Posted in music | pictures on November 9, 2011

words & photos by Keith Marlowe

Scratch Acid @ Webster Hall
Scratch Acid

In lieu of a review of Monday night's Scratch Acid show at Webster Hall, their first NYC show in many, many years, writer/photographer Keith Marlowe presents this open letter to the band's frontman:

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Dear David Yow,

I love you. I've always loved you. I've never felt about other singers the way I feel about you. You gave me "HEAD" with the Jesus Lizard, and I want to return the favor. I want to marry you and have your babies. We both hit the sauce hard, so they would probably be all crazy and hideous, with foreheads so huge we could attach windshield wipers. If we ever got bored with our deformed skull babies, we could give them to some shitty no-talent shock-rock band like Slipknot to use as stage props. Or NAMBLA. I don't care, really. Do you think any of the dudes in NAMBLA have fetal-alcohol-syndrome fetishes? Let's find out together.

I wouldn't expect you to be monogamous, because I figure you treat lovers like you do bands. You've been in long-term relationships with Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard, Qui, and had one night-stands with the Melvins, Helmet, Shellac and Cop Shoot Cop, among others. I've caught you numerous times when you've flung your body violently into the audience, so you can trust me to catch you during tough emotional times too. I'll always be there for you, no matter what kind of project you're involved with, even that western you acted in starring the Insane Clown Posse.

It's not just about your music either. I'm very physically attracted to you. I've seen your dick a bunch of times over the years, and I think it's super hot. You make great art too, and if the money ever ran out we could live off all the free booze and cheese at your openings, like the one you just had at the Fuse Gallery right here in NYC.

I love you David, and I hope that someday, you'll love me back. Because that would be the "Greatest Gift" of all.

Yours truly,
Keith

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Noveller, who has opened for Jesus Lizard in the past, was added as a last minute opener to the NYC show. More pictures and the setlist, below...

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More tour dates HERE.

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Comments (40)

Scratch Acid, Scratch Acid, Scratch Acid.... non-stop mentions! Come on already! Who gives a shit really!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:04 AM

I definitely didn't need to see those pictures!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:05 AM

That was a fuckin awesome time. Not as wild as the Jesus Lizard reunion shows (and much shorter), but well worth it. Kinda sad that the place seemed to be half empty for this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:06 AM

And yes, it was a total sausagefest

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:08 AM

That letter is an embarrassment.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:10 AM

"i hit the sauce hard"

not hard enough...get to the BAR

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:16 AM

stick to posting pictures

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:19 AM

BV fucking faggots!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:31 AM

10:08- There were numerous women up front and are present in the pictures. Are you retarded?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:35 AM

"Scratch Acid, Scratch Acid, Scratch Acid.... non-stop mentions! Come on already! Who gives a shit really!"


People who don't give a shit about Yo La Tengo, Yo La Tengo, Yo La Tengo.... or any ohter shit indie hipster band that gets repeated ad nauseum tenfold in comparison to, wait don't say it, Scratch Acid. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:41 AM

So, Yo La Tengo are a sh!t indie hipster band?? HA!!! You, my friend, are a tool

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:44 AM

Hahaha, indeed 10:16!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:45 AM

college rock is back

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:56 AM

Yo La Tengo are a SUPER-shit indie hipster band. Boring Velvet Underground-worshipping losers.

Okay, they have a couple good albums.

BUT ONLY A COUPLE.

And their live show was the dullest thing I've ever seen in my life.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 10:59 AM

Sausage

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:01 AM

jesus lizard > scratch acid >>> yo la tengo

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:16 AM

Thanks for the pictures.

Posted by Tazyik | November 9, 2011 11:18 AM

10:35 - Not sure what your qualification for "numerous" is, but I could count 2 or 3 women AT MOST in those audience shots. I guess if you normally attend metal shows, this would explain your standards of measurement.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:27 AM

I didn't know Michael Stipe was playing guitar for this band - cool

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:30 AM

Steely Dan "numerous"

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:30 AM

yow was never involved with rapeman, knob.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 11:54 AM

BRUCE!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:07 PM

whats with the homophobia? and why are people on this site OBSESSED with counting the number of women at shows? does this represent brooklyn as a whole? we need answers BV!!!

Posted by Pall Reubensus | November 9, 2011 12:10 PM

12:10- because they never get laid and think that by calling attention to the female count at shows they will come across as "sensitive".

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:23 PM

^ Hipsters tend to deal with their effeminancy and self-loathing in strange (yet pathetic) ways. They try to make it look like anyone who doesn't like indie schlock (and likes metal in particular) is not only a homosexual, but a subtle, closeted one as well.

They do this in the hopes that it will piss non-hipsters off, but all it really does is prove that they are uncomfortable about their homosexuality enough that they try to shift the focus on metal fans (especailly since hipsters in high school were most likely picked on by people similar to what would possibly be a metal fan), along with proving how retarded they are on top of that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:23 PM

Metal fans are ultimate hipsters. Think about it. For even a second...

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:32 PM

frohawk was there! He reports via twitter: "So many girls in the mosh pit. So much denim-on-denim. There is a girl here is full flannel pajamas."

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:52 PM

is this new york hardcore?

Posted by Roger Miret's Bandana | November 9, 2011 1:13 PM

The show was KILLER!

Posted by Dragana | November 9, 2011 2:13 PM

YAWN

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 2:15 PM

12:23 #1 and #2 - 11:27 here. I have a girlfriend and get laid plenty thanks. My comment didn't suggest anything about the sexual preference of metal or Scratch Acid fans. (Who's insecure now?) I was merely fact checking 10:35's comment about there being "numerous" women in attendance.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 2:18 PM

Terrible show

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 2:42 PM

A reaction to all of these (morons) moronic posts. Big Boys said it best...

I want to be a problem
I want to cause a scene
I want to get reactions
And wake you from your dream
I don't care if you don't like it
Or you think that it's the best
As long as you remember
Then we're up with all the rest

I want to be different
I want to make you see
I want to make you wonder
Is it you or is it me?
I'm the big question
You'll never understand
And to all you frat boys
WE GOT YOUR MONEY IN OUR HANDS
(hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 3:10 PM

2:18: Well I'm the 2nd 12:23. I was pointing out the trend of lame schtick cliches that plague the BV comments section, not necessarily directing that at you in particular.

And as for the "girlfriend/getting laid" thing. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't. But the fact that you feel compelled to say that, I can't help but think you said that in order to cover any insecurites that YOU might have (which also answers your question in parentheses, I might add), in regards to this matter.


Enjoy life!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 3:21 PM

THIS is real NYHC! when is the madball/jesus lizard/rapeman/portishead show?

Posted by Jeff Mangum's Codpiece | November 9, 2011 3:23 PM

Ultimate fantastic show. Haters gonna hate.

Posted by Jacob | November 9, 2011 9:42 PM

boston last night, they were awesome. sad that more people missed out. agree with above post. why can't people just give credit where credit is due?

Posted by schwing | November 10, 2011 12:42 PM

Come on guys, you Yo La Tengo and Scratch Acid are good bands. We also like the new trust fund indie bands too. Can't we just get along?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2011 6:11 PM

I was one of the women in the pit and at the front of the show in Chicago last night and I had SO much fun!!! Enough to make up for having missed them at an Iowa City show in circa 1986ish...and where is my picture - I don't see any of the pit?

Posted by Julie | November 14, 2011 3:13 AM

what a amazing show

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 3:55 PM

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