Music Video: The Baseball Project (Featuring Criag Finn) – Don’t Call Them Twinkies

September 30, 2010

It was a week ago that I first heard Don’t Call Them Twinkies, The Baseball Project‘s  great but still not officially released Minnesota Twins anthem with lyrics and vocals by Craig Finn, the lead singer of The Hold Steady.  Now there is a video of that song, with stills and video footage which includes Sandy Koufax, Jim Kaat, Kirby Puckett, Jane Fonda, and of course, Twinkies, and you can see it below.


Tonight: Multimedia Science and Music with The Amygdaliods and Special Guests at Don Hill’s

September 29, 2010

A tip of the hat to Claude Scales over at Self Absorbed Boomer who brought this show to my attention.  Not only is this a musical performance, there are science lectures, music videos and magic.  Even though I’ve not heard of The Amygdaloids before, the list of musical guests has sold me on this show, which is the release party for the Theory of Mind CD.  Here’s the rundown:

Lectures on brain and mind by Joseph LeDoux and Daniela Shiller (the science behind the songs);
Muisc by The Amygdaloids (Joseph LeDoux, Daniella Schiller, Tyler Volk, Gerald McCollam):
Guests appearances by: Lenny Kaye, Steve Wynn, Ward White , Kathena Bryant and The Kennedys;
Magic by Mark Mitton; and
Music videos by Noah Hutton and Alexis Gambis

The Amygdaloids, Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich Street at Spring Street (1, A,  C or E Trains to Canal or C or E Trains to Spring Street), doors 7pm /show 7:30pm, $10


Advance Planning: October Music Calendar

September 28, 2010

October is almost here and it’s therefore time for the monthly calendar.  October looks to be a very busy month as it includes the fall Hoboken Arts & Music Fair and the CMJ Music Marathon.  A word about CMJ (which runs from October 19-23): I haven’t seen the full schedule, but I have included shows of interest that have been listed on the various venue calendars.  As more details are released, I’ll revisit what’s happening then.

Update: The CMJ schedule has been released.  CMJ shows of interest have now been included below.

Oct. 1 – James Maddock (with Joy Askew) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Oct. 1 – Sydney WayserThe Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 1 – Jim Boggia with special guests Adrien Reju and Findlay BrownThe Living Room – 8pm

Oct. 1 – Harper BlynnRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Oct. 2 – Vince BellCornelia Street Cafe – 6pm

Oct. 2 – Alejandro EscovedoMaxwell’s – 7pm

Oct. 2 – My Pet DragonThe Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Oct. 2 – The Pretty Babies Lakeside Lounge – 11PM

Oct. 3 – Hoboken Arts & Music Festival – 11am – 6pm

Bands include Richard Barone, The Loser’s Lounge (disco tribute), Care Bears on Fire, The Guitar Bar All Stars, plus others

Oct. 5 – Angie MattsonThe Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm†

Oct. 6 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesThe Living Room – 7pm

Oct. 6 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsSouthpaw – doors 8pm /show 8:30pm

Oct. 7 – Fountains of Wayne and Jill SobuleBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Oct. 8 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3The Living Room – 9pm

Oct. 8 – My Pet DragonTrash Bar – 10pm

Oct. 8 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsRockwood Stage 2– 10pm†

Oct. 9 – WinterpillsUnion Hall – 8pm

Oct. 9 – Nick AfricanoThe Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 9 – Richard JulianRockwood Stage 2– 8:15pm

Oct. 10 – Richard BaroneLe Poisson Rouge – 7pm†

Oct. 10 – Winterpills – The Living Room – 8pm

Oct. 11 – Emily ZuzikLIC Bar – 9pm†

Oct. 13 – Jason Crosby and Megan PalmerBanjo Jim’s – 10 pm

Oct. 14 – Hipster Demolition Night – Jay Banerjee & The Heartthrobs, The Neutron Drivers, The Doughboys, The Brooklyn What and Love StruckPublic Assembly – 8pm†

