Posted in music | pictures on December 4, 2013

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

John Grant @ Rough Trade, 12/3/2012

John Grant's second solo album, Pale Green Ghosts, has been appearing on a lot of best-of lists this year, and it landed in the top spot of Rough Trade Shops' Top Albums of 2013. Grant returned the favor last night by playing an in-store at the brand-new Brooklyn location and admission was free with purchase of the new record. This was the second of two Brooklyn gigs -- he played a seated show at Music Hall of Williamsburg the night before (12/2).

Both shows were in "stripped down" mode, which is the only way I've ever seen Grant -- him with accompaniment from a second keyboardist and an acoustic guitarist. He doesn't really need much else, with his songwriting very much in the mid-'70s Elton John / David Bowie / Paul Williams style, plus his voice (and stage presence) are already pretty widescreen. The Rough Trade set was fantastic, if short, maybe eight songs but he played pretty much all my favorites: "Sigourney Weaver," "Where Dreams Go to Die," "It Doesn't Matter to Him," "You Don't Have To," and his real showstopper, "GMF" (aka "Greatest Motherfucker"). Pictures from the Rough Trade show are in this post.

The NYC shows were a short stop for Grant before his European tour. Hopefully he'll come back soon. More pics from Rough Trade below...

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Comments (11)

Should I know who he is?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 1:21 PM

yeah you idiot..his last 2 solo Lps are incredible

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 1:26 PM

Dreamboat

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 1:38 PM

He dresses like shit

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 1:44 PM

caught him at MHOW on monday - nice change of pace with seats where GA normally is - saw him at the Bowery with a full band in July and this more scaled back version were so terrific

and who cares how he dresses - he's a great performer - that's all you need to know

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 2:53 PM

Stellar voice. You could hear a pin drop at the MHOW show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 3:31 PM

guy looks like shit

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 6:42 PM

Great albums.

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Posted by wealthypeople21 | December 4, 2013 9:05 PM

Both LP's are great and I think this guy is criminally underrated in the US. That said, I think he definitely benefits from having a full band. When I saw him this summer with a full band, it was amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2013 10:08 PM

Elton John gave John Grant props tonight at his show at MSG... He called it his favorite album of the past year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2013 12:01 AM

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