Some Good Stuff to Start Your Week
Today’s trip to the inbox after the long weekend netted some real good stuff.
Little Steven Van Zandt produced Spanking Charlene’s latest single, Canarsie, for their forthcoming album Where Are the Freaks, due out in the fairly near future on his Wicked Cool Records label. It’s a tribute to the far-out Brooklyn neighborhood where the L train line ceases to be trendy: “You never move out, you love it, you hate it,” frontwoman Charlene McPherson wails over a delicious thousand-layer cake of guitars that starts out sounding kind of Siouxsie and then goes Stonesy real fast. They’re at their home base, Lakeside on 10/15 at 11.
Mike Rimbaud continues the literate rock songwriter tradition of Elvis Costello and Graham Parker with his latest video, Saving to Go Bankrupt, out now in support of the Wall Street protesters. It’s on his latest album Coney Island Wave.
New York rockers Plates of Cake have a ridiculously catchy, Byrdsy single out As If the Choice Were Mine. It’s hard to resist – they’re at Union Hall on 12/1.
And here’s a real cool free download: Goldmund, a.k.a. film composer Keith Kenniff doing a surreal piano/guitar rearrangement of the classic Civil War ballad Shenandoah. It’ll be on a forthcoming album of other Civil War-era tunes due out Dec 6.