Tonight: Spanking Charlene at The Bowery Electric

May 16, 2015

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 1

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.

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), Spanking Charlene‘s set 8:45pm, $10


Tonight: The Baseball Project at Rough Trade or Spanking Charlene at Fat Baby

May 2, 2015

Tonight there are two great shows playing close enough in time so that you can only make one. The choices are either The Baseball Project or Spanking Charlene.

Basball Project Uniforms 2015

There’s only one rock band that writes and plays songs only about the national pastime.  Of course that’s The Baseball Project.  Tonight they’ll be playing Rough Trade in Williamsburg.  The band includes Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon  and appropriately for a band that sings about baseball, a platoon at first bass: either Peter Buck or Mike Mills.  And if you go see the game at Citifield before the show, The Baseball Project is hoping that you’ll bring the deGromm garden gnome to Rough Trade.  They note:

bring that gnome inside. We provide deGromm gnome babysitting and hope to see the stage littered with those suckers!

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 1

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.  This show is at Fat Baby on the Lower East Side and will start at 9pm.

The Baseball Project, Rough Trade, 64 North 9th Street Williamsburg between Kent and Wythe Avenues (L Train to Bedford Avenue), 10pm, $20

Spanking Charlene, Fat Baby, 112 Rivington Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street) 9pm

 


Photo Recap: Some Recent Shows

March 10, 2015

Here are a few shots taken at some of the shows I’ve been at over the past couple of weeks.

Julia and Emmet Haltigan

Julia and Emmet Haltigan

The Mastersons

The Mastersons

Sad Bastards

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn (Mo Goldner and Charlene McPherson)

Teddy Thompson

Teddy Thompson

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Leslie Mendelson

Leslie Mendelson


Tonight: Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at The Sidewalk Cafe

March 6, 2015

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) 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Photo Recap: Spanking Charlene at The Bowery Electric (With Set List)

February 20, 2015

Spanking Charlene played a rocking 45 minute, 12 song set at The Bowery Electric last night.  The band – Charlene McPherson (vocals), Mo Goldner (guitar), David Leatherwood (bass) and Eric Seftel (drums) – included Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (guitar) as is usual these days and was joined by Nate Schweber (harmonica) and Matt Polashek (sax) for a few songs each.  Here are some photos of the show and a set list as well.

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 1Charlene, David and Mo

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 2Charlene and David

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 3 Eric AmbleEric “Roscoe” Ambel

Spanking Charlene 2-19-15 4David and Mo

More photos and the set list after the jump Read the rest of this entry »


Tonight: Spanking Charlene at The Bowery Electric

February 19, 2015

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.

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), Spanking Charlene‘s set 8:30pm, $8


Best Songs of 2014 – Part 2

December 15, 2014

Here are the second five songs in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Songs of 2014 list; you’ll find the first part here.

Lydia Loveless Somewhwere ElseLydia Loveless – Really Want to See You: Like Jenny Lewis‘ She’s Not Me (See Part 1 of The Best Songs of 2014 here), this song is a conversation between the singer and a former lover.  But unlike Jenny, Lydia is not rueful; here she cajoles, even demands, that her ex leave his marriage and come back, even if she was a bitch before.  I know of no one who conveys emotion – here pure anguish – like Lydia does.  I know that other reviewers gravitate to other songs on Somewhere Else (the album this song comes from), but to me this is THE song on that record.

Misty Boyce The Life CoverMisty Boyce – The Life: Although The Life, the new album from Misty Boyce, will not be issued until January, this, the title track, was released as a single in November.  Here, Misty continues her move towards more of a rock sound, this time mostly drenched in keyboards.  Misty has a pretty expansive vocal range, and she show much of it here.  Add a very catchy melody and you have this winner of a song.

PussnBoots No Fools No FunPuss n Boots – GTO: I fell in love with this song years ago, the first time I heard it live, back when Puss n Boots was playing stealth shows under assumed names.  Sasha Dobson‘s strong and stunning vocal performance here is as good as any one I’ve ever heard live.  And the secret sauce on this track is the arrangement the band put together – the original doesn’t sound nearly as good as this does.

RyanAdams Self TitledRyan Adams – Gimme Something Good:  The first song of Ryan’s self titled album is a straight ahead rocker with a bit of a Tom Petty feel.  It’s also straight ahead Ryan Adams; this time he’s producing himself (with an assist from Mike Viola), so there’s no one to filter Ryan.  And what that has led to is something good!

 

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn CoverSad Bastards of Brooklyn – Here Comes A Regular:  Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner, The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, take this tale by The Replacements of a dissolute, somewhat self aware alcoholic and give it a stark voice and acoustic guitar treatment.  The spare arrangement, set by Eric Roscoe Ambel‘s right on the money production, makes sure that the bleak lyrics will sear you.

Click here to view Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2014.


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