Daily Archives: July 8, 2009

An insider’s view of The Feelies

Glenn Mercer and Stanley Demeski.

Glenn Mercer and Stanley Demeski.

Katie Demeski

Katie Demeski

Katie Demeski, daughter of The Feelies drummer Stan Demeski, has come through as I hoped with a fastastic post on her blog about The Feelies’ Fourth of July Weekend shows at Maxwell’s. I’ll let her tell the story and try to get out of the way. Go, Katie:

So the Feelies shows came and went and, again, they were amazing. On the first night, three of my friends came. One of them, Matt, was even at the sound check. The sound check itself ran a little late, but in the first hour or so, Glenn started playing “Billie Jean”. Then Dave started singing in falsetto and playing his snare to the beat. It was absolutely hilarious and kind of made my day.

Anyway, so we ate at Maxwell’s and my other friends, Dan and Liebold arrived. It was pretty packed that night, but we were able to get pretty good spots. As for the actual show, this year the Feelies started things out with some more mellow songs like “When Company Comes,” and a cover of “Sunday Morning.” New additions to the lineup included “Egyptian Reggae”, “Moscow Nights”, “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey,” and “Invitation” (although, as mentioned in a previous entry, they added that song on New Year’s Eve). There was even one new song, “Bluer Skies” on which Brenda’s husband, Rich Barnes of Wild Carnation, even played keyboard on it while sitting on the little crate that is used as a step to get to the stage at Maxwell’s.

Friday night I went to the sound check with my dad because my mom and my brother were going to take the train after my mom got out of work. Anyway, Dave again started singing Michael Jackson when Andy the sound man told him he could sing into his mic if he wanted. So he sang “Thriller” and I felt the need to text Matt and inform him about it. I just chilled at Maxwell’s for most of the afternoon, reading Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer. The show was pretty much the same as the day before, except I was standing next to a particularly obnoxious tall drunk man who got more and more drunk as the night progressed. Regardless it was fun.

On the Fourth of July, I took the train to Hoboken with my mom and brother and it was pretty damn crowded especially for the Hawthorne train station. My dad had asked me earlier in the week if I would help Bill’s nephew, Ben, film for his Feelies concert movie. Ben and his friend (Nick, I think?) had attatched a camera holder-thing to a pole and I was instructed to put the end of the pole in my pocket and film from a little farther away than I had been standing, using the screen on the camera to keep track of the shot. Ben also had all of the Feelies go into the dressing room alone and he filmed each of them for five minutes, not asking them any questions or anything. When Bill came out he said, “I feel violated.”

Thanks, Katie. You are awesome. Click here to read the rest of Katie’s entry.

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Two Guys and some classic rock songs

TWOGUYS

Dennis Diken

Dennis Diken

Ed Alstrom

Ed Alstrom

Whether you favor E.J. Korvettes or Two Guys — and even if you’re too young to know what those names once meant on the landscape of mass retailing — tonight is going to belong to Two Guys.

“Itinerant musician” Ed Alstrom and Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken have reached way back into the history of mass retailing for the name of their duo act — one of many in which these super hard-working players are involved.

I apologize for the late notice, but Dennis (on drums and vocals) and Ed (on piano and vocals) are bringing their good-time sound to the Smith Brothers Dining Saloon in Ridgewood, N.J., tonight.

Dennis Diken on drums.

Dennis Diken on drums.

Two Guys focuses on classic pop and rock. As Dennis explains it, “recent repertoire has featured plenty of Jive 5, most of the Beatles ‘Something New’ album, ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind,’ Everly Bros., Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and Gene Pitney, of course.”

So you can count on hearing sounds like that, but, knowing Dennis, I’m sure there will be surprises. All in all, it will surely be an entertaining way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Two Guys perform tonight at 8 o’clock. Smith Brothers Dining Saloon, 51 N Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (201) 444-8111. No cover.