Entries tagged with: Paul Collins
by Bill Pearis
The Trouser Press' first and last issues
Named after a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song, The Trouser Press was a fanzine created by Ira Robbins and Dave Schulps in 1974 that began it's life as a "sort of British rock collectors magazine" that, as the decade progressed, became one of the sources for punk, power pop, and new wave. The magazine stopped publication in 1984 but it spawned the very influential Trouser Press Record Guide that was considered by many (this writer included) to be the indie/alt bible of the pre-internet era (it's all archived online and it's still a great resource).
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of it's first publication, Trouser Press will be throwing a party at NYC's Bowery Electric on March 23 with "bands, booze, tunes, stories, and souvenirs." Ira Robbins says it will be a "private party that's open to the public," as much a reunion and celebration of a big anniversary...that also happens to have some bands relevant to what Trouser Press was all about.
To that, performing at Bowery Electric that night will be infamous early-'80s NYC punks Sic F*cks, original Max's/CBGBs era band The Planets (fronted by Binky Philips), and tribute act Pin Ups who used to just perform the Bowie album of their name in full, but have expanded their repertoire to include more '60s-era British invasion rock songs. Robbins says there will be presentations, speakers and other things to go along with the music. No advance tickets, with other details still TBA.
Meanwhile, Trouser Press will also be co-presenting the two-night Brooklyn Power Pop Festival, which happens May 9 & 10 at The Bell House. The 5/9 show is headlined by Dwight Twilley, best-known for his 1975 hit "I'm on Fire" and who went on to make some great, underheard albums in the late '70s/early-'80s. That show also features Pezband who were from Chicago and made terrific Beatle-esqe pop (not unlike Cheap Trick) in the late '70s, plus local up-and-comers 1-800-Band who we recently wrote about.
The 5/10 show is headlined by legendary Chicago quartet Shoes who carried on the Raspberries tradition of pop perfection in three minutes or less in an era when it was definitely out of fashion. Also playing is Paul Collins, who at this point is almost synonymous with powerpop, having fronted The Nerves and the American band The Beat. (He toured with Flamin' Groovies last year.) The night kicks off with Brooklyn's Games who put out their very good debut album on HoZac back in 2012.
Tickets to the Brooklyn Power Pop Fest in both single night options or as a two-night pass, are on sale now.
Trouser Press published 95 issues in its 10-year existence and Robbins is interested in releasing a digital archive of some sort, "though in a way that doesn't involve every waking minute of my life to make." Anybody want to help him out?
Videos/streams of bands playing the Trouser Press events, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Flamin' Groovies / Paul Collins @ Bowery Ballroom 7/6/2013
Saturday night (7/6) at Bowery Ballroom was a haven for lovers of classic powerpop, with two legends: Flamin' Groovies and Paul Collins. The former were on their first tour in over 30 years with key member Chris Wilson (also of Barracudas) in tow, and cranked out such standards as "Shake Some Action" and "Teenage Head." It was the first of two NYC-area shows over the weekend for the band, who also played Maxwell's a day later with Daddy Long Legs.
Opening was Paul Collins Beat, the current project of Paul Collins, who was one third of seminal late-'70s band The Nerves and then went on to front his own band, The Beat. Pictures from the whole show are in this post.
Conceived and curated by power pop legend Paul Collins (co-founder of THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS and THE BEAT), the fest will bring together some of the finest young guitar-driven power pop, garage rock and punk-pop bands from the eastern seaboard and Canada. Of the lineup, Collins says, "Power Pop-A-Licious 2 is a unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend."Power Pop-A-Licious 2 was originally scheduled to take place at Asbury Lanes back in November but got postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. It's now happening at Cake Shop here in NYC on February 1 and 2 and, in addition to a set from Paul Collins & the Beat, includes Montreal's Kid Sentiment, Portsmouth, ON's The Connection and Kurt Baker, Toronto's Pow Wows (not to be confused with Brooklyn's pow wow!), Brooklyn's Party Lights and more. Full schedule is below and advance tickets are on sale now.
Power-pop-A-Licious 2 is ground zero for a burgeoning DIY power pop scene fueled by the devotion of its fans, the immediacy of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Each day will feature bands from the East Coast that are left right and center of the new generation of the guitar driven melodic rock scene. Collins adds: "Today's power pop bands blend punk, garage, retro-power pop, and psychedelic into one swirling sound. Personally I am not a purest about power pop, I am more interested in promoting bands that have cool songs and use electric guitars to get their point across."
The full list of artists confirmed for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon so far is below...