Sunday, December 11, 2011

little hurricane - Baby It's Cold Outside (free mp3 download)

By the time the holiday seasons roll around, you ought to figure out if you were naughty or nice and know what to expect in your stocking. And it looks like we did something good this year. One of our favorite bands, little hurricane, put out their interpretation of a classic holiday tune, Baby It's Cold Outside. Get yourself this sweet treat by downloading it for free from their site, here !

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Make Music New York - 12/21/11

This year will be Make Music New York's first Winter celebration! Make Music Winter will be on December 21st, the first night of winter. There are 12 outdoor and free performances scheduled to be played in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

I'm very partial to guitars and would suggest "Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Guitars" and walk along the marching electric guitarists at play. Or maybe go to the "Notation Parade," where the brass musicians will go from building to building to find parts of a piece that will be imaged onto the façades. Or if you're feeling old school and hip, go to Park Slope for "Peregrine," a boombox galore. Check out the schedule and enjoy!

Jackson Tyler Hunt - The Verge (free mp3 download)

Almost here! Jackson Tyler Hunt's album, The Verge, debuts next week on December 13, 2011. The first single off the album is the title track, The Verge. This song feels like the realization that appears after waking up the next morning from a night of fun out on the town. A realization of what the world truly is without all the sparkling lights and pom poms. And all that's left is you standing on a crossroad that you, somehow through many twists and turns, ended up at. "I'm here. What do I do now?" Will be back with the album review soon.

In the meantime, listen and download for free, The Verge, at the link here =)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Going Country - Cowboy Take Me Away

I love, live and breathe music (disclosure: doesn't mean I'm good at it). All kinds of music. But there's always been one genre that I just never quite understood and frankly, never gave a chance to. Country. Country music is a whole different planet to me. It's definitely different. Maybe growing up in a big city had something to do with it? Maybe.

Anywho, I finally listened to a few songs recently, when a friend mentioned how much he loved country music. "Wait, what? YOU?!"

I'm bringing this up because over the past few days I've replayed Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood's Remind Me ... into gluttony. And then Brad Paisley's Little Moments. And David Nail's Let It Rain. And then Keith Urban's You'll Think of Me. Where my Dixie Chicks at? I know this is just the tip of the iceberg and I'm just scraping the border between country and pop. Give me some time. But I am certainly enchanted by this "new territory." =D

Any suggestions?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Clara C - Shakin' Off Silence 2011

It took less than 2 years for a gal named Clara C to win Kollaboration Los Angeles, have a successful debut album and headline a global tour.


I was introduced to Clara's music by my wonderful buddy at AMEvents Inspiration. Check out this FUN filled site...after reading this. =D

I finally got to see Clara in concert earlier in November during the Shakin' Off Silence tour. Clara is not only an impressive vocalist (her booming voice will raise your skin) but also quite a funny person! She kept her audience entertained all throughout her performance. Without a blink and so naturally. Her shows are guaranteed by her personality to include great music and laughter. I also have to write about New Heights, later. This awesome band opened for Clara C and also collaborated with her for a music video. Stay tuned...

Clara's first album, Art in My Heart, debuted in September 2010. My personal favorite off this album is, Wake Up in Neverland. Love, love, love it. Clara just finished the Asian part (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila) of her APAC tour. Next up, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia!

Clara reveled during her concert that when she was younger, she was given dis-encouragement to pursue a music career. Well, I hope her sold out shows showed that person how wrong he/she was. Listen to your heart fellas. There's no time like today to pursue the life you want.

Saves the Day - Daybreak

Saves The Day became Saves the Day in 1997. This from their original name since 1994, Sefler. This New Jersey based band has had only one constant since then, which is the lead singer/songwriter, Chris Conley. Arun Bali, the current backing vocals, is also becoming quite a force for the band. There must've been 20 something band mates that went through the revolving door of this band. But the fans are still here and more excited than ever for their new album, Daybreak.

My friends and I enjoyed their show a few weeks ago in NYC. I loved bopping along with the music and avoided the moshing area. I rather not walk out with a shoeprint on my face! But my other friend "Bee," who is StD's #1 fan if I ever met one, decided otherwise and jumped in. Ha!


As the band was winding down the night, they finally sang my favorite song "Anywhere with You." "CeCe" was wondering if I also thought the dude sounded like a chipmunk! He's a very good chipmunk.

Saves the Day's new (7th) album, Daybreak, debuted on September 13, 2011. Download their new song, "Living Without Love," on www.SavesTheDay.com.

Here's "Deranged and Desperate" off of the Daybreak album. Because I like it.

Lead vocals/guitar - Chris Conley
Backing vocals/guitar - Arun Bali
Base guitar - Rodrigo Palma
Drums - Claudio Rivera (LOVE his hair)

In the Midst of the Holiday Season 2011

Well November went by fast!! Cleaning, changing wardrobe, family gatherings, concerts, friends, birthdays (and there was plenty this month), turkeys, shopping and who knows what else, took more time than what the day has to offer. Hopefully y'all had a GREAT Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a wonderful way to close out your 2011 and making preparations for an awesome 2012!

Friday, November 11, 2011

V.V. Brown - back in NYC



One of the most original and talented singer songwriters, V.V. Brown is finally out of hiatus and I am ecstatic. Here's my first post on her. Please excuse the excessive use of (!).She made a tour stop in NYC last week! If you weren't there then you missed out on a good time. V.V. not only sang her classics such as "Shark in the Water," she also sang a load of her new songs from her upcoming album, Lollipops & Politics. It is set to be released in early 2012. Review = great. The songs are more mature and involves more serious issues that effects today's generations. And V.V. still makes it fun.

One of my favorites is "Famous." She wants to be famous/But what does it mean? What do anything we do in this life, mean to you?

I had the pleasure of meeting V.V. for a mere minute after her performance. I was a bit star stuck. I was meeting one of my favorite artists of all time! All I was able to get out was "I really like your songs. You are so cool. Can you sign this?" Oy. At least it made sense! V.V. was an absolute dear.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rachael Yamagata @ Rockwood


"Be Be Your Love." That was our hope for the day. My friends and I were looking forward to see Rachael Yamagata play at Rockwood. The place was filled up pretty quickly and we were lucky enough to get front row "seats."

Rachael is a lovechild between James Morrison and Fiona Apple. Her songs have made its way onto many films and shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Nip/Tuck, Grey's Anatomy, ER.

She released her third album, Chesapeake, in October. Her single, Starlight, from the new album is taking an even more rock-ier approach from her past adult alternative style. But still very rich in voice and lyrics. Rachael is currently on a nationwide tour and will return to New York for 2 performances in December. More info in the "Upcoming Events" section!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Class Actress Free MP3 - Keep You

Download the free MP3, "Keep You" from Class Actress, here (on Amazon)! "Keep You" is the the new single of of their new album, Rapprocher. Check here for the post on Class Actress.

Here's a little something from the lead singer, Elizabeth Harper and others from her other collaboration band, Girl Crisis. Of course, they sing the classic "The Sign" from my favorite band of all time (what they are today is a whole different story), Ace of Base ! Gives me goosebumps!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Little Hurricane's TV Debut...Happened?

