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The Left Banke in New York

Unfortunately, my various social networking news feeds were too overloaded with wanky Charlie Sheen quotes for me to get hip to the fact that baroque sunny psych pop pioneers The Left Banke played their first show in… I don’t even know how long, last night at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. I mean, I get so aggravated at all the shit I’m aware of that I don’t care about, and then the knowledge that The Left Banke is playing again slips through the cracks. C’mon guys! Jesus H! Anyway, as not all of us live in New York City, we can only hope this means additional touring opportunities. If you’ve been jamming on Caribou and have not dug deep in the crates to discover The Left Banke, you should be kicking yourself in the ass about now. But hey, no worries… those difficult-to-find late ’60s LPs will be getting the reissue treatment from Sundazed this year. Check their website for details, and maybe pick up some of those recently released Moby Grape and Blues Magoos reissues while you’re at it.

POSSIBLY RELEVANT :::
The Left Banke – “Barterers and Their Wives” and “Desiree”

MP3 :::
The Left Banke – Barterers and Their Wives
The Left Banke – Desiree

  • Cilbupman

    Was at the Saturday night show. . . the Left Banke lives on, with an exquisite canon of Pop & some searing Rock that never got attention, due to naivete & band dissension in the late 60's (somewhat understandable in a band of teenagers that blew into the [fairly] BIg Time quite abruptly). But they owned Joe's Pub on this night, and showed that the remaining voices — Tom Finn, George Cameron, & Michael Fornatale, with help this night from their songwriting partner, Tom Feher — are still fluid, euphonic and able to breath sweet life into some great songs.

    I was not familiar with much more of their music than Pretty Ballerina, She May Call You Up Tonight, Desiree, and of course, Walk Away Renee before this. They apparently had plenty to mine for this show, and virtually all of it played very well in the intimate surroundings over on Lafayette Street. What really surprised me was that the band, which was a bunch of 17-19 year-olds, came up with such punchy rock songs, when they were really known for that ambitious-for-the-time baroque-influenced pop. And after being off the scene for most of the past 40+ years, they still have the respect of their peers. Mary Weiss (of the Shangri Las), Alan Merrill (of the Arrows), and several others were in attendance for this opening show.

    I hope that they pick up some additional shows in Boston, Philly, DC, etc. This was too good to be just a couple of nights in NYC.

  • Cilbupman

    Was at the Saturday night show. . . the Left Banke lives on, with an exquisite canon of Pop & some searing Rock that never got attention, due to naivete & band dissension in the late 60's (somewhat understandable in a band of teenagers that blew into the [fairly] BIg Time quite abruptly). But they owned Joe's Pub on this night, and showed that the remaining voices — Tom Finn, George Cameron, & Michael Fornatale, with help this night from their songwriting partner, Tom Feher — are still fluid, euphonic and able to breath sweet life into some great songs.

    I was not familiar with much more of their music than Pretty Ballerina, She May Call You Up Tonight, Desiree, and of course, Walk Away Renee before this. They apparently had plenty to mine for this show, and virtually all of it played very well in the intimate surroundings over on Lafayette Street. What really surprised me was that the band, which was a bunch of 17-19 year-olds, came up with such punchy rock songs, when they were really known for that ambitious-for-the-time baroque-influenced pop. And after being off the scene for most of the past 40+ years, they still have the respect of their peers. Mary Weiss (of the Shangri Las), Alan Merrill (of the Arrows), and several others were in attendance for this opening show.

    I hope that they pick up some additional shows in Boston, Philly, DC, etc. This was too good to be just a couple of nights in NYC.