December 6, 2013
Here’s a recommendation that’s just a bit different: a film about music, specifically, the making of music at a specific time and place. Here’s the info on this film:
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios.
Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
Tonight’s showing is for the bargain price of $5 and all net proceeds from this screening will be donated to Doctors Without Borders for their emergency efforts relating to Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines.
Muscle Shoals (film), City Winery, 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston or Canal Streets, C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 6pm / film 8pm, $5
December 5, 2013
When Aaron Lee Tasjan was in town a few weeks back, he covered the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song Fortunate Son. Instead of playing it uptempo, Aaron rearranged it as a slow blues number, and the result is this amazing performance. Many thanks to Tahcofan for recording this video at The Rockwood Music Hall.
December 4, 2013
Puss N Boots have added a large number of guests to their holiday gala next week. It should be quite a show.
Dec. 11 – Puss N Boots with Poundcake, Corn Mo, Minnie Tonka, Ursa Minor and The Pre-War Ponies – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm
January and Beyond
Feb. 4 – Jeremy Messersmith – Mercury Lounge – 8pm
Feb. 13 – Nicole Atkins – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm
December 4, 2013
It’s been quite a year for Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Misty Boyce. Early in 2013 she recorded her wonderful EP, Tough Love, then decamped from New York City, toured a lot (both on her own and as part of Sara Bareilles‘ band) and just this past month went to London to record a full length record.
Tonight Misty returns to New York City to play a solo show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. I’m sure that there will some old favorites and new material as well. It’s likely that this will be Misty’s last area show for a while, so come out and catch this incredibly talented singer-songwriter.
Misty Boyce, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, but note that all F Train service to 2nd Ave. end at 10pm), 9:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
December 3, 2013
Here’s a video guaranteed to get your day started. Bruce Springsteen joins Willie Nile and his band in this performance of Willie’s anthemic One Guitar taken at The Light of Day show from January 14, 2012 at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Many thanks to Backstreets bev who was there to capture this.
December 2, 2013
Here’s the first batch of updates to the December calendar. I’ve included a few things that are a bit different this time around including a music film, a holiday choir and a New Years Eve New Wave dance party.
Dec. 6 – Dirty Water Dogs – The Strand Smokehouse – 7-10pm
Dec. 6 – Muscle Shoals (film) – City Winery – doors 6pm / film 8pm
Dec. 7 – Spanking Charlene – Ding Dong Lounge – 10:30pm
Dec. 8 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey and Josh Dion – 55 Bar – 6-9pm
Dec. 10 – Sirens of Brooklyn Choir (with over 20 New York based indie songstresses singing Christmas and Holiday songs) – Plymouth Church Brooklyn – 7:30pm
Dec. 11 – Bucky Hayes – LIC Bar – 10pm
Dec. 16 – Dirty Water Dogs – Ear Inn – Midnight – 3am
Dec. 21 - Dirty Water Dogs – Radegast Hall – 3pm
Dec. 26 – Drina Seay and Homeboy Steve - Pianos – Upstairs Lounge – 8pm
Dec. 27 – Jeremiah Birnbaum, Chris Kelly and Andy Mac – Pianos – Upstairs Lounge – 9pm
Dec. 31 – New Wave Eve Party – The Way Station – 8pm on