I don't even watch "Revenge," but it doesn't mean that I'm not a fan of it. The show is just not on my plate. Little Hurricane announced on their Facebook that their song, "Get By," will be played during last week's episode. It was an exciting moment!

The moment came...and went. I had to watch the episode 2.5 times to finally hear it! "Get By" was severely underused as background noise, not even as music, during one of the bar scenes. The good news is that the song was made available on ABC's website right after the episode. Hopefully it has gotten more traction from there. They certainly deserve it. No worries, the talent is there and the people will come. I freaking <3 Little Hurricane. Now if only you'd come back to visit the East Coast!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Perez Hilton's One Night in NYC

Oh, yeah. I was there. Heart my friends!! Thanks to "Yo Yo" who invited moi. The set list for the night was amazing. And curious. I never thought I would see Pauly D do DJ, live. I mean, EVER. In my life.

One Night In NYC - Set List 2011

Mike Nouveau DJ
DJ Pauly D
Anjulie
Iggy Azalea
Karmin
Mia Moretti DJ
Boyz II Men
Mary J. Blige
Little Boots DJ


This was like being in the candy store. Gushing on the sweets even when you know they can rot your teeth! Except Boyz II Men. They rock. Their first song was MotownPhilly. I knew most of the words to it! I did learn something in school. The group has shrunk by 1. Nathan, Wanya and Shawn are still very much in. Boyz II Men came out with a new album, Twenty, today!



A few of my other favorite acts are Karmin and Anjulie.


Anjulie is a Canadian singer/songwriter who's songs has appeared on many shows. She also won the video of the year in 2009 for "Boom." Anjulie's older songs leans towards more soul/pop-rock music. Her new song, "Brand New B**ch" is going a WHOLE different way. Electro and dance-pop. I have to admit that it is really catchy. It would go great in the dance clubs. The audience loved it, but her older fans are giving the curious eye brow for now. It's great that she's experimenting with other music, though. She is going for something "Brand New."

Karmin, Karmin, Karmin. Karmin is a duo with Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan. These 25 year olds from Massachusetts are hitting mainstream radio like lightening. One of Karmin's originals, "Take It Away," was featured in this year's NBA Finals. Amy is the guitar and vocals and also an EXCELLENT rapper who favors a style from the 1940s. She pulls it off beautifully. Nick is the piano guy and the other half of this recently ENGAGED duo. Congrats!! Once you listen to their cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", there will be no turning back.




And last but not least, I will leave you a picture of Pauly D. I was so mesmerized by his shiny Italia laptop. And that hair. Fist pumping was definitely involved. Need I say more?

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Wombats @ Webster Hall

A couple of us went to see the Wombats on Wednesday night. We just kept raving about how much fun it was. We also could not stop talking about the last time we were inside of Webster Hall! Ah, those college nights...

Moving on. The night started with some of the best opening acts we've seen in a long time. The Spring Tigers followed by The Postelles (or Pos-tell-iis, as questioned by friend "B"). We'll get to them in a later post. They're also Stella drinkers.

The energy, the music, the voice of lead singer Matthew Murphy, and the fans all made a smoothie of a good time. Definitely, one of the best $16 spent on a Wednesday night. I wasn't even moving when I was recording because the crowd was literally shaking the dance floor. I was more worried about what to hold on to if the floor decided to take a break!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Little Hurricane on "Revenge"

The Little Hurricane that could. This is the cool band. In high school, they would be the cool kids that are very nice but also beat to their own drum and no one else's. They're just naturally popular because of who they are, not because they strive to be. It's nuts!

Little Hurricane's song, "Get By" will be on ABC's show, Revenge, tonight! Here's the video of their new single, "Crocodile Tears."

The Wombats tonight!

I don't care if it's raining cats and dogs (and it definitely is), I'm feeling sunny because I have a date with The Wombats tonight! Tickets are still available at the door at Webster Hall. Come and see this British band make a splash across the pond. They already did back home.

CMJ 2011

Don't forget to browse the schedule for CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival! Find some new music, fill up your weekend, meet some new people. It is running from Oct. 18th to 22nd.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ellie Goulding Runs

Ellie has been having quite the relationship with Nike, lately. Her love for running def has something to do with it. She just posted this clip (short film?), that was made by Nike recording her runs during her tour, on her site. Look out for the link that actually enters her site on the bottom right hand corner.

Ellie is currently touring with one of my guilty pleasures, Katy Perry!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kina Grannis

Weddings, weddings, weddings! I am quite certain that about half of my friends, including me, went to a wedding this past weekend. Wedding pictures are invading the Newsfeed on Facebook.

This weekend I was excited to be a part of a good friend's celebration! Mucho food, fun, love and friends =)

I especially enjoyed the music selection for the ceremony. Kina Grannis for the bridal processional ... whaaat? In a world of corporate day jobs, it is rare to find others who know about indie music. It's just as rare as finding a hockey fan around here. Adding another reason why the bride and I are friends ;)

Kina Grannis is a singer/songwriter from Southern California. Her songs have made it onto television shows and events such as the Superbowl. She accomplished all this before graduating college in 2007. I just got my driver's license. Kina is in the acoustic pop genre, with the likes of Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Kina just started her first world tour this month. Since 2005, she has released 4 albums. The latest album, Stairwells (2010), made it onto the Billboard 200!

"Valentine" was used for the bridesmaids processional and "The Way You Are" by Kina Grannis and David Choi for the bride. Love it, "K"! Too cute =)

Rooftop Pursuit

My one night with Kollaboration NY introduced me to many new talents. One of my favorites is Rooftop Pursuit. Don't let the tattoos fool you. Rooftop Pursuit is a rock/R&B style band. And their songs will melt your hearts, ladies!

RP currently consists of Phil Lee (vocal/piano), Jason Yi (drums), Paul Frankie Lee (guitar/cello). This Washington D.C. based band, started in July of 2010 with everyone coming from a different band/project. The result sounds like Nickelback and some parts Ne-Yo. MELT!

RP's music video for "Why I Sing" was in collaboration with The Jubilee Project. Besides being one of my favorite songs off of their first album, this video was also used to raise awareness for Hepatitis B. Jubilee Project was put together by 3 friends who wanted to make videos for a good cause that will "empower, enable and inspire others to do good as well."

RP is currently performing in D.C. and working on their second album.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mr. Simple

My sis was just watching videos by a Youtube-r, KevJumba, a few days ago. I started watching them after she left. Seems like a nice kid from Texas. AND he was on the Amazing Race last year with PapaJumba. The one video that got me LMAO was "10 Reasons Why I'm Not Cool." Besides using this post to show off his friends, Jeremy Lin and nigahiga (I'm not jealous...not really...maybe), KevJumba gives us a few of the many reasons why he's not cool.

I FELL out of my chair craaaacking up after I heard one of his reasons. One, because of the fantastic makeup work and two, because I knew exactly what song he's referring to! Ah, brings me back to the days when I listened to Korean pop. You have to watch it to understand. And if you do, please help me confirm if Jeremy was ironing a sock. Great lip-synching, too. Have fun!

Here's KevJumba and the official music video below!



