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Continental

Trigger of the Continental15 AMAZING YEARS!!! THANKS TO MY STAFF, THE BANDS, AND ALL OF
YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE.
IT'S BEEN AN HONOR THAT I'LL NEVER FORGET.

COME TO OUR GRAND RE-OPENING ON WEDNESDAY,
OCTOBER 11TH @ 9pm.

YOU'RE ON THE LIST PLUS 1.
THANK YOU, TRIGGER

THIS WEEK'S VOICE
The Village Voice

The last four nights of shows at Continental are upon us. Richard Bienstock, whose band Drag Citizen is playing there Friday night, wrote an article called "Downer at the Rock and Roll Club" for the Village Voice.

But the act whose history is perhaps most intertwined with that of the Continental's is the now defunct glam-punk outfit D Generation.

"We signed our record deal with EMI in the Continental's bathrooms," says the band's former singer, Jesse Malin, who was also a partner in the late Coney Island High on St. Marks Place and is currently co-owner of the Avenue A bar Niagara. "Television had CBGB, and the Velvet Underground had Max's, but for my little punk rock group it was this room on the corner of Third Avenue. It was our home, and it's where we made our name."

APPLE bandTONIGHT'S LINEUP - Thursday, September 14
Jesse Malin (w/ Special Guests)
Richard Bacchus (ex D-Generation
DJ Howie Pyro (ex D-Generation)
A.P.P.L.E. (reunion show)
+ REALLY SPECIAL GUESTS

D GenerationHmmm, that's three of the five original D-Generation members explicitly listed right on the bill. "Special guests" are listed twice. One of them is "Really". Strangely/sadly/obviously (depending on how you look at it) tickets are still available. Enquiring minds will also want to know:

** Jesse Malin also played bass for a time with the NYC punk band A.P.P.L.E., who as you can see above, are also on the evening's bill. It'll be their A.P.P.L.E.'s first gig in 18 years. Their second one will be opening for Agent Orange and Reagan Youth at CBGB later this month.

** Original D-Generation guitarist and New Yorker Georgie Seville (he was replaced by Danny Sage) is doing well as part-owner of the Motherf*cker franchine along with Johnny T, Justine D, and Michael T.

** Jesse's friend Ryan Adams is often his "special guest" (not a reason to go to this show though - just a possible bonus).

** Jesse is also playing Tuesday at the Union Square Barnes & Noble

The rest of the schedule.....

ContinentalFriday, September 15
1:30 NEUF NEUF NINE
12:45 BANANA FISH ZERO (reunion)
12:15 TRIGGER’S ALL STARS
11:30 PRINCE HAL’S NEW BAND THE RABBITS
10:45 DEEK JENKINS
10 HONOR AMONG THIEVES
9:15 DRAG CITIZEN

Saturday, September 16
12 MURPHY’S LAW
11 TWO MAN ADVANTAGE
10:15 TURBO AC’S
9:30 SUICIDE KING
8:45 THREADS
8 THE BASICKS
7:15 GUNS ON THE RUN

ContinentalSunday, September 17 (THE LAST NIGHT)
11 CJ RAMONE AND DANIEL REY PLAYING A FULL RAMONES SET w/ WALTER LURE and more
10 HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA’S BAND (The almost-Dictators reunion)
9 LENNY KAYE AND FRIENDS
8 THE BULLYS
7:15 CHARM SCHOOL

Tickets are actually still on sale for all four shows.

So Trigger will now try to court a different crowd. In mid October, he will relaunch the Continental as a dive bar. He'll retain the name and most of the staff, but the stage will be ripped out and replaced by extra seating and a flat-screen television showing "the Yankees, Knicks, and old kung fu movies." Draft beer taps will be installed behind the bar, and the downstairs greenroom—his favorite spot in the club—will get a pool table. "But I'm not going to touch a sticker or piece of graffiti in there, because of all the memories and history and energy," he says. "So hopefully when the bands come back to drink they'll be happy to see the place where they spent so many hours tuning their instruments and passing out to be more or less intact." [also from the Voice]

