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)

Originally published in Brooklyn Rail May 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…

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)

Originally published in Brooklyn Rail April 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…