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.


News and Notes

September 22, 2012

The Rockwood Music Hall expands (see earlier story here).  The Rockwood Music Hall 3, the large full bar without a stage located behind The Rockwood Music Hall 2, which can be entered either through Rockwood Stage 2 or directly from Orchard Street, is open.  Pierre Jelenc of The Gigometer reports:

The new bar known as Rockwood 3, or the Orchard Room, opened last week with little pomp and no fanfare. Regretfully, it does not appear to have made any impact on the chattering hordes during the shows. Rockwood 4, the Catacombs, is still in the finishing phase in the basement.

Two musicians long covered by Now I’ve Heard Everything are gearing up for new records and are looking for your help. Amy Speace is about to record her next album, titled How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat, and has a Kickstarter campaign going here.  Neilson Hubbard, who produced Amy’s last album, Land Like a Bird, will be producing this record as well.

James Maddock is also about to enter the studio to record the follow up to Wake Up and Dream.  That  record will be helmed by Matt Pierson and will include musicians Larry Campbell and Tony Scherr plus other musical guests.  James’ Pledge Music campaign is located here.


Photo Recap: The Baseball Project at The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival

May 3, 2011

According to  HobokenBaseball.com

On 19 June 1846, the first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.

So it seems fitting that The Baseball Project played this weekend’s Hoboken Arts and Music Festival.  On the scene was The Gigometer‘s Pierre Jelenc, with whose kind permission Now I’ve Heard Everything presents these photos of the show.

Scott McCaughey

More photos of The Baseball Project after the jump Read the rest of this entry »


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