Tonight: The Great Harmony Swap – Brill Era Blast at The Treehouse at 2A

March 29, 2015

Great Harmony Swap Brill Era

On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs  The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).

Tonight’s show is a doozy, with at least 28 musicians – solos, duos and combos – performing a generous helping of songs that spring from The Brill Building and environs way back in the 60s.

Joining Li’l Mo tonight will be Lianne Smith, Gene Casey, Thirsty Dave, Dina Regine, Sherryl Marshall, Tom Clark, Crystal Durant, Lisa Lowell, C. P. Roth, Homeboy Steve, Drina Seay, Rembert Block, George Gilmore, Emily Duff, Dave Foster, Elena Sky, Tom Gould, Boo Reiners, Bibi Farber, Scott Aldrich, Susan D, Mary Lee Kortes, Leslie Wagner, Amy Allison, Cid Scantlebury, Mary Spencer Knapp, Courtney Lee Adams, Jr., Lisa Zweir and even more!

The fun gets going at 8:30pm, but it’s going to be crowded up at The Treehouse, so getting there early is highly recommended.

The Great Harmony Swap – Brill Era Blast, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J Train to Essex Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Breaking: DJ Vin Scelsa Announces His Retirement

March 28, 2015


Vin Scelsa, whose career as a DJ on New York City radio spans more than 40 years announced Saturday night that he will be retiring from radio.  Vin said that his last show on WFUV will be on Saturday May 2nd, while his last show on Sirius XM will take place on Thursday April 28th.

Vin’s career has taken him around the dial.  At one time or another, he has had shows on WFMU, WABC-FM (which changed call letters to WPLJ during his stay there), WNEW-FM, WLIR, WXRK (K-Rock) and for the last 14 years, WFUV.  At each one of those stations, Vin had the same deal: he could play what he wanted, he could interview who he wanted and speak as long as he wanted, without interference from management.

Vin has said that he was the last person to be a free form DJ in radio and that after him, there would be no more.  That is clearly the case.

Advance Planning: March 2015 Calendar Update (Added 3/28)

March 28, 2015

A time change and some additional shows tomorrow (Sunday).

Mar. 29 – Jessi MechanicRockwood Music Hall – 6pm (new earlier time)

Mar. 29 – The Radigan Roundup with Terry Radigan,  Rony Corcos,  Tamuz Nissim,  Jesse Miller and Molly Miller – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7pm

Mar. 29 – &CoArlene’s Grocery – 9pm

Eric “Roscoe” Ambel – Walk Away Renee

March 28, 2015

Eric Roscoe Ambel Walk Away Renee

Michael Brown of the band The Left Banke whose song Walk Away Renee was a big hit way back in 1965 died earlier this week.  In tribute, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel recorded this instrumental version of that song.  And yes, Roscoe is still in his pajamas.

Music Video: Kristin Diable – Hold Steady (Live at SXSW 2015)

March 27, 2015

Kristin Diable Paste SXSW

I’ve already posted videos of two songs from Kristin Diable‘s new album, Create Your Own Mythology.  And now, here’s a third.  This one is a live one shot in the rain at SXSW 2015 just a few weeks ago.  The song is Hold Steady and this performance of it is just plain gorgeous.  This was shot by Paste Magazine, and they deserve our thanks for it.

Tonight: Tripleheader at The Living Room

March 26, 2015

Humdrums Brodeur Litman Living Room

Tonight, I recommend heading over to the latest version of The Living Room over in Williamsburg.  There, at 9 pm, Bryan Dunn will play a show with his band The Humdrums.  Bryan and The Humdrums play early rock and roll and soul.  You’ll hear songs from 1960 and before, some well known and some more obscure.

When The Humdrums are done, you’ll find John Brodeur and The Human Shield at 10pm.  Although I’ve seen John play with other people many times, I have yet to see him play with his own band.  But given his musical chops, I have high expectations for him.

Finally, at 11pm, Jeff Litman will take the stage.  Jeff’s stock in trade is melodic rock and power pop, and he’ll be joined tonight by a full band.  Jeff doesn’t play often enough for my tastes, so take advantage of tonight’s opportunity to see him.

The Humdrums (9pm), John Brodeur and The Human Shield (10pm), Jeff Litman  (11pm), The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)

Advance Planning: March 2015 Calendar Update (Added 3/25)

March 25, 2015

Here’s an update for tomorrow night.

Mar. 26 – The Humdrums, John Brodeur and The Human Shield, Jeff LitmanLiving Room – 9-11pm


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