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Joey Ramone

Once again, Joey Ramone's birthday will be celebrated with his Birthday Bash in NYC this year, but this time it's moved from its usual location of Bowery Electric to The Studio at Webster Hall. It takes place May 19, the day he would have turned 64.

This year's lineup features CJ Ramone, Joey's bandmate from 1989-1996 who recently released a pretty solid solo LP on Fat Wreck Chords. It's also got repeat offenders The Sic F*cks, as well as Barb Wire Dolls, The Independents, Stop, Jiro and The Serotones. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.

If you haven't yet, read our interview with Marky Ramone, whose autobiography is out now.

Revisit some Ramones classics below...

Continue reading "Joey Ramone's annual Birthday Bash happening at The Studio at Webster Hall with CJ Ramone & more"


There's been plenty going on for the Ramones 40th anniversary (and in the wake of the passing of Tommy Ramone, their last original member). NYC has already had one anniversary celebration and there's another coming. A new 'best of' is on the way and Morrissey is compiling the tracklist. And they were just honored in NYC this past weekend by Arcade Fire.

Now, a new Billboard article reveals that even more is coming. Influential filmmaker Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film on the band, and there will also be a theatrical play, a book, and a documentary with footage from the '70s and '80s shot by George Seminara. Remastered music and new apparel are planned as well.

As previously discussed, Richie Ramone (member from '83-'87) is playing NYC with The Queers soon, and CJ Ramone ('89 to '96) signed to Fat Wreck Chords and is touring Brazil as we speak. Marky Ramone is also touring Brazil and other South American countries with Michale Graves in November.

Watch the "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" scene from Rock n Roll High School below...

Continue reading "Martin Scorsese making a Ramones film"


The Ramones' 40th anniversary as a band will be celebrated in NYC this weekend. A press release reads...

This Saturday, August 16th, marks the 40th Anniversary of the day The Ramones took the stage at CBGB for their first performance ever.

To commemorate this historic date, Tim Hayes, founder of the CBGB Music & Film Festival, will host a public 40th Anniversary remembrance and salute to Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the Ramones who passed away on July 11th, 2014.

Friends, family and fans will come together to pay tribute to Tommy, and the legendary American Rock Band at Bowery Electric. The evening will feature performances and speeches from those closest to The Ramones and attendance by prominent figures of the early New York City punk scene.


· Bob Gruen - photographer of some of their most iconic and famous photos

· Danny Fields - former manager of The Ramones

· Monte A. Melnick - Ramones tour manager & author of On the Road with The Ramones

· Seymour Stein - Co-Chairman, Sire Records

· Spencer Drate - designer of many of their album covers


· The Martinets - members include Daniel Rey, The Ramones Producer

· Jimmy Gestapo - Murphy's Law

The event happens at The Bowery Electric at 7 PM.

In other Ramones news, CJ Ramone, who played bass in the Ramones from 1989 to 1996, has signed to Fat Wreck Chords who will release his new single on September 30 with a full length titled Last Chance To Dance to follow. He was joined by other punk rock royalty to record it too: like on his 2012 solo debut, his band includes Adolescents members Dan Root and Steve Soto and Social Distortion member David Hidalgo Jr. Plus, the single's b-side is a cover of Black Flag's "Rise Above" which features former Black Flag member and current Misfits member Dez Cadena on guitar and backing vocals. The a-side is an original song, "Understand Me?" which is streaming below. CJ is also touring Brazil later this month into September. All of those dates are listed below as well.

In more Ramones news, Richie Ramone, the band's drummer from 1983-1987, will join The Queers at their NYC show happening October 3 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can watch a video of Richie joining The Queers at their show at The Roxy this past July for the Ramones classic "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" and others, below.

Continue reading "Ramones 40th Anniversary to be honored in NYC; CJ Ramone signed to Fat Wreck; Richie Ramone playing w/ The Queers"

Joey Ramone

To honor Joey Ramone (who would have turned 63 this year) and the Ramones (who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band this year), the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash returns. Here's the details:

Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on May 19th, the actual date of JOEY RAMONES' birthday, which this year falls on a Monday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting than in previous years. The venue is located on the corner of the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.

This year, the BASH is doing something truly unique by engaging fans via social media to participate in the event. The official artwork for the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH was chosen through online contest submissions from local artists. Winner Marie Laferriere created the cartoon caricature of JOEY in his iconic on-stage persona (see illustration above). Additionally, one undiscovered NY based punk band will be chosen to perform at this year's BASH. The winner will be announced towards the end of April and details about submission can be found on the JOEY RAMONE Facebook Page.

