You’re invited to come on down to Phoenicia’s Main Street on the afternoon of Sunday, August 15th for a very special intimate musical performance by MERCURY REV’S Jonathan and Grasshopper and DEAN & BRITTA and on the front porch of Homer & Langley’s Mystery Spot Antiques.The four are being mysterious as to their set’s arrangement so come see for yourself just how they are going to mix it up. Here’s a hint from Jonathan Donahue: “dusty, fragile, rare and reminding… out-of-time and one-of-a-kind songs… not so unlike the four singers who’ll sing them, or the even wares that lay just behind them.” The music starts at 1 PM. As with all of the shows presented by the Mystery Spot this season, it’s absolutely FREE, organized through complete DIY/grassroots efforts, and all are invited.*The following week (August 22) The Mystery Spot welcomes Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan) scheduled to perform at 2 pm. Music For Front Porches’ September and October schedule will be announced soon, but we can let you in on a secret…..Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell will be playing the season’s final show on Columbus Day Weekend!*(As always, please contact us first if you’re planning to come from a distance, just to make sure there are no last-minute scheduling changes).
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Holly Miranda first began playing in New York at age 16, when she dropped out of high school in Michigan, told her mom she was going to visit her sister in New York for a few weeks, and never turned back. Whether solo or with her band, she’s become an artist consistently able to mesmerize with her range as well as her songs. Holly’s XL Recordings debut, The Magician’s Private Library, was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and is one of the most enthralling records of 2010.
Holly Miranda recently played a very successful sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom and is part of the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell in August.“Holly Miranda’s falsetto makes the walls collapse.” —Vanity Fair“…a less fearful Cat Power, a more substantive Feist, a Norah Jones with actual feeling.” —New York Times“a rare talent.” “one of the stars of 2010″ - Time Out NYYou can hear “Waves” here.Watch her play an acoustic version of it here.
Check out our Music for Front Porches link above (or sign up for our mailing list) for the latest updates on upcoming shows this season, including Jonathan and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) AND Dean and Britta, Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan), and Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell. All FREE!
Read more about Holly Miranda here: http://www.hollymiranda.com
*Dates may be subject to change, and visitors may wish to call or email the shop to make sure there are no last-minute changes in the schedule.
The Mystery Spot’s Music for Front Porches series kicks off our 2010 season with a FREE performance by Ida and The Naysayer on Sunday August 1st @ 1 PM!Come on down to Phoenicia’s Main Street on Sunday, August 1st as the bands Ida (Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell) and The Naysayer (Anna Padgett and Miggy Littleton) perform family style on the front porch of Homer & Langley’s Mystery Spot Antiques. The music starts at 1 PM. As with all of the shows presented by the Mystery Spot this season, it’s absolutely FREE, organized through complete DIY/grassroots efforts, and all are invited.*
Ida play an idiosyncratic style of minimalist folk rock music that revolves around complex vocal harmonies and sparse (often acoustic) accompaniments. This special show will feature a stripped-down lineup consisting of founders Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Ida’s latest release “My Fair My Dark” (Polyvinyl Records) features guest appearances by Levon Helm, Peter Schickele, Tara Jane Oneil and Michael Hurley. They also released an album with Michael Hurley called “Ida Con Snock” (Gnomonsong) in 2009 which was recorded at Levon Helm’s Studio in Woodstock. Ida will be touring on the west coast this summer and fall with Michael Hurley. Dan and Liz also have a new children’s album coming out this fall on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings called “Sunny Day.“The Naysayer is the home of the bare songs of Anna Padgett. Sadness and self-deprecating humor alternate with a rollicking “shove-it-up-your-ass” attitude. Anna’s delicate guitar playing is complimented by sparse arrangements of varied instruments, in this instance played primarily by Miggy Littleton, most recently of White Magic and Blood on the Wall; more historically of Ida.Check out our Music for Front Porches link above (or sign up for our mailing list) for the latest updates on upcoming shows this season, including Holly Miranda, Jonathan and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) AND Dean and Britta, Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan), and Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell. All FREE!Read more about Ida here: http://www.idamusic.comRead more about The Naysayer here: http://www.myspace.com/thenaysayer*Dates may be subject to change, and visitors may wish to call or email the shop to make sure there are no last-minute changes in the schedule.
It’s time once again for the Mystery Spot’s Annual Music for Front Porches series! (As always, FREE, and everyone’s welcome.)All season long the Mystery Spot is hosting FREE special musical performances by some of our favorite musicians and bands on Sunday afternoons on our front porch on Main Street in beautiful downtown Phoenicia, NY*
coming this 2010 season:
Ida (Elizabeth Mitchell & Daniel Littleton) and The Naysayer - Sun. August 1 @ 1 PMHolly Miranda – Sun. August 8 @ 1 PMGrasshopper and Jonathan (from Mercury Rev) AND Dean & Britta - Sun. August 15 @ 1 PMUncle Monk (Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan) – Sun. August 22 @ 2 PMAmbrosia Parsley (Shivaree) & Chris Maxwell – coming soon!….and more! (p.s. click on the names above to link to their websites).We’ll be adding more info soon about the shows, and hope to post photos of some of last year’s shows as soon as we get a moment.*please call the shop or check the blog often as dates may be subject to change!
