Category Archives: TVD New York City

TVD Live: Steve Gunn at Baby’s All Right, 8/22

PHOTOS: MAS HINO | We first heard of Steve Gunn when he opened for Kurt Vile at Bowery Ballroom, and we missed him. He could be seen playing on the side of the stage with Kurt Vile, but we really couldn’t hear him. We made the assumption that if you are playing guitar with Kurt Vile, then chances are you are probably pretty good at guitar.

Later that month we were record shopping at Academy Records, when it was on N 6th, and up on the wall with the staff picks was Time Off and it said, “Recommended if you like Gene Clark’s No Other.” And we do, very much so, and although it doesn’t have the volume of overdubs and sounds more like when Jimmy Page breaks out the acoustic, they were right on the money that us Gene fans would dig this record.

Sadly, his show last Friday at Baby’s All Right was the second time we have not been able to see Steve Gunn together. Last summer Alex was on tour when he played 285 Kent. It was right after an awesome Tiny Desk Concert performance and the release of Time Off, so we were certain it would be packed, sold-out even, but to my surprise there were 15 people in the room.

Gunn was absolutely amazing and everyone there was stunned in disbelief that so few people seemed aware of it. He was truly on another level that night, peaking in fact, and I’m so glad I was there. His show Friday was great as well, and he delivered all the goods—cyclical and melodic guitar riffs, mellow and sultry vocals, thoughtful somewhat vague lyrics that sink into my bones, songs that slowly build into epic jams that you find yourself lost in, and this time, a packed room. There was even a touch of myth in the murmurs, dudes attempting to explain Gunn’s past to their ladies.

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TVD Live: Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right, 8/16

I first heard Jacco Gardner in Oxford, Mississippi in the midst of a tour of the southern United States in 2013. I was checking out R.E.M. bootlegs, of which there was a vast selection, at a store called The End of All Music. On the store stereo was the record Cabinet of Curiosities by Jacco Gardner. They only had the one copy, and after some negotiation, Matt (one of my partners in rock) managed to score it.

We proceeded to drive all over America, and quite often this record was our soundtrack. Through rain, snow, desert heat, darkest night, and blurriest morning, Jacco always delivered.

In November of 2013, the men and I found ourselves in Manchester, England with a day off. We decided to go out and explore. Manchester is one of the classic music towns in the world, full of history and interesting people. We decided we should check out the place we were going to play the next night and seek refreshment. Once there, and successfully refreshed, we realized that Jacco was playing across the street that night. Great news indeed.

The show was glorious and intimate. It was sold out, but it could only hold 30 people at most. I remember being really struck by the back wall projections. I had forgotten how effective a vibey projection can be. How it can actually change the meaning of a song, and if not change it, then subliminally nudge your mind to listen with a different viewpoint. After the concert we met and chatted with Jacco and the rest of the group and generally made merry. I got the record for myself this time and counted down the days till we got home for Thanksgiving.

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TVD Kickstarts: CBGB Punk Photos by Godlis, 1976-1979: The Book

I’ve known David Godlis’ photographs longer than I’ve known him. If you’ve read any number of books or New York Times articles about CBGB and related subjects, chances are you know his work as well. I finally befriended him 6 or 7 years ago during one of my frequent periods of unemployment. He needed some help scanning proofsheets, and I was able and willing. Listening to a mix of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Howard Stern broadcasts, we got to know each other pretty well.

The one surprising thing I found out was that he had never had a book published. “I’m working on something…” “I’m talking to some publishers…” “I may do a Kickstarter campaign…” These were the various things he said keeping things somewhat close to the vest. Well, he’s finally launched his Kickstarter campaign, and the response has been astounding. He met his initial goal of $30,000 within five days! Of course, if you’re interested in a limited edition copy of the man’s timeless work, you should still donate.

Godlis was generous enough to spend a few minutes talking about the CBGB days with us.

What did you shoot prior to discovering CBGB, and how did you discover the club?

Prior to arriving in New York City in 1976, I was a “street photographer,” trying to shoot like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander all rolled into one.

When I moved here from Boston and found some work, I began looking for a club or bar to hang out in that had music or a good jukebox. I guess all paths were leading to CBGB’s after I spied an issue of Punk magazine and saw the back of the Village Voice with those adverts for bands with odd interesting names – Blondie, Television, Ramones, Suicide. I had also seen a photo in Boston of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in the summer of 1975. So, down to the Bowery I went and the rest is history.

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TVD Live: Paul Rodgers with the Royal Sessions band at Town Hall, 6/19

PHOTOS: EBRU YILDIZ | At a point in between songs during his New York performance of recent project and album release The Royal Sessions, Paul Rodgers remarked (half to himself, half to the packed house before him), “Isn’t this music cool? I love this music.”

