Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One From The Archives: 09/28/96 93.7 The Edge "Back To School Special" with Deftones/Slim Dunlap/ Willie Wisely/ Trailer Trash @ Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN

09/28/96 Deftones/ Slim Dunlap/ Willie Wisely/ Trailer Trash @ Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Where: On the back of a flatbed truck, in a McDonalds parking lot.
on the U of M Campus, Minneapolis, MN

My girlfriend at the time and I were driving someplace 14 years ago today. It was late morning, the sun was shining, it was a beautiful day. We had the radio on in the car and suddenly the DJ comes on and makes a fuss about a "just announced" FREE show - later TOADY! Be there or be square motherfuckers! Then he gave the particulars...it was a free show by the Deftones, in just a few hours (I think the show was around 2:00pm) in a McDonalds parking lot on the U of M Campus.

So it was kind of a no brainer that we'd be heading over there later in the day for that! And we did. There was a second, opening band...couldn't even begin to tell you who it was. Obviously I have no ticket stub and only just very recently did I discover there was some video from this show floating around on Youtube. It was a youngish crowd who showed up for the show and very rowdy. Plenty of mosh-pitting and other craziness. Like I said, it was a beautiful day and the kids here are always up for some free rock 'n' roll. We had a great time. By 5:00pm it was all over with...

Monday, September 27, 2010

What's In A Name? The Origins of the Title "This Ain't The Summer Of Love"

Received a pretty cool email over the weekend...

Surely you must be aware that your blog takes its title (This Ain't The Summer Of Love) from the song the Imperial Dogs originally wrote and recorded prior to the Blue Oyster Cult's re-working the tune for their Agents Of Fortune LP, which would lead to the BOC's version being covered by the Nomads (as the Screamin' Dizbusters), the U.V.'s, L7, Lizzy Borden, Current 93, and interpolated into the second version of Green River's "Swallow My Pride."

Anyway ... dunno if you've heard the Imperial Dogs' original version, but if you go to theimperialdogs.com, you can see a video clip of the band performing the song live! in Long Beach on October 30, 1974. And, of course, the band is selling an hour-long DVD that includes this performance and a whole lot more. Incontrovertible evidence that we were doin' this "proto-punk" thang before the Ramones, Rocket From The Tombs, Radio Birdman, and blah blah blah.

Maybe you care, maybe you don't. If you do, maybe you'd like to say somethin' about the Imperial Dogs, the song, and the DVD on your blog. If you don't, rest assured, you're not alone.

- Don Waller (The Imperial Dogs.com)

Oh, Don, we care...

You know, I WAS actually aware that the roots of the title "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" were not a B.O.C. original, that the line had come from someone else. Like so many trivial historical facts about odd rock and roll bands you learn over the years, I read about that story (somehwere) and then filed it away in memory. Never really thought about it much. So I'm grateful that Don has taken the time to write me and remind me to dig into that story a bit...WHAT ARE the origins of the title "This Ain't The Sunmmer Of Love?"

Well, Don has pretty much given us the answer in his email. But there are a few more details about the story to be found...where I first read about this, in a book that came out back in early 2009, titled, you guessed it..."This Ain't The Summer Of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk" by Steve Waksman, who blogs as "Axman" over at "The Metal Punk Continuum". I believe he would have used the name "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" for his blog as well, (makes a nice tie-in to have your book and website titled the same I'd guess)...had I not beaten him to it by only about 6 months or so...sorry Steve.)

