July 25, 2014
Another music venue is biting the dust. The Ding Dong Lounge, the dive bar on Columbus Avenue near 105th Street, is closing on July 31st. The cause is once again a landlord demanding an increase in rent which makes continuing the business impossible.
After The Lakeside Lounge closed in April, 2012, The Ding Dong Lounge picked up some of the bands who played or would have played The Lakeside. While The Ding Dong was a bit off the beaten track for music venues (that is, not downtown and not Brooklyn), it was divey in a comfortable and inviting way.
The owners of The Ding Dong Lounge say they will reopen in another location by September. But there’s no other way to sum this up other than this just plain sucks.
Update, 5pm Friday July 25: I have just been informed that this show will not take place.
Just as the poster above shows, the music at The Rodeo Bar has been extended one more day. This Sunday, July 27th, which corresponds to the last day of The Rodeo Bar, will now also be the last day of music there. The Dirty Water Dogs will play and they have promised many special guests will be joining them as well. The festivities start at 9pm, but I would suggest getting there as early as possible because it is likely to be crowded.
July 24, 2014
This may, or may not, be the last update of the July calendar. Time will tell on that one.
July 25 - Elizabeth and The Catapult – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm
July 25 – Anything Mose! The music of Mose Allison feat. Richard Julian w/ The John Chin Quartet – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm
July 28 – The Big Bright – SubCulture - 8pm
July 31 – Paleface – Hill Country Brooklyn – 8:30pm
July 23, 2014
Two additions and one subtraction over the next week or so.
July 24 - The Jacks of Kings County - The Way Station – 10pm
July 25 - Jeff Litman - Bowery Electric (Map Room) – 8pm
July 31 – Joe Whyte – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm
July 23, 2014
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.
July 22, 2014
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 Harris – Rodney 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.
July 21, 2014
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.