Music Video: Warren Zevon and Neil Young – Splendid Isolation

November 26, 2014

Warren Zevon Neil Young Splendid Isolation

This Warren Zevon song from 1989 came up in conversation yesterday.  Here’s a wonderful version of it by Warren and Neil Young at The Bridge School Benefit back in 1993.

Music Video: Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

November 25, 2014

Buffalo Springfield For What Its Worth

Everybody look what’s going down.  Even though this song is from 47 years ago, it is still sadly relevant today.  The photo above is a still from the video.

News and Notes

November 24, 2014



There will be a follow up to The Del-Lords‘ wonderful record Elvis Club, which the reunited band released last year.  Scott Kempner and Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (second from left and right above respectively) of that band got together here in New York City a few weeks back to start working on songs for the Del-Lords’ next album.  Scott then went under the knife to repair an ailing shoulder, but his after surgery rehab should be complete early in 2015.  No timetable for the record has been announced.


Sirens of Brooklyn 2014 crop

The Sirens of Brooklyn Choir will be singing Christmas carols and other holiday songs at the historic Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights next week on December 2nd. The choir has  around for a while is made up of many New York based indie songstresses.  It is conducted by Joy Askew.

Ethan Eubanks Chilli

Not only is Ethan Eubanks the drummer for Poundcake and a whole lot of other bands, he’s now a champion chili maker.  The photo above shows Ethan being awarded first place at The Brooklyn Chili Takedown at The Bell House earlier this month.  Here’s Ethan on how he did it:

I can say that I did use techniques I have picked up from doing Indian and traditional Mexican, so I really used everything I had. A lot of tasting and a slow build. So much tinkering had been done by the end I really couldn’t tell you how much of this or that.

Congratulations, Ethan!

Tonight: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at The Treehouse at 2A

November 23, 2014

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Cover

Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene, and play a low key acoustic set.  They call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  An SBB show is not just any set of music, but a set of some of the saddest songs that Charlene and Mo know.

Not that long ago, under the watchful eye of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Charlene and Mo recorded 12 songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton.  Don’t think that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One is a downer, because it definitely is not.  What it is, in fact, is mesmerizing.  Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.

Tonight The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn will play at at the cozy and inviting Treehouse at 2A in the East Village, one of my favorite places to see a band.  Seats are limited so getting there early is a good idea.

Sad Bastards of BrooklynTreehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Tonight: Aly Tadros at The Rockwood Music Hall

November 22, 2014

Aly Tadros

Over at The Rockwood Music Hall at 9pm, you’ll find Aly Tadros.  Aly plays Americana, folk rock and folk, and blends them together with classical music as well.  Aly is originally from Texas, and spent some time in Austin before deciding to move here and make New York City her home.  Although her mother was from Texas, her dad was from Egypt, which adds some Middle Eastern influences to her music as well.  And if you are a friend with Aly on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, you’ll know that she loves bacon.

Aly will be celebrating her birthday at tonight’s show.  To fit the occasion, the show will be with a full band, and Aly promises some surprises.  If you never have seen Aly or heard her music, tonight is the opportune time to start.

Aly Tadros, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Tonight: Chuck Prophet at The Bell House

November 21, 2014

Chuck Prophet 1C

One of the must see bands out there is Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express.  Chuck plays soul tinged rock with blistering guitar solos.  I saw Chuck and company a few years ago, packed into the basement of a tiny club located off a back alley in Austin, Texas.  The place was packed and just a bit warm, but Chuck had most of the crowd dancing (me too).

Chuck is touring behind a fine new record, Night Surfer.  You can check out one track from it, Wish me Luck, by clicking here.

Since he’s based in San Francisco, Chuck doesn’t get to our area often (maybe once every year or so).  Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the best live acts in the business, in one of the nicest venues in NYC.

Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express and Milton, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm, $15

Streaming: Misty Boyce – The Life

November 20, 2014

Misty Boyce The Life Cover

Misty Boyce released the first song from her forthcoming album, The Life, earlier this week.  That single is the record’s title track.  It’s an incredibly hook-filed song which moves back and forth between guitar and several keyboards.  Misty shows off much of the range of her voice here as well.  You can stream just by clicking the player below.  And you can buy it for a buck either at Bandcamp or iTunes.



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