Live Music Weekend: Regia, James Husband, Leonard Cohen

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully October 23, 2009 at 3:38AM

Live Music Weekend: Regia, James Husband, Leonard Cohen

I've been meaning to turn this site back into a daily diary/column type of deal but life has been getting in the way. Not to mention the fact that having exposed myself in that manner for the past many years seems like a rather pointless endeavor. But let's see if I can get those juices flowing once again.

CMJ has invaded NYC this week, and I am going to have slight dabbles with it. When I first moved here in '98 and lived on the Lower East Side, there was a palpable buzz in the air that made me want to dive in headfirst, soaking up as much music (and alcohol) as I could. But I was younger then. Now, I'd rather have a quiet night at home in Ditmas Park. That said, I still love music, and am still committed to supporting friends, which I did last night at Local 269 Bar as Louis Schefano's Regia showed the kids how songs should be written and sung.

Unfortunately, I will be missing tonight's Polyvinyl Records showcase at the Bell House and won't be able to see good buddy James Husband deliver his own melodic goodness unto the kiddies. James Husband is Jamey Huggins, multi-instrumentalist and longtime member of Of Montreal. I've been waiting ten years for Jamey to step into the spotlight, and now the time has finally come. Luckily, I'll be able to attend today's day show at Bruar Falls in Williamsburg so I won't be missing out entirely. Jamey goes on at 2pm, so if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to check-a-check it out.

Why am I missing tonight's showcase, you ask? Why, I have another musical performance to attend. Another CMJ showcase, you ask? Not quite. I have a more lofty engagement. The place: Madison Square Garden. The musician: Mr. Leonard Cohen. This will be my first live encounter with one of my all-time favorite musicians. If it's even a fraction as good as this clip, it will be money very well spent and a Friday night that I won't soon forget: