Monday, April 25, 2011

AUDIO: Tim Barry @ The Mercury Lounge in NYC 4.16.11

The audio is real good. The review is a bit cheesy. Here's how I wrote it up for The Bowery Presents:

You owe it to yourself to see Tim Barry play at least once. And if not Barry, an artist with an equal amount of honesty and integrity. There are too few troubadours these days—and too few musicians who care less about opulent lifestyles or trends or making a name for themselves. We’re talking about someone who is willing to stand onstage and connect with the audience on a human level. Not someone singing to you, but singing with you.

With three well-received solo albums behind him, the (perhaps) former frontman of the seminal punk band Avail, took his solo act to a sold-out audience at Mercury Lounge on Saturday night. It was there, acoustic guitar in hand, that Barry took another step toward solidifying his reputation as a modern-day underground version of a young Johnny Cash. Battling a sore throat, Barry soldiered through an hour-long set with little accompaniment. He sang about hopping freight trains and living simple, topics not exactly native to the hustle of our fair city, but romanticized through his Southern folk style.

At one point Barry hopped into the crowd, sans microphone, and did a rousing version of “Bus Driver” with his jubilant fans easily filling the room as backup singers. He later introduced “Prosser’s Gabriel,” a song about a slave uprising, by reminding the crowd that all it takes to make change happen is the ability to care. Barry, a man who doesn’t do encores, finished the night with two audience favorites, “Wait at Milano” and “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender,” and the accompanying sing-along chorus proved to be more fitting than any applause that could warrant a curtain call.

Tim Barry: Mercury Lounge

Set List:
"Shoulda Oughta"
"Moving On Blue"
"Idle Idylist"
"This November"
"Walk 500 Miles"
"Dog Bumped"
"Ronnie Song"
"South Hill"
"Church of Level Track"
"Bus Driver"
"Prosser's Gabriel"
"Wait At Milano"
"Avoiding Catatonic Surrender"

"This November"

VIDEO: Frank Turner @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ 11.5.10

Thunder Road:

Sons Of Liberty:

Long Live The Queen:

Try This At Home

VIDEO: Strife @ Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY 10.12.10


Will To Die:



Sunday, April 24, 2011

VIDEO: Sick Of It All @ Webster Hall in NYC 3.26.11

Quick iphone video of Sick Of It All doing "Scratch the Surface" from their 25th Anniversary Show in New York City.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

AUDIO: Bouncing Souls @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ 2.10.11

On February 10th, 2011 The Bouncing Souls played the second of four so-called "Home for the Holidays" shows. All four were supposed to have taken place between Christmas and The New Year, but were postponed because of a massive winter storm that shut down Asbury Park completely. Instead the shows took place the following February. Each night The Souls played two of their albums in its entirety. On this particular night, it was the self-titled record and Hopeless Romantic. A keen eye will will notice there are a few songs missing from the s/t album. No idea why. I also missed the very first song. My bad, but the rest is in the following zip file.

Bouncing Souls 2.10.11

Set List:
"Say Anything"
"Kate Is Great"
"East Side Mags"
"The Toilet Song"
"Single Successful Guy"
"Whatever I Want (Whatever That Is)"
"Holiday Cocktail Lounge"
"East Coast Fuck You!"
"Shark Attack"


"Hopeless Romantic"
"Fight to Live"
"Bullying the Jukebox"
"You're So Rad"
"Night on Earth"
"Monday Morning Ant Brigade"
"Wish Me Well (You Can Go to Hell)"
"It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity"
"The Whole Thing"

"Hopeless Romantic"

VIDEO: Avail @ Krome in Sayreville, NJ 1.10.03

Full Avail show shot during their One Wrench tour.