Entries tagged with: Living Room
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Chris Thile - The Blind Leaving the Blind - third mvt (MP3)
Punch Brothers, the alt-bluegrass group led by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek, have a slew of tour dates lined up across the country over the next four months. But the group only has one NYC show currently. They're at the Living Room this Thursday (1/7) for P-Bingo, which is a looser, more variety show like affair (opposed to their shows at, say, Carnegie Hall) with cover songs and guests. In the past, P-Bingo covers have included Elliot Smith's "Son of Sam," "Reptilia" and Bach. Tickets are on sale.
The track above is off their 2008 album, Punch, on Nonesuch Records. The other movements of "The Blind Leaving the Blind" are streaming on their MySpace. Videos from past p-Bingo nights and all tour dates are below...
"Sarah Siskind (1978 - ) is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville and grounded in folk and Appalachian roots. Her music has been classified as: rock, folk, americana, and alternative. Alison Krauss has championed Sarah and values her songs so highly that she's recorded two of them, both of which became singles and videos that received widespread airplay. Bluegrass/Folk legend Tim O'Brien calls her a rare talent...Sarah and Bon Iver have also toured together, and Sarah just finished opening for Bill Frisell on a tour that brought the pair to Minneapolis, MN on April 11th. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) just happened to be in the neighborhood (I guess?), and he joined Sarah and Bill on stage for the above-mentioned favorite song. Watch that video, and others like it, below.
...In 2002, Sarah released "Covered." Despite its title, it featured mostly original songs that dealt with love, family and relationships... Sarah invited Bill Frisell, a modern-day giant of jazz guitar, to anchor the studio band.....
...Indie-rock act Bon Iver was so taken with Sarah's song "Lovin's For Fools" that the group closed most of their 2008 tour sets with the song each night, and invited her to join them on their December 2008 European tour. In addition, Ireland's legendary artist, Paul Brady, invited her to join him on-stage for a collaboration in New York City that same year, and had her contribute backing vocals on his new album." [Wikipedia]
Tonight (Monday, April 27), Sarah is in NYC to play a free show at the Living Room...
7PM - Sarah SiskindAll tour dates below...
8PM - Jo Williamson
9PM - Caroline Jones
10PM - The Makepeace Brothers
11PM - Jim Campilongo
I was never an Indigo Girls fan, and for whatever reason, the inner immature child in me still thinks it's funny just to say their name ("Indigo Girls. ha ha ha! worst! ever!...").... They're probably amazing. My experience is limited to, like, "Galileo"....
I already mentioned that I thought it was
funny interesting that PJ Harvey (who is playing Irving Plaza tonight (3/26)!) was opening for the Indigo Girls at Stubb's during SXSW. Even more interesting, was that the special guest at the Perez Hilton SXSW party was not, as rumored, Britney Spears, but was in fact the Indigo Girls (on the same bill as Ladyhawke, Ida Maria, Little Boots, etc...).
I have since also found out that the Indigo Girls have at least three NYC shows coming up. The first is tonight, March 26th, at the very tiny Living Room on the Lower East Side (file under big artist playing very small venue), and after that it's Highline Ballroom on April 15th (file under Tax Day concerts), and finally a much larger headlining performance this summer (June 16) at Central Park Summerstage (file under who is playing Central Park Summerstage this year).
More Lilith Fair fans HERE.
DOWNLOAD: David Thomas Broughton - Weight of My Love (MP3)
Talented UK experimental-folk artist and friend of Doveman/Sam Amidon, David Thomas Broughton will make a rare and brief stop in NYC before heading to SXSW next week. All in all he'll play only two shows in the US, both of which are for The Local. "The Local is an evening of fine live music hosted by Howard Monk. It's an unpretentious affair, and friendly too." More specifically, The Local is a UK EVENING of fine live music, and on March 17th they will be "in New York for a second time"...
