Tonight: Misty Boyce at The Bowery Electric

September 30, 2011

Misty Boyce is playing with her band at The Bowery Electric tonight.  She’s currently recording her second album, a follow up to her impressive self titled album from 2010. So you’ll hear some new material with her older well crafted songs.  Misty plays pop rock and ballads, her shows are excellent because she pours so much of herself into her performance, and the crowds always respond.  I am sure tonight will be no exception.

Misty is the opener for a bill that concludes with the Mother Feather CD Release show at 10pm.  You might want to stick around for that.

Misty Boyce, The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleeker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), doors 7:30pm / show 8pm


Music Video: Aaron Lee Tasjan and Weird Ohio

September 29, 2011

Stepping away from The Madison Square Gardeners for a little bit, Aaron Lee Tasjan has been cutting a solo album.  He played a set of anthemic rock at The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest earlier this month.  This video was taken at that show. Joining Aaron in the band Weird Ohio that night were John Kengla, Rich Hinman and Anton Fier.  Nope, I don’t know the name of this song, but it rocks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW6-RV5var8


Advance Planning: October Music Calendar

September 28, 2011

October is a busy month from what schedules have already been posted.  CMJ comes around in the later part of the month and many, but not all CMJ shows have been trickling out in the past few days.  There’s going to be some more to come, so check back here to see what’s going to be happening.

CMJ Update: There are frequently different times listed between the websites of CMJ, the club and the performer.  I’ve gone with the CMJ times whenever possible as they seem to be the earliest.  Most CMJ sets are short, in some cases, as short as 20 minutes.  When in doubt, check with the club before you leave.

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

Oct. 2 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 2 – The SilosLiving Room – 8pm

Oct. 2 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (pastoral set) – Living Room  – 9pm

Oct. 2 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Oct. 3 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Oct. 4 – Dennis Elsas Talks Rock & Roll History – 92Y Tribeca – 7pm

Oct. 4 – Puss N BootsPete’s Candy Store – 8pm

Oct. 5 – Petty Fest 2011 – Celebrate The Songs Of Tom Petty – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm /show 9pm

Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Miller (Guster), Will Forte, Jody Porter (Fountains Of Wayne), Jessie Baylin, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), Cory Chisel, The Sheepdogs, Ben Trokan (Robbers On High Street), Antony Ellis (5 O’Clock Heros), Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Josh Lattanzi (The Lemonheads, The Candles), Jack Dishel (Only Son), Justin Long, Alia Shawkat, Jonny Corndawg plus surprise guests

Oct. 5 – Seth AdamRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Oct. 5 – Joy Askew (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 6 – Bess Rogers (Record Release Show) – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Oct. 7 – Drina Seay (full band show) – Lakeside Lounge – 7pm

Oct. 7 – The MekonsThe Bell House – 8pm

Oct. 8 – The MekonsCity Winery – doors 9:30pm / show 10pm

Oct. 9 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 9 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (rock ‘n’ roll set) – Living Room  – 9pm

Oct. 9 – The SilosLiving Room – 10pm

Oct. 9 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Oct. 10 – Willy MasonRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Oct. 11 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Oct. 12 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Oct. 13 – Losers Lounge – Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Sold Out! Oct. 13 – Spin Doctors performing “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite” opening, James MaddockBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm /show 9pm

Oct. 13 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Oct. 14 – Losers Lounge – Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Oct. 14 – Lelia BroussardRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Oct. 14 – Garland JeffreysHighline Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 14 – Losers Lounge – Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Oct. 15 – Losers Lounge – Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel – Joe’s Pub – 6:30pm

 Oct. 15 – Food Will Win the WarThe Bowery Electric – show 8pm

Oct. 15 – Losers Lounge – Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel – Joe’s Pub – 9pm

Oct. 15 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Oct. 16 – Jay Farrar, Laura CantrellCity Winery – doors 5pm / show 8pm

Oct. 16 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 16 – Megan ReillyZebulon – Time TBD

Oct. 16 – The SilosLiving Room – 8pm

Oct. 16 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (with Kenny White and Amy Correia) – Living Room – 9pm

Oct. 16 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Oct.  17 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 18 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Oct. 18 – Carolyn WonderlandJoe’s Pub – 10pm

Oct. 18 – KaiserCartelLiving Room– 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahAce Hotel (KEXP) 20 W. 29th St. – 4:30pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – The PostellesWebster Hall – 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Aaron Lee Tasjan and Weird OhioThe Rock Shop – 9pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – KaiserCartelThe Rock Shop – 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Sydney WayserLiving Room – 10:20pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Ursa MinorLiving Room– 11:40pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Aaron Lee Tasjan and Weird OhioThe Bowery Electric – 1am (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – “The Elvis Club”Lakeside Lounge – 7pm

Oct. 20 – Misty BoyceThe Delancey (Main Floor) – 9pm (CMJ)

Canceled: Oct. 21 – WinterpillsLiving Room – 2:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 21 – KaiserCartelLiving Room– 3pm (CMJ)

Oct.21 – Cosmos Says HelloWicked Willy’s 149 Bleecker St. – 7pm (CMJ)

Canceled: Oct. 21 – Willie NileLiving Room – 7:45pm

Oct. 21 – Jonathan RichmanThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 21 – Aaron Lee Tasjan and Weird OhioRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 21 – The Grip WeedsLocal 269 – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 21 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubThe Living Room -12:15am (CMJ)

Oct. 22 – Sydney WayserArlene’s Grocery – 3:45pm (CMJ)

Cancelled: Oct. 22 – Scott KempnerLiving Room – 7pm (CMJ)

