I’m really excited to welcome Woodsman to Beyond Beyond is Beyond on East Village Radio, Thursday noon-2pm (EST). They’ll jam live and who knows what sounds will emanate from the EVR studio…and your radio or mobile. Be there then.
Stream their new EP Mystic Places below to get acquainted…
I’m not gonna make any jokes about them pulling you over or tell you that their music makes you feel like eating donuts and wielding power. But I will say that Brooklyn’s Ex Cops make a music that is infectious, the kind that grabs you more and more after every listen. Which actually seems like more of a rarity these days. So head over here and get a taste of their sound, then tune in Thursday and hear them live on Beyond Beyond is Beyond on East Village Radio, noon to 2pm.
Rockin’ Detroiters, The Sights have a great new record on Alive Naturalsound Records called Most of What Follows Is True. And they’re gonna be at Brooklyn’s Bell House Friday night (2/18) with the Reigning Sound!
But prior to that, they’ll stop by for a live session and a chat on Beyond Beyond is Beyond on East Village Radio. So come along on Thursday at noon eastern and see…I mean hear… The Sights!
Click the player that lies below for the Psychedubic Mix that Chippy B and I created one fine night…
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Here’s the playllist. Dig…
“Curious Electric” – Jon & Vangelis
“The Four Horsemen” – Aphrodite’s Child
“Waterhouse Rock (Groove Corporation Mix)” – Big Youth
“Hot Smoke & Sassafrass” – Bubble Puppy
“Ragga Muffin Style Dub” – King Tubby
“Madman” – Klaatu
“Cocaine in my Brain” – Dillinger
“NYCNY” – Daryl Hall
“Tam Tam” – Gregory Isaacs
“Sombre Reptiles” – 801
“Draw Your Brakes” – Scotty
“Hole In My Shoe” – Traffic
“Atmospheric Dub” – Mad Professor
“Journey to the Center of the Mind” – Amboy Dukes
“Blood on His Lips” – Scientist
“Long Piece No.3 (Part 4)” – Egg
“Dub Dat” – the Upsetters
“China Cat Sunflower” – Grateful Dead
“Law” – Andy Capp
Thanks for allowing us to spike your bar mitzvah punch…
(Anyone get the ‘pickin’ pockets’ reference?)
Well, yesterday was Brooklyn’s famous Atlantic Antic street festival, the absolute best of all the New York street festivals because it’s massive, it’s the last gasp of organized outdoor fun before the cold weather kicks in, there’s live music, the food is amazing, there are plenty of adult beverages to enjoy, and it’s in Brooklyn! And, for me, it’s right outside my apartment door.
I didn’t get out there till about 3:30 because I was nursing a pretty hefty hangover from a late Saturday night, but quickly grabbed myself a bloody mary and a yummy Vietnamese sandwich and was on the up and up. I met up with a couple friends and ran into some others, but mainly spent the next couple of hours first with Red David and then just with my hazy hangover-headed self.
It was really nice to see all the Obama frenzy at the Antic this year. Everywhere I looked were people of different races, colors, religions, sexes, sexual preferences, musical tastes, and ice cream flavor preferences banding together in support of positivity, hope, and America’s future. You could get your picture taken with a life-size cutout of Barack, you could order an organic Obama burger, and even order Biden gelato. It reminded me of New Yorkers inate ability to see through bullshit, and it’s easy for us to see that there is only one presidential campaign right now which is running on truth and honesty…and it ain’t McCain/Palin.
Another highlight was walking by at the right time to watch a fantastic country rock band from west Jersey playing outside of Hank’s Saloon. I found that the band was called Citizens Band Radio, and these guys (and gal) know how to jam! It was cool seeing all types of people smiling and dancing to CBR’s music. Cheers to the band if they happen to stumble on this post!!! Keep up the good stuff!
And another highlight for me was scoring some new cheap vinyl! I got all of these for $1 each! And they’re all perfectly listenable. I’m listening to Fleetwood Mac’s cover of the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love” right now. Mystery To Me is a great album…I don’t think I even knew that the amazing song “Hypnotized” was done by the Mac. Here’s the full haul that I got for a total of $11…
I also, while I had the camera and records out, took some pics of the last couple vinyl scores I had over the last couple months. Click on through to see the others…
I just recently saw a great live show at NYC’s Cake Shop on the Lower East Side. The headliner was San Francisco’s amazing throwback Detroit-style rockers, Apache, and playing before them was New York’s Electric Shadows, who were equally rockin’ and who are currently working on a full-length debut album. But the opener that played before them both was Brooklyn’s The Weight, whose album, Are Men, has made me regret grabbing that second pre-show pitcher at Katz’s and rolling in after they wrapped up.
The Weight are very different than the bands that they shared the stage with that night, and they are very different from the other music scenes that they are used to sharing stages with in Brooklyn. Their new album, Are Men, is a fantastic display of dive-bar country tunes interspersed with rockin’ psych guitar rave-ups. They probably share the closest likeness in style with Gram Parsons-era Byrds and pre-Wilco band Uncle Tupelo, and I’m hearing some of the grit of good ole’ original country boys like Merle and Waylon. The band has dropped some of the ‘alt’ in the alt-country style more present on 2004’s 10 Mile Grace and really plays a looser, more fun version of country-rock. Not really what you think of when you hear “Brooklyn indie-band,” huh?
The album starts strong with “Like Me Better” which introduces the hillbilly singer who sounds like he is playing his first song of the night to a sparsely-attended dive bar. The rock presence picks up though just two and a half minutes in when the electric guitar forces its way in and hangs around for a good minute. I know, it’s unheard of, an extended guitar solo on a modern rock album! God bless ‘em for it. “Had It Made” follows and it makes it very clear that there is plenty of rocking to be done. Over the next few songs you get steel guitar, country wit and wisdom, a great harmonica solo, and a stellar guitar rave-up closes out the song “Talkin”. The epic 7-minute “Sunday Driver” is like The Weight’s “Tuesday’s Gone”.
The Weight’s Are Men is sheer rocky-tonk music that should be in every dive-bar jukebox in the country. I love this quote from the The Colonel Records’ one-sheet for the album…”for the similarly post-jaded kids and honest fans of Americana, Are Men sounds like the record you actually enjoy listening to.” It’s so true. The next time me and the boys are drinking an 18-pack of Bud at my place, I’ll certainly be spinning this album.
Sample some songs over here.
…I mean, at Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Sunday, the 28th. Kick out the jams with some kielbasa and beer! The first one in July was a blast. Here are the details. And here is a nice video…
*Picture courtesy of Lee Greenfeld of Dead Flowers Productions
We had a great time seeing the Master in a packed Prospect Park last night. My only complaint is that the level wasn’t loud enough on the lawn, and I believe that’s due to Park Slope noise ordinances. Umm, don’t you think they could make an exception when Bob Dylan’s in town! C’mon!! Lawn tickets weren’t exactly cheap.
Anyway, Bob gave us a great set and here’s the list, also courtesy of Lee Greenfeld. I pretty much just jacked his whole Myspace blog post. Thanks, Lee!
bob dylan, 8/12/08
prospect park bandshell
1. rainy day women 12 & 35
2. lay, lady, lay
3. lonesome day blues
4. girl of the north country
5. the levee’s gonna break
6. spirit on the water
7. honest with me
8. john brown (!!!)
9. highway 61 revisited
10. beyond the horizon
11. it’s alright, ma (i’m only bleeding)
12. nettie moore
13. summer days
14. masters of war
15. like a rolling stone (encore)
16. thunder on the mountain (encore)
17. blowin’ in the wind (encore)