With the new album officially out, the long-MIA anti-folk artist is performing again, too
Nothing about Jamie Block suggests he’s a man of few words — just a man who doesn’t waste words.
For years, it even showed in his performance identity: Block. Not Jamie Block, just Block, thank you very much.
Jamie Block’s new Whitecaps on the Hudson
It seems that he was saving the words for his songs, which on his latest (and long-overdue) album, Whitecaps on the Hudson, are perfectly crafted stories of a man whose life has had some twists and turns.
It’s a memorable work that reminds us why the music world has been much poorer during Block’s overlong absence.
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Tagged anti-folk, Block, Chapel Hill, Claudia Marshall, Hoboken, Jamie Block, Lead Me Not Into Penn Station, Lou Reed, Music From the Hive, Northern Soul, Rockland County, Rockwood Music Hall, The Last Single Guy, Timing Is Everything, WFUV-FM, Whitecaps on the Hudson
Alice Smith was all about the casual vibe on Jan. 29, 2013, Night 1 of her three-Tuesday residency at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (Photos © 2013, Steven P. Marsh)
The powerful young R&B-inflected singer reminds us that Nina Simone is most definitely not Motown
It could have happened to anyone. Someone who wrote about Alice Smith‘s first night of a three-Tuesday residency at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall made a mistake. In describing Alice’s set at the tiny Lower East Side venue, the writer said “she did a few covers of a few classic Motown tracks.” (We won’t name the blog or link to the post, but if you really want to see the whole thing, we’re sure you know how to find it.)
Sure, it’s a big mistake. But who knew that Alice read her notices? And who would have expected a critique?
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Tagged Alice Smith, Citizen Cope, Clarence Greenwood, Nat Adderly, Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr., Rockwood Music Hall, The Bowery Ballroom
Blizzard? Who cares, when there’s a chance to see Stew, Heidi and the gang in an intimate Brooklyn boîte
Stew and Heidi Rodewald perform with a version of their band, The Negro Problem, at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn in March 2011. And yes, that’s Joe McGinty in the foreground. (Photo © 2011, Steven P. Marsh)
If the predicted nightmare blizzard doesn’t bring New York City to a screeching halt on Friday, you should be at Barbès in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood to catch a surprisingly un-publicized gig by Stew & The Negro Problem.
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Tagged Amsterdam, Barbès, Berlin, Brooklyn, Chris Rael, Church of Betty, Heidi Rodewald, Joe McGinty, Los Angeles, Loser's Lounge, Mike McGinnis, Park Slope, Passing Strange, Stew, Stew & The Negro Problem, The Chez Ocean Corrective, The Four Bags, The Negro Problem, TNP, Tony Award