Super Junior - Mr. Simple

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Well, I've been keeping quite silent on this front. Sorry! The other life needed to be tended to a bit more lately.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Kollaboration New York 6 - 9/29/11

Last night was the first time I went to a Kollaboration show. What took me so long? Loved. It. Kollaboration is a talent show that provides a stage for aspiring Asian American artists. This non-profit organization was founded by Paul PK Kim in Los Angeles in 2000. Since then, Kollaboration has settled bases in 13 cities. And counting.

Thank you Kollaboration for coming to New York! For the 6th time! Looking forward to the 7th.

Here's the video of all the contestants (minus Cheryl Chin, plus Christina Love Kim). I'll be back with reviews from the show soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jane Lui's NYC Meetup is TONIGHT at 7pm @ Grand Army Plaza!

I can't believe I didn't mention this earlier. ARGH.

Rockwood Music Hall was PACKED to the brim, this past Tuesday night! Plenty of new and old fans came out to see Jane Lui. And she did not disappoint!

Here's Jane Lui singing a fan fav, Freddie Goodtime.
I was also absolutely not amused by the couple behind me who were trying to speak louder than Jane singing. Seriously. The place is only so big, too.


Jane has always stated how much she appreciates and loves her fans, who she also sees as her friends. Awh. =)

Jane started to set casual "Meetups" with fans in cities where she is performing. If you're free, come join all of us for the NYC Meetup at Grand Army Plaza @ 7PM (Thurs., 9/22). You can rsvp at Chris@JaneLui.com.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Mates of State FREE single from their new album - Mountaintops

Mates of State's new album, Mountaintops, is OUT today!

Get their new single, Palomino, from Amazon as a MP3 download for FREE today!!

Mates of State will be performing at Webster Hall in NY on October 12. Get your tickets here.

CNote's review of Mates of State.

Bocelli, Dion, Bennett and Botti!


This was the BEST picture I could get, considering the conditions of last night on the Great Lawn! If only I can capture the huge and brightly lite "I <3 NY" sign. My friends and I waited on line and started to walk in around 7:30...and finally made it to the Great Lawn around 8:30! Not too bad considering that the line was from inside Central Park, to the 72nd Street entrance to 59th Street! In any event, this was a great experience to hear the great tenor, Andrea Bocelli. For free! We also got inside just in time to see Celine Dion and Tony Bennett perform their duets with Bocelli. The big surprise for me was hearing Chris Botti's name as one of the guest performers. I JUMPED and SQUEALED like a 8 year old in a candy store...while everyone around me was asking, "Who?" Chris Botti is one of my favorite jazz musicians. This American trumpet player has toured internationally and worked with the biggest names in the music world as guest vocalists.

Chris Botti and Steven Tyler <3

Andrea Bocelli ended the night with, what else? Time to Say Goodbye...

From Tuscany 2008

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Andrea Bocelli on the Great Lawn

The great Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, will be performing in Central Park tonight! I'm sorry to mention this...especially since I got tickets to go! Courtesy of a great person =) Unless it rains...

For those who do not have tickets, the concert will be shown on PBS afterwards.

Here's one of my favorite clips of Bocelli. I'm still weirded out by Elmo's eyelids, though.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fueled by Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert on 9/9/11

I went and had a blast. My goodies included this pair of neon pink sunglasses. It was nice that they gave it out. These were also used to break a Guinness World Record of most sunglasses worn indoors. Process of breaking the record was lead by Gabe from Cobra Starship. The things people come up with.

We had a fun filled night with Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, The Academy Is..., A Rocket to the Moon and VersaEmerge. Gabe Saporta. Travis McCoy. William Beckett. All these lead band singers have one thing in common. A magnetic personality. They love their fans as much as they love themselves. By no means are any of them shy! But this is an absolute golden quality to have if any band/musician wants to connect with their audience on a more intimate level. I've seen musicians capture people's attention with every word and made everyone in the room feel good about the band and themselves. And then I've seen some performers fall flat on their tushies and the room goes dead silent. Definitely not amused by this type of quiet.


Anywho, this is also the first time I've heard VersaEmerge. Holy guacamole. Yes, they fit with this label very well. The personality and music are at the same level of attractiveness. Lead vocals is Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage on drums. Both hail from the Sunshine State, Florida. I have to say, VersaEmerge is like a mini-Evanescence wrapped in Paramore. With just as much personal drama, even? Just look at the continuous change in the band line-ups. They seemed to have finally settled down a bit, though. VersaEmerge is a young band with MTV qualities while maintaining their alternative rock status. Spells success?

All the bands that performed tonight thanked their fans and Fueled by Ramen, endlessly. They all made sure we knew that Fueled by Ramen and we the fans, made them. Now I feel appreciated. I know it's probably from a "You HAVE to say this on stage" list, etc., but it's still appreciated. Here's to another 15 years!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Night 2 of FBR15

Tonight is Fueled by Ramen's second night in celebration of its 15th anniversary! Headlining the celebration at Terminal 5 will be Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes, along with The Academy Is..., A Rocket to the Moon, and more.

Get your tickets here or at the door!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jane Lui back in town


Something to look forward to!

Jane Lui will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall later this month. Free!

Back in July, Jane played the girl-next-door, Penny, in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along during Comic-Con. Afterwards, Jane continued with her worldwide tour and will be making a stop at Rockwood in NYC, also a familiar stomping ground for her, on 9/20 at 9 PM.

Hope to see some of you there!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

QuikSilver Pro - Long Beach, NY - Competition is ON, Festival is Not

Some bad news this week coming from Long Island's local officials. After months of preparation and advertising, the QuikSilver Pro Festival, which was meant to enhance the experience of the ASP surfing competitions, has been cancelled.

This is highly upsetting to surfers, fans (including me) and residents of the area. QuikSilver Pro is hosting a worldwide tour of surfing competitions and has lined up the world's best surfers, sponsors, and dozens of bands to perform at this free 15-day event. This past weekend, Hurricane Irene took its toll on Long Beach and officials do not believe it is ready to take on the Festival at this point. QuikSilver Pro and officials are trying their best to keep the surfing competition on. QuikSilver Pro has not announced anything on its website yet, but stand by. There is still going to be a "QuikSilver Pro Jam Session" featuring super star skater, Tony Hawk, at Pier 54 in NYC on Sept. 2nd @ 2 PM. Free!

Whatever the final decision is, best wishes to Long Beach and all the towns effected for a speedy recovery!


Update: The surfing is still on from Sept 4th to 15th. The website seems to have been updated. Music will be on webcast. Browse the schedule to see if you can at least catch some waves! Early in the morn.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fueled by Ramen 15th Anniversary

Fueled by Ramen will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary as a music label with concerts on Sept. 7th and 9th!

Sept. 7th: Paramore, The Swellers and This Providence

Sept. 9th: Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is...

Get tickets here!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes

Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, known by her stage name as Lykke Li, is Swedish singer-songwriter of mostly indie rock and electronic pop. Her first album, Youth Novels, was released in Europe in January 2008. Ever since, her songs has filled the playlists of many indie music lovers.

