Saturday, March 31, 2012

Black Keys in New Orleans today...

The Black Keys @ NCAA Big Dance Concert Series, Woldenberg Park NOLA - 3/31/12 || Photo by Wesley Hodges

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Cubes are here, the Cubes are here!...

The New Orleans Jazz Fest scheduling cubes for 2012 have finally arrived!

Fri Apr 27
Sat Apr 28
Sun Apr 29
Thu May 3
Fri May 4
Sat May 5
Sun May 6

A difficult choice looms at the close of our first day, Thursday, May 3rd:  Eddie Vedder (Acura Stage), Florence + the Machine (Gentilly Stage), Esperanza Spaulding (Congo Square Stage), James Cotton Superharp Band (Blues Tent), The Iguanas (Fais Do-Do Stage)!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Just another Manic Monday...

Received a text pic on Saturday night from the Iron Horse Music Hall, where the Andersons were taking in James Hunter.  In response to my query about the show, Sharie pens "Good, but no Mollena.  Played the early show, so had to end and get the crowd out, so just a quick little encore.  Music and voice were really good."  Johnnykmusic is a big fan of the English soul singer.

Meanwhile, over in RI, Shelby Lynne was getting rave reviews of her performance at the Narrows Center in Fall River.  The Patriot Ledger's Jay Miller writes, "....but Lynne's encore was absolutely amazing, as she did a gorgeous a capella version of Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" that had the audience transfixed. (As most fans probably know, Lynne did an album of all Springfield songs in 2008, "Just a Little Lovin'".) And there's a pleasing kind of summing up quality to the ballad "Iced Tea" which ended the night, with another 300 people no doubt a little bit stunned at how much of Shelby Lynne's soul they'd been invited to see, and how much it had touched all of theirs."   Rumor has it that she peered out into the audience and commented to no one in particular, "I don't suppose Peter M drove down for the show tonight."
The Black Keys will play at the Coke Zero Countdown as part of the Big Dance Concert Series at the Final Four. The event will be held on Saturday, March 31st in New Orleans and is free. Come on down to Woldenberg Park in the French Quarter at 11 am!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

It started with a whisper...

The song from the Buick Verano commercial has been popping into my head a lot these days, so I decided to find it - it's Everybody Talks by Neon Trees:

The song 1983 from Neon Trees' performance on Live At Daryl's House:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wild Weekend? Congratulations....

After almost two years, traded in my Droid for an iPhone.  Does anyone know how to paste video to Facebook (actually, to Blogger)?  Hoping to be more efficient posting to johnnykmusic at Jazz Fest this year.

Kal David (Fabulous Rhinestones) has an eight o'clock show at the Watertown's Red Door Cafe on Sunday night at the EXACT moment that the Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste hits the stage at Cafe Nine in New Haven.  Here is a Fabulous Rhinestones live performance (circa 1974) audio from tape recording (probably WHCN) from outdoor concert at Pope Park in Hartford, CT around summer of 1974. Harvey Brooks on bass, Kal David on lead guitar, Marty Grebb on keyboards and Jack Scarangella on drums.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Not only did Lamb lie down on Broadway last week, he did it again last night in Louisville...

Huskies bow (wow) out meekly to finish sad season.  Keith and Vinsanity must look long and hard in the mirror about their fan performances this year.  At least I don't have Mizzou or THE DUKIES going to the final four!  Do you feel like I Do?

The Boss gives the keynote address at SXSW:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recommendation from G n Y - Alabama Shakes...

Who are these guys? 
( The Alabama Shakes are four musicians from North Alabama who grew up together in a small town fifteen miles from the Tennessee state line. They formed a rock and roll band after high school, and started playing together two evenings a week after their day jobs finished. Without each other – four parts constituting a greater sum as a whole – they may never have found that musical alchemy.  By the fall of 2011, they’d opened a few shows for Drive-By Truckers, and fans outside of the state began taking notice of their simple, heartfelt soul music. Across the pond, publications like NME and The Guardian were raving about them. At New York’s CMJ Music Marathon in October, they blew away the music industry and media, and went on to sign record deals with ATO and Rough Trade for their debut album, Boys & Girls, which they’d recorded nearly a year before. Jack White just tapped them to launch a singles series for Third Man Records.  Read More

Big East out, Black Keys in to World's Greatest Arena...

