Here’s a wonderful live version of Halloween, certainly an appropriate song for today, originally by The Dream Syndicate. This version is by Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 and comes from KDHX‘s Twangfest back in 2011. Play this song by clicking on the player below on the letters KDHX; turning it up would be a great idea.
If you don’t know Robbie Fulks you should. Call him country, alt country or whatever. He plays a mean guitar and writes funny, clever and yes, even poignant songs. If you read his blog, you’ll find that he’s probably one of the most literate musicians anywhere. Don’t just take my word for it. The New York Times noted:
But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else.
Robbie is based in Chicago and only gets to New York a couple of times a year, so take this opportunity to see him. This time around, Robbie is touring with a quartet. Opening the show tonight will be Alex Battles and The Whiskey Rebellion, a band that seems well-matched with Robbie.
Here’s a just released recording from long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Spanking Charlene. This is a live track, recorded, I am told, by South Jersey Taper. Many thanks to Spanking Charlene for permitting Now I’ve Heard Everything to stream this.
In this song, you’ll hear a number of call outs by lead singer Charlene McPherson to Roscoe. Those calls are, of course, invitations to Eric “Roscoe” Amble, who usually plays with Spanking Charlene, to take the lead. Eric is currently the lead guitarist in The Del-Lords. And if the lyrics of this song sound more spicy than sugary, they are totally in line with the band’s name. Just click on the player below to listen.
It’s time for the November Music Calendar. The usual ground rules apply: listings on the calendar are for venues in New York City and for bands that I can personally recommend or which I have reason to believe are worthwhile. All shows listed here are free or have tickets which cost $40 or less. I’ve tried to list the set time for each band. If all I have is a time when the show starts or when doors open, I’ll list that and so note it. As usual, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.
Latest Update: Nov. 26
Nov. 3 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Dan Rieser – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Nov. 14 – New Ponies – Living Room – 11pm
Nov. 15 – Will Kimbrough with special guest Bridgette DeMeyer – House Concert in NYC – doors 7pm / show 8pm – click here to email for information and reservations
Nov. 24 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion – Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm
Nov. 30 – New Ponies – Skinny Dennis – 9pm
December and Beyond
So this happened just this past Thursday. Rock photographer Bob Gruen had a birthday party at 2A, the space where Tom Clark‘s Treehouse at 2A happens every Sunday night. Jesse Malin and Billie Joe Armstrong put together a band to play a set of covers. The night stared with Alice Cooper fronting this live version of Eighteen. A tip of the hat goes to Ryan Crase, who was there to record this for posterity.
On the last Sunday of the month, Tom Clark, who runs The Treehouse at 2A, turns the programming over to Monica “Li’l Mo” Passin. The result is the series called the Field of Stars (originally held at the late and lamented Banjo Jim’s).
Tonight’s show is a doozy, with more than 35 musicians – solos, duos and combos – performing more than 35 Rolling Stones songs.
Joining Li’l Mo tonight will be Dina Regine, Nate Schweber, Sherryl Marshall, Jahn Xavier, Tom Clark, Charles Roth, Rembert Block, Susan D, Charlene McPherson, Gene Casey, Charlie Giordano, Emily Duff, Liane Smith, Angello Oliveri, Frank Migliorelli, Mo Goldner, Dave Donen, Mary Lee Kortes, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Eddie Kunze, Homeboy Steve, Lisa Lowell, Dave Foster, Fausto Bozza, Meredith Minogue, Scott, Aldrich, Dave Sonnenborn, Tim Heap, Michelle Casillas, Paul Pimser, Jim Barry, Shaky Dave, Leslie Wagner, and Deborah Berg
The fun gets going at 8:30pm, but it’s going to be crowded up at The Treehouse, so getting there early is highly recommended.
The Great Harmony Swap – The Rolling Stones, Treehouse at 2A, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Train to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J Train to Essex Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
First up, at The Rockwood Music Hall at 7pm, is Fife & Drom, a blues based band led by the husband and wife team of Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall. British new wave rockers Eddie and The Hot Rods will headline a four band bill at The Bowery Electric. The show starts at 7:30pm, which means that Eddie and The Hot Rods will hit the stage sometime after 10pm; check with the club for the exact time.
If you missed seeing pop rockers Mosco Rosco (formerly Harper Blynn) earlier this week, catch them now at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 at 11pm. Just a few blocks east, you’ll find the amazing Alana Amram and The Rough Gems at The Parkside Lounge at 11:30pm. Alana’s stock in trade are country inflected languid songs with a touch of psychedelia. Over in Williamsburg, you’ll find rockers Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club playing at the newly reopened Living Room, also at 11:30pm.
Fife & Drom, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)
Mosco Rosco, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 11pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 11:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for each of the bands is highly recommended)