Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and prosperous 2009. See you next year. Cheers!

Peace & Happiness,


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Year In Music, Pt. 6 ... Mötley Crüe

Mötley Crüe: Saints of Los Angeles

Mötley Crüe was one of those bands that as a teen I listened to religiously. The grooves on my Shout At The Devil album are non-existent. I sense some eyes rolling. The chick who declared 80's Alice Cooper too cartoonish wore the grooves off a Crüe record. I've already repented for my anti-Alice sins ... or something. Anyway, I go through extended periods where I don't listen to Mötley Crüe. But, as long as Nikki Sixx's hair still stands proud in all its rock 'n' roll inky black glory, I will always eventually come back to The Crüe.

So, back in June, Mötley Crüe released Saints of Los Angeles. This is the first Crüe record with the original line-up in over a decade. To be honest, I haven't really felt good about any Crüe records since Dr. Feelgood. Sure, I've continued to buy Crüe records but I'd give them a spin and toss them on a pile of stuff in the corner with the other CD's I don't listen to. Saints of Los Angeles proved to be different. Ok, yeah, I couldn't toss it in the corner even if I wanted to because I only bought the download but that's beside the point! I have a special virtual corner for disliked downloads. But I digress.

Feeling a bit nostalgic, I sat down and gave this latest effort a proper listen. I find Saints of Los Angeles enjoyable. It's the closest to back in the day Crüe they've come since well, back in the day! Now, while I don't enjoy it as much as those long ago records I hold near and dear, it certainly gives me a fulfilling dose of Crüe. To be honest, I like it better than Theatre of Pain ... I'm still trying to find some extra love for that record. Anyway, the catchiest numbers for me are the title track, "Saints of Los Angeles," "White Trash Circus" and my favorite of the bunch, "Just Another Psycho."

It's nice to know that Messieurs Sixx, Neil, Mars & Lee can still make a gal feel like a teenager again. In those nostalgic moments, little teenaged rock chick me happily flails around the room thinking my walls look too bare without the multitude of Crüe pictures peering down at me.

I'd recommend it to fans who were on the fence about the record, some casual fans and those special people with crushes on Nikki's hair ... yeah, they exist, I'm acquainted with a few of those people! If you're a beginner, start at the beginning.

Track Listing
  • L.A.M.F.
  • Face Down In The Dirt
  • What's It Gonna Take
  • Down At The Whisky
  • Saints Of Los Angeles
  • Mutherfucker Of The Year
  • The Animal In Me
  • Welcome To The Machine
  • Just Another Psycho
  • Chicks = Trouble
  • This Ain't A Love Song
  • White Trash Circus
  • Goin' Out Swingin'

My Year In Music, Pt. 5 ... Danielia Cotton, The BellRays & Little Jackie

It has dawned on me, that I haven't really written much about female artists or bands featuring females. Well, being of the female variety myself, that just won't do!

Danielia Cotton: Rare Child

Back in May, I was browsing around the Internet. I tend to do this a lot in an effort to find something that catches my eyes and or ears. I happened upon a story about singer/guitarist Danielia Cotton. As part of the story they had a song being streamed from her then upcoming record Rare Child. Said record was coming out the following week. I liked the song. The following week rolled around and the record became a part of my collection.

I like this record. It stayed on repeat on my iPod for a few weeks and in heavy rotation for a good while after that. Cotton has a great voice. She has one of those voices that goes from rockin' out to soulful acoustic tinged songs flawlessly. Hers is a warm voice. A lot of times when singers start wailin' and rock shoutin', it gets painful to listen to especially when people don't know when to stop. This doesn't happen in Cotton's case. She has one of those nice blues rock shouts and she is tasteful in using it.

Lyrically, Rare Child is a personal record. This is one of those records that's best if you just sit and listen to all the way through ... you know something we used to do on a more frequent basis before iPod's, playlists and shuffle modes became the norm. The songs do however stand well on their own for those who don't listen to records as a whole. There's really no filler on this record but the highlights for me are, "Make U Move," Rare Child," "Let It Ride" and "Bound."

I think if you're a fan of warm voiced blues rock female singers you'll like Rare Child.