Headlining the 2014 BIRTHDAY BASH will be The Joey Ramone Tribute Band featuring Cheetah Chrome, Glen Matlock, Sic F*cks, George Tabb, Mickey Leigh and surprise guests to be announced. Also sharing the bill are Andy Shernoff, David Peel, The A-Bones, Heap, Gobshites, The Independents (a group JOEY managed), and The Bullys. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom, Stig Stench, Monte Melnick, and Peter Aschner. Carrying on the 14 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated but have not yet been revealed.

TIckets to the 14th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now. Net proceeds will benefit the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.


As previously mentioned, the CBGB movie will premiere at this year's CBGB Music & Film Festival, which goes down across various NYC venues from October 9 to 13.

The tracklist for that movie's soundtrack was just revealed, and while there's not too much you don't already have if you're already into this stuff, it should make a great classic-punk 101 for anyone who's yet to have discovered these gems. The soundtrack will feature classic tunes from Talking Heads, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Television, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, New York Dolls, The Velvet Underground, Johnny Thunder & the Heartbreakers, and more. Plus, there's some live tracks, demos, and alternate versions of songs from other beloved bands like Blondie, MC5, The Dictators and more. The soundtrack will be out on October 8 via Omnivore Records physically and Rhino digitally.

Check out the full tracklist and some videos below...

Continue reading "CBGB movie soundtrack includes Talking Heads, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Richard Hell, Television, Blondie, Dictators & more"


Joey Ramone, who died from lymphoma in 2001, would've been 62 this year. Here's details on his annual birthday bash:

Following the tradition, this year's BASH will take place on Sunday, May 19th, the actual date of RAMONES' birthday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate "up-close-and-personal" setting. The venue is located on the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs.

Making his first appearance at the BASH is this year's headliner CJ Ramone, who was bassist and sometimes singer in The Ramones. CJ joined the group in 1989, replacing original member Dee Dee Ramone, and remained with the group until they retired in 1996. In past years, other Ramones members Tommy Ramone and Richie Ramone have performed at the BASH.

Also performing at the 2013 BIRTHDAY BASH is Andy Shernoff, a founding member of original New York punk band The Dictators, a member of The Resistance with JOEY RAMONE, and a guest musicians on JOEY's posthumously released debut solo album, "Don't Worry About Me." Sharing the bill are The Independents (a group JOEY managed), Sic F*cks, Ingrid and the Defectors, The Bullys, Heap, CJ Ramone, and Andy Shernoff. As in years past, the spectacular party will conclude with a performance by The Joey Ramone Birthday Bashers featuring Mickey Leigh, Walt Stack, CJ Ramone, Jahn Xavier, Walter Lure, George Tabb, Emily Brout, Pat Carpenter, Danny Nez, and surprise guests. The Masters of Ceremony will be John Holmstrom and Pete Aschner. Carrying on the 13 year tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will close the show. Additional surprises are anticipated at the evening's events, as yet to be announced.
Tickets to the 13th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash are on sale now.

Joey's original "Chop Suey" lyrics
Chop Suey lyrics

Some of Joey Ramone's leather wardrobe and some of his other personal belongings are hitting the auction block.

A custom-made black leather motorcycle jacket with zebra-skin pocket flaps, cuffs and epaulets is the star item in an online sale of the Queens-raised punk rocker's belongings.

Also up for grabs are a pair of Joey's leather pants and some of his leather accessories, including a leather belt that looks like it's carrying ammo, a spiked wristband and fingerless gloves.

All the items come directly from family of the late Ramones frontman, said Bobby Livingston of Amherst, NH-based RR Auction -- whose long-time employees still tell of when The Ramones stopped in to shop for autographs and rock memorabilia. - [NY Post]

All the Joey Ramone items up for auction will be on public display Thursday (2/7) a Bowery Electric from 5 - 7 PM. Entry is free though they will be taking donations for the Joey Ramone Foundation For Lymphoma Research. If you can't make it down, you can check out all the memorabilia up for bid online. In attendance will be Joey's brother, Mickey Leigh, and Punk Magazine founder John Holmstrom. The auction runs February 14 - 21.

Later Thursday night at Bowery Electric, you can see Wayne Kramer.