Hosted by Howard Monk ('Later with Jools Holland meets Phoenix Nights. Result!' Time Out), The Local hosts two events in the U.S, in NYC and Austin, Texas (SXSW) and will feature live performances from the inimitable David Thomas Broughton (SXSW & NYC), last seen layering and sampling his melancholy tales with a banana in his mouth; the much celebrated Liz Green (NYC & SXSW), winner of Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent competition last year, and with a new album on its way, the 'flickering and hummable' stories of Shearwater (SXSW) and the much vaunted Alela Diane (SXSW).Full lineups for both shows below...
DOWNLOAD: Vivian Girls - Blind Spot (Daisy Chain cover) (MP3)
Vivian Girls @ the Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ (thepiratehat)
Vivian Girls, NYC & NJ 2009
Dec 31 (NYE) - they opened for Yo La Tengo
Jan 04 - they played the Court Tavern (see above)
Jan 11 - they're playing for kids @ the Living Room
Jan 14 - they're playing w/ Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell's
Jan 20 - they're playing w/ Fucked Up & Pissed Jeans @ MARKET HOTEL *
Feb 19 - they're opening for M Ward @ Apollo Theater $
* the MH show was moved from Danbro Studios
$ one of three shows they're playing with M Ward. Weird? yes.
All dates below...
Sebastien Grainger @ Mercury Lounge, CMJ (more by Gabi Porter)
today in NYC
* Dr. Dog @ Webster Hall
* Peasant @ Public Asembly
* Silver Apples @ The Kitchen
* Diego Garcia @ the Living Room
* Nellie McKay @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Rosie Thomas @ the Living Room
* Q-Tip & The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom
* El Guincho & Lemonade @ (le) poisson rouge
* Stellastarr*, The Picture, & Princeton @ Pianos
* Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains @ Union Hall
* Felice Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Dar Williams & James Hunter @ the Concert Hall
Alex Gomez RIP. If you don't know himn, you might remember him from Southpaw and other Brooklyn bars where he worked.
Rosie Thomas also plays a holidy show at The Bell House tomorrow.
The Blip Festival is at The Bell House this weekend.
Cursive are playing some shows in January.
King Khan & BBQ play the WIRED store Wednesay.
Happy Birthday Britney Spears! Her new album is out today, and she's going on tour in 2009. NYC-area shows are at Nassau Coliseum on March 11th, and Prudential Center on the 13th. Both shows are with Pussycat Dolls.
The band Ringo Deathstarr performed at Cake Shop in September. Check out two videos from that show below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Julian Koster - Jingle Bells (MP3)
Earlier this year, Seattle songwriter Rosie Thomas, who has collaborated with friends Damien Jurado, David Bazan and Sufjan Stevens in the past, again rounded up family and friends to put together A Very Rosie Christmas, a holiday-themed album that mixes traditional songs and covers (Peanuts' classic "Christmastime Is Here" for one) with originals like "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year" - a rolling indie-pop singalong truely worthy of release on Thomas' own Sing-a-long Records label. Check out the song in the video below.
Rosie's pair of NYC shows - tonight, December 2nd, at the Living Room (TICKETS) and tomorrow, December 3rd, at the Bell House in Brooklyn (TICKETS) - should be a welcome respite from long evenings locked on WCBS-FM's all-holiday programming. All tour dates below.
Thomas writes that the full band accompanying her includes "my brother Brian Thomas, Josh Myers, Andrew Rudd and my fella Jeffrey Shoop! My friend Sheila Saputo will be coming along too, opening the shows every night for us with her gift of Christmas cheer!" Read Rosie's favorite Christmas memories on her blog..
Another upcoming holiday-music event, The Music Tapes Caroling Tour, has a NYC visit scheduled for December 13th and 14th. Details are scarce but reports from the tour's earlier dates indicate that interested parties who emailed or wrote The Music Tapes in advance should be getting an email the day of with details as to a location. Someone, expect a knock from Juliian Koster between 6pm and 9pm, caroling hours...
Merge recently released Julian Koster's The Singing Saw at Christmastime (click for a preview). MP3 above. Video below...
