Streaming: Emily Zuzik – The Only Moment in The World

February 26, 2014

Emily Zuzik Only Moment

When I first started Now I’ve Heard Everything, Emily Zuzik seemed to be ubiquitous.  She was always around The Rockwood Music Hall and The Living Room (among other places), sometimes playing her own shows, sometimes backing up other musicians.  And her record, The Wild Joys of Living, was one of  the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2011.

So when Emily left New York City and move to Los Angeles 2 1/2 years ago, a big void was created.  During that time, Emily has concentrated on things other than music.

But we finally have a new song from Emily.  Titled The Only Moment in the World, it blends genres, and Emily creates a moody sonic landscape.  Only Moment is also part of a multimedia project.  As Emily explained:

The song was created as part of a digital pop-up book project, A Picture is Worth…, published by Proseed Books, which paired musicians and photographers together to create a work based on the imagery provided. Drawing on images of industrial French river towns at the break of day, the song follows a couple as they wind their way along the water and through a history of their affair.

You can listen to The Only Moment in the World by clicking the player below (and there is a link to iTunes to buy it as well).


Tonight: Emily Zuzik at The Rockwood Music Hall and Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 at The Bowery Electric

February 24, 2012

Here are two shows from Now I’ve Heard Everything favorites.  First up is the only 2012 NYC show of the Emily Zuzik Band.  They’ll play songs from their rocking recent album, The Wild Joys of Living (you can read my review of it here) plus other songs from Emily’s repertoire and perhaps even a cover or two.  Emily has been on quite a roll lately; in addition to releasing TWJOL, she wrote and sang the song The Low Hum on the latest Moby album, Destroyed, and was featured on the cover of The Pretenders’ Message of Love, the theme song of the NBC summer series Love Bites.  Why is this the only NYC show this year for Emily?  She now lives in LA and she’s soon to start a new side project: a family.

When Emily’ set is finished, walk west on Houston Street to The Bowery and then north a few blocks to The Bowery Electric to see Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3. That’s Steve along with guitarist Jason Victor, bassist Dave DeCastro and drummer Linda Pitmon in their spiffy new publicity shot to the right. Here’s what I said about this band when I bestowed on Steve the Now I’ve Heard Everything Artist of the Decade Award:

Steve and The Miracle Three are, in my opinion, the best live rock band in America (and probably the world).  They have a great catalog of songs stretching from the 21st century all the way back to Steve’s days with The Dream Syndicate in the 1980s.  They are not afraid of, and understand how to use the power of loudness.  And Steve, Jason, Dave and Linda are excellent musicians who enjoy playing with and off each other.

Emily Zuzik, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3, The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets (6 Train to Bleecker Street or Astor Place, F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 2nd Avenue exit), doors 7:30pm / Kraig Johnson opens at 8:30, Steve & M3 at 9:30, $12


Advance Planning: February 2012 Music Calendar Update (Added 1/28)

January 28, 2012

Some additions: we now know that the very special guest singing with  Sasha Dobson at The Love Hangover will be Teddy Thompson, and Emily Zuzik makes her only 2012 NYC appearance at The Rockwood Music Hall on the 24th.

Feb. 15 – The Love Hangover  with  Sasha Dobson & Teddy Thompson, Jolie Holland & Rick Moody, Jen Larson & Michael Daves, Greta Gertler & Richard Alwyn , Megan Riley & Chris Mills and Michael Arenella & Alan CaryThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 24 – Emily Zuzik Band – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm


Advance Planning: February 2012 Music Calendar

January 28, 2012

February is not only full of live shows, but it’s full of days with excellent but conflicting live shows.  There will be more to come too, as some venues have yet to post the schedule for the full month.  As always, I’ll post when there are new shows, and those shows will be added here as well.