Lykke Li has a uniquely soft and high voice. It's one of those natural voices that is 10 times better heard live rather than from a recording studio. Her lyrics are comparable to Ingrid Michaelson's creativity. Some of Lykke's songs might also catch you off guard as she sings with firm confidence and determination of her sexual needs. It can even make the Rolling Stones blush. Her hit, Get Some, turned a few heads. Lykke once mentioned in an interview that the reason some people are surprised by her lyrics, is because she is a girl. She doesn't see the same reaction when the same topic comes from a guy's mouth. There's much truth in that.

Here's her video for "Little Bit," from her first album. Also one of my favorites.


Lykke Li was asked to be a part of the soundtrack for "Twilight Saga: New Moon" which came out in 2009. The result was a hauntingly slow and torturous love song, named "Possibility." The length is 5 minutes. Lykke can jam both ways. This will be the first and hopefully the last time that I will ever have the need to mention Twilight the series. EVER.

Her second and newest album, Wounded Rhymes, came out in February of 2011. This was also the month that her picture and name was splashed across the cover Spin magazine! Read her interview here. This album is still very much her style but much more mature. You can hear the steady ground she's on, compared to the first album.

Lykke's next performance in the Northeast will be on 11/17/2011 at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Get your tickets early! I learned that after waiting too long for so many times. Argh.

From her new album, "I Follow Rivers."

Irene Aftermath

Hope everyone is safe and sound after Irene's gentle visit!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on Saturday, cancelled Sunday

The annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will still be on this Saturday (8/27/11) and is cancelled for Sunday (8/28/11).

FYI: NYC subway system might be shut down starting Saturday afternoon. All outdoor activity permits for Sunday have been revoked by the Mayor's Office.

Take precautions, everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Wavves and I Just Want My Pants Back

A little news on this dreary day.

"I Just Want My Pants Back" is a new show that is being produced by MTV. You dirty minds. Earlier today, MTV announced that Nathan Williams of the San Diego band, the Wavves, will be producing the soundtrack for this show. Here's the announcement on Billboard. "I Just Want My Pants Back" is based on a book by David J. Rosen about young adults trying to find their way in life. Yes. Um, this story sounds a little too familiar.

Anyway, congrats to Nathan and the Wavves! Some good news to bounce off Mother Nature's wrath that is impeding on their concert tonight. Still no word if it's still on. But Hurricane Irene still plans to make her grand entrance.

FYI: The Wavves will also be playing at the QuikSilverPro Festival at Long Beach on Sept. 1st. See you there ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Wavves and Salsa tomorrow 8/25/11 for FREEEEE

Just a reminder:

The Wavves will be performing with the Dum Dum Girls at East River Park (Aphitheater) @ 7PM. This is a part of NYC Summerstage and will be a free performance!

Salsa dancing and lessons with DJ Babaloo at South Street Seaport, on the boardwalk by Skipper's Bar @ 7PM. Free!

Check the Upcoming Events List, on the right, for more.
Have fun and enjoy!

UPDATE: While looking out the window and checking with the reports, I'm going to assume these awesome outdoor events are looking towards cancellation tonight! Stay dry, everyone!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hudson River Blues and BBQ


This past Sunday was the annual Hudson River Blues and BBQ Festival! I LOVE my Blues and LOVE my BBQ. I still remember last year's Festival like it was yesterday. I lasted a whole 5 minutes in the thundering rains. My rain boots and Totes umbrella were no competition. If I stayed any longer, it would not have been pretty.

This year was way more successful. But still ended the same! Well, I got to listen to a few songs. A few very good vintage blues and jazz songs. Many people were turning and twisting and dancing the Sunday afternoon away in the middle of the aisles. The ladies got excited when Braithwaite & Whiteley sang "Rockit Like a Nubian Queen." Not so excited about what happened afterwards. The sky opened up on us like we just won the Superbowl. Thank goodness no Gatorade was invloved. But most of the crowd, like moi, were prepared with (stronger) boots and umbrellas. Unfortunately the festivities had to shut down around 6 PM because of the pesky rain. We got a good few hours in, though. Here's hoping to a dryer Festival next year? I said this last year, too!

Dinosaur BBQ: pork sandwich. MWAAUM.







Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave at the Box 9/13/11

Good. Grief.

I was looking forward to getting a pair of tickets to Trombone Shorty's performance at the Box in October. Silly me didn't want to pay the crazy handling fee, holding fee and pay-us-more fee online. So I decided to just go and pick them up at the box office. Tickets went on sale on Friday, 8/19/11. I went on the following Monday. Lady at the register said, "Oh, I don't think we sell it here." "Wait, just kidding! No, it's sold out." Whaaaaaaat? Sorry, guys. If you didn't get them by Sunday then you're out of luck, too.

I was so ... lost! When did they get that popular? I mean, it's a great thing, haha. I inquired about their tour schedule and was told that they are looking into adding NYC performances at the end of this year or early 2012. Well, time flies anyway. Fine. I'll pay the moocher fees next time. You win! =P

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Wombats

I love this name. It's much cuter and cuddlier than a certain parasite. I was introduced to the Wombats by a dear friend who is currently residing in fabulous Los Angeles. But according to her, the city ain't all that fab. Only in my head. Let's keep it that way for now.

I love the Wombats like I love cookie dough. So questionable at first glance but so warm and gooey once you've taken the leap! The Wombats came together in 2003 and consists of 3 members from Liverpool, England. Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis and Tord Øverland-Knudsen came out with their first single, Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials. No word if Taz was involved with this production.

Their debut album, "A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation" came out in November of 2007. Oh, and it hit platinum status in the UK and gold in Australia! Figures why New Yorkers were just going about their day on there subway when the Wombats were performing "Backfire at the Disco." Blah, who am I kidding. I wouldn't care who showed up on the subway either. It takes long enough to get from Point A to Point B already without losing your sanity.

The song, "Kill the Director," from this album has such a morbid title. But you gotta give it a chance. It's hysterically true! Makes me do the Lisa Simpson crack laugh.
Sample lyrics: Here's another song about a gender I'll never understand / If this is a rom-com then kill the director, please

They came out with their second album, "This Modern Glitch," in April 2011. AND the Wombats will be performing at Webster Hall on October 19, 2011. Get your tickets ($16 advance/$20 at door)! Please, get your tickets and join me there. I'm still looking for some peeps to go with!

Here's "Backfire at the Disco" on the subway. Look at that guy busting some moves with his soda cup! He knows what's kicking. Wait. Is that my train line?






Oy

Sorry. Had to take a break. Back!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Conan Tonight 8/15/11

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be performing songs from their new album, For True, tonight on Conan! For True will be out on September 13, 2011.

Tune in tonight!
TBS @ 11PM (EST)

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Louisiana Music Factory



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Little Hurricane

OMFG. This is the only thing that comes to mind when they perform on stage. OMFG. The first time I met Little Hurricane was during the cold days of a NYC winter, earlier this year. I can't believe I was seeing and listening to this, live.

Their coolness and sexiness factor just sky rockets out of this world. This is even before they show you how musically talented they are. It's insane. The question is, how are they camera and audio ready, all the time?

