John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts has deservedly found its way into several end of the year best of lists, including #5 at Mojo and #9 at Q. But Grant received top marks from the UK music institution, Rough Trade, who honored him with ‘Album of the Year’. To celebrate, Grant is performing in-store at Rough Trade East on the 9th of December but before that he graced the stage of Rough Trade’s new NYC store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The store had only opened the prior week, before the Thanksgiving holiday, and in its performance space had hosted Television, Charles Bradley and many others—sometimes more than one show a day (after Grant’s set, We Are Scientists were schedule to perform). Grant’s show, including the one the night before just down the road at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, were considered “stripped down” and didn’t include a drummer—just three folks on stage instead of the five or six from when I saw him in July.