Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records New York City's street musicians. If you'll be busking nearby soon and would like to appear in a future installment, please let him know.
Who: Monica Bethelwood and Juliet Biemiller
When: 12/22/2011, 8:30pm
Where: Intersection of Bleecker and MacDougal, northwest corner
Sorry, I know we're long overdue for another sweet busker MP3, but I've been more or less flattened by the flu that's been going around, so you'll have to excuse me if I don't feel like traipsing around out there at the moment. Instead, let's go with one from the archives that never quite made it through the editorial gauntlet back when I did decide to brave the elements last year -- here's the formidably dreadlocked duo of North Carolina singer Monica Bethelwood and her pal Juliet Biemiller, captured on the northwest corner of Bleecker and MacDougal way back when it was a hacky-looking Asian fusion restaurant (it is now a coffee shop, I believe). Bethelwood told me she'd just returned from California, and given the hobo-folk vibe I was quite content to just assume that she hitched a ride on a rusty freight train. (One of her songs was called "Hubba Hubba Hobo," actually.) She has since set up shop in North Carolina; "I moved to Asheville with 20 dollars in my pocket," she told me recently, so I like to think she now travels between her gigs doing tarot card readings riding atop a rickety old mule (one of those things is actually true).More »