The End of the Line

June 20, 2016

Traveling Wilburys End of the Line

You are reading the last post on Now I’ve Heard Everything.  It’s not that I’ve actually heard everything – that will never happen – but a number of factors have combined and convinced me that now is the time to shut down this blog.

First and foremost, I’m no longer approaching writing Now I’ve Heard Everything with the vim and energy that was there until recently.  I tend to run in seven year job cycles.  Now I’ve Heard Everything is six and a half years old and I wrote music columns in other blogs for nine months before I started NIHE.  Whether I’m just short of or just past the seven year mark, my internal clock is telling me that I need to move on.

To the extent that Now I’ve Heard Everything covered a particular portion of the New York music scene, that scene has changed.  Sure, any music scene is not static.  But there have been musicians moving elsewhere, venues closing and venues scaling back the amount of music they schedule.  As they say, things ain’t what they used to be.

Frustratingly, Now I’ve Heard Everything has been viewed less over the past year or so.  There were always dips in readership in the past whenever Google changed its algorithms.  But those dips never lasted all that long or amounted to all that much.  That’s not the case this time around.  I don’t know whether it’s Google or Facebook which has changed algorithms (probably both), or the changes result from the move from desktops to tablets and phones.  But I do know that some of the eyeballs that were around two years ago are not around now.

To the musicians I covered, I hope you picked up some fans.  To the music fans who read NIHE, I hope you found some music you might not have otherwise discovered.  If those things happened, then NIHE succeeded in its purpose.

You can find coverage of much of the same music that Now I’ve Heard Everything featured at two other websites.  The Gigometer is a constantly updated calendar of music in New York City.  As Pierre, its proprietor has noted, The Gigometer has been around longer than GoogleThe New York Music Daily is exactly what its title suggests.  It features reviews and sports its own music calendar.  It’s a good source for finding new music.

Finally, I want to make clear that I’m not going away; you’ll no doubt find me at a couple of shows this week and next week and the week thereafter.  I just want to stop running a blog right now.  Now I’ve Heard Everything will remain up and accessible for at least the next six months.

And so I now turn things over to The Traveling Wilburys, who will take us and Now I’ve Heard Everything to The End of the Line.

Music Video: Eric Ambel – Hey Mr. DJ

June 19, 2016

Eric Ambel Hey Mr DJ

Eric Ambel recently released a new album.  The record is titled Lakeside, in tribute to The Lakeside Lounge, Eric’s bar and music venue that closed four years ago.  Eric’s resume includes stints with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Steve Earle and The Del-Lords (Eric remains an essential part of that band).  Lakeside is a mix of Eric’s originals and covers and everything on it rocks.  This song, Hey Mr. DJ was written by Jimbo Mathis, who produced Lakeside.

Music Video: Willie Nelson, Keith Richards and Hank Williams III – Dead Flowers

June 18, 2016

Keith Richards Dead Flowers

I came across this video and it was too good not to share.  So I’m sharing it this morning.  Crank it up!

Music Video: Bleached – Keep On Keepin’ On

June 13, 2016

Bleached Welcome the Worms crop

Bleached was one of the bands I saw for the first time at SXSW 2016.  Here’s the official video for their song Keep On Keepin’ On.  It’s the lead track off their new album, Welcome the Worms.  I find this song is reminiscent of New Wave circa 1979.  But in any event, it is a great high energy way to start the week.  Turn it up!

Music Video: Santo and Johnny – Sleepwalk

June 10, 2016

Santo and Johnny Sleepwalk

A hoax on the Internet yesterday brought this record to mind.  Sleepwalk was originally recorded by Santo and Johnny Farina under the name Santo & Johnny back in 1959.  The two brothers were originally from Brooklyn.  This record is one of a number of rock n roll instrumentals, which were popular in the late 50s and early 60s.  This song has been in movies, and you may know it as one of the closing songs used by Vin Scelsa on his WFUV show, Idiots Delight.  The photo above is of the original single.

Music Video: Borns – Electric Love (Live)

May 31, 2016

Borns w Misty Boyce Electric Love Live MTV Austin

Late last year, Borns released this song, Electric Love.  WFUV and KCRW played it.  It’s a nice piece of dream pop.  Here’s a live version of that song, recorded by MTV earlier this year at the MTV Woodie Awards at SXSW.  Playing keyboards and singing backing vocals is Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Misty Boyce (who you’ll be able to see on the right).

Music Video: Karla Rose and The Thorns – Battery Park (Live)

May 25, 2016

Karla Rose Thorns BerlinNYC 5-18-16

Last week, Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites Karla Rose and The Thorns played a wonderful but too short set at BerlinNYC, the new club located in the basement of 2A.  A video of from that show has now surfaced, thanks to Devvon Simpson.  The song captured is titled Battery Park.  It has snarling vocals from Karla, an impressive guitar solo from Dylan Charles and it shows off what The Thorns can do.  There is a hint of menace that lies beneath the surface here, and I would put the sound of this band someplace between Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 and Julia Haltigan.

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