Record Store Day 2015

April 18, 2015

Record Store Day 2015

Today is the eighth annual Record Store Day, a celebration of that vanishing neighborhood place you you go to buy physical things that contain music.  You can find a list of participating record stores in New York City below, and a list of special releases (mostly, but certainly not all, vinyl) available at participating record stores here.  I’ve created this list from the master list over on the Record Store Day website.  There may be a few instances where shops on this list are no longer in business, so if there is no website or an obviously old one, you might want to call ahead before heading out to that store.

In keeping with the spirit of Record Store Day, you can stream the song Record Store from NIHE faves The Madison Square Gardeners. Just click below;  a new tab will open and the song will play automatically.

Stream The Madison Square Gardeners – Record Store

Harmony Records Bronx, NY
Academy Record Annex Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Basement Mix Records Brooklyn, NY
Captured Tracks Shop Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Earwax Records Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Fifth Avenue Record Shop Brooklyn, NY
Halcyon the Shop Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Permanent Records Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Rough Trade Shop NYC Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Sector Brooklyn, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Hall of Fame Music Jamaica, NY
VP Records Retail Jamaica, NY VISIT WEBSITE
A-1 Records New York, NY
Academy LPs New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Academy Records & CDs New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Black Star Music & Video New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Bleecker Street Records New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Cake Shop New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Deadly Dragon Sound New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Disc-O-Rama Music World New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Downtown Music Gallery New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Generation Records New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Good Records NYC New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
In Living Stereo New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Jazz Record Center New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Other Music New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Rebel Rebel New York, NY
Record Runner New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Rock and Soul Records New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Rockit Scientist Records New York, NY
Second Hand Rose Music New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Turntable Lab New York, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Village Music World New York, NY
Breakdown Records Queens, NY VISIT WEBSITE
Majors Records & Video Staten Island, NY VISIT WEBSITE

Tonight: Karla Moheno and Mieka Pauley at The Rockwood Music Hall

April 17, 2015

Karla Moheno 11-18-14 Rockwood 1

It’s yet another night to hang out at The Rockwood Music Hall.  There, at 8pm, you’ll find Karla Moheno playing rock, blues and ballads.  Her songs draw on a diverse set of influences including noir, 60s girl groups, a bit of country and some show music.  This melange served up by Karla and her band contains many familiar flavors presented in unexpected ways.  If you have yet to hear Karla’s music, tonight’s show should be the perfect introduction to it and her.

Mieka Pauley Rockwood 3-21-15

Also at The Rockwood tonight, at 10pm, you’ll find Mieka Pauley.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist.  Whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by Mieka’s performance.  So take this opportunity to see her.

Karla Moheno (8pm), Mieka Pauley (10pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Twinight Doubleheader at The Rockwood: The Westies and Jess Klein

April 16, 2015

The Westies Rockwood Stage 2 2-6-14

There’s an early and late show at The Rockwood Music Hall tonight that merits your attention.  At 7pm at the original Rockwood stage, The Westies, a Chicago-based band, will play a set.  At the suggestion of some friends, I saw The Westies for the first time last year, and was duly impressed.  They are tour behind their album, West Side Stories, released earlier this year.  The Westies are led by Michael McDermott, whose voice and songwriting are somewhat reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen.  Joining The Westies tonight will be guitar great Will Kimbrough (who will play his own set later at 9pm).

Jess Klein If Theres A God

I discovered Jess Klein a few years ago while going through the SXSW Torrent.  Her song Behind a Veil jumped out at me.  Seeing her live at SXSW confirmed that she is the real deal.  Jess and her music fit in the same neighborhood as Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Amy Speace and Charlie Faye (and for a while, she was actually Charlie’s neighbor in Austin).  Take this opportunity to see Jess while she is in NYC, something that doesn’t happen often enough.  This show is a co-bill with Rod Picott.

The Westies, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Jess Klein, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum


Tonight: Secret Someones at The Knitting Factory

April 15, 2015

Secret Someones Rockwood 2

Tonight, Secret Someones are back in New York City for the night and they headline the show at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg.  Hannah Winkler, Bess RogersZach Jones and Lelia Broussard  (in that order in the photo above) rock.  The three women in the band contribute songs, take turns on lead vocals and sing backup.  Instrumentally, it’s Bess on electric guitar, Lelia on bass, Hannah on keys, acoustic guitar and tambourine and Zach on drums.  There are harmonies and power chords galore and even a bit of an influence from The Cars.

Secret Someones have been signed to Cherry Tree Records. They have a new EP out and a full album coming later this year.  Expect to hear more from and about this wonderfully hard rocking band.  Lazer Cake and Paris Monster will open the show tonight.

Secret SomeonesThe Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue at Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), $12, doors 7:30pm / show 8pm


Advance Planning: April 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 4/14)

April 14, 2015

Changes this month including a benefit for those affected by the recent explosion and fire on 2nd Avenue, and some shows in July.

Apr. 17 – Dirty Water DogsAn Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

Apr. 18 – Loves Saves the East Village Benefit for those affected by the recent fire and building collapse with NY Faith, Willie Devargas, Laura Cantrell, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Steve Almaas with The Crackers, Karen Haglof and Jay Peck, Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No, Tigers and Monkeys, Carrie Ashley Hill, Tony and Aly – La Palapa – 11am-7pm

Canceled! Apr. 25 – Dirty Water DogsAn Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

May and Beyond

July 8 – Hayes CarllMercury Lounge – 8pm

July 15 – Hayes CarllRough Trade – show 9pm

July 22 – Hayes CarllMercury Lounge – 8pm


Music Video: Jesse Malin – Addicted / Wendy (Live at The Bowery Ballroom)

April 14, 2015

Jesse Malin Bowery Ballroom 4-11-15 1

Today we’ll take a look back at Saturday’s wonderful night of rock n roll at The Bowery Ballroom.  Here’s the opening two songs, Addicted and Wendy, from Jesse Malin‘s set, which ran more than two hours.  Joining Jesse in his band were Derek Cruz on lead guitar, Randy Schrager on drums, Catherine Popper on bass and Michelle Casillas on keys.

This video looks best when played full screen.  Many thanks to Billy Claire for capturing this for us.


Tonight: Mary Lee Kortes Sings Beulah Rowley at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

April 13, 2015

Mary Lee Beulah Rowley

Tonight, Mary Lee Kortes will play selections from The Songs of Beulah Rowley.  Mary Lee explains:

I was on the road in the UK, thinking about my next record, wanting it to be different somehow, to incorporate other kinds of writing.  What would that mean, I wondered, drifting off to sleep in my favorite London hotel suite (that would be my friend Lizzie’s sofabed). I woke up to find someone named “Beulah Rowley” in my head — a regionally famous 1930s midwestern singer/songwriter. I wrote a song by her on the spot, finished my tour, came home and wrote her biography. And then a bunch more songs, by her of course.

If you’d like to sample some of these songs, you can stream them and even buy them here.  There’s a full album in the works, to be produced by Hal Willner.

Mary Lee Kortes plays The Songs of Beulah Rowley, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $15, with a $10 drink minimum


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