Previously
almost-all-THE DICTATORS reunion @ CBGB & Continental
Continental adds their real last show PLUS Lenny Kaye @ CBGB
Trigger Presents: last 3 shows @ Continental - On Sale
The last 3 days @ Continental (schedule) | Help George Tabb
Jesse Malin playing third to last show @ Continental | Tix
Murphy's Law playing last show EVER at the Continental
Last Continental show now September 16th
Continental to close on August 26th?
The Continental will stop having live music

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Comments (47)

... and Trigger still is an asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:04 PM

Does anybody know who is the band on the cover of the Voice? My co-worker says it is the Sex Pistols, but I say it is not. Steve Jones did play an LP Custom thru a Sound City amp though.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:08 PM

jesse malin is TERRIBLE.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:09 PM

This is sad. What is happening? What is Next?!
Maybe Trigger is an a-hole. Maybe Jesse Malin sucks. But what also sucks is these places that made the East Village mean the East Village, are going away. What can we look forward to?

Posted by Al bo Bal | September 14, 2006 1:17 PM

The cover is the Dead Boys. Stiv Bators. I think

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:20 PM

yawn.

i miss brownies

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:22 PM

Take a look around, the village hasn't been the village for a long long time. Whats ahead? Oh I don't know, how about the forging of a new identity for this generation? How about opening a few venues that have the chance to one day be legendary? Let's drop the nostalgia trip and do something about it. If these clubs were so legendary and so great then all the people who complain about their closings should've patronized them more. Things change, lets move on.

Posted by kiteless | September 14, 2006 1:23 PM

word. up.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 1:41 PM

amen. the last two comments were the most intelligent ones i've ever seen posted on bv.

Posted by dartos fascia | September 14, 2006 1:47 PM

im going to keep kiteless' comment saved in a word document and just subtitute the neighborhood name and use it for every blog comment i leave.

Posted by nick | September 14, 2006 1:58 PM

>>how about the forging of a new identity for this generation?<< Kiteless, I love you passion and your comment. But I do want to say that the magic of past "Great moments in Music" are never forged in forethought--they're always suddenly discovered to BE a "new identity" after its already begun. Remember the beginning days of the Strokes/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Interpol/Radio 4? So many people were trying to hype that scene as being "a new NYC neo-punk movement." But was it really? Again, I agree with your comments, but I was just pointing out that the truly memorable music movements seem to occur organically without much planning. They just happen. I do wish something powerful would sweep away the general malaise of NYC's music scene. Personally, I blame the last two mayors....

Posted by egg | September 14, 2006 2:08 PM

While nostalgic and wondering what's happening, I agree with you, Kiteless and hope for the best in our future....

Posted by Al bo Bal | September 14, 2006 2:12 PM

yawn. is anything interesting on the national geographic channel tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 2:19 PM

if you're so bored "yawn", why don't you read something else?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 2:47 PM

The Continental has the worst sound in the city, terribly over priced drinks and raw sewage consistanly floating in the basement.

I wonder why they're going out of business.

Posted by Dirty Lenin | September 14, 2006 2:56 PM

egg, you think the people who started/contributed to developing scenes in the past were unaware that they were onto something new and awesome? yeah, maybe they felt under appreciated for their efforts, but i think they were aware that they had something going on. things don't just happen. creative people actively develop somthing new. if it's good, growing numbers recognize it as being so.
as for blaming the last 2 mayors. do you really think mayors have that much power?

Posted by chloe | September 14, 2006 3:00 PM

Hi Chloe. I think a majority of artists hope and/or are aware they're doing/creating something exciting/different. What I was trying to say is, these people or bands rarely come together "at the beginning" planning on becoming a movement. The movement is recognized after its begun. For example, Talking Heads and Blondie and Television et al., they were just looking for a place to play when CBGBs decided to let those bands and their like perform there. (And note I'm leaving out a shitload of bands.) They didn't collectively have a meeting of the minds and decide to start the 1970s NYC music scene--it was recognized after some of these bands developed great followings.