Canadian major label singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman is a pretty big deal up North (and in Europe); yet in the States, both his 2008 releases - Between the Beautifuls and Los Manlicious - are import-only...as is Hawksley's amazing 2001 album of Christmas originals called Almost a Full Moon, which features eight (re-released in 2002 with ten) quirky-but-not-cloying cabaret-esque Christmas/winter odes. It's been a annual favorite of mine since finding it a few years ago. Last Friday, Workman and band opened a show at Toronto's Massey Hall with the album's title track. This Friday, December 5th, he plays Joe's Pub as part of the venue's 10th anniversary celebration. Tickets are currently still available. All tour dates and a video below...
Videos and tour dates below...
words and photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
DOWNLOAD: Jens Lekman - Water Runs Dry (Boyz II Men) (live @ Googie's) (MP3)
I went to see the Frida Hyvonen show at Googie's Lounge last night (11/11). I was both looking forward to seeing Frida for the first time and secretly hoping Jens Lekman would be there - apparently I wasn't the only one. The places was packed, and I'm guessing Joe McGinty's Piano Parlour is not standing room only on many other weeks. Luckily I got there early and was able to grab a table. Jens was in the audience.
After a bit of waiting, Jens got up around 10:30 and introduced Joe McGinty and a woman playing recorder. Joe played piano while the woman played three songs on the recorder. Bizarre. Then Jens got up and sang three songs while Joe accompanied him. They played "Sipping on the Sweet Nectar," "Water Runs Dry," (yes, a Boyz II Men cover), and "The Opposite of Hallelujah." All three songs were absolutely brilliant jazz arrangements, and I'm suddenly craving a Sinatra-style album from everyone's favorite Singing DJ.
Then Frida got up. Unfortunately I was a bit distracted during her bit (my camera broke early in the set last night, and the stress of that was overwhelming), but man was she a performer. She played a set lined with guest appearances including - you guessed it - Jens Lekman. I'm not overly familiar with Frida's music - I knew "Once I was a Serene Teenaged Child" and "Science", but after last night I'm a convert. I believe most of the other tracks come off of Frida's recent release, "Silence is Wild," which came out on November 4th.
If given another chance, I would definitely catch Frida again. Though I'm busy tonight, I'd strongly suggest checking her out at the Church of Sweden and also picking up a copy of her record.
Grab the MP3 of Jens singing "Water Runs Dry" above, and check out a few more pictures below...
Tickets are on sale for the September 14th show (thx Rob).
Preorders will begin September 8 at mergerecords.com for SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years, a deluxe subscription-only box set with special artwork and packaging. Quantities will be limited to the number of subscribers who enroll between the September 8 start date and the January 2009 delivery of the first two volumes.Lambchop's Kurt Wagner is playing a solo show at Living Room in NYC tonight at 9pm (August 25). Some advanced tickets are on sale. Jim Campilongo goes on at 11:00.
The first two volumes will kick off a series of 14 custom-curated compilations spanning the Merge Records catalogue, each featuring the curators' handpicked Merge selections as well as exclusively commissioned original artwork. These compilations and additional exclusive content will be delivered only to SCORE! subscribers throughout Merge's 20th anniversary year of 2009.
The curators of the first volumes will be Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Phil Morrison, director of Junebug, The Upright Citizens Brigade and numerous music videos. Curators for future volumes will include Amy Poehler, David Byrne, author Jonathan Lethem, artist Marcel Dzama, Momofuku chef David Chang and many more to be announced.
Additionally, the entire SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years project will benefit specific charitable causes handpicked by the curators.
Watch for future announcements regarding SCORE!-related projects and special events commemorating the first two decades of the label that has brought us the likes of Arcade Fire, Spoon, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, She & Him, Lambchop, Superchunk and so many more.
"I think that I saw the baddest Telecaster player on the planet last night, his name is Jim Campilongo." [puremusic.com]
Jim Campilongo w/ Martha Wainwright @ Highline Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
While we're on the subject of guitarists with Monday night residencies in NYC,
CAMPILONGO ELECTRIC TRIOLiving Room is located at 154 Ludlow St in NYC.
