Tonight: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at The Sidewalk Cafe

April 11, 2014

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Cover

Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene, and play a low key acoustic set.  They call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  An SBB show is not just any set of music, but a set of some of the saddest songs that Charlene and Mo know.

Not that long ago, under the watchful eye of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Charlene and Mo recorded 12 songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton.  Don’t think that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One is a downer, because it definitely is not.  What it is, in fact, is mesmerizing.  Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.

Tonight you can get to see the magic happen live.  That should be enough reason to be at The Sidewalk Cafe.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, Sidewalk Cafe,  94 Avenue A at 6th Street (Any Train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Tonight: Spanking Charlene at The Bowery Electric

March 18, 2014

Spanking Charlene

Spanking Charlene  has been declared The Underground Garage’s Best Unsigned Band and their album Where Are The Freaks? was Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2012. When you put Charlene McPherson on vocals, Mo Goldner on guitar, David Leatherwood on bass, Eric Seftel on drums and add Eric Ambel on guitar, you get a combination of rock and punk reminiscent of The RamonesSpanking Charlene will supply 100% of your minimum daily requirement of rock n roll.  So show up tonight to The Bowery Electric for Spanking Charlene’s first show of 2014.

Spanking CharleneThe Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), doors 7:30 / Spanking Charlene’s set 8pm, $8


Tonight: Exile on Myrtle Avenue, A Tribute to The Rolling Stones at Beast of Bourbon

March 7, 2014

Exile on Myrtle Avenue

Take iconic songs from The Rolling Stones, add a cast of some of the best New York City based musicians out there, add lots of top notch BBQ, 40 different tap beers and as many varieties of bourbon and set it all along side of the G Train.  That’s the formula for tonight’s Exile on Myrtle Avenue, A Tribute to the Rolling Stones.  Join hosts Elena and Boo of The Demolition String Band, Phil Cimino on drums, Michael Santoro on bass, Craig Dreyer on keyboards, Stringbean Blues, Eric Ambel, Nate Schweber, Mark McKay, Mary Lee Kortes, Lianne Smith, Charlene McPherson, Courtney Lee Adams Jr. Elio Schiavo, Keith Hartel and more tonight at Beast of Bourbon.  The fun starts at 9pm.

Exile on Myrtle Avenue, A Tribute to the Rolling Stones, Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9-11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Music Video: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Here Comes a Regular (Live at The Sidewalk Cafe)

January 25, 2014

Sad Bastads of Brooklyn Sidwalk 1-24-13
Last night’s Sad Bastards of Brooklyn show at The Sidewalk Cafe was pack to the rafters and totally wonderful.  Here’s a video I took of Charlene and Mo playing The Replacement‘s Here Comes a Regular.  It also stars Jahn Xavier as Mo’s roadie and the waiter as himself.


Tonight: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn CD Release Show at The Sidewalk Cafe

January 24, 2014

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Cover

Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene, and play a low key acoustic set.  They call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  An SBB show is not just any set of music, but a set of some of the saddest songs that Charlene and Mo know.

Not that long ago, under the watchful eye of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Charlene and Mo recorded 12 songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton.  That album, Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One was released earlier this week.

Don’t think that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One is a downer, because it definitely is not.  What it is, in fact, is mesmerizing.  Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.

Tonight you can get to see the magic happen live.  That should be enough reason to be at The Sidewalk Cafe.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, Sidewalk Cafe,  94 Avenue A at 6th Street (Any Train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Streaming: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Here Comes a Regular

January 20, 2014

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Cover

Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner have stepped out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene to play a low key acoustic set.  When that happens, they call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn and play some of the saddest songs that they know.  In the past, SBB shows have included songs by Johnny Thunders, Eric Ambel, Jackson Brown and Bob Dylan, just to name a few.

But don’t think that The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn are a downer, because they definitely are not.  What they are, in fact, is mesmerizing.  Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.

Now there’s finally a record which captures the magic which The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn bring to a live show.  Titled Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume 1 (and that’s a shot of the cover above), it was produced by Eric Ambel.  SBB Vol. 1 is already out on Bandcamp, and it should show up on iTunes and elsewhere very shortly.  Of course, you can also buy it at The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume 1 CD release show this Friday, January 24th, at The Sidewalk Cafe at 8pm.

Here’s a taste of the new record: Charlene and Mo cover Paul Westerberg’s Here Comes a Regular.  Just click on the player below.


News and Notes: Records Scheduled for 2014 Release

January 5, 2014

2014A number of the musicians followed by Now I’ve Heard Everything have records scheduled for release in 2014.  Here’s a peek at what’s coming up.

January

Elizabeth and The Catapult will release Like It Never Happened and play a record release show at The Mercury Lounge on January 21.

Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of Spanking Charlene and release the first Sad Bastards of Brooklyn CD with a release show at The Sidewalk Cafe on January 24.  SBB is Mo on acoustic guitar and Charlene on vocals playing depressing songs, but the result is anything but a downer.

