Music Video: Garland Jeffreys – Coney Island Winter

August 31, 2011

The first track on Garland Jefferys’ latest album, The King of In Between (which I previously reviewed here), is titled Coney Island Winter.  Garland, who grew up in Sheepshead Bay, is none too pleased about what has happened to one of the places he visited a lot back then.

Advance Planning: August Music Calendar Updates (Added 8/30)

August 30, 2011

This is really last minute and not advance planning at all.  It also should be the final update for the August calendar.  Ulysses S. Grant canceled tonight due to illness, but has been replaced by a full band Aaron Lee Tasjan solo show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.

Canceled: Aug. 3o – Ulysses S. GrantRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Aug. 30 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Tonight: “The Elvis Club” at The Lakside Lounge

August 30, 2011

The Elvis Club is a pseudonym.  I haven’t seen anything that straight out says who they are, but both the website and Facebook page of The Del-Lords mention that The Elvis Club will be playing a warm up date for Turbo Rock at The Lakeside Lounge tonight.  Turbo Rock is a festival in Spain this weekend at which The Del-Lords will be playing.  So it seems pretty obvious what band The Elvis Club really is.

If you were around New York City in the 80s, you probably heard, or at least heard of The Del-Lords.  If you weren’t here’s the basics from Wikipedia:

The Del-Lords are an American rock’n’roll band that formed in New York City in 1982, founded by The Dictators‘ guitarist Scott Kempner. The band combined elements of ’60s garage rock with country, blues, and folk influences to become one of the initial progenitors of urban-roots-rock. Band members were: Scott Kempner, Manny Caiati, Eric Ambel, and Frank Funaro.

In the winter of 2010, The Del-Lords got back together, played a small number of shows and recorded five tracks which they released on the EP, Under Construction.  That EP made the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best of 2010 list.  You can listen to and buy all those tracks at The Del-Lords bandcamp page here.

The Lakeside Lounge is a small place, so if you are going to this show, I recommend getting there early.

“The Elvis Club,”Lakeside Lounge, 162 Avenue B near 10th Street (any train to 14th Street or the L Train to 1st Avenue, transfer t0 the M14A or M14D bus to 11th Street and walk to Avenue B), 9pm, $20 suggested donation for the band

Tonight: Robbie Fulks at The Living Room; Tomorrow Night: Robbie Fulks and Jenny Scheinman at Barbes

August 29, 2011

Updated August 29, 2:30pm: Robbie Fulks has canceled both The Living Room and Barbes shows.  Sorry.

Irene’s left town, the subways and buses are running again and the two-day shutdown of almost all of New York City’s music is over.  So we can break the weekend’s musical fast tonight.  I think the way to do that is with Robbie Fulks.

If you don’t know Robbie Fulks you should.  Call him country, alt country or whatever.  He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs.   If you read his blog, you’ll find that he’s probably one of the most literate musicians anywhere. Don’t just take my word for it.  The New York Times noted:

But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else.

Robbie is based in Chicago and only gets to New York a couple of times a year.  This time around Robbie’s playing two nights in a row, tonight and Tuesday.  Tonight Robbie plays solo at The Living Room on the Lower East Side.  I would suggest that you call the club before you go to make sure that the show is still on.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Robbie will move over to Barbes in Brooklyn and be joined by Jenny Scheinman.  Jenny is a musical whiz, moving mainly between jazz and country.  She’s played with the likes of Bill Frisell and Rodney Crowell and spend a good portion of the Tuesdays of 2009 playing with Robbie.  That was when Robbie was temporarily living in Brooklyn.

Robbie FulksThe Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly encouraged)

Robbie Fulks and Jenny Scheinman, Barbes, 376 9th Street, at the corner of 6th Avenue (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 7th Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (But a contribution for the band is highly recommended)

Advance Planning: September Music Calendar

August 28, 2011

September is the end of summer, the reopening of school and the beginning of the fall concert season.  The big event of the month is the new Brooklyn Indie Music Fest which is running from September 16 through 18.  It features many performers both familiar and new to me (see below) and everything is in one place, Littlefield.  The clubs have been recalcitrant in getting their full September schedules up, so expect additions to this calendar over the month.

Sept. 1 – Amy SpeaceChristopher Street Coffee House – 7:30pm

Sept. 2 – Thomas Bryan Eaton & Hobson’s Choice Union Hall – doors 8pm

Sept. 3 – Drina Seay – Googie’s Lounge (upstairs at The Living Room) – 8:30pm

Sept. 3 – MarwoodRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Sept. 4 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Sept. 6 – Kevn Kinney Band with Anton Fier, Tony Scherr and Andy Hess  – Rockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Sept. 6 – Aaron Comess (feat. Teddy Kumpel & Richard Hammond) – Rockwood Stage 2 – Midnight

Sept. 7 – Poundcake (featuring Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill, and Ethan Eubanks) Plus Special Guests – City Winery – doors 5pm / show 8pm

Sept. 7 – Nick Africano and Misty BoyceThe Rock Shop – 7:30pm

Sept. 8 – John Doe (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Sept. 9 – Emily Zuzik (Farewell to NY Show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sept. 9 – Basement BandLiving Room – Midnight

Sept. 10 – Radio Free Song Club
The Radio Free All Stars will include Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Jeremy Chatzsky and Paul Moschella. Laura Cantrell, Kate Jacobs, Dave Schramm, and guests Amy Allison and Emily Arin and Ed Askew will play brand new songs, and author Leslie Daniels is going to read an essay- Living Room – 6-8pm

