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Tay Zonday @ Europa

Youtube-sensation Tay Zonday played his first NYC show at Europa in Brooklyn last night (Jan 20, 2008). It was also one of his first shows ever. More photos & reviews, below....

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Tay Zonday @ Europa

Was it the Giants game or the promise of “Chocolate Rain” that drew the crowd to Greenpoint’s Club Europa last night? Philly electro-punk openers Gang had to compete with the screams of the football fans glued to the bar’s TVs, but the Giants had scored their winning field goal by the time YouTube one-hit-wonder Tay Zonday took the stage. The virginal, kettle-drum-voiced crooner from Minneapolis prefaced his chanson célèbre with a smattering of other tunes, some of which — like “Internet Dream” and “Do the Can’t Dance” — managed to rile the crowd almost as much as the inevitable “Chocolate Rain,” which had remarkably serious fans gyrating onstage alongside the deadpan Zonday and hurling Tootsie Rolls into the audience. Other tunes had mixed effects. “New York is such a great, great place,” Zonday intoned while introducing a 9/11 tribute song. “We’re going to the fucking Super Bowl!” hurled back one fan. In the end, Zonday still had a enough steam left for an encore. No, it wasn't the 9/11 song again. —Alex Littlefield [NY Magazine]

Tay's last show (also his first show ever I think) (also maybe the only other time he played live) was with Dan Deacon and Girl Talk in his hometown of Minneapolis.

It was also Martin Luther King day (eve), so heartonastick contrasted this show with the more-serious Gil Scott-Heron celebration that was going on over in Manhattan (@ SOB's).

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Comments (32)

why dont we just kill ourselves and get it over with?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 11:32 AM

We need a new serial killer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 11:33 AM

Damn, he's got groupies?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 11:36 AM

Tay Zonday also has a show coming up on Feb. 2nd in Minneapolis at the Uptown Bar with The Show is the Rainbow.

http://www.switchbladecomb.com/tour/tay-zonday-the-show-is-the-rainbow-at-uptown-bar/

Posted by Mojo Marshall | January 21, 2008 11:46 AM

"why dont we just kill ourselves and get it over with?

Agreed or at least all the people who actually paid and went to this horror show. Let us start with them because they are killing everything that makes music wonderful. These are the same people who would go to a show entirely made up of the American Idol joke auditions. I understand having a good time and all but this is just a life waster.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 11:55 AM

"...killing everything that makes music wonderful."

I sort of pity people like you who think that just because something is fun and enjoyable but doesn't fit into your musical taste somehow makes all of music worse off.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 12:10 PM

eh, im with anon 11:55...this type of garbage and 'alternative music marketing' has not only destroyed the art of music but insults the audience

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 12:16 PM

kinda melodramatic, aren't you guys?

i highly doubt all of music is in jeopardy because some people think tay zonday is cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 12:23 PM

Oh, what a wacky, ironic time those kids had.

Is that Bubbles from The Wire crowd surfing in the first photo?

Posted by tim | January 21, 2008 12:57 PM

Anon 12:16, you sound like the part of a sex pistols documentary where they go through the old archival media of normal middle-aged guys saying how horrible the sex pistols are.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 1:04 PM

the real sadness lies with people that care enough to post negatively about this. if anything...that reaction is what fuels these things.

Posted by dave | January 21, 2008 1:11 PM

If any of you were there you would have found that this was not a joke. The man has an amazing voice and some of the songs were even better than Chocolate Rain. Someone came up to me after the show and said "I was here as a joke. I thought it would be good for a few laughs. Now I am leaving surprised at just how GOOD he actually was." I think that would sum up how a lot of you jaded jerks would have felt.

Posted by Robert Johnson | January 21, 2008 1:20 PM

"the real sadness lies with people that care enough to post negatively about this. if anything...that reaction is what fuels these things."

