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.

Streaming: Misty Boyce – The Life

November 20, 2014

Misty Boyce The Life Cover

Misty Boyce released the first song from her forthcoming album, The Life, earlier this week.  That single is the record’s title track.  It’s an incredibly hook-filed song which moves back and forth between guitar and several keyboards.  Misty shows off much of the range of her voice here as well.  You can stream just by clicking the player below.  And you can buy it for a buck either at Bandcamp or iTunes.


Tonight: Five Shows

November 18, 2014

Choices Large
Tonight is one of those nights.  There are five really solid shows, with three opposite each other.  Three of the shows are on the various stages of The Rockwood Music Hall and two of them are on the main stage at The Bowery Electric.  You can catch only two or three of them, but remember, when you have many good choices in front of you, whatever you choose will be a good choice.

I’ll start with the shows over at The Rockwood Music Hall. Austin-based Jess Klein comes to town for a way too infrequent visit bringing her passionate Americana to Rockwood Stage 3.  Jess’s album issued earlier this year, Learning Faith, is highly recommended, and I’m sure her show tonight will draw from the songs on it.  Opening up this show will be Jessie Torrisi, who is new to me.  Things get going at Rockwood Stage 3 at 7pm.

Upstairs around 9pm, you’ll find two of the three shows which are opposite each other.  Over at the original stage at The Rockwood Music HallJoy Askew will be playing the first of three shows of entirely different music.  Joy’s guest at this show will be Gray McMurray, and in addition Misty Boyce might be there to sing along with Joy as well.

Over at Rockwood Stage 2, Karla Moheno will play starting at 9:15pm.  If you are not yet familiar with Karla, take this opportunity to see her.  She plays rock, blues and ballads.  Karla’s songs are her own compositions and they are quite impressive.

Meanwhile, a few blocks west and north, at The Bowery ElectricDina Regine releases her new album, Right On, Alright.  I’ve had a chance to listen to Dina’s new album, and it is a wonderful collection, full of songs which harken back to the best of the 60s.  This is a full band show with horns, the best possible way to bring Right On Alright into the world.

Then, at 10pm, Dina will turn the stage over to Ursa Minor, which consists of Michelle Casillas (guitar, vocals), Tony Scherr (guitar),  Rob Jost (bass) and Robert Di Pietro (drums).  Call their music atmospheric indie rock played by top caliber musicians.  Tonight, Ursa Minor will be releasing a new single, Moon Media Sessions.  Moon Media Sessions is a rare stripped down duo performance with Michelle and Tony recorded live and filmed for the Moon Media Sessions video debut.

Jess Klein with Jessie Torrisi opening, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $12, with a $10 drink minimum

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 musicians is highly recommended)

Karla Moheno, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Dina Regine (9pm),  Ursa Minor (10pm), The 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), $8

News and Notes: Help Misty Boyce Get Back Her Lost Guitar

November 16, 2014

Misty Boyce Rockwood May 2013 2 crop

Friday night, after playing a wonderful show at Carroll Place, Misty Boyce left one of her guitars in a cab.  Although Misty has already contacted the Taxi and Limousine Commission and her credit card company to track down the cab, she can use your help as well.  Misty’s missing guitar is not the one pictured above.  It is a it is a small-bodied Martin acoustic.  Also in the case were the CDs Misty brought with her to sell during this trip to New York City.  If you hear or know anything about Misty’s guitar, just put the information in the form below. I will make sure that it gets to Misty ASAP.

Update: The make and model of Misty’s lost guitar is the Martin 00-15.   Here’s a stock photo of it:


Tonight: Misty Boyce at Carroll Place

November 14, 2014

Misty Boyce Rockwood 9-3-14 10

From the first time I saw Misty Boyce (a check back in Now I’ve Heard Everything shows that to have been a bit more than 4 1/2 years ago), I knew I had seen someone with an incredible amount of raw talent.  And nothing that’s happen since has done anything other than convince me that I was right.

Misty hasn’t been around New York City as much as she had been over the last two years, having first moved to LA and then playing keys on several tours with Sara Bareilles.

But tonight Misty’s back in New York City with an all star band consisting of Bess Rogers (guitar), Zach Jones (drums) and Chris Kuffner (bass).  This show will no doubt center around Misty’s forthcoming CD, The Life, due out in 2015.  I’ve had a chance to hear The Life and can tell you that its blend of ballads, rock and pop makes it the strongest work that Misty has produced up to this point.

Misty’s show is part of an event entitled Supernova (which includes networking time, plus an open bar from 6-7pm) and it’s not clear to me whether tickets will be available at the door.  So getting a ticket in advance would be the smart thing to do.  Click here to do so.

Misty Boyce, Supernova at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), 9pm, $15

News and Notes

November 4, 2014

Spike Hill Sign

Is Spike Hill closing next month?  As I previously reported, the building that houses Williamsburg bar and music venue Spike Hill, was put up for sale this summer.  I now have heard a report that venue will be closing on December 6th.  Although the report is from a good source, I have not yet been able to confirm this.  Stay tuned…

Update: From musician Jeff Litman, via Facebook: “Yeah, they’re done. My dec gig was cancelled. Rescheduled for Nov 10, but they are closing beginning of Dec.”

