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.


Tonight: Eric Ambel and Spanking Charlene at Berlin

April 29, 2016

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Tonight there’s a double bill at Berlin that is liable to rock your sock off.  Eric Ambel just released a new album and this is the release show for it.  The record is titled Lakeside, in tribute to The Lakeside Lounge, Eric’s bar and music venue that closed four years ago almost to the day.  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.  So you know what to expect when Eric and his band take the stage first in this show at 8:30pm.

After Eric, long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Spanking Charlene will close the show.  That band 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 Mario Viele 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.

Eric Ambel and Spanking Charlene, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 8:30pm, $10


Music Video: Eric Ambel – Here Comes My Love

April 10, 2016

Eric Ambel Here Comes My Love

Eric Ambel has a new solo album out, Lakeside.  The title and the music on the record were inspired by the Lakeside Lounge, the iconic bar and music room in the East Village that Eric owned from 1996 until it closed in 2012.  This song, Here Comes My Love, was written by Eric’s Del-Lords band mate, Scott Kempner.  When I first heard this song, my reaction was “it’s perfect.”  Give it a listen and I think you’ll agree.


Tonight: Milton at Rockwood Stage 2 and Heap, Spanking Charlene and Eric Ambel at Fontana’s

March 12, 2016

Milton (2)

Tonight promises a night full of great music.  It starts early and goes late, and you can see each and every band I’m highlighting if you wish to do so.  Up first, Milton will play at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.  A long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite, the music of Milton (the name of the band as well as its leader) is a combination of Americana,  country, and folk-rock.  The songs of Milton keenly observe life and love, particularly life in New York City.  Full band shows from Milton do not happen as much as I wish they would, so take advantage of tonight’s show.

Heap Spank Ambel

Once Milton finishes, head downtown to Fontana’s on Eldridge and Grand Streets.  That bar will be closing shortly, yet another victim of the New York City Real Estate Monster.  But there are still a few shows left until that happens, and tonight’s show is one to see.  Opening the bill will be Heap.  The band is lead by Tim Heap and has been playing in NYC for a while now.  Heap is the answer to the question “where can I find  no fuss, straight ahead rock n roll?”  Heap will take the stage at 9pm.

Immediately following Heap at 10pm will be Spanking Charlene.  That band 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.

Finally, at 11pm, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel will take over the stage.  Eric has long been part of the music scene, having played with Joan Jett, Steve Earle, and of course, The Del-Lords.  Tonight, Eric will be featuring the music of his forthcoming record, Lakeside.  The music on Lakeside is rock, while the title is taken from the bar that Eric once owned, The Lakeside Lounge.

Milton, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $15

Heap (9pm), Spanking Charlene (10pm), Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (11pm), Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street between Grand and Broome Streets (B or D Trains to Grand Street), Tickets at the door


Photo Recap: Some Recent Shows

January 17, 2016

Here are a few photos taken at shows over the past few weeks.  Some of them were posted on Instagram while the shows were happening.  So don’t forget to follow @nowiveheardeverything there too.

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The Del-Lords played Beast of Bourbon.  It was the best show I’ve ever seen this band do.

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Laura Cantrell played WFMU‘s Monty Hall in Jersey City.  She and her all star band were at the top of their game.

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Karla Rose at The 11th Street Bar.

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Milton and Julia Joseph at The Treehouse at 2A


News and Notes: Records Coming in 2016; Fontana’s Is Closing

January 15, 2016

Charlie Faye and The Fayettes

New recordings coming in 2016: Alex Dezen will be stepping out from The Damnwells to release a solo album in February.  Also coming next month will be Charlie Faye and The Fayettes, the new project from long time Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Charlie Faye (that’s their publicity shot above).  Eric “Roscoe” Ambel has completed a new solo album.  Eric is also working with his band, The Del-Lords as they record the follow up to Elvis Club.  The Dream Syndicate is working on their first new album since the late 80s.  Aly Tadros has been recording her third album in Woodstock, New York with Kevin Salem producing.

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The real estate monster devours another venue.  Fontana’s on the Lower East Side announced that the bar and music venue will be closing sometime in the spring.  Their current lease was expiring and the rent for the place under a new lease would have risen to about $30,000 per month.  That made continuing the business untenable.


Tonight: The Del-Lords at Beast of Bourbon

January 13, 2016

Del-Lords 2013

The Del-Lords were formed in New York City back in 1982.  They were a rock n roll guitar band starting out during a time when synthesizers briefly held the pop public’s attention.  The Del-Lords put out four records.  But at the beginning of the 90s, the band broke up. A few years ago three of the four members of the band (Scott Kempner, Eric Ambel and Frank Funaro) got back together.  In fits and starts they recorded Elvis Club, Now I’ve Heard Everything’s Best Album of 2013Steve Almaas, who was one of the bass players on that album then became an official member.

The Del-Lords are currently working on the follow up to Elvis Club.  They found an open date on their schedule and on short notice booked this show.  Take this opportunity to see one of New York City’s best tonight at Beast of Bourbon.  You can get great BBQ, and have a choice of 42 draft beers and over 40 bourbons there as well.

The Del-Lords, Beast of Bourbon, 710 Myrtle Avenue between Walworth and Spencer Streets (G Train to Myrtle – Willoughby), 9pm, No Cover (but a $20 suggested contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)


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