Recent Posts in music history - Page 7
September 20, 2006
The amazing lineup for (what I think is) the final hardcore matinee at CBGB on Sunday October 8, 2006, is: AGNOSTIC FRONT, SICK OF IT ALL, MURPHY'S LAW, and HARLEYS WAR (CRO-MAGS). All tour dates for all bands below...
Murphy's Law @ Continental - September 16, 2006
by Klaus Kinski
The Continental's second to last show ever was as close to the early 90's hardcore shows I used to go as you can get. Having taken down all of the famous framed pictures and other decorations that used to be present and also having removed all of those clumsy booths, the Continental was transformed into a dingy hardocre venue of days long gone. What also authenticized the atmosphere was the complete lack of air conditioning and the fact that the guys at the door completely overfilled the place with chain smoking skinheads, punks, Hells Angels, and college kids. The heat, claustrophobia and second hand smoke made me wonder how I ever did this weekend after weekend when I was a wee bit younger.
DOWNLOAD: Bad Brains - Right Brigade (MP3)
"The Bad Brains are those of an extremely influential American all-black hardcore punk and reggae band, originally formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. They are widely considered the pioneers of hardcore punk." [Wikipedia]
HR's recent NYC Itinerary
Feb 24, 2006: sit home while John Joseph plays me @ CBGB
Feb 25, 2006: sit home while John Joseph plays me @ CBGB
Sep 02, 2006: play a few reggae songs @ CBGB
Sep 08, 2006: sing a bunch of reggae songs @ Delancey
Sep 14, 2006: play a few reggae songs @ Continental
Sep 19, 2006: appear on screen singing hardcore @ CBGB
Oct 09, 2006: play mthrfkn hardcore @ CBGB
Oct 10, 2006: play mthrfkn hardcore @ CBGB
Tickets go on sale Sunday @ Noon. Patti Smith is supposedly playing the last show at CBGB some time around October 15th. Hopefully that means Television is playing too since Tom and Patti are close and all)
September 15, 2006
Its either the horrible weather, or just general exhaustion that keeps me missing so many shows I mean to go to lately. One such show was "Jesse Malin (who just announced a new album) + special guests" last night at Continental. Were you there? If so, wWhat happened? I just found this:
...jesse was awesome, his keyboard player / harmony vocalist rocks. we saw a bit of his d generation bandmate's set, and saw one song with a guy from bad brains, but we got tired and took off... i'm sure the show went till 3am with tons of special-er guests..." [Myspace Blog]
Bad Brains – Live CBGB 1982 displays why Bad Brains became one of the most important bands in the history of American Hardcore. On Christmas Eve 1982, Bad Brains began their three-day stint at a Hardcore Festival hosted by legendary CBGB. This DVD represents the very best of these shows, culled from over 4 hours of footage. Their live performances were legendary, their visual recordings were impossible to find. Now, for the first time on DVD, that powerful performance is revisited in extraordinary fashion.
September 14, 2006
15 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 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."
TONIGHT'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
Hmmm, 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.....
Friday, 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 THE BASICKS
7:15 GUNS ON THE RUN
Sunday, 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]
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
September 5, 2006
When I found out I had the chance to interview a member of the New York Dolls, I knew immediately that J from Heartonastick was the perfect perfect person to do it, and it ends up he was. J and Sylvain Sylvain talk about everything from Max's Kansas City to the Morrissey-driven reunion, the new album to Pete Doherty.....
NEW YORK DOLLS @ SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC | AUG 18, 2006
* photos of David Johansen & Sylvain Sylvain by Wellington Lee
No, they’re not going to go quietly. Isn’t that the last thing you’d want from them?
When the New York Dolls came together in 1971 they were just a bunch of city kids – Drummer Billy Murcia and guitarists Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain were from Queens, bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane from the Bronx, singer David Johansen from Staten Island – who wanted nothing more than to be in a rock and roll band.
People didn’t think they looked and sounded like anything else out there, but the Dolls didn’t really think there was any other way to look or sound. In a musical era of processed, plastic professionalism, these guys played loud and sloppy, banging themselves against bluesy ‘50s-style rock and ‘60s-era girl group sounds so hard something was bound to break.
What broke was everything. Including the Dolls. But by the time the group had fallen apart in 1975, people knew you didn’t have to love music from a distance, anymore.
Most of the original Dolls are no longer with us. Murcia died on the group’s first UK tour, drowned in a bathtub during a bizarre booze-and-barbiturate party. His replacement, Brooklyn-born Jerry Nolan, suffered a fatal stroke in 1992, not even a year after a cancer-and-drug-addled Thunders passed on. Kane lived to see the band’s triumphant 2004 reunion at Morrissey’s Meltdown Festival in London... but died of Leukemia shortly afterwards.
Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen are very much alive, and they want nothing more than to be in a rock and roll band.
I got to talk to Sylvain, and though we spoke longer than we were supposed to, it certainly wasn’t long enough. The New York Dolls have so much history – and are responsible for so much more – that I could barely scratch the surface. For those who want more, I’ll link to a few books and DVDs at the bottom. Further suggestions are always welcome; please leave them in the comments.