(NY Times)-Primordial equals durable for the Black Keys, a two-man band — Patrick Carney on drums, and Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals — originally from Akron, Ohio, and recently transplanted to Nashville. Visuals aside, their concert on Monday night could easily have taken place in 1973. It was a set full of stomping drumbeats and distorted guitar riffs carrying mostly declarations of woman trouble and other mental distress.  The songs were blues-rock, garage-rock, borderline psychedelia and loud pop, mostly harking back to the 1960s; the most recent musical reference, with brawny guitar tones and upper-register backing vocals, was the T. Rex of “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” and “Jeepster.” Yet the Black Keys weren’t playing some blues bar for a handful of nostalgic baby boomers or a classic-rock radio station’s office party. This was a sold-out Madison Square Garden, with a general-admission floor crowd clamoring toward the stage and an audience full of girls eager to dance and scream.  Read More

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Time Out New York's #10 NYC song...

CHELSEA HOTEL NO. 2 (Leonard Cohen)
Famously, Leonard Cohen introduced this song live with a reference to Janis Joplin, implying the song was written about she and Cohen's short affair in the Hotel Chelsea. Despite Cohen's later apology for this statement, it has forever colored the rich, fissured narrative of the song. Unlike many writers who turn poems into songs, Cohen considers them entirely separate, but this is certainly one of his more poetic songs. Just listen to his emphatic voice hushing the music that seems to play only as a background for his baritone as he tells the story of a tender, too brief romance. Hotel Chelsea,that gritty soul of New York's bohemian artists, is the setting of "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" and it is evoked in all its messy beauty, from the unmade bed to the limousines waiting in the street.  Read More

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
you were talking so brave and so sweet, 
giving me head on the unmade bed, 
while the limousines wait in the street. 
Those were the reasons and that was New York, 
we were running for the money and the flesh. 
And that was called love for the workers in song 
probably still is for those of them left.

Spring Back!...

Are we all ready to fill out our Sprockets?

On Chris D's recommendation, I've been listening to Austin's Band of Heathens lately.   On March 3rd, they played at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans (got to get back there this year); here's a concert review from Live Music Blog Nola and a clip (below) from the show of Look at Miss Ohio, a Gillian Welch song.  Band of Heathens will be in NYC on Friday, March 30 at the Hiro Ballroom:

Friday, March 09, 2012

Huskies out, but not down...

Shabazz stat line courtesy of Tom L (with sarcasm): FG 5-17  TO-5 A-3  Shabazz!!!!  But that's okay, the Huskies are dancing.

Great Mardi Gras dinner featuring Abita beers at Anthony Jack's Wood-fired Grill Thursday night (Barry will rot in Hell for having it during Lent), causing us to miss the return engagement of the Dex Romweber Duo at Cafe Nine.  Also missing Ruthie Foster's gig tonight at the City Winery in NYC.  Great place!

However, Bruuuuuuuce at the Apollo Theater Friday night (NY Times story):
photo stolen from Questlove of the Roots

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Time Out New York's listing of top 100 New York songs...

SHABAZZ!!!!!  Bro's Jim & Paul at the World's Greatest Arena in NYC all week for the Big East tourney.  Hope they are not up to Lexington, 125.    

Time Out New York 100 Best
One fundamental rule—a song had to be specifically and explicitly about some aspect of NYC, be it good, bad or ugly—led to some startling omissions: Whither Patti Smith, Blondie and Talking Heads? Weeks of heated deliberation and occasionally heartbreaking cuts followed as we parsed lyrics and contexts; even seeming no-brainers like “Positively 4th Street” got voted off the island as we pondered relative merits to wrestle out a ranking.