Track Listing
  • Make U Move
  • Testify
  • Didn't U
  • Bang My Drum
  • Rare Child
  • Running
  • Righteous People
  • Dark Desire
  • Let It Ride
  • Bound

The BellRays: Hard Sweet and Sticky

I became familiar with The BellRays sometime in 2007 when I was going through a female rock singer phase. Some browsing around the Internet led me to Lisa Kekaula, The BellRays' throat. A fan was born.

Earlier this year, The BellRays released Hard Sweet and Sticky. I had instantly been taken by their previous release Have A Little Faith. On first listen to Hard Sweet and Sticky, I was a little disappointed. However, after a few listens I started getting into it. Where as their previous effort was more fiery, this outing was a little more understated. Kekaula's voice was still spot on but overall I felt like it was missing some unmph.

"Psychotic Hate Man" and "Pinball City" both display The BellRays familiar punkish side. My favorite song on the album is "Foot Prints On Water" which also appears on an earlier album the band released. The other highlights, "One Big Party," "Infection" and the low key "Blue Against The Sky."

I like the record but it's not my favorite effort by The BellRays. Would I recommend it? Yes, but I would probably suggest picking up some of their earlier works first.

Track Listing
  • The Same Way
  • One Big Party
  • Infection
  • Coming Down
  • Footprints On Water
  • Blue Against The Sky
  • Psychotic Hate Man
  • The Fire Next Time
  • That's Not The Way It Should Be
  • Wedding Bells
  • Pinball City

Little Jackie: The Stoop

I decided to buy The Stoop by Little Jackie after getting the title track as a free download from some service or another. I was familiar with Little Jackie vocalist Imani Coppola's work already so it wasn't a big stretch that I might check out this release.

Normally, I'm not a fan of modern pop flavored R&B and even less of a fan of the hybrid R&B/Hip-hop genre. But, "The Stoop" caught my ear with it's laid back infectiousness. Often times, you're misled by a catchy single and the rest of the album holds nothing similar and you end up disappointed. This doesn't happen with The Stoop. The whole album is full of catchy songs. It's a fun record. It often mixes upbeat catchy music with some rather caustic lyrics. It was a perfect summertime record.

I went to see Little Jackie back in October. The songs translate well live adding to the fun sing-a-long nature of many of the songs. The highlights for me, the amusing "LOL," the upbeat fun "The Kitchen," "28 Butts" and my personal favorite, "Cryin' For The Queen."

Fans of upbeat, catchy, pop infused R&B should check The Stoop out if it's not already in your collection.

Track Listing
  • The Stoop
  • The World Should Revolve Around Me
  • 28 Butts
  • Guys Like When Girls Kiss
  • Liked You Better Before
  • LOL
  • Cryin' For The Queen
  • Black Barbie
  • One Love
  • The Kitchen
  • Go Hard Or Go Home

Monday, December 29, 2008

My Year In Music, Pt. 4 ... Priest, Motörhead & Alice

This summer turned out to be a bit of a boon for hard rock/metal fans. For our listening pleasure we got a long talked about, long awaited record from the mighty Priest. Lemmy and crew gave us their 24th album. And shock rock legend Alice Cooper weighed in with a new record of his own. Metal love all around, right?

Judas Priest: Nostradamus

I've been listening to Judas Priest for a good long while. Like with everything, I go through periods where I listen to them more than other times. This year I listened to a lot of Priest and thus found myself thinking that perhaps I should check out Nostradamus when it was released. For those that don't know, Nostradamus is a concept album. They've gone and put Nostradamus' life to song. That right there made me leery and almost prevented me from purchasing it. One, I don't like concept albums and two, I really don't give a wit about Nostradamus. But, it's Priest!

Because I like cute, I picked up the deluxe edition of this two CD opus instead of your standard jewel case edition. It's a very nice package too ... 48 page hardbound book with the lyrics. Great package. Looking at the track listing, Nostradamus looks a wee bit daunting. There are 23 tracks on this puppy! Yeah, that's a lot of Priest but, some of the tracks are more interludes than actual songs.

I really wanted to like this record. I can't honestly say it's a bad record because it's not. The music is your above average Priest fare. Singer Rob Halford can still pull off the vocal feats that Priest fans have come to know and love. My problem with the record, it's overkill. It's just too damned tedious. Nostradamus is one CD too long. There were moments while listening that I found myself looking at my music player and asking, 'how much longer is this going to go on?'