Pardon me but the real sadness is people who would pay money to see this crap because they are reacting to negativity from others about it. I see bands cause i love the music and i want to see it expanded on from the recorded work. This guy is a joke with no musical talent at all and that is not really a debatable thing. He even positions himself as a joke. The crowd who went to see this show are the same people who run up to a car accident to watch the "action"

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 1:22 PM

I would go to see Tay Zonday for the same reason I would've gone to see Wesley Willis in concert. And I would probably have a good time.

You don't always have to go to a concert because it is "high art".
Everyone commenting about how this is ruining music should take your comments over to some classical music forum and have that discussion. They'll probably say the same thing to you about every single band you like. Or perhaps they might even be more sophisticated then you and understand that you can like different kinds of things for different reasons.

Posted by Kurt C. | January 21, 2008 1:38 PM

"If any of you were there you would have found that this was not a joke. The man has an amazing voice and some of the songs were even better than Chocolate Rain. Someone came up to me after the show and said "I was here as a joke. I thought it would be good for a few laughs. Now I am leaving surprised at just how GOOD he actually was." I think that would sum up how a lot of you jaded jerks would have felt.

Posted by Robert Johnson | January 21, 2008 1:20 PM"

So says the guy involved with the club that booked this piece of shit. What a shocker!

As well, Kurt C you are an idiot and exactly like the kind of person described by Anon 1:22pm. I read your blog. Please shut the fuck up and go back to telling everyone how great American Gladiators is.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 2:36 PM

some serious comments floating out there...yeah this guy is a joke and should not be taken seriously (and for the most part is not), but people have the right to go listen shit music and enjoy it none the less. Hello, ass clowns like Nickel Back and Creed ACTUALLY passed themselves off as musicians...fucking amazing. only in america!!!

Posted by Dr. Jones | January 21, 2008 4:03 PM

I was hoping to that the new generation could learn from the past generations mistakes. I guess I was wrong...looks like this generation needed their Milli Vanilli as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 4:06 PM

Comparing Wessly Willis and Tay Zonday as a defense is hysterically offensive any way you look at it.

Posted by ugh | January 21, 2008 5:00 PM

Love the people that take themselves so seriously...most likely the same ass clowns producing unoriginal "indie" horseshit that nobody wants to hear because it sounds like the next guy, yet they get mad that no one can see their brilliance. Get angry over some kids goofy show because you can't get booked but don't be a hater!

Posted by Cody | January 21, 2008 6:50 PM

The New York Philharmonic SUCKS

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 7:19 PM

Hey cody,
It is not hating if it happens to be true

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2008 8:50 PM

Anon 8:50, I think you are confusing hating with slander/libel.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2008 5:31 PM

video of Chocolate Rain live @ Europa
http://youtube.com/watch?v=-sG-I8zgOIc

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2008 7:09 PM

i can't help but look at tay zonday and see a young micheal jackson. only physically though.

Posted by shawn s | January 22, 2008 8:08 PM

yeah, i probably would not have gone to this show if given the chance.

that being said, unlike those who also didn't go to the show, i won't waste my time and complain about how the integrity of music is getting worse and blah blah blah.

detangle those wiley heartstrings of yours and instead of wailing about it, support the artists you do believe have integrity or are 'artists' or however the fuck you want to spin it, share them with your friends and neighbors if they seem like they'd be into it, then go on your merry fucking way.

your bitching isn't doing anything but wasting brainmatter and space on the internet.

k bye kisses.

Posted by rachael | January 22, 2008 9:02 PM

Take it easy killer...
It's all good hunny bunny...

This character is harmless...
Tay is a man of the people...

Chocolate Rain...Cherry Chocolate Rain is the best one two punch in "arbitrary period of time".

Word

Posted by The E | January 23, 2008 11:11 AM

Had never been exposed to "chocolate rain" until tonight, and I have to say, if I never hear it again, I will die a happy man.

Terrible either way you cut it.

