Friday, June 20, 2008

Yael Naim and Carly Simon at the World Cafe, XPN

Pics from today's performances. Will add some notes later.
A vid of Yael performing "Too long". Afraid that both vids are in pretty bad shape as the lighting makes them look like faceless ghosts but ...
Yael did a very nice 4 song set, it's hard not to compare her to Noa, even in her looks, but her music is somehow more innovative and fresher. Her version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" (I confess I do really like that song) was really cool.
...And a vid of Carly's "You're so vain" reinterpreted, as she put it (ie., being an effing lot more sick of the guy in question...!!). She had 8 more people onstage (9 at some points). She did a great version of that song, sounded much better there.
Other than that song, her other songs were sung in too low a key and it didn't do anything for them. There was a big emotional moment when she sung a song she composed for her son and daughter (to sing those lyrics with her son there has to be ...). When she finished she looked at her son, he made a cute face to her and then she went on to hug other members of her band as she cried. Last person to hold was her son again. A song later she was still wiping tears away from her face with the back of her hand (though you'd never guess it if you only listen to the audio).
Just the day before she had done this impressive interview (go to Bill's blog for the link).
To hear both shows go to XPN's archives here!.

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