Last night, Beth Ditto brought her ferocious soul-punk voice to XL Bar in Hell’s Kitchen and while the set was a short one, she worked her thang and made the crowd move. As is usually the case, I stayed out too late (and honestly for no good reason – which I need to stop doing) and am paying for it today. That being said, it was great to see Beth again, particularly as up close and personal as I was able to get thanks to a friend’s press pass plus one I was able to get in on.
I love this picture because of the look of complete joy on the guy’s face:
It pained me to give Gossip’s last album Joyful Noise a bad review but in the end, I couldn’t polish that turd to make it shiny enough to enjoy. A certain remixer by the name of Wankelmut took the turd-polishing challenge and managed to make it sparkle! Well done, Wankel. You can’t see me but I’m giving you an 80’s movie slow clap of appreciation.
It’s kind of hard to believe Gossip hasn’t released anything for quite some time now – probably because I haven’t stopped playing the shit out of Music for Men due to it never getting old. Ever.
Well, brace yourselves my friends, because you are in the same room as greatness. From Beth’s opening, “Oh-oo-ooh-oo-ooh” you will recognize the sadness within “Perfect World”, but just as all songs from this band go, there is a sense of redemption and optimism that will make you want to use one arm to pump your fist while the other stays safely near your mouse so as to click the play button again.