Ah yes, it's finally summer. If you're not busy at the outdoor rock show, the swimming pool, the barbecue grill, the beachfront villa or your country estate, run on out to one of these hot and sweaty rock clubs to see your favorite FMUsters in the flesh. Or at least in their Bermuda shorts and straw boater hats.
First up, we've got Dave the Spazz spinning and shakin' his moneymaker every Sunday night at Union Pool, 484 Union Street (at Meeker), in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There's no cover, and word on the street says the photo booth in this joint is pretty rockin'.
For the Manhattanites (or those who love them), we offer Downtown Soulville's Mr. Fine Wine, who's been spinning sixties and seventies soul 45s in all their infinite variety and magnificence on Wednesday nights at Botanica since...1996! This is not "classic soul"! This is the obscure stuff that never made it out of its hometown, whether that was Detroit or New Orleans or Norfolk or Mobile: non-hits encompassing gritty drum-break-laden funk, sweet group soul with instantly stuck-in-your-head melodies, screaming southern deep-soul ballads, raw gospel, urban dance blues, mind-blowing overmodulated organ instrumentals...you get the idea. Botanica. 47 East Houston Street (between Mulberry and Mott, downstairs), Wednesday nights, 10PM until closing. No cover.
If you ain't so into the hot and sweaty rock clubs, perhaps you would prefer to do a little light reading or radio listening? Or maybe attend an outdoor arts festival? How about a policy summit in our nation's capital?
First up, read all about our very own Andy Breckman, Tom Scharpling and OCDJ, who were profiled in the July 6th edition of New Jersey's Star-Ledger. Did you know these crazy kids are the brainteam behind USA Network's hit series "Monk"? Well, you do now. The online version of this article does not include the accompanying photo, unfortunately, which apparently featured Mr. Breckman demonstrating how he "controls" Station Manager Ken Freedman. (You also will have to supply a zip code to view the site--but hey, no one said you can't lie about it and mess with those pesky marketers.)
On a related note, podcaster Chris T (Communication Breakdown) returns to the airwaves on August 10th, filling in for the controllable Ken and the commanding Andy on Seven Second Delay. On air day, be sure to call Chris at 201-209-9368 between 6 and 7 pm to tell him what you love or hate most about Ken and Andy.
Laura Cantrell's Radio Thrift Shop broadcasts on Radio Scotland from 12 August 12th until September 2nd, every Friday from 8:05 to 10:00PM. This specially-produced program will give Radio Scotland listeners an exclusive taste of New York's country music world, and introduce a whole new world of radio, featuring music on disc and in session. See the Radio Thrift Shop's website for instructions on listening live. Laura herself will perform live on Sunday, August 28th as part of the Howl Festival's Bluegrass Ball. In Tompkins Square Park (9th street between Avenues A & B, Manhattan) at 5:00 PM. For more information, see http://www.howlfestival.com/.
Moving into September, Station Manager Ken will be a panelist at the Future of Music Coalition's Fifth Annual Policy Summit, which takes place in Washington DC from September 11th to 13th at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Ken will be on the Indecency and Censorship panel, which takes place Tuesday, September 13th, from 2-3 PM, in GWU's Marvin Center.