Dashboard Confessional at the Knitting Factory Part II!

18 07 2007

As promised, here is a picture of the line for Dashboard Confessional’s free show at the Knitting Factory.


A few comments about the photo: I love how happy the guy in the front in the hat looks. And he deserves to be-he’s at the front of the line! Why, for that moment he was the hippest guy in New York City! But I have to wonder where the groovy guy in the green shirt from the first photo went. (Off being sullen somewhere?) I didn’t see him and I hope he got in – now, I’ll probably never know. As we move back in the line from the front, we see a couple of sullen girls. Then, a sassy girl in a blue shirt and a green bag looking very In Touch. Then, we have a sullen guy, being talked at by that red-haired girl. Then more mostly sullen people. What’s the deal with Dashboard Confessional, anyway? Oh yeah…the show was about promoting a book called Everybody Hurts, a veritable A-to-Z on everything emo. The emo playbook, if you will. I “Shudder to Think” what it might be like. (Ba-dum-dum. Thank you, thank you, ladies and germs, I will be here all week.

I hung out a little before hand…talked a bit with my friend Pat, a little with Diana from the ihearasymphony blog (who will doubtlessly groan out loud at the totally awesome joke I just made) and then left.

I left WELL before they let people in, but the place was already a madhouse. People jockeying for a place in line, important folks coming and getting people in because they could, the door folks having fun with the people in line. It was beautiful.

So, if you were there last night I hope the show made you less sullen.  I heard it was great!



Dashboard Confessional Secret Show! To-nite!

17 07 2007

So, b.ARC comes in today and says “hey, you got your camera? There’s a line of people outside of the Knit. Go over and figure out what’s going on.” The Knitting Factory is one of our neighbors, so I waltzed right over and was back in a flash. Here is what the scene looked like at 10:17AM this morning:


This is 10: 17 in the AM! Who gets up that early to go to go wait in line on Leonard Street on a hot July morning? Maybe I could find my answer on the Knit’s site. Unfortunately, the way listed the show was somewhat unhelpful: “MySpace Books presents: a celebration of the release of Trevor Kelley and Leslie Simon’s book about all things emo, ‘Everybody Hurts’ – with a solo performance by a very special guest.”

I could find anything, but I suppose that’s what “secret shows” mean. So, I asked the guy in green t-shirt and ballcap (first in line, lounging) who told me that Dashboard Confessional would be there playing a free show tonight. Just as the phrase “who cares” went through my head, the woman in the blue chair (two heads back, in front of the second pillar with her arm behind her head) exclaimed “if you come back in a couple hours the line would be SO much longer.”

I was intrigued. Dashboard Confessional? Playing a secret gig? Tonight at the Knitting Factory? A much longer line? OMGWTFAwesome?!

I reported back to ARChive where B, Jon and our intern Tom were waiting in rapt anticipation for news. When I told them what was going on, Tom said: “A free show? So THAT’S how they get people to come see them.”

Anyway, following Blue Chair Girl’s advice, I went back at around 1:00 and everyone was gone. The guy at the Knit’s door told me that they had to tell everyone to go away. (Maybe because the cops said something? Maybe wanted to be kind to their neighbors? I don’t know.) It looked like everyone did, but when I turned onto Church from Leonard, I nearly tripped over a couple of teenage girls sitting on the corner, wearing all black (right down to the Chuck Taylors), just out of sight of the doorguy. This was at one o’clock…if they were going to be there all day, those girls would have a long wait!

However…the doorguy at the Knitting Factory said that the throngs would be allowed to return at 6:00 in the PM for the free secret concerts. THAT’S 6:00 PM Dashboard Confessional fans! I get out of work at 6:00, so I will go back and take a picture (or two!) and post when I get home so everyone who can’t make the show can see how many people were there. I’m not going to hang out, though, so if you’re a Dashboard Confessional fan, please be punctual as I would like a good picture!


Stay tuned for an update!




