Saturday, November 29, 2008

More Laura Kennedy Benefit Show Details Announced

2006 Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame Inductees
The Suicide Commandos
(Click HERE to see the Minnesota boys on the Bowery - NYC in 1976.)

As previously reported HERE, details surrounding the 01/17/09 Laura Kennedy Benefit Concert in Minneapolis have been emerging. Here is the latest from LKLF...

Minneapolis punk legends the Suicide Commandos will be making a special appearance.

So to recap:

01/17/09
Bush Tetras/Skoal Kodiac
/W/ Special appearance by Suicide Commandos
@ Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Place (near Loring Park)
Minneapolis, MN
9:00pm - $30.oo Suggested Minimum Donation

"Who Remembers The St. Adrian Company...?"

The question was posed recently, and I had to answer that I'd only barely ever even heard of the place. All I knew was that it was part of the Broadway Central Hotel complex - and was destroyed, along with the hotel and the Mercer Arts Center, on August 3rd, 1973. Turns out, the bar had closed up shop months before the collapse.

The person who asked the question DOES remember. And he wrote a great piece titled "St. Adrian's 1971" that he has agreed to let me reprint here. Thanks to you, Ed! Check out the original publication and several other works by the author at: LitKicks.com.

"St. Adrian's, 1971"
by Ed Siejka

Saloon
Squeezed between office buildings
On lower Broadway
Desolate and out of the way
Faint neon sign marks the place
For the downtown art scene.
Poetry readings on Sunday afternoons
Only the regulars show up
Invited or not
Some mount the stage and
Recite a piece or two
To scattered applause.

The beat goes on
Summer nights fly by
No Sunday readings now
It's Saturday and it's a different place.
Crowd mingles
Three deep at the bar
A/C working on overtime while
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On plays
Jazzy and soulful
A monster hit
To no one's surprise.

A hangout for anyone
Bodies waiting to meet
An Agent.
Or maybe a Publisher.
Or a Rep.
Anybody. Somebody. Anyone know someone important?
Naw, this ain't the place
This is St. Adrian's
A place for
Artists.
Writers.
Sculptors.
Working class dreamers.
Pretenders and losers.
Wannabes.
Lost children and
Casual loners on the prowl.

Carol, alone in a corner booth
Glass of white wine in her hands
On the rocks of course
Smiles at everyone like Mona Lisa.

Jack Micheline
Bronx' original Beat
Wrote River of Red Wine in '58
Manuscript under his arm
Waits for someone
To buy him a drink

Elaine, beautiful in a peasant blouse
Scent of musk oil like a halo
Motions
To the young men
Who watch her hands
Move like deadly weapons

Stan's a photographer. Sleepy, one night
Left his equipment in a car
Morning arrives and
Broken windshield screams
You've been robbed.

Junior, a sculptor, needs rent money for a walkup in the East Village
Otherwise he'll live on someone's couch
Gil does commercials
Until he finds an old lady
Then Hollywoood here he comes
And Glenn is a writer with lots of ideas
But no paper and no place to go.

No one asked what I did for money
Or where I lived.
I was accepted with a simple sitdownhaveadrink.
Sometimes there'd be ten of us
Squeezed in a booth or
Around a table
Talking and talking.
Any topic not important
Just to meet and forget for awhile
The nagging lonliness and rejection.

It's well past midnight
Chairs scrape the floor and there's an echo in the walls
Left behind are empty glasses and stale beer
As the place begins to empty out.
We leave
Hitting the still streets
Looking for a cab
Or the nearest subway
But before we do
We promise to meet again.
-end


More "St Adrian Company" memories coming soon...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

11/27/2008

Happy and safe Thanksgiving wishes to you all...