Little Hurricane describes themselves as dirty blues. Dirty meaning whatever you want it to mean. The songs are exactly a reflection of what this two musicians are. Sexy and cool. This duo is made up of singer-guitarist Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer-singer Celeste “CC” Spina. The chemistry and talents between these two are just too hard to ignore. Watch the video below and tell me otherwise! "Give Em Hell," is one hell of a song for sure. It would be the music world's lost if the big guns don't pay attention to them. As of now, they are doing everything themselves with no label. With the following that is building up for them, I'm sure one will be knocking on their doors soon.

Little Hurricane has decided to continue with the rest of their tour, this year, in the Southwest. I was lucky to catch them while they 'were here. This is definitely one of the bands that I am willing to buy plane tickets to go see them live, wherever they perform. That's how freaking good they are.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DJ Babaloo and Salsa @ South Street Seaport

I really hope all of you are taking advantage of the summer season by going out there and enjoying the city. Can't emphasize enough on how many free things and events there are to do.

I was recently told about free salsa lessons and dancing at South Street Seaport, by Skipper's Bar, at 7PM on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer (last day is 9/1). Whoa what?!

When the night started, the host introduced the crowd (all 7 of us) to beginner's salsa dancing. After convincing a few shy but brave souls to demonstrate, the party got started. As the night came upon us, the host let DJ Babaloo take over. By that time, a few more people gathered on the pier. Then DJ Babaloo ripped the dance floor (or pier) with classic Latin music. More and more people couldn't resist the urge to jump onto the dance floor! There was a mix of expert dancers and novices. The pros would offer to dance with the newbies and teach them a few steps. Love it!

DJ Babaloo knows how to make the atmosphere alive according to the crowd's needs. He kept us on our toes all night. It didn't matter if you had a dance partner or not, DJ Babaloo will get you in the mood! Before I knew it, the floor was filled and the bar seats were empty. We even got a treat from the East River. Fireworks!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty


Yep. I did it. I did the wait. It was just half the fun! Whatever it's worth to you, you will make the wait. Man, was it breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.

One of my friends noted my procrasination by pointing out my waiting until the last day of the exhibit to go. It builds up the excitement! ...Did that excuse work?



Music to Know Festival 2011 CANCELLED

...WTH??

Well, things happen. Music to Know was supposed to go on from August 13th to the 14th. There were a few recognizable names in the line-up such as Vampire Weekend and Ellie Goulding. Looked like a great idea...but I guess it was better on paper than in reality.

Another issue was that Music to Know was scheduled just a week after another Hamptons concert (Escape to New York). How many times did you expect people to pay $110 to go all the way into the Hamptons for a concert one week after another? This ain't Dave Matthews Band!! No disrespect...

Hopefully they'll have better luck next year.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Deer Tick

Really? Deer Tick? My first impression. Actually, that included some goosebumps and squirming because I'm not a huge fan of parasites. Even the word gives me the heebie geebies. But get past that and get to the music!

Deer Tick made their TV debut on David Letterman during the summer of last year. Don't let their young age fool you. They are all folk and bluegrass with a modern twist. They consider themselves a rock and roll band. It's a very interesting sound and more loyal to bluegrass than rock. I absolutely love their song, Baltimore Blues No.1. Who would've thought!? Then I found out they covered one of Sammy Davis Jr's songs. There, you got me.

Deer Tick consists of the founder, John McCauley, Ian O'Neil, Rob Crowell, Christopher Ryan and Dennis Ryan. They hail from Providence, RI. Yep, this is where all those mansions are! And beautiful beaches. Anyways, there's been many changes in the line-up of Deer Tick over the years. Let's hope they finally got it right. Their latest album, The Black Dirt Sessions, came out on June 8, 2010.

They'll be performing at the Hudson River Rocks (NYC) at Pier 54 on Monday, 8/8/2011 @ 7. It's a free concert! What else are you going to do on a Monday night? See you there.

RESCHEDULED!!! FYI, I've just been informed that Deer Tick's performance has been rescheduled to THURSDAY, 8/11/11, @ 7 PM @ Pier 54. Ok, so...hope your Monday night goes well anyway!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ellie Goulding @ Union Square 7/2011

This past Saturday, Ellie Goulding performed at Best Buy at Union Square in NYC. And I got there 1.5 hours early to see her! I would've been there earlier if it wasn't for the infamous MTA verse, "We are delayed because of train traffic. Please be patient," blaring into my ears for over an hour. I find it hard to believe that no one has gone nuts on one of these subways by now. #$*&^%!@*.

Anywho, I picked my spot, got my CD and a nice wristband to meet Ellie after the show. Ah, living the moment as a groupie. I totally went head over heels a while ago when I first heard her dance song, Lights, and her beautiful ballad, The Writer. Her heavy British accent shines so brightly through every one of her words. You and I know we love it! Finally the moment has come.

Ellie first sang her hit dance song, "Lights." Acoustic. Girl can sing her lungs out! The CD does her no justice in displaying the power, strength and rawness of her voice. I was very surprised. Seeing her live changed everything.

Most of her songs are electropop and dance. She has the appeal of Kylie Minogue, the humbleness of girl-next-door Cheryl Cole, and the powerful lungs of Natasha Bedingfield. But Ellie is an absolute original. Just listen. I must also add that you should not trust the pictures. Ellie is even more stunningly beautiful in person.

This UK powerhouse has been touring in the States and will be one of the headliners at the concert, Music to Know in the Hamptons in August. Ellie started her career in 2009 with her debut single, "Under the Sheets." It hit the top of the UK charts. Her debut album, Lights, came out in March of last year. One of my favorite songs is "Salt Skin." She sang it on Saturday as well. But after taking a load of pictures for the first 10 minutes, I had to put away all my shenanigans and ENJOY the performance.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Class Actress - I want to "Keep You"!

It's amazing what the human memory can go on with nothing but a silhouette, a note or a dance move as a reminder.

Some friends invited me to join them at one of the Hudson River Rocks show, last night. Yes, I totally missed this information before! Thank goodness for friends. They wanted to go see Class Actress. The name didn't ring a bell with me and I didn't have time to look up who this band was before I headed there. I was walking onto the packed Pier (let's just say I thought I was in Williamsburg) just as Class Actress started to play, "Let Me Take You Out." Holy mackerel freaking goodness. Then I looked up at the stage. I was far, far back but I KNOW that dance and silhouette of the singer, Elizabeth Harper.


I first saw them at Bowery Ballroom as an opening act! Probably about 2 years ago. Things has changed since then and for the better, I see. I thought they were pretty good back then but never had a chance to catch their name. Now I finally know and will remember it!

Class Actress' songs are heavily synth and electro that are softened by Elizabeth Harper's smokey but strong voice. They focus strongly on a music style best described as a very mod 80s. This music sounds like the journey of a girl in a big city trying to figure out her glamorous path amongst everyone. And nothing will get in her way towards finding it.



I'm liking their new song, Keep You, more and more. Yes, more than the songs from their last album! The band sounds more confident in their style in this new song. It's like hearing, "Yes, this is me. This is what I am!" in the background. The new album is named Rapprocher and will be out on October 18, 2011. I'm looking forward to hear what incredible beats, styles and lyrics Class Actress has to offer.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

27 - Tears Dry On Their Own

On Saturday, I was enjoying a scrumptious Maine seafood meal when my friend broke the news to me. Thanks to 3G. Amy Winehouse has died.

