My father-in-law passed away today. Big ups, Big D...RIP. May your birdie putts always drop in where ever you are. One of his favorites was Willie Nelson. Peep the below video from Willie's 70th birthday party at the Beacon Theater here in NYC; Dave was there. You can see him in the lower orchestra:
CMJ 2008 kicked off on Tuesday. Lots of parties with lots of bands trying to become the next big thing all over New York City's great venues from smally-small to large. This year is going to be light for me unfortunately, dammit stupid life. Won't even be in town for Friday and Saturday (my birthday). Gonna try to fit as much great music in the time I have though.
Night one I took in the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Only caught the first three bands which was a disappointment but the quality of the first three was outstanding. Favorite set was by the band from North Cakalacki, The Sammies. This band has some really catchy rock tunes and a live set that one just has to see. A few of my pics are below and the rest are on my flickr.
Three years ago this December will be the third anniversary of my first Haley Bonar show. Since then, she's released two albums...both I really dig. The latest, Big Star, was released this past June. I missed her when she was here around the album release...no worries because I can make up for it tonight when I head to Hiro Ballroom to check out Haley opening for another great musician, Andrew Bird.
Just back from Radio City where I saw Death Cab For Cutie perform. Surprisingly, it was the first time I have seen the band from Seattle in concert. Not that I avoided....yada yada....it was the first live Ben Gibbard set.
The sold out crowd seemed into the show; I however was unimpressed by the band in the live setting. I think the songwriting and music is overall, really great. Not sure it translates live for the most part. Glad I can check them off the to-see list....now if only BG would bring back Postal Service.