Oct. 22 – Drina Seay (full band show) – Otto’s Shrunken Head – 7:30pm

Oct. 22 – Jonathan RichmanThe Bell House – doors 9pm / show 10pm

Oct. 22 – My Pet DragonMercury Lounge – 8pm

Oct. 22 – Misty BoyceThe Rock Shop – 9pm (CMJ)

Oct. 22 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubThe Rock Shop – 9:40pm (CMJ)

Oct. 23 – Spin Doctors performing “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite”Brooklyn Bowl – doors 7pm / show 9pm

Oct. 23 – Adam LevyRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 23 – The SilosLiving Room – 8pm

Oct. 23 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Jazz set) – Living Room  – 9pm

Oct. 23 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Oct.24 – Dan BernJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Oct. 25 – Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange with Megan Palmer, Jason Crosby and Leslie MendelsonSpike Hill – 7-9pm

Oct.25 – Dan BernJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Oct. 25 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Sold Out! Oct. 26 – DawesWebster Hall – doors 7pm /show 8pm

Oct. 26 – Peter WolfBowery Ballroom – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 27 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Update: Oct. 27 – The Ramblers – The Living Room – 11pm

Sold Out! Oct. 28 – Peter WolfThe Bell House – doors 7pm / show 8pm (seated show)

Update: Oct. 28 – Sasha DobsonBAMcafe Live – 9pm

Oct. 28 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 28 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Oct. 29 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Sold Out! Oct. 30 – The Little WilliesThe Bell House – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 30 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Halloween set) – Living Room  – 9pm

Oct. 30 – Jim Keller BandRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Sold Out! Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 – Matthew Sweet (Girlfriend Anniversary shows) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm (Late Nov. 2 show still available)

Oct. 31 – Bess Rogers and The Flux CapacitorsRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm





Musician Closeup: Joy Askew (Part 2)

September 27, 2011

This is part 2 of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Musician Closeup of Joy Askew; for Part 1 click here.

As I previously mentioned, Drunk on You is a gorgeous sounding record.  That is in part due to the stellar cast of musicians who worked with Joy in the making of this record.  They include Rob Jost, Steve Elliot, Robbert DiPietro, Tony Mason, Ricky Fataar, Garrin Bennfield, Ana Milosavljevic, James Maddock, Amanda Homi, Steve Elson, Clark Gayton, Josh Schneider and The Hungry March Band.

Much of Drunk on You was recorded with the musicians playing together live in the studio.  Joy was able to find a studio where complete separation of the instruments was possible, even though doing so is difficult when a piano is one of the instruments.

But Drunk on You sounds the way it does because Joy produced it trying to get a sound that is distinctive to the record.  She’s been influenced by English bands, particularly Radiohead and Coldplay.  Joy noted that The Police influenced this record, even if you can’t hear that influence.

Once the recording was done, Brian McTear came in to do the mixing.  Both he and Joy agreed that they would not get caught up in the “loudness wars.”  Drunk on You was mixed without the dynamic compression that makes so much of today’s recorded music difficult to listen to for long periods.

Since I was puzzled about the meaning of the title of the album’s second song, Aoao, Joy was kind enough to explain it to me.  Aoao is a phrase that sounds like an English grumble of dissatisfied resignation that she made up.  While we were parsing songs, Joy went on to explain that the song, I Broke the Law, deals with following your heart and doing something you know is completely right, even though it may be against the law.

You can hear Joy play live with a full band at The Rockwood Music Hall on October 5th at 8pm.  It’s the record release show for Drunk on You and I’m sure that copies of that CD will be available then.


Musician Closeup: Joy Askew (Part 1)

September 26, 2011

Joy Askew (photo: Liz Tormes Photography)

Joy Askew has a brand new album out titled Drunk on You.  The record sounds absolutely gorgeous and last week it refused to let me play anything else.  DOY is keyboard based, atmospheric, rhythmically driven rock with some catchy choruses.  Whatever you call it, it already is on my best of 2011 shortlist.  So when the opportunity to sit down and chat with Joy came up, I grabbed it.

A longtime New York City resident now living in Brooklyn, Joy’s path from her native England to New York City took seven years.  Joy is originally from Newcastle.  The scene there in the 1970s was exciting, but for music in the UK, London was the place to be.  So Joy made the move to London.

Once in London, Joy decided that the US was the place to be.  And to her, the US meant New York City.  Eventually, Joy got asked to be in the band Eye to Eye, a project of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz.  That got her to New York City with a long term work visa. But six weeks later, Warner Brothers dropped the band.

Finding herself without work, Joy had one thing set in her mind: “I’m not going home.”  Soon she joined the Joe Jackson Night and Day tour.  One of the gigs on that tour was Saturday Night Live.  You can see a video of that appearance by clicking here.

Not living in the US, Joy had not heard of the show and did not know of its popularity.  As Joy found out, among the millions of people who watched SNL were musicians.  And after that broadcast of SNL, she got calls offering her work.

A while back, Joy was working in Nashville.  It was suggested to her that she move down there.  But she never saw a reason to do so.  According to Joy, New York City is much more comfortable if you are English.

Tomorrow: More on Drunk on You


Music Video: Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 – Amphetamine

September 25, 2011

Here’s a professionally shot and edited video of Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 playing Amphetamine at SXSW 2011 at a bicycle shop.  I’m not sure if Amphetamine is the song with the longest intro, but it is certainly in the running for it.


Tonight: Melody Kills at The Rockwood Music Hall

September 24, 2011

Leslie Mendelson of Melody Kills

Melody Kills is keyboard whiz Leslie Mendelson and guitarist Steve McEwan, sometimes alone and sometimes with a band.  Tonight it’s just Leslie and Steve, but you’ll find them and their songs full of fun and energy and just top notch musically.  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.

Melody Kills, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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