by Harold Goldberg
The New York Videogame Critics Circle is stoked to announce that Tom Clark will be our musical guest at the New York Game Awards on February 9 at Villain in Brooklyn. During the Awards and After Party, Tom Clark will be playing selections from the Fallout 4 soundtrack and from other games with compelling soundtracks.
Clark’s been a welcome fixture on the Lower East Side music scene for years now. He’s able to play just about anything — and nimbly and fast, amazingly so.
How serious about music is Tom Clark? The fact that he owns over 100 guitars should begin to tell you there’s nothing on earth that he’d rather be doing. And Tom’s more knowledgeable about the minutiae of music history than some of the music critics I know. His first record was produced by Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and featured a guest appearance by the Jeff Buckley. Clark’s forthcoming record will be produced by Ivan Julian, a New York City legend beginning with his days with Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Marshall Crenshaw (“Someday, Someway”) will be a guest musician.
Clark also hosts the Treehouse at 2A showcase every Sunday night. A personal favorite among these concerts is Tom’s Christmas extravaganza during which he’ll perform a mix of classics along with gems from, say, Boxcar Willie. As the excitement grows, many musicians of note in the East Village hop onstage for a song or two. If you haven’t been to the Treehouse on a Sunday night, do check it out. It doesn’t matter how angry or apathetic or too cool you are when you enter, you’ll leave refreshed and inspired.
Stay tuned for more announcements about the New York Game Awards. Ticket info will be announced later this week.
Harold Goldberg, the Circle’s founder, has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy and other publications.