Tonight: The Waylons at The Lakeside Lounge

August 31, 2010

How many groups can derive their name from Waylon Jennings?  There’s The Wailin’ Jennys (who were in town for a show late in July), there are are The Waylons and of course there’s also Shooter Jennings. Waylon’s son, whose actual name is Waylon A. Jennings.

But tonight it’s The Waylons playing The Lakeside Lounge.  The songs they’ve posted have a Cowboy Junkies tinge to them, and The Lakeside books rock’n’roll, country, and garage rock.  So I’m taking the leap of faith on The Waylons during this quiet period here in NYC.

The Waylons, The Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B at 10th Street (any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, transfer to the 14 A or 14D bus to 11th Street and walk to Avenue B and 10th Street), 9pm, No cover

Advance Planning: September Music Calendar

August 30, 2010

September is just two days away, so it’s time to get a jump on the month with Now I’ve Heard Everything’s monthly music calendar.  Since September is the start of the Arts year (in addition to the school and Hebrew years), there’s lots going on, and unlike some other months, things seem set for all of September.

And just a note about ticket prices: I keep the cost of a show in mind when I put together the listings for Now I’ve Heard Everything.  For that reason, I haven’t included some shows I would have otherwise included this time around.

Sept. 2 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm (sold out) & 10:15pm

Sept. 3 – The Radiators – Brooklyn Bowl – 9pm

Sept. 6 – Misty BoyceRockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Sept. 7 – Maura Kennedy – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 8pm*

Sept. 9 – Jesse Harris and  Hannah CRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Sept. 10 – The Golden PalominosCity Winery – 9pm

Sept. 10 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds – Sullivan Hall – 9pm

Sept 10 – Harper BlynnThe Living Room – Midnight

Sept. 11 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Sept. 12 – Brooklyn Book Festival –  five panels on music related writing (including Rosanne Cash at 1pm) – Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza – 10am to 5pm

Sept. 12 – Clyde (Misty Boyce and Nick Africano) – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 9:20pm*

Sept. 14 – The Watson TwinsBowery Ballroom – 8pm

Sept. 15 – Second DanRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Sept. 16 – Those DarlinsBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Sept. 17 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Sept. 18 – Those DarlinsBrooklyn Bowl – 9pm

Sept. 18 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Sept. 19 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesRockwood Stage 2 – 5pm

Sept. 21 – George UsherLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Sept. 22 – Kristin DiableThe Living Room – 9pm

Sept.25 – Garland JeffreysHighline Ballroom -doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 24 – Mark OlsonJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Sept. 26 – Jon Graboff’s Pedal Steel Guitar World of Discovery w/ Ethan Eubanks, Jeff Hill & Special Guest Dave SchrammRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Sept.26 – Poundcake – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Sept. 26 – Ursa MinorPete’s Candy Store – 9:30pm

Sept. 26 – Kristin DiableRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Sept.29 – Greg Trooper‘s Song Roundup with Paul Foglino & Michael On FireLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Sept. 29  – Mark OlsonThe Rock Shop – 8pm

*Updated Sept. 7

Photo Recap: Joe Thompson and The Comfortable Catastrophe at Ulysses Folk House

August 29, 2010

Even though it seemed weird that this gig was not on Joe Thompson’s website or My Space, it did happen.  It was a bit of a strange night though.  Joe’s bass player was not there, so the lead guitar player played bass and the lap steel player switched back and forth between lead electric and lap steel.  Even though there was a cover charge (a reasonable $10 for two bands with a free drink thrown in), some folks were more interested in talking than listening.  And then there was the guy who looked like he had just wandered in from one of Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Guys bits from Saturday Night Live in the 70s.

Anyway, even down a man and playing their next to last gig together (Joe is moving to Austin shortly), the band certainly had their moments.  Here are some photos from the show.

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Tonight: Joe Thompson at Ulysses

August 28, 2010

Joe Thompson and The Comfortable Catastrophe is a band I’ve never gotten to see but they come recommended: they have played regularly at The Rockwood Music Hall, and they recently won WNYC’s Battle of The Boroughs (they’re from Queens).  Joe’s bio notes:

Thompson was brought up on the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Later developing a passion for classic rock & roll and the thought-provoking lyrics of 60’s and 70’s folk music, Thompson honed his craft in college as a trained singer and actor.

