Posted in music | pictures on October 19, 2005

Jose Gonzalez @ Living Room

José González was absolutely amazing last night at The Living Room in NYC (October 18, 2005). He played after Emm Gryner and before Mike Wexler (and Doveman) at the CMJ-sponsored show. The over-capacity crowd was clearly there to see him. Emm was lucky to get the large earlybird audience. Wexler was not as lucky. Not only did he have to follow an extremely talented musician, 90% of the crowd left after Gonzalez. I didn't, though admittedly it was hard to think anything sounded good after hearing Jose sing and play guitar. He played at least two covers to close the pre-encore set: a Kylie Minogue song and Massive Attack's Teardrop. The encore was two more songs.

Jose Gonzalez @ Living Room

Jose is a superstar in his home country of Sweden. Those who didn't know it already, probably figured it out after seeing the small mob of Nordic women surrounding him after the show. Jose gave out lots of autographs. If he's promoted properly in the U.S., I think we'll see him playing Radio City in no time.



Comments (15)

Fuck, I want to be mobbed by Nordic women...

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2005 6:22 PM

Yeah! José is fantastic. He deserves all the superlatives in the world. And don´t miss his cover of The Knifes (another great swedish band) song Heartbeats (it´s on Veneer). And do not miss stockholm-based norweigan singer-songwriter Ane Brun at the Living Room next week. She is almost as good as José.

Posted by Hynek | October 19, 2005 7:05 PM


Posted by omer | October 20, 2005 1:48 AM

no kidding... covering Heartbeats has peaked my interest.

Posted by Quinn | October 20, 2005 5:07 AM

how pissed am i that i'm just finding out about this show now

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2005 8:20 AM

He covers that Heartbeats song in the WFMU live performance. I linked to that stream yestermorn.

Posted by jerry | October 20, 2005 9:32 AM

(I just realized you can stream it from both the parasol website and his own myspace site.) That'd be way easier. I had no luck finding Teardrop cover unfortunately.

Posted by jerry | October 20, 2005 9:51 AM

yes, he covered Heartbeats. It is amazing. check that shit here:

Posted by guava | October 20, 2005 1:00 PM

i am so very sad to have missed this. i used to live in gothenburg, sweden (jose's hometown). we had some friends in common and they took me to see him play. i was totally unprepared for what i heard. so wonderful. i have been waiting for 4 years for him to play here and of course, i have to be out of town. not only is he immensely talented, he is unbelievably (and refreshingly) modest. his band, junip is also phenomenal.
come back jose!

Posted by kd | October 21, 2005 6:04 PM

i love this man. he is a god. good thing i live in sweden too ;D *nudge nudge*

Posted by valentina | November 30, 2005 2:49 PM

Veneer is the best album of this decade!
Jose, when are you coming to Amsterdam?

Tnks for making such great music!

Posted by Cliff | December 14, 2005 2:59 PM

i'm in love!!!!!!! the voice of this guy its the sweetest ever, here in my country (chile) none knows him...and they just don't know what they're missing!
PLEASE JOSE come visit us in chile (if you go to Argentina you MUST visit us!!!)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2006 5:50 PM

Trying to get lyrics to "Heartbeat"....cant find them on the sites I usually try....Any ides?????

Posted by Ruthie | March 8, 2008 7:10 AM

Look, but don't touch Jose...or Nordic people go bye bye forever.

Posted by Jack Sparrow | October 15, 2008 11:31 PM

He looks Italian

Posted by popopopo | April 14, 2013 6:26 PM

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