Oct. 14 – Mary Gauthier and Laura CantrellCity Winery – 9pm

Oct. 14 – George UsherBanjo Jim’s – 10 pm

Oct. 15 – Ellen Foley and The Dirty Old MenLakeside Lounge – 7pm

Oct. 15 – Clyde (featuring Misty Boyce and Nick Africano) – Pete’s Candy Store – 10pm

Oct. 16 – Dave RocheThe Rockwood Music Hall – 3pm

Oct. 16 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

CMJ Music Marathon Oct. 19-23 – Usually shorter sets, there may be a change in admission policy at the club

Oct. 19 – Kaiser CartelThe Living Room – 7:45pm

Oct. 19 – Harper BlynnMercury Lounge – 9pm*

Oct. 19 – Red Wire Black WireSpike Hill – 10pm†

Oct. 19 – Franz NicolayPianos – 10:30pm*

Oct. 20 – The Madison Square GardenersSpike Hill – 3:20pm*

Oct. 20 – Sydney WayserThe Knitting Factory – 7pm*

Oct.20 – Scott KempnerThe Living Room – 7:45pm Canceled***

Oct. 20 – Richard BaroneThe Bowery Electric – 8:30pm*

Oct. 20 – Willie NileThe Living Room – 9:15pm Canceled***

Oct. 20 – Sydney WayserFat Baby – 10:30pm*

Oct. 20 – Ian McLaganThe Living Room – 11:30pm

Oct. 20 – Two Cow GarageUnion Hall – Midnight*

Oct. 21 – Eli Paperboy ReedLe Poisson Rouge – doors 6pm /show 7pm

Oct. 21 – My Pet DragonTrash Bar – 8pm*

Oct. 21 – Franz NicolayCoco66 – 8:15pm*

Oct. 21 – Susan Cowsill BandMaxwell’s – 8:30pm*

Oct. 21 – The Madison Square GardenersRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Oct. 22 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 6pm†

Oct. 22- JD SoutherThe Living Room – 8:30pm†

Oct. 22 – Spanking CharleneBar 9 – 10pm

Oct. 22 – Sydney WayserOtto’s Shrunken Head – 10pm†

Oct. 23 – Sydney WayserBar Matchless – 7:55pm†

Oct. 23 – Red Wire Black WireThe Delancey – 2:30pm*

Oct. 23 – Care Bears on FireBowery Poetry Club – 7pm*

Oct. 23 – The Grip WeedsLocal 269 – 8:45pm*

Oct. 23 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubThe Rock Shop – 9:30pm*

Oct. 23 – Harper BlynnThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm†

Oct. 23 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

CMJ Ends

Oct. 25 – Jenni MuldaurRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm†

Oct. 25 – Poundcake – Rockwood Stage 2 – 9pm†

Oct. 26 – Jesse HarrisRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Oct. 28 – PettyFestBowery Ballroom – 8pm†
With Special Guests: Adam Green, Norah Jones, Will Forte & Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live, Nicole Atkins, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Catherine Pierce, Jesse Malin, Tyson Ritter ­ of the All American Rejects, Reeve & Zane Carney, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne, Sammy James of the Mooney Suzuki, Steve Schiltz ­ of Hurricane Bells & Longwave, Antony Ellis of Five O’Clock Heroes, Mikki James, Hymns And a ton of other special guests you won’t believe!!!

Oct. 29 – Ellen Foley and The Dirty Old MenLakeside Lounge – 7pm

Oct. 29 – Jim’s Big EgoThe Living Room – 8pm†

Oct. 30 –Radio Happy Hour w/ Norah Jones and Gabe LiedmanLe Poisson Rouge – 1pm

Oct. 30 – Deni BonetThe Living Room – 9pm†

Oct. 30 – My Pet DragonThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm†

Oct. 31 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm†

†Updated October1- 8
*Updated October 11
**Updated October 15
***Updated October 18


Music Video: The Little Willies – Jolene

September 27, 2010

Another live recording plus still photo from the YouTuber known as Unreleased Original.  This time Norah Jones provides the soulful lead vocals for The Little Willies on this version of Dolly Parton‘s classic, Jolene.  This recording was made during a Little Willies performance at The Living Room in 2006. The still picture, however, is from February 13, 2008.