118 Years Later, What Have We Learned?

Excerpt from:
"How The Other Half Lives" (1890)
by Jacob A. Riis

There is nothing in the prospect of a sharp, unceasing battle for the bare necessaries of life to encourage looking ahead, everything to discourage the effort. Improvidence and wastefullness are natural results. The installment plan (or CREDIT) secures to the tenant who lives from hand to mouth few comforts; the evil day of reckoning is put off till a tomorrow that may never come. When it does come, with failure to pay and the loss of hard-earned dollars, it simply adds another hardship to a life measured from the cradle by such incidents.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/27/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/27/78

The perfectly foul nightcap for a perfectly foul day: KONGRESS followed by someone's imitation of a motion picture, and an (aargh!) performance by SMALL JESUS & the JERKS. Nothing seemed capable of salvaging this evening from complete disinterest, but nonetheless, some personalities chose to make a night of it. Amidst that all-too-predictable crowd, within the sea of faces, were JAMES CHANCE, KRISTIAN HOFFMAN, CHARLES BALL, DONNI DESTRI, KLAUS SPERBER, Metro Novelties' SUSAN HANNAFORD, MIKI ZONE, a very conspicuous LAURA DEAN, and BILLY & HOWIE BLESSED (they come in pairs, these babes in leather and Krazy Kolor)...All these new wavers, however, were superceded by the appearance of JOHN CALE and FRANK ZAPPA with the WARTOKE crew in tow. But the screening of someone's baby, entitled Black Box, was enough to rid us of the old (and literate) members of the audience, while the rest were joined by DNA's ARTO, DIEGO CORTEZ, and ANNA SUI to while away yet another p.m at Max's upstairs...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/24/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/24/78

It's Friday once again, with the usual casting about for something/anything to do. I arrive at Hurrah to take in the second coming of MARBLES - I'm the one who must have lost his by coming all this way uptown to experience a post-sixties garage-bland workout on a thinning crowd...Down at Max's, where the last generations musical joke, the TROGGS, were in full swing. (I always preferred SENATOR BOBBY''s version of "Wild Thing" anyway.) What, no eraly show for senior citizens or long-haired denizens? Making allowances for the STUDENT TEACHERS were the pair with the latest in photo gear: JOE STEVENS/EILEEN POLK, accompanied, as it were, by HOWIE & BILLY BLESSED, DONNA DESTRI, PETER ZAREMBA, and KRISTIAN HOFFMAN...alone? The after hours scene was brightened with the opening of the Nursery II, dutifully attended by ROCKETS REDGLARE (yo remember him from Rolling Stone!) and members of COME ON a/k/a BUSINESSMEN IN SPACE. All this while, over at the original Nursery, the doors were open once again, though they need not have been - the several souls in attendance all remarked upon how spacious and uncrowded the joint was tonight, and promptly left...Too BAD I couldn't remember the whereabouts of the SCREAMERS send-off party...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/23/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/23/78

No ammount of turkey could keep me home...I had to pass on the N.Y. farewell performance of the SCREAMERS. I hurried over to Max's upstairs to see "X", the latest in a line of sunland rejects seeking fame, fortune and CBGB's in lower Manhattan, and the CONTORTIONS...It was easily one of the more lame displays by JAMES CHANCE and crew; the less said about "X" the better. Though these two acts produced a continuous stream of walkouts and other dissattisfied customers, some scenemakers just don't "NO" when to quit. Among those with the good taste to leave early: MARTY THAU, LENNY KAYE, DONNA DESTRI (with the latest TINA & CHRIS FRANTZ rumors), LUX INTERIOR and IVY RORSHACH...those trendies who felt the need to stay all night, all right, included JUDY NYLON, KRISTIAN & BRADLEY, LYDIA & HUBBIE, ex-JERK MIMI CRAYOLA's none-too convincing lead bleater, ARTO LINDSAY, SUSAN JOHNSON, STEVE DIOR, ERIC MITCHELL, and AMOS POE...all this and not without photographers either, as JOE STEVENS, MARCIA RESNICK, BEATE NILSEN, EILEEN POLK, and the scene's oldest living pix-clicker STEPHANIE C. were all in attendance...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Laura Kennedy Update/Mpls. Benefit Show Details

LKLF.blogspot.com reports Bush Tetra's orginal bassist Laura Kennedy underwent her liver transplant surgery yesterday - Tuesday, November 18. Please visit her blog and send her your get well wishes and words of support.

