Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rachael Yamagata for Musicians on call

"Happenstance"' producer John Alagia joined Rachael onstage at Philly's World Cafe (Jan 21st '09) for a song:

She is including more and more songs from her latest release in her set, and I happened to find her before the show and asked about it (was eager to hear some of these songs live). Seems they're still mastering Don't (so not playing it yet, though it's one of the songs she likes best -I agree!), but she has started playing Over and over and the Hidden track (she wondered if people actually gets to hear it or not). Problem with those songs is some of them are 9 -10 minutes long an as she always plays Sunday... and says she's uncapable of editing herself!. Some people's attention span is not that long. Asked her if she didn't get a little blue singing those songs. She said that sometimes she gets "really bummed" but not often.

She always meets her "fans" after her shows, so again I seized the opportunity to ask her what she's listening to these days (next time she sees me, she may start running!!): Jenny Lewis' "Acid tongue", Aztec Camera (she has just discovered it, good old Roddy Frame!), My morning Jacket, Kings of Leon and loves Mute Math's "You are mine".
Show was excellent as usual and don't worry about getting sad-depressed, she will turn it into a more than "uplifting" experience with lots of laughs! (bless her!!).
All proceeds from the concert benefited "Musicians on call", a program that takes musicians to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities. She joined to witness one of those trips (said that she couldn't contribute with her songs or patients would directly pull the plug, lol!), said it impressed and affected her and "had to drink heavily after"...Matt Duke performed as well, I was bummed to miss his performance, really nice talented guy.
Uploaded two vids of Rachael's performance on my youtube profile:
"Over and over" + really funny banter on breaking up through txt mssgng -like she said: us women, we don't need closure, we can just move 0n...-
Another bit of banter I can transcribe is this cute bit, the intro to her last hidden track : "I have to say, as miserable and sad and painful as something can be I'm a big believer in lessons, and a big believer in connections and a big believer in meant to be's and there's a reason, you know what I mean?". Got to learn from her optimism...
Oops, almost forgot, amazing, fantastic Giraldi on drums, specially during "Sidedish friend", and the most innocent face ever, a terrible pic (sorry, he does move a lot):

And guitar guy (can't remember the name, usually there's Kanakis on guitar with her - during the Hotel Cafe Tour he was in front of me and when during one of his interventions he indicated to the audience it was hugging time, he came straight to me and gave me the biggest bear hug ever , got to love the guy- while everybody in the audience hugged one another, it was a blast, that tour too, the whore-tell tour as Rachael named it, because of all the girls and how sassy they got onstage - but this once it was someone different who really got into it too during one of the songs, recorded this bit with terrible sound but will try to upload it, not to miss Yamagata's face, like everybody else, fun and quite like wow.
Tags: Rachael Yamagata listening to, Rachael Yamagata Musicians on call, Rachael Yamagata new songs live

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