Tonight: A Tribute to Squeeze at The Hi-Fi Bar

June 15, 2016

Squeeze Squabs

If you were near a radio back in the late 70s and early 80s, you are probably familiar with the band Squeeze.  Because they were English, melodic and pretty close to ubiquitous, the group’s two songwriters, Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook, got called things like “the Lennon and McCartney of the 70s.”  That was probably a bit of a stretch, but there’s no denying that they were very good.  Tonight, a group of musicians, namely Rembert Block, Tom Shad, Dave Derby, Mike Fornatale, Charly Roth, Lizzie Edwards, Erica Smith, Beth Wawerna, Tommy Devito, John Merjave, Dave Foster, Mike Messer, Karlee Devito, John Brodeur , Chadbourne Oliver, Alexis Thomason, Lane Steinberg, Verena Wiesendanger, Dave Derby, and Tom Clark,  will pay tribute to Squeeze by playing their songs at The Hi-Fi Bar in the East Village beginning at 8pm.  It’s probably the most tuneful place you can be this Wednesday night.

Still not sold?  Then check out this video which contains eight hits from Squeeze in less than five minutes.

A Tribute to Squeeze, Hi-Fi Bar, 69 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), show 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musician is highly recommended)

Tonight: The Jayhawks at The Music Hall of Williamsburg

June 14, 2016

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The Jayhawks are a band from Minneapolis formed in the mid-1980s.  Members Gary Louris and Mark Olson formed the core of the band until Mark left the band in the mid-90s. Gary continues to write and tour with Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, and Tim O’Reagan (although Mark briefly rejoined the band a few years back).  Their new album, Paging Mr. Proust, was produced with Peter Buck and Tucker Martine.  Americana? Alt Country? Rock with harmonies? The Jayhawks are the band you want to hear.  Since the other Jayhawks show in NYC (at The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night) is sold out, this is your chance to see the band this time around.

The Jayhawks (Folk Uke opens), The Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street between Wythe and Kent Avenues (L Train to Bedford Avenue), show 9pm, $35

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!

Tonight: The Radigan Roundup at The 12th Street Bar and Grill

June 12, 2016

12th Street Bar

It’s Sunday, so it’s time once again for The Radigan Roundup.  This show is run by Terry Radigan on Sundays at Park Slope’s 12th Street Bar and Grill.  Tonight’s show will feature Don Schlitz.   You may not recognize Don’s name, but he wrote Kenny Rogers‘ hit, The Gambler, and a whole bunch of other country hits as well.  Don is up from Nashville and this will be his first appearance in Brooklyn.  Opening tonight will be Terry and Alex Battles.  Things will get going tonight at 7:30pm, but getting to The 12th Street Bar and Grill early for a seat (the place is on the small size) is not a bad idea.

The Radigan Roundup with  Terry RadiganAlex Battles, Don Schlitz, 12th Street Bar and Grill, 1123 8th Avenue – enter on 12th Street, Park Slope (F Train to 7th Avenue, use the 8th Avenue exit), 7:30pm, No Cover, (but a contribution for the musicians is highly encouraged)

Tonight: Spanking Charlene at The Studio at Webster Hall

June 11, 2016

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Spanking Charlene  has been declared The Underground Garage’s Best Unsigned Band and their album Where Are The Freaks? was Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2012. When you put Charlene McPherson on vocals, Mo Goldner on guitar, David Leatherwood on bass, Eric Seftel on drums and add Eric Ambel on guitar, you get a combination of rock and punk reminiscent of The RamonesSpanking Charlene will supply 100% of your minimum daily requirement of rock n roll.  Spanking Charlene will hit the stage at The Studio at Webster Hall at the early hour of 7pm.

Spanking CharleneThe Studio at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues (N, Q, R, 4, 5 or 6 Trains to 14th Street or L Train to 3rd Avenue), 7pm, $12

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.

Advance Planning: June 2016 Calendar Update (Added 6/9)

June 9, 2016

As I noted earlier today, Steve Wynn’s show next week has been canceled.  Here also are two show coming up on Sunday.

June 12: Ian HunterHoboken Music and Arts Festival Observer Highway Stage – 4:30pm

June 12 – The Radigan Roundup with Don Schlitz; Terry Radigan, and Alex Battles opening – 12th Street Bar and Grill – 7:30pm

Canceled: June 16 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3Bowery Electric – 9pm

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