Thursday, August 11, 2016

More Summer Live: Patti Smith in Damrosch Park, Dinosaur Jr. at Rough Trade, Wall + Surfbort at Union Pool, Dahl Haus + Samantha at Cake Shop

The opportunity to attend a high level presentation celebrating the music and literary work of a true living icon in those fields should never be missed. The fact that Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival kicked off their annual free summer concert series on July 20, 2016 with the legendary Patti Smith was almost too good to be true.

Billed as “A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan – an evening of poetry, prose and acoustic music with one of our city’s greatest living artists.”

While initial planning may have envisioned that simpler, more stripped down description above (and that did in fact occur) – what followed was a full blown, full Patti Smith Group rock show.

The show did open in the originally described sparser format.  However, the participants were Patti's daughter Jesse on piano (a regular fixture in her touring band), Tony Shanahan on bass and Patti.

The first thing Patti does is implore the group of people directly in front of her who still haven't settled into their seats to "stop milling around like a herd of turtles" because of the limited amount of time allotted for the entire evenings performance.

Holding a copy of her National Book Award winning memoirs “Just Kids,” she explains that she wants to read some select passages from it.

Noting however (as mentioned above) initially she was supposed to do a lot of reading, but that she “doesn’t always do what I’m supposed to do” – which elicited the first of many amused responses from the audience.

She then read two excerpts from that book (with the song "Wings" in-between.)  Having already read the book (and re-reading at times for inspiration) highlighted throughout this feature here are favorite passages.

"Everyone coexisted within the continuous drone of verbal diatribes, bongos, and barking dogs."

"Take their picture," said the woman to her bemused husband, "I think they're artists."  "Oh, go on," he shrugged.  "They're just kids."

"beguiled by her enthusiasm"

On first seeing Jim Morrison perform with The Doors:  "I observed his every move in a state of cold hyper awareness.  He exuded a mixture of beauty and self-loathing, and mystic pain, like a West Coast Saint Sebastian."

"In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor?  Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for the prayer."

"he sought to see what others did not."

After the reading portion was over, Patti brought out Lenny Kaye and the rest of her band.

Which naturally included long-time drummer Jay Dee Daugherty

Patti continued to speak to the audience frequently throughout the performance.  Often as a prelude to the next song played.

Here she tells a charming story about how the moon - and her "thank you" to it - for its continued guidance.  Introducing the song "Southern Cross"

"I lived in my own world, dreaming about the dead and their vanished centuries."

"I had spent hours copying the elegant script forming the words of the Declaration of Independence."

"I could not identify with political movements.  In trying to join them I felt overwhelmed by yet another form of bureaucracy."

"What matters is the work.  A perfect balance of faith and execution.  From this state of mind comes a light, life-charged."

"Creating a diary of internal evolution."

Dedicating her passages to “our youth – the hope of the world”

The benefit of taking a long view at events like these is to experience the full effect of dramatic stage lighting.

With rich hues morphing through the color spectrum, bathing the stage to create a magical feel.

Lead guitarist Jack Petruzzelli provided one brilliant musical passage after another throughout the show.

Also taking turns on keyboards when Tony or Jesse moved off of them.

Gorgeous view from further back on a beautiful July evening.

All around the open air venue, beautiful colored lights enhanced the ambiance.

Deep purples, pinks and greens.

Exploding star bursts projected behind the band added one more element of visual stimulation.

Along with glowing, pulsating orbs.

For the final song/medley, Patti took off her jacket (as surely the warm night had finally gotten her to this point).

Morphing from a rollicking version of The Who's "My Generation" into the "noise-rock" segment which has become a staple of her live shows, near the end of the night.

As was recorded here during her December 27, 2013 Space At Westbury show, and the "outside of society" chant.

Another highlight of that night from two and a half years ago was this version of "Cash" (off of her album "Trampin")

The July 20, 2016 Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center show can be seen and heard in its entirely via this recording below.

Here is a direct link to that on YouTube

A beautiful show on a glorious night.




Opening the night's festivities was the band Mariachi Flor de Toloache


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Another influential band experiencing a resurgence in their career over the last decade is the legendary Dinosaur Jr.


Since reforming the original lineup in 2005 with Murph on drums and Lou Barlow on bass, J Mascis continues to write, record and play out live as much as possible.

This particular occasion saw the band playing an intimate show on August 5th at Brooklyn's Rough Trade in celebration of their latest record release Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Two years ago, Dinosaur Jr dazzled the audiences of New York with a brilliant headline show at The 4Knots Fest.