As previously reported HERE there will be a benefit/fundraiser show for Laura in Minneapolis. The details have been announced...

01/17/09
Bush Tetras /W/ Skoal Kodiak
@ Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Place (near Loring Park)
Minneapolis, MN
9:00pm - $30 Suggested Minimum Donation

Saturday, November 15, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/20/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/20/78

This is what the Middle Ages must have been like: ELVIS PRESLEY on TV, CBGB closed, Max's so empty it might as well be. It's bitter cold, and the Nursery has gone to it's oft-predicted fate, closed by the never ending efforts of the neighborhood and the NYPD. JEFFREY to bed...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/19/78

30 Years Ago Toady In NYC - 11/19/78

KONGRESS (never voted for any of them, ever!) and ARTHUR's DILEMMA (though I tend to think the problem is Max's own - they keep bringing this group back) are at 17th Street, along with onlookers STEVE DIOR, SUSAN JOHNSON (she's reportedly RED HOT), HARVEY KEITEL (he's brief)...Wish I were elsewhere - even CBGB stars JUDY NYLON and the new musical joke from WALT DISNEY's home state, "X"...I know when I've had enough..."X" out this evening!

30 Years Ago Toady In NYC - 11/18/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/18/78

It's the late show at Max's, and due to an unusual blend of misadventure, obstreperousness, and wanton living, I'm only here in half-spirit...Is this really for the HEARTBREAKERS? A crowd has assembled to see JOHNNY T., WALTER L., and BILLY R. joined by DICK HELL, STEVE DIOR, and JUMPIN' JERRY NOLAN play their last, long late set...after taking in Beatlemania with his mum, SID VICIOUS was also on hand till the early hours of Sunday a.m.

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/17/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/17/78

First stop: the METRO NOVELTIES party. The cast of NEW WAVE VAUDEVILLE was all there, attended by such notable supporting figures (or figurines, in some cases) as TOMATA DuPLENTY, ROBERT GORDON, TISH LHOTSKY (of Crazy Spanish Girls fame), MARCIA RESNICK, two JERKS and no SMALL JESUS, XSESSIVE, and the usual gang of Off-Off Somewhere theatre people. Next stop: JAMES and ANYA's party, celebrating JAMES BROWN's birthday...After gaining admission (really something, considering the ire this pair usually has in store for me), I got to soak up the ambiance, conversation, and booze with the likes of AMOS POE, ROY TRAKIN, LYDIA LUNCH (at last!), MARCIA RESNICK (she's following me), the SEIDMAN SISTERS, RICHARD LLOYD, all the CONTORTIONS (neither unexpected nor unwarrented), JOHN WATERS, CHEETA CHROME and GEEDA GASH, and six or seven other hangers on or outers making the White Street Scene...Final Stop: (for this BAD boy at least): Max's, where the HEARTBREAKERS' SURVIVAL BAND held forth, in their 27th farewell performance (reminds me of those Broadway Stores that have been "going out of business" for the past 12 years) before a mostly enthusiastic crowd - or was it just nostalgia that brought these young adults out? My powers of cognition were gone by this point; about all could do was point, as actual memory seems to have eluded me...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/16/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/16/78

True or false: Punk Magazine gets a new publisher - hopefully someone transferred from the Department of Sanitation. The BLESSED get rid of their guitar poser NICK BERLIN, with WALTER LURE tapped as a possible foster parent...Final night (until a possible December reopening) of the METRO NOVELTIES/NEW WAVE VAUDEVILLE - M.C. DAVID McDERMOTT fairly aglow with success...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/15/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/15/78