Nostradamus contains no arena rousers. What's that mean? In Quirky Chick speak, it means not once while listening to it did I say to myself "I can't wait to hear this one live!" There will be very few cliche horns in the air, screaming at the top of my lungs, giving myself a headache and or whiplash when one of these songs rolls around live. The biggest standout for me and the song most likely to make me go all cliche metal chick and whatnot is "Persecution." This one has one of those make your ears bleed guitar solos ... yeah, sweet. My second favorite track, the acoustic laced "Alone." Other standout tracks, "Prophecy," "Pestilence and Plague" and "Conquest." Title track, "Nostradamus," starts off with what sounds like Halford standing an audition for an opera before kicking into a blistering Priest romp. And this is a petty personal preference thing on my part but I don't like the word Nostradamus and frankly I find it a bit annoying hearing it blaring through songs.

I wouldn't tell a novice Priest fan to run out and buy this record. It's too overwhelming and tedious. However, I would tell an on the fence Priest fan to buy it. Perhaps this will be one of those records that down the line, I'll pull out, listen to and fall in love with. Right now however, it's the relative you're happy to see a few times a year but you start yawning and hinting how late it's getting after a while.

Track Listing
  • Dawn Of Creation
  • Prophecy
  • Awakening
  • Revelations
  • The Four Horseman
  • War
  • Sands Of Time
  • Pestilence and Plaque
  • Death
  • Peace
  • Conquest
  • Lost Love
  • Persecution
  • Solitude
  • Exiled
  • Alone
  • Shadows In The Flame
  • Visions
  • Hope
  • New Beginnings
  • Calm Before The Storm
  • Nostradamus
  • Future of Mankind

Motörhead: Motörizer

Motörhead is another one of those bands, like AC/DC, that you pretty much know what you're going to get when you buy one of their records. Motörizer has the band staying true to form. That's not a bad thing. The difference between Motörizer and some of their previous efforts is they sound more inspired ... more energetic. Besides, Lemmy is one of those people you can't help but like.

Lyrically, Motörhead has never been anything to write home about in my opinion. Lemmy's voice is even more graveled sounding if that's even possible! "Rock Out" and "Buried Alive" both have the what you would call the classic Motörhead sound. The music of "Back On The Chain" reminds me of "Damage Case" ... I keep expecting to hear it when I listen to this song. Other notable standouts, "When The Eagle Screams," "Time Is Right," "One Short Life," which has a blues vibe, and "(Teach You How To) Sing The Blues."

If someone were to ask me 'should I buy the newest Motörhead record?' I'd say yes. I don't think anyone who likes Motörhead, even casually, would be disappointed in this record.

Track Listing
  • Runaround Man
  • (Teach You How To) Sing The Blues
  • When The Eagle Screams
  • Rock Out
  • One Short Life
  • Buried Alive
  • English Rose
  • Back On The Chain
  • Heroes
  • Time Is Right
  • The Thousand Names Of God

Alice Cooper: Along Came A Spider

Alice Cooper decided to give us a concept album too ... chronicling a serial killer. I've already mentioned I don't like conceptual projects. Add to that, I'm not really a fan of post 70's Alice. To be honest, when I was exploring music to listen to that I didn't inherit from family, I ignored Alice. Why? I felt he was a little too over the top cartoonish. I mean come on, I watched him on the Muppet Show for goodness sake! Yeah, I just admitted to watching the Muppet Show but let us not dwell on that. In hindsight, my assessment of Alice Cooper was outright hilarious considering some of the 80's hair metal I just couldn't live without back in the day.

A bit older and a bit wiser, I found myself listening to classic Alice ... you know, back when Alice Cooper was a band and not just a man called Alice. Alice Cooper the band was a damn good band. Discovering this still didn't really have me showing much love for modern day Alice. Oh sure, there were a few songs here and there that I enjoyed but those didn't compare to the older stuff. But, I decided to buy Along Came A Spider and give it a chance.

Of the three albums I've talked about this time around, I found myself liking Along Came A Spider the best. I think it's safe to say I found myself liking this effort because it sounds more like the classic Alice I've already professed to being a fan of. Dare I say I even found myself dancing around the room a bit while listening to this album. What's that? A danceable serial killer story?

