Musician Closeup: Charlie Faye

January 31, 2012

“I always want it to be an adventure” Charlie Faye told me over coffee a few weeks ago.  And Charlie’s career in music has been that, starting when she picked up a a guitar during her senior year in college.

Charlie now has three CDs under her belt, the latest one being Travels with Charlie.  TWC was born out of Charlie’s 10 month trip in 2010, during which she stayed in each of 10 cities for a month, and while there, put a band together, played some shows and recorded a song.  As I mentioned when I picked TWC as one of the Best Records of 2011, the songs on this record are a diverse lot, ranging from Americana, Country, Alt Country and even a few 60s pop infused songs.

Although radio was originally slow to catch onto TWC, it has started moving up the Americana radio chart.  But at the time this post is being written, it is sitting up at number 14, right between Wilco and Tom Waits, not bad company at all.

Charlie has also been involved in the fight for affordable housing for the music community in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas.  Charlie’s community of small, affordable cottages on Wilson Street in South Austin, where she lived since moving from her native New York City in 2008, was torn down last month after a long battle to save them.  Now Charlie is working with others to create a Wilson Street like community in East Austin.  Charlie believes that East Austin is where future affordable housing will be found.

Recently Charlie co-wrote a song with Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites The Mastersons.  That song will soon be released as a single in Australia, which Charlie is looking to visit.  And beyond that, Charlie would like to do an international version of her US 10 city tour.  It seems certain that Charlie’s adventure will continue.

Update: Travels with Charlie made it to #12 for the week o f January 30.


Tonight Through Saturday: The Harper Blynn Residency at The Living Room

January 30, 2012

Clockwise from upper left: Pete Harper, Jason Blynn, Sarab Singh and Whynot Jansvelt

Harper Blynn is a four piece band featuring high energy pop rock, lots of  hooks and good harmonies. In 2010 they released a CD, Loneliest Generation, and a self titled EP.   The band has been recording their next album which will no doubt be issued in 2012.  I previously posted a few music videos from the band.  One was of  their song Sucker, which you can see by going here and another is their brilliant cover of Beyonce‘s Halo; just click here to see it.

Tonight Harper Blynn start their unique residency at The Living Room.  Instead of playing once a week, like most residencies, the band will be playing for an entire week.  You’ll be able to see Harper Blynn every night, from tonight though Saturday. In addition, every night except Thursday, there will be a different opener for Harper Blynn.  Those openers are: David Mead (Monday), Johanna and The Dusty Floor (Tuesday), Aaron Lee Tasjan (Wednesday), Blake Hazard of The Submarines (Friday) and Poundcake (Saturday).  Harper Blynn will start their part of the show at 8pm on Monday and at 7:45 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Thursday will be Harper Blynn without an opener starting at 9pm.

Harper Blynn, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7pm, Thursday 9pm, $5 (advance tickets are available here)


Tonight: Four Shows to Choose From Means This Is Not A Sleepy Sunday Night

January 29, 2012

There are lots of musical choices for you today and tonight.  Late this afternoon, there’s a benefit concert for Syrian relief which features Milton, Benjamin Cartel and others at The Living Room.  Then tonight, you can choose the rock of Hobson’s Choice, the adult pop of Melody Kills or the Country, Americana and whatever else at Li’l Mo’s Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve and Candy and Women.

Syrian Relief Concert (A concert to benefit the humanitarian crisis in Syria featuring Dylan Connor, Milton, Benjamin Cartel, Victoria Vox and more),  The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit but note that the downtown F is not stopping at this station today), 4:30-6:30pm, $20 contribution  requested

Hobson’s Choice, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street between Ludlow and Essex Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street but note that the downtown F is not stopping at these stations today, or J Train to Essex Street), $10

Li’l Mo’s Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve and Candy and Women, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A between Houston and 2nd Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit, F Train to Delancey Street but note that the downtown F is not stopping at these stations today, or J Train to Essex Street), 8:30-11:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Melody Kills, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit but note that the downtown F is not stopping at this station today), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


Advance Planning: February 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 1/28)

January 28, 2012

Some additions: we now know that the very special guest singing with  Sasha Dobson at The Love Hangover will be Teddy Thompson, and Emily Zuzik makes her only 2012 NYC appearance at The Rockwood Music Hall on the 24th.

Feb. 15 – The Love Hangover  with  Sasha Dobson & Teddy Thompson, Jolie Holland & Rick Moody, Jen Larson & Michael Daves, Greta Gertler & Richard Alwyn , Megan Riley & Chris Mills and Michael Arenella & Alan CaryThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 24 – Emily Zuzik Band – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm


Advance Planning: February 2012 Music Calendar

January 28, 2012

February is not only full of live shows, but it’s full of days with excellent but conflicting live shows.  There will be more to come too, as some venues have yet to post the schedule for the full month.  As always, I’ll post when there are new shows, and those shows will be added here as well.