CAR RECORDS has a party - too timid, unfortunately, to begin this would-be bacchanal at an hour any later than 10 pm. Too early for this punk to rock. The release of CHRIS STAMEY & the dB's "If And When" couldn't be delayed, however, and the party was a semi-lively affair featuring appearances by the CRAMPS, FLESHTONES, SCRUFFS, IRA & ROY, ARTO LINDSAY, IKUE ILE, MIRIAM LINNA, Revenge's (and Cheri mag's) EILEEN POLK, MARTY THAU, JON TIVEN - and where was CHARLES BALL? Caterwauling sounds were provided by the dB's and various members of NERVUS REX and others...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dolls To Record New Album/Launch World Tour in 2009

Great new this AM...New York Dolls will begin recording a new album in January 2009. The album is being produced by Todd Rundgren, who produced their debut LP back in 1973. There will be a world tour following the album's release.
Read the full story at Blabbermouth.net.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell Dead At Age 61

Mitch Mitchell - Drummer Extrodinaire In Action
(Photo: Via AndrewMaclear.com)

Sad news reached us here overnight...Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has passed away at age 61 - apparently of natural causes.
More information at CNN.com.

Monday, November 10, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/14/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/14/78

The cops seem to be around the scene endlessly, but tonight it's the POLICE from England who grace (if that's the right word) CBGB's stage with their twice-cancelled presence. Wartoke's JANE FRIEDMAN is there, along with JEFFI POWELL (ANDREW LOOG OLDMAN's right hand woman) and U.K. new wave enterpreneur MILES COPELAND. Too bad they couldn't bring a few more of their friends - the A&M Records Publicity department (including KATHY SCHENKER and JACKIE GLAUCH) couldn't quite fill the joint. Even less of an audience materialized at Max's for the cocktail lounge sounds of WORTHLESS PHARAOHS (I don't get their - joke?) and this minute's model, the MODEL CITIZENS. Last Stop: STUDIO 54. Ah, the rich (for a change)...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/13/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/13/78

After a wild Sunday, Monday was not without interest. Seeing BLONDIE last night made me want to check out STILLETTO at Max's tonight, just to see how the other half of success looks. Downstairs were RANDY GUNN and MARIA DUVALL (an item!), while upstairs T*SH & SN**KY held forth with a novel version of "My Boyfriend's Back" - ROBERT GORDON made only a brief appearance. NICK and BILLY BLESSED, ERIC MITCHELL, JOE STEVENS, and SID NICELY hung around for the whole grim evening - as did I.

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/12/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/12/78

New Venues Day, with an early trip to the Palladium for the JOHNNY THUNDERS/MITCH RYDER/BLONDIE show...First off, I caught a virtuoso performance by manager PETER LEEDS as he announced to the assembled crowd of backstage hopefulls, standing in the cool night air of 13th Street, that he was eliminating 100 of the band's friends from the guest list on the spot. PETER warmly assured us that there were plenty of third-balcony seats left for us to purchase. Luckily, I wasn't among the BLONDIE guests, and once inside the spacious Palladium (with it's womb-like warmth and sticky floors) I was overcome by the sheer quantity, if not quality of luminaries assembled tonight. Before my memory short-circuited, I spotted SID VICIOUS, SEYMOUR STINE, ROBERT FRIPP, LENNY KAYE (again?!), AMOS POE, ROBERTA BAYLEY (of course!), DONNA DESTRI, JONATHAN PALEY, LINDA STEIN, LEVI & the ROCKATS, LEEE BLACK CHILDERS, THOMAS TRASK (of the DAVID JOHANSEN GROUP), GLEN O'BRIEN, LEGS McNEILL, LOU REED's ex-manager JOHN PODELL, the STUDENT TEACHERS, VICTOR BOCKRIS, DANNY FIELDS, KEN KUSHNICK, TERRY ORK, PETER CROWLEY, RITCHIE LURE, STOP STOP STOP, ENOUGH ALREADY!! But wait - RICHARD HELL, SUSAN SPRINGFIELD, and BLEECKER BOB are all clamoring for attention too...Much later (2 am, to be exact), it's a solitary ROY TRAKIN who watches his ex-group (twice) the BUICKS at Max's, with less than half of the Palladium scene-makers. The other half had gone either to JIMMY DeSANA's birthday party or home to bed. Soon after, found myself dancing on tabletops with MISS PUERTO RICO (she said) at the Nursery.