100. XTC, “Statue of Liberty” (1978)
99 Charles Hamilton, “Brooklyn Girls” (2008)
98 Le Tigre, “My My Metrocard” (1999)
97 The Insect Trust, “The Eyes of a New York Woman” (1970)
96 Phil Ochs, “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends” (1967)
95 The Moldy Peaches, “NYC’s Like a Graveyard” (2001)
94 Jerry Orbach/Original Broadway Cast (42nd Street), “The Lullaby of Broadway” (1980)
93 Phosphorescent, “The Mermaid Parade” (2010)
92 Judge, “New York Crew” (1988)
91 Tom Waits, “Union Square” (1985)
90 Unsane, “D Train” (2005)
89 Genesis, “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” (1974)
88 The Crystals, “Uptown” (1962)
87 Original Broadway Cast (Rent), “La Vie Boheme” (1994)
86 Fred Neil, “Bleecker & MacDougal” (1965)
85 Al Kooper, “New York City (You’re a Woman)” (1971)
84 Grandmaster D.S.T., “The Home of Hip-Hop” (1985)
83 Kid Creole and the Coconuts, “Dario (Can You Get Me Into Studio 54)” (1979)
82 Death Cab for Cutie, “Coney Island” (2001)
81 Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, “Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman” (1968)
80 Paul Simon, “American Tune” (1973)
79 3rd Bass, “Brooklyn–Queens” (1989)
78 Bobby Short, “I Happen to Like New York” (1973)
77 The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, “Fairytale of New York” (1987)
76 The Dictators, “Avenue A” (2001)
75 The Trammps, “The Night the Lights Went Out” (1977)
74 Dion, “King of the New York Streets” (1989)
73 Shelley Plimpton and the Original Broadway Cast (Hair), “Frank Mills” (1968)
72 U2, “Angel of Harlem” (1988)
71 Fear, “New York’s All Right If You Like Saxophones” (1982)
70 The National, “Daughters of the Soho Riots” (2005)
69 Billy Joel, “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” (1976)
68 Sting, “Englishman in New York” (1987)
67 The Ramones, “53rd & 3rd” (1976)
66 Barry Manilow, “New York City Rhythm” (1975)
65 Glenn Miller, “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (1940)
64 Village People, “Fire Island” (1977)
63 Suzanne Vega, “Anniversary” (2007)
62 Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz, “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)” (1998)
61 Gil Scott-Heron, “New York Is Killing Me” (2010)
60 Run-D.M.C., “Christmas in Hollis” (1987)
59 Steely Dan, “Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More” (1975)
58 Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, “Streets of New York” (1990)
57 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, “New York City Serenade” (1973)
56 Laura Nyro, “New York Tendaberry” (1969)
55 Nina Hagen, “New York/N.Y.” (1983)
54 Boogie Down Productions, “South Bronx” (1986)
53 MC Shan and Marley Marl, “The Bridge” (1986)
52 The Magnetic Fields, “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” (1999)
51 Andrew W.K., “I Love NYC” (2001)
50 Bill Withers, “Harlem” (1971)
49 Odyssey, “Native New Yorker” (1977)
48 Jay-Z with the Notorious B.I.G., “Brooklyn’s Finest” (1996)
47 Jeffrey and Jack Lewis, “Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror” (2005)
46 Tom Browne, “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” (1980)
45 Ace Frehley, “New York Groove” (1978)
44 Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle” (1963)
43 Original studio cast (On the Town), “New York, New York” (1960)
42 Interpol, “NYC” (2002)
41 Nat King Cole, “Harlem Blues” (1958)
40 Alice Cooper, “Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo)” (1973)
39 The Rolling Stones, “Shattered” (1978)
38 The Avett Brothers, “I and Love and You” (2009)
37 Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising” (2002)
36 The Strokes, “New York City Cops” (2001)
35 The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
34 Tom Waits, “Downtown Train” (1985)
33 Bob Dylan, “Talkin’ New York” (1962)
32 Ella Fitzgerald, “Manhattan” (1957)
31 James Cagney, “Give My Regards to Broadway” (1942)
30 Bobby Womack, “Across 110th Street” (1972)
29 Jennifer Lopez, “Jenny from the Block” (2002)
28 Suzanne Vega, “Tom’s Diner” (1987)
27 Simon & Garfunkel, “The Only Living Boy in New York” (1970)
26 Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (1972)
25 Stevie Wonder, “Living for the City” (1973)
24 Ryan Adams, “My Blue Manhattan” (2004)
23 Lou Reed, “Halloween Parade” (1989)
22 New York Dolls, “Subway Train” (1973)
21 Nas, “N.Y. State of Mind” (1994)
20 The Ramones, “Rockaway Beach” (1977)
19 Billy Joel, “New York State of Mind” (1976)
18 Vampire Weekend, “M79” (2008)
17 Simon & Garfunkel, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” (1966)
16 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning” (1969)
15 LL Cool J, “Doin’ It” (1996)
14 George Benson, “On Broadway” (1978)
13 The Velvet Underground, “I’m Waiting for the Man” (1967)
12 Duke Ellington Orchestra, “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941)
11 Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.” (1993)
10 Leonard Cohen, “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” (1974)
09 Ryan Adams, “New York, New York” (2001)
08 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message” (1982)
07 Leonard Bernstein with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, “Rhapsody in Blue” (1959)
06 Lou Reed, “Walk on the Wild Side” (1972)
05 Billie Holiday, “Autumn in New York” (1952)
04 LCD Soundsystem, “New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down” (2007)
03 Beastie Boys, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” (1986)
02 Frank Sinatra, “Theme from New York, New York” (1980)
01 Jay-Z with Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” (2009)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Harvard into the Big Dance!