On Monday, I received my copy of Spin magazine in the mail. It was a special tribute on Nirvana and Kurt Cobain.

On Tuesday, the media started to ping Amy as a member of the unfortunately glamorized 27 Club. It isn't. It is only all too tragic. Amy has joined Kurt there. All so gifted and all gone too soon. We were the lucky ones to be gifted with their unhindered talents. They weren't strong enough to conquer their demons in this life. Here's hoping that they are rid of them in the next.

R.I.P.



Monday, July 25, 2011

Trombone Shorty new single 2011!!!

Finally! The day has come!

Our handsome and talented friend, Trombone Shorty, will be debuting his new single on Facebook on Tuesday at noon. Cheeeck it out! His full album will debut on September 13, 2011. Trombone Shorty's tour list is growing and has been taking him back and forth over the Atlantic.

Shorty and his band are currently performing through France, Scotland and Germany. He will be back in the States to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 6-7, though the Festival runs from the 5th to the 7th. Both performances will be at Fort Hood State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Grab a chance and make your way there. No regrets!

I absolutely love his song, "Fallin." Guys, listen to him cause this is how you do it ;)
Here's a clip of one of his performances from last summer! Swooon.

Shout out to Louisiana Music Factory down in New Orleans for introducing him to me!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jane Lui in Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long!

So what has our friend, Jane Lui, been up to these days?

Acting, of course! I'm so excited to see Jane play a lead role in a production of Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long! This show is based in San Diego and made possible by Chinese Pirate Productions.

I love Neil Patrick Harris a.k.a. the original Dr. Horrible. Who doesn't? During the Screen Writers' strike in 2008, the Whedon brothers wrote the tragicom, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long. Well, tragic for mere humans but a victory for evil! Mwahaha!

There are 4 main characters. Dr. Horrible (NPH), Moist, Captain Hammer, and Penny the love interest. Jane will be playing the sweet Penny. For those of you lucky enough to be in San Diego, get your tickets here!! The play will go on from July 16th to the 30th. Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door. Do you know what this also means? You can get double the fun by heading towards Comic Con (7/20 - 24) as well! Get your Dr. Horrible on!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long
July 16 - 30
10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

Click here! Vlog by George Ye.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer concerts in the Hamptons

A pair of weekend festivals will be playing in the Hamptons in early August! One will be in East Hampton and the other in South Hampton. Cute.
Both festivals are featuring indie bands with no overlap. But PLEASE check out the music before you buy. There are all day and single passes still avaliable. Don't drive. Take mass transit.

Escape to New York (August 5-7)
www.escape2ny.com
South Hampton
On the Shinnecock Reservation

Music to Know (August 13 - 14)
www.musictoknow.com
East Hampton
Runway 4

I'm excited to see that Mates of State is a part of the line up for Escape to New York! Hopefully, Kori will have time to update her blog, Band on the Diaper on the Run, with this experience.

Another name that made me go "Ooooo" is Ellie Goulding. This succesful young British electropop star is just that. A star!! Ellie has been recieving awards and nominations in her native UK since 2010. Her debut album, Lights, pretty much smashed the UK charts last year. And I love it! Ellie will be performing at Music to Know on Saturday's line up. She'll also be touring the rest of the U.S. until the end of the summer. Check the schedule!

FYI:
Ellie will be performing at Best Buy on Saturday, July 30, in Union Square (NYC) at 2 PM!

Monday, July 18, 2011

End of an Era

This week I was all about Harry Potter. I've been reading it since the first book came out in the late 90s. The movies were just putting our imaginations into reality. This isn't just about the "hype." There's a reason why the books became so popular. There are many life lessons entwined into this magical story. And can you imagine the things that goes on inside JK Rowling's mind!?

Anywho, so besides me oozing my HP fever into CNote, I want you to know the composer for HP7. The music was just absolutely AMAZING. Every note of the score accentuated the emotions that make us human. I have no words to describe it. I just know this music dove inside my heart and tugged on strings that have been left idle by my real world.

Who do I have to thank for this? Alexandre Desplat, a French film composer. His resume is filled with major French and Hollywood motion pictures such as Syriana, The Queen and Coco avant Chanel. Alexandre Desplat's awards include Golden Globes and BAFAs. He more then deserves to get nominations and awards for this work. Holy cow.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The last of the pianos 2011 (Pt. 2)

The home stretch. This was my last ditch effort before the Pop-Up Pianos from Sing for Hope were going to be shipped off (for a great cause). Armed with my Metrocard, flats and a list, I was ready.

My first stop was Long Island City, Queens. This piano was situated at Gantry Plaza State Park. It livened the place up, that's for sure.

A few minutes after I finished analyzing the piano, a child came up to me. He wanted to cover the piano back up in case it rained. He needed help. The boy wanted the piano to be safe. I helped him out a little bit because he insisted on doing most of the heavy work, haha. Awwh, New Yorkers DO care!

After I showed some of my pals my collection of pictures...I got in trouble for not visiting them while I was here! Now they have an I.O.U. that's good for a drink!


WARNING: If possible, avoid wearing a flowy skirt on a windy and humid day while trying to cover up a piano. It was a tricky act to try to cover EVERYTHING with 2 hands.

I spent more time trying to cover this piano, in Court Square, than I did taking pictures of it! I was using some ninja moves, with one hand grabbing the tarp, hook and skirt and the other just holding things down, when an extra pair of hands arrived to help me...with the piano's tarp! The gentleman was curious about the piano and also came over because of my struggling dance. Just in time. I was about to face plant onto the ground. He was excited to be able to speak to someone who knows why this piano was there! The gentleman then thought that maybe he can catch a few pianos around the city as well.


Staten Island Ferry! This girl is a pro. So is her friend that played after her, and the next friend that played after her! Goodness. I was surrounded by this group of young and talented musicians. Nope, nope. You do not want to hear me play. Not after them, haha. I love the colors and designs of this piano. It's very playful and beachy.


Staten Island Ballpark. I was so excited when I was walking towards this piano. Because there was a game going on, too! S.I. Yankees vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds (June 30, 2011). I haven't been to a baseball game in a while and I just love hearing the announcer's voice. It's usually overdramatic and HAPPY. This piano was right at the front entrance of the Ballpark.

Apparently, I spooked someone while I was taking this picture! Well, I was hiding behind a pole...

The spookee turns out to be a bag piper who just performed at the opening ceremonies at the game and is also an alumni of the NYC Sanitation Dept (NYC's Strongest!!). We chatted for a long time about pianos, education, games, the future, family, music and just had an awesome conversation! He asked me to play a few notes. I asked him if he was sure. Yes, of course. Then I'm going to apologize first. I haven't played the piano in years. Just never had the room for one.

After a few notes, I saw him still standing there...smiling and really trying not to squirm and laugh. I thanked him for not running away, haha.


