Music Video: Is This the Worst Song Ever Recorded by The Beatles?

September 30, 2015

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Mr. Moonlight has always been my least favorite Beatles song.  So when I heard new band Jellycake sing it a few nights ago, I told them that they were better than the Beatles.  But going back and listening to it, maybe it’s not so bad after all.  It does have a great vocal by John Lennon.  But that cheesy organ solo in the middle still gets in the way.

As for worst Beatles song, maybe and maybe not.  I don’t consider Revolution 9 to be a song; in my mind, it’s an aural collage or performance piece.  With that out of the way, maybe Wild Honey Pie beats this in the race to the bottom of the Beatles’ barrel.  What do you think?  Leave a comment.


Advance Planning: October 2015 Music Calendar Update (Added 9/29)

September 29, 2015

I posted the October calendar this morning, and now there are a bunch of updates.  Par for the course, it seems.

Oct. 1 – Julia Haltigan, Leslie MendelsonBar LunAtico – 8:30pm

Oct. 16 – Karla Rose and The ThornsRockwood Stage 2 – Noon (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – Julia Haltigan (solo) – 11th Street Bar – 9pm

Oct. 26 – Clara-NovaRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Oct. 26 – The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11pm


Advance Planning: October 2015 Music Calendar

September 29, 2015

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Both the calendar and the weather are poised to change over the next few days.  So here is the Now I’ve Heard Everything Music Calendar for October.  The new month will start out with everyone (or so it seems) playing on the first.  Two weeks later, we’ll have the 2015 edition of CMJ.  And I’ve already listed two New Year’s Eve shows, too.

Here are the usual ground rules: listings 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 always, this calendar will be updated from time to time during the coming month.

Latest Update: Oct. 23

Oct. 1 – Joe WhyteBowery Electric (Map Room) – 7:30pm

Oct. 1 – Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Hi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Oct. 1 – Julia Haltigan, Leslie MendelsonBar LunAtico – 8:30pm

Oct. 1 – Secret SomeonesRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Oct. 1 – Steve Wynn (duo with Jason Victor) – Bowery Electric – 9:30pm

Oct. 3 – Liz TormesPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Oct. 3 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 3 – Richard LloydThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 4 – The Radigan Roundup Birthday Edition with  Terry Radigan, Vicki Kristina Barcelona and others – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Oct. 4 – Dear GeorgianaLiving Room – 8pm

Oct. 4 – Michaela AnneLiving Room – 9pm

Oct. 5 – A Tribute to Paul and Linda McCartney’s RAM, with Lizzie Edwards, Charles Roth, Dave Foster, Tom Shad, Richard Feridun, Tommy DeVito, Mike Fornatale, Erica Smith, Mary Spencer Knapp, Rembert Block, Jeff Hudgins – Bowery Electric – 7pm

Oct. 9 – Bottle Rockets, Mark OlsonBowery Electric – show 7:30pm

Oct. 10 – Karlie Bruce and Chris ParelloPete’s Candy Store – 5pm

Oct. 10 – MiltonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Oct. 11 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Dina Regine, Heather Eatman and Amanda Homi12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Oct. 12 – Chuck Prophet, Robbie FulksCity Winery – doors 6pm/ show 8pm

Oct. 13 – WyattC’mon Everybody – 8:45pm (CMJ)

Oct. 14 – Lianne SmithBranded Saloon – show 7pm

Oct. 14 – Dan BernCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Oct. 14 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Oct. 15 – Jill AndrewsRockwood Stage 3 – 1pm (CMJ)

Oct. 15 – Frances ConeRockwood Stage 3 – 3pm (CMJ)

Oct. 15 – Maddy WyattC’mon Everybody – 7pm (CMJ)

Oct. 15 – Jon Dee GrahamHill Country NY – 11pm

Oct. 16 – Karla Rose and The ThornsRockwood Stage 2 – Noon (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – Secret SomeonesRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Oct. 16 – Sonya KitchellRockwood Stage 3 – 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – Dirty Water DogsBar Chord – 10pm

