Basia Bulat at Joe’s Pub

Basia Bulat at Joe’s Pub (01/10/07)
Basia Bulat at Joe's Pub

Though work almost torpedoed my plans, I was really glad I got the chance to see Basia Bulat (and her band) last night at Joes’ Pub. It was her first New York gig and apparently she wasn’t suffering from a case of the nerves, in fact, she felt easy enough to start out the show with a solo a cappella number before the capacity crowd of industry types and ex-pat Canadians. All in all, I’d have to say it was a good way to start off the year in live music, Basia’s got a great voice and some great songs (and she plays a mean autoharp). Snakes and Ladders and I Was A Daughter were the standout numbers of the evening for me and I probably enjoyed In The Night live more than I like the studio version. I’m not sure I would have chosen it as the first video though, but I suppose I can see the logic behind picking an upbeat number as a single, as opposed to one of the other more introspective tracks. Tip of the hat to The Music Slut for setting me up with the passes (and a wag of my finger to Beggars Group who ignored my polite request).

In case you forgot, Basia has a new album called Oh, My Darling, which comes out on February 5 on Rough Trade. Also, as I previously mentioned Basia has a bunch of tour dates coming up and she’ll be back at the Bowery Ballroom on February 29 (leap day) opening up for St. Vincent and Foreign Born.

Jeffrey Lewis was also on the bill last night, he’s got a new record coming out too on Rough Trade, it’s called 12 Crass Songs.

Check out the full flickr set from last night over here.