Tuesday: CMJ 2014 Begins and The Living Room Reopens

October 21, 2014

CMJ 2014 Logo

The CMJ 2014 Music Marathon, a conference and festival, begins today and  will run through Saturday (October 25). As you can see in the CMJ logo above,  the number of bands involved in CMJ is around 1,300 this year.  They will be performing throughout the week in various bars and clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Admission to CMJ shows is without additional charge to those who are CMJ badge holders, and depends upon the admission policy of the bar or club otherwise: some are free, some have an admission charge.  Most CMJ shows are short; some run less than 30 minutes.

During the run of CMJ, Now I’ve Heard Everything will be providing a list of shows that are worth checking out.  I’ve gone with the time listed on the venue website.  I’ll also include non-CMJ shows as well.

Also of note tonight is the reopening of The Living Room, now located in Williamsburg at 134 Metropolitan Avenue.  The two bands playing there that I heartily recommend are Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) at 10pm and Elizabeth and The Catapult at 11pm.  Mosco Rosco play, tuneful pop rock with great vocals, while Elizabeth and The Catapult go for classical tinged indie pop.  Both are guaranteed to leave you feeling good.

There are also two shows elsewhere that are worth catching. At 7:45pm,  Aly Tadros brings her full band to play her amalgam of folk and classical to The Bitter End.  Over in Brooklyn at 8:30pm, singer-songwriter Dan  Bern will play at The Bell House.  Dan’s songs can cover anything and everything, and can range in emotions from poignant to laugh out loud funny.

Mosco Rosco (10pm), Elizabeth and The Catapult (11pm), The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)

Aly Tadros, The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to W. 4th Street), 7:45pm, $10

Dan  Bern, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue, R Train to 9th Street), doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm, $15

Breaking: The Living Room to Reopen for CMJ

October 11, 2014

Living Room_Logo

The Living Room, the club that was for 15 years a mainstay of the Lower East Side music scene, will reopen for CMJ on October 21st in its new location at 134 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.  The first and at this time the only act announced for that night is Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) at 10pm.  In addition, The Living Room’s website contains a full schedule of shows booked for the remainder of CMJ, which continues through Saturday October 25th.


News and Notes

July 8, 2014

Elizabeth Trying to Break Your Heart

Last night at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 was one of those times when there were more musicians in the audience than on stage.  In the audience for Elizabeth and The Catapult were all four members of Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn), Jim KellerJames Maddock and Kevn Kinney.

Puss N Boots

Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) are getting ready for the release of their album No Fools, No Fun next week.  Yesterday they visited WNYC-FM and recorded a three song live appearance for Soundcheck.  Although that show is scheduled to be broadcast this coming Thursday, you can hear it on the Net right now by clicking here.  I’ve also had a report from a reliable source that the band has similarly recorded a live appearance for WFUV.

Amy Speace 2014

Amy Speace is now in the studio in Nashville recording her next album.  Joining her on this project are Will Kimbrough, Carl Broemel, Danny Mitchell, Eamon McLoughlin and Dean Marold, and maybe others as well.

News and Notes

April 14, 2014

Israel Nash Brooklyn Bowl 4-13-14

The Name Game: There have been a number of musician and band name changes recently.  As I noted yesterday, Israel Nash Gripka is now just Israel Nash (that’s a picture of him taken at last night’s short but wonderful set at Brooklyn Bowl).  Sydney Wayser is now performing under the name Clara-Nova and Harper Blynn has become Mosco Rosco.  As the song Istanbul (Not Constantinople) goes “Why’d they change it? I can’t say.”

Leslie Mendelson Glyn Johns 2014

Records in the works: Leslie Mendelson is currently recording a new album in the UK with Glyn Johns producing.  Secret Someones just finished tracking their first full length record.  And Misty Boyce is in the midst of a Pledge Music drive to raise the money to finish the record she has been putting together since late last year.

JandR logo 300J&R Gone: As you’ve probably read by now, J&R, formerly J&R Music World Computer World closed its doors for good last Wednesday, April 9th.

Tony Scherr

Last Minute Changes to tonight’s shows: Jim Campilongo‘s show at The Rockwood Music Hall has been canceled.  Tony Scherr‘s show there will consist of Tony, Tony’s brother Pete and Anton Fier.

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.

Music Video: Sara Bareilles and Harper Blynn – Blood Bank (Live)

October 13, 2013

Sara Bareilles Harper Blynn Blood Bank

Harper Blynn opened for Sara Bareilles this past week at Radio City Music Hall, and has been opening for her on much of Sara’s current tour.   Here’s a video taken several weeks ago in Tulsa when Pete Harper and J. Blynn joined Sara to cover this Bon Iver song.  Sounds pretty good to me.

Music Video: Harper Blynn – Go

October 5, 2013

Harper Blynn Merc5

Longtime Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Harper Blynn have been working on a new album for a while now.  Although it probably won’t be released until 2014, we now have a video, and a lyric video at that, of a song from that forthcoming album.  The new song is simply titled Go.  Harper Blynn will be in town this Wednesday, opening for Sara Bareilles at Radio City Music Hall.


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