Streaming: Ed Tang – Just Two Old Friends

April 30, 2013

Ed TangI had not heard of Ed Tang and his band The Chops until this past Saturday night when Vin Scelsa played this song on his show, Idiots Delight, on WFUV.  While the story in this song is personal, I am sure many of you out there have a story that runs along the same lines; I know I do.  And for those who recognize that story, this song will touch you.

Just Two Old Friends is taken from an album issued this year titled Goodbye Zen5 Sushi Dinner.  I’ll be listening to it shortly, once I get past this song which I have been playing constantly since late Saturday night.  Just click the player below to hear the song.  If you like it you can download it.  It’s a name your own price deal, and although that price can be nothing, a song this good is worth a bunch more than that.


Advance Planning: May 2013 Music Calendar

April 29, 2013

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Here’s the May 2013 Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar.  Most events on the calendar are free or low cost and no shows which have tickets which start at more than $40 are listed.  The calendar is always a work in progress and as additional shows are announced during the month they will be noted in a separate post and also added here.

Latest Update: May 28

May 1 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

May 1 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 2 – Bryan Dunn – Spike Hill – 9pm

May 2 – Jeremy MessersmithBowery Ballroom – 9pm

May 4 – SidecarSkinny Dennis – 4pm

May 5 – Bern and the Brights (Noon), Karyn Kühl (12:45pm), Swingadelic (1:45pm), John Eddie (3pm), Mike Doughty (4:30pm) – Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, Observer Highway Stage

May 5 – Forge the BellRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 5 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Treehouse at 2A – 10pm

May 6 – Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

May 6 – Peter CaseKnitting Factory – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

May 6 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

May 6 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrisey and Josh Dion – The Living Room – 10pm

May 7 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (Mia Dyson opens)- Rockwood Stage 2 – show 7pm

May 7 – Spin DoctorsJames Maddock – Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 7 – Arum RaeMaxwell’s – doors 7pm / show 8pm

May 7 – Bucky Hayes (9pm), The Humdrums (10pm)- The Way Station

May 7 – The Henry MillersRockwood Stage 2 – 10:45pm

May 8 – Marshall CrenshawCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 8 – Old Soul Revival – English Folk Revival with Edward Rogers, James Mastro, Don Piper, Gary Thomas, Tom Clark, Joe McGinty, Peg Simone, Mike Fornatale, Paul Megna, The Kennedys, David Foster, Jeff Slate, Joanna Choy, David Roland, Leah Taylor, Dan Mills and more – The Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

May 8 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 8 – Elizabeth and the Catapult Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

May 9 – Julia HaltiganJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Sold Out! May 10 – Hayes Carll – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 10 – New PoniesThe Living Room – 11pm

May 11 – His Purple Majesty’s Request – A tribute to Prince, featuring performances by Jessi Robertson, Ivan Sandomire, Steve Waitt, Alex Lowry, Kevin Johnston and possibly some extra special guests as well. Hosted by Bryan Dunn & the Mild Political Unrest (Andy Mac & Seth Ondracek) – Teddy’s – 9pm

May 12 – Benjamin CartelThe Living Room – 8pm

May 12 – Arum RaeGlasslands – show 8:30pm

May 13 – Matt KeatingZirZamin – 9pm

May 13 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

May 13 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrisey and Josh Dion – The Living Room – 10pm

May 14 – Jim KellerRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

May 14 – Julia Haltigan 11th Street Bar – 10pm

May 14 – So BrownLiving Room – 10pm

May 15 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 15 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrisey and Josh Dion – Union Pool – 10pm

May 15 – Leslie Mendelson (solo) – The Cutting Room – 10pm

May 15 – Julia Haltigan Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

May 16 – Demolition String BandRodeo Bar – 9:30pm

May 16 – Kevin GordonHill Country – 10:30pm

May 17 – Michaela AnneAmerican Folk Art Museum – 6pm

May 17 –  Ramones Unplugged – Elena and Boo (Demolition String Band), James Mastro, Keith Hartel, Tom Costagliola, Charlene and Mo (Spanking Charlene), Karyn Kuhl, Nate Schweber, Dave Stengel, Dave Lambert, Catherine Popper and more – Guitar Bar Jr. (Hoboken) – 7:30pm