Everyone Is Playing Today: A Guide

September 26, 2010

If you missed the guide I posted earlier this week to today’s Atlantic Antic, Dumbo Arts Festival, Tinderbox Music Festival and great string of shows at The Rockwood Music Hall tonight, here it is once again:

With two street fairs, a benefit and some inspired booking by The Rockwood Music Hall, it seems like every band in the world is playing in Brooklyn or Manhattan today.  Here’s the rundown:

The Atlantic Antic is a street fair that runs on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and is Brooklyn’s largest. This is the 36th annual Atlantic Antic and it features ten live entertainment stages.  I recommend seeing The Demolition String Band, who will be appearing  at the stage in front of Hank’s, at the corner of Atlantic and 3rd Avenue.  The full schedule is here.

The Atlantic Antic, Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue (2, 3, 4, 5 Trains to Nevins St. or Atlantic Avenue or Borough Hall, R Train to Borough Hall or Lawrence St. or Pacific St., F Train to Bergen Street or Jay Street, B or Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue,  N or D Trains to Pacific Street or A, C or G Trains to Hoyt-Schemerhorn or Jay Street) 10am-6pm, Free

The Dumbo Arts Festival takes place through a large area in DUMBO, the area in Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has multiple stages located throughout DUMBO.  Familiar names playing on Sunday include Tom Verlaine, Flutterbox and Julia Joseph, vocalist with Milton, who is performing a set of her own material.  You can get a map here (the festival is quite spread out) and find the music schedule here.

The Dumbo Arts Festival, DUMBO (F Train to  Jay Street, A or C Trains  to High Street or 2 or 3 Trains to Clark Street), Noon- 7pm, Free

Moving indoors, The first Tinderbox Music Festival will be taking place at Southpaw in Park Slope starting around 3pm.  Tinderbox aims to create more space for women musicians by bringing together and promoting established and emerging female artists and will donate 100% of net proceeds to organizations involved in giving rise to the next generation of women’s voices such as Girls Write Now and The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.  There are 19 acts in all performing on two stages and NIHE fave Misty Boyce will be among the performers.  Check the Tinderbox website here for a complete list of performers and show times.

The Tinderbox Music Festival, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Sterling Places (2 or 3 Trains to Bergan Street), doors 3pm / show 3:30pm $17 /$20 day of show

If you have had enough of the great outdoors, or even enough of Brooklyn, then The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 lives up to its nickname, The Rockwood Colosseum, by presenting three really good shows in a row.

First up at 7pm is Jon Graboff’s Pedal Steel Guitar World of Discovery w/ Ethan Eubanks, Jeff Hill & Special Guest Dave Schramm.  Following them up at 8pm is Poundcake, a band consisting of Teddy Thompson, Ethan Eubanks and Jeff Hill, who perform covers of late 50s-early 60s rock and rockabilly tunes.  Finally, at 9pm Sasha Dobson and her band will play.

Jon Graboff, Poundcake and Sasha Dobson, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7-10pm, No Cover (but $5 contribution for each band strongly encouraged)

Want more?  Then move next door to the original Rockwood Music Hall and catch Kristin Diable (who played a wonderful set at The Living Room on Wednesday) play one last show in New York, at midnight,  before she returns to New Orleans.


