Music Video: The Original Version of California Dreamin’

October 19, 2014

Barry McGuire

You are no doubt familiar with The Momas and The Popas version of California Dreamin’.  But it was actually the second version of the song to be recorded.  Originally, Barry McGuire recorded the song and brought the writer, John Phillips and his group, The Momas and The Popas to sing backup for him.  The Momas and The Popas version was this version without the McGuire vocals and with a flute replacing the harmonica solo on Barry’s version.

Advance Planning: October 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/18)

October 18, 2014

Here are two more CMJ next week at The Living Room.

Oct. 21 – Elizabeth and The CatapultLiving Room – 11pm

Oct. 25 – Chris Cubeta and the Liars ClubLiving Room – 11:30pm

Music Video: Glen Campbell – I’m Not Gonna Miss You

October 18, 2014


Glen Campbell Not Gonna Miss You fixed

As you may have read over the past few years, Glen Campbell has Alzheimer’s Disease.  He recently release this video, which contains the last song he wrote, I’m Not Gonna Miss You.  The song is about Alzheimer’s and it is both sad and lovely.

Music Video: Leslie Mendelson and Steve Nieve – Everyday I Write The Book

October 17, 2014

Leslie Mendelson City Winery 10-3-14

Leslie Mendelson was back in town for the past two weeks or so.  She not only played a wonderful show the other night at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, but also guested with Steve Nieve (one of The Attractions) at City Winery on October 3rd.  Steve played the songs of Elvis Costello at that show, and here’s  Leslie joining Steve on lead vocals and acoustic guitar on Everyday I Write the Book.  Many thanks to Larry Rulz, who captured that performance on video.

Those two shows were all we’re going to see of Leslie now, as she’s off to the west coast, and will then be returning to England to finish up the album she’s been recording.

Advance Planning: October 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/16)

October 16, 2014

Here are three more shows.  The wonderful Alana Amram will play CMJ on Saturday the 25th; there’s a whole mess of talent showing up at The Treehouse at 2A to sing Rolling Stones songs; and Puss n Boots will throw their 3rd Christmas Extravaganza in December.

Oct. 25 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsParkside Lounge – 11:30pm

Oct. 26 – Great Harmony Swap Rolling Stones Hot Swaps, with Rembert Block, Charles Giordano, Homeboy Steve, Michelle Casillas, Frank Migliorelli, Sherryl Marshall, Dina Regine, Meredith Minogue, Lianne Smith, Tom Clark, George Gilmore, David Donen, Western Caravan, Dave Foster, Charlene McPherson, Eric Ambel, Leslie Wagner, Jim Barry, Fausto Bozza, Jahn Xavier, Charles Roth, Nate Schweber, Lisa Lowell, Gene Casey, Tim Heap, Eddie Kunze, Susan Didrichsen, Mary Lee Kortes, Emily Duff, Deborah Berg McCarthy, Angello Olivieri, Paul Pimsler and Scott Standish Aldrich – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

November and Beyond

Dec. 11 – Puss n Boots Christmas Extravaganza Take 3  – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Tonight: Bucky Hayes at The Rockwood Music Hall or Dear Georgiana at Rockwood Stage 2

October 16, 2014

Choices Large

Here are two good shows; unfortunately they conflict, so you’ll  need to choose one or the other.

At the original stage at The Rockwood Music Hall, you’ll find Bucky Hayes at 9pm.  You name it, Bucky can do it, and if you name a local musician, it’s likely that Bucky has played with him or her.  Bucky’s stock in trade is Americana and he’s a very good songwriter and an engaging performer.

But at 9:30pm, Dear Georgiana will be starting their set at Rockwood Stage 2.  Call their music atmospheric folk-rock that’s melodic with very nice vocals.  Dear Georgiana is led by Lauren Balthrop, who also plays in Elizabeth and The Catapult.  Elizabeth Ziman frequently joins Dear Georgiana as well, and should be part of the band tonight.

Bucky Hayes, 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 encouraged)

Dear Georgiana, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians band is highly recommended)

Advance Planning: October 2014 Music Calendar Update (Added 10/15)

October 15, 2014

Steve Wynn said it all earlier today:

Sold out! 2nd show added! I’ve never had the chance to say that about a show before but that’s the story at our upcoming Rough Trade gigs in Brooklyn, November 15 and 16. And it looks like the second show is on the verge of selling out too so please get your tickets so you can make it out to our first NYC gig in 26 years.

Here are the updates to reflect that.  They’ve been added to the October calendar as well.

Sold Out! Nov. 15 – The Dream SyndicateRough Trade – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 16 – The Dream SyndicateRough Trade – doors 8pm / show 9pm


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