Posted in music | pictures on January 13, 2014

photos by P Squared Media; words by Bill Pearis

Connan Mockasin @ Glasslands, 1/10/2014
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"If any of you out there write for blogs, please take it easy on us tonight," Connan Mockasin asked the crowd at Glasslands on Friday night (2/10), the second date/NYC show of his first North American tour. The mixing desk had gone belly up early in the night and had to be replaced, causing the show to run late with untested sonics. The New Zealand singer needn't have worried -- his many charms quickly won over the crowd and made for one of the most fun shows I've been to in a long time. I definitely haven't smiled that much in a while.

Dressed in a white robe as he was at Mexican Summer Five back in October, platinum blonde Mockasin looked like an extra from Logan's Run and while he's certainly a little eccentric, he's not what I'd call weird. But he's very funny. Despite saying he wasn't going to talk as much between songs, he kept the audience in stitches most of the time, and led the crowd through sing-alongs of his Barry White-esque "I Wanna Roll with You" (complete with pitch-shifted vocals); at one point tried to get the crowd to couple-up and slow dance (not many did); and wandered amongst the crowd for the final number while his band wondered where he was ("Fellas! I'm over here!").

Connan's new album Caramel hasn't clicked with me the way 2010's Forever Dolphin Love did and I think part of that is the production because the material came off much better live. This is in no small part thanks to an adept live band -- featuring an especially lithe rhythm section -- that really made his underwater funk concoctions pop. Mockasin is no slouch musician either, and is as much of a tremolo master as Kevin Shields, though in a completely different style, making it sound like someone was slowing down or speeding up the tape. It is a very trippy effect. My only complaint is he didn't get to play longer. Next time.

His current tour concludes this week with West Coast shows. Go see him if he plays a city near you. I missed most of Arp's set, unfortunately, but pictures from their set -- and more of Connan's -- are in this post. More below...

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Comments (15)

"The Australian singer needn't have worried" - Connan is actually from New Zealand, not Australia. I would be very worried about mistaking a Kiwi for an Aussie indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 4:39 PM

once again, pee-squared ruined this show for everyone

Posted by Asslands | January 13, 2014 4:48 PM

@4:39,

dammit, of course he is. fixed. sorry, connan (and all NZ/AU residents).

-bill

Posted by bill p | January 13, 2014 4:56 PM

At mercury he had everyone sit on the floor and sing along with him

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 4:58 PM

Glad to see Julian Assange has hobby that gets him out of the Ecuadoran embassy every so often.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 4:58 PM

I've seen him twice now and really like the shows. Got the new record though and am pretty disappointed, agree with the writer 100% on that point.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 6:37 PM

I'm not a huge fan of judging books by their covers, but man, just the sight of this cat makes me want to punch him in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 7:41 PM

listen 7:41, if you can't say anything real nice
It's better not to talk at all is my advice

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 8:01 PM

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 12:22 AM

Ugh

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 8:46 AM

Hari Hari Rama

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 9:04 AM

this guy kind of slightly looks like Klaus Kinski so I like him

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 1:38 PM

I LOVE this song but the video is creepy as fuck. Doesn't help that he looks like a serial killer. I guess that's the whole idea. Oh wait I wrote that at the beginning of the video and now they flipped the script and it's cute. Aw! Oh I've been thoroughly punked by artistry. Bravo. 

Posted by Jeki | November 1, 2014 11:36 AM

Have a hard time getting into music when they look like doc brown from back to the future.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2014 12:01 PM

VERY NICE job with the graphics!!!

Posted by Chris Bright3 | November 21, 2014 3:01 AM

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