By Chris M. Junior
“I’ve never worked an office before,” deadpanned Dion DiMucci, taking notice of the computers and desks situated behind the crowd watching his invitation-only performance Oct. 21 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
The place was the headquarters of the music/film/TV distribution company The Orchard, and the event was a solo-acoustic preview of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s new album, “New York Is My Home.” Produced by Jimmy Vivino (best known as a member of The Fab Faux and the music director for Conan O’Brien’s show), the album is due in February on the Orchard-distributed Instant Records.
With fellow rockers Marshall Crenshaw and Dictators frontman Handsome Dick Manitoba among those taking in the brief set, DiMucci mixed in some funny stories with his music. The hands-down winner of the tunes he performed was the stirring “New York Is My Home,” which has lines that echo Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” and the late-career Frank Sinatra hit “Theme From New York, New York.”
The studio version of “New York Is My Home,” featuring Paul Simon on vocals, will be released as a single in November.