Although AAJA is known for its up-and-coming and veteran journalists, we aren’t always running after a story, working on deadline or hunting down a source. There are more sides to us. And so we wanted to highlight the other interests, talents and special projects that members of AAJA-NY’s chapter have to offer.
In our first installment of this series, Sachin Shenolikar, who is senior editor of Sports Illustrated Kids and founder of YACK Brooklyn, talks about his band the Condescending Liberals, a rock-funk outfit out of Brooklyn.
I met the other guitarist in the band, Joe [Charupakorn], at a Mike Stern/Esperanza Spalding concert. For a long time, we were trying to coordinate a day to jam with two of his friends, a bassist and drummer. But it wasn’t coming together — there was no urgency to it. Then, my other group, the alt-country band The Shabby Dolls, was offered a gig that we couldn’t do because of scheduling conflicts. I reached out to Joe about taking the gig anyway and putting together a set with these other guys. When we finally got together and jammed, things clicked right away. We ended up playing that show and getting a monthly Friday night residency at the Branded Saloon in Brooklyn in 2012-13.
We’ve been playing various venues since then and mixing things up with different vocalists, from R&B and hip-hop to close-harmony country singing to straight rock. I come from a jam band background, so I love the idea of bringing different musical styles together, doing something new at every show, and having an element of surprise within every show — such as following a funk instrumental with a hit by The Fugees or Destiny’s Child or a deep cut by Bonnie Raitt or Tom Waits.
Behind the Band Name:
It comes from an incident at a dinner party the day after the 2008 vice presidential debate. Let’s just say that after a few glasses of wine, the one Republican at the party didn’t take too kindly to the Sarah Palin jokes that were being tossed around.
Why You Should See Their Show:
“If you like 1970s-era Stevie Wonder, Phish, or Soulive, you should definitely check The Condescending Liberals out.
The Condescending Liberals are playing at the Desmond’s Tavern (433 Park Ave South @ 29th St) on Friday (Feb. 21) at 10 p.m. Free entry. If you’re still on the fence about attending the show, check out their cover of the Funkadelic’s ‘Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?’ below.