Tonight: A Sandy Benefit at City Winery or Joy Askew at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

December 18, 2012

Choices Large

Tonight there are two intriguing shows.  Over at City Winery, a Sandy benefit show, A Love Letter to New York, will  begin at 7pm.  The following musicians have long been announced for the show: Joan Osborne, Ari Hest, Nicole Atkins, Alberta Cross, Bobby Long, Kevin Devine, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Malin and Chris Ayer.  As of a few days ago, Matisyahu was added to the bill, and there may be another surprise guest or two. All proceeds from the show will go to Tunnel To Towers Charity.  However, the only tickets still available are $55 and $65, the $35 seats are now all sold out.

Going from a cast of dozens to a cast of one, Joy Askew will be playing a solo show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  Actually, the show won’t be 100% solo, as Joy will have a surprise guest or two joining her and will also preview her new duo, Forge the Bell.

As I mentioned in my interview with Joy  (read part 1 here and part 2 here), her gorgeous album Drunk on You is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock.  It was, in fact one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s best albums of 2011.

To recap:

A Love Letter to New York with Matisyahu, Joan Osborne, Ari Hest, Nicole Atkins, Alberta Cross, Bobby Long, Kevin Devine, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Malin and Chris Ayer, 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 / show 7pm, $55-65

Joy Askew, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Joy Askew at The Rockwood Music Hall

May 2, 2012

As I mentioned in my interview with Joy Askew (read part 1 here and part 2 here), her gorgeous album Drunk on You is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock.  It was, in fact one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s best albums of 2011.  Tonight, Joy plays at The Rockwood Music Hall with a stellar band consisting of Liz Tormes, Misty Boyce, Amanda Homi, Graham Maby, Robert Di Pietro and Larry Saltzman.

You can expect to hear many songs from DOY as well  as other songs from Joy including some new ones.  The show starts at 8pm, so those of you who can’t stay out late on a school night can make this one.

Joy Askew, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


Tonight: Three Excellent Shows, But You Can Only See One

February 8, 2012

Tonight there are three excellent shows which are on at the same time.  If I knew how to be in three places at once, I would attend each of them.  Unfortunately, that is not possible, so here are the choices:

Joy Askew brings her band into The Rockwood Music Hall at 9pm.  Joy will be playing songs from her album, Drunk on You, one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2011,  as well as other material including some new songs.  In addition, Joy has promised two special guests will join her.

Adam Levy  headlines the release show at Joe’s Pub for his new album, The Heart Collector, a folk and Americana affair with new material from Adam.  The Mastersons will open the show.  Their rock and Americana album, Birds Fly South (which you can read about here), will finally get an official release this April. This show has a 9:30pm start time.

And at 9pm over at The Living RoomMilton and his band will be playing a combination of Americana,  country, and folk-rock.  This show is the second gig of Milton‘s 8th annual every Wednesday in February residency.  Milton and the band will not only be playing songs from his first three records, but will be including some new songs, some or all of which will end up on a new record Milton will shortly be recording.

Joy Askew, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Adam Levy and The Mastersons, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E. 4th Street (R Train to 8th Street, 6 Train to Astor Place, B, D or F Trains to Broadway-Lafayette),  9:30pm, $14

Milton,  The Living Room , 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, $10

Update: The Milton show at The Living Room is now a no cover show


Tonight: Joy Askew at The Rockwood Music Hall

December 29, 2011

As I mentioned in my interview with Joy Askew (read part 1 here and part 2 here), her gorgeous new album Drunk on You is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock.  Tonight, Joy plays a full band show tonight at The Rockwood Music Hall to celebrate the release of that album.

You can expect to hear many songs from DOY and probably some from Joy’s earlier work.  The show starts at 7pm, so those of you who can’t stay out late on a school night can make this one.

Joy Askew, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


The Best Albums of 2011 – Part 1

December 12, 2011

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Top 10 List time again. So today and tomorrow Now I’ve Heard Everything will be presenting its Best Albums of 2011, with the Best Songs of 2011 to follow later. Each of those lists will be presented in two parts.

2011 was an excellent year musically and I struggled to whittle down this list to just 10 records.  Since the records that just missed making the list would have been on the list in lesser years, I’ll name them in part 2 tomorrow.

The top album of 2011 is:

Garland Jeffreys – The King of In Between: It’s difficult to rattle off a facile description of The King of In Between.  Maybe this is the briefest accurate description of it: a heartfelt and mature record that will hold your attention throughout 12 diverse songs.  TKOIB includes rock, folk, folk-rock, blues, reggae and even disco.  Highlights include the lead off song, Coney Island Winter, both a sad look at a once great neighborhood and a metaphor for where New York City and this country in general find themselves today, I’m Alive, a rocking, joyous number about surviving, and ‘Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me, a straight ahead blues.

The rest are presented in alphabetical order

Joy Askew – Drunk on You: Drunk on You is a gorgeous sounding record made with a stellar cast of musicians.  Drunk on You sounds the way it does, atmospheric and occasionally moody, because Joy produced it trying to get a sound that is distinctive to the record. Drunk on You was mixed without the dynamic compression that makes so much of today’s recorded music difficult to listen to for long periods.  The songs on Drunk on You have literate lyrics and catchy choruses.  Highlights include the title track, AOAO, I Broke the Law and Walk the Dog.

The Baseball Project – Volume 2: High and Inside: The second outing from this indie rock amalgam (Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon from Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three, Peter Buck from R.E.M. and The Minus 5, and Scott McCaughey from the R.E.M. touring band and The Minus 5) is a delight.  You’ll hear echoes of  mid 60s surf pop and along with more straight ahead rock.  This time around the subject matter includes Mark Fidrych, Reggie Jackson, Bill Buckner and the 1986 World Series, and the history of the Minnesota Twins (with lyrics from and sung by Craig Finn).  You do not need to know baseball to enjoy this record, but if you do you certainly will.

Emily Zuzik Band – The Wild Joys of Living: The Wild Joys of Living is the 2011 record from Emily, officially billed this time out as the Emily Zuzik Band.  At eight songs, it’s a short album but there isn’t a drop of filler here.  You’ll find  a combination of rockers and ballads all of which highlight Emily’s skills in songwriting.  Although the production here is fuller than the way Emily has played many of these songs in the past, it all just works.  The lead off track, You Want to Go Out Tonight is given a power pop treatment which makes it a perfect summer song.  Also of note is the darker, moody Motels.

Charlie Faye – Travels with Charlie: Travels with Charlie is the record that grew out of Charlie Faye’s unique 2010 tour of America.  She stayed in each of 10 cities for a month, found musicians to play with, wrote a song and recorded it.  Consequently the songs on this record are a diverse lot, ranging from Americana, Country, Alt Country and even a few 60s pop infused songs.  Charlie is a top notch songwriter and has a wonderfully rich expressive voice and you will not go wrong with anything on here.

Click here for Part 2 of the Best Albums of 2011


Music Video: Joy Askew – Drunk on You

October 10, 2011

Let’s start this week with this video of the title track of Joy Askew‘s fine new album.  Turning up the sound would not be a bad idea.


Tonight: Joy Askew at The Rockwood Music Hall

October 5, 2011

As I mentioned in my interview with Joy Askew (read part 1 here and part 2 here), her gorgeous new album Drunk on You is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock.  Tonight, Joy plays a full band show tonight at The Rockwood Music Hall to celebrate the release of that new album.

You can expect to hear many songs from DOY and probably some from Joy’s earlier work.  Joy is also promising some special guests who will join her on stage.  The show starts at 8pm, so those of you who can’t stay out late on a school night can make this one.

Joy Askew, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)


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