Wednesday Night: Milton at The Rodeo Bar

December 23, 2009

Milton is the name of both the band and its leader (above right).  Originally from Westchester, Milton has lived all over the place including Chicago, Buenos Aires, Manhattan and Brooklyn, and his band has members from Argentina, Spain (and sometimes England).

Even with that international background, the music of Milton is a combination of Americana,  country, and folk-rock.  But do yourself a favor and see Milton for yourself.

Milton, The Rodeo Bar, 375 Third Avenue at 28th Street (R or 6 Train to 28th Street), 10pm, No Cover

Tuesday Night Doubleheader

December 22, 2009

Tonight there are two excellent shows available to you; one early and one late.  Of course, you can always choose to go to both.

Early: Charlie Faye.  Charlie and her excellent band, The Jerks, make music that’s at the place where rock, alt country and blues all blend into each other.  Charlie’s album, Wilson Street, made my Top 10 list for this year.  An Austin resident, Charlie’s visits to NYC don’t come often enough, and the next one isn’t scheduled until July.  So this is the time to see Charlie up close and personal.

Charlie Faye, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, (F Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 8pm

Late:  Sasha Dobson and her band.  Sasha started playing with guitarist Steve Elliot about a year ago and has moved from the jazz-folk-samba material she was playing to a more straight-ahead rock style.  With Steve’s lead guitar moving towards Dire Straits territory, Sasha’s new batch of songs are all terrific.  Since this is the release show for Sasha’s new CD, you’ll be able to take it all home with you.

Sasha Dobson, The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street (F Train to Second Avenue, use the First Avenue exit), 11pm

The Best Albums of 2009 – Part One

December 21, 2009

OK, it’s mid December.  That means it’s time for my best of 2009 list.  Overall, 2009 had a tough act to follow because 2008 was an extraordinarily good year musically.  I do think that there was a bit of a fall off from last year, but there was still plenty of good new music around.  I’ve picked the 10 albums that I’ve enjoyed the most this year.  They will be presented today and Wednesday, half on each day, in alphabetical order.

The Stars Are OutSarah Borges and The Broken Singles – The Stars Are Out: Sarah Borges has been around for a few years and usually categorized as alt country.  But The Stars Are Out demolishes that view of her.  It’s mostly rock of varying kinds, mostly up tempo and all wonderful.  The songs are split between covers and SB originals.  A few SB&BS fans have complained that this album is overproduced, but if this is overproduction, bring it on.

The Damnwells – One Last Century: One Last Century is just plain wonderful.  You could call it rock power pop with wonderful songs and great vocals.  If you need a reference point, The Gin Blossoms aren’t all that far away from this.  There is no reason not to own this album; it was released as a free download here. Yes, it’s legal!

Charlie Faye – Wilson St: Originally from this area, Charlie moved to Austin a few years back and Wilson St. of the album title is where she ended up.  Austin is the place where rock, blues, country and folk all blend into each other and that’s what happens on this album as well.  All songs are CF originals or co-writes and standouts include She’s Gonna Go, Bottletops, Runaround and Simple Seduction.

Israel Nash Gripka – New York Town:  Too young to have been around during the classic rock era, Israel reaches back to what was good in the 70s as inspiration for this set.  And yes, it does seem he’s channeling John Fogerty in the song Pray for Rain.

Norah Jones – The Fall: The past couple of years have been ones of change for Norah Jones.  So with all that going on in her life, its no wonder that her new album, The Fall, finds Norah’s music in transition as well.  This record features an entirely different musical team and although it still recognizable as a Norah Jones record, it has electronic elements and is mixed to be edgier. Highlights include Young Blood, It’s Gonna Be and Back to Manhattan.

To be continued…

Welcome to NIHE

December 10, 2009

You’ve heard this all before: the record industry is doomed if it isn’t quiet dead yet; radio wherever you are located basically sucks.  Yet, if you like music and it is part of your life these are good times (economics aside): music these days is alive, well and flourishing.  The trouble is finding the good music that’s out there.

What I will be doing here at Now I’ve Heard Everything (NIHE for short) is uncovering music and letting you know when I find something that I think is worthwhile.  I’ll tell you about the musicians.  I’ll post some videos for your viewing and listening pleasure, and I’ll highlight shows in the New York City area if you feel like partaking of live music yourself (maybe down the road I’ll be able to add reports from other cities as well; we’ll just have to see what develops).  And for those of you who want to learn the basics finding music online, I’ll go into some of the terms and technology you should know.

I promise you that NIHE will have its own point of view.  You might find a “buzz” band here; but you’ll also find musicians who are great at what they do and have labored in the clubs but don’t get the recognition that they probably should get.  You’ll find that NIHE will run the gamut from loud young rock bands to quieter singer-songwriters.  So welcome; now we get started.


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