Music Video: Puss n Boots – Shake Yer Christmas Butt

December 17, 2014

Christmas Butt Cat

If you are tired of the repetition of holiday music (15 songs make up 50% of what’s played on holiday formatted radio), why not turn to a holiday song that was first performed last week?  Here is a video from The Puss n Boots Christmas Spectacular Take 3 at The Bell House.  The song is an original from Puss n Boots bassist Cat Popper and it’s called Shake Yer Christmas Butt.  You’ll see Norah Jones on guitar and vocals, but Sasha Dobson on the drums is off camera.  As he has done several times before, tahcofan capture Puss n Boots for us.


Best Albums of 2014 – Part 2

December 13, 2014

Here are the second five albums in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best of 2014 list; you’ll find the first part here.

Jim Keller Heaven Can WaitJim Keller – Heaven Can Wait: Jim Keller is known for his soul tinged rock and his full speed ahead shows originally at The Lakeside Lounge and more recently at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Heaven Can Wait is a small departure from that; Jim said that these songs were written at 2am.  As befits something happening in those early hours, the songs on this collection are more quiet and introspective than those on Jim’s previous records.  Standouts include Cali Girl (what seems to be a scene from long ago), Crush on You and Take Me for a Ride.

Leonard Cohen Popular ProblemsLeonard Cohen – Popular Problems: Just a few days short of his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen graced us with this new record.  While his voice has grown rougher with age, it still is the perfect vehicle for his work.  The batch of songs this time around compare admirably with Leonard’s previous ones.  Musically, the instrumentation  plus female backup singers that has worked so well with previously are here again.

PussnBoots No Fools No FunPuss n Boots – No Fools, No Fun: Puss n Boots consists of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.  They have been around so long that their first website was on My Space.  They’ve played small clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn for years, and this year they finally put out a record so that those of us who have not been able to see them at their gigs can finally get to hear them.  When you get is a fine blend of originals (two each from Sasha and Cat and one from Norah) and mostly country covers, although Down By the River and Jesus, Etc., both here, can hardly be called country.  Of course, the vocals and harmonies from Norah, Sasha and Cat are all top notch as well.

RyanAdams Self TitledRyan Adams – Ryan Adams: After suffering with some health issues over the past few years, Ryan Adams is back and ready to rock.  The album’s lead off track, Gimme Something Good, is an insistent rocker which impressed David Letterman so much that he asked Ryan and band to play it twice when they appeared on Letterman’s show.  This self-titled album also has a few slower numbers mixed in with the rockers.  There is no doubt that with this album Ryan is back and ready to play again.

Sad Bastards of Brooklyn CoverSad Bastards of Brooklyn – Volume 1: For quite a while now, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner of the hard rocking Spanking Charlene step out of that band and play as The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn.  The idea of SBB is that Charlene and Mo will  play the most depressing songs they know.  The surprising thing is that their gigs have always been a good deal of fun.  So about a year ago, they stepped into the studio with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel producing and recorded this record of covers.  You’ll be impressed by Charlene’s voice, Mo’s acoustic guitar and the selection of songs here.  And although this record may be on the quiet side, it’s impressive, not depressing.


Tonight: Puss N Boots Christmas Spectacular Take 3 at The Bell House

December 11, 2014

Puss N Boots 1

It’s not too late to pick up a ticket and go to The Bell House tonight to see Puss n Boots (Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, above, in a photo taken at a previous show) and their 3rd  Christmas Spectacular in four years. If you’ve picked up a copy of No Fools, No Fun, their record from earlier this year, or you’ve seen them in their stealth gigs in small local bars, you know that their material, a blend of choice covers and originals, is great, and their harmonies are just top notch.

As the title states this is a spectacular show.  PNB will be sharing their stage with burlesque star Minnie Tonka, wrestler, author, comedian, color commentator, actor, and voice actor Mick Foley (who will, at the very least, be Santa), plus a number of surprise musical guests.  This is always a fun show, so take the opportunity to get in on the fun.

Puss n Boots Christmas Spectacular Take 3, The Bell House, 149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn (F or G Trains to 4th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm, $20


Tonight: Sasha Dobson at Cameo or The Jacks of Kings County at The Way Station

September 25, 2014

Choices Large

The choice sign is up because tonight that’s exactly what you have.  At 9:30pm in Williamsburg at Cameo Gallery (where the performance space is hidden behind a door in the back) Sasha Dobson will take the stage.  This is a busy time for Sasha.  She released a new EP, Into the Trees, this past January.  On that six song EP, Sasha used new sounds and covered such artists as Scott Walker, The Cure and Elliot Smith.  Then this summer, Puss n Boots, the band Sasha is with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper, released a new album and went on tour (that tour will pick up later this week).  Tonight, Sasha will be playing with her band – Joel Hamilton, Daria Grace and Jason Mills.

At 10pm in Prospect Heights, over at The Way Station (the bar that has a TARDIS from Dr. Who), you’ll find The Jacks of Kings County.  The Jacks play a blend of alt country, Americana and rock with tight arrangements and nice vocal harmonies.  The band plays many places in their home borough of Brooklyn, but the place to see them is at The Way Station, their home base.

Sasha Dobson, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street (L Train to Bedford Avenue or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), 9:30pm $10

The Jacks of Kings County, The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Tonight: Tony Scherr and Jim Campilongo at The Rockwood Music Hall

September 15, 2014

Tony Scherr

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.

 

Campilongo cutdown

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 Chris Morrissey 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 Chris Morrissey, 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)

 

 


Tonight: Tony Scherr and Jim Campilongo at The Rockwood Music Hall

August 25, 2014

Tony Scherr

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.

 

Campilongo cutdown

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)

 

 


Music Video: Puss n Boots – Joey (Live at The Bell House)

July 26, 2014

Puss n Boots Bell House 7-15-14 4

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.


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