Wednesday: One Afternoon Show and Several Alternatives at Night at CMJ

October 17, 2012

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

Eytan & The Embassy, Spike Hill, 184 & 186 Bedford Avenue between N. 6th & N. 7th Streets, Brooklyn (L Train to Bedford Avenue) 9:15pm, $7


Tonight: Patti Smith at Castle Clinton Or Emily Zuzik and Misty Boyce at Public Assembly

July 14, 2011

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.

Patti Smith, Castle Clinton, Battery Park enter at State Street and Battery Place (1 Train to South Ferry, 4 or 5 Train to Bowling Green or R Train to Whitehall Street), 7pm, Free

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.

Emily Zuzik (9pm) and Misty Boyce (10pm), Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street, between Wythe and Kent Avenues, Williamsburg (L Train to Bedford Avenue), Free


Advance Planning: July Music Calendar

June 28, 2011

July has musicians appearing for the first time in a while, while some who usually play NYC frequently are appearing for the last time in a while (The Madison Square Gardeners and Harper Blynn).  There’s clearly a lot going on and as usual, I’m sure more will be added as the month unfolds.

July 1 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm Canceled

July 2 – Madison Square GardenersMercury Lounge – 8pm

July 3 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

July 3 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

July 5 – The Holmes BrothersCity Winery Parking Lot – 5:30pm

July 5 – Songs of Independence and Protest hosted by Elena Skye and Boo Reiners  with Drina Seay, Lil’ Mo, Rebecca Turner, Homeboy Steve, Craig Dreyer, Melody Allegra, Linda Hill, Diego Britt, Lisa Zwier and more – Banjo Jim’s – 9pm-Midnight

July 5 – Karen RockowerMercury Lounge – 9:30pm

July 5 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

July 6 – Jonathan ByrdThe Living Room – 8pm

July 6 – Anthony Da CostaThe Living Room – 9pm

July 6 – Spanking CharleneThe Bowery Electric – 10:30pm

July 7 – Court Yard HoundsCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – gates 6:30pm /show 7:30pm

July 7 – Megan Reilly -Lakeside Lounge – 9pm

July 7 – Misty Boyce and Changes ComeMercury Lounge – 11pm

July 8 -  Emily ZuzikApple Store (W.14th St.) – 8pm

July 8 – Israel Nash GripkaThe Gutter – doors 8:45

July 8 – Kasey ChambersBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm /show 9pm

July 8 – Melody Kills -Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 9 – Ted Leo and The PharmacistsSouth Street Seaport – 6pm

July 9 – Chris VelanRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

July 9 – Harper BlynnMercury Lounge – 9pm

July 10 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

July 11 – Kevn Kinney with Anton Fier, Tony Scherr, and Aaron Lee TasjanLiving Room – 10pm

July 12 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

July 13 – James Maddock – Carl Schurz Park – 7pm

July 14 – Patti SmithCastle Clinton – 7pm (free tickets distributed at 5pm)

July 14 -Emily Zuzik and  Misty BoycePublic Assembly – 9pm

July 14 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

July 14 – The Dirty Urchins -Rockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

July 15 – Terre RocheThe Living Room – 7pm

July 15 – Gin BlossomsB.B. Kings – 8pm

July 16 – Clyde – Littlefield – 8pm

July 16 – Megan ReillyLiving Room – 9pm (new earlier time)

July 16 – Lenny KayeMercury Lounge – 11pm

July 16 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubLittlefield – 11pm

July 16 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

July 16 – Dayna KurtzLiving Room  – 11pm-1am

July 17 – Thomas Bryan EatonBrooklyn Bowl – 8pm

July 17 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

July 18 – A Tribute to Tom Waits featuring Carol Lipnik, Charlie Burnham, Chris Cubeta, Dayna Kurtz, Dred Scott, Greg Tannen, Harper Blynn, Jason Crosby, Jim Boggia, Jim Keller, Jon Wiley, Mamie Minch,  Marilyn Carino, Nick Casey, Noam Weinstein, Sam Bisbee, Sasha Dobson and more and with house band Tim Luntzel, Steve Elliot, Dred Scott, Andrew Borger and Rob DiPietro – Living Room – 9pm-Midnight

July 18 – Rich Hinman -Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

July 19 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

July 20 – Willy MasonRockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

July 21- Lisa CrawleyPianos – 7pm

July 21 -Mike Viola and Fountains of WayneMaxwell’s – 8:30pm – SOLD OUT

July 21 – The MumblesRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 21 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

July 22 – Allison WeissThe Studio at Webster Hall – 8pm

July 22 -Fountains of WayneMaxwell’s – 8:30pm – SOLD OUT

July 22 – Basement BandLiving Room – 9pm

July 22 – Li’l Mo and The Monicats – Googie’s Lounge (upstairs at The Living Room) – 9:30pm

July 22 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 11pm

July 23 – The FeeliesCelebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – gates 6pm /show 7pm

July 23 – Jon Dee GrahamLiving Room – 8pm (new time)