“Some are dead and some are living…”

17 07 2007



Silence of the lambs…

Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY.


Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those lambs?

Providing the uptempo line-dance frenzy was the Kabile Bitov Wedding Band, along with some impromptu jams by Balkan stalwarts Zlatne Uste (Golden Lips).


Kabile has been together for about 20 years, this particular formation a sort of a reunion, as some band members had emigrated to the US.  They take their name from their hometown, a small village located just north of the city of Yambol in Thrace.  The players/ instruments are Ivan Handzhiev (vocals, accordions), Nikolay Doctorov (kaval – wooden shepherd’s flute), Dzhenko Andreev (gajda – bagpipe), Nikolai Kolev (gadulka – pear shaped bowed lute), and Donka Koleva (vocals).  It was elder Hippie heaven – wonderful playing with a varied enough repertoire to keep you interested till that lamb was fully digested.



Rubinoos / Avril update

17 07 2007

Part three, kids, hang in there. In case anyone was curious, the musicologist the Lavigne camp hired is Anthony Ricigliano. He was the expert – on the losing side – when the Isley Brothers sued Michael Bolton. In 1994, a jury found that Michael Bolton’s 1991 pop hit, “Love Is a Wonderful Thing,” infringed on the copyright of a 1964 Isley Brothers’ song of the same name.


(This isn’t the record the song is on, but how great is that cover?)

Update update: in case you’re coming into this late, the case was settled out of court.  Typically, the terms were secret, but apparently Avril paid the Rubes an undisclosed amount of cash and in return the Rubinoos released a statement absolving Avy of any charges of plagiarism.  Your usual legal b.s.  I have hopes to one day get the skinny on how much dough changed hands, but don’t hold your breath for that one.


16 07 2007

Notes The Clown

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Sure, anyone can quote a clown. But for your consideration, “Notes” the Clown. Musical, whimsical, his life scattered across a flea market table in Connecticut, rumored to be retired somewhere in FLA. Notes, give us a call. Fill us in. We need to know.


Picture this:

16 07 2007

Nifty update this morning on NPR of ongoing progress on a visual scanning technology for reading records that the Library of Congress is funding. A no-toucha-my-vinyl routine which will preserve a whole lotta music without damaging the original artifact. Basically this machine takes a photo of the groove and strings it out in a line – wouldn’t it be great if you had a photo an inch wide and several yards long of each groove in your collection. Busted record? Big girls don’t cry, Fergie. One sweet feature is you can scan your cracked or broken records and the computer will clean it up for you. Now if anyone has seen the other half of this one we’re in business.


Woody Guthrie

13 07 2007

Tomorrow, July 14, Woody Guthrie would have turned 95.  Happy birthday, Woody!  Here’s a short little clip of him playing (gotta love the part where the narrator says “lost in archives for over 40 years”; sounds so nefarious):

Also, some really interesting news from the Woody Guthrie Archive:

The Live Wire, Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949 is due out September 6, 2007! Hear Woody Guthrie perform live, for the first time ever!

For the first time ever, fans and music lovers everywhere will be able to listen to a live concert recording of Woody Guthrie when the Woody Guthrie Foundation, under license to Woody Guthrie Publications Inc, will release a never-before-heard 1949 concert Woody did with his wife, Marjorie, at Fuld Hall in Newark, New Jersey. With the help of many talented recording engineers, the Foundation painstakingly transferred this rare live performance from a delicate wire recording to digital audio, and, with state-of-the-art technology, restored it to near-perfection. As part of its mission to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Woody Guthrie, the Foundation is releasing this recording with a 72-page booklet on Thursday, September 6, 2007. We’ll continue to update you as the release date approaches.

This is very exciting stuff indeed! The Woody Guthrie Foundation (on West 57th) is a great place and does really wonderful work.  If you haven’t been to their website (like you even knew it existed), I encourage you to navigate on over!

Anyhow, tomorrow think of Woody as you go about doing whatever it is you do.


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