Things are just super Tuesday!

Huskies score easy win at Big East in NYC, while co-ed scores repeatedly in Stonehill College dorm room...

What does Stonehill College alum and former Westie Punk Gussy P have to say about THIS?
Lindsay Blankmeyer, a former student at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, is suing the school over the sexual behaviors of her roommate, claiming that the college did nothing to help her.  Blankmeyer claims in her lawsuit that her roommate, Laura, would have sex with her boyfriend while she was in the room and sleeping.  “The roommate was having online and actual sex right in front of her,” Blankmeyer’s complaint states. She also claims that Laura would engage in “sexually inappropriate video chatting when Lindsay was in the room.”  Because Blankmeyer alleges her mental health deteriorated while she was in that situation and the school did nothing to help her resolve it, she is suing the college for $150,000.  Read More

Sunday, March 04, 2012

New Jack White...

Sunday morning trail mix...

Nuevo Boogaloo (The Iguanas) Nuevo Boogaloo
Out in the Woods (Leon Russell) Carney
Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King) Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues
Back on Top (Van Morrison) Back on Top
What's the Matter Baby (Timi Yuro) Classic 60's Hits
Poison Moon (Elvis Costello) My Aim Is True
One Track Memory (Rosie Flores) A Honky Tonk Reprise
Rocket In My Pocket (Lou Ann Barton) Read My Lips
Turn That Heartbeat Over Again (Steely Dan) Can't Buy a Thrill
Poet (Sly & the Family Stone) The Essential....
Autumn Leaves (Rickie Lee Jones) Naked Songs
Perfidia (Linda Ronstadt) Mambo Kings
Take It Easy (The Animals) The Complete Animals
It's Raining (Lou Ann Barton) Read My Lips
I'm So Excited (John Lee Hooker) 20 Great Hits
It's the Same Old Song (Four Tops) The Big Chill
Lover To Love (Florence + the Machine) Ceremonials

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Keith & Vinsanity blow big lead AGAIN, but Shabazz saves the day for Jimmy C!..

