August 25, 2014
If you are a musician in New York City, you’ve definitely heard of Tony Scherr, and probably, at one time or another, played with him. The list of people who Tony has played with includes Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Jones, and Ana Egge. Tony is also a member of the band Ursa Minor.
But tonight, like he has on so many Monday nights before, Tony will set up at The Rockwood Music Hall and play guitar for an hour with Rob Jost on bass and Anton Fier on drums. You can expect to hear crunchy guitar parts, slide work and extended jams. But there can be more introspective numbers too: I’ve even seen Tony unplugged his electric guitar for a quiet song.
After Tony and his trio finish their set, Jim Campilongo will continue his long running Monday night residency as well. Joining Jim tonight, will be Hagar Ben Ari on bass and Josh Dion on drums. These Monday night sessions are an exploration of the instrumental side of music, a jazz approach to rock, if you will. Jim is a master of the Telecaster, and you will be amazed at what he can do with it.
Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost (9pm), Jim Campilongo Trio with Hagar Ben Ari, Josh Dion (10pm), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
July 26, 2014
Here’s a live video of Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) covering Joey, the Concrete Blonde song. Cat takes the lead vocal on this one and does a fabulous job on it. A tip of the hat to Tahcofan, who was at The Bell House last week to capture this for posterity.
July 16, 2014
Yesterday Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) released their first album, No Fools, No Fun. Last night the band played their sold out record release show at The Bell House. People came from as far away as Alberta and Alabama to see this show, and one guy who was at their first ever show many years ago was there as well. It was a long show, with PNB playing for nearly two hours; you’ll find the full set list at the end of this post.
As usual, Norah played lead guitar, Cat played bass and guitar and Sasha played rhythm guitar, drums and bass. Sasha played only an amplified acoustic guitar this time around. During the evening, the band mentioned how people had managed to mangle the name of their record to No Food, No Fun and transform the band’s name to Puss n Butts.
I was there with my camera. Here are some photos of the festivities:
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July 10, 2014
With the impending release next week of No Fool, No Fun, the first record by Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) there has been a lot of interest in the photos I’ve post of the band over the years. So I thought I’d make it easy for everyone by creating this page. There’s a photo from each show of the band I’ve taken, and the link below will take you to the full set of those photos. And don’t forget that Norah, Sasha and Catherine will be playing The Bell House on Tuesday July 15th, the day their record is released to the world.
July 8, 2014
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 Keller, James Maddock and Kevn Kinney.
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 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.
June 26, 2014
Here’s a video of our old friends Puss n Boots recorded this past weekend at the Clearwater Festival up in Westchester. The song is GTO, originally by a group called the Fellow Travellers. That’s Sasha Dobson on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Catherine Popper on bass and Norah Jones on lead guitar and backing vocal. The video starts out with Cat’s remark on how’s she’s remembering not to use words she can’t say on the radio with the song kicking in at 25 seconds. A big tip of the hat to tahcofan for being there to record this.
June 14, 2014
There are a few upcoming releases to be on the lookout for over the next several weeks: No Fools, No Fun, the first record from Brooklyn’s Puss n Boots (left to right above: Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper and Norah Jones) will be released on July 15th; Learning Faith, a blues-influenced album from Austin’s Jess Klein on June 24th; and Hypnotic Eye from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, which Tom describes as a rock n roll record, is coming on July 29th.
Now I’ve Heard Everything faves Secret Someones (Above left to right: Hannah Winkler, Bess Rogers, Zach Jones and Lelia Broussard) were recently signed to Cherry Tree Records. The band will have a new EP out in the fall and their full length debut album, which they say is almost completed, will be out early next year.