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/11/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/11/78

After attending the dullest party in Lower Manhattan, it was a relief to reach Max's and find it CRAMPED. A lot of fans and fanatics, but only two stars (LENNY KAYE and ROBERT GORDON), took in the show. LENNY gave out autographs. After that, it was back to Bleecker & Bowery for another attempt at PERE UBU - still as inaccessible as ever. That didn't deter LAURA WEYMOUTH (TINA's sis), KEN KUSHNICK, and, once again, LENNY KAYE (we should share cabs!) from sticking out the second set.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/10/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/10/78

Crashed LEGS McNEILL's party at the Mud Club for SHRAPNEL (newley returned from recording something, somewhere in Connecticut). The free beer could hardly be deemed adequate compensation for enduring the band's performance, but it helped. Of like mind, no doubt, were JOEY RAMONE, MARTY THAU, JOHN "I can't get in to CBGB" HOLMSTROM, ALAN VEGA, ERNIE BROOKE, JEFFY GOLDBERT, ARTO LINDSAY, ARTURO VEGA, ADELE BERTEI, JONATHAN PALEY, DUNCAN HANNAH, JIMMY DESTRI, MARCIA RESNICK, VICTOR BOCKRIS, LANCE, KRISTIAN, TEENY JESUS & her JERKS (the complete set, including a new husband), T*SH & SN**KY, and MARIA DUVALL (fresh from her cover photo session for GREG DIAMOND's Bionic Boogie disco LP - drool over it in your neighborhood record store). SHRAPNEL surprised us all by abandoning their army drag for the first set and appeared with an (unknown) female singer; the second set of military posing by these delinquents offered no rest for the weary. Best moment of the evening came when our crowd joined the band on stage and SHRAPNEL surrendered...Stopped in at CBGB for 10 minutes of a dreary but crowded set by PERE UBU. Quickly scooted to Max's where I joined most of the Mud Club celebrants for the final CRAMPS set. A notable tete a tete was DAVID JOHANSEN with LANCE LOUD, while KRISTIAN, PETER ZAREMBA, EILEEN POLK and MERCEDES watched and photographers clicked...Finally, along with many of New York's finest, joined the large, surly and pedestrian crowd at the Nursery for early-morning mayhem...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/09/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/09/78

After weeks of coaxing, I've finally gotten to the Metro Novelties NEW WAVE VAUDEVILLE SHOW at Irving Plaza. The cast of thousands has made every effort to ENTERTAIN, and not without results either. DAVID McDERMOTT, DONNA DESTRI, KRISTIAN, LANCE LOUD, ANIMAL X, T*SH & SN**KY, KLAUS SPERBER, MYKEL BOARD, LADYBUG, the EMOTIONAL CRIPPLES and PAUL ZONE had invited all their friends, given away alot of tickets - and still managed to pack the house for this oh-so-successful run. The INVADERS and LYNN TODD were alot less successful with the small crowd they managed to pull at Max's, but I did see the ERASERS' SUSAN SPRINGFIELD and JOY BEACH. Where was RICHARD H? Must be trouble at home...

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/08/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/08/78

Up at 213 Park Avenue South, a consortium of musical jokes held forth. But the SORROWS were all mine, and to further wilt the lily, the 2 TIMERS sent us out of Max's upstairs in no time. Downstairs was quite the scene, with MARTY REV, JOE STEVENS, JERRY NOLAN, STEVE DIOR, HOWIE & BILLY BLESSED, BRUCE BRODY, and (oh cruel night) ****SID VICIOUS****. Not much later, this genial crew repaired to the Nursery, where NEON LEON saw fit to join us in the multi-varied recreational pursuits offered.

