Tonight: Four Shows, Pick One

June 30, 2011

I guess we are officially into the summer concert season as there are a number of nights starting right now where there are multiple good shows opposite each other.  Tonight, for example, there are four.  It’s a tough choice.

Justin Townes EarleCelebrate Brooklyn – gates 6pm / show 7pm (Justin will probably start his set around 8:45 or 9pm)

Aaron Comess (drummer with James Maddock and an original member of The Spin Doctors) w/ James Maddock & Freddie Stevenson (Record Release ) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

PalefaceSouthpaw – doors 8pm / show 8:30pm

Drina and The Deep Blue SeeBanjo Jim’s – 9pm


From A Long Time Ago and A Universe Far Away, Part 2 : More 45 Picture Sleeves

June 29, 2011

There was such a good response to the last time I posted some 45 picture sleeves from way back when, that I thought I would rummage around in the closet, find some more and do it again.

Ronnie Spector and The E Street Band – Say Goodbye to Hollywood

The Pretenders – Back on The Chain Gang

Graham Parker and The Rumour – Local Girls

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance

Bob Dylan – Hurricane


Advance Planning: July Music Calendar Update (Added 6/29)

June 29, 2011

A big tip of the hat to Bob “Too Tall” Cohen for ferreting out the July 30th Stuyvesant Town Oval Show:

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

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


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 Dobson – Rockwood 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 ReillyLakeside 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 KillsRockwood 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 UrchinsRockwood 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 HinmanRockwood 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 KillsRockwood 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


Photo Recap: Sydney Wayser and Emily Zuzik at The Living Room

June 27, 2011

As I mentioned previously, Friday night there was a twofer at The Living Room.  First up was Sydney Wayser.   She’s been recording been recording a new album for the past six months or so and this was her first public performance in a while.  This show was the coming out party for her new material.  What we got was Sydney’s music tied to straight ahead rock arrangements.  This was a musically more muscular Sydney.  Musical growth, sure, but not only that, it had a great beat.  Just seeing this unfold on stage was invigorating.

And then it was Emily Zuzik‘s turn.  Emily knows how to write songs and has had a batch of them that she has been performing over the past few years.  She decided that what this collection needed was full on rock arrangements and that’s what they have in her latest album, The Wild Joys of Living, which was just released.   Friday, the band was extremely tight.  Vocally, Emily pulled out all the stops and was electric.  And if that wasn’t enough, she gave out brownies she had baked earlier in the day to the audience.

Here are some pictures of those shows:

Sydney Wayser and her band

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Music Video: James Maddock – Step into the Water

June 26, 2011

James Maddock played a phenomenal show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 this past Friday night.  He played his new album, Wake Up and Dream, from start to finish as well as a bunch of old favorites.  Although I don’t have a video from that show, here’s one of the new songs from a recent show (shot in black and white).


Tonight: Sydney Wayser and Emily Zuzik at The Living Room

June 25, 2011

There’s a very nice double bill at The Living Room tonight which will feature new music, a CD release and brownies!

First up at 10 pm is Sydney Wayser.  Sydney has been in the studio for the past several months, recording an album which will be titled Bell Choir Coast.  Tonight is the first show for Sydney in a while, and she’s told me that this show will be made up of mainly material from that new record. I’m not exactly sure what new sounds Sydney has in store for us.  But as I’ve said before, the most impressive instrument in Sydney’s band is her voice.  Extremely expressive and perhaps a touch breathy, it is the hook that ultimately pulls you into her music.

Then at 11pm, Emily Zuzik and her band will take the stage.  This will be the CD release show for the new record from the Emily Zuzik Band, The Wild Joys of Living.  I just reviewed it earlier this week and you can read that review here.  Emily has been on quite a roll lately; she’s released this fine new collection of songs, wrote and sang the song The Low Hum on the latest Moby album, Destroyed, and is featured on the cover of Pictures of Love which is the theme song for the new NBC series Love Bites.  And Emily is baking and bringing brownies to tonight’s show.

Sydney Wayser (10pm), Emily Zuzik (11pm), The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, but note that that the Brooklyn bound F train will not be stopping at 2nd Avenue this weekend),  No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


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