Oct. 16 – Jay StolarRockwood Stage 3 – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – Kevn KinneyHill Country NY – 11pm

Oct. 17 – Benjamin CartelUnion Hall – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 18 – Sasha Dobson Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Oct. 18 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan, Rony Corcos and others – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Oct. 19 – Cariad HarmonRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 19 – Dirty Water DogsEar Inn – Midnight – 3am

Oct. 20 – Bryan DunnPianos – 7pm

Oct. 20 – Julia Haltigan (solo) – 11th Street Bar – 9pm

Oct. 21 – Xavier CardricheRockwood Music Hall – 6pm

Oct. 21 – So Are We, Courtney Lee Adams Jr.Hi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Oct. 21 – Bucky HayesRockwood Stage 2 – 9:30pm

Oct. 22 – Israel NashMercury Lounge – 8pm

Oct. 23 – Dina Regina (full band show) – Sidewalk Cafe – 9pm

Oct. 23 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Oct. 24 – Aly TadrosRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Canceled! Oct. 24 – Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 3 – 11:30pm

Oct. 24 – John Doe and The SadiesHill Country NY – doors 9:30pm / show 10pm

Update: Oct. 25 – The Radigan Roundup with  Terry Radigan,  Andy Mac, Sweet Soubrette, Paul Tabachneck, John Manion, Paul Fairall – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Oct. 25 – PoundcakeCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Oct. 25 – Elena Sky, Boo Reiners, Monica “Li’l Mo” PassinTreehouse at 2A – 9pm

Oct. 26 – Karla Rose and The Thorns – Berlin (Basement of 2A) – 8pm

Oct. 26 – Clara-NovaRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Oct. 26 – Vicki Kristina BarcelonaRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 26 – The After Party, hosted by Akie Bermiss – Rockwood Stage 2 – 11pm

Oct. 28 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Update: Oct. 30 – Karlie Bruce and Chris ParilloThe Shed Space – show 7:30pm

Oct. 30 – Richard LloydBowery Electric – show 8pm

Oct. 30 – Drina Seay with Homeboy SteveSilvana – 8pm

Oct. 31 – Karla Rose and The ThornsWarsaw – show 7pm

Update: Oct. 31 – Elizabeth and The CatapultRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

November and Beyond

Nov. 2 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 2 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 3 – The Kennedys (CD Release Show)Bowery Electric – doors 6:30pm / show 7pm

Nov. 4 – North of AmarilloSkinny Dennis – 9pm

Nov. 4 – Peter CaseRockwood Stage 3 – 10:30pm

Nov. 7 – Spanking Charlene (Big Ass Birthday Bash) – Beast of Bourbon – 10pm

Nov. 9 – Mya ByrneRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 9 – Leslie MendelsonRockwood Stage 3 – 8:30pm

Nov. 9 – Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh DionRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 11 – Benjamin Cartel, Jessie KilgussHi-Fi Bar – 8pm

Nov. 13 – Mieka PauleyRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 14 – The Demolition String BandSkinny Dennis – 10pm

Nov. 15 – Alex Battles Freddy’s Bar – 4pm

Nov. 16 – Sonya KitchellRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 18 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 20 – Dawn LandesJoe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Nov. 21 – The Flamin’ GrooviesMonty Hall – show 9pm

Nov. 22 – The Flamin’ GrooviesBaby’s All Right – 8pm

Nov. 24 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Stage 3 – 9pm

Dec. 29 – Jesse MalinBowery Ballroom – show 9pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Dec. 31 – The DamnwellsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm


Tonight: Syd Straw at The Hi-Fi Bar, Mieka Pauley at The Living Room or David Luther at The Rockwood Music Hall

September 28, 2015

Choices Large

Tonight features three shows well worth your while.  However, it looks like you’ll have to pick just one of them.

