz Club on Thursday night.

 
Although the show was not sold-out (as it should have been), the enthusiastic reception of the crowd made it obvious that everybody present was thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy live the music of Courtney Barnett and her band and, as she recognized towards the end of her faultless 90-minute performance, this is something we should do again very soon.


As for the set list, as you can see below, it included most of the songs of her recent album without omitting some of the key moments of her previous work, most importantly the song that introduced her to most of us, the exquisite "Avant Gardener", as well as "History Eraser", "Depreston", "Elevator Operator" and our Track of the Year for 2015, "Pedestrian At Best". "Let It Go", from her collaboration with Kurt Vile, was also performed solo as part of the three-song encore.



Without a doubt, along with Anna Calvi's performance a couple of months back, we can safely say that this was one of the top gigs of 2019 for Athens, although we haven't even reached the middle of the year yet!


And of course we should mention that another thing that these two gigs had in common was the quite good support performance by Amalia and her band The Architects, who presented us their indie-pop tunes plus an interesting, slowed down version of the Violent Femmes classic "Blister In The Sun".

Amalia, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 16th, 2019)

Courtney Barnett, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, May 16th, 2019)
Courtney Barnett - Depreston (live @ Fuzz Club, May 16th, 2019)


Courtney Barnett - Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence (live @ Fuzz Club, May 16th, 2019)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Live: Howe Gelb @ Faust (May 5th, 2019) / No More Shall We Part: The Concert @ Benaki Museum (May 9th, 2019)

Howe Gelb, live @ Faust (Athens, May 5th, 2019)
In a very busy week for live events in Athens, we had the opportunity to attend last Sunday night a solo performance by Howe Gelb at Faust Club, where the leader of Giant Sand with the help of an old guitar and a piano presented us songs and shared stories from all of his amazing career so far, and on Thursday evening we were at the moving tribute to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' album "No More Shall We Part" by a select group of musicians including Jim Sclavunos, Eleanor Friedberger, Stef Kamil Carlens (Zita Swoon, dEUS), Illegal Operation with Etten and The Callas at the patio of The Benaki Museum, an event which was the audio part of Stefanos Rokos' exhibition of paintings inspired by Nick Cave's 2001 album. Check out below photos and videos from the two events:

Howe Gelb @ Faust (Athens, May 5th, 2019)





Howe Gelb - Shiver (live @ Faust, May 5th, 2019)

No More Shall We Part: The Concert @ Benaki Museum (Athens, May 9th, 2019)

Eleanor Friedberger with Jim Sclavunos
Eleanor Friedberger

Jim Sclavunos with Illegal Operation
Etten with Illegal Operation
Stef Kamil Carlens

Eleanor Friedberger with Jim Sclavunos - God is in the House (No More Shall We Part: The Concert, live @ Benaki Museum, May 9th, 2019)