Laura Cantrell‘s new one, No Way There from Here, comes out at the end of the month.  Laura will play a record release show at Joe’s Pub on January 29.

February

Lydia Loveless will be releasing Somewhere Else on February 18.

March

The Baseball Project has a new one in the pipeline ready to go in March.  The band is now up to five members, Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Linda Pitmon and new official member Mike Mills, who frequently played with the band in the past.  TBP will be playing SXSW 2014 and I would not be surprised to see them play NYC in the spring.

Date To Be Determined

Misty Boyce recorded the basic tracks for a new album in London two months ago.  With a tour coming up for Misty in April, I would not be surprised if that record shows up around then.

Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) have a new album in the works.  I’m not sure how far along it is, but I expect it to see the light of day this year.

Sasha Dobson is recording an EP to follow up Aquarius, her record from 2013.

Jess Klein has been in the studio recording Learning Faith.

Announced, but not yet begun are also a solo record from Steve Wynn and a soul record from Charlie Faye.


News and Notes

December 8, 2013

The Mastersons

It’s been a while since The Mastersons‘ last record, Birds Fly South was released.  So Chris and Eleanor  are recording a new record in Los Angeles.  They have already been joined by Greg Leisz on pedal steel and Harper Blynn on vocals.  Jim Scott is producing, editing and mixing this one.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Cover

If you follow Now I’ve Heard Everything regularly, you know that Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner of Spanking Charlene will step away from that band from time to time to perform as a voice and acoustic guitar duo, The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  The first SBB album (that’s it pictured above) will be released on January 21, 2014 and there will be a Sad Bastards of Brooklyn album release show at The Sidewalk Cafe on January 24th.

Rough Trade NYC

Rough Trade, the new record store and music venue, stopped their live shows after last weekend’s performances by Television.  There were noise complaints from the neighbors and Rough Trade trade is undertaking sound proofing work to fix that problem.  Most of shows scheduled there for the rest of December have been canceled or moved to another venue.


Tonight: Spanking Charlene at Ding Dong Lounge

December 7, 2013

Spanking Charlene Birthday Bash

When you put Charlene McPherson on vocals, Mo Goldner on guitar, David Leatherwood on bass, Eric Seftel on drums and add Eric Ambel on guitar, you get a combination of rock and punk reminiscent of The RamonesSpanking Charlene will supply 100% of your minimum daily requirement of rock n roll.  And tonight is the annual Spanking Charlene Big Ass Birthday Bash (celebrating Charlene’s birthday).  So get on the C or 1 train, travel to the upper part of the Upper West Side and prepare to party.  It all gets going at 10pm with Heap (who are new to me), followed by Spanking Charlene.

Spanking Charlene (11pm) with Heap (10pm) opening, Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets (C or 1 Trains to 103rd Street), No Cover


Tonight: The Del-Lords, Spanking Charlene and Jimbo Mathus at Sullivan Hall

October 10, 2013

Del-Lords Rock Shop 12-11-12 I’ve never seen a night so crammed full of excellent shows as tonight.  But as good as the other shows I’ve highlighted on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Calendar may be, this bill is the best of the best.  The Del-Lords, Spanking Charlene and Jimbo Mathus and The Roscoe Trio, all favorites at the closed and lamented Lakeside Lounge, pure unadulterated rock n roll.  Could this be the best show of 2013?  Yes, it very well could be.

The Del-Lords were formed in New York City back in 1982.  They were a rock n roll guitar band starting out during a time when synthesizers briefly held the pop public’s attention.  The Del-Lords put out four records.  But at the beginning of the 90s, the band broke up. A few years ago three of the four members of the band (Scott Kempner, Eric Ambel and Frank Funaro) got back together.  In fits and starts they recorded Elvis Club, The Del-Lords newly issued album.  Then they added the newest member of the band, Steve Almaas on bass.  Tonight’s show is part of The Del-Lords‘ tour behind Elvis Club.

Spanking Charlene consists of lead singer Charlene McPherson, guitarist Mo Goldner, bassist David Leatherwood and drummer Eric Seftel.  Joining the band tonight on additional guitar (some rhythm, some lead) will be Eric Ambel, who has also acted as the band’s producer.  Spanking Charlene combines power chords and intelligent lyrics into a loud and powerful sound.  Their last record, Where Are the Freaks, was the Now I’ve Heard Everything 2012 Album of the Year.  Spanking Charlene come from a musical line that includes X and The Ramones, and you miss them at your peril.

Opening the show tonight will be Jimbo Mathus accompanied by The Roscoe Trio (which includes the playing all three sets tonight Eric Ambel).  I don’t know all that much about Jimbo, but he’s a rocker who has been produced and accompanied by Eric and that’s a good enough recommendation for me.

The Del-Lords, Spanking Charlene and Jimbo Mathus, Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan Street between Bleecker and 3rd Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), doors 7pm / show 8pm, $20


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