U2 played Paris last night and were joined by Patti Smith at the end of their song Gloria. That was quickly followed by Patti’s People Have the Power. It was a cathartic performance and was captured on video by sosatas.
The members of REM were busy last night. Michael Stipe opened for Patti Smith here in NYC playing a set of covers. But the rest of the members of that band were in Vadsø, Norway, at the Ice Station Vadsø music festival. The band they are in now is The Baseball Project, which consists of Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. Here they are joined by Tim Keegan on backing vocals and tambourine. Mike Mills takes lead on vocals here on the old REM chestnut, (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville. A big tip of the hat to kiwichrisha, who recorded this and got it up on the Internet in record time.
It’s the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, so you think that even musicians would be out of town and things would be quiet. But that’s not the case tonight. There’s much going on with shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Manhattan I can recommend.
First up at the back room in Barbes over in Park Slope, Vicki Kristina Barcelona – the trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi – will once again blend their voices on the songs of Tom Waits. The show here will start at 7pm.
Later, at 8:30pm, on the Lower East Side, Kevin Gordon will arrive from Nashville with his band and play a set of Americana at the subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. Rolling Stone says he‘s “a juke-joint professor emeritus” and long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Charlie Faye praises him.
Just a few blocks to the east, you’ll find Tom Clark’s Treehouse at 2A. Lenny Kaye will play a set there at 9pm. Lenny has been the guitarist for Patti Smith since the early 1970s, and has written, recorded and produced so much music as well as written several books over many decades. He’s plainly one of a kind.
Finally, way up in The Bronx, at An Beal Bocht Cafe, Texas-born, New York based Kelli King will play a show to mark the release of her brand new CD, Loser’s Ball. You’ll hear Americana and alt country from Kelli beginning at 9pm.
Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Kevin Gordon, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit; note that F Trains are only running through the Lower East Side going northbound), 8:30pm, $10, with a $10 drink minimum
Lenny Kaye, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit; note that F Trains are only running through the Lower East Side going northbound; or J Train to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
For today at CMJ, I have three shows plus an event going on throughout the evening event with a cast of dozens to recommend. First up, in mid afternoon, is long-time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Julia Haltigan, just back from a road trip. It’s hard to describe Julia’s music in just a few words, but bluesy, retro, Latin and Waitsian should be among the words in that description. She’ll be playing at The Rockwood Music Hall at 2:30pm.
Later, next door at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 7:15pm, Jonatha Brooke will be playing her first show in a while. This one will be a full band show and Jonatha promises to “rock it up a little, break your heart a little, and have some fun. I Might even try my new favorite song out.” Later, at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Eytan & The Embassy will be playing their keyboard-based pop and rock at Spike Hill at 9:15pm.
Finally, The Bowery Electric holds its CMJ edition of its weekly Old Soul Revival. Tonight’s OSR gets going in The Map Room on the first floor at 8pm, and will have a one hour open bar from 9 to 10pm. As always, there will be a large number of musicians playing fairly short sets. Special guests tonight include rockabilly legend Robert Gordon, Patti Smith guitarist, author and producer Lenny Kaye and indie rocker Michelle Casillas (from Ursa Minor). They’ll go on sometime after 10pm.
Julia Haltigan, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 2:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Jonatha Brooke, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)
Old Soul Revival with Robert Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Michelle Casillas and many others, The Bowery Electric (Map Room), 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), 8pm, Free
Another day, another free outdoor show. Tonight, it’s Patti Smith at Castle Clinton, which is located inside Battery Park. Just in case you don’t know who Patti Smith is, here’s a very succinct summary of her career from Wikipedia:
Patti Smith is an Americansinger-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the “Godmother of Punk”, her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith’s most widely known song is “Because the Night“, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. Recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.
Tonight’s show is free, but you will need to get a ticket. Tickets will be distributed outside Castle Clinton starting at 5pm with a two tickets per person limit. The line will form well before 5pm, and getting there as early as you can will be essential. Castle Clinton will open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm.
If all the waiting on line doesn’t work for you, there’s a pretty good alternative show over in Williamsburg at Public Assembly. Called Women Rock!, it, of course, features a number of women rockers. NIHE favorites Emily Zuzik and Misty Boyce will be there and both are coming very strong shows during the past week. Also on the bill are Ghostwise, Claire London and Lisa Jaeggi. The whole event is free.
I found these long forgotten records in the back of a closet this weekend. In the interest of history, science and mainly because I think that these are pretty neat, I’m posting them today.
Love =>Building on Fire – Talking Heads
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
Gloria – Patti Smith
I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea – Elvis Costello
Four Song EP from Graham Parker on Pepto Bismol pink vinyl