And as far as me blaming Giuliani and Bloomberg, that comes down to the horrible cabaret laws and Disneyfying NYC. NYC's art scene is a pale shadow compared to what it was pre-1990.

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 3:12 PM

outside of times square..what part of new york is "disneyfied" ???

Posted by nick | September 14, 2006 3:40 PM

> outside of times square..what part of new york is "disneyfied" ???

You must be new around here. As a native NYCer, it is shocking to see how sterile NYC has become. Everything comes down to $$$. It is difficult to create a scene when basic square footage runs at a premium. Scenes have always taken place in marginalized neighborhoods, but the problem we have now is that there are none left.

Screw Continental. Screw CBGB. I miss Coney Island High. And no love for the passing of Lamours?

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 4:02 PM

egg,
ok i see what you're saying and agree with your first point. blaming the mayors, however, i still disagree with. when an art scene is stale, i would not look to hang the municipal leaders first; conversely, when shit's popping, i don't toast those suits either.

to nick, chipotle and starbucks may not be part of disney inc, but the effect on the neighborhood is essentially the same.

Posted by chloE | September 14, 2006 4:17 PM

"to nick, chipotle and starbucks may not be part of disney inc, but the effect on the neighborhood is essentially the same."

That's what I meant in previous post!!

Posted by Al bo Bal | September 14, 2006 5:03 PM

"to nick, chipotle and starbucks may not be part of disney inc, but the effect on the neighborhood is essentially the same."

That's what I meant in previous post!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 5:05 PM

Brooklyn Vegan is OVER! here is a real music blog:
idolator.com

Posted by gakattack | September 14, 2006 5:28 PM

It's sad, yes. But I haven't been to a decent show around or near saint mark's place in a long time. It was really great to leave a show @ Coney Island High and then go to The Continental or CB's. Since C.I.H. closed there really hasn't been many good shows over there that I would walk through the sewage for. Bowery Ballroom is good and so is Mercury Lounge, but I don't think CB'S or Continental had shows that were worth my $$$. Yes inside both rooms I have seen bands that changed my life, but that is too far in between.

There was that point in 2000-2002 where The Strokes, YYY's, Radio 4 etc. felt like they were gonna make this place into something fun again. Then all these people started moving here because of it, now they will tell you The Strokes suck, YYY's are lame and Radio 4 is Gang Of Four cover band. But these bands were the reason that people got on a bus/plane/train to move here and be a part of it.

I remember when all this city had were D Generation for fucks sake. You do not wanna know how boring shows were back then. ahhhhh the 90's. " You know I had never been to Coney Island High, but I have heard so many stories about it!" And none of those stories could even compare to the truth!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 5:48 PM

It's sad, yes. But I haven't been to a decent show around or near saint mark's place in a long time. It was really great to leave a show @ Coney Island High and then go to The Continental or CB's. Since C.I.H. closed there really hasn't been many good shows over there that I would walk through the sewage for. Bowery Ballroom is good and so is Mercury Lounge, but I don't think CB'S or Continental had shows that were worth my $$$. Yes inside both rooms I have seen bands that changed my life, but that is too far in between.

There was that point in 2000-2002 where The Strokes, YYY's, Radio 4 etc. felt like they were gonna make this place into something fun again. Then all these people started moving here because of it, now they will tell you The Strokes suck, YYY's are lame and Radio 4 is Gang Of Four cover band. But these bands were the reason that people got on a bus/plane/train to move here and be a part of it.

I remember when all this city had were D Generation for fucks sake. You do not wanna know how boring shows were back then. ahhhhh the 90's. " You know I had never been to Coney Island High, but I have heard so many stories about it!" And none of those stories could even compare to the truth!

Posted by Anonymous | September 14, 2006 5:51 PM

There is another band in Canada that is trying to use the name, "Murphy's Law". Un-Fuckin-believable that they call themselves Punk Rock and had no idea that there is a band called "Murphy's Law" already.
Please message them, blog em or leave them a comment and let them know who "MUrphy's Law" is, was and always will be.

Spread The Word!!!
Post and Repost!!!!

The One, The Only, The Notorious...MURPHY'S LAW.