LIVING ROOM MONDAY NIGHTS - NEW YORK CITY RESIDENCY
EVERY MONDAY- SPECIAL GUESTS - SPECIAL GROUPS - SPECIAL HAPPENINGS - 11PM to 1:30 AM
AUGUST 18 - w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason
AUGUST 25 - w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason
SEPTEMBER 1 - w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason
SEPTEMBER 8 - w/ Brad Jones? and Tony Mason
SEPTEMBER 15 - w/ Brad Jones? and Tony Mason
SEPTEMBER 22 - w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason
SEPTEMBER 29 - w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason
Monday July 7, 2008 @ The Living RoomThis lineup includes many Living Room regulars including 2/3 of Sloppy Joannes, a grammy winner, an artist known for an iPod commercial jingle, and a violinist who often plays shows at Barbes in Park Slope.
Songs Of The Band featuring Steve Rosenthal, Chris Bergson, Jim Boggia, Lee Feldman, Jesse Harris, Charlie Burnham, Kieran McGee, Common Rotation, Milton, Richard Julian, Joy Askew, Noam Weinstein, Chris Lee, Mamie Minch, Jonah Smith, Ken Webb, Hope DeBates, Jim Allen, Eric Feigenbaum, Orba Squara, Smokey Hormel, Jenny Scheinman, Scott Sharrard, Bari Koral, Rod Alonzo, Dina Regine, Dave Phelps, Sam Barron, Mike Erb, Daru Oda, Sasha Dobson, Greta Gertler, Debbie Deane, Sheri Miller, Jan Bell, Emilie Cardinaux, Chrissi Poland, Ben Carroll, Leif Arntzen, Jon Dryden, and more!! ($10 all night, buy now)
Joseph Arthur & Mike Mills (REM) @ Living Room, NYC - April 1
Last night (April 1st) Mike Mills unexpectedly hopped on stage to sing "Pale Blue Eyes" with Joseph Arthur. Ryan Adams and Craig Finn were in the audience. -CarlaThe Living Room's 10th Anniversary celebration ends tonight (April 4).
How was last night's Elliott Smith tribute?
photos & video by Chris La Putt
As you know, The Living Room has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary with some special shows night after night since March 19th. And as promised, Norah Jones showed up. It happened last night (March 31) around midnight which was right around the time John Vanderslice and St Vincent were finishing up right next door at Pianos......
8pmRunning through April 4th, the anniversary schedule also features one more tribute night on April 3rd...
Elvis Costello Tribute Night featuring Jim Boggia, Leah Siegel, Jim Campilongo, Milton, Julia Darling, Brian Seymour, Genie Morrow, Rachel Loshak, Adam Levy, Jon Dryden, Teddy Goldstein, Joy Askew, Jim Allen, Ben Carroll, Tom Freund, Julia Greenberg and Ken Webb
Elliot Smith Tribute Night featuring Anne Heaton, Michelle Casillas, Kevin Johnston, Cat Martino, Julia Greenberg, Amanda Thorpe, Pal Shazar, Jules Shear, Anne Heaton, Greta Gertler, Sasha Dobson, Julia Darling, The Selfsame, Leah Siegel, Jimi Zhivago, Mamie Minch, Jesse Harris, Daru Oda, Lianne Smith, Leif ArntzenThe full schedule at the Living Room's site, though it appears that some bigger names have purposely been left off of it in the name of crowd control. Which nights do you recommend?
Establishments that don’t charge at the door are dotted throughout the city, but the Lower East Side is the capital. Within two blocks of Pianos — which usually has paid shows in its main space but free events upstairs — there are 10 or so such bars. Expand the radius a bit and you have dozens of choices. The Living Room is the Bottom Line of this sphere, packing in four or five singer-songwriters a night. With a similar average of sweaty rock bands, Arlene’s Grocery is the no-cover CBGB. [NY Times]