Above all, of course, you should own the records. It doesn’t make sense without the music. The group’s first, self-titled CD is necessary, and available; their second, Too Much Too Soon, a tougher find. And, hey: It’s 2006, and there’s a new Dolls CD, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This. Whoulda thunk.
Thanks to BV and the folks at Roadrunner Records for this opportunity, and to Sylvain Sylvain for his time and good humor.
J: New York is losing CBGB’s and Continental in the next month, but The Dolls came up before those clubs were even around. You kind of had to invent places to play...
"Syl: Yes, well, we always had to look for venues really, because when we came around there was none, except maybe Max’s Kansas City.
J: And that was a Warhol hangout then, right?
Syl: Yeah, exactly, that was famous for the back room, the downstairs back room where it was the late-60s musical scene, Warholish, all the old superstars, self-made superstars. Which we fit in pretty well because we were self-made stars ourselves. But yes, we had to look for places, and in fact that’s how we ran into the Mercer Arts Centre.
J: I wanted to get an idea what those places were like...
August 30, 2006
Two weeks ago I dedicated an entire radio show to Merge Records. This week (August 29, 2006) I dedicated the show to Touch and Go who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a three day festival starting Friday September 8th in Chicago. All twenty-nine songs I played are right here as MP3s...
PLAYING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
1) !!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Hello? Is This Thing On?
2) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
3) Girls Against Boys - Kill the Sexplayer
4) Supersystem - Everybody Sings
5) Shipping News - We Start to Drift
PLAYING SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH
6) Shellac - Watch Song
7) Big Black - Texas
8) Man or Astro-Man? - DNI
9) Scratch Acid - Greatest Gift
10) Sally Timms - Little Tommy Tucker
11) Didjits - Killboy Powerhead
12) Killdozer - Hi There
13) The New Year - Gasoline
PLAYING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH
14) Calexico - Frontera
15) Pinback - Fortress
16) CocoRosie - Good Friday
17) The Black Heart Procession - Not Just Words
18) Brick Layer Cake - Stars
19) Seam - Bunch
20) Enon - Kanon
21) Quasi - It's Raining
22) Arcwelder - Do Something Right
NOT PLAYING THE FESTIVAL
23) Dirty Three - I Really Should've Gone Out Last Night
24) Die Kreuzen - Big Bad Days
25) June of 44 - Sink Is Busted
26) The Jesus Lizard - Fly On the Wall
27) TV on the Radio - Dreams
28) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Art Star
29) Blonde Redhead - Distilled
"Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. Vee was bored with the punk sounds of the day, and captivated by the emerging hardcore movement in America. Inspired, he put out records by the Necros, Fix, Meatmen, and Negative Approach. Tesco's interest in the label waned around 1982 and he handed it off to Corey Rusk, the Necros' bass player." [Wikipedia]
BrooklynVegan Blog Radio airs on Sirius Satellite's Left of Center on Tuesday nights @ 10 pm EST, and I think they re-run it on Friday at the same time.
Supersystem are playing tonight and touring.
Blonde Redhead are playing CMJ and stuff.
TV on the Radio are touring.
CocoRosie are playing Carnegie Hall.
At first I thought maybe the new date CBGB has listed for the Agnostic Front show was a mistake - it went from September 24th to October 1st (one day after the previously announced closing date of September 30th). An article on Pollstar seems to back this up though: "A team of 'experts' will remove the bars, toilets, etc. in late October after a final gig with Patti Smith, Kristal said."
So far the "downstairs lounge" show on September 30th is still listed as "closing night". Who knows.
Patti Smith also played CBGB on May 1, 2005.
August 23, 2006
The last surviving founding member of the Ramones Tommy Ramone plays bluegrass with Claudia Tienan of the Simplistics. They call themselves Uncle Monk.
The Continental changed their mind about Murphy's Law playing the last show ever at the club. Tickets are now on sale for THE REAL LAST SHOW ("this is it!") on September 17. 2006. Its "a full Ramones set" by Ramones producer Daniel Rey, Ramones bassist (1989-1996) CJ Ramone, Radio host and lead singer of the The Dictators Handsome Dick Manitoba (also own's Manitoba's bar), Walter Lure (Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers), and Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith group). No Tommy Ramone at this one, but then again it does say "special guests". (thx Klaus)
The lineup for the night of September 17th at CBGB has yet to be announced, but speaking of Lenny Kaye - he'll be the special guest at CBGB's Gallery on September 8th. He goes on at 10pm after Carla Rhodes. Mad Juana are on at midnight.
Trigger Presents: last 3 shows @ Continental - On Sale
Lenny Kaye | You Call it Madness | Mo Pitkens
Lee "Scratch" Perry playing CBGB | tix
Reagan Youth also playing George Tabb benefit @ CBGB's Lounge
The final CBGB (downstairs lounge) Lineup
Reagan Youth playing CBGB with Agent Orange | tix
Hatebreed playing CBGB | free ticket with CD
Fishbone playing CBGB | 2006 Tour Dates