Feb. 1 – Harper Blynn Residency, Aaron Lee Tasjan opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 1 – Bri Arden (Record Release Show) w/ Lizzy LoebRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm

Feb. 1 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 1 – James McCartneyRockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Feb. 2 – KaiserCartel –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Feb. 2 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Feb. 2 – Pretty Pennies Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 2 – Jenny Owen Youngs, Misty BoyceMaxwell’s – 8pm

Feb. 2 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 2 – Harper Blynn Residency – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 2 – Ursa MinorThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 2 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 3 – Harper Blynn Residency, Blake Hazard (from The Submarines) opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 3 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Feb. 3 – Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers with special guest Catherine RussellThe Grand Prospect Hall (tickets here) – 7:30

Feb. 3 – Jim Boggia –  Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 3 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Feb. 4 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 6:30pm

Feb. 4 – Harper Blynn Residency, Poundcake opens at 7pm – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 4 – Jenny Owen YoungsThe Rock Shop – 8pm

Feb. 4 – Michaela AnneBar 4 – 8pm

Feb. 4 – Marshall Crenshaw and Garland JeffreysMaxwell’s – 9pm

Feb. 4 – Loser’s Lounge (Steely Dan vs. Doobie Brothers) – Joe’s Pub – 9pm

Feb. 5 – Righteous DevilsRockwood Stage 2 – 10pm

Feb. 5 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 6 – Dayna KurtzBarbes – 9pm

Feb. 6 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 6 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 7 – Kevn Kinney with Anton Fier, Andy Hess and Tony ScherrThe Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 7 – Hannah Cohen –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Feb. 7 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 7 – Megan ReillyZebulon -Time TBD

Feb. 8 – Joy AskewRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Feb. 8 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 8 – Adam Levy (CD Release) with special guest The Mastersons – Joe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Feb. 9 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 9 – Jim Keller BandLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Feb. 10 – Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris and Mother FeatherMercury Lounge – 10pm

Feb. 12 –  Michaela AnneRockwood Stage 2 – 10:15pm

Feb. 12 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 13 – Charlene KayeRockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Feb. 13 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 13 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 14 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 15 – The Love Hangover  with  Sasha Dobson & Teddy Thompson, Jolie Holland & Rick Moody, Jen Larson & Michael Daves, Greta Gertler & Richard Alwyn , Megan Riley & Chris Mills and Michael Arenella & Alan CaryThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 15 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 15 – Melody KillsLIC Bar – 9pm

Feb. 16 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 17 – Drina Seay and The Deep Blue SeaLakeside Lounge – 7pm

Feb. 17 – James Maddock –  Rockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Feb. 18 – WinterpillsThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 18 – Spanking CharleneLakeside Lounge – 11pm

Feb. 19 – Red MollyCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 19 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 20 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 20 – High Space (Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill) – The Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 21 – Dion – Joe’s Pub – 7:30pm

Feb. 21 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Feb. 22 – Dayna KurtzThe Living Room – 7pm

Feb. 22 – Jill SobuleCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Feb. 22 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 22 – Melody KillsRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Feb. 23 – The Del FuegosBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 23 – Laura Cantrell – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Feb. 23 – Julia HaltiganJoe’s Pub – 9:30

Feb. 24 – Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 The Bowery Electric – doors 7:30pm

Feb. 24 – Emily Zuzik Band – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Feb. 24 –The Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Bash Starring Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 24 – Nick CaseyThe Living Room – 11pm

Feb. 25 – Tribute to Bob Dylan – The Living Room – 7-9pm

Feb. 25 –The Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Bash Starring Alex Battles and The Whisky RebellionLittlefield – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 26 –Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – Midnight

Feb. 27 – Tony Scherr TrioThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 27 – Jim Campilongo Electric TrioThe Living Room – 10pm

Feb. 28 – Michaela AnneThe Living Room – 9pm

Feb. 28 – Julia Haltigan11th Street Bar – 10pm

Update: Feb. 29 – The Watson Twins (opening for Jessie Baylin) – Bowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Feb. 29 – Milton – The Living Room – 9pm