Sept. 10 – Richard JulianRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sept. 11 – 9/11 Benefit Show (net profits go to 9/11 Health Now) – City Winery – All tickets $50
Suzzy & Maggie Roche, Richard Barone, James Maddock, Teddy Thompson, Julie Gold, Rich Pagano, Loudon Wainwright, Jesse Harris, Marshall Crenshaw, Cory Chisel,  Nicole Atkins, Rich Ferguson, Vernon Reid, Jesse Smith

Sept. 11 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Sept. 12 – Sasha Dobson –  Living Room – 8pm

Sept. 13 – On Your Radar hosted by WFUV’s John Platt with ilyAIMY, Mary Lee Kortes, PJ PacificoLiving Room – 7-9pm

Sept. 13 – The Wronglers featuring Jimmie Dale GilmoreSouthpaw – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sept. 15 – My Pet DragonRocks Off Concert Cruise aboard The Half Moon (23rd St & FDR Drive) – Boarding 7pm/ Departure 8pm / Return 11pm

Brooklyn Indie Music Fest

Sept. 16
Mother Feather, DXA, Lyle Divinsky, Bubble Geese, The Little Death, The Dirty Urchins, People’s Champs, Apollo Run, Taurus, Michaela Anne, Seth Adam, Todd Kramer, Mike Scala, Chris Q. Murphy, Aaron Comess, Aaron Lee Tasjan
Littlefield – doors 3pm / show starts at 3:15pm

Sept. 17
Open Till Midnight, Jonka, Julia Haltigan, Comandante Zero, Kendra Morris, Patchwerk, the Bloodsugars, Julian Velard, Kimberly Nichole, Melody Kills, Jeff Taylor, Jamie Bendell, Jon Sandler, Stately Ghosts, My Glorious Mess, Lola Johnson, The Woes, Craig Greenberg, The Ramblers, Sara Rayani, Cosmos Says Hello, Matt Sucich
Littlefield – doors 11:45am / show starts at Noon

Sept. 18
Le Mood, Kaiser Cartel, The Madison Square Gardeners, The Mast, Freddie Stevenson, Wyatt, James Maddock, Corn Mo, GoodBye Picasso, Joy Askew, Alfonso Velez, Annie Keating, Mr. Barrington, Adam Levy, Shenandoah and the Night, Kristin Errett, Pete Pidgeon, Milly Beau, Bianca Merkley, Alana Amram, Dare Dukes
Littlefield – doors 11:45am / show starts at Noon

Sept. 17 – Ursa Minor – House Concert at 805 E 21st Street, Brooklyn – 8pm

Sept. 17 – Linda Hill hosts the Hank Williams 88th Birthday Show  w/ Lindy Loo & the Lucky Fellers, Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Elena Skye of Demolition String Band, Paul Thornton, Karen Hudson, and Chicky Wicky – Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) – 9:30pm

Sept. 17 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Sept. 18 – Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30pm

Sept. 18 – Elena & Boo of The Demolition String Band – Treehouse at 2A – 9:30pm

Sept. 19 – The Basement BandSpike Hill – 10pm

Sept. 20 – Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve and Tim Heap – Local 269 – 7pm

Sept. 20 – Julia Haltigan11th St. Bar – 10pm

Sept. 21 – Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionUnion Hall – doors 8pm

Sept. 22 – Kim RicheyRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Sept. 22 – Harper BlynnLiving Room – 8pm

Sept. 22 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Sept. 22 – Sasha Dobson (Jazz set) – Barbes – 10pm

Sept. 22 – The RamblersLiving Room – 11pm

Sept. 23 – Roger Clyne & the PeacemakersHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 23 – Deni Bonet (CD Release Show) – Living Room – 9pm

Sept. 23 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Update: Sept. 23 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsSullivan Hall – 10pm

Update: Sept. 24 – Spanking CharleneConey Island Film Festival Party at The New York Aquarium – 8pm

Sept. 24 – Amy Correia – House Concert (contact for info and to RSVP) – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Sept. 24 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sept. 27 – Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve and Tim Heap – Local 269 – 7pm

Update: Sept. 28 – Shooter JenningsHill Country – 8:30pm

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Keren AnnCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Sept. 30 – Misty Boyce and Mother Feather (CD Release Show) – The Bowery Electric – doors 6:30

Sept. 30 – Josh Flagg & the ObligationsThe Rock Shop – doors 8pm /show 9pm

Hurricane Irene Closes Everything (With Appropriate Neil Young Video)

August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene, the ordered evacuation of  about 370,000 New Yorkers and the shutting down of New York City’s subways and buses starting at Noon on Saturday have all worked to convince everyone to shut down for the weekend.  Leave if you have to, but if you are stuck inside, here’s the obvious song from Neil Young: Like a Hurricane.

Tonight: James Maddock and Melody Kills at Public Assembly

August 26, 2011

James Maddock (left) and Drew Mortali

There’s a great two-fer at Public Assembly tonight.  Long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Melody Kills (Leslie Mendelson‘s current project) and James Maddock will play back to back sets starting at 9pm.

Up first will be Melody Kills.  Melody Kills is full of fun and energy and is just top notch musically whether the show is a band show or just Leslie and co-writer and guitarist Steve McEwan.  And you can listen to and even download two free tracks from Melody Kills.  Just click here to go to the Melody Kills music player and click download.

Then James Maddock and his band will take the stage.  James recently released an excellent new album, Wake Up and Dream,which I previously reviewed here.  Joining James will be his band, Oli Rockberger (piano), John Shannon (guitar), Drew Mortali (bass), Aaron Comess (drums) and Leslie Mendelson (vocals and tambourine).

Melody Kills and James Maddock, Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street, between Wythe and Kent Avenues, Williamsburg (L Train to Bedford Avenue), show 8pm (opening are Rebecca Hart and The New Students), $15

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