July 23 – Ursa MinorLiving Room – 10pm

July 23 – The RamblersRockwood Stage 2 – 12:30 am

July 24 – Lisa CrawleyRockwood Music Hall – 3pm

July 24 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Jul 25 – James MaddockBowery Ballroom – 8pm

July 25 – Lianne SmithLiving Room – 10pm

July 26 – Melody Kills -Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

July 26 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

July 27 – Amy SpeaceRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

July 28 – Sydney Wayser - Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

July 29 – Mike Viola with Matt BairRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

July 29 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

July 29 -  Luther Wright and the WrongsRodeo Bar – 11pm

July 30 – Hayes Carll, Rhett Miller, Teddy Thompson and Martha WainwrightStuyvesant Town Oval – 4pm

July 30 – Dr. John and The Lower 911Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell) – gates 5:30pm /show 6:30pm

Update: July 30 – She’s Got the Power! A Girl Group Extravaganza including a tribute to Ellie Greenwich; with LaLa Brooks, Lesley Gore, Arlene Smith (former lead singer of The Chantels), Baby Washington, Barbara Harris (of The Toys), Beverly Warren, Brenda Reid and Lillian Walker (The Exciters), Louise Murray (of The Jaynettes), Margaret Ross (of The Cookies), Maxine Brown, Nanette Licori (of Reparata and the Delrons), Peggy Santiglia Davison and Jiggs Sirico (of The Angels) – Lincoln Center Out of Doors – 5 – 10pm.

Update: July 30 – Celebrate Banjo Jim’s party with musicians to be announced – Banjo Jim’s – 9pm

July 30 – The Pretty BabiesLakeside Lounge – 11pm

July 31 – The RaveonettesBeekman Beer Garden – doors 11:30am / show 3pm

Update: July 31 – Laura Cantrell11th Street Bar – 8:30pm

July 31 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight


From A Long Time Ago and A Universe Far Away: 45 Picture Sleeves

May 30, 2011

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


Music Video: The Amygdaloids (with Guests Lenny Kaye and Steve Wynn) – Brainstorm

October 12, 2010

The Amygdaloids are four scientists (Joseph LeDoux, Daniella Schiller, Tyler Volk, Gerald McCollam) who write song based upon their work. But not only are they a pretty good band, they travel in good company.  Here is a clip of their song Brainstorm with  Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band) and Steve Wynn (Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3, The Baseball Project and The Dream Syndicate) joining in on the guitar shredding. This live performance occurred on September 29th this year at Don Hill’s in New York City.  This is a long video, nine minutes in all, and the song actually starts 30 seconds in.


Musician Closeup: Alana Sveta

May 10, 2010

I met Alana Sveta late one night on the Brooklyn-bound side of the G Train Metropolitan Avenue Station.  She and a friend were singing in harmony as Alana played guitar.  They sounded pretty good and from the looks of Alana’s guitar case, which had a pretty good haul of one dollar bills, many people agreed with my assessment.

Alana came to New York City on vacation about two years ago and played her first show here at Goodbye, Blue Monday in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood.  Soon after, Alana moved here from San Francisco.  She first played the subway in July, 2008 and that has been the way she’s been financing herself since.  Yes, she’s also playing clubs and had a date at Webster Hall this past week as well (and if anyone from The Rockwood Music Hall is out there, she’d love to play there).  Multitalented, Alana is also a graphics artist and has just completed a screen play.

Alana’s solo work over the past few years has been introspective.  But she is in the process of forming a band, whose name at this point is Beaux.   She said that the music of that band is going to be “joyful.”

After I finished my interview with Alana, I came home to find that Patti Smith had recently said this: “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie… New York City has been taken away from you… So my advice is: Find a new city.” Yes,  the New York City of the late 60s and early 70s has gone away.  But maybe Patti should meet Alana and reconsider that quote.


City Winery Emergency Benefit Concerts for Haiti

January 16, 2010


City Winery is holding four nights of concerts to raise money for Haiti.  Here’s their statement:

We need your help to raise $100,000 in four nights to help the victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake. No country in the Western Hemisphere has been battered more than Haiti in the last 500 years—the nearly complete annihilation of its native population over two decades, a brutal slave regime, ongoing foreign military interventions over hundreds of years, brutal dictatorships supported by western powers, blockades of aid and more recently, devastating natural disasters from hurricanes to this latest earthquake.

100% of proceeds from this benefit will be donated to Wyclef Jean’s YELE to fund the Emergency Mobile Hospitals initiative administered by the U.N. We ask that you give any way you can.

The shows so far (more artists are going to be announced within the next 48 hours):

Wednesday January 20: Patti Smith, Swell Season, Josh Ritter and John Wesley Harding; tickets here

Thursday January 21: Lewis Black, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover from Living Colour, Marshall Crenshaw, David Johansen, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups; tickets here

Sunday January 24: Rosanne Cash and Madeleine Peyroux; tickets here

Monday January 25: A host of special guests from New York’s Indie music scene; tickets here

City Winery is located at 155 Varick Street between Spring and Vandam Streets (1 Train to Houston Street or Canal Street; C  or E Trains to Spring Street); check the ticket pages for prices and times.


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