Read the full review of that show here - including the definitive statement as to why J Mascis and Djr's music matters so much.

As for this current show, J appeared to have his full arena level amp rig with him, in what is a decidedly smaller, more intimate space.
Three full stacks of Marshall amps - but despite all that firepower - the actual volume level never really crossed over into the pain threshold.  A good pair of earplugs are essential - but it seems they have mastered tailoring their volume output to the respective venues.

Murph and Lou are a phenomenal rhythm section.

From that new album is an amazing track called "Tiny" (which you can listen to right here) that encompasses everything that has been great about this band since they began - all in a just-over three minute song.

What so many of today's reviewers don't seem to "get" is how great J's lyrics are.  Yes, the guitar solos are the "orgasm" - but embedded in the lyrical content is the human emotion.  The heartbreak - and comfort.

Tiny's universal "calling out" to everyone.  Centered on the hook "I wanna know" - to the ultimate offer - "call me back, I'll get on track I swear."

The lyrics conversational style has always been one of the most relatable aspects of his writing.  "Do you know if you're against the deal?  Well - wait and see!"

 "No accounting for the hours I spent"

"Wanna tell you that I miss you but I'm pissed you blew me off"

"Hold out for me, 'cause bailing at this point is really low"

It was quite noticeable this time around how much Barlow plays the bass like an actual guitar.  He strums chords as frequently as playing more traditional single note bass patterns.


Besides playing like a thundering monster, Murph seemed to be really enjoying himself.


The main set list, minus the encores.


For those encores they opened with "The Wagon" (from 1991's Green Mind) - and then they played "Out There" (from '93's Where You Been) - a song a bunch of us up front had been shouting out for most of the night.  It was a beautiful experience with new found like-minded in-the-moment friends.

When the show was finally over and we were all milling around the front of the stage (trying to get set lists and checking things out) none other than Fred Armisen rolled up between us (with two blonde women in tow) and took this capture of J's pedal configuration.  We had a brief chat - he was pleasant - and then whisked his way backstage (well, he IS friends with the band).

An amazing night!

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A few weeks earlier, a few of us decided to check out a couple of up and coming bands at another cool, free, summertime concert event - The Summer Thunder series at conveniently located Union Pool.

Although usually held outdoors in the open air courtyard, a mid-day rainstorm convinced everyone involved to have the bands play their sets on the indoor stage this time around.

Up first was a band covered previously here on this blog at the 2015 4Knots Fest - Surfbort.

Although their show was entertaining on that day, there was a loose, chaotic feel to it all.

For this Summer Thunder show the band seemed much more focused with their set tightened up considerably from that initial experience.

While the two front women are the same (lead guitar and lead vocals) the drummer and rhythm guitarist are different (they have no bassist).

The addition of those two new members certainly should be given credit for pulling the sound into a more precise focus, as the drummer had experienced chops and the rhythm guitarist masterfully recreated the Johnny Ramone speed down-stroke.

That's not to say their still wasn't a biting element to the music they presented.

In particular, the lyrical element to nearly all the songs played exhibited a savage sarcastic element, making frequent references to the lies and deceit that surrounds us on a daily basis.


The return of former show running mate Rob/Drid was a welcome return to familiar patterns.  Good to catch up as always.

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Afternoon headliners WALL were up next.

Another new band recently featured here on this site, they've quickly established themselves as an act garnering a lot of interest from a number of noteworthy areas.

That prior show could also be deemed as something of a looser affair (coming after attendance at Brian Wilson's magnificent performance in McCarren Park) on a multi-band Sunday night showcase.

This late afternoon Summer Thunder performance however, was a headline spot for the band, and they made the most of their opportunity.

The captivating presence of lead vocalist Samantha York provides an essential visual centerpiece from which the songs can emerge.


Samantha and bassist Elizabeth

Although originally intended as an outdoor "patio" show, there's something about the indoor stage lighting that fits this band rather well.

Guitarist Vince lets rip with sinewy licks while Sam makes her point.

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Drummer Vanessa keeps time with Tommy Ramone-like diligence.

Follow the band at their Instagram account here.

Which includes this video of them performing here at Union Pool.

