Last Night Vol05: Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative

Melvin Van Peebles and his band, Laxative, played two sets at Zebulon last night, both were about an hour long. Below is a video montage of two songs (Chippin’ and Quittin’ Time), one from each set. Van Peebles is a man of the people, which he managed to prove last night. Without the slightest sign of affectation, he could be found chatting to Zebulon’s patrons all night. When asked how he feels about being videotaped by a big ass camera, he just replied: “No worries, I have been there myself. Do your thing”.

Laxative is:
Melvin Van Peebles – vocals
Mikel Banks – vocals
Jared Nickerson – bass
Bruce Mack – keyboards
André Lassalle – guitar
“Moist” Paula Henderson – baritone sax
Chris Eddelton – drums
Will Martina – Chello

Last Night Vol04: Sam Mickens’ Ecstatic Showband & Revue

Sam Mickens played the Silent Barn last night. Below is footage of him covering Bowie and a few of his own jams.

Last Night Vol02: Religious to Damn / Man’s Gin

Below is footage from Religious To Damn’s show last night at Union Pool, as well as their new music video. “Black Sand”, the song that closed out the night, was a live premiere and is included in our video montage.

After the jump: A video edit of Man’s Gin
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Last Night: Tamaryn & Religious to Damn

Shoegazers Tamaryn and Religious to Damn were at the newly ‘renovated’ Don Hill’s last night. Funny enough the place doesn’t look like it received a make over at all. It is now sporting a faux CBGB’s style. Tamaryn will also be at PS1 this Saturday for a free 4pm show. Religious to Damn can be caught next in Brooklyn at Union Pool on February 23.

East River Ferry Godmother

The Bloomberg administration and City Council have a new plan to help New York residents along the water deal with crowded subways and fewer bus routes.  A new and improved ferry service is scheduled to provide all day service along the East River starting in June.  The ferries are getting a guaranteed $9 million in city money, as well as city operating support for the next three years.  The city’s Economic Development Corporation is running the project, and will hand the responsibility over to BillyBey, a division of New York Waterway.  The ferries will supposedly run regularly, allow bikes on board, and not cost all too much. From the Times:

“There is an existing East River ferry service, run by New York Water Taxi, but it makes only a handful of runs each day, during the morning and afternoon rush…The new network will offer two additional stops in Brooklyn, at India Street in Greenpoint and at North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, and the boats will travel far more frequently, running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. In the summer, ferries will also stop at a pier near Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and, on Fridays, make a run to Governors Island…City officials said they were hopeful that the expanded route and subsidized fares, as low as $3 a ride would foster a commuting culture…”

Well, nearly everybody I know commutes, and with a higher ticket price and, the ferries scheduled to arrive at each stop only every 20 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush times, and every half-hour at off-peak hours, it may not give the old subway the run for its money some are hoping, but who knows? With Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday to cut the MTA Budget by $100 million, the price of a train ticket might be three to five bucks before you know it.  Looks like all our Navy surplus pea coats might start coming in handy.

Controlled Bleeding splatters Eardrums again

In case you haven’t yet noticed, Paul Lemos’ legendary experimental and avantgarde outfit Controlled Bleeding is back in action. Last night they were at Cake Shop, ripping through 30 minutes of shredding prog rock. What’s your excuse for not having been there?

Below are a few more clips of recent appearances
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Zachary Cale & The Late Shift previewed new material at Zebulon

Zachary Cale previewed a handful of songs off of his upcoming album “Noise of Welcome” last night at Zebulon. Below is a video edit of the set’s closing number “War Love”, alongside clips of openers The Heaven’s Jail Band and D.Charles Speer & the Helix. Speer himself has a new album coming out on Thrill Jockey soon. Can’t wait to see him and the Helix share the stage with label mates Liturgy. Now that’d be what I call a diverse bill.

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Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!

At least Mayor Bloomberg is proud of himself.  In a press release he said the city’s response to the snow this morning showed it had fixed the problems that plagued the much griped about handling of the Dec. 26 blizzard.  Arguably, this most recent snow was not as bad as last month’s, but the official record indicated  9.1 inches in Central Park.  It was worse in other parts of the city, but I swear the BQE never looked that bad from where I was looking on my buddy’s fire escape. Snowpacalypse 2010 reached upwards of 20 inches in some areas, but I gues we shouldn’t belittle the city’s efforts.  According to WNYC:

The mayor vowed a faster and more efficient response to the storm this time. There were 106 private contractors helping to clear the city’s tertiary street and 1,000 laborers who cleared bus stops and cross walks.  “Our goal for this storm was not merely to get back to business as usual,” Bloomberg said. “Our goal was to deploy a more effective snow response operation than ever, more aggressive and more accountable, based on the lessons that we learned in the last storm and that’s what we’ve done.”

Thanks, Mike. That just means we had to go to work today. Winter is far from over, but im already tired of it.  Check this vid from last month: