News and Notes: The Baseball Project, Charlie Faye and Misty Boyce

April 4, 2015

Basball Project Uniforms 2015

The Baseball Project Strikes: The Baseball Project have been on tour in Florida over the past week.  But not only have they been playing in clubs, they’ve been playing in spring training.  Linda Pitmon threw out the first ball  at a Twins v. Yankees game and Mike Mills did the same at a Mets v. Cardinals game.

Linda throws a number of pitches, taught to her by her dad, who played baseball in college.  So when she was warming up on the sidelines and a Twins coach asked if she could throw a knuckle ball, she just reared back and tossed one.

Charlie Faye Strange Brew

Charlie Faye Records: Charlie Faye announced this week that she is getting ready to record her next record in Los Angeles starting in about two months.  That new one will feature Charlie with The Fayettes backing her up.  The music will draw on Charlie’s love of 60s girl group pop.  That influence has shown up in Charlie’s music previously; just listen to Broken-Heart Maker and Obvious to Me from Travels with Charlie.  Dave Way will be producing.

Misty Boyce Coast Crop

Misty Boyce is currently on a short solo tour of the West Coast: SF tonight and Berkeley tomorrow wrap it up.  After that, she’ll back on the road in May as part of the band backing Joy Williams.  Joy was part of the folk duo The Civil Wars a few years back.  That tour will hit NYC mid May.

Tonight: Misty Boyce on Live on Your Computer via Concert Window

January 27, 2015

Misty Boyce Rockwood May 2013 2 crop

It’s still snowing as I write this on Tuesday morning, but the “storm of historic proportions” has been downgraded to the snow of the week.  Things are starting to get back to normal, and I would guess that much (although perhaps not all) of what was planned tonight will go on.  But it’s still really cold and icy out there, so I’m going to suggest staying home and checking out some live music via your computer.

Singer-songwriter Misty Boyce, a long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite is playing a show tonight via Concert Window.  Misty has just released The Life, her second full length record.  Misty plays guitar, piano and is an accomplished vocalist with a wide ranging voice.  She’s made large numbers of fans in New York City during her time here, and has made many more playing with Sara Bareilles  over the past two years.  Misty now lives in Los Angeles, so this is a great opportunity to see her.  And no cold weather gear is necessary.  The show starts at 8:30pm.

Misty Boyce on Concert Window, 8:30pm, pay something but pay what you wish


Streaming: Misty Boyce – Limits

January 8, 2015

Misty Boyce Rockwood 9-3-14 01

On January 20th, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Misty Boyce will release The Life, her second full length album.  Earlier this week, Misty released another track from that record.  It’s titled Limits, and the the opening track on The Life.  You can stream it (as well as the previously released song, The Life) by clicking on the player below. And if you like Limits enough to get your own copy, you can buy it here.

Tonight: Jay Stolar at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

January 6, 2015

Jay Stolar

Jay Stolar plays the kind of music that was called blue eyed soul back in the 60s and which made Hall and Oates a big selling act in the late 70s and early 80s.  Jay plays with a talented top notch band.  He’s also in demand as a sideman and has toured with Alexz Johnson and Misty Boyce, playing with them as well as being a supporting act on that tour.

In the past Jay tended to play very late shows here in New York City: he was frequently playing the 1am slot at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Tonight, though, Jay and his talented band will play The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at the much more convenient time of 9:15pm.  Take this opportunity to check out Jay’s soulful tunes.

Jay Stolar, Rockwood Music Hall 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)

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


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