A$AP Rocky at MHOW, August 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Twin Shadow

tonight in NYC
* Choro Trio @ Barbes
* Mecanica Popular @ Barbes
* Avicii @ Radio City Music Hall
* Rondi Charleston @ Joe's Pub
* Henry Grimes Trio @ The Stone
* Snoop Dogg @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Gotye, Zammuto @ Williamsburg Park
* Lips, Evil J, Saint Cecilia @ The Flat
* Burlesque Festival @ The Bell House
* Julian Velard w/ Charlene Kaye @ Joe's Pub
* Twin Shadow, Niki & The Dove @ Webster Hall
* Friends, Phone Tag, Lorna Dune @ 285 Kent Avenue
* The Milk Carton Kids, Brendan Hines @ 92YTribeca
* Artl, Man Benu, Winter Family, Sunmoon @ Zebulon
* Vacationer, Ghost Beach, Lovelife @ Cameo Gallery
* Chris Cohen, Blanche Blanche Blanche @ Glasslands
* The Corin Tucker Band, Ideal Forms @ Mercury Lounge
* Crinkles, WIN WIN, Widow, Delicate Cutters @ Pianos
* A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q @ Roseland
* Lymbyc Systym, Spaces, Prism House @ Public Assembly
* Gossip, Magic Mouth, Bonnie Montgomery @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Riverwild, The Yes Way, The Midnight Hollow @ Union Pool
* Two Door Cinema Club, Guards @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Denzels, Half Day, Sea Monsters, Sleepies @ Shea Stadium
* John Talabot, Pional, Blondes, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Valley Lodge, States and Kingdoms, Geoffrey Rickly @ Saint Vitus
* Judah Friedlander, Matt Koff, Andy Rocco, Mikey Roohan @ UCB East
* The Great & Terrible, Chamber Band, Colorform, Duane @ Cake Shop
* Akio Suzuki, Gozo Yoshimasu, Otomo Yoshihide @ Abrons Art Center
* Brother Ali, Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Future Shuttle, Sun Araw, Sinkane, Weyes Blood, Deep Magic @ Death By Audio
* Skeletonwitch, Havok, Early Graves, Mutilation Rights @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Osos Locos, Grey Sky Appeal, Hand Job Academy, & People With Teeth @ Tamany Hall

Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, who recently played AV Fest in Chicago is on tour and playing two NYC shows this week. The first is at Mercury Lounge tonight with Ideal Forms. Tickets are still available.

Magic Mouth, on tour with the Gossip and opening for them at Brooklyn Bowl tonight, are Corin Tucker's favorite new artist. Listen to their song "Believer" below.

Tonight's Two Door Cinema Club show at Music Hall of Williamsburg will be streamed live tonight via Bowery Presents' YouTube channel.

The NY Art Book Fair begins tonight and runs through Sunday at MoMA PS1.

The DUMBO Arts Festival begins on Friday.

Das Racist's show at Irving Plaza tonight was postponed to October 15.

Gotye headlines Williamsburg Park tonight. Check out our pictures from the Radio City show.

No matter what show you end up at tonight, you can probably still catch the live set by John Talabot at LPR because doors aren't until 11pm.

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French DJ/producer (and soft rock lover) Breakbot has finally released his debut album, By Your Side, which came out this week overseas on the Because label (Metronomy, Django Django). No North American release date for it, but you can check out the stylish clip for single "One Out of Two" below.

In case you missed it, Joey Ramone (RIP) has a new video. The PR points out:

Award-winning filmmaker Greg Jardin directed the innovative, groundbreaking stop motion film, which includes over 1600 photographs taken throughout New York City, and boasts cameos by dozens of New Yorkers, including some of Joey Ramone's closest friends and family.
Jardin enlisted over 100 participants to appear in the video, ranging from Tommy Ramone, celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed musicians and denizens of the punk scene (Andy Shernoff of the Dictators, Matt & Kim, Andrew WK, Reggie Watts, members of Les Savy Fav, The Drums, and the Flatbush Zombies; JP Patterson, Ricky Byrd, Tish & Snooky Bellomo, and legendary photographer Godlis), stars of television's 30 Rock (Scott Adsit, John Lutz and Kristen Schaal), Ramones' producer Ed Stasium, and Joey Ramone's brother, musician and author Mickey Leigh.

Watch "New York City" below.

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St. Vincent

In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...

Hope to see you at Pianos tonight, unless of course you're celebrating Yom Kippur which started at sundown (or under 21).

It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?

That photo is actually part of a series orchestrated by HeadCount where over 200 celebrities, including Jeff Tweedy, were photographed with "Register to Vote" clipboards. You can see them all here.

Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.

Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.

