News and Notes: The Ding Dong Lounge Closes Next Week and Music on the Last Night of The Rodeo Bar

July 25, 2014

Ding Dong Lounge

Another music venue is biting the dust. The Ding Dong Lounge, the dive bar on Columbus Avenue near 105th Street, is closing on July 31st.  The cause is once again a landlord demanding an increase in rent which makes continuing the business impossible.

After The Lakeside Lounge closed in April, 2012, The Ding Dong Lounge picked up some of the bands who played or would have played The Lakeside.  While The Ding Dong was a bit off the beaten track for music venues (that is, not downtown and not Brooklyn), it was divey in a comfortable and inviting way.

The owners of The Ding Dong Lounge say they will reopen in another location by September.  But there’s no other way to sum this up other than this just plain sucks.

Rodeo Bar Last Night with Dirty Water Dogs

Update, 5pm Friday July 25: I have just been informed that this show will not take place.


Just as the poster above shows, the music at The Rodeo Bar has been extended one more day.  This Sunday, July 27th, which corresponds to the last day of  The Rodeo Bar, will now also be the last day of music there.  The Dirty Water Dogs will play and they have promised many special guests will be joining them as well.  The festivities start at 9pm, but I would suggest getting there as early as possible because it is likely to be crowded.


Advance Planning: July 2014 Calendar Update (Added 7/24)

July 24, 2014

This may, or may not, be the last update of the July calendar.  Time will tell on that one.

July 25 - Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

July 25 – Anything Mose! The music of Mose Allison feat. Richard Julian w/ The John Chin QuartetRockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

July 28 – The Big BrightSubCulture - 8pm

July 31 – PalefaceHill Country Brooklyn – 8:30pm

News and Notes: Janis Joplin Arrives at Your Post Office on August 8th and May Have Some Company Later On

July 24, 2014

Janis Joplin Stamp 2014

The Janis Joplin Music Icons stamp (previously reported about by Now I’ve Heard Everything) will be arriving at your local post office on August 8th.  The first day of issue ceremony will take place that day at 1:30pm at the Panhandle Stage of the Outside Lands festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  If you are going to be in San Francisco that day and wish to attend that ceremony, you must respond by July 28th.  Either call 866-268-3243, or  send an e-mail to with “JJ RSVP_Stamp Collector” as the subject line.

According to articles in The Washington Post and Linn’s Stamp News, there may be more Music Icon stamps to come.  Musicians reportedly under consideration for inclusion in the series are  Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley (it would be his second appearance on a United States stamp), James Brown, Roy Orbison, John Lennon, Bill Monroe, Sam Cooke, Tammy Wynette, Fats Waller, Freddie Fender, Sarah Vaughan and Willie Dixon.  Stamps previously issued in the series honored Jimi HendrixJohnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.

Advance Planning: July 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 7/23)

July 23, 2014

Two additions and one subtraction over the next week or so.

July 24 - The Jacks of Kings CountyThe Way Station – 10pm

July 25 - Jeff LitmanBowery Electric (Map Room) – 8pm

Canceled! July 31 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Music Video: Jenny Lewis – She’s Not Me

July 23, 2014

Jenny Lewis Shes Not Me

After heading over to NPR yesterday to listen to the Jenny Lewis album, The Voyager, which will be released next week, I found that my favorite track off the album is She’s Not Me.  Fortunately, there’s already an official video for that song, which I’m sharing with you today.


News and Notes: Amy Black, Tom Petty and Jenny Lewis

July 22, 2014

Amy Black This Is Home

Years ago, when my daughter was a pre-schooler, she once said “Daddy, stop talking to people you don’t know.”  That will never happen; it seems to be inscribed in my DNA that I do so.

And so a few months ago, I found myself talking to the woman sitting next to me at a club (I think it was the Manhattan Hill Country).  Her name was Amy Black, and we had a very nice conversation during which she told me about her new CD and that she would be playing Hill Country NY on August 6, after the Emmylou HarrisRodney Crowell show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors .  We traded cards and she promised to send me her new record.

That CD, This Is Home, arrived at my mailbox not long ago.  Having listened to it a few times, I can tell you that it is a wonderful record.  Amy sings Americana and alt country in a strong voice that is at times reminiscent of Rosanne Cash, but with a bit more honey and a drop less vinegar.  The original songs on This Is Home are strong and the covers (of songs by  Rodney Crowell and John Prine) inspired.  The band backing Amy is tasty and includes the exceptional Will Kimbrough on guitar.

Finding a record this good from a someone I had not previously known about is a delight.  And it’s one of those reasons, that despite my kid’s long ago plea, I will continue to talk to people I don’t know.


NPR will frequently make available, via streaming,  new records the week before they are due to be released.  This week two records which have been anticipated are available: Hypnotic Eye from Tom Petty and Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager.  Just click the links here and you can hear them.  But remember, you’ll only have this week to do so.

Music Video: Israel Nash – Rain Plans (Live)

July 21, 2014

Israel Nash Rain Plans Live

Here’s a wonderful video to start your week off.  It’s from a long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, Israel Nash (who recently simplified his name by dropping Gripka from it).  Israel was in NYC earlier this year, when he played a couple of shows and made this video on the roof of Electric Lady Studios.  This song, Rain Plans, is the title track off of an album coming from Israel next month.  Like another band who once played on a roof top, Israel has passed the audition.


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