Underground Loft Opera is the new club scene in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

I wish my pictures had turned out better. The opera — The Marriage of Figaro — was amazing, thrilling, and hilarious, and the loft space in Gowanus is fantastic. Great to see the F train streaking across the night sky through the windows while the performers fill the spacious, filled-to-capacity loft with music and song.

Sign up for the Loft Opera mailing list or “Like” the “>Loft Opera Facebook page to find out about upcoming shows. The performance we saw got a well-deserved standing ovation — definitely worth checking out.

Great set from bassist Michael Oien — with Nick Videen (sax), Jamie Reynolds (piano), and Eric Doob (drums) — at the very cool Shapeshifter Lab space on November 2 in Brooklyn.

Note the cat on the piano. Of course he was just playing it cool.

Smalls Jazz Club
New York City
September 26, 2013

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue put on an amazing show.
Celebrate Brooklyn, June 29, 2012.

“Sunspot Baby” by Bob Seger
“She gave me a false address, took off with my American Express, Sunspot Baby, she sure had me way outguessed” — Too damn good.

“Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot

“Sunday Girl” by Blondie
Please keep speaking in French to me for the rest of my life, Debbie Harry.

“Girlfriend in a Coma” by The Smiths

“Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles

“Whisper to a Scream” by The Icicle Works

“Pure” by Lightening Seeds
I don’t know why I like it but I have to admit that I do. It’s like that horribly annoying jingle that that helps keep that climber going in Touching the Void even though his leg is broken and he’s delirious and pretty sure he’s been left for dead with no chance of being rescued.

“Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters

“Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

“Werewolves in London” by Warren Zevon
“He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s. Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein” — too damn good times ten. Always, always brings a smile to my face.

“We Are Nowhere and It’s Now by Bright Eyes (with Emmylou Harris)

“Fake Empire” by The National

“Nightswimming” by R.E.M.

“There’s A Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)” – Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack

“Lilies of the Valley” by Jun Miyake

“We Belong” by Pat Benatar

“Runaway” by The National

“No One Is To Blame” by Howard Jones

“Wake Up” by Arcade Fire

“Mad World” by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules (Donnie Darko soundtrack)

“Waves of Mutilation” (UK Surf Mix) by The Pixies

“Good to Be On the Road Back Home” by Cornershop

Synthesizes an energy overload that allows you to pick up the pace and ride a new wave to the finish line without taking your breath away.

Even these obnoxious music snobs agree:

Really clever powerpoint from Jennifer Egan’s new book A Visit from the Goon Squad.

“Everything I Own” – Vanessa Hudgens, from the movie Bandslam. Yes, I liked the movie very much. Don’t let the movie poster, or thoughts of High School Musical, scare you away. Got curious about this film after reading this. Glad I checked it out.