Profile: Robin Aigner (2010)

Freddy’s Bar, a neighbourhood fixture at the corner of 6th and Dean in Prospect Parks, Brooklyn, a bar with mismatched pictures and collectibles on the walls, has been serving up drinks and entertainment for the better part of a century. A speak-easy during Prohibition, it grew into a favorite haunt for cops and Daily News…

Review: Sarah Jaffe – Suburban Nature

It unfolds in careful steps: drummer Jeff Ryan’s simple 1-2-3-4 count-off, the soft but persistent shuffle of an acoustic guitar, the poppy electric bass, the gradual rising of a violinist and cellist rhythmically sawing their strings. Then, Sarah Jaffe sings and “Clementine,” the third track off “Suburban Nature, instantly takes on a new dimension, that…

Profile: The Wingdale Community Singers (2010)

Spirit Duplicator, the second record from Brooklyn quartet the Wingdale Community Singers, begins with an enticing simulacrum—not a chord strummed on an acoustic guitar but the naked skeleton of notes that would seem to form that chord. There’s the thrum-thrum of the low E string, followed by hammered-on notes on higher strings, two extremes without…

Profile: The ‘Antique-Garde’ Songwriters of New York City (2010)

“The future’s eternally bankrupt but history provides” Winter was hard on New York City. February 27, a Saturday, started before dawn for Erik Della Penna of Kill Henry Sugar, who rode the A train from his Central Park West apartment to 176th Street to walk across the George Washington Bridge, meet his sister for a…

Profile: Robin Aigner (2010)

Robin Aigner, a vintage dress and boots extending her pint-sized frame, remains in control of the Living Room’s standing-room crowd as the music swirls around her. Ian McLaughlin’s upright bass lurches along, drummer Bill Gerstel doles out spare yet fluid accompaniment, and Brady Jenkins conjures up twinkling piano notes as Aigner, plucking an acoustic guitar…