Now on Advance Sale:

Mar. 1 – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty BirdsBowery Ballroom – 8:30pm

Mar. 3 – Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Maxwell’s – 7pm

Mar. 3 – The Del Fuegos – The Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 5 – Shooter Jennings (Record Release Show) – Hill Country – doors 8:30pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 6 – Charlene Kaye, Misty Boyce and Jay Stolar – S.O. B.s – doors 7pm / show 8pm

 

Mar. 8 – Eilen JewellThe Bell House – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Mar. 8 – Craig FinnMusic Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8:30 / show 9:30

Mar. 9 – Garland JeffreysRubin Museum of Art – 7pm

Update: Mar. 9 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Rock and Roll Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Mar. 10 – They Might Be Giants, Johnathan CoultonTerminal 5 – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Mar. 12 – The Lemonheads performing It’s A Shame About Ray – Maxwell’s – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Mar. 14 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 15 – Joe Hurley & The GentsJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 16 – Sarah JaroszJoe’s Pub – 9:30pm

Mar. 17 – James MaddockRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Mar. 17 – Joseph ArthurCity Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Update: Mar. 22 – Chip Taylor (Record Release Show) – Hill Country – doors 9pm / show 9:30pm

Update: Mar. 23 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Lounge Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Mar. 29 – The PiercesBowery Ballroom – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Mar. 30 –Ian Hunter and Graham ParkerThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Update: Apr. 7 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Gospel Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Apr. 20 – Graham Parker and The Figgs – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Update: Apr. 21 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies (Folk Night) – The Living Room – 11pm and Midnight

Apr. 27 – The FeeliesThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Apr. 28 – Kathleen EdwardsWebster Hall (Bowery Presents) – doors 7pm / show 8pm

May 17 – Justin Townes EarleWebster Hall (tickets here) – 7pm

June 9 – Kinky FriedmanHighline Ballroom – doors 5:30pm / show 6:30pm


The Best Songs of 2011 – Part 1

December 15, 2011

Here are The Best Songs of 2011.  The winner is:

The Baseball Project – 1976: A great combination of lyrics and music, 1976 starts out looking at pitcher Mark Fidrych‘s rookie year with the Detroit Tigers.  But it transcends that story and ends up as a rumination on memories that will never change despite the passage of time.  All set to a 60s pop tune with great 12 string guitar work from R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck and amazing drumming and backing vocals from Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three‘s Linda Pitmon.  And for those of you out there keeping score, this song is a rare co-write between Steve Wynn and Peter Buck.

The remaining songs are listed in alphabetical order by artist.

Emily Zuzik Band – Motels: There are songs that come under the heading of literature with guitars and Motels is one of them.  A dark story of which details, verse by verse, all the reasons the narrator hangs out at motels, none having particularly to do with travel.  This song has long been a highlight of Emily’s live shows and this recording is the definitive version of the song.

Emily Zuzik Band – You Want To Go Out Tonight?: This is the lead off track from the album The Wild Joys of Living, and it’s a little pop masterpiece: bouncy, danceable and with plenty of power chords to go around.  The story of You Want to Go Out Tonight? involves the singer finding a great guy who she can’t wait to see.  Although you wouldn’t call the story innocent, it is certainly the sweet side of lust.

Charlie Faye – Broken Heart Maker:   A wonderful piece of 60s retro pop, complete with a perfectly used horn section.  Charlie tells the story of a woman who is looking for love but ends up settling for far less.  That far less is perfectly summed up as “she’s gonna be a fevered love taker and broken heart maker.”  That jaw dropping, heart stopping line still gets me after many repeated listens to this great song.

Israel Nash Gripka – Fools Gold: To anyone who says that they don’t make ’em like they used to, listen to this song.  It’s straight ahead rock (albeit with an amplified acoustic rhythm guitar) that sounds totally contemporary but would have sounded equally good back in the 70s.  I’m still unhappy that Israel moved his base of operations from NYC to Austin a few months back, because his live shows were just great.