Prince took a 40 minute encore break last night in Chicago.

Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.

Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.

Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.

Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.

Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.

You can also check out Thee Oh Sees' side of the new Famous Class' "LAMC" 7" series which they were selling last night at their very sweaty Death by Audio show. It's streaming below.

Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle talks (vegetarian) food - including pizza, popcorn and, yes, hummus over at FoodRepublic. He and the band will be in NYC next month.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Register to Vote Day; Neil Young on Twitter; Free Bowie Tribute LP; new Converge, Cat Power's band & more"

Joey Ramone

On March, 31st Mickey Leigh posted the following to JoeyRamone.com wrote:

Post subject: Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2011

As always, the first announcement of this event is posted for the most ardent of his fans right here, on Joey's website.

The birth and career of my brother is set to be celebrated once again, and I hope that many of you will be able to join me at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2011. I want to keep it uplifting so I'm not going to start talking any timelines. I think all of us here are well aware of what this year marks. I always want this to be a special occasion, and something for us to be happy about so:
"Don't be sad, cause I'll be there" - as he would say it.
I know many of you are coming regardless, but I'm sure are still anxious to hear who some of the performers will be. I can't give you the whole line-up yet, but can tell you who I am sure will be coming at this point.

From the band the Ramones played with at The Roundhouse in 1977 (my last tour with them) - The Stranglers' singer/songwriter/guitarist Hugh Cornwell will be performing the classics that made that band legendary. Joining Hugh on drums is Elvis Ramone also, and far more- well known as Clem Burke of Blondie. On bass is Fish -more info on him later.

Black 47 -a revered NYC band Joey went to see frequently, and had even hoped to produce a record for.

Richard Lloyd- co-founder of Television, the band that paved the way for all others to play at CBGB.
Richie Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Holly Beth Vincent, Ed Stasium, Al Maddy, Andy Hilfiger, and many others (TBA.. including myself, will be performing songs from the upcoming Joey Ramone solo album.
Also on the bill is Sunday Masquerade.

Please keep in mind this is just a preliminary notice. More to come soon.

Tickets for the 11th annual event are on sale. Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today.

Continue reading "Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today, his next birthday party is at Irving Plaza in May (tix on sale)"

Joey Ramone cat

tonight in NYC
* Josh Ritter & Dawes @ Town Hall
* Diana Ross @ Radio City Music Hall
* Suzanne Vega & Lloyd Cole @ City Winery
* The Black Keys @ Housing Works Bookstore
* Eluvium, Julianna Barwick @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* MURS, Sick Jacken, Nocando @ Highline Ballroom
* Public Image Limited @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Hot Hot Heat, The Willowz, Monogold @ Public Assembly
* The Middle East, Mountain Man (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Apollo Sunshine, Blood Feathers (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* Phantogram, Light Pollution, Railbird @ Bowery Ballroom
* Spectrum, Cheval Sombre, The Vacant Lots @ Knitting Factory
* Nick Hallett - Sexual Energies School: Frankfurt @ The Stone
* We Are All Romans, Lame Drivers, Translations, Dog Days @ Cake Shop
* Woom, Shooting Spires, AcHT(eN), Family Trees @ Death By Audio
* The Living Kills, Snow Country, The Better Letters, The Binary Marketing Show @ Don Pedro
* Joey Ramone's Birthday Party w/ Hank III, Ronnie Spector, Batusis, Sic F*ucks, Heap & more @ Irving Plaza
* Anthology Film Archives Benefit w/ Technicolor Skull, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Moby, The Virgins @ Hiro Ballroom
* Small Mountain Path, Schocolautte, The Art of Shooting, Spanish Prisoners, Pretty Good Dance Moves @ Glasslands

The private party tonight at Brooklyn Bowl:

Cherry Lane Music Publishing, the top indie music publisher in the US, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a party, May 19, at trend-setting Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The event will include performances by many of the company's current roster, which include, John Legend, Delta Spirit, Madi, Antigone Rising, Dilana, Moe as well as the first-signed writer to Cherry Lane, folk legend Tom Paxton. Special celebrity guests will appear for stop and repeat. Six Points Craft Ales will be providing the beer for the evening. [All About Jazz]
The Black Keys play Housing Works tonight. Check out their new video for "Tighten Up" is below.

dj Ravves and others can be found at Monster Island tonight. Flyer below....

What else?