Feb. 1 – Harper Blynn Residency, Aaron Lee Tasjan opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 1 – Bri Arden (Record Release Show) w/ Lizzy LoebRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Feb. 1 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 1 – James McCartneyRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Feb. 2 – KaiserCartel –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Feb. 2 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Feb. 2 – Pretty Pennies Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 2 – Jenny Owen Youngs, Misty BoyceMaxwell’s – 8pm

Feb. 2 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 2 – Harper Blynn Residency – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 2 – Ursa MinorThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 2 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 3 – Harper Blynn Residency, Blake Hazard (from The Submarines) opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 3 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Feb. 3 – Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers with special guest Catherine RussellThe Grand Prospect Hall (tickets here) – 7:30

Feb. 3 – Jim Boggia –  Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 3 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Feb. 4 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 6:30pm

Feb. 4 – Harper Blynn Residency, Poundcake opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 4 – Jenny Owen YoungsThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Feb. 4 – Michaela AnneBar 4 – 8pm

Feb. 4 – Marshall Crenshaw and Garland JeffreysMaxwell’s – 9pm

Feb. 4 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 9pm

Feb. 5 – Righteous DevilsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Feb. 5 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 6 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 9pm

Feb. 6 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 6 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 7 – Kevn Kinney with Anton Fier, Andy Hess and Tony ScherrThe Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 7 – Hannah Cohen –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Feb. 7 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 7 – Megan ReillyZebulon -Time TBD

Feb. 8 – Joy AskewRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Feb. 8 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 8 – Adam Levy (CD Release) with special guest The Mastersons – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Feb. 9 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 9 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Feb. 10 – Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris and Mother FeatherMercury Lounge – 10pm

Feb. 12 –  Michaela AnneRockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm

Feb. 12 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 13 – Charlene KayeRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Feb. 13 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 13 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 14 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 15 – The Love Hangover  with  Sasha Dobson & Teddy Thompson, Jolie Holland & Rick Moody, Jen Larson & Michael Daves, Greta Gertler & Richard Alwyn , Megan Riley & Chris Mills and Michael Arenella & Alan CaryThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 15 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 15 – Melody KillsLIC Bar – 9pm

Feb. 16 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 17 – Drina Seay and The Deep Blue SeaLakeside Lounge – 7pm

Feb. 17 – James Maddock –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Feb. 18 – WinterpillsThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 18 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Feb. 19 – Red MollyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 19 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 20 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 20 – High Space (Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill) – The Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 21 – Dion – Joe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Feb. 21 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 22 – Dayna KurtzThe Living Room – 7pm

Feb. 22 – Jill SobuleCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 22 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 22 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Feb. 23 – The Del FuegosBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 23 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 23 – Julia HaltiganJoe’s Pub – 9:30

Feb. 24 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 The Bowery Electric – doors 7:30pm

Feb. 24 – Emily Zuzik Band – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 24 –The Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Bash Starring Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 24 – Nick CaseyThe Living Room – 11pm

Feb. 25 – Tribute to Bob Dylan – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 25 –The Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Bash Starring Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionLittlefield – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 26 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 27 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 27 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 28 – Michaela AnneThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 28 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Update: Feb. 29 – The Watson Twins (opening for Jessie Baylin) – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 29 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Now on Advance Sale:

Mar. 1 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsBowery Ballroom – 8:30pm

Mar. 3 – Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Maxwell’s – 7pm

Mar. 3 – The Del Fuegos – The Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 5 – Shooter Jennings (Record Release Show) – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 6 – Charlene Kaye, Misty Boyce and Jay Stolar – S.O. B.s – doors 7pm / show 8pm

 

Mar. 8 – Eilen JewellThe Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Mar. 8 – Craig FinnMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8:30 / show 9:30

Mar. 9 – Garland JeffreysRubin Museum of Art – 7pm

Update: Mar. 9 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Rock and Roll Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Mar. 10 – They Might Be Giants, Johnathan CoultonTerminal 5 – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Mar. 12 – The Lemonheads performing It’s A Shame About Ray – Maxwell’s – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 14 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 15 – Joe Hurley & The GentsJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 16 – Sarah JaroszJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Mar. 17 – James MaddockRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Mar. 17 – Joseph ArthurCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Update: Mar. 22 – Chip Taylor (Record Release Show) – Hill Country – doors 9pm / show 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 23 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Lounge Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Mar. 29 – The PiercesBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Mar. 30 –Ian Hunter and Graham ParkerThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Apr. 7 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Gospel Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Apr. 20 – Graham Parker and The Figgs – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Update: Apr. 21 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Folk Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Apr. 27 – The FeeliesThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Apr. 28 – Kathleen EdwardsWebster Hall (Bowery Presents) – doors 7pm / show 8pm

May 17 – Justin Townes EarleWebster Hall (tickets here) – 7pm

June 9 – Kinky FriedmanHighline Ballroom – doors 5:30pm / show 6:30pm


Tonight: The Amygdaloids at The Bowery Electric

January 27, 2012

The Amygdaloids, Joseph LeDoux, Tyler Volk, Daniela Schiller and Amanda Thorp,  are four scientists who play rock and whose songs are based on the work they do at their day jobs.  Rosanne Cash appeared on their last album and they’ve played live with Lenny Kaye, Steve Wynn and The Kennedys.  Tonight’s show is the CD release show for their new EP, All in Our Minds.  No matter what their day job is, these guys really rock.

The AmygdaloidsThe 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), 7pm, $7


Advance Planning: January Music Calendar Update (Added 1/26)

January 26, 2012

Here are some more shows this weekend.  It’s going to be a busy Sunday.

Jan. 28 – The Ramblers – The Living Room – 10pm

Jan. 29 – Syrian Relief Concert – A concert to benefit the humanitarian crisis in Syria featuring Dylan Connor, Milton, Benjamin Cartel, Victoria Vox and more – The Living Room -4:30-6:30pm ($20 contribution  requested)

Jan. 29 – Li’l Mo’s Field of Stars with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve and Candy and Women – Treehouse at 2A – 8:30-11:30pm


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