15
Dec
07

Video Saturday #1 – Sarah Bettens, Woodface, Bright Eyes

I’m thinking about making this a recurring section in my blog. Video Saturday, so I can share some YouTube videos regularly without feeling bad about using my blog to share YouTube videos. If that makes any sense, hehe.

Anyway, I went to a Sarah Bettens concert this Monday, December 10, at the Brotfabrik in Frankfurt am Main. It was very cool.

I used to be a big K’s Choice fan several years back before they took a break to pursue solo projects. I felt that their solo projects were not anywhere near as good as anything they had done in K’s Choice. I don’t know why, but Sarah Bettens ended up writing really lame lyrics, even though her lyrics in K’s Choice were really good, especially on the later CDs.

This is a snippet from her song FINE from the CD Scream (which is only $9.98 at Amazon.com):

Here’s one reason to be sad
Half of us have nothing and the other feels too fat
but this is not the the time and place
to crucify the human race
there’s a massive hight to ride
I’m keeping my eyes open wide

The songs are better live, though.
The last song she performed at the Brotfabrik was I Can Do Better, which I had never heard before and which impressed me greatly. She performed it alone, her band was sitting at the side of the stage snipping their fingers. Before she launched into the song she told us that they had about 40 CDs left for this show and that they couldn’t bring them into Switzerland tomorrow (I wonder why that is? Does anyone know?) and so among the 400 people at the show, if only one in ten bought a CD, they’d sell them all. “Or,” she went on, “if one in 5 bought 2.” Eric Grossman, her bass player (see his MySpace page if you don’t detest MySpace as much as I do), corrected her, though, saying, “It’s one in twenty, Sarah.” “One in twenty?” she said and then blamed it on the German numbers being confusing or something. It was funny, but I guess you had to be there..

So, here’s Sarah Bettens’ I Can Do Better, coming to you straight from YouTube and making me wish she’d release a Blues record sometime:

As for Gert Bettens, his solo project is called Woodface and his CD is a complete bargain at Amazon.de, you can buy it at amazon.de for 61,99 EUR. (That’s only 4,77 EUR a song…)

Here’s the relatively nice Woodface song Are You Ready To Sing?:

Also, here’s a cool K’s Choice song called Believe from way back when:

Lastly, here’s another song that my favorite co-worker recently told me about. It also has a very sweet video. I bring to you: First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes:

Now here’s some more linkage to more YouTube videos you might or might not enjoy:
K’s Choice – Shadowman (live) (Jan plays the eBow!)
K’s Choice & Skin – Not An Addict (live) (from back when Sarah Bettens used to look like Lady Di)
K’s Choice – Mr. Freeze (music video)
K’s Choice – Everything For Free (music video)
pv2000 YouTube channel (with more Woodface/Sarah Bettens)

For those who don’t detest MySpace:
Woodface on MySpace
Sarah Bettens on MySpace
Eric Grossman on MySpace
Koen Victor Lieckens on MySpace

Enjoy.

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