I can honestly say that I didn't once feel the urge to skip a track while listening to this record. There are but a hand full of records that came out this year that have that distinction. My favorite track on the album is "Killed By Love." Other highlights, "Wake The Dead," I'm Hungry," "(In Touch With Your) Feminine Side," which has a bit of a Stones vibe to it, and "The One That Got Away."

If you like more of the classic Alice sound, then you'll probably like this record.

Track Listing
  • Prologue/I Know Where You Live
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Wake The Dead
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • (In Touch With Your) Feminine Side
  • Wrapped In Silk
  • Killed By Love
  • I'm Hungry
  • The One That Got Away
  • Salvation
  • I Am The Spider/Epilogue

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Around New York ... December 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

ber 29 -- Pat McGee / Ernie Halter / Luke Mulholland at Mercury Lounge (pictured Pat McGee)
December 29 -- Big Big Bucks / Paris Can Wait / Ten Minute Turns / Sora An at Pianos
December 29 - December 31 -- Patti Smith And Her Band at The Bowery Ballroom (sold out)
December 30 -- Katie Pearlman Band / Anita Nikki Krishnan at Cafe Vivaldi
December 30 -- Alisa Shamrow / She-Dick / Jasper James at Pianos
December 30 - 31 -- Gov't Mule at Hammerstein Ballroom
December 30 - January 4 -- The Bad Plus at The Village Vanguard
December 31 -- Semi Precious Weapons at Public Assembly (pictured)
December 31 -- The Damned at Blender Theater at Gramercy
December 31 -- Chuck Berry at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 31 -- Yo La Tengo / The Feelies at Wellmont Theatre
December 31 -- Blonde Redhead at Terminal 5
December 31 -- Ippazi / Dan Torres w/Ryan Vaughn / Ellen Kaye Band at Cafe Vivaldi
December 31 -- A Place To Bury Strangers / Dirty On Purpose / The Vandelles / My Best Fiend at Mercury Lounge
January 1 -- Amanda Palmer & The Danger Ensemble / Emilyn Brodsky at Bowery Ballroom
January 1 -- Crystal Castles / Alex English at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Crystal Castles pictured)
January 1 -- Chewing Pics / Raymond Bally / Armedalite Rifles at Cake Shop
January 2 -- Chris Cubeta & The Liars Club / Bryan Dunn / Matt Singer / Emily Easterly at Union Hall
January 3 -- Rich Girls / Blip Blip Bleep / Jacksonknife at Mercury Lounge
January 4 -- My Best Fiend / The Main Street Gospel / Silver Rockets / The Midnight Prayers at Cake Shop
January 4 -- Women / The Mighty Handful / The Comfort at Public Assembly

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Happy Christmas ... Hanukkah ... Kwanzaa! If I've left anyone out, my apologies. May you and your loved ones be safe and happy.

Peace & Happiness,


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tickets Go On Sale This Week For Upcoming Shows In The New York Area

On Sale Wednesday, December 24, 2008
February 6, 2009 -- Cat Power at Apollo Theater

On Sale Friday, December 26, 2008
March 7, 2009 -- The Whigs at Bowery Ballroom

On Sale Saturday, December 27, 2008
February 7, 2009 -- Levon Helm at The Wellmont Theatre

My Year In Music, Pt. 3 ... Def Leppard & Man Raze

Def Leppard: Songs From The Sparkle Lounge

This past April, Def Leppard released Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, their first album of new songs since 2002's X. I'd say I grew up listening to Def Leppard but that would make me and them seem old. Yeah, okay, we are but I'd rather not think about the decade known as the 80's. The bad hair and horrible clothes that I as a teen insisted were "cool" make me shudder. Who thought spandex and big hair were a good idea? It's amazing fire marshal's allowed 80's rock bands into buildings being the walking fire hazards they were! But, I digress.

Songs From The Sparkle Lounge is the first Def Leppard record I actually kind of looked forward to buying since their monstrously huge Hysteria. I was a bit put off by "Nine Lives" featuring country superstar Tim McGraw being released as the first single. I have nothing against McGraw and to his credit and theirs, it worked without them really altering their sound to include him. Sure, it was a great marketing move having that as a lead off, but that regulated their catchiest song in years, "C'mon C'mon" to second single status. To make matters even worse, they saddled the poor song with possibly the most horrid video since the UK video of "Pour Some Sugar On Me." Of course, videos don't really mean that much these days since most of the music video stations don't actually air music videos! But, they didn't have to treat such a catchy song like a bad seed stepchild.