Turntable and LP

New music coming in November: In the old days, records were not released after October (in order that they were in place in time for Christmas shopping).  But like everything in the music business, that has changed.  Coming over the next couple of weeks are new albums from Dina Regine (Right On, Alright) , Willie Nile (If I Was a River) and The Foo Fighters (Sonic Highways) plus new singles from Ursa Minor (Moon Media Sessions) and Misty Boyce (The Life).

Advance Planning: November 2014 Music Calendar

October 28, 2014



It’s time for the November Music Calendar.  The usual ground rules apply: listings on the calendar are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile.  All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less. I’ve tried to list the set time for each band.  If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it.  As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: Nov. 26

Nov. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr. – Beast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Lizzie and The SinnersTreehouse at 2A – 10pm

Nov. 2 – Dear GeorgianaCameo – 9pm

Nov. 3 – David LutherRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 3 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Dan RieserRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Freedy JohnstonRockwood Stage 3 – 6:30pm

Nov. 5 – BB Booking Showcase with Matt Singer, Tall Tall Trees, The Bright Silence, Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, Steve WaittRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Nov. 5 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 5 – Fife & DromThe Way Station – 11pm

Nov. 6 – Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 8 – The Artist Formally Known As Vince BandDon Pedro – show 7pm

Nov. 8 – Karyn Kuhl BandThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Nov. 8 – Adam BernsteinPete’s Candy Store – 8pm

Nov. 8 – Fife & DromRockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm

Nov. 9 – Elizabeth & The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 9 – The Artist Formally Known As Vince BandThe Delancey – show 7:30pm

Nov. 9 – Lenny KayeTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 9 – WinterpillsMercury Lounge – 10pm

Nov. 10 – Jeff LitmanSpike Hill - 8pm

Nov. 10 – Don Piper’s “Monday Monday” with Alice Bierhorst, David Rappaport and Matthew HornHiFi Bar – 8pm

Nov. 10 – Jim Campilongo and Honey FingersRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 11 – Jessie Kilguss (CD release show) – The Bowery Electric – 8pm

Nov. 12 – Brigitte DeMeyerRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 12 – Will KimbroughRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Nov. 12 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 12 – Poundcake – The Bitter End – show 9pm

Nov. 12 – Rony’s InsomniaLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Spanking CharleneThe Bowery Electric – 7pm

Nov. 13 – Joe WhyteRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Luke WesleyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 13 – Caroline Rose – Mercury Lounge – 11pm

Nov. 14 – Misty BoyceSupernova at Carroll Place – 9pm

Nov. 14 – Lizzie and The Sinners – Pete’s Candy Store – 9pm

Nov. 14 – New Ponies – Living Room – 11pm

Nov. 15 – Jessi MechanicThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Nov. 15 – Will Kimbrough with special guest Bridgette DeMeyer – House Concert in NYC – doors 7pm / show 8pm – click here to email for information and reservations

Nov. 15 – Caroline RoseKnitting Factory – show 8pm

Nov. 16 – MiltonCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 16 – The Dream SyndicateRough Trade – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 17 – Mary Lee KortesRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Benjamin CartelLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 17 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight

Nov. 18 – Jess Klein with Jessie TorrisiRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Nov. 18 – Joy AskewRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 18 – Dina RegineThe Bowery Electric – 9pm

Nov. 18 – Karla MohenoRockwood Stage 2 – 9:15pm

Nov. 18 – Ursa MinorThe Bowery Electric – 10pm

Nov. 18 – Michaela AnneRockwood Stage 2 – 11:15pm

Nov. 19 – A Circle of Songs, hosted by Richard Barone with Duncan Sheik, Allison Moorer, and Holly NearSubCulture – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 21 – James Maddock (Full Band)Rockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm

Nov. 21 – Chuck ProphetThe Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 22 – Bryan DunnLiving Room – 7pm

Nov. 22 – Mya ByrneLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 22 – Aly TadrosRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 22 – Jay StolarMercury Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 23 – Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Nov. 24 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Update: Nov. 30 – Terry Radigan, Adam Bernstein, Paul Carbonara and others – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7pm

Update: Nov. 30 – Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve, Tom Clark and George Gilmore – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 30 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 30 – Rony’s Insomnia  – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm (new time)

December and Beyond

Dec. 1 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Dec. 1 – Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 1 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben-Ari, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Dec. 2 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 2 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 4 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Dec. 6 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Dec. 9 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 11 – Puss n Boots Christmas Extravaganza Take 3  – The Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Dec. 15 – WinterpillsRockwood Stage 3 – 7pm

Dec. 15 – Adam LevyRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Dec. 16 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 17 – The Looking – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 23 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Dec. 27 – Jahn Xavier and The BowerytonesBeast Of Bourbon – 10pm

Dec. 29 – Elliott Murphy – Rockwood Stage 3 – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Poundcake Living Room – 8pm

Dec. 30 – Jim Campilongo Electric Trio – Living Room – 9pm

Jan. 17 – The KennedysRockwood Stage 3 – 7:30pm

Jan. 22 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Gravity- City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 23 – Alejandro Escovedo performing Thirteen Years – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 24 – Alejandro Escovedo performing With Theses Hands – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm


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