Ending note: And so my 2011 piano hunt comes to a close. This was one "project" that will be unforgettable. I started out my hunt with just a mission to see all the different designs of these beautiful pianos. I never expected to meet so many people from so many different walks of life. I not only have a collection of photos but I have an even bigger collection of great stories and wonderful memories. Music truly is the language that brings everyone together. Thanks!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Folk Festival, Newport, RI 2011

I LOVE SUMMER. We're already half way into it so don't waste the rest of it away! For my locals who want to go somewhere just for a weekend, check out Newport, RI for seafood and the beautiful mansions on the beaches.

And for those who could care less about the mansions, there's still tickets on sale for the Newport Folk Festival from July 30th to 31st! This will take place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.

This year the Folk Fest will be featuring bands that include the Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Tegan & Sara and our very own P.S. 22 Chorus!!! They are scheduled to go on at the Harbor music stage on Saturday, July 30th from 11:30 - 12:15 AM. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The last of the pianos 2011 (Pt. 1)

I tried my best. I barely made it to 20 of the 88 in the city. Maybe next year I'll hit 30! As of July 2nd, all the pianos are being shipped off to new homes in schools, libraries, community centers, etc. I'm pretty sure that these pianos will bring just as much joy to its new home as it did to all New Yorkers during the past 2 weeks (even the stolen one).

This piano was easy to find. It was right in front of the Alice Tully Hall. I reached for the tarp at the same time as a pianist did. I didn't even see him until then. We took the tarp off together (yay, team work!). I just sat there and watched him play a few classical pieces, while there was a cocktail party of some sort going on behind the glass walls of the Hall. It was a shame that the party wasn't able to hear what I was listening to.



This area was easy. There are 3 pianos within mere blocks of each other. I guess being the Lincoln Center has its perks!

When I got to this Diane Von Furstenburg designed piano, I saw a group of friends surrounding it. One was trying to play something. Anything. But he has been away from a piano for way too long. The other friends were encouraging him to continue. It will come to him. According to them, it would definitely be better than their attempt at it.

Not bad. After this impromptu performance, all the friends made it clear that they were proud of their very own pianist.

This is one of the designer painted pianos that will be auctioned off! The money from this auction will provide "under resourced NYC public schools" in the arts. But the memories and stories this piano provided to so many, are priceless.



This lovely lady grand was just sitting pretty in the David Rubenstein Atrium. I must've walked past this block 2-3 times before I found the slither of an opening to get in! It was lovely with a garden and a cafe inside. This place was very tranquil. And so freaking quiet. No wonder no one played on this piano.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Back from weekend

Hope everyone had an awesome time celebrating America's birthday! After all the BBQs, fireworks and fun...it's back to work, people!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Who would steal a piano?!

NOT. RIGHT. AT ALL.

It was just reported, by Gothamist and Daily News, that someone stole a pop-up piano from the Bronx! The culprit not only stole from the public but also the children that were supposed to recieve it after July 2nd. Argh. I'm sad to see that the 88 pianos have been reduced to 87. It's a lost key. Let's hope the guilty would be found...or get a concscience.

UPDATE: A local community group, Friends of Oval Park, will be replacing the piano! Here is the announcement. It's unfortunate to say but this time, please lock it up!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pianos 6, 7, 8...and more!

Well, I went hunting again. Enjoy!

This guy was playing "Lean On Me," when I walked up. He had help from 2 singing vendors working nearby! @ Astor Place

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me
When you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on




Battery Park! I had a hard time looking for this one. I figured since the Park isn't THAT big I'm sure I can find it...within an hour or so. As I walked along the waters I took in the view of my beloved Lady Liberty, the fishermen and the tourists (well they were in my way, lol). I walked all the way to the end and still, no sign of a piano. I stood for a minute and then I heard tinkering. A lot of tinkering. I turned around and BAM! 20 feet from me a man was brushing up his skills.


I gasped when I took off the tarp on this one. It has the official logo of the event! Yay for Sing for Hope! And it is so shiny. But I seriously wished it was at a less smelly place. It was kind of close to a restaurant's side door. This piano was stationed at the beginning of Coenties Alley. I haven't been back in this area for brunch in a long time.




I love flowers =) This one was hiding in City Hall Park behind City Hall. I was sad to see that this piano had gotten pretty worn from the weather. It's music books were still soggy from the rain probably the day before. A biker came up to me and said he was surprised that this piano was still able to carry a tune! We both agreed that this poor thing has been through a lot. After my photo session I covered her back up.




This trio was IN THE ZONE. The rest of the city was just background noise for them. I was lucky that they stopped for 2 seconds. Enough time for me to ask permission to take a picture of them (but the piano was the star, lol). CLICK. Trio resumes discussing their next piece. Latin dance.



CHINATOWN. I had to pay attention to the detail of this design. It was so simple but so nice. It's a brush drawing of a rabbit (for the rabbit year) and the iris is written over with the characters for sun and moon. I was in Chinese music central when I got here. Columbus Park is filled with old Chinese people singing opera, pop, old school music, playing chess or just chillin. On the other side of the park, you can spot a few basketball games going on. Ah, what a beautiful day. The group, to the right of the piano, was singing "My Heart Will Go On." I haven't heard that song in years and would've never expected to hear it here! Bravo! It was definitely fun to chat with the older people. They looked on as I took off the tarp of the piano. Of course I carefully wrapped it back after I was done. I was explaining to a few of them the purpose of it being here. The piano definitely belonged in this music haven.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nick Franglen underneath our Bridge!


I first heard about Nick Franglen when I was browsing through the Make Music NY 2011 site. His piece is called, "Hymn to Manhattan Bridge." What attracted me to his performance was his schedule. 12 AM to 12 AM. It was no typo. I had no excuse to miss this. I had 24 hours to make a visit. Nick is a British musician who's career spans from the early 90s to today. Nick has collaborated and written music for films, movies and other artists such as Bjork and Hole. His first album came out in 1997 when he was part of a duo, Lemon Jelly. Today, Nick is part of the electronic duo, Blacksand. They have performed in places that are seriously off the beaten path, like the inside of a submarine and abandoned facilities.

I guess it's no surprise that Nick chose to perform underneath the Manhattan Bridge for Make Music NY! Nick had a similar technique in creating a piece for the London Bridge during Fall of 2010 called, "Hymn to London Bridge." These pieces are also reliant on the footsteps of passing pedestrians and cyclists.

I found Nick talking to curious passerbys underneath the Archway of Manhattan Bridge. I photographed one of the pop-up pianos as I waited my turn. I also followed him out to see him pointing at the wires that were dangling up to the Bridge's walkway. Whoa.

Finally, it was my turn to speak with Nick! He is a lovely person. Very welcoming to everyone who wanted to speak with him about why he was there. He was running on the excitement of the day's event! Nick told me that there is a huge difference between the Hymns of London and Manhattan Bridge. Ours is much more abrasive and loud (why am I not surprised, haha). London's Hymn is more cuddly, soft and relaxing. After chatting about his music and how he liked his trip to New York, we finally bid adieu. And so the Summer of 2011 begins.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pianos 4 and 5 (2011)


Yes, I realize the picture to the left is not of a piano, but of a furry purple koala. The lovely lady was in a koala costume promoting a Broadway show while standing in a potted tree. I took this picture after I felt something bump into the back of my head which resulted in me freaking out a little bit and my good friend, Cauliflower, to laugh at my encounter. It was Miss Koala's ear that hit me. Hey, it could've been bird poo. Phew. Apparently Miss Koala got out of the tree and joined us at the piano (Broadway and 45th Street) when someone was playing it. Yay, to music bringing people together!