The standout tracks for me are, "Tomorrow," the already mentioned "C'mon C'mon" and "Hallucinate" The track "Love" has them channeling Queen. I personally prefer the deluxe edition acoustic version of the song. "Bad Actress" wins point for being a solid rocker and bonus points for the odd yet catchy lines, 'You can't sing, can't dance ... Can't fit in your pants.'

You can hear traces of all of their past efforts in this record. While some of us old folks may have sentimental attachments to the 80's era records, there's still plenty here for us to enjoy. In the end, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge is a solid outing.

Track Listing
  • Go
  • Nine Lives (featuring Tim McGraw)
  • C'mon C'mon
  • Love
  • Tomorrow
  • Cruise Control
  • Hallucinate
  • Only The Good Die Young
  • Bad Actress
  • Come Undone
  • Gotta Let It Go
  • *Love (acoustic version)
  • *Nine Lives (Def Leppard version)
*Deluxe Edition

Man Raze: Surreal

In June, Man Raze released their debut CD Surreal. For those who don't know, Man Raze is Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's other band. Joining him in this effort are Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and former Girl cohort Simon Laffy on bass.

Surreal features Collen's gritty vocals. I like the rawness of his voice ... it's not polished or over produced. Man Raze takes us through a variety of sounds ... from the punk'ish punch the air sing-a-long "Turn It Up" to the reggae dub of "Runnin' Me Up." The standout songs for me, "Turn It up," "Skin Crawl," "Connected To You," and "Halo." Overall, this record makes you feel like you're in a small hot sweaty bar listening to them. That my friends, is a good thing!

Track Listing
  • This is
  • Turn It Up
  • Runnin' Me Up
  • Every Second Of Ever Day
  • Spinning out
  • Can't Find My Own Way
  • Skin Crawl
  • Low
  • Connected To You
  • Halo
  • It's Entertainment
  • Shadow Man

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Around New York ... December 22 - December 28, 2008

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

December 22 -- La Res / The Leah Siegel Band / Dandelion Wine / Wynn Walent at Mercury Lounge
December 22 - The Distraction / Kid:Nap:Kin at Pianos
December 23 -- Zanderdanz / Boy/Girl / Sweetie / Chewing Pics at Mercury Lounge
December 23 - 25 -- Matisyahu at Webster Hall (pictured)
December 23 - 28 -- Cedar Walton Quartet at The Village Vanguard
December 26 -- Weston / Latex Generation / Cheeky / Catjaw at Mercury Lounge
December 26 -- Kimya Dawson at The Bowery Ballroom
December 26 -- Makeup Breakup / Robes / The Narrative at Cake Shop
December 26 -- Virginia Coalition at Highline Ballroom
December 26 - 27 -- Todd Rundgren at Blender Theater at Gramercy
December 27 -- New York Dolls / The Dirty Pearls at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza (pictured)
December 27 -- Ryan Montbleau Band / Josh Dion Band at The Bowery Ballroom
December 27 -- Mercury Morning / Jeffrey John / Janet Labelle at Pianos
December 27 -- Chris Rob at Blue Note
December 27 - 30 -- Matisyahu at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Song Update

In my last post, I mentioned Daniel Iorio's "Angels In The Snow." I said I'd buy it if it were for sale. Well, I got word from Daniel that it is indeed available here. Guess what's in my collection now? Cheers!

No Jingle Bells Here

With Christmas being but a week away, the airwaves are filled with Christmas songs. I'm not really much of a holiday song fan. Every year we get bombarded with remakes of "classic" songs done by various artists in every genre imaginable. There are also the annoying songs like "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" which frankly, I'd be happy never to hear again. Why do people like that song?! With that being said, I thought I'd share some of the holiday themed songs that do get a spin in my music player.

Killola's "Santa, Give Us Something We Can Use" ... nice folks that Killola are, you can download it free on their MySpace page. If you're into the more traditional holiday song, you may want to skip this one. But, if you're into the shall we say, more alternative song with a sense of humor, than this one might be right up your ally.

Bob Schneider's "All I Want For Christmas Is My Methadone" ... I believe there's a version on a record he did with The Scabs and there are plenty of live versions floating around.

The BellRays' "Mary Christmas" ... from their Christmas album A BellRays Christmas. This is for those who like their holiday songs funky and rockin'.

