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.

Advance Planning: July 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 7/20)

July 20, 2014

Here are some noteworthy shows coming up over the next few months.  In August, The Bushwick Book Club will be heading over to City Winery with a bunch of newly written songs inspired by the book My Life as a Dog.  In September, Misty Boyce will play the CD Release show for her new album The Life.  Finally, in October, Mary Lee Kortes will once again sing the songs of Beulah Rowley at The Rockwood  Music Hall.

Aug. 20 – The Bushwick Book Club playing songs inspired by My Life as a Dog by Reidar Jönsson

- City Winery – doors 7:30pm / show 8pm

Sept. 3 – Misty Boyce (CD Release Show)  – Rockwood  Music Hall – Stage and Time TBD

Oct. 7 -  Mary Lee Kortes plays the Songs of Beulah Rowley – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Tonight: Freedy Johnston at The 11th Street Bar

July 20, 2014

Radio Free Song Club - Freedy Johnston

The 11th Street Bar continues its new Sessions on the Bench series (that means the shows are at the front of the bar rather than in the performance space in the back and are acoustic) tonight with Freedy Johnston.  Freedy, who is originally from Kansas, first got attention through the albums he released with Bar None Records back in the 90s.  His songs tell great stories and sound great whether they are played with a single guitar or a band.  Freedy recently moved back to New York City and is preparing to release his next album, Neon Repairman.

Freedy Johnston, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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