Last Minute Planning: New Years Eve Music

December 31, 2013

2014If you put off buying tickets to New Years Eve shows when they went on sale (some as early as September) and never got around to making plans, there are still some music options for tonight, New Years Eve, open to you.

The Rockwood Music Hall has several shows both early and late.  On the early side, James Maddock will be playing with his band at Rockwood Stage 2. The show starts at 7pm.  There were still $25 tickets (bar stools an standing) available (as of 8pm on 12/30).  Downstairs at the cozy, seated Rockwood Stage 3, Elizabeth and The Catapult will play beginning at 8pm.  Tickets to this show are $15 and were still available when last checked (also 12/30 at 8pm).

If you want to want to see live music when the year changes, The Rockwood Music Hall will have Johnnie Lee Jordan and Rockwood Stage 2 will host Animal Years.  I am not familiar with either band, but a track from the latter band sounded pretty good to me.  Both shows start at 11pm and are no cover shows.

There are a couple of parties with recorded music and DJs that are worth checking out.  Over in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, The Way Station will be hosting its New Wave Eve Party from 8pm.  Go there, marvel at the TARDIS bathroom and party like it’s 1979.  And in the upper part of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, make your way to Get Wrecked at the Village Voice’s Best Dive Bar in NYC, The Ding Dong Lounge, where DJ La La Linda and VJ Linear Regression will be doing their thing at the Ding.  That gets going at 10pm.

Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit)

The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue (2 or 3 Train to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum or C Train to Clinton – Washington)

Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue between 105th and 106th Streets (C or 1 Trains to 103rd Street)

Wherever you go and whatever you do have a safe New Years Eve and Now I’ve Heard Everything will see you again in 2014.


Freebies: We Have a Winner in the Now I’ve Heard Everything 4th Anniversay Giveaway

December 30, 2013

Sorting Hat NY Mets

That’s the official Now I’ve Heard Everything 4th Anniversary Giveaway sorting hat (my New York Mets Alternative cap).  A number corresponding to each valid entry was placed on a post-it note, which was sealed and then folded.  The notes were mixed well and one was then chosen at random.  And now we have the giveaway winner.  Congratulations, Gordon Nash!  You’ve won  a copy of Yes, You, by  Jahn Xavier and The Bowerytones, one of Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Albums of 2013.  Now I’ve Heard Everything will be in touch with you.


Tonight: It’s A Busy Sunday

December 29, 2013

Choices Large

Although Sunday is usually a quiet night, there are more shows than usual to consider tonight. Bucky Hayes and friends play the Rockwood Music Hall starting at 8pm.  It’s been a while since Bucky has brought his mixture of rock, folk and blues to Allen Street, so it will be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve for us.

Then everyone else plays at 9pm.  Still on the Lower East Side, Li’l Mo and The Monicats will play what is billed as a semi-acoustic show.  This show is at the Treehouse at 2A, where the music on Sundays runs from 9pm to midnight.  Also on this bill is a set from one of the Monicats, Eugene Chrysler, who will play with his own combo.

Over in Williamsburg, Sasha Dobson will take over the music room (which is actually a converted trolly car) at Pete’s Candy Store.  Sasha has been working on some new material lately, so I think you can expect some of that to show up in her set tonight.  Update: This show is canceled, but Sasha will be playing The Bowery Electric on Jan. 13th.

Finally, over at Skinny Dennis, that bar devoted to all things Texan, Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s Choice will play a set.  TBE usually hauls out some covers at his SD gigs, and maybe there will be some of his fine originals as well.

Bucky Hayes, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Li’l Mo and The Monicats (with the Eugene Chrysler Combo), 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 or J Train to Essex Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Canceled: Sasha Dobson, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg (G Train to Metropolitan Avenue or L Train to Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Thomas Bryan Eaton and Hobson’s Choice, Skinny Dennis, 152 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Music Video: Willie Nile – Sweet Jane

December 28, 2013

Willie Nile Sweet Jane

Here’s a video from a few days ago, captured by UnsteadyFreddie. This video was recorded at The Highline Ballroom on December 26, 2013.  Here, Willie Nile and the band (Alex Alexander on drums,  Matt Hogan on guitar and vocals, Johnny Pisano on bass and vocals, joined on this song by Bret Alexander of The Badlees) cover Lou Reed‘s Sweet Jane.


Tonight: An Evening with Dan Bern and Anthony DaCosta at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

December 27, 2013

Dan Bern

Dan Bern (pictured above) writes songs a frequently as other people breathe.  He’s frequently funny and occasionally profound.  In those songs, Dan plays guitar with Keith Richards, eats olives and even talks to God, finding out that there were only supposed to be eight commandments and that Moses left out the one about the moose.  Stylistically, Dan has been compared to Bob Dylan, who Dan considers to be the Dan Bern of the 60s.

Anthony DaCosta was writing songs with Amy Speace when he was still in high school.  He’s well known in folk music circles but also is not afraid to rock out with a band.  Tonight Anthony will play his last show in NYC for a while.

Dan and Anthony will play solo sets as well as playing songs with each other.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen either of these gents, and it should be very interesting to see what they have been up to musically lately.

Dan Bern and Anthony DaCosta, Rockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, $10 with a $10 drink minimum


The Now I’ve Heard Everything 4th Anniversary Giveaway

December 26, 2013

Jahn Xavier and Bowerytones Yes You cover

Now I’ve Heard Everything turned four years old last week, and I thought that we could celebrate by having another giveaway.  This time the prize is one of NIHE’s Best Albums of 2013: Yes, You by Jahn Xavier and The Bowerytones.  I want you to hear this great album, which also contains one of NIHE’s Best Songs of 2013, I Still Yearn.  Jahn has graciously provided Now I’ve Heard Everything with  a CD copy of Yes, You for me to give away to a lucky winner.

All you need to do enter this giveaway is to leave a comment to this post.  Since this is a holiday week, I’ll wait until Monday, December 30th, to pick  a winner at random.  The winner will be announced that morning.

Read the complete rules and enter the giveaway after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »


Music Video: Dawes – Christmas Time Is Here

December 25, 2013

Dawes Christmas Time Is Here

Here’s Dawes covering Vince Guaraldi‘s Christmas Time Is Here.  As you probably know, the song is from A Charlie Brown Christmas.


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