Daniel Iorio Group's "Angels In The Snow" ... Daniel got in the holiday spirit and whipped up a great new song apparently last weekend. You can have a listen over on D.I.G.'s MySpace page or on It's a "demo" but I'd put this on the list of holiday songs I'd buy if it were for sale.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Christmas Time Again" ... the title track from their Christmas album Christmas Time Again. The Southern rockers show off a bit of soulfulness with this holiday piece.

John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" ... yeah, this is about as "classic" as I get when it comes to holiday songs.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tickets Go On Sale This Week For Upcoming Shows In The New York Area

On Sale Wednesday, December 17, 2008

January 22, 2009 -- Action Painters / The Orion Experience / Alexa Ray Joel at Mercury Lounge

February 21, 2009 -- Noah and the Whale at Music Hall of Williamsburg

On Sale Friday, December 19, 2008
February 24, 2009 -- 3 Doors Down at Hammerstein Ballroom

February 26, 2009 -- Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit at The Bowery Ballroom

March 12, 2009 -- Throwing Muses / 50 Foot Wave at Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 28, 2009 -- Perpetual Groove at The Bowery Ballroom

On Sale Saturday, December 20, 2008

February 8, 2009 -- The Black Keys / Doug Gillard at Wellmont Theatre

February 22, 2009 -- Cardinals at Wellmont Theatre

March 7, 2009 -- Lucinda Williams / Buick 6
at Wellmont Theatre

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Around New York ... December 15 - December 21, 2008

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

December 15 --
School of Seven Bells / War On Drugs at Mercury Lounge
r 15 -- Appomattox at Cake Shop
17 -- Boss Hog at The Bowery Ballroom (pictured)
er 17 -- Gene Ween Band at Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 17 --
Up The Empire at Mercury Lounge
December 17 --
Leona Naess at Pianos
December 17 --
Oasis at Madison Square Garden
December 17 --
Meow Meow at Highline Ballroom
December 17 - 21 --
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones at Blue Note
December 18 --
Ingrid Michaelson at Town Hall
December 19 --
Jesse Malin at The Bowery Ballroom
December 19 --
Dark Dark Dark / Callers at Union Pool
ber 19 -- Ledisi at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (pictured)
20 -- The Slackers at Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 20 --
Longwave at The Bowery Ballroom
December 20 --
The Mugs at Cake Shop
December 20 --
Xylos at Pianos
December 20 --
Mental Notes at Blue Note
December 21 --
Matisyahu / The Crystal Method at Webster Hall

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bob Schneider Goes Solo In Brooklyn

Bob Schneider: December 10 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I went over to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Bob Schneider do a solo show. It's a nice venue to catch a show. It's set up very similar to the Bowery Ballroom, good sound though the stage is a little high if you're in the front row looking up and, they have a Happy Hour!

The show opened with Adam Taylor who was joined by Kate Young. They did a great set. Both are very talented and strong voiced. I'm going to have to check out his music more.

After having the audience properly warmed up and getting the stage set, Bob came out. The first thing I noticed was, he seemed a lot more relaxed and rested than he did at his show at the Bowery last month. This show we got a talkative Bob who smiled a lot. While I love Bob with a band, I love stripped down shows. This show was about as stripped down as you could get ... vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica.

I was happy to hear "Game Plan." Some songs it doesn't matter if they're done with a band or solo but, that one, I prefer solo and acoustic. Bob's got soul and in its acoustic form "Game Plan" shows that off. There are other songs that show off his soulfulness too but I like that one. No matter how many times I hear "Fist City," it still gives me a giggle. Amie Miriello was in the house. She came out and sang on "Changing Your Mind." There were plenty of sing-a-long with Bob moments. This being the holiday season, we of course got a Christmas song. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we were treated to the classic sit around the fireplace family sing-a-long, "All I Want For Christmas Is My Methadone" ... all that was missing was the eggnog!

One of the things I love about Bob Schneider is he has these not right moments. For those who don't know what that means, I'll explain. There are points during shows where the man just goes off the deep end and you look up at the stage at him and say to yourself, while laughing, 'oh that man ain't right!' Not surprisingly, we in the audience happily dive in head first with him. Well, we got one of those not right moments at the Music Hall. It occurred during "Batman." I'll never look at rats and male body parts the same way again. Of course, the story made my subway ride home more amusing. For some reason, people tend to stare at you funny when you look at rats scurrying along the tracks and burst out laughing. Another thing I love, he inspires man love. For some reason there seemed to be more men yelling out random declarations of adoration then women.