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With that show concluded, the precisely planned out afternoon-into-evening gig calendar had this intrepid reporter heading over to Manhattan's LES and an event called "Frosting Fest" at Ludlow Streets venerable Cake Shop

Of specific interest on that bill were the bands Dahl Haus (which includes members of associated act Dialogue From A Silent Film) and Samantha (which can be found online as samanthanoise).

Opening the night was the immensely talented Blaise Dahl, fronting her band Dahl Haus

Lead guitarist Daniel Kasshu adds texture to Blaise Dahl's songwriting, and her solo creative vision that is Dahl Haus.

These two musicians (who are usually joined by a much in-demand drummer who was needed elsewhere on this evening) appear to be made for each other, as their love for a particular guitar-based wall-of-gaze sound and stylistic imagery sync up perfectly.

Blaise exhibits a powerful, resonant voice that soars over her lyrically intelligent, well-crafted songs.

There is a wealth of audio tracks here on her SoundCloud that fully displays this creativity and powerful voice.  Even though some of the tracks are "raw demos," the inventive songwriting and voice shines through.  The fact that they standout even without studio polish is a true testament to the songs overall quality.

In addition to providing his own "sailor sparkle" to Dahl Haus, guitarist Daniel creates his own extended dreamscapes in a band he calls Dialogue From A Silent Film.   

Listen to his song "Wax Tadpole"

Lush, ambient soundscape bathed in waves of romantic melancholy.

Exemplary image

Brother and Sister Glam-Gaze

Electric guitars and FX pedals make for such a beautiful noise.

The frosting fully on the cake (shop)

Every picture tells a story (don't it?)

If it's on Twitter, it has to be true!

Instagram completes the holy trinity.

Both Dahl Haus and Dialogue From A Silent Film play next at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn on Sunday August 21.

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Also appearing on the night of Cake Shop's "Frosting Fest" was Mike Borchardt's hard charging power trio Samantha (Samanthanoise)

These three musicians showed accomplished skill on their respective instruments, impressing with their tightly coiled songs.

On their track "Stitches" - we can hear the spirit of Westerberg and Stinson's Replacements shot through it.

At other times echoes of Green Day and Jimmy Eat World flashed across the minds eye (and ear) during their show.

While other times they rocked so hard you felt the ferocity of heavier bands like Ministry.


The bottom line is, they put on a helluva entertaining, hard rocking show.

Your next opportunity to catch Samantha live will be a summer blowout party on August 31st at Beach Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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Misty said...

Ok, this is totally amazing as I was at that Patti Smith show too! i've always been a life-long fan of Patti's work, and it's so great to see her being so prolific at this point in her life now.

the concert was so wonderful. but after she read from her book "just kids," i had to immediately go out and get it and i read it all in practically one sitting. that's how good it is! anyone who is a fan of Patti's who hasn't read it yet, do yourself a favor and do it!

now Dinosaur Jr is another band that i've loved since i first heard them at the dawn of the 1990's. i remember chatting with J outside of a club at that time and he was very friendly with us. not at all like his supposed reputation for being difficult.

i'm loving listing to a number of new bands here on this blog that i hadn't heard berfore.

Dahl Haus is quite good! i really enjoy that sound and style presentation.

same for Dialogue from a Silent Film. that music has a goth kind of feel i really like.

Samantha are pretty cool cool. like you say, it's that classic green day/jimmy eat world power pop sound.

good stuff all!

DaveCromwell said...

I know how much you enjoyed that show, Misty (we won't speak of the hair-raising car-ride-crunch getting there). I knew you would love "Just Kids" but I'm continually amazed at how you can read a book so quickly. It takes me a lot longer. (I'd like to think I'm a "deeper" reader - at least that's what I tell myself).

Her show was magnificent, of course. Like her award winning book, a celebration of life lived in New York City.

As for Dinosaur Jr - I was with you there for that 1990's conversation with J as well! We thought he was really cool. Awkward - but - clever, witty and funny! I remember Kim Gordon was at the show, and that was when I told her I had written a 15 page "fan letter" (which was really one of my first music reviews) to the Sonic Youth PO Box (listed on their records).

Glad to hear the new artists like Dahl Haus, Samantha and Dialogue From A Silent Film resonate with you as well. The next wave of artist come along with each new generation. It's great to have them all here at the same time.

Mirror said...