Onto the next one! Cauliflower and I made our way to the Library at Bryant Park. To our delight, we got there at the same time as a musician did. Craig Greenberg, just started belting out his songs. I'll have to check his music out, soon. While the rest of the surrounding people and we were enjoying Craig's music, a lot of commotion was going about. Then I realized that they were filming scenes for...White Collar! Ohmigoodness, I really like that show! The staff just started to build the set around us and asked if we can move back but offered to let us watch it on their monitors. The set was built in about 10 minutes. It was like watching Nascar. I saw Mozzie!! And Pete and Neal. Oh, Neal.

Oh, yes. Back to the piano. So Craig played a few more songs (which the White Collar staff stopped to listen to as well!) and then decided to head off to another piano. We stayed for a bit more to watch the action. Before we left, we covered the piano back up with its blue tarp since the gray skies were going to arrive soon.

I love the painting on the lower part of the piano that depicts a subway. Classic!

Pianos 2 and 3 (2011)

This darling is like a funky auntie. All bright colors and snazz yet comforting and trusting. I found her under the Archway of Manhattan Bridge. She is styling a knit cover that will also survive our summer showers under the Bridge. Give her a visit!


I was so upset when I was walking towards this piano at Shore Road Park. Why are you covered?? Can I help?? I went straight up and tried to uncover it so it can enjoy the sun!

But before I even tried, I heard "Nyet! Nyet!" I responded, "Da! Da! This is not supposed to be covered today!" The old man thought I was going to vandalize something. What?? Does this face look like it belongs to a troublemaker!? ...

Then I found a note on the blue tarp. "Sorry, this will be a rainy week so keeping covered!" Oh, phooey. You're only here for 2 weeks! I walked away in defeat. Sigh. Maybe I'll give it another try next week.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Come Out and Enjoy Make Music New York 2011

Tuesday, June 21st will be the longest day of the year. This is also the annual date for Make Music New York! Make Music New York is a NYC sponsored event that turns the city into one big music festival...for free! On this day, there will be hundreds of bands playing all day from 10 to 10 (depending on neighborhood noise permits) all throughout the 5 boroughs. Most of these bands will be playing outside businesses, parks and community spaces. Please check the link for schedule and locations!

And the longest performance of the day goes to British electronic musician, Nick Franglen. Nick will be performing at the Archway of Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn side) from midnight to midnight. That's right, for 24 freaking hours. This uninterrupted and improvised 24 hour piece is called "Hymn to Manhattan Bridge." Nick will be counting on passing pedestrians and cyclists to make an imprint on his piece. So, I might actually be able to catch this one.

Nick also made a similar piece last year called, "Hymn to London Bridge." You can guess where that one was created.

Pick a neighborhood, a venue or a genre and go enjoy!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Piano 1 (2011)

Found one of the 88 pianos from Sing for Hope! This baby was sitting in Times Square on Broadway and 42nd Street. I found it being covered by Cookie Monster, Spongebob and Minnie Mouse. Only after I approached the piano did others realize that it was there. I hope all of you get a chance to show off your musical skills on one of these!

One down, 87 to go!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gaga Invasion

Look at who greeted me during lunch time... Yes, sometimes I travel to get my meal!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pianos Taking Over!!

Hot town, summer in the city!

Now if I can only find someone who can play this on one of the 88 pianos that are hanging out on the streets of NYC. This was brought to you by the non-profit organization, Sing for Hope. From June 18 to July 2, these beautifully painted pianos will be here for your pleasure. There will also be many impromptu performances by local musicians/artists. Check out the schedule and locations here! This is the second year for this program and I hope it will be for many more years to come. After July 2nd, all the pianos will be donated to local schools, hospitals and other community organzations. Have fun!

How many can you find??

Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Weekend!

It's Friday and clock is about to hit 5PM...
For those who need a little brain candy, here's a bit humor to get the weekend started!



Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You know you're off to a good start when...

...your song is playing at the Jamba Juice in Times Square!

A few friends and I went to patronize the local Jamba during the heat rampage that Mother Nature has brought upon us. Sigh. Nothing a little pineapple smoothie can't fix (temporarily)!

I was bopping along with the rest of the people when Bermuda by Kisses came on. The tune went very well with my pineapple smoothie. It brought me back to the beautiful summers we've had. I hope this year's will also become one of them. I just wished I had a sun dress and my big glasses on, too.

Kisses is currently on tour in Australia. Hopefully the people Down Under will love them as much as we do ;) Lucky for Kisses, they decided to go during Australia's winter season! Back to my smoothie...

What tunes help you keep cool?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Music Frees All Festival - June 1-3, 2011

From June 1 to June 3, check out the Music Frees All Festival in NYC! This Festival will feature funk, afrobeat, soul, hip hop and reggae tunes. Each night will be held at a different venue with a different line-up. Admission tickets are from $5 to $10. The most important night will be on June 3rd, when all admission proceeds will go to the Scotty Hard Trust. Scotty Hard is a music producer and performer who was hit by a stolen vehicle in 2008. His friends and family made a trust fund to help with Scotty's medical expenses. The making of this Trust shows how influential and how many lives he has touched around him, especially in the music world.

June 1: South Paw (125 5th Ave., Park Slope)
Featuring - Turkuaz, Melanie Charles & the Journey, Top Shotta and Super
Osei & Money Jungle
Admission - $5
Doors @ 7:30PM, Show @ 8PM

June 2: Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg)
Featuring - Ikebe Shakedown, Gato Loco, Brooklyn Soul Survivors and
Underground System Afrobeat
Admission - $10
Doors @ 7:30PM, Show @ 8PM

June 3: Drom (85 Ave. A, East Village)
Featuring - Mago (John Medeski/Billy Martin), EMEFE, Ben Perowsky's
Moodswing Orchestra, Mokaad, Nyle vs Naysayers, DJ Afro-Marc and more
Admission - $10
Doors @ 7:30PM, Show @ 8PM

Hope y'all come out to see the amazing line-ups!! My personal favorite is Melanie Charles & the Journey. She'll be on the stage on June 1st. Her vivid and brilliant voice earns her an entry into the jazz sphere.

We can all use a little soul in our lives.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jane Lui - FREE Album Download Ends Tonight!

FYI - Jane Lui's free music download of her CD, Goodnight Company, will be ending TONIGHT! Get your free music now at her site!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

National Memorial Day Concert 2011

For many, Memorial Day represents the beginning of the summer, meticulously planned barbecues and of course, remembrance. As we enjoy our time with our family and friends, let us also give thanks and remember the men and women who have given and sacrificed more than what many of us can even comprehend.

On May 29, the day before Memorial Day, there will be a National Memorial Day Concert held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The Concert will be hosted by Gary Sinise, and will feature musicians and actors which include B.B. King, Kris Allen, Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano and many more.

The National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live on PBS at 8:00 EST.


~Empire State Building in red, white & blue~