Ah yes! Good Ol’ Garage Music! Met these guys at the Knitting Factory show they played on 9-3-11 over Labor Day weekend. Their energy was definitely the first thing that caught me. Haven’t seen a band jump around like this in a while. As for style, its just that good old garage band you wish you were in when you were in high school. Loud bass, heavy distortion guitars, fast drums and just overall simple..with SOLOS! I don’t want to compare them to other bands because that would defeat the purpose of clicking on the links and finding out for yourself. Also make sure to catch the band after they play. Buncha nice awesome dudes.
Johnny @ The Knitting Factory 9-3-11 : www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0nakkK68M
Jack @ The Knitting Factory 9-3-11 : www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH1mCMWOVek
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This band needs no introduction. A New York Original and Central Park favorite, Tin Pan stopped me in my tracks as I was walking around Central Park, with my sister one summer afternoon. Every musician on Tin Pan is unique in fashion sense, instrumental style and vocal range making this band just all around awesome. Each plays with obvious experience and skill which is reflected in their improvising and being able to be so animated while doing it too. I am no music expert but it sure did sound like Awesome jazz and blues to me. Their songs were so catchy it forced me to snap my fingers and tap my feet (a challenge while filming). It even made little kids, couples and Random Gypsies dance. Only thing to do now is watch the videos I took of that performance, I’m sure you’ll be be snapping your fingers too.
Lord @ Central Park 7-24-11 : www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPoub3q_C5U
Ice Cream : www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcWVhWFp2hA
I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book Cover) @ Central Park 7-24-11: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtaWaoVHcTo
You can follow Tin Pan by clicking on these links:
The musicians of Tin Pan are:
Jesse Selengut - trumpet vocals
Clifton Hyde - guitar, vocals
Stefan Zeniuk - saxophones, clarinets, vocals
Peter “Baby Hands” Maness - bass, vocals
Sam Kulik - Trombone (Filling in for Stefan for that performance)
For my first entry, I would like to introduce you guys to LTrain (Left to Right: Chris (Bass), David (Drums), Crystalla (Vocals) and Gabriel (Guitar/Vocals). They are a local band from Queens. It is obvious from their sound that they are influenced by everything from Zeppelin to Aretha to Latin Music and many other things in between. Also, with an extremely energetic and animated front woman that can definitely sing her heart out, a well rounded and talented lead guitarist, a funky bassist that makes you want to ‘air-bass’ the entire show and a drummer that can rock harder than your parents did in the 80’s, its simply a Win-Win situation seeing these guys perform Live. You can watch videos of their performances on my youtube page:
Healing @ The Bitter End- www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXDGFv1LpAA
Bipolar @ The Knitting Factory - www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC56Vx23s1A&feature=related
Also make sure to watch interviews, catch their next shows and follow them:
Just “a few of my favorite things”.
So that up there, is me. Yes, I am a cartoon. You can call me Basil. Only because its cooler when people don’t know your real name.
I am a musician. But too busy to be in a band so I just go to many local shows in the NYC area.
I am not a critic. This blog is for music lovers, live show goers and anyone who’s curious about local bands. It is for anyone to learn about new music, promote new music and meet different artists.
Since there are so many local shows and unfortunately I was not blessed with the superpower of self-duplication, it is technically impossible to hear about every show coming up. So if you like the idea, let me know and I will be there with my camera and an open mind
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