Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Grownup Noise Hits The Road

The Grownup Noise, a band i saw in Boston last year and enjoyed, is doing a show at the Lizard Lounge on the 31st. After that, they're hitting the road. Here is the band's tour schedule:

July 31st Boston, MA Lizard Lounge
August 3rd Montpelier, VT Langdon St. Cafe
August 5th Rochester, NY TBA
August 8th Dayton, Ohio South Park Tavern
August 9th Chicago, IL Elbo Room
August 11th Minneapolis, MN Acadia Café
August 13th Denver, CO Walnut Room
August 15h Albuquerque, NM Atomic Cantina
August 16th Tucson, AZ Skybar
August 17th Los Angeles, CA Room 5
August 19th San Diego Winston’s
August 20th San Fran, CA Kimo’s Penthouse
August 21st Sacramento, CA The Naked Lounge
August 25th Portland, OR Ella St. Social Club
August 26th Seattle, WA Comet Tavern
August 27th Spokane, WA TBD

Here is a link to the band's website:

Black Sabbath Compilation Review

I finished my article about the new compilation titled "Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History Of Black-Jewish Relations." Here is the link: -- the CD is scheduled to be released September 14th.

Allan Sherman

You might not think you know Allan Sherman. But you do. He's the guy that did the song, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah." You know, the song that's a letter from camp, the one where his bunkmate has malaria.

Anyway, the guy was comedy superstar, and Collector's Choice Music is reissuing his eight Warner Bros. albums. Hurrah! These CDs are scheduled to be released September 7th. I have four of them, and i'll be reviewing them soon. (And yes, i have the one with "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.")

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New CD Releases

There are a few CDs that are coming out soon that you should be aware of:
  1. ODi: "Maslow's Songbook" - This is the debut album by the Irish singer/songwriter, and it's excellent. Here is a link to my review: It's scheduled to be released on August 23rd.
  2. Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History Of Black-Jewish Relations - This is the most interesting compilation i've listened to in years. It's a compilation of black artists covering Jewish songs, and includes Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and Eartha Kitt, as well as The Temptations doing "Fiddler On The Roof Medley." Seriously. It's scheduled to be released on September 14th. I'll be posting a review of this CD soon.
  3. Lucky Peterson: "You Can Always Turn Around" - This is a really cool blues/folk/rock album. It's scheduled to be released on September 28th. I will posting a review of this one soon.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Upcoming Concerts (Ellis Paul, The Evangenitals, I See Hawks In L.A.)

Ellis Paul's tour for the next month looks like this:
  • July 31, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • August 8 - Watercolor Cafe, Larchmont, New York
  • August 13 - Ashland, Virginia
  • August 27 - Kennebunk, Maine
  • August 28 - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
  • August 29 - Billerica, Massachusetts
(The August 29th show is a house concert, put on by Kiva House Concerts.)

The Evangenitals concert schedule takes them back into northern California:
  • August 6 - The Clubhouse At This Old House, San Luis Obispo, California (9 p.m.)
  • August 7 - The Fernwood, Big Sur, California (9 p.m.)
  • August 8 - Sort This Out Cellars, Solvang, California (5 p.m.)

I See Hawks In L.A. concert schedule:
  • July 30 - Yolie's, Ventura, California
  • July 31 - The Echo, Echo Park, California
  • August 13 - The Palms, Winters, California

The Evangenitals at Cinema Bar

The Evangenitals did an incredible set of music at Cinema Bar tonight. It was surprising, considering that their fiddle player, Andrea Baker, was unable to attend, and that their regular accordion player, Ari DeSano, was not there either. In addition, there was a new bass player (he's played with the band for the last few shows). So one might think that the set would be a bit uneven or messy. Not the case. It was a fantastic set, and featured two new songs.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heather Quay & Jon Svetkey

While getting a few things done before the Bullied By Strings show tonight, i'm listening to a CD by Heather Quay & Jon Svetkey. And i just have to say that their version of "Run To Me" is incredible. Jon does some things vocally that i've never heard from him before. Totally blew me away.

Bullied By Strings Tonight

For those folks who are in Los Angeles and are looking for something to do tonight, Bullied By Strings is playing at East Side Luv. They're scheduled to go on at 9 p.m. (so will probably go on at 9:15 or so). If you haven't seen this band yet, tonight is the night, because they're moving to Chicago after this.

Bullied By Strings is an amazing band, and they put on a great show. The cover is only five dollars. How can you go wrong?

Here is the address:

1835 East 1st Street
East Los Angeles, CA

Here is a link to an article i wrote about them several months ago:

Nine Concerts

I got back last night from my trip. While in New England, i was able to get to nine concerts. Six of those were Ellis Paul concerts, and all six were excellent. The other three shows were Brian Doser, Cake and Glengarry Bhoys. I had a great time at each of those shows.

I will most likely be writing some sort of article about the Ellis Paul shows and another about Cake.

Also, i got some new CDs which i'll be listening to soon (and then reviewing). I wasn't able to pick up the newest Glengarry Bhoys CD, but i hope to get it soon. New albums are in the works from both the Glengarry Bhoys and Cake. So keep an eye out for more on that.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ellis Paul Day (yes, it's official)

July 9, 2010 is officially Ellis Paul Day in Boston, Massachusetts. The mayor of Boston has declared it so. So there. To celebrate, Ellis Paul is doing a series of five concerts in two days at Passim in Cambridge. These are going to be special shows, as he's going to do eight of his albums in their entirety.

To kick off the weekend, Ellis Paul played a special show at the Foundation Room at the House Of Blues in Boston on Thursday, July 8. He played seven songs. Here is the set list:

1. Hurricane Angel
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. Heaven's Wherever You Are
4. Rose Tattoo
5. Maria's Beautiful Mess
6. Take All The Sky You Need
7. The World Ain't Slowin' Down

He played keyboard on the first three songs, and then guitar for the other four. The show was filmed for Comcast, so everyone will be able to see it later. Hurrah for that. Before his set he was handed the certificate with the declaration of Ellis Paul Day. (And yes, i took pictures of this.)

The 7 p.m. shows for both friday and saturday are sold out, but i hear there are still tickets for the 10 p.m. shows, and there are still tickets for the 3 p.m. family show on saturday. So if you're in Massachusetts (or anywhere near Massachusetts) you might want to get tickets for these shows. These will be ones to remember.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ellis Paul at Passim in Cambridge, MA

Ellis Paul is doing a series of five concerts later this week at Passim in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While that's not unusual in itself, what is interesting is that at four of the five shows he'll be performing two of his albums straight through. (The other show - a Saturday afternoon show - is just one album, the children's record.) So Ellis Paul has been relearning a lot of his old material, including some songs he hasn't played in approximately fifteen years. This will be a chance to hear a lot of great songs. And guess what? At only one of those five concerts will he play "3,000 Miles."

I'm hoping that after these shows, he'll continue to put a lot of these songs into his set lists.