I’d started a little post of some of the great music released since mid-March; if you’ve got Spotify (and if you haven’t your name is either Peter or Matthew) you can just press this link.
But here’s the new classic from Jeffrey Lewis, a song about the virus recorded and released by March 24, TWO DAYS after the New York Lockdown*.
“And we all know this will pass
And from Wuhan out to Texas
Information is infectious
And when this phase is behind us
We’ll catch a worldwide case of kindness”
I saw Jeffrey in Cambridge at the Portland Arms a few years back, a wonderfully eclectic sets with a show that drew on the video to “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.
We didn’t spend long in the East Village on our New York trip a year ago, but we did get great views from across the East river in crafty Williamsburg.
Williamsburg is where the young hipsters go for their vinyl.
Most of the bars looked like they’d been imported, London Bridge style, from Bermondsey, so I recommend a cross between a Stonegate and Port St Beer House.
It was recommended to me by a local as I stood forlornly at a closed Mugs.
“Are you looking for a pub or a hipster place ?”
This is it, the Kent Ale House.
$7 for the house ESB, which wasn’t Fullers but was at least local. The perfect accompaniment to Canada v Cuba on TV and what can only be described as a sloppy burger I didn’t really need but research demanded.
Anyway, keep it chill in Portland Bill, or Herne Hill, Bourneville, or wherever you are.
*Contrast that with Rick Wakeman, who took 440 YEARS to release “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”.