Kim Paris (@sinisterfoxy) posted on Twitter:

Patti Smith! So amazing. One of a kind. #pattismith #peoplegotthepower #lennykaye
Kim Paris @sinisterfoxy
NYC-based film & theatre actress. Improv graduate @ucbcomedy. Tango dancer, looking forward to playing in any feature opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Soulgasm Radio posted on Twitter:

Jul 20: Here for Patti Smith! #lcoutofdoors #pattismith #lennykaye #tonysherridsn #music #spokenword…

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Wayne Craig Fredericks wrote:

Saw Patti open for Neil Young few years back. Standing down front- turned out we were within spittin' distance.

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Carolina Zambrano wrote:

Omg u were that close for Patti Smith, I’m jealous! I love her she was furious she was incredible she hold her heart and speak wisely she was powerful. I cried and jumped for joy.

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Kimmy Drake wrote:


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Lynette Sheldon Posted on Twitter:

Jul 20: Patti Smith! So amazing. One of a kind. #pattismith #peoplegotthepower #lennykaye
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Erin Marie wrote:

Wow!! Looks like you saw such an enjoyable show for Patti Smith, Croms!!!

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Chicken bunny posted on Twitter:

Patti Smith! So amazing. One of a kind. #pattismith #peoplegotthepower #lennykaye
11:40 PM - 20 Jul 16

DaveCromwell said...

As per my previous response here, I've been thoroughly enjoying re-reading Patti's "Just Kids"

As a writer I am constantly fascinated with the placement of words and how they fit together in sentences - and how all that conveys thoughts, ideas and emotions. Patti continues to be an inspiring and elegant writer.

More excerpts:

"What they sacrificed for alcohol and drugs . . . so much collective misery and lost hopes. Forlorn souls who have fouled their lives."

"a black and white composition book containing his lyrics and disjointed observations written with inhuman velocity."

"through an endless labyrinth of incomprehensible logic . . . having to retrace my steps . . . back to the logic of my own peculiar universe."

"I sniffed out their spirits as I silently scurried from floor to floor, longing for discourse with a gone procession of smoking caterpillars."

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DaveCromwell said...

Hope you have a blast at PJ Harvey's triumphant return to New York. I saw PJ in the early 1990's at pre-renovated IrvingPlaza. David J (of Love and Rockets) opened the show with his solo band. That was a memorable night. PJ was on fire, fronting her original band from that breakthrough debut album.

Love seeing Dahl Haus getting some well deserved love and attention here, via Social Media redirects back to this feature.

Should be another great show on Sunday the 21st at Don Pedros!

See you there.

Mirror said...

Jeff Moore of Dead Stars wrote:

Was great to see ya at that Dinosaur Jr. show!

We actually forgot to get tickets at first, but my connection Dana emailed Lou and made it happen. I'm always dropping my wife's name ;-)

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Jim Reid (of The Jesus and Mary Chain) wrote:

Better bring your earplugs. I went to see them in LA last year and they were so loud that my ears were ringing for weeks.

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Vadim Baranov wrote:

Is that a telecaster J. Mascis is playing? Blasphemy!

Offsets or bust!

Fred Armisen stopped by? Wasn't he playing 1-2 songs with them last year?

I like how for J my amp is only loud enough to be used a monitor.

Anyway, I know all the secrets from this video interview:
Rig Rundown - Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis

Actually don't know what's that 12-string is (the black guitar in some of your new pictures)

Also the Fender amp he uses in the video (2012) is a lot smaller model -- is J going deaf?

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Bicho Dodgrs wrote:


Alex Herter wrote:

Gonna try to go all three nights Dinosaur Jr. play in SF in Sept.

I bought the prerelease of the album & have been listening to it this whole week. Really digging so far maybe even a little more than the last two: Bet on Sky & Farm.

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Allan Rasmussen wrote:

How was it Dave Cromwell? New record is amazing. Saw them in June at the Primavera Festival in Barcelona. They were great and loud. Gonna see them again in Copenhagen in November. Can’t wait.

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Ray Kimura wrote:

I enjoyed the great live review by you as always Dave :) Will see Dinosaur Jr. in Tokyo on the upcoming Saturday finally, so, I'm sure I'll be able to enjoy their loud cool sound thanks to your previous info on their show ;) All that I have to do is NOT to forget to bring my earplugs, right? haha

Also I need to check out their songs' lyrics thanks to your review on their show, Dave ;) On Saturday, Deerhunter and Temples will play on the same stage before and after Dinosaur Jr.! Really, my ears would be broken if I forgot to wear my earplugs!! (*_*)

DaveCromwell said...