Click here for Part Two of The Best songs of 2011.


Musician Closeup: Emily Zuzik Lands in LA

November 2, 2011

Although Now I’ve Heard Everything favorite Emily Zuzik, whose video for Motels was featured here yesterday, has recently moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, I was able to get in touch with her and find out the whys and wherefores of that move.

Now I’ve Heard Everything: Why did you decide to leave NYC and why now?

Emily Zuzik: When my husband and I got married, we decided that we wanted to move back to California and we figured it would be another year or so in NYC. We didn’t expect it to fall into place on the same timeline. He got a job out here, and it seemed like the perfect time to get out. Overall, I’d say, I wanted an easier and higher quality of life. I wanted a house, a yard, space to spread out, have my studio at home, fresh produce all year long, and go back to California, which I love.

NIHE: What was the cross country trip like? Any frolics, detours or music along the way?

EZ: The trip across country was great! We did the drive in about 7 days (2 not driving but chilling in different places–one being our one year wedding anniversary). We stayed with friends and family and saw just about every weather pattern imaginable–white out dust storms in west Kansas, misty rain in the mountains of West Virginia, snow in the Rockies and amazing rock formations in southern Utah. My 2 cats were total champs! They hung out in the car and sometimes came to the front seat to sleep on my lap. I posted a ton of pics from the drive on my fb. The visits with people along the way were very fun b/c even though you’re changing time zones and environments, you get a little window to live in another place. I have had that experience when I toured, but this time, I was able to just enjoy it without working. I think I only picked up a guitar once on the road, and that was an impromptu song pull with my St. Louis pal, Celia Shacklett. Although there was a mega dance party with 5 and 7 year old kids with our friends in Winter Park, Colorado too. That was a ton of music fun!

NIHE: How was getting plugged into the LA scene? How is the same or different from NYC?

EZ: LA is funny. It’s so spread out, it’s difficult to rally folks to come to your shows, so I think people play out less frequently. That’s fine with me. I’d like to work more on writing and studio stuff for a while. I wasn’t planning to dive in so crazily, but I got here and literally in a week’s time, I sang at a big birthday gathering for a well-known drummer in town to a packed crowd at the Kibitz Room, I spoke on a panel at the Independent Music Conference, I played the IMC opening party and I have a show on the 25th at Bar Lubitsch at 8:30 pm. But like life, it’s ebb and flow.

I think there are a lot of differences between NYC and LA. You don’t play as often here because people drive and that means they don’t go out as often. I think the “scene” here is a bit younger too. That’s not to say that there aren’t a bunch of older musicians working, but the “scene-y” stuff seems a lot younger and less diverse. But heck, I just got here and have been setting up my life.

NIHE: Do you miss anything about NYC? Anything that you had to deal with in NYC that you are happy you no longer have to?

EZ: I miss NYC fall. I miss my friends back east and my awesome band. I miss amazing restaurants, but it kind of ends there. I don’t miss subways. I don’t miss small apartments. I don’t miss schlepping my groceries home by foot. I certainly don’t miss the noise. There are some modern conveniences that I’ve grown to like out here. Call me soft…


Music Video Premier: Emily Zuzik Band – Motels

November 1, 2011

Now I’ve Heard Everything is happy to present the premier of a brand new video from The Emily Zuzik Band for their song, Motels. This video, shot outside New York City just before Emily left town and moved to LA, was produced by Four Legged Features.

Motels had its origin a few years back when Emily was hosting What’s In a Name, a program for singer-songwriters.  The songwriters would get a word and show up at What’s In a Name and perform a new song they had written which contained that word.  The word in this instance was motel.

And don’t forget to check Now I’ve Heard Everything tomorrow, when Emily speaks about leaving New York City and moving to Los Angeles.


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