May 17 – The Pretty Babies – Brooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

May 17 – Ola PodridaThe Rock Shop – show 8pm

May 17 – Aly Tadros92Y Tribeca – 9pm

May 17 – Michaela AnneBar 4 – 10pm

May 18 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsAn Beal Bocht Cafe – 9pm

May 18 – The FeeliesThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

May 19 – Ursa MinorRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

May 20 – Elizabeth & The CatapultRockwood Stage 2 – 8:15pm (new time)

May 20 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

May 21 – Shooter JenningsBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9m

May 21 – Bucky Hayes  – The Way Station – 10pm

May 22 – Chip TaylorThe Living Room – 7-9pm

May 22 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Sold Out! May 22 – Stones Fest NYC with Norah Jones, Patrick Carney, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker, Delta Spirit, Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae, Johnny T, Adam Green, Jesse Malin, Ruby Amanfu, Petter of Alberta Cross, Nicole Atkins, Justin Long, Jack Dishel, Seth Herzog, Sammy James Jr., Danny Clinch and The Tangiers Blues Band, Steve Schiltz, Har Mar Superstar, Josh Lattanzi, The Candles, The Uptown Horns, Jamie Burke and Mikki James, and more –  Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Sold Out! May 23 – Stones Fest NYC with Norah Jones, Patrick Carney, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker, Delta Spirit, Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae, Johnny T, Adam Green, Jesse Malin, Ruby Amanfu, Petter of Alberta Cross, Nicole Atkins, Justin Long, Jack Dishel, Seth Herzog, Sammy James Jr., Danny Clinch and The Tangiers Blues Band, Steve Schiltz, Har Mar Superstar, Josh Lattanzi, The Candles, The Uptown Horns, Jamie Burke and Mikki James, and more –  Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

May 23 – MancieArlene’s Grocery – 9pm

May 23 – Demolition String Band hosts NYC’s Tribute to George Jones with Teddy Thompson, Laura Cantrell, Charlene McPherson, Michael Daves, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Gene Casey, Alana Amram, Danny Weiss and Mary Olive Smith, Jon Graboff , Tony Leone, Liz Tormes and Fiona McBain, Jack Grace and Daria Grace, Fran Leadon, Queen Esther, Monica Passin, Drina Seay, Homeboy Steve, Steve Strunsky, Sheriff Uncle Bob, Sean Kershaw, Mick Hargreaves, Diego Britt and more – Rodeo Bar – 9:30pm

May 23 – My Pet DragonThe Bowery Electric – 11:30pm

May 24 – Misty BoyceRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

May 24 – Jess KleinHill Country – 10:30pm

May 25 – James MaddockRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

May 27 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

May 27 – Tony Scherr w/ Anton Fier and Rob Jost – The Living Room – 9pm

May 27 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrisey and Josh Dion – The Living Room – 10pm

May 28 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

May 28 – Sonya KitchellLittlefield – 8:30pm

May 28 – Bryan DunnThe Way Station – 9pm

May 28 – Bucky HayesThe Way Station – 10pm

May 29 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

May 29 – Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s ChoiceSkinny Dennis – 9pm

May 29 – Kelli ScarrThe Way Station – 10pm

May 29 – Rich HinmanRockwood Music Hall – 11pm

May 30 –Downtown comes Uptown Featuring: Rachael Yamagata, Lake Street Dive, Matt Sucich, Akie Bermiss and Lynette Williams, Hosted by Rita Houston from WFUVDavid Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage – 7:30pm

May 30 – Bryan DunnSidewalk Cafe – 10pm

May 30 – Chris Cubeta and The Liars ClubThe Living Room – 10pm

Update: May 31 – Jay StolarRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 12:30am

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Tonight: It’s a Busy Sunday Night

April 28, 2013

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Although Sunday is usually a quiet night, there are more shows than usual to consider tonight.  Freddie Stevenson, who played Sunday nights for many years at The Rockwood Music Hall, returns to The Rockwood tonight, albeit at a much earlier time (9pm) than his previous midnight slot.

Australian Karlie Bruce along with her musical partner Chris Parrello finish their month-long Sunday night residency at Pete’s Candy Store tonight.  I saw them last week and their full band show was a laid back affair with many new songs making their appearance.