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Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone's annual birthday party is happening at Irving Plaza on Wednesday, May 19th. The lineup has been announced and acts in attendance include Hank III, Ronnie Spector,Batusis (NY Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome of Rocket From the Tombs/Dead Boys), Sic F*ucks, ex-Voidoid Ivan Julian and The Independents, Heap. Tickets are on sale (the show is a benefit for lymphoma research).

Sylvain Sylvain also has a show coming up with the Dolls in Brooklyn in May. David Johansen plays a solo one in June.

Videos of those acts, the Ramones and Adam West's original Batusi are below...

Continue reading "Joey Ramone's 2010 birthday show lineup announced"

The annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Irving Plaza is happening on May 19th. So far no artists have been announced for the festivities, but tickets are on sale. In related news, Joey Ramone could be heard rolling in his grave last night as Axl Rose performed a late night set in the former home of CBGB. Video of the Ramones playing there 33 years ago, below...

Continue reading "Joey Ramone Birthday Party returns to Irving Plaza in May"

I Slept With Joey Ramone

The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall in November 2008 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The Mountain Goats

tonight in NYC
* The Loom, Kath Bloom @ Bruar Falls
* McCoy Tyner Trio w/ Gary Bartz @ Blue Note
* Mickey Leigh & Legs McNeil @ Barnes & Noble
* The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy @ Webster Hall
* Kurt Vile, Small Black, DJ Rezound @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Over the Rhine, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Highline Ballroom
* Dynasties, Darlings, Video Daughters, Equestrian @ Glasslands
* Russian Circles, Young Widows, The Phantom Family Halo @ Bowery Ballroom

I'm making an effort to post "What's Going "On" first thing each day. As it scrolls down the page, you can always find it by clicking the "What's Going on Today?" button in the homepage sidebar. If things come up throughout the day, they'll be added to the post or the comments (which of course everyone is always encouraged to do as well).

Kurt Vile plays a free set at tonight's Fader Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, along with Small Black and DJ Rezound. Vile will be back in February as part of his tour with Fucked Up.

The Mountain Goats and Final Fantasy play Webster Hall tonight. Tomorrow it's the Bell House. Both are sold out. Tickets are still available for the Webster Hall show.

Final Fantasy also appears on Dinner With The Band tonight. Video of a new song played on the episode, below...

I Slept With Joey Ramone is a new book by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil who are both appearing at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (97 Warren St.) at 7pm today ("The evening will feature a Q&A, book signing and an intimate discussion with the authors. Plus: Witness a candid one-on-one interview between authors Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil.").

The Loom appear at Bruar Falls tonight. If you miss them, you can also try and see them when they open the late Rural Alberta Advantage show at Mercury Lounge on January 9th.

Legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, who got his start in John Coltrane's band, bring his trio for three nights at Blue Note with alto saxist Gary Bartz.

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Death - Politicians In My Eyes (MP3)

Death of Detroit

Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors... Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in [bassist] Bobby [Hackney]'s attic. Released [in February] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years. [NYTimes]
Just a few months after Drag City breathed life into ...For The Whole World To See, Death (not to be confused with the legendary Floridian death metal band featuring the late Chuck Schuldiner) was resurrected. The Brothers Hackney have scheduled three US shows over the last weekend in September in their former hometown of Detroit (they reside in Bulington, VT), Chicago, and Cleveland. They're also now confirmed to play Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

No word on who will fill the shoes of guitarist David Hackney (he passed from lung cancer in 2000), though odds are one of the Hackney's sons in Rough Francis will probably be elected. Rough Francis, who routinely cover material by Death, will provide support on all dates (minus Fun Fun Fun). Earlier this year they appeared with members of Death at Joey Ramone's 58th birthday show on May 19th at Irving Plaza. Videos of their performance are posted below.

Death's back story is an interesting one:

In 1975 at Detroit's United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but asked the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. The following year they self-released 500 copies from the session on the 7" single "Politicians in My Eyes" b/w "Keep on Knocking," on their Tryangle label, which eventually became a collectors' item.
"Politicians In My Eyes", a song that Jack White of The White Stripes/Dead Weather/The Raconteurs described as "ahead of punk, and ahead of their time," is available for download above (and in one of the videos below). The videos and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Death played Ramones gig, playing FFFFest & other shows"

Joey Ramone grave

"Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001), born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the punk rock group the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon." [Wikipedia]
Joey Ramone's 58th-birthday bash is tonight (May 19th) at Irving Plaza. Acts on the bill for that include Fishbone, Supersuckers, Death, Uncle Monk (with Tommy Ramone) the Friends Of Joey and more. Included among the Friends Of Joey will be Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir and others. Tickets are still on sale.