Was great taking in that show with you, Jeff Moore. We totally got them to play “Out There” (along with our new friends up front).

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J. Mascis played a number of different guitars, Vadim. (As you see here in this feature).

As for that video interview you link - wow! That is *really* some "inside baseball" stuff (the expression for immersion in the minutia and details of a certain thing - in this case "inside guitars" - and in particular J's guitars).

Also - yeah - Fred Armisen is a fan (and friend) of Dino Jr. He's played bass with them on TV. In fact - that's what I talked to him about. Then he shot that photo (it's actually a video). It's on his Instagram.

“Fender amp he uses in the video (2012) is a lot smaller model.. is J going deaf? “

We all are to a certain degree ;-)

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As Jim Reid (yes, THE Jim Reid of JAMC) commented, be sure to protect your ears at loud live music shows. I never go anywhere without ear-plugs. I had them with me for all The Jesus And Mary Chain shows too ;-) To understand my true appreciation and admiration for Jim Reid - read this:

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On your call out for “BUG” comment, Bicho.

In some countries "bicho" does legitimately mean "bug" and carries no other nuance, but in some Caribbean areas "bicho" is slang for, well – you know what.

They DID play “Freak Scene” from that third album, but as expected, most of the tracks were from their latest album. (Which were all amazing too).

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Alex Herter – the show was their official record release show. This Kurt Vile video about the album release is amusing (and cute):

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How do you think they were, Allan Rasmussen? They throttle and thrashed through a kick ass set. All documented here in this feature. Cool you are going to see them again. I wanna go see them again too!

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I’m so glad you picked up on my mention of J’s lyrics, Ray Kimura:

I LOVE his writing. "How'd you pin that one on me? I haven't even done it yet!" ;-) You will have a wonderful experience. And experience is what this whole thing is all about.

William said...

Thanks for a great blog Dave, it really captures the authenticity of life in New York - All the best, your pal Lena Dunham

"I think I just feel how everyone feels, which is I have 3 or 4 really great folk albums in me." - Lena Dunham

DaveCromwell said...

Ha, ha, ha William! No one other than you and I are going to "get" that. In case anyone else actually reads this - Will and I were joking (via PM) about he was going to get famous like Lena Dunham - through his video production work.

I would just like to state for the record that Will has far more musical ability than the "Girls" saleswoman.

In fact - his work has been Crom-icled right here on this site:

"a digital album "Songs from Montague Terrace (A Tribute To Scott Walker)" was released, featuring many wonderful performances from a variety of noteworthy artists. Sondre Lerche and his psyched-out take on “The Plague,” Coves wonderfully dreamy rendition of “Dutchess,” along with eight more inspired contributions. Another stand-out track is James Levy’s brilliant deep-voiced retelling of “It’s Raining Today,” which not only emulates Walker’s vocal style, but points towards his likely influence on Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance, Richard Hawley and David Bowie.

On December 1, 2013 a live concert album release party celebrating those songs was held at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge.

Both the album and live show were produced by All Souls Music, the nom de plume of promoter (and musician) William Dirickx-Jones."

You can read the entire show review here:

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Scott Orr wrote:

Great write-up, Crom.

Especially liked the Patti stuff.

"Just Kids" is a masterpiece, one of her many.

She's speaking here in DC in Oct, though no music.

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DialogueBandNYC ‏@DialogueBandNYC posted on Twitter:

thanks @DaveCromwell! #postpunk #shoegaze #nugaze #livemusic

Read about emerging artist @dahl_haus + @DialogueBandNYC (featuring @BlaiseDahl + @DanielKasshu ) here: (+ others)

Dialogue from a Silent Film writes shoegazing pop songs for nihilists. We like blood, nicotine, and deafening you.

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Bicho Dodgrs wrote on Facebook:

Stomp em if you got em!

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DaveCromwell said...

Great to see sites like, Disrupt Media Lab and respected venues like the lower east side's Cake Shop helping to spread the word about rising bands Samantha(noise), Dahl Haus and Dialogue From A Silent Film (all by way of social media sharing of this blog).

I couldn't agree with you more about the importance of Patti Smith, Scott Orr. She is one of the most elegant writers I have the pleasure to read. And that's only *one* of her talents!

Don't be so sure about "no music" at your performance, though. She said at the event I attended that she was "supposed to do a lot more reading" but said she "doesn't always do what she's supposed to do" - and then proceeded to play an entire full band concert. Just sayin'