Tonight: Laura Cantrell at Barbes

September 25, 2010

Laura Cantrell was born and raised in Nashville, but came to New York City for college and never left.  She’s not only a singer and songwriter but a musicologist as well, serving as the proprietress as The Radio Thrift Shop on WFMURolling Stone has called Laura “A modern woman with an old-timey heart, with a voice pitched somewhere between the bluesy realism of Lucinda Williams and the vintage femininity of Kitty Wells.”

Laura plays traditional country, alt-country and folk-rock as well.  The title song from her debut album, Not The Trembling Kind, was written by Jersey rocker George Usher.  She’s also covered Gordon Lightfoot‘s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Laura has opened for Elvis Costello and also for country music legend Charlie Louvin.

Laura Cantrell, Barbes, 376 9th Street at 6th Avenue (F or G Trains to 7th Avenue or R Train to 9th Street), 10pm, No Cover (but $10 contribution to the band strongly recommended)


Everyone Is Playing Sunday: A Guide

September 24, 2010

With two street fairs, a benefit and some inspired booking by The Rockwood Music Hall, it seems like every band in the world is playing in Brooklyn or Manhattan on Sunday.  Here’s a rundown so that you can make plans in advance:

The Atlantic Antic is a street fair that runs on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and is Brooklyn’s largest. This is the 36th annual Atlantic Antic and it features ten live entertainment stages.  I recommend seeing The Demolition String Band, who will be appearing  at the stage in front of Hank’s, at the corner of Atlantic and 3rd Avenue.  The full schedule is here.

The Atlantic Antic, Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and 4th Avenue (2, 3, 4, 5 Trains to Nevins St. or Atlantic Avenue or Borough Hall, R Train to Borough Hall or Lawrence St. or Pacific St., F Train to Bergen Street or Jay Street, B or Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue,  N or D Trains to Pacific Street or A, C or G Trains to Hoyt-Schemerhorn or Jay Street) 10am-6pm, Free

The Dumbo Arts Festival takes place through a large area in DUMBO, the area in Brooklyn between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has multiple stages located throughout DUMBO.  Familiar names playing on Sunday include Tom Verlaine, Flutterbox and Julia Joseph, vocalist with Milton, who is performing a set of her own material.  You can get a map here (the festival is quite spread out) and find the music schedule here.

The Dumbo Arts Festival, DUMBO (F Train to  Jay Street, A or C Trains  to High Street or 2 or 3 Trains to Clark Street), Noon- 7pm, Free

Moving indoors, The first Tinderbox Music Festival will be taking place at Southpaw in Park Slope starting around 3pm.  Tinderbox aims to create more space for women musicians by bringing together and promoting established and emerging female artists and will donate 100% of net proceeds to organizations involved in giving rise to the next generation of women’s voices such as Girls Write Now and The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.  There are 19 acts in all performing on two stages and NIHE fave Misty Boyce will be among the performers.  Check the Tinderbox website here for a complete list of performers and show times.

The Tinderbox Music Festival, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue between St. Johns and Sterling Places (2 or 3 Trains to Bergan Street), doors 3pm / show 3:30pm $17 /$20 day of show

If you have had enough of the great outdoors, or even enough of Brooklyn, then The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 lives up to its nickname, The Rockwood Colosseum, by presenting three really good shows in a row.

First up at 7pm is Jon Graboff’s Pedal Steel Guitar World of Discovery w/ Ethan Eubanks, Jeff Hill & Special Guest Dave Schramm.  Following them up at 8pm is Poundcake, a band consisting of Teddy Thompson, Ethan Eubanks and Jeff Hill, who perform covers of late 50s-early 60s rock and rockabilly tunes.  Finally, at 9pm Sasha Dobson and her band will play.

Jon Graboff, Poundcake and Sasha Dobson, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7-10pm, No Cover (but $5 contribution for each band strongly encouraged)

Want more?  Then move next door to the original Rockwood Music Hall and catch Kristin Diable (who played a wonderful set at The Living Room on Wednesday) play one last show in New York, at midnight,  before she returns to New Orleans.


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