Over at The Treehouse at 2A, the monthly Field of Stars makes its appearance tonight featuring Christine Santelli and Gene Casey along with Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin.  Expect country, Americana, blues and the unexpected at this singer-songwriter in the round show.

Finally singer-songwriter Aly Tadros will play a midnight show at The Rockwood Music Hall.  Tonight Aly will be backed by violin, cello, bass and drums.

Freddie Stevenson (9pm), Aly Tadros (Midnight), Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit but note that the downtown F will not stop at 2nd Avenue tonight), No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)

Karlie Bruce/Chris Parrello, Pete’s Candy Store,  709 Lorimer St Williamsburg (L Train to Lorimer Street or G Train to Metropolitan Avenue), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Christine Santelli, Gene Casey and Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit but note that the downtown F will not stop at these stations tonight), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)


News and Notes

April 27, 2013

NIHE N Logo 2012There will be a viewing of Richie Havens‘ ashes at City Winery this Monday, April 29.  Here are the details from the venue:

Richie was cremated on Tuesday and his ashes were placed in a beautiful stone pyramid urn. Later in the summer they will be scattered across the field where the Woodstock festival took place ~Max Yasgur‘s farm, now Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center.

Knowing Richie wanted a party rather than a somber memorial, we have decided to schedule a few public events because, as you all know, Richie considered the world his family, and each and everyone of you his friends. We think he’d be just fine with one last tour.

This coming Monday, April 29th, there will be a viewing of his ashes in New York City at City Winery, located at 155 Varick Street (212.608.0555). This is an informal and unticketed gathering of friends, food, wine, and music. A full dinner and drinks menu will be available, and Richie’s timeless music will be played for all to enjoy and reflect on.

We ask that you rsvp through City Winery at reservations@citywinery.com if you plan to attend. Any and all are welcome to come say goodbye to Richie. Doors will open at 7:45pm.

NIHE N Logo 2012Wreckless Eric was in the studio recently with Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon recording a remake of Eric’s 1970s classic Whole Wide World.

NIHE N Logo 2012The latest musician to announce a move out of the area is Aaron Lee Tasjan.  Aaron will be relocating to Nashville in a few weeks.  His last show as a New York City resident will be on May 7 at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2Tickets for that show are currently on sale here.

NIHE N Logo 2012Why June 27th?  There is an especially large concentration of good shows on that date, including James Maddock, Keren Ann, The Old 97s, Sasha Dobson with Puss N Boots opening and The Del-Lords with Spanking Charlene opening.  Except for James’ open air afternoon show, all these performances are opposite each other.


Gone Fishing, Back Tomorrow

April 26, 2013

Now I’ve Heard Everything is taking the day off today but will be back tomorrow at the usual time.


Tonight: Alana Amram and The Rough Gems at The Rock Shop

April 25, 2013

Alana Amram and Rough GemsWhen I first met her a few years back, Alana Amram was playing Union Hall and Union Pool and she joked that she would only play clubs with Union in their name.  That was then.  These days Alana Amram and The Rough Gems play all over, and Union does not have to figure into the name of the place.

Tonight, Alana and the band will play a set at The Rock Shop that combines alt country, Americana and rock.  Alana is a powerfully voiced singer who started out with country music but who has veered into music that combines elements of country with elements from other genres into a sound that is both wonderful and beyond just a simple description.

Alana Amram and The Rough GemsThe Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue (Brooklyn) between Carroll and President Streets (R Train to Union Street), 7:30pm, $8


Tonight: Lelia Broussard, Bess Rogers and Hannah Winkler at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

April 24, 2013

Bess Rogers Hanna Winkler Lelia BroussardLelia Broussard, Bess Rogers and Hannah Winkler are three Rockwood Music Hall regulars who are currently on tour together.  Tonight’s stop on the tour is, understandingly, The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, where they will perform an “in the round” type show.  Expect great songwriting, great vocals and harmonies, a few laughs and the unexpected.  The show starts at the unusual time (for The Rockwood) at 9:15pm.

Lelia Broussard, Bess Rogers and Hannah Winkler, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9:15pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each band is highly recommended)


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