First up at 8pm is Syd Straw at The Hi-Fi Bar.  Syd has an amazing voice, has sung back up with Pat Benatar, fronted The Golden Palominos and put out one of my all time favorite rock albums, War and Peace.  Syd now lives in a small town in Vermont and is in New York City only infrequently.  So take this opportunity to see a totally unique talent.

Over in Williamsburg, Mieka Pauley will play a set at the latest location of The Living Room at 9pm.  Mieka is an incisive writer, a powerful singer and a fine blues guitarist.  Whether she is singing her own songs or playing a few choice covers, you’ll find yourself moved by Mieka’s performance.

Back on the Lower East Side, David Luther will take the stage at The Rockwood Music Hall.  This is David’s last show in NYC for a bit, as he will be on the road backing up Meatloaf for a couple of months.  Tonight, David, with his sax in hand, and his band behind him, will dip into the instrumental pieces he’s been writing recently.  This music is influenced by jazz, old TV themes, spaghetti westerns and more.

Syd Straw, Hi-Fi Bar, 169 Avenue A between 10th and 11th Streets (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)

Mieka Pauley, The Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue (G to Metropolitan Avenue, L to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)

David Luther, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 10pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


Today: Willie Nile at The Hoboken Art and Music Festival

September 27, 2015

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Today is the Fall, 2015 edition of The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, that city’s twice yearly fair held on Washington Street.  What draws Now I’ve Heard Everything to Hoboken today is the music (although neither the arts or the food should be ignored).  On the main stage, on Washington Street between Newark Street and Observer Highway, will be New York City institution Willie Nile.  He rocks and has been doing so for a while now: his first record came out in 1980!  Willie will bring his band with him and raise the volume and energy in the mile-square city with their brand of straight ahead rock.

Willie Nile, The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street, Hoboken (Path Train to Hoboken), Fair opens at 11am, Music on the Main Stage starts at 12:45pm, Willie’s set at 4:30pm, Free

 


Music Video: Jeff Litman – Nothing (Live)

September 26, 2015

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Jeff Litman released his latest EP, Primetime last month and played a tremendously good CD release show at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 for it.  Here’s a video of a song from that show (and EP).  It’s called Nothing, but it is something.  Joining Jeff that night was Matt Basile on bass, John Kengla on guitar, Mason Ingram on drums and Andi Rae Healy on backing vocals.  Sam Teichman was there to record this so we can see it today.


Tonight: The Kennedys at Rockwood Stage 3 or Vicki Christina Barcelona at Bar LunAtico

September 25, 2015

Choices Large

The choice sign is up for tonight.  The two shows I’m recommending are in different parts of the city, but both are being held in small, intimate, sit down venues.

Over on the Lower East Side, in the subterranean Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, you find The Kennedys.  Pete and Maura Kennedy have been playing together since 1994. Usually, when they play live it’s just the two of them.  Even so, with their two guitars, they still get a rather full sound.   Having just passed their 20th anniversary as a band, Pete and Maura have not lifted their feet off the pedal.  Separately and together, Pete and Maura released three new records this year.  These include West, the latest Kennedys album, and Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D. Love, and Pete Kennedy’s Heart Of Gotham, a song cycle set in New York City.  Tonight’s show is an all request show, so get ready to ask for your favorite Kennedys songs to be played.

Vicki Kristina Barcelona  is a trio consisting of Joy Askew, Terry Radigan and Amanda Homi. When they first got together, the songs they were excited to sing as a band were those of Tom Waits.  And that’s what they are still doing.  You’ll find VKB over in Bed-Stuy.  They are playing Bar LunAtico, which is a cozy room which offers some imaginative small plates food wise and, of course, your favorite alcoholic beverages as well.  The music starts here at 8:30pm.

The KennedysRockwood Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7:30pm, $15, with a $10 drink minimum

Vicki Kristina Barcelona, Bar LunAtico, 486 Halsey Street between Lewis and Stuyvesant Avenues (B26 Bus to Lewis Avenue; by subway, A or C Trains to Utica Avenue and walk to Lewis Avenue and Halsey Street), 8:30pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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