Playlist for 10-26-14

Prettier Than Matt Jim & Pam Oct 26, 2014 9:07 PM
The Powder Room Disappointment Oct 26, 2014 9:02 PM
American Thieves New York City Girl Oct 26, 2014 8:53 PM
Sleeping Policeman All Your Fears Oct 26, 2014 8:48 PM
Tab Spencer New York Oct 26, 2014 8:35 PM
Sol Cat Sea Of Light Oct 26, 2014 8:32 PM
Big Awesome Grey’s Birthday Oct 26, 2014 8:18 PM
Tesla Rossa Kinetic Oct 26, 2014 8:15 PM
Tei Shi Bassically Oct 26, 2014 8:07 PM
Prettier Than Matt Play Dead Oct 26, 2014 8:04 PM
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CMJames Part 5: What’s in a Venue Name?

When reading about either historic or contemporary shows in New York City, you frequently come across a familiar set of unusual  venue names. I never gave it much thought, chalking it up as a strange cheekiness perhaps. But these names are almost entirely accurate, believe it or not!

For example, Brooklyn Night Bizarre is a mouthful of a name. However, it turns out that it is, in fact, a bazaar of booths with the normal assortment of wares that one purchases at fairs and carnivals: trinkets, junk jewelry, bric-a-brac…


And you CAN purchase cake and cupcakes at The Cake Shop!

Cake Shop cake

Arlene’s Grocery used to be a bodega and grocery but it became a full time music venue back in the mid-nineties.


More self explanatory are the Bowery Ballroom (a ballroom…on Bowery), and The Bowery Electric (a multi level venue in the lighting/electric district on Bowery).

Now if only I could explain “Baby’s All Right” in Brooklyn…


CMJames Part 4: Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

future laureates @ living room

A folk, rock and pop hybrid, here The Future Laureates (above) played  The Living Room in Brooklyn last night.

A link to the official video for their song “Kingston Blues”,,

Below, the loud and rocking Concord America plays their anthem-like music at The Bowery Electric.

A link to their video, “So Gay”:

Mainland plays an exuberant set in the basement at the legendary Cake Shop, while they do, in fact, sell cake at the street level bar!

Complete with banjo and an upright bass, the Cerny Brothers (seen here playing at Webster Hall) were the perfect following to the shredding licks of Purling Hiss.

Cerny Brothers

A really wonderful country style band called Jared and the Mill playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. They even have their own giant bearded Randy on drums!

Jared and the Mill


A southern style band from Ireland – Buffalo Sunn.

Buffalo Sunn


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