paradise & beyond

greetings and salutations,

we’ve gotten word that tonight’s paradise show with john brown’s body & club d’elf IS going on, despite JBB’s drummer tommy benedetti’s breaking his collarbone in a bike accident. tommy is a trooper and we are all sending him tons of good bone-healing vibes and energy to get through the night and heal as quickly as possible. come on down on this rainy friday and support tommy and both bands because hey, it’s the weekend! no school or work tomorrow! yay! unless of course you work or go to school on saturday, in which case you should just shut up and come out. we’ll actually be getting a longer set, for due to tommy’s accident JBB will be playing a shorter set (75 min), giving us a full 90 minutes with which to lovingly rip some faces off, through which we will watch as they watch us wearing their faces, watching them. and then of course lovingly re-attach them at the end, and hey, my pockets are full of arrowheads! thanks! what i’m saying is no one gets hurt. don’t
miss this rare chance to see d’elf on a big old rock stage on a friday night. we even rehearsed.


Friday April 27, 2007…TONIGHT!!!!!
The Paradise Rock Club, 969 Comm Ave, Boston, MA 02215.
617-562-8800. $16.50. 18+.
Opening for John Brown’s Body (
w/ Randy Roos (guitar), Gavin Castleton (keyboards & beatbox), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums).

Thursday May 17, 2007
The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138.
617-547-0759/1228. 21+. $10.

Saturday May 19, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.
w/ Dave Tronzo, Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard, Dean Johnston, Agnes Moorehead & more! Only, no Agnes. We wish…we wish…

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St, Cambridge, MA. 02138. 617-661-5000.
Co-Bill w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (
7:30 pm. Club d’Elf plays first, followed by JFJO. Both bands will play 1 set, aprox 60 – 75 min.

Friday June 22, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.


it’s still not too late to vote for club d’elf in the best jazz category. not that we, you know, care about such things. and what IS “jazz” anyway? and what is “what”? and what is “is”? and…


*New Live CD*

it is coming. for a sneak preview check out our myspace: and speaking of live club d’elf, you can download most of our shows from the last few years (except for 10.12.06 lizard lounge, which is the one we’ll be releasing, because what, do you think we’re stupid? don’t answer that), or if you don’t want to wait for the enormous files to download, you can stream tracks, incl our last lizard show on 4.12.07 which was a pretty good one, with david johnston singing a few songs, and dana colley and duke levine rocking SO hard. here, hear, here’s where it’s all at:

*On Dreaming*

thanks to twood for this one. we like the dreaming one, and the role playing one, and pretty much all of them:

*James Jamerson*

we make no bones about our devotion to this man. a lot of folks got to know his mostly-unsung name FINALLY through the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. james was the bassist on most of the classic songs from that label, and is pretty much recognized as being one of the major innovators on the instrument. his sound, feel, touch, note choices, vibe, groove, etc etc have influenced me so much that i have to silently thank him every time i pick up the instrument. this may be for only true jamerson geeks, of which i am happy to include myself in the ranks of, but just might be worthy of the perusal of non-bassists as well. it’s a site with isolated bass tracks from such classic tunes as marvin gaye’s “what’s going on”, the four tops “reach out”, etc. thanks to rick suchow for posting them, and ben t for turning me onto it:

*Goodbye Tonic*

alas, tonic is no more. long live tonic. marc ribot has started a campaign to bring about awareness of the lack of ANY kind of venue in nyc that holds more than 60 people for avant/creative/whatever music and culture. who knows if this will bring about any changes in manhattan, which seems well on it’s way to shutting out the artists and creative types who have for years been part of it’s essential cultural make-up, but we can hope, can’t we? if you would like to sign their petition and stay abreast (we just love saying that word) of their endeavors, here’s the link:



~ by clubdelf on May 1, 2007.

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