MIA - Has anyone seen Jeremy Lamb?  Seriously, I think somebody ambushed him on one of his tepid crossovers.  I was listening to how the Cameron Crazies stand for the entire game as a show of support for their team.  It's kind of sad that we have one UConn fan like that, who has stood for the entire season, yet no one noticed (that he was standing).  I noticed, Keith.

Troubadour Chris D stopped in yesterday on his way to NYC to catch alma mater Harvard Crimson play at Columbia (they won in OT).  Chris recommends Band of Heathens' Live at Antones.  Put it into the car listening rotation.

QU Bobcats (really Braves) back in Brooklyn tomorrow at noon to take on top-seeded LIU Blackbirds (singing in the dead of night) in NEC semi-finals.  I want to go, but lazy-ass Gene Z #3 doesn't want to.

Fortune Cookie message from last night's Chinese delivery:  "Your ear for music is becoming more finely tuned." 

The Sawtelles - Tonite 9pm elm bar w/ Furors & Rope, opening/pinch hitting for Mold Monkeys who had to cancel due to illness.

Discussion of new Bruce in NY Times...

Johnnykmusic:  Disappointed by Bruce's Grammys performance, which consisted of a plodding, overbearing, oversimplified anthem railing against those rich and right, I don't hold out hope of loving Springsteen's Wrecking Ball.  The Jons Pareles/Caramanica review it below:

The New York Times’s pop critics Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica discuss Bruce Springsteen’s album “Wrecking Ball,” to be released Tuesday by Columbia. 

JON PARELES Jon, if good intentions were all that mattered, Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” would be a shoo-in for album of the year — which is, not coincidentally, an election year. “Wrecking Ball” is Springsteen’s latest manifesto in support of the workingman, and his direct blast at fat cats and banksters who derailed the economy. It’s sincere, ambitious and angry, which can lead to mixed outcomes. It also — which may be a surprise on an album billed as a broadside — holds some of Springsteen’s most elaborate studio concoctions since “Born to Run.” 

JON CARAMANICA But, Jon, I too was born in the U.S.A., a country with a Constitution that guarantees the freedom of interpretation! We can talk about the intention of the author all day long — and certainly Bruce’s boomer army will do just that — but the text is far more ambiguous, and in plenty of places on this album, just outright flat.  I agree, it’s energizing to hear the type of ambitious arrangements that he’d largely abandoned when he retreated into rural bard mode. And the chill of hearing the booming sax solo on “Land of Hope and Dreams” drove me to the liner notes to confirm that, yes, it was Clarence Clemons. And “We Take Care of Our Own,” my lyrical bĂȘte noire, has the hardest-working music on the album.  Read More

Email from the boys of Low Cut Connie...

Fans and friends...we've got a lot of things brewing over here.  The most exciting of which is that next month we're going into the studio to make a NEW RECORD.  This one is gonna smash it outta the just brace yer pretty selves.  The new songs are killer-diller.

If you are anywhere in the New York City region, we're doin a hot little gig next Saturday night (3/10) at the Living Room, with an afterparty to follow.  We're hittin' Gainesville, Florida the following Friday... then we got a big show in Philly in early May, and a Cinco de Mayo show/party we're throwing in Spanish Harlem.

We're gonna be hittin the road in June, July, and August in advance of the record release in we hope to come to your town!!

In the new press column, we've got a big article coming out in Magnet magazine next week, and we've recently had major features in the Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Times, Time Out NY, etc.  OH and last week, Dave Marsh, the legendary music critic and Springsteen biographer, interviewed Adam and called Low Cut Connie... "the most important American band to come along in years".  Whoa...maybe overstated, but hey we'll take it!

Thanks for all the love and support and mutual titillation you've shown us over the last year... stay tuned, stay involved with us...and get ready for a great year for Connie fans.

Love,  the boys in LCC

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Blackeyed Peas...

AJ tried to bunt.  Gumbo didn't; he just tried to walk.  

Let's get it started...