Odyssey "Native New Yorker" (1977)
The above video for Odyssey's timeless 1977 hit "Native New Yorker" - written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and also recorded by Frankie Valli, Esther Phillips, and Black Box - incorporates alongside the performance footage some cool shots of New York City's skyline and streets from back in the mid seventies.
Meanwhile today in NYC climate change is on peoples' minds. Yes, with Earth Day NYC 2014 coming up Tuesday, April 22nd, the topic of climate change will be unavoidable since starting late last night (April 15th) and continuing this morning there was an unexpected snowfall - in mid April! Sure it was just a light dusting of snow overnight but considering this is Spring when typically high temps are in the 70's and sunscreen, not snow gear, is what New Yorkers are packing before leaving the house this is highly unusual and another reminder that climate change is very real and very serious.
According to the Farmer's Almanac just published predictions for Summer 2014 weather in NYC, from mid June to mid August, it will be very humid and "oppressively" hot in the Big Apple with more than the usual number of thunderstorms. NYC's Earth Day events include several happenings at Union Square, Times Square, and Grand Central Station on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week: April 22, 23,and 24th. See the poster below for exact details, or contact organizers at email@example.com to find out how you can get involved in Earth Day NYC.
Holly Golightly "On The Fire" from her 2004 album Slowly But Surely
Tonight (April 16th) Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs headline the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg in support of their new album All Her Fault with opening acts The Recordettes, and Raye. 8:30pm show. Tix $12/$14 avail here. Knitting Factory is at 361 Metropolitan Avenue 11211 Brooklyn, NY. And if you miss this show Holly Golightly (sans the Brokeoffs) will be at Rough Trade in Williamsburg at 2pm on Sunday (April 20) doing a free in-store set, and again playing at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan at 9:30pm on Monday (April 21). 21+ Tix are $12 and $14. 217 East Houston Street 10002 New York, NY, US
One week from tonight poet and rock legend/friend of Amoeba Patti Smith will be performing at Greene Space in Manhattan, which is part of radio stations WNYC and WQXR at 44 Charlton St. NY 10014, for "an evening of music and poetry honoring the chaos and transformation of spring" on a bill along with her talented daughter Jesse Paris Smith, and Eric Hoegemeyer. The event is sold out but an online search will render tickets available for sale (albeit at high cost) or you can watch it streaming live on line. More info. On Friday and Saturday at the cool music and art gallery space Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint there will be a couple of free concerts. Friday April 18th at 7pm will be one with Fear of Men, Beverly (Frankie Rose), Beach Day, and Alvvays, and on Saturday night another one with sets from No Joy, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day (again), and Little Big League. More info.
This Friday (April 18th) Billy Joel continues his new series at Madison Square Garden; the one weekend night a month concert series at the large midtown venue that will continue until interest (ticket sales) wane. So far he is booked through December but odds are this series will continue into 2014 and beyond, going on indefinitely - like a popular Broadway show - with it soon becoming a must-attend NYC attraction. 8pm showtime. Buy tickets for future shows from MSG here, or from (higher priced) ticket outlets here.
Record Store Day, which will be off the hook at all three Amoebas on the West Coast, will similarly be abuzz in NYC with numerous record stores participating including Other Music at 15 East 4th Street in Manhattan where they've invited some of their favorite DJs and artists to spin sets in the shop all day long Saturday, along with a special performance from Lonnie Holley. DJs will include Pete Swanson, Com Truise, and Tito Deler.
Also participating in RSD big time, and for the first time, will be the recently opened large Rough Trade store/concert space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where along with the RSD exclusive releases for sale there will be in-store sets beginning at noon by a slew of impressive acts including Hospitality, The Rails, Nothing, Fear of Men, Perfect Pussy, Amen Dunes, Mark Mulcahy, Palehound, Slothrust, Betty Who, and a DJ set by Simon Raymonde. For a full run-down on NY State and NYC record stores participating in Record Store Day click here.