Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Not only did Iggy round up the boys he also went out and got Mike Watt to play bass. I have to say that this first track is incredibly awesome. It has the aggression of the old Stooges except with a much tighter song structure.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, old punks are better then young punks. The classic rock bands were great musicians when they started and their skills have deteriorated over the years because they had nowhere to go but down. On the other hand punk musicians all kinda sucked when they started and have just gotten much better over years of playing. That's why bands like Mission Of Burma, Buzzcocks, New York Dolls, and the Stooges have only gotten better with time. Fuck yes, punk rock.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
After finding this out I walked down that way and saw random groups of idiots with shopping carts as I walked. When I got closer to the park at the end of Franklin I came to a cluster of crews and realized they still weren't sure where the starting line was. At this point I wasn't 100% sure either so I hung around until they made a move towards the park.
When I got there the cops were already waiting. They weren't stopping any of the teams from gathering but they were making there presence felt. When I entered the park I heard music and realized that an old fashioned jug band was playing for the ever growing crowd. It was really turning into quite a scene but the cops remained cool.
The park quickly filled to capacity and teams and spectators poured out into the street. At this point there several hundred people so the cops made their move and cleared the streets - which was no easy task. Everyone complied but there was certainly some tension - plus the police helicopter circling didn't help and seemed a bit unnecessary.
After a couple of hours of hanging out at the park and registering teams the opening whistle blew (firecrackers actually) and everyone took of in various different directions. Most of the teams ended up further down Franklin at the bar on the corner. The intersection there completely filled with teams and the battle began. Flour, water balloons, ketchup, and other assorted weaponry were used. The cops stepped in and cleared the intersection, which was completely covered in flour and mystery fluids.
After that I decided it was time to head back home. The teams were gearing and getting ready for the trek to Queens, so the fun in Greenpoint was over. I heard that the race ended without any major criminal incidents - maybe next year.
Team Back To The Future
Team Disaster Vagina
The Cobra Train
Team It's Fucking Freezing Out
More Photos On BSC Flickr
The Jug Band
Idiotarod Ref gets a quick lap dance
The Crowd was BIG
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Maybe Dennis The Menace should join the force.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Immediately after writing a post about Zach I got word that Rage is confirmed for Coachella. You hear that kids? CONFIRMED. How fucking awesome is that? I might have to trek out to the Cali for this shit. It's also still rumored that the Police will play but the Rage reunion is obviously the big news folks.
The question is will this last or is it just a one-time thing?
Kinda reminds me of another frontman that vanished for a few years after promising an album...Axl Rose. Maybe RATM will be playing Coachella but I wouldn't be surprised if Buckethead and some random NIN dude is in the band now.
Anyway I dug up a couple of cool non-Rage videos with Zach, including Inside Out performing the song "Rage Against The Machine".
Inside Out - "Rage Against The Machine" (Live)
Zach interviews Noam Chomsky, part 1
Zach interviews Noam Chomsky, part 2
Some yuppie bastard is going to have a nice conversation piece hanging up in his den.
Buy a piece of CBGB
Saturday, January 20, 2007
When we got there Michael T. was on stage performing with the band. The crowd was small but well known. All the familiar faces were there Bronques, DJ Jess, Brendan James, Justine D., Theo, Naked Girl, and many more. While I didn't know the names of everyone there I recognized all of the faces.
After a few songs Theo, from Theo & The Skyscrapers, took the mic and did a song or two with the band. DJ Jess followed suit and also did a couple of songs. The band was very good and the singers of the night all did an excellent job. The party was fun but the $7 beers kept me semi-sober, which isn't my style. Here are some pics from the night...
Jess on the mic
Bronques doing his thing
Gay Hank Cool (the guying in the Ski pic up top) & his girlfriend Carie
LNP (Cooler Than Thou, Part 1)
LNP (Cooler Than Thou, Part 2)
Rumors are flying that the angriest band from the 90's may resurface at this years Coachella Festival. While I would love to see Rage again I have a feeling this might remain nothing more then a rumor. Frontman Zach De La Rocha has been MIA for the better part of the last 6 years and Audioslave is busy wowing middle America.
For the record when Rage did break up I was happy to see it. All that "Renegades of Funk" shit was horrible and I wasn't excited about this band aging. So if they just come back and play some shows then I'm all for it but if they're planning on recording then forget about it. Althought it can't be any worse then Audioslave - thanks for setting the bar low guys.
