Musings of music producers in NYC...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Road Recovery Benefit Concert 2009

Please join us for a celebration benefit concert for Road Recovery on May 1st at the Nokia Theater. Musical performance by Wayne Kramer, Jerry Cantrell, Tom Morello, Perry Farrell, Don Was and Billy Bragg. More info here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jezebel Music props for Todd Alsup

Here is a very cool recent review of Todd Alsup from Alicia Dreilinger of Jezebel Music.

March 30, 2009

Todd Alsup

bio_portraitIt’s always a pleasure to discover new pop music that excites – because, so often, at best it succeeds at being merely pleasant and chummy. Fortunately, singer-songwriter/pianist Todd Alsup proves that some pop can still transcend the suspect platitudes most listeners have come to expect. Alsup accomplishes this by balancing his serious musicianship – his piano chops have merited a sponsorship by Yamaha – with a hint of gentle playfulness. Consequently, his talent never feels forced upon the listener. Rather, his songs shimmer with warmth, allowing them to be pensive and personal without ever teetering on standoffish and insular. He admixes into this recipe his significant vocal range. He hits the notes right, with an integrity equal to that displayed by his piano playing. In addition to venues outside of the city, Alsup frequently performs around town at places such as Rockwood Music Hall. As his career keeps galloping forward, be sure to check out its vital velocity.

by Alicia Dreilinger

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Todd Alsup and Neil Diamond at NYU !!

Todd Alsup was asked to perform this week @ the NYU Skirball Center in NYC during an event honoring his friend and former NYU Professor / President Emeritus Dr. L. Jay Oliva. Todd's 2 song set went along with performances and speeches from several other entertainment / business alumni including Neil Diamond , Broadway stars Elena Shaddow (Light in the Piazza Natl. Tour), Peter Lockyer (South Pacific) and Baakari Wilder (Noise/Funk) in addition to Todd Alsup, jazz musician Matt Shulman, sportscaster Kenny Albert and more. Todd and Mr. Diamond had a chance to chat it up at the reception afterward and we managed to get a pic..

Turned out to be a nice excuse to get my suit on.. AND my Neil on- because, i must admit, i am a full on Neil fan. Having Todd on the same stage was very special..

SXSW- Tricky and DEVO!

A new friend of mine is managing Tricky. He played at least twice while we were in Texas and these were some pictures from the gig at the Austin Performing Arts Center. Jack Bookbinder, Gene Bowen and I saw him there. Tricky is a real trip- and puts on an intriguing show. I enjoyed his performance immensely.

Then there was DEVO on the same billing...

I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Bob Mothersbaugh the day after this gig. I let him know i believe i now have permanent hearing loss after their performance. It was LOUD and FUN!

Some of my trip to SXSW... Wayne Kramer=MC5 + DEVO= hearing loss X 2= xtra good times:)

Jack Bookbinder, James Walsh, Wayne Kramer, Gene Bowen, Maragret Kramer

I've just returned from a very fun trip to Austin for the SXSW music festival. Along the way I was lucky enough to hang out with "some guy" named Wayne Kramer from a band called MC5 and his better half - wife Margaret:) Salt of the earth- I had some really good moments with them. Here are some things i've learned about Wayne's past and present. I hope you enjoy them as much as i have..

Wayne Kramer (MC5), Bob Mothersbaugh (DEVO)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Eric Lewis Striking Chords

Eric Lewis sets fire to the keys with his shattering rendition of Evanescence's chart-topper, "Going Under."

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Care Bears On Fire

Last night I went to Brooklyn to check out S-Curve artists Care Bears On Fire at The Bell House. We've been working with them at Threshold Studios and wanted to hear what they sounded like live. For a bunch of thirteen-year-olds, they really are impressive. I think these kids are gonna hit big. Here's some footage I cut together of them in the studio. Enjoy!

Care Bears On Fire @ MajorWho from Sheldon Steiger on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Paula Valstein @ Joes Pub...

Paula Valstein from adriana kaegi on Vimeo.
Shared from Bluhammock Music

Liz Lemon!!!

A brilliant piece of recombinant art if ever there was one. Add a star if you're a 30 Rock freak. Who isn't?

Eclectic Method - 30 Rock (Jack's Laugh Remix) from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Horns anyone?? Todd Alsup gets his horn on -new tracks on the way..

Todd Alsup and Clark Gayton during the tracking of a horn arrangement for Todd's new track 'How I'm Made'.

Eddie Allen also played on the session..
They were great... my cell phone camera sucks..