I had a great night. The last time I said I would gladly go out in the rain and sound like an off-key frog again for Mr. Schneider. Well, it was raining again. I didn't sound like an off-key frog while singing along this time though. No, I was just off-key! Is it possible for a twenty-five song set to be too short? The answer to that question is, yes, if you're at a Bob Schneider show.

Set List
  • When The Sun Breaks Down The Moon
  • Game Plan
  • The World Exploded Into Love
  • Blue Mountain
  • Gold In The Sunset
  • Fist City
  • I'm Good Now
  • Love Theme From Mork & Mindy
  • All I Want For Christmas Is My Methadone
  • Bullets
  • Changing Your Mind (w/Amie Miriello)
  • Ready, Let's Roll
  • 40 Dogs & Cigarettes (Romeo And Juliet)
  • Mudhouse
  • 2002
  • Everything I Have Means Nothing To Me Now
  • ? (can't read my own writing!)
  • Big Blue Sea
  • Weed Out The Weak
  • Come With Me Tonight
  • ? (forgot to write it down and nobody could remember what it was later!)
  • Metal And Steel
  • King Of The World
  • Batman
  • Love Is Everywhere
The dark and grainy videos (we'll pretend I was being avant-garde) ...
Bob Schneider - Bullets (live)

Bob Schneider w/Amie Miriello - Changing Your Mind (live)

Photo: © L.R. Adams

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Adam Taylor Live

Adam Taylor & Kate Young: December 10, 2008 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Adam Taylor and Kate Young opened up for Bob Schneider and did a really great set. If you like pop/folk/singer-songwriter music and they happen to play near you, check them out.

Photos and video from Adam & Kate's set.The video quality is dark and grainy but if anyone knows which song this is, drop me a line. I really liked it.

**Update** The song in the video is titled "Painting Leprosy"
Adam Taylor Live

Set List
  • Jazzonia
  • 12:51
  • Coffee
  • Untitled
  • The Box Pt. I - III
  • Elvis
  • Whale Song
  • Bobbing
  • Lucy
  • Cat & Mouse
  • For A While
  • Cats Cradle

All Photos: © L.R. Adams

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tickets Go On Sale This Week For Upcoming Shows In New York

On Sale Thursday, December 11, 2008
January 10, 2009 - John Doe & Exene of X at Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 28, 2009 - Primal Scream at Webster Hall

On Sale Friday, December 12, 2008
January 23, 2009 - Dar Williams at Webster Hall

On Sale Saturday, December 13, 2008
February 28, 2009 - Robert Earl Keen at Terminal 5

I haven't had a chance to see Primal Scream. I think I just might have to pick up a ticket and check them out.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Around New York ... December 8 - December 14, 2008

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

December 8 -- Kindred The Family Soul at S.O.B.'s
December 8 -- The Northern / Black Gold at Mercury Lounge
December 8 -- Spirit Family Reunion / Sharon Van Etten at Pianos
December 8 -- Les Paul at Iridium
December 9 -- MI3 at Union Hall
December 9 -- Friendly Fires at The Annex
December 9 - 14 -- McCoy Tyner Trio plus Savion Glover at The Blue Note
December 10 -- Bob Schneider at Music Hall of Williamsburg (pictured)
December 10 -- Lonely, Dear / Melpo Mene / Boy Genius at Mercury Lounge
December 10 -- Radar Bros. at Union Hall
December 10 - 14 -- Pharoah Sanders at Iridium
December 11 -- Letters to Cleo at The Bowery Ballroom
December 12 -- The Lisps at Pianos
December 13 -- The King Left / The Howlies at Union Pool
December 13 -- Meat Puppets at Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 13 - 14 -- Ronnie Spector at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 14 -- Dr. Glory's Youth Theatre “Snow Comes in Many Colors” at The Riverside Theatre (pictured)
December 14 -- The War On Drugs plus Drink Up Buttercup / Tab The Band at Union Hall

Friday, December 5, 2008

Metallica Gets Magnetic

I finally got around to buying Death Magnetic, the newest album from Metallica. I'm a long time Metallica fan. I heard many people hail this as the 'return of old school 'tallica.' It's been a spell since I've heard this kind of excitement for a Metallica record. After hearing so many people speak so highly of Death Magnetic, I began to get a bit excited myself.

