News and Notes: Sandy Aftermath

October 31, 2012

The clean up of New York City after Sandy is going to be slow.  There is no subway service today.  Much of the system is underwater, particularly seven tunnels between Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Any resumption in service will likely be slow and occur on a patchwork basis.  Bus service is back, with delays and detours.  But it is free for today (Wednesday).  Most of Manhattan below 39th Street remains without power.

With that as the backdrop, here is a selective look at what’s happening today.  The Aimee Mann / Ted Leo shows originally scheduled for Monday at The Bowery Ballroom and Tuesday at The Music Hall of Williamsburg have been combined and will now be held tonight at The Music Hall of Williamsburg.  Tickets to either show will be honored tonight.  Aimee has also said that she is working on scheduling another date at The Bowery Ballroom for those who cannot make tonight’s show, but there is no official word from The Bowery folks about that.

Glasslands is also open and holding its Monster Mash 7 show tonight.  Various bands and musicians will be covering songs of  the Go Go’s, Fleetwod Mac, The Stooges, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and many others.  Doors are at 8pm and the live show starts around 8:45pm.  Tickets are only $5, and advance purchase is recommended.


Music Video: Bruce Springsteen – My City of Ruins

October 30, 2012

Manhattan flooded and powerless, subway tunnels flood and still there’s about six more hours of this storm to go.  My City of Ruins?  That’s sounds like the headline of the day.  Here’s Bruce and the E Street Band live from about six months ago.

Advance Planning: November 2012 Music Calendar

October 29, 2012

November is almost upon is and so here is Now I’ve Heard Everything’s music calendar for that month.   No show on the calendar costs more than $40 and most are either free or low cost.  As always, the calendar is a work in progress and as new shows are announced during the month, I’ll add them here.  If shows are canceled, I’ll note that too.

Nov. 3 – Deni BonetLiving Room – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Rich HinmanLiving Room – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Aaron Lee Tasjan Rockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

Nov. 6 – Benefit Show for The American Red Cross and Amnesty International with Steve Earle, James Maddock, Willie Nile, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Kevin Kinney, The Indecent, Kevin McWha Steele, Lenny Kaye (and possibly more), followed by a Bad Brains Tribute with guests Kyp Malone (TVOTR), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Jesse Leache (Kill Switch Engage), Jesse Malin (DGeneration), Vernon Reid (Living Color) and the Tribute Band with Mackie (Cro-Mags/ Bad Brains), Todd Youth (Danzig) and Melvin Gibbs (Black Rock Coalition / Rollins Band) – The Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Nov. 6 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 6 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 7 – MancieThe Rock Shop – show 8pm

Nov. 7 – Alana Amram, Kelli ScarrThe Way Station – 9pm

Nov. 7 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Nov. 8 – Fountains of WayneThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 8 – Megan ReillyRodeo Bar – 9:30pm

Nov. 9 – Elise Evans and Patrice PikeRockwood Music Hall – 6pm

Nov. 9 – Demolition String BandHill Country – 7:15pm

Nov. 9 – An Evening With Eli “Paperboy” Reed and Roscoe RobinsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 9 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesTribeca Performing Arts Center – 8pm

Nov. 11 – Tinderbox Music Festival with 30+ female lead bands – Webster Hall – 1pm

Nov. 12 – Jenny Owen YoungsKnitting Factory – show 8:30pm

Nov. 12 – Lianne SmithLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 12 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 9:15pm

Nov. 13 – Amy SpeaceLiving Room – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 13 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 14 – Adventures Of A Waterboy Mike Scott will read from his new book and play an acoustic set with Steve Wickham – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 14 – Rosie FloresMercury Lounge – show 7pm

Nov. 14 – Kelli ScarrThe Way Station – 9pm

Sold Out! Nov. 16 – John Wesley Harding‘s Cabinet of Wonders with Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 16 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 10:45pm

Nov. 17 – Richard JulianRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 17 – My Pet Dragon –  The Bowery Electric – 9pm

Nov. 18 – Sydney WayserHighline Ballroom – doors 7 pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – Adventures Of A Waterboy Mike Scott will read from his new book and play an acoustic set with Steve Wickham (limited seating available) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 19 – Benefit for Red Hook featuring wilderlands, Small Houses, Michaela Anne, Gregory Stovetop – Union Hall –  doors 7:30pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – Levon Helm Tribute / Benefit with Puss ‘n Boots, Suzanna Choffel and more – Hill Country – doors 8pm / show 8:30pm
Nov. 19 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Nov. 19 – Full Vinyl: Solo BeatlesRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Nov. 20 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9 pm

Nov. 20 – Sonya Kitchell  Rockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Nov. 20 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 21 – The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook starring Rosanne Cash plus Alex Battles and the Whisky Spitter Rebellion, Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and B61: A film by Michael Buscemi – The Bell House – 7pm

Nov. 21 – Sandy Relief Concert featuring Rachel Loshak, Sam Bisbee, Peter Salett, Michelle Casillas, Sasha Dobson, Greta Gertler, Tara Eberle-Drouin, Jen Chapin, & Chris Brown ($15 suggested minimum donation) – The Living Room – 8-11pm

Nov. 21 – Kelli ScarrThe Way Station – 9pm

Nov. 25 – Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Craig Chesler, Emily Duff and Dave Foster – Treehouse at 2A – 9pm

Nov. 26 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Nov. 26 – The Campilongo QuartetThe Living Room – 10pm

Nov. 26 – Jeremiah Birnbaum’s Righteous DevilsRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 27 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Update: Nov. 27 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Nov. 27 – Nick AfricanoRockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Update: Nov. 28 – Nate Schweber and Sad Bastard (Charlene and Mo from Spanking Charlene) – 11th Street Bar – 9pm