One more reason to catch Joe now: at the end of the month, he’s leaving New York and moving to Austin.

Note: This gig is not listed on Joe’s website or MySpace and the venue does not have a website I can find.  Calling Ulysses, 212-482-0400, before leaving home is probably a good idea.

Joe Thompson and The Comfortable Catastrophe, Ulysses, 93 Pearl Street (Manhattan) between Broad Street and Old Slip (2 or 3 Trains to Wall Street or R Train to Whitehall Street), 9pm, call club for further details

Tonight: The Pretty Babies Play Blondie’s Parallel Lines at Le Poisson Rouge

August 27, 2010

I’m not a big fans of tribute bands.  But I’ve seen The Pretty Babies before and I can recommend them.  They’re not only musically quite good, they are just flat out a lot of fun.  Tammy Faye Starlite does a great job with vocals and Linda Pitmon, probably the best drummer out there these days (go back and look at yesterday’s video) is on the kit here.  Need more info?  Here’s the band’s official bio:

The biggest thing to hit the Lower East Side since the original, The Pretty Babies is an alt-rockergirl supergroup Blondie tribute band featuring Mony “The Falconess” Falcone (Sit ‘N’ Spin, BIG) on bass; Bibi Farber (The Richard Lloyd Group, The Ventilators) on keyboards; Heidi Leib (Sit ‘n” Spin, the Lonesome Prairie Dogs) on lead guitar; Linda Pitmon (Steve Wynn’s Miracle 3, The Baseball Project & The Minus 5) on drums; Jill Richmond (The Aquanettas, The Mean Reds) on rhythm guitar; and platinum chanteuse/provocateuse, Tammy Faye Starlite, on lead vocals. A glorious pop-punky-glitter ball- Studio 54-meets-CBGB’s night of late ’70’s decadent delirium awaits the concert goer. Sunday girls lurk fetchingly around the chronometric corner.
Also on the bill tonight are Cathy Cervenka doing Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar) and New York’s Finest doing Outlandos D”Amour (The Police).
The Pretty Babies, Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street between Thompson and Sullivan Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), doors 6:30pm / show 7pm (The Pretty Babies are probably on first or second), $12

Music Video: Steve Wynn with The Baseball Project – Tell Me When It’s Over

August 26, 2010

Tell Me When It’s Over is one of Steve Wynn‘s signature songs going back to his days with The Dream Syndicate.  Here he performs it with The Baseball Project (Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon).  This video is in black and white, but it’s not from a long time ago, it was taken just last year.  And for those Steve Wynn aficionados in the audience, I’ll point out that Steve is playing a Fender Jazz Master instead of his usual Stratocaster.

For Sale: Perfectly Good Guitar, Plus a Video of the Same Name

August 25, 2010

Relax, NIHE is not about to became Craig’s List.  But I got an email from singer-songwriter Amy Speace earlier this week and she’s selling a pretty special guitar.  Maybe you’re interested; if so here are the details:

Very very gently (like as in barely touched) used 2006 Taylor GS Western Red Cedar/Indian Rosewood with Taylor’s wonderful Expression II pickup system installed.  Original hardshell (brown faux alligatorish leather) case and original paperwork included.  I love this guitar and bought it just as the GS (Grand Symphony) model was debuted.  Its a bigger body than a dreadnought, small waist, gorgeous sounding guitar for you fingerpickers out there. The only markings on the guitar itself are a few small pick scratches underneath the strings. The guitar didn’t come with a pickguard as I didn’t want one to mess up the beauty of the cedar top. I used this guitar on a few songs from “Killer In Me” and I’m selling it because I am just downsizing my collection and this is one guitar I just don’t play as much as my others.  I’d love her to go into the hands of someone who will play her more than currently am.

If interested, email me at and I’ll let you know about the price and can forward you photos. The guitar sells new for about $2400.

All of which reminds me of John Hiatt‘s song from the early 1990s, Perfectly Good Guitar.  Here’s a video of it.

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