More shows to be added – you’re welcome to sign up for our mailing list or Facebook group for the latest news and updates.
(Special thanks to Loren Chodosh, Lisa Gottheil, David Ayers, Chris Maxwell, and of course, all of the performers. More thanks to come!)
One of the things that makes us proudest of The Mystery Spot is that it’s all-ages. Sure, grown-ups love it here, but so do kids. We often get an entire family coming through the door and everyone has a good time as they go off to their respective corners – whether it’s digging through the vinyl, trying on the vintage clothing, reading the weird out-of-print books, or counting the stuffed alligators scattered around the shop (at last count, seven…including the rarely captured Flying Alligator).
Here are a few of our favorite families who’ve Shopped the Spot in the past month or so…..
Sometimes we meet a new customer (or in this case, four of them) and we can’t help but fall a little bit in love with them. This was the case with the Turner-Hansen family. We doubt that when they crossed our threshold they could have imagined spending the better part of their Sunday inside, but so they did. Dad Mark Turner, noted jazz musician, discovered the record room and our bins and bins of vintage jazz vinyl, and well…..that was the last he was heard of for hours, aside from occasionally coming up for air to see what vintage pieces his lovely ten-year old daughter, Kirin, was modeling for him. Mom Helena Hansen, a double-threat psychiatrist-anthropologist, helped Kirin out and also made sure son Ananda (OK, we are officially smitten!) was having fun. Which he certainly was, all 7 3/4 years of him!
This photo only shows the tip of the iceberg of the bags and bags of vintage wonderfulness they left with. Mark holds one of his vinyl scores, The Early Bird – Charlie Parker with Miles Davis ($20.), and a Kirin a vintage 1960s brown and white polka dot romper with white collar and buttons ($39.) as well as a killer 1960s hand-tooled leather hippie purse ($35.).
We love it when old friends pop in out of the blue to visit and say hello! We haven’t seen Katherine Dieckmann in many a moon, and it was such a joy to see her walk through the door as well as meet the whole gang – husband Brian Wallis, daughter Caroline, and son Nathaniel. We mostly spent our time catching up – Katherine is an acclaimed filmmaker (Motherhood) and teaches screenwriting at Columbia University; Brian is Chief Curator at the ICP, Caroline is beautiful and wise beyond her years, and Nathaniel – well, you can tell from this photo that he’s his own man.
Modeled by the brilliant, creative, sophisticated and artistic Wallises, we present the following: one stuffed duck (NFS); one vintage camera ($35.), a Scary Celluloid Santa ($12.) and an old iron receipt holder ($10.) which Katherine happily took to its new home.
You probably recognize the Littletons from previous appearances on these pages, as they are bonafide Friends of the Spot. Elizabeth Mitchell records with Smithsonian Folkways under her own name, accompanied by husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey; Liz and Dan also have the band Ida. And here’s a bit more of their wonderful extended family – Dan’s brother Miggy Littleton, wife Anna Padgett, and daughter Penny. Are they all musicians you may wonder? (Need you ask?).
Penny is three, and she loved this vintage little girl’s baby blue gingham two piece suit ($40.) so much she took it home with her. She loves to play Princesses and likes animal crackers and the Beatles. Her favorite song is Strawberry Fields Forever. Storey is now a Girl Scout! She is bridging into Juniors in June. She’s also an internationally touring rock star who (still) collects elephants and likes to knit and sew. This vintage girl’s plaid dress from the Forties ($15.) went home with her as well.
Miggy Littleton is a professional record guy (he’s come to our rescue on more than one occasion) and his favorite Beatles song is All Together Now. Here we see Dan and Miggy wallowing in their element. Dig, boys, dig!
In fact, in Extended Family News, we’re proud to announce that everyone you see in the family photo – Liz and Dan’s band Ida, and Anna and Miggy’s band The Naysayer, will be performing this summer as part of our free Music for Front Porches series. As of now the date is set for Sunday, August 1, at 1 PM, on our porch, but please do check back or sign up for our mailing list to confirm the date as August approaches.
We kicked off our free Music for Front Porches series on the afternoon of July 5, 2009 with a musical performance by the dazzling and delightful singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell.Folks came from near and far and a great time was had by all. Here are a few snaps from the day. Enjoy![caption id="attachment_1326" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Mark Lerner helps set up the gear which he so kindly loaned us for the show while Laura sound-checks."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1321" align="aligncenter" width="594" caption="Great turn-out on Main Street on a lovely Sunday afternoon in July."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1327" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Laura and Jeremy collect the fee in a currency we all understand. Forget the gold standard, here at the Mystery Spot Vinyl is King. "][/caption]