Friday, January 19, 2007
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February 16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
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Then the screen came down and we were told that we were about to see a screening from Super Deluxe - the new online comedy channel which features some killer comedians. They played used five comedy shorts two of which were incredibly funny, one was by Eugene Mirman and the other by the "Washington" dude. Anyway, those tow alone are funny enough to warrant checking out the website.
Hipsters are going to LOVE this song!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I read your post and I am the girl who was arrested and "thrashed" by the cops on Friday night. My boyfriend and I were leaving Rififi, already out on the sidewalk, trying to get a cab to another place to avoid the cops. We are both kind of built like 12-year olds but two big cops started to provoke us for some reason. Some others standing by weren't even in uniform and they asked where we thought we were going so I think my boyfriend told them to leave us alone or get out of our way - we are trying to walk down the street and get a cab. Then they just cuffed him, 2 seconds later, they cuffed me. THEN, I called them many names and let my mouth start running. So I really didn't do anything until after I was cuffed. They had me bent over the trunk of the police car and I started screaming and shouting about what happened so someone would get a picture. They pushed me down hard on the trunk and threatened to mace me. Then they drove us to their precinct where we were held for 7 hours there and both denied phone calls. Then we were transported to central booking in Chinatown, where we still were not allowed to make a single call for another 20+ hours. They had no actual charges so when we finally made it through the system, the judge dismissed everything right away. We didn't get out until early Sunday morning. That is a LONG TIME to be locked up for no reason with no phone call allowed.
Apparently, they had some kind of "zero tolerance night" and the cops were all getting overtime so they needed arrests in that precinct. We met another guy who left his apt in the same neighborhood to get ice cream and was arrested because he didn't have an ID. I know you probably don't care about my details but here is a warning - they can really f*ck you up at a police precinct. Once you are at central booking in Chinatown, the only think you have to worry about are the other cell mates. The problem is the precinct - the cops have total control in there and try to mess with you. Also, there were condoms (new, wrapped, not used) all over that place (outside of the cells, near the desks, near the finger-printing machines, etc.). When I asked why, they messed with me more and said they like to practice safe sex (ha-ha). They can do anything they want at the precinct.
Anyway, we just wanted to go out to unwind and dance to the songs of our youth but look what happened instead! We have lived here for over 10 years and have been going out like this even longer than that, but have never encountered this kind of trouble. Why weren't they focused on West 27th or meatpacking? The funny thing is that we were supposed to go to Calling All Kids across town but decided to start at Rififi. Bad luck. If you know anyone who has a cell phone picture let me know, I might need it or a few witness statements for the Civilian Complaint Review Board. We didn't meet anyone else that night from Rififi at the precinct or in central booking so I think we were the only ones arrested.
Condoms, WTF? Sounds like the boys in blue are hard at work huh?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
After a short while (around 2AM) the place seemed to clear out for some reason. The back doors alarm was going off with a bright pulsing light and an ear piercing screeching noise but it was hardly enough to cause an exodus. Then I realized that perhaps people didn't leave, they just pushed up front and crammed the stage. You see the first of a few bands were about to go on.
I was unaware that there would be live bands so I was excited. Not surprisingly the bands did their best Bowie covers. One band, whose members wore black masks (or maybe makeup), were exceptionally good. Another band was even joined by one of Bowie's former drummer. All the bands were impressive and had everyone dancing and singing along. At one point Michael T. (who was DJing) was coerced by the MC to join the band on stage for a song.
I wasn't sure what to expect at a party like this, sometimes they can be too over the top. But Sunday night was lots of fun. All the people who backed out at the last minute really missed a great party.
Union Pool MySpace
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Anyway, from what I heard they had a bunch of undercover cops inside the place. Then two big cop vans pulled up in front of the building and went in to throw people out. Then the mounted police showed up for crowd control. Apparently some dude called the cops "pigs" and then they proceeded to beat the shit out of him and his girlfriend. Seriously, is all of this necessary? Fucking mounted police - that's insane. Beating up Rififi kids, how fucking hard would that be? Most of the dudes in there are build like 12-year old girls. You would think the cops would at least want a challenge. If shutting down little dance parties like Trash is a priority then this city is fucked.
Friday, January 12, 2007
I've actually studied Delta blues and Robert Johnson and my opinion is that dude ain't him. They have a similar look but I'm pretty sure that's not Robert Johnson.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Someone decided to make a documentary about the Stars Wars sect of hip-hop and this is the teaser.
Oh did I mention there's a video and first hand description? Well there is...
Friday, January 05, 2007
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