STAY GOLD!

NYHC

Here is the link:
myspace.com/murphyslawmusic

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2006 2:04 AM

That's Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys on the cover. Wouldn't make any sense to have the Pistols on the cover considering the fact that they never played in anywhere in New York.

Posted by Jim | September 15, 2006 8:00 AM

did anyone go to this?

Posted by jonas | September 15, 2006 10:06 AM

coney island high
wesbeth
the academy
tramps
wetlands
and now...
cbs and contintental
RIP

Posted by heidinyny | September 15, 2006 1:01 PM

oh, and i forgot fez and the bottom line.

Posted by heidinyny | September 15, 2006 1:02 PM

and i also forgot brownies...

Posted by heidinyny | September 15, 2006 1:04 PM

I went...it was a pretty good show. HR from Bad Brains came out and played a few songs with Jesse. Malin went on at 1115 and when I left at 115, he was still playing. Besides HR, the highlight was when he walked through the crowd during Solitare, stood on the bar, and starting giving everryone shots of tequlia for a toast of the Continental's passing.

The place is a dump and the sound sucks, but it's still one more place that will be missed with fond memories.

I guess we still have the Mercury Lounge/Bowery Ballroom combo for the smaller shows (what happened to village underground? Are there shows there anymore?)

Rock.

Posted by Joe | September 15, 2006 3:09 PM

at least we still have todd p

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2006 3:17 PM

I forgot about the Academy!

Also gone is the Palladium (London Calling anyone?) and the New York Coliseum.

Disney closed down the Academy
NYU closed down the Palladium and the Bottom Line

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2006 4:55 PM

ahhhh, the todd P follower. he does- what? 2 or 3 shows a month?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2006 6:49 PM

I used to live dowstairs from Trigger a couple of years ago. My friends and I used to call him Scary Bouncer Man and he had a geriatric dog who couldn't take the stairs without help. I might have to swing by for a drink and apologize for all the time I spent avoiding him because I thought he was...well, scary.

Posted by paulita | September 15, 2006 7:56 PM

todd p does several shows every week.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2006 5:35 PM

Continental had a long great run. I've played there many times and will miss the great sound, that nice deep stage, and most of all Noel at the board. The malling of the East Village has been a bummer, but maybe one day clubs like Trash in Wburg will be talked about the way Continental is today. Go to the shows, cause you never know! :-)

Posted by Deb DeSalvo | September 17, 2006 12:14 AM

Continental had a long great run. I've played there many times and will miss the great sound, that nice deep stage, and most of all Noel at the board. The malling of the East Village has been a bummer, but maybe one day clubs like Trash in Wburg will be talked about the way Continental is today. Go to the shows, cause you never know! :-)
P.S. How was APPLE? Can't believe I missed that...

Posted by Deb DeSalvo | September 17, 2006 12:15 AM

Reports from last night? Anyone go?

Posted by brassbonanza | September 18, 2006 1:13 PM

not too bad
nice!! i can't express how much I love IT, oh yeah, the nation are pretty good too.

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 3, 2008 1:10 AM

The place is a dump and the sound sucks, but it's still one more place that will be missed with fond memories.

Posted by amelajh | June 3, 2009 9:30 AM

Everyone can talk shite ! Was Triggers gig ! The only person to loose was Trigger ! Everyone else profit with money fun or drugs ! So fuck all ya all that talk shite bout TRigger his House his rules ! He may be a full on Prick but he never was anything but so he was for real! A total asskabob but it was his gig ! And he stayed true to who he is ! Ya have to respect that . Not fer nothin he taught me to be the best door man ever next to Joe Rizzo no matter wht ya all fake ass spoon fed moma boys think!Dont think Trigger made any money on ya self proclaimed Rock Stars ya cant even see the stars in New York . N.Y.C is DEAD R.I.P. !

Posted by Surfer | August 30, 2009 8:56 PM

Trigger is a mondo fucking douchebag.

Posted by wembley | August 30, 2009 9:05 PM

Yes he is I would call him at home and remind him from time ta time !

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