This music, covers of classic blues and soul tunes such as “I Thank You,” “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” and show-stealer “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” was really, really cool. After all, the Sessions band, an assortment of top musicians from Memphis, gave us a tighter-than-tight horn section and an electric bongo player.

But the majority of the evening’s cool points most definitely went to Rodgers himself, because he made every move and every note look and sound easy, causing the average concert-going nerd to narrow his eyes, stroke his chin and think to himself, “Hmmm… so casual, smooth, easy—heck, anybody could sing these R&B standards and sound good, right?”

Wrong! Because only Paul Rodgers, singer of such rock classics as Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and Free’s “All Right Now,” could make these standards sound so good. Indeed, it could be said that Rodgers’ Royal Sessions project created (cue megaphone amplification) “The PERFECT… STORM… OF SOUL.”

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TVD Live Shots: Foxy Shazam at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/30

I was introduced to Foxy Shazam’s music by a friend a few months ago. So when I heard they were coming to the Bowery Ballroom I figured I would go check out the live show.

I’ll let the photos do the talking.

And in case there’s any confusion, yes, that is Eric Nally eating a bundle of cigarettes…

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TVD Live Shots: Lee Fields at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/29

Last Thursday, Lee Fields and his sharp-as-a-tack backing band, The Expressions came back to the city to perform at the Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the release of their new record, Emma Jean.

Fields’ set included mostly songs from the new record—and let me tell you it sounds incredible. The “Little JB” is surely coming on strong this summer.

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TVD Live Shots: Built
to Spill at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/21

Last Wednesday, Built to Spill performed at the Bowery Ballroom, their last of 3 New York City shows.

Though static in stage presence, the Idaho five piece’s set was exciting as ever and especially filled with their guitar based jams for each song. For the encore, the band called the crowd up to join them for an on-stage dance party.

Each member slowly and secretly exited the stage, handing their instruments over to someone else, and only to be revealed when the show was over and the crowd on the stage cleared.

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Early Winters: In-Store with TVD at Village Music World, NYC

We find we like to grow with an act once we’ve become enamored. Tracks with a fragile beauty and hushed vocals that insinuate themselves into the subconscious beget pals over here.

From First Date to taking the band record shopping (a logical progression if there ever was one) we’ve become quite fond of Early Winters, the LA by way of Toronto by way of UK four piece. So, there we were last month in the Greenwich Village record shop Village Music World—aptly named—with band members Carina Rounds, Justin Rutledge, Dan Burns, and Zac Rae for a bit of a record rummage and in-store performance.

We caught the band before their headline appearance at Rockwood Music Hall and prior to a west coast jaunt with Afghan Whigs in support of Vanishing Act, their new full length release on store shelves this very moment.

And yes indeed, there’s vinyl.

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TVD Recommends: Early Winters at Village Music World, free in-store, 4/8

Check out a free performance from Early Winters in NYC tomorrow night at Village Music World, a great record shop in the west village. The music kicks off at 7pm with free beer and pizza. We’ll be there filming, catching the band before their headlining show Wednesday night at Rockwood Music Hall. But first, a bit of a confession from Early Winters’ Justin Rutledge…

“Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t really buy new vinyl anymore. I search around for the old stuff, Van Morrison, Veedon Fleece, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Miss America, The Smiths, The Queen In Dead. Not to say that the new stuff ain’t got it–it’s just that the old stuff has the goods, ya know?

Just don’t tell anyone, because I’m in a band and I’d get in trouble for saying stuff like that. Ok, sometimes I get new vinyl too, but don’t tell anyone. I really love secrets. Sometimes when I’m listening to vinyl, it’s like someone is telling me clandestine sweet nothings, but on a stereo.

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TVD Video Premiere: Pine Barons, “Don’t Believe What They
Told You”

TVD NYC’s Caitlin McCann, director of the above named vid, has your backstory. And a need for some tarps. LOTS of tarps. —Ed.

“There’s some sort of energy that comes from lying down on the floor. An energy that realigns my body and leaves a clear path for inspiration to swim up and down my spine and leak into my brain…”

“The basic concept for this video was literally conceived from lying flat on the floor of my bedroom after listening to Pine Barons’ record on repeat twenty million times and deciding I really wanted to make a video for this song.

I met them a few days earlier and I knew I wanted to work with them. They put on an amazing live show, they didn’t trash my apartment when I let them crash there, and they were nice to my dad when he came over at 9am the next morning. And they’re a bunch of hunks so…duh.

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