Daily Archives: June 14, 2009

It’s radio without broadcasting!

Norah Jones and the cast of Radio Happy Hour.

Norah Jones and the cast of Radio Happy Hour. (Photos by SPM. All rights reserved.)

Radio Happy Hour kicked off with a full house at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village yesterday afternoon.

Yes, a good-sized crowd filled the dark Bleecker Street basement club for a 2 p.m. Saturday show that featured singer-songwriter cum actress Norah Jones as guest on a modern take on an old-fashioned radio show. It was just like radio in that it had a cast, sound effects, micophones and a live audience. But there was no radio broadcast. The show was recorded as a podcast.

Norah Jones and host Sam Osterhout,

Norah Jones and host Sam Osterhout,

Norah gamely participated in the first of a series of three planned Radio Happy Hour show this summer. answering questions from host Sam Osterhout, playing a couple of songs on an acoustic guitar, listening to Sam do a slightly absurd trivia quiz to a member of the audience and joining the cast for an amusingly silly radio drama called Terror in Teaneck.

Here’s a video of one of Norah’s songs:

It turned out to be a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour or with LPR’s brunch menu and some drinks.

There are two more shows scheduled: Michael Showalter joins the show at 2 p.m. on July 11 and Andrew W.K. will be there at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8. At Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC. Ticket are available here. $5.

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Satan and Adam tour is off — for now

Satan and Adam, aka Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, center, and Adam Gussow, right, at Preservation Pub in Knoxville, Tenn.

Satan and Adam, aka Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, center, and Adam Gussow, right, at Preservation Pub in Knoxville, Tenn.

I’ve been anticipating the return of hometown heroes Satan and Adam — the blues duo comprising an authentic Southern bluesman, Sterling Magee, and Adam Gussow, a younger native of Rockland County, NY.

The duo, who got together in 1986, share a gritty and spirited vision of the blues. They made their name busking on the streets, with Mister Satan on guitar and kickboard percussion and Adam on blues harmonica. In their heyday, they found time for touring and made three studio albums together. (A fourth album, Word on the Street, is a compilation of the duo’s early street recordings that was released last year.) They got their 15 minutes of fame when the members of U2 encountered them during the making of their movie Rattle and Hum, and included a few seconds of Satan and Adam in the film.

They had seven dates lined up for this month — the first of them today at Kiawah Island, S.C., with plans to perform at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Wednesday, B.B. King’s in NYC on Thursday, and The Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y., near where Adam grew up, on Friday.

Satan and Adam

Satan and Adam

Mister Satan, as Magee is known, who had a nervous breakdown that robbed him of his ability to play guitar a decade ago, has been living in a Medicare-funded retirement home in Boca Ciega, Fla. He’s been on the mend, has slowly regained his guitar-playing ability, and even performed a few shows last year.  The playing seemed to help Mister Satan’s overall well-being, so Adam worked hard to set up this short tour, because he was eager to get back on the road with his partner for a real tour.

It looked like things were all set, until they encountered a last-minute bureaucratic snafu at Mister Satan’s retirement home that dashed their hopes — for now.

I got word of the tour cancellation just as I was preparing to write up the great interview I had with Adam a few weeks ago. While they won’t be on the road this month, Adam says he hopes to reschedule for mid-August. I’ll post the interview in the weeks before the rescheduled dates.

Click through to the jump to read Adam’s explanation of exactly what went wrong, posted to his web site on Friday: Continue reading