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"What left an impression on me was the debut commemorative handshake session. There were even people who cried at shaking hands with us. At the beginning I was like [What's so happy about this?], I didn't get it at all. But when I put myself in their position, and thought my hardest about it, I thought, [After all, if I were to shake hands with a person I really really liked, although I probably wouldn't cry I'd probably be happy]. Thought for us it may be 80 thousand times, for the fans it's once in a lifetime. I can't be careless about this moment." - Matsumoto Jun, Japanese Idol of Arashi
So you're having this great dream. In the dream, you're hanging out in with your favorite band. You're kind of like best friends forever with them/him/her and - let's not lie - it's totally awesome. But then it gets better:
"Hey you, we have a surprise! We wrote a song for you?" says YourFavoriteBand.
"Who me?" you ask innocently.
"Yes, you! A whole song, written by us, for you!" YourFavoriteBand replies.
You're almost speechless. You manage to stutter out one more question. "But...why me?"
YourFavoriteBand laughs. "Because, silly, you are the greatest fan ever. We know we could never, ever have gotten where we are without you. Your support keeps us going. You've always been there for us - and we want you to know that we are always there for you. Now, let's hug it out!"
YourFavoriteBand opens his/her/their arms wide...
Oh shit, your alarm just went off and not only was that a dream, not only did you not get that awesome hug, but you're late for work/school/community service/breakfast.
You stumble out of bed - OW! OWOWOW! - you step on something sharp and plasticy. Like a CD... You look down in your lap and there's a copy of "Moon Face: Bootlegs and Road Recordings 2006-2009" by Ezra Furman and the Harpoons -- YourFavoriteBand. You sigh, pic it up off the floor -- if only that dream has been true...
And then, as you hold the CD in your hands, you remember....they DID write a song for you.
The critics are saying Ezra Furman is the punk Bob Dylan, a poet for a generation. With a voice like the Violent Femmes and musings like a psychedelic prophet, Ezra and the Harpoons have gotten themselves quite a gaggle of dedicated fans. So what did they do?
On their latest release, "Moon Face: Bootlegs and Road Recordings 2006-2009," Mr. Furman has decided to personally write a short song for each person who purchases a copy. Is this the craziest and perhaps most undoable idea you've ever heard? Maybe. Is it the best gift a fan could ever get from TheirFavoriteBand? Without a doubt.
I've heard of a lot of bands and a lot of special treats they give their dedicated fans - but I have never heard of anything quite like this.
Mr. Furman, Love Your Fans humbly bows down to you as the king. Thanks for treating us like we deserve to be treated.
The Roseland Ballroom is one of NYC's must go to venues. Surprisingly spacious for a city venue, it boast a basement, first floor and balcony. The main stage stands over 3,000, which means you can be right up front, clinging to the barrier, or in the back with a little more personal space, depending on what you prefer. There were even places to sit if that was more your style.
When The Sounds played there on September 20 (review of the show here), the crowd was refreshingly diverse. The venue is relatively easy to find on 52 st. just off Broadway, but even running late we were able to walk right in and get a few feet from the stage just as the headliners got started. For the most part security was friendly, until the end when they insisted that patrons leave immediately whether or not they were waiting for friend inside or trying to buy something from the merch table.
Despite this, the Roseland was one of the better NYC venues I've been to and I highly recommend that you see one one of their shows.
Hey there fans! Wanted to check in and let you know that WE'RE NOT DEAD YET! More reviews of venues and bands coming SOON - but until then, let us hear YOUR stories! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, we leave you with eloquent words we couldn't have put together better ourselves:
"The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience." - the great Lester Bangs