Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule – Dottie’s Charms at City Winery

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Last night I spent a wonderful evening at City Winery for the Album Release show of Jill Sobule’s new record Dottie’s Charms.

I have seen Jill at Joe’s Pub a few times and her shows are always enjoyable. The audience shouts out requests from her vast catalog of witty yet sometimes sad songs and she plays her’s and their favorites. She always plays “I Kissed a Girl” the mid-1990s hit that was not covered by Katy Perry.

The City Winery show was quite different. She began by warming up the audience of devoted fans with “Jetpack” from Underdog Victorious. The first few bars were played and I was so happy because that is one of my favorite of Jill’s songs. She then launched into several songs from Dottie’s Charms which is a very interesting concept album.

Jill collaborated with her writer friends to write a song about each charm on a charm bracelet she was given that belonged to Dottie, whom Jill never knew. It is a great idea and the songs were sad and funny and very Jill.

Jill’s band Dinah Shore Jr. electrified her set, and that was also different. I had never seen her play with them. Personally I have a huge admiration and respect for girls who play electric guitars. That really is a boys’ club and there’s something rebellious about it that I like.

Sidenote: I took a few guitar lessons when I was 18 and it was on an acoustic guitar with steel strings. Coming from playing classical piano, I was not used to the pain and I didn’t have the strength to practice for more than a 1/2 hour. I so wanted to be a cool girl with a guitar.

Back to Jill’s show! First I must not forget to mention that City Winery is a great venue. Since I almost always go to shows alone, at City Winery you are always at a very small table with 2 or 3 other people. It’s great if the people are friendly and awkward if they ignore you.

I lucked out last night. My three tablemates couldn’t have been nicer. It reminded me of when I went backpacking through Europe during college and would meet great people on the trains and in the hostels. Anyway they really enhanced Jill’s show for me. We talked and ate and had wine before the show began and they were excellent company.

Back to Jill – she brought her Mom Elaine on stage to perform a rebuttal to Jill’s song about the orthopedic ugly big shoes Jill has to wear as a teenager. It was clever and cute.

So what a great night! I didn’t buy Dottie’s Charms yet, but I want to get the vinyl hopefully from Jill’s online store. It sold out everywhere on Record Store Day. Go to jillsobule.com and check out her online store and definitely check out Dottie’s Charms.

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Record Store Day 2014 – The good the bad and the ugly

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Saturday, April 19 was my first Record Store Day. I went to Brooklyn. First stop was Rough Trade Records, where at 11 am the line was almost to Kent St. (The Ugly) Second stop was Earwax Records which is a tiny, but ambitious entry into Record Store Day. They didn’t have any of the special releases I was looking for, like The Muppet Movie (they ordered one copy?!) or Jill Sobule’s Dottie’s Charms or Regina Spektor’s You’ve Got Time (from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.) (The Bad) I did get the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 1980 film Times Square for $11.99. Earwax has a $15 credit card minimum so I bought a 45 of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax for $3.99.
Not deterred by the disappointment of the morning I headed to the Opening Day of The Crate record Store a few stops down the L line in a very industrial area but easy to get to. I arrived at 12:15 just as the doors were opening. The Crate is a true find. All the vintage vinyl you can carry for $1 per record. Their specialty is artistic and creative uses of vinyl. They also had some adorable children’s record players. I even got interviewed by a journalist from 1010 wins during which I publicly admonished my ex-boyfriend in Lincoln for keeping all my records after we broke up. But I digress.
So what did I buy? 13 albums and by the way no credit card minimum. Highlights are pictured above.(The Good)
The final cap to the day was a set by Milagres at Rough Trade at 5 p.m. There was still a line down the block but the bouncer let me pass so I could see the show. The Rough Trade store has a very cool, intimate venue. I got a vodka cranberry cocktail and enjoyed the set of my favorite Brooklyn band who I listen to all the time but haven’t seen live in a while. They played songs from Seven Summits, Glowing Mouth and their latest release and an amazing album Violent Light. Milagres just gets better with each progressive album. I discovered their music via the blog The Music Slut and back then they were called The Secret Life of Sofia. I saw them play a few shows in 2009. Then they changed their name and signed to Kill Rock Stars, and have released two albums since. Lead singer Kyle couldn’t be nicer and they are on twitter @Milagresband so go follow them and buy their music. (The Good)

Not bad for my first Record Store Day. And I will be back blogging more regularly. April was a month of some tragic stuff for me but everything’s OK now. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for my review of Jill Sobule’s Album Release Show at City Winery on the 24th and my review of Amy Lynn & the Gunshow’s new album and Joe’s Pub show on May 8.