Posted by Josh | January 24, 2008 1:42 AM

People's Choice Nominee for ''Chocolate Rain'' Offers Ringtones,
Mobile Subscriptions, and More via the Msgme Platform
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--Tay Zonday and Waterfall Mobile announced today the successful
launch of Zonday's direct-to-consumer mobile community powered by
Waterfall Mobile's Msgme platform. Zonday's fans can text TAY to 67463
to join for free and then purchase official Chocolate Rain and
Internet Dream ringtones, learn and interact with Tay himself, and
even purchase Zonday wallpapers. Fans can also visit www.tayzonday.com
or www.myspace.com/tayzonday to sign up as well as preview the
ringtones.

Nominated this year for "Favorite User-Generated Video" for the
People's Choice Awards, Zonday is a bona fide YouTube phenomenon. One
of only 100 users who belong to the YouTube partner program, his
videos have generated over 18 million views. His unique voice is
frequently compared to James Earl Jones, Barry White, Paul Robeson and
Brad Roberts.

"Tay is a shining example of how the web can create unprecedented
relationships between artists and fans by exposing music to a huge
audience," said Daman Bahner, Zonday's personal manager. "With
Waterfall's Msgme platform, we extended our reach into the mobile
channel. In minutes, we developed and deployed our mobile strategy
enhancing the fan's ability to engage with Tay and his music while
also creating significant revenue opportunities."

"Waterfall's technology empowers any media owner to launch a
mobile campaign without any infrastructure or training," said Matt
Silk, Executive Vice President of Waterfall Mobile. "With Msgme, the
mobile channel joins the Internet as a marketing channel for everyone
regardless of whether you are a Fortune 500 brand, start up or
individual with an innovative property."

Zonday will be performing this week at the Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) in Las Vegas for Intel and has been featured in print media
such as The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Star, Yahoo! News, E!
Online, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune's Redeye, The
Minneapolis Star Tribune and PEOPLE Magazine. His television
appearances include VH1's "Best Week Ever," G4TV's "Attack Of The
Show," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," CNN's "Saturday Newsroom" and CW's
"Online Nation." His television features include NBC's "Last Call with
Carson Daly" and ABC's "I-Caught." He has interviewed with radio's
"The Opie & Anthony Show," "The Playboy Morning Radio Show," and
dozens of other regional broadcasts in the United States, Europe and
the Pacific.

About Waterfall Mobile

Waterfall Mobile helps companies of all types and sizes get the
mobile channel flowing via a user-friendly, web-based technology
platform designed to reach the 243 million mobile phones currently
deployed by U.S. mobile carriers. Waterfall Mobile's products include
AlertU and its flagship service, Msgme. Waterfall's web-based platform
brings unprecedented flexibility and ease of use to mobile content
distribution. Founded in 2005, Waterfall Mobile is located in San
Francisco, California. For more information, please visit
www.waterfallmobile.com or text wm to 67463.

Beck Media and Marketing
James Finch, 1-310-689-7363
james@beckmedia.com

Copyright Business Wire 2008

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2008 6:50 PM

I think everyone is missing the point, tay zonday is on this earth to be laughed at, id pay for the privelege to do it live. Obviously there are going to be some people that are stupid enough to think that hes got some sort of talent. Proof being the amount of people that buy stuff like FURB or that fat kids song about being suicidal over a girl being way too beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 9:04 AM

I think the real point everyone is missing is that this dreck is unfortunately the bad byproduct the internet age has saddled us with. Ten years ago, maybe even 5 years ago you would never hear of this idiot. The only people knowing about this song would be his nerdy buddies in the town he lives in.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2008 9:58 AM

Why is it bad that the nerdy guy kicks ass? He's smart as hell. He's selling his ringtone on THUMBPLAY!? How great is that!?

Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2008 3:18 PM

TAY ZONDAY HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED. Amber alert has been issued. PLEASE! Copy this everywhere and help SAVE HIS LIFE! WE LOVE YOU TAY!

Posted by testerz | August 11, 2009 4:12 PM

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