Friday, November 7, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/07/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/07/78

BEATIE NILSEN's birthday party - she's 32. After a drunken detour, we arrive very late, but not so late as to miss the sight of AMOS POE departing, ADELE BERTEI squatting, PAT PLACE and PAUL ZONE socializing with L.A.'s TOMATA DuPLENTY, DAVID McDERMOTT and the Bowery's own Glimmer Twins KRISTIAN HOFFMAN and BRADLEY FIELD. Meanwhile, the rest of the N.O. WAVE contingent - ARTO LINDSAY and ROBIN C. of DNA, GEORGE SCOTT of the CONTORTIONS, and BEIRUT SLUMP's VIVIENNE W. - littered and abused the Nilsen loft.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/06/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/06/78

The No New York album is released, starring the CONTORTIONS, JERKS, DNA and MARS. Can life ever be the same? Will the NO WAVE sweep Minneapolis? Will it even reach Pittsburgh? Can you hear me, Middle America??...Sid Vicious released from Bellevue's locked ward; several cool replacements come to mind at once. Finally managed to miss an evening OUT.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/05/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/05/78

While the rest of the Island (Manhattan, not Long) recovers from the whee-kend, DAVID JOHANSEN roams the night. David and his group were caught first at Max's doing a little preliminary drinking, fighting and pinballing, after which they all repaired to the Nursery - where, as luck would have it, it was Motown Night on the turntables. Ex-DOLL David proved to be just that, as he danced the night away in his best SAM & DAVE fashion.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/04/78


30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/04/78

Mongoloid was the name of BRUCE CONNOR's new film at the Film Collective. You didn't have to be DEVO to appreciate it, though who could tell from the crowd? SUICIDE once more at CB's, this time supported by the JERKS and the answer to nobody's question, DNA. A drunken ALAN VEGA held court on the main stage while PETER ZAREMBA, JAMES CHANCE, JOEY RAMONE (with a very enthusiastic fan in tow) and, as usual, ROBERT FRIPP crowded the bar (or - as the night wore on - hugged the bar).

Monday, November 3, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/03/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/04/78

It's "Friday Night Fever" with SUICIDE on the Bowery. Was that CBGB or the Men's Shelter where ROB QUINE, MARKY RAMONE, RANDY GUNN, RICHARD HELL (but briefly without SUSAN SPRINGFIELD), the CRAMPS (on a promotional tour for their new single), and I passed this desperate night. Score: Derelicts 12, Punks 9 (all results not in yet)...Meanwhile, uptown the SCREAMERS have attracted the men from S.I.R.E. - heaven help the SCREAMERS. Will SEYMOUR STINE work his magic on TOMATA and gang?...Even further afield (or downtown, if you will) the Mud Club hosted the B-52's. Cited for attendance were T*SH and SN**KY, the STUDENT TEACHERS and a newly-returned-to-the-scene JAMES CHANCE with his ever-hostile companion/keeper...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/01/78

30 Years Ago Today In NYC - 11/01/78

On my way to the door I see JOHN HOLMSTROM being thrown out while JOEY RAMONE looks on...this must be CBGB and PATTI SMITH is the featured attraction. What a crowd - I've never seen people stacked to the roof like tonight. PATTI must be a R*O*C*K*S*T*A*R, as these kids aren't your usual collection of poseurs and weekend punks. No, these are fans (and not from Atlanta, either) blindly following every word, gesture and movement of the "Field Marsahll" of rock 'n' roll, goosestepping in time to the muzak. The PALEY BROTHERS join PATTI for a song. I leave, ROBERT FRIPP arrives. Outside: Pot smokers. Where is ALAN GINSBERG?