The event will also be the unveiling of new tracks from the forthcoming posthumous Joey Ramone solo record. In other Joey Ramone news, the singer's induction award to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was re-presented to his estate at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex in NYC, and accepted by Mickey Leigh and Tommy Ramone, on Thursday, May 14th, after mistakenly being left off the program in the original 2002 ceremony.

Coming up, Tommy Ramone and Handsome Dick Manitoba, who will be at the birthday bash, are speaking with Lenny Kaye (of the Patti Smith Group and more) and Chris Stein (of Blondie) at "LOUD FAST JEWS! A Summit with Four Jewish Fathers of Punk" on Thursday, June 11th at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (15 West 16th St). Tickets to that event are on sale. More info below.

Catch Chris Stein this summer with Blondie, as the band tours alone and with Pat Benatar and The Donnas. All three will play the tour's NYC stop, a free show on August 13th at Coney Island's Asher Levy Park.

Also coming to NYC is Gods and Monsters' 20th anniversary show, scheduled for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on June 11th. The band, helmed by guitarist Gary Lucas, will be joined by guests that include Lenny Kaye. Tickets are still on sale.

Uncle Monk, Tommy Ramone's indie-bluegrass band, has scattered shows in NYC and elsewhere coming up. The band plays June 10th at Banjo Jim's and June 21st at Local 269. More dates below.

Joey Ramone's B-Day bash poster, Loud Fast Jew info, and a video of the Ramones' initial induction ceremony, also below...

Continue reading "Joey Ramone would be 58 today, party in NYC tonight ++ other Ramones / Blondie / Manitoba / Kaye appearances "

Joey Ramone

Celebrating what would have been the 58th birthday of punk icon Joey Ramone, the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will take place Tuesday, May 19th at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Mickey Leigh, event organizer and brother of Joey Ramone, has announced that, as part of the 9th annual Bash, fans will be treated to a special advance sneak peek listen to rough mixes of never-before-heard Joey Ramone solo recordings. Various producers, including long-time Ramones producer Ed Stasium, are currently preparing tracks for a full album worth of material, slated for posthumous release at the end of the year.

This year's headliners are Fishbone and Supersuckers. The spectacular party will conclude with The Friends Of Joey featuring Richie Ramone, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jean Beauvoir, Ivan Julian, George Tabb, Al Maddy and Mickey Leigh. Also appearing are Death and Rough Francis (both bands were the subject of a feature story in the New York Times on March 12), Uncle Monk (featuring Tommy Ramone), Bebe Buell, and Tom Clark & The High Action Boys. As the audience enters the venue they will once again be greeted by musician Tracy Thornton, playing Ramones songs on the steel drum. And, in what has become a Birthday Bash tradition, Sean O'Sullivan's Punk Pipers will round out the night on the bagpipes. The fete will be emceed by Matt Pinfield and Peter Aschner. Additional surprises are expected at the evening's events...Net proceeds from the Bash go to support the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.

Tickets are on sale now. The annual event, organized by Joey's mom and brother, has been happening since 2001.

Videos from the 2008 party, below...

Continue reading "2009 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash lineup & new album info "

Richie Ramone

Richard Reinhardt (a.k.a Richie Beau, Richie Ramone) (born August 11, 1957) is an American drummer best known for his work with the punk rock group the Ramones.

Before working with the Ramones he drummed with Velveteen, and is also reported to have drummed with Annie Golden's band The Shirts. He joined the Ramones on February 13, 1983, at a show at Utica, New York, after second drummer Marky Ramone was fired. He took part in the Subterranean Jungle tour of 1983, where he signed autographs as "Richie Beau", which was the name he went under whilst drumming with Velveteen. [Wikipedia]

Richie recently lost a copyright infringement lawsuit against Wal-Mart, Apple, and Real Networks. Richie will NOT be appearing at the upcoming Joey Ramone birthday bash. Those who will are listed below....

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"As you might know, we never post the line-up until it is set in stone, but here a few hints at some of the acts who will be performing this year:

A very charming band from NJ; a group from the Independent party; a re-united band from the LES who really know how to thread a needle; a formerly degenerate singer; a guitarist/singer who who co-created TV; and the lead singer (from one of Joey's all-time favorite girl groups) who was definitely the leader of her pack- you may also have seen her walking in the sand.
much more to come." [somewhere on JoeyRamone.com]

The annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash happens at Irving Plaza in NYC on May 19th. Tickets are still available. (thx J)