Unlike some fans, I didn't cry foul when they released their monstrously huge Metallica (The Black album) ... people mature and grow. I was fine with Load and I was okay with Reload while others felt the mighty Metallica of old were just images on the back of milk cartons. St. Anger was the first Metallica record I couldn't hang with. I just couldn't get into it at all. While I wouldn't have called them sellouts, has beens or whatever other term that has been tossed at Metallica since The Black album, I found myself primarily listening to the first five records.

So, with whispers of excite
ment still floating around in my head, I sat down to have a listen. Death Magnetic does indeed have more of an old school vibe. It's the closest to pre-Black album Metallica sound and feel wise. Looking at the titles, my first thought was, 'let's just skip "The Unforgiven III" and spare myself. I wasn't all that fond of "The Unforgiven" and I was even less fond of "The Unforgiven II" so, I was leery of a third titled such. But, that's not fair to myself or the record so I didn't skip it. Should they come out with an 'Unforgiven IV' I'm just going to be unfair and pass right over that one.

Other than my lack of fondness for all things 'Unforgiven,' I like Death Magnetic. The standout tracks, "The End Of The Line" (which musically gives me glimpses of "The Four Horsemen" and "Sad But True"), "Broken, Beat & Scarred" and my personal favorite, "My Apocalypse." The latter reminds me of a mix of "Whiplash" and "Battery" music wise. The other notable tracks, "The Day That Never Comes" and "All Nightmare Long." I think this album has something to satisfy all Metallica fans. Death Magnetic is an excellent blend of old school and radio friendly Metallica.

Track Listing
  • That Was Just Your Life
  • The End Of The Line
  • Broken, Beat & Scarred
  • The Day That Never Comes
  • All Nightmare Long
  • Cyanide
  • The Unforgiven III
  • The Judas Kiss
  • Suicide & Redemption
  • My Apocalypse

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Some Velvet Morning

Sometime late last year, British indie rock trio Some Velvet Morning released their debut album Silence Will Kill You. Earlier this year, I was trolling around Amie Street as I'm prone to doing and came across this effort.

Desmond Lambert (vocals/guitar), Gavin Lambert (bass) and Rob Flanagan (drums) put together a dozen songs that rock, roll, simmer and burn. The song "Propaganda" reminds me of early U2 both musically and vocally only more pleasing. "The Madness of Crowds" for some reason, though I can't really put my finger on why exactly, reminds me of Paul McCartney with a bit of Elton John tossed in. The standout songs, "Losing My Mind," "Pretty Girl" and "Settle Down." The other standout, "Stolen Love Song" is my personal favorite. About once a month this song gets put on repeat. I'd call this song a modern day "Layla" though with less intensity.

Silence Will Kill You is a really good record. So far, I think it has slid under the radar escaping notice which is a shame. I look forward to hearing what they have in store for their next record. If it's anything like this one, I'll be in for a treat.

Track Listing
  • Let The Good Times Come My Way
  • Losing My Mind
  • One Day You'll Love The Things You Hate
  • Pretty Girl
  • Stolen Love Song
  • Stone Cold
  • Propaganda
  • Godless
  • Settle Down
  • The Nightshift
  • The Madness Of Crowds

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Around New York ... December 1 - December 7, 2008

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

December 1 -- Chester French at Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 1 -- Snow Patrol at Bowery Ballroom
December 1 -- Jim Jones at Mercury Lounge
December 1 -- Dave Mason at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 2 - 4 -- Curtis Stigers at The Blue Note
December 2 - Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains plus Josh Reichmann at Union Hall
December 4 -- The Teenagers / Heloise & The Savoir Faire at Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 4 -- The King Left / The Howlies at Mercury Lounge
December 5 -- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Webster Hall
December 5 -- Modern Skirts plus Princeton / The Brilliant Mistakes at Union Hall
December 5 -- B.B. King at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 5 - 7 -- Rachelle Ferrell at The Blue Note
December 6 -- Hayes Carll at Union Hall
December 6 -- Johnny Winter at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 7 -- Nada Surf / Delta Spirit at Webster Hall