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The Zombies

Halfway through Side Two, during the Zombies' first complete New York concert rendition of their 1968 studio masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle, singer Colin Blunstone summed up the gently enchanting durability of that record and his band's gift for resurrection in the bright, marching glow of "This Will Be Our Year." In an improbably feathery tenor for a man who recently turned 70, Blunstone crooned the title chorus with the other surviving, original members of the group to his right: keyboard player Rod Argent, bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy. "This will be our year," Blunstone sang, "took a long time to come."

..."Care of Cell 44" was a jaunty delight ringed with shadows -- a relationship torn apart by prison; "Maybe After He's Gone" was devastated pining, Blunstone's voice hanging like stranded devotion in the falling-harmony chorales. "Brief Candles" seesawed between plaintive intimacy and arch, British-Beach Boys grandeur, with Argent, White and Blunstone each taking a verse, against nothing more than Argent's baroque piano, before the payoff chorus. In "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)," Argent and White evoked harrowing carnage with striking minimalism: Argent on an antique pump organ and White on vocals, not quite on pitch and a little back from his mic, perfectly capturing the shy horror of a teenager in the trenches. [Rolling Stone]

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent have been leading their own version of The Zombies for a while now, but for their current US tour they're reunited with surviving original members Chris White and Hugh Grundy. They also had Darian Sahanaja, who played with them on their 40th anniversary tour and helped assemble Brian Wilson's 2004 version of Smile. It's Colin, Rod, Chris and Hugh's first US tour together in five decades, and the first time ever that they're playing 1968's stone cold classic Odessey & Oracle front to back on our shores. The tour hit NYC on Friday (10/9) at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture, which the Rolling Stone review quoted above also called "absolutely triumphant."

In addition to playing Odessey & Oracle in full, the tour was in support of the band's new album Still Got That Hunger, which was released via The End Records the day of the NYC show. They played some of that too, with Blunstone and Argent being joined by their current lineup (Tom Toomey, Jim Rodford and Steve Rodford). If you haven't heard that new album yet, you can check out the full stream below.

More pictures and The Zombies' setlist from NYC, also below...

Continue reading "The Zombies played 'Odessey & Oracle,' new songs & more at The Concert Hall (pics & setlist)"


British psychedelic/baroque/sunshine pop legends The Zombies performed their essential 1968 album Odessey & Oracle for its 40th anniversary in London (and turned it into a DVD), but they've actually never performed it in full in the US. That will finally change this fall, and making it even better, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent are reuniting with surviving original members Chris White and Hugh Grundy for the shows. It'll be that lineup's first US tour together in five decades. The shows will also include the band's current lineup (Blunstone and Argent with Tom Toomey, Jim Rodford and Steve Rodford) playing music from their new album, Still Got That Hunger, which is set to come out this September.

The tour kicks off on September 30 in Dallas and wraps up on October 27 in San Francisco. In between, it hits NYC on October 9 in NYC at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th St). Tickets for NYC go on sale Friday (7/24) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (7/23) at 10 AM.

They also have European shows coming up. All dates are listed, with the full-set video of their Odessey and Oracle 40th anniversary show, below...

Continue reading "The Zombies reuniting w/ surviving original members to play 'Odessey & Oracle' in full on a US tour for the first time"

260 Meserole

"The police call it "the Well" -- this block of Knickerbocker Avenue, between Troutman and Jefferson Streets, that has become the most notorious drug bazaar in Brooklyn and one of the toughest in New York City."
[NY Times, 1992]
It's been some time since we heard much about The Wick (260 Meserole St.), the forthcoming Bushwick, Brooklyn music venue located right down the street from The Acheron, and the Wick is still not open, but it is still coming (as you can see on its website).

Meanwhile welcome beer hall and event venue The Well, located at 272 Meserole St. (two blocks from the Montrose stop on the L line), which will be The Wick's larger and related neighbor.

Grubstreet posted this in April:

The Well is a "public house" ...with a 4,000-square-foot interior complete with 30-foot ceilings, and an 11,000-square-foot backyard. [Co-Owner Joshua Richholt] and partner Shay Vishawadia will offer 60 beers on tap and another 200 in bottles, with every brewery in New York State represented.

Richholt is excited about the space itself, a "huge old brewery circa 1875," with "great German architecture" in the form of intricate brick work and steel girders, "a lot of detail nobody bothers to do anymore because it's so expensive." The building's street was once known as "brewery row" and home to seventeen suds factories; the great part now is that Riccholt expects it to be pretty immune from noise complaints. "It kind of becomes a ghost town at night," he said.

The Well's 11,000 square foot private outdoor space, the venue tells us "is designed to serve as a meeting place for the neighborhood, offering public activities, community events, sports and more year round." They go on to say that "talent booker Chris White, the former showcase director of the CMJ Music Marathon, will bring some of the world's best known and most beloved performing artists to THE WELL with a lineup of pop, rock and hip hop artists as diverse and as talented as Brooklyn itself. Reasonably priced tickets offer the casual concert goer the opportunity to sample a few of THE WELL's 300+ beers on offer." Chris White is also, as mentioned back in 2011, booking the smaller venue The Wick which has the same owners (Chris also used to work at Knitting Factory).

The Well will host its inaugural show, a hip hop one, with Cam'ron (who was recently was a surprise guest at the Drake show in Jones Beach), Flatbush Zombies, Asaad & Reese, and more on Saturday, July 14. Doors are at 4:00pm, Show is at 5:00pm, 18 and over to enter. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are also on sale Os Mutantes, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, DOM, and Citay on 7/28, the 12th Annual Rumblers NYC Car Show, and Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees on 9/22. More shows to be announced soon. More Ty Segall & Thee Oh Sees tour dates HERE.

Hittleman Brewery in Bushwick
The Wick

Three former music executives at the Knitting Factory will open a cavernous indie music venue in a former 19th-century brewery on Meserole Street.

The new venue, called "The Wick," will be the ground floor of the former Hittleman Brewery near Bushwick Avenue -- a building that already houses several music-related companies, including an equipment shop, a rehearsal space and a music-focused radio station.

That's what attracted General Manager Joshua Richholt, talent booker of the moment Chris White and operations manager Shay Vishawadia.

"The building is sort of a Mecca for musicians," said Richholt. "If they want to rehearse overnight or have a studio session, they can go down to the recording studio. A touring band can come through here and not need to go anywhere else."

The plan calls for a main stage and a bar that can hold 400 and 700 people. It could open as early as this summer. -[The Brooklyn Paper]

The article goes on to say how the venue will differentiate itself from other Brooklyn venues like Knitting Factory and Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you read it, make sure to also read the comments which clarify a point that Joshua Richholt made about "The Wick" not being "Walmart-like". The author makes it seem like Joshua dissed Bowery Presents, but that wasn't actually the case (it was the author of the article doing the not-factual dissing).

Talent booker/buyer Chris White, since leaving Knitting Factory, in addition to working on The Wick (see above), has teamed up with ex-Bell House/Union Hall booker Skippy to form Tiger Mountain Presents which now books shows at The Rock Shop, Littlefield, Santos Party House and elsewhere.

And actually, the upcoming Mavis Staples show at the Bell House is a Tiger Mountain Presents show, which means that Skippy booked a show at the Bell House again.