Update: Nov. 28 – Kelli Scarr (Patsy Cline tribute set) – The Way Station – 10pm

Nov. 29 – Lydia LovelessThe Studio at Webster Hall – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

Nov. 29 – George Usher and Lisa BurnsZirZamin – 8pm

Nov. 30 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 2 – 10:30pm

Update: Nov. 30 – The New Ponies (cover Bob Dylan) – The Living Room – 11pm

December and Beyond

Dec. 1 – Wreckless Eric and Amy RigbyMaxwell’s – 7pm

Dec. 4 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Dec. 6 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahBrooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Dec. 6 – Kelly JonesRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Dec. 7 – Elliott Murphy and The Normandy All-StarsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Dec. 8 – Benjamin CartelRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Dec. 8 – Charlene Kaye (supporting), Hank and Cupcakes – Mercury Lounge – 10:30pm

Dec. 9 – Adam Levy and Bill Sims Jr.Rockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Dec. 11 – Jeremiah Birnbaum (as part of John Platt’s On Your Radar) – Living Room – 7pm

Dec. 14 – Nada SurfBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 15 – Nada SurfBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 27 –Dar Williams (with The Nields opening) – The Bell House – doors 7:30 / show 8:30pm

Sold Out! Dec. 29 – They Might Be Giants – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 30 – They Might Be Giants – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 31 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Dec. 31 – Elizabeth and the Catapult w/ Georgiana StarlingtonRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Jan. 4 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm (on sale 11/19)

Jan. 18 – Garland JeffreysHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 18 – Alejandro EscovedoCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 19 – Alejandro EscovedoCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 30 – Kathleen Edwards (trio show) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Jan. 31 – Kathleen Edwards (trio show) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 6 – Carrie Rodriguez Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Feb. 17 – Red MollyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Music Video: Bruce Springsteen – Sandy

October 28, 2012

I’m writing this a little past 10am on Sunday morning.  The MTA has announced that it’s shutting down tonight at 7pm, so there’s no recommendation for tonight’s live music.  Instead, here’s the original studio version of Sandy from Bruce Springsteen, in honor of our similarly named approaching hurricane.  Stay safe everyone!


Tonight: Spanking Charlene at Ding Dong Lounge and (is) boy at Rockwood Stage 2

October 27, 2012

If things time out as I think they will, and the traffic gods are with us, you can see two top notch shows tonight with two excellent but very different bands tonight.  Go uptown to 105th Street and Columbus Avenue to The Ding Dong Lounge where Spanking Charlene will be playing their 6th Annual Big Ass Birthday Bash, which this year is also a Halloween costume party as well.  Rounding out the bill will be Los Dudes, who will open the show, as well as DJ La La Linda who will be spinning tunes into the wee hours.

If you’re new to Spanking Charlene, here’s all you need to know: they combine rock and punk in a way reminiscent of The Ramones. Their latest record, Where Are They Freaks, produced by Eric Ambel, with two tracks produced by Little Steven Van Zant, is reviewed here, and is one of the best records I’ve heard in 2012.  If you like rock, you’ll have a great time tonight.

But the night is not over when Spanking Charlene finishes.  Run out the door, grab a cab, and tell the driver to get you down to the corner of Houston and Allen Streets and make your way down the block to The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  At 12:30am, it will be time for (is) boy.  That’s the new name for the six piece band which has been around for nearly two years and which is led by Misty Boyce.   If you need a short description of (is) boy‘s music, call it keyboard based, synth flavored indie dance pop.  Tonight we are promised that the band will be premiering a band new song.

Spanking Charlene (10:45pm), Los Dudes open (9:30pm), Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets (B, C, or 1 Trains to 103rd Street), doors 9pm

(is) boyRockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 12:30am, No Cover (but a contribution for the bands is highly recommended)

News and Notes: Records in the Works

October 26, 2012

Milton has finished recording a new album.  No definite release date yet, but he is hopeful that he will get it out by March of next year.

Adam Levy is recording a new EP in LA.  Pete Harper,  J Blynn and Whynot Jansvelt of Harper Blynn and Mark Stepro of the Madison Square Gardeners played on it and Aaron Lee Tasjan (also of the MSGs and probably about 50 other bands) is producing.

Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth and the Catapult is recording a new record with Pete Lalish, Danny Molad and Paul Loren next month. It will be titled Like it Never Happened.  To finance the new record, Elizabeth has started a Pledge Music campaign here.

Tonight: Choose Something a Bit Less Loud

October 25, 2012

Tonight you have a choice.  Jeremiah Birnbaum is a mainstay of the local scene.  He plays in many bands, including the southern rock infused Ramblers.  After having gone through successful throat surgery earlier this year, Jeremiah is back and healthy.  Tonight ast 10pm he will lead an acoustic band into The Living Room to release his new solo album, Lucky.  Also on the bill are Jared Bartman and  Dastardly.

Meanwhile over in Brooklyn, Redhook in particular, Erez and The End will be playing at JalopyErez and The End are a fairly new rock band consisting of Erez Eisenman, Nic Travis, Chris Infusino and Bennett Miller (Bennett will be familiar to you if you follow Julia Haltigan or The Dirty Urchins, as he plays in both of those bands).  The band looks back to what used to be called mid tempo rock of the 70s in for its inspiration and will be particularly pleasing to fans of Dire Straits.  Erez and The End will be taking the stage at 10:30pm.

Jeremiah Birnbaum, The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the bands is highly recommended)

Erez and The End, Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street (F or G Train to Carroll Street or B 61 bus), 10:30pm, $5

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