Recommendations for Tuesday, February 14, 2006
this week's New York Night Train show list - go
I break the rules and write about everything in terms of the
holiday theme – and therefore have a bit more conventional
stuff. Whether you're in love or lonely, it’s either
one of the most painful or banal or just merely irritating
holidays in the book. Since we’re all stuck with it
for better or for worse, here’s a few musical things
to do to help ya deal:
O’Jays - Apollo Theater $37-70: All and all
the best valentine – the Philly sound is all about L-O-V-E
and the O’Jays are not only the band of “Love
Train,” but take care of all of the other angles: “992
Arguments,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” “Time
To Get Down” – for everyone who ever loved, lost,
or just got down.
Galas Knitting Factory Main Space $20: Diamanda not
only possesses one of the most unfathomable voices ever, but
she’s one of the more intense performers you’re
likely to ever encounter. I particularly love it when she
sings the blues. This is for folks who prefer lonely chilling
epiphany on their Hallmark holiday.
Maxxbass, DJ Poppawheelie, and S>S>S (Seriously Sensual
Seducxxxion) The Cake Shop Free: The DJ spin slowjams.
S>S>S> plays a set – S>S>S> is “a
one-off hot guys valentine band” with members of This
Invitation, Bloodmobiles, The Cause Co-motion and Dancin Dogs.
Additionally there’s a bestiality booth, chocolate,
awkward gropes from close friends, and sarcastic love karaoke.
Neither bitter nor sappy, this’d be the most fun thing
to do tonight.
Syd Straw Heartwreck Show –Tonic $20: For a
celebration of love’s more catastrophic side, ex-Golden
Palomino Syd Straw host’s her annual Valentines Day
extravaganza. This year it features Christine "the Beehive"
Ohlman, Hahn Rowe, Konrad Meissner, Zora Rasmussen, Larry
Saltzman and Plankton (Doug Wieselman, Jody Harris, Dave Schramm,
Don Piper, Little Red Tiny Baby) and more.
Dear Tonight, Lords, Marching Teeth - Northsix $8/10:
Normally I wouldn’t recommend it, but for those of you
who are just plain pissed-off today, there’s nothing
to sooth the soul like some fast loud hardcore. Louisville’s
Coliseum headlines, with locals Dear Tonight, Lords, and Marching
Teeth. Ahhh… love.
Jones - Nokia Theatre Times Square $65-$85: This
is definitely for lovers, but gentlemen watch out! Though
Tiger Tom is aging, your still may find your lady forgetting
you and hurling her undergarments at the Welsh Elvis.
Cole Quartet - Jazz Standard $25: Nat King’s
brother Freddy is also one smooth crooner and fine pianist.
If tonight deserves some very subdued and elegant jazz, this
is the ticket.
Street Spankers - Joe’s Pub $20: When I used
to live in Texas in the 1990s I remember my friend Andy Haynes,
standing as far as could be from the stage, getting shushed
at Emo’s when this band performed. Not only did they
eschew amplifiers, but they were such purists that they wouldn’t
even mic the vocals or their instruments. But don’t
let this throw you off, they’re pretty fun and play
a pretty mean stew of early jazz, blues, country, Hawaiian,
and other 1920s popular, folk, and novelty forms. I could
see going solo or with a sweetheart.
fest’: Bradley Eros & Rebecca Moore & Maria
& Gail Ward - Issue Project Room $10: This avant-garde
performance space is doing a multi-media valentines with food.
Valentine’s Hapless Romantics - The Stone:
For lovers who favor avant improv jazz, Matt Munisteri, Dave
Hofstra, Barbara Merjan, Pam Fleming, and Rachelle Garniez
play “nothing but love songs.”
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