Advance Planning: Music for March

February 28, 2010

Lots happening in March, but it seems to me that there maybe less going on than in February.  It could be that South By Southwest (SXSW) will be pulling bands out of NYC in mid-month.  As always, recognize that things may change and acts not now advertised will show up on the radar screen as the month goes on.  With those caveats, here’s some suggestions for the next month.

3/1 – KaiserCartel / Amber RubarthHighline Ballroom, 8pm
3/3 – Emily Zuzik (9pm) / Misty Boyce (10pm)  – Rockwood Music Hall
3/5 – Mike ViolaJoe’s Pub, 9pm
3/5 – Chuck ProphetSouthpaw, 7:30pm
3/6 – Sydney WayserAbrons Arts Center, 8pm
3/9 – Christine Ohlman & Rebel MontezLakeside Lounge, 9:30 pm
3/11 – Jim KellerLakeside Lounge, 9:30pm
3/12 – Kelly Jones sings Tammy Wynette with The Madison Square GardenersThe Living Room, 9pm
3/13 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsRockwood Music Hall, Midnight
3/19 – The NieldsThe Living Room, 7pm
3/20 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge, 11pm
3/22 – George UsherLakeside Lounge, 9:30pm
3/23 – Eric Ambel and The Roscoe TrioLakeside Lounge, 9:30pm
3/23  – Kaiser CartelThe Living Room, 8pm
3/23 – Jenny ScheinmanBarbes, 7pm
3/24 – The DonnasHighline Ballroom, 8pm
3/25 – Jim KellerLakeside Lounge, 9:30pm
3/25 – Sydney WayserThe Living Room, 10pm
3/26 – WinterpillsThe Living Room, 9pm
3/26 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsRockwood Music Hall, 10pm

Updated on 3/4: Added Kelly Jones & Madison Square Gardeners on 3/12 and Winterpills on 3/26

News and Notes

February 27, 2010

The blog Water Over Rocks is authored by Andy Bachman.  Andy is a long time music fan who is also a rabbi.  He’s authored an interesting take on the newly released, posthumous Johnny Cash album, Ain’t No Grave.  You can read it here.  Yesterday was also Johnny’s birthday.

The Baseball Project, is a group made up of Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (REM touring band, Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3).  Their 2008 record, Volume 1, Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, detailed the life and times of such baseball personalities as Curt Flood, Jackie Robinson, Jack McDowell and Harvey Haddix.  A new record (presumably Volume 2) is currently in the works (which will feature a song about Bill Buckner).  But The Baseball Project will also be writing a new song a month during the baseball season dealing with something pulled from that month’s headlines. More information on this will be announced shortly.

If you live in Brooklyn along the F and G lines between Jay Street and Church Avenue, there’s one less reason for staying at home this weekend.  The track work which would have resulted in the replacement of the train service between those two stations with the slowest buses in the world has been canceled.  Normal F and G train service will be running the entire weekend.

Music Video: Neko Case – People Got a Lotta Nerve

February 26, 2010

Not only is Neko Case’s People Got a Lotta Nerve one of my favorite songs released in 2009, I use it as my ringtone.  But the second verse of the song which once seemed a literary allusion now seems to be predictive in light of yesterday’s sad story about a killer whale turning on its trainer.  This live acoustic version of the song works every bit as well as the electrified official release.

Music Video: Chuck Prophet – Hot Talk

February 25, 2010

Chuck Prophet and his band, The Mission Express, will be in town at Southpaw in Park Slope next Friday, March 5th.  I’ll have more to say about Chuck next week, but in the meantime, here’s what looks to be a professionally shot video with great sound for you to get you in the mood for Chuck.

Freebies: The Entire Steve Wynn 50th Birthday Show

February 24, 2010

One last post on last week’s Steve Wynn show.  Because Steve permits his fans to record his shows, Friday’s Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 50th Birthday show has been recorded and is now available to anyone who wants to hear it.  In fact there are two recordings of this show: one made by Bill of South Jersey Taper and one made by Dan of NYCTaper.  I’ve heard both and they are equally good.

So I’ll leave it up to you as to which one you’d like, but why not download both of them? Here’s the South Jersey Taper recording, and here is the NYC Taper recording.  Each link will lead you to a zip file of the show in mp3 format.  Each recording is also available in the lossless FLAC format; check South Jersey Taper and NYC Taper for information on how to download those versions of the show.

Tomorrow Night: The Last of The Milton Residency at The Living Room

February 23, 2010

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and that includes the sixth annual February residency of Milton at The Living Room.  Having played one of each of the band’s three albums at the previous three shows, Milton tonight will feature old favorites mixed with new material and covers and fans’ internet requests.  Milton offers a rich, rewarding combination of rock, Americana and blues played by a seven-piece band.

Although Milton plays the New York City area regularly, tomorrow night, February 24th, is your last chance for a bit to see Milton and the band at what is effectively their musical home.  So if you haven’t made it to The Living Room yet this month to see Milton, take the opportunity and go.

Milton, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street at Stanton Street (F or V Trains to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a $5 donation for the band is strongly encouraged)

Photo Recap: Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 Celebrate 50

February 22, 2010

As I mentioned previously, I lost my camera after the Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 50th birthday show at The Lakeside Lounge Friday night.  But a big thanks goes out to Bill Holtzheimer of South Jersey Taper who is very kindly permitting me to use his photos.  Here’s some of what went on:

Steve Wynn (center) with bass player Dave DeCastro (left)

The Miracle 3 in Action (left to right): Dave, Steve, drummer Linda Pitmon and lead guitarist Jason Victor

Dan Stewart (Green on Red, Danny & Dusty) guests on “Baby We All Gotta Go Down”

Steve squeezing out sparks on the guitar

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