Excerpts from:
"This Ain't The Summer of Love - Conflict And Crossover In Heavy Metal and Punk"
by Steven Waksman (1999)
[P. 296 ]

"This Ain't The Summer of Love," the lead cut on (Blue Oyster Cult's 1976 LP) Agents of Fortune, was more a straigt forward hard rock song, driven by a simple, alternating sequence of two power chords. It was the result of an unusual songwriting collaberation that involved another of this books earlier protagonists. When not on the make with the Runaways, Kim Fowley was always hustling for other opportunities. Contacted by Murray Krugman to see if he had any lyrics he could contribute to the upcoming Blue Oyster Cult album, Fowley arranged a meeting between Krugman and Don Waller, a Los Angeles musician and journalist, known for his affiliation with one of that city's most important early rock fanzines, Back Door Man. Waller laid out all his lyrics on the rug of Fowley's apartment follr; Krugman singled out "This Ain't the Summer of Love" as the one for Blue Oyster Cult to record.

Opening Agents of Fortune with a snarling flourish, "This Ain't The Summer of Love" might be the most biting piece of antinostalgic and anti-1960's commentary put to music. The lyric is sparse but suggestive, and the verses are especially eliptical, each one ending with the assertion "This is the night we ride." Where these night riders might be headed, and to what end, remains a mystery, but in the chorus the song's ruling concept becomes clear: "This ain't the Garden of Eden/There ain't no angels above/And things ain't what they used to be/And this ain't the summer of love." Like Alice Cooper trashing Don McClean's "American Pie" a few years earlier, Blue Oyster Cult here appears to relish the passing of something other hold more dear. In this case, it is not the "the music," rock and roll that has died, but the pastoral, communitarian mythos that surrounded it at a particular point in time."

I always liked it for that reason myself...it seemed like a powerful assertation of the rejection of the ideologies of hippiedom. It's kind of evil and subversive sounding (well...for 1976 anyway.)

This Aint The Summer Of Love
1976 - Blue Oyster Cult

And then, as mentioned in the email at the top of the page here, this is video of the orignal song where the title "this aint the summer of love" originates from. This is The Imperial Dogs filmed live in Long Beach, California on October 30th, 1974...

This Aint The Summer Of Love
10/30/74 - @ Long Beach, CA - The Imperial Dogs

So how about that?

Written by vocalist Don Waller and guitarist Paul Therrio, the Imperial Dogs' original version first surfaced as the A-side of the band's posthumous 1978 single on Back Door Man Records, which wasn't released until after the song was recorded -- in a radically revamped version that retained only the hookline ("This ain't the Garden of Eden/This ain't the Summer of Love") and none of the original music -- by NYC-based metal-masters the Blue Oyster Cult on their platinum-plus 1976 Agents Of Fortune LP.

The Imperial Dogs' original version also appears on their Unchained Maladies: Live! 1974-75 album, which was issued by Australian indie Dog Meat Records in 1989.

And now there's a full hour of that 36 year old video available now on DVD direct from the bands website:

The Imperial Dogs Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974)
DVD. 13 songs. 64 minutes. Black & white. Mono.
Includes a 20-page, full-color booklet with 15 rare photos and extensive liner notes.

Contains previously unreleased versions of 10 Imperial Dogs originals plus covers of the Kinks, the Velvet Underground, and Mott The Hoople.

DOMESTIC ORDERS - $20 USD, plus $4 shipping to anywhere in the U.S.A.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - $20 USD, plus $6 shipping to anywhere in the world.

To order your own copy of this historic DVD, please visit the bands website...


...and then as also mentioned in the email, there are a few covers of the song as well (which I have to admit I was NOT aware of):



Lizzy Borden

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scene On The Street: The Moose's Caboose, Aitkin, MN

09/25/10 The Moose's Caboose, Aitkin, MN
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

09/25/10 - approx. 11:30am.
Main Street, Aitkin, MN.

One From The Archives: 09/26/09 Pet Rock Animal Benefit Concert @ 501 Club, Minneapolis, MN

09/26/09 Pet Rock Benefit Concert - Minneapolis (Poster)
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

One year ago today the Gorgeous One and I were sitting at home minding our own business when the phone rang. It was her brother. He wanted to know if we'd like to join him, a few friends and the other siblings for an evening of cool music and good food in the parking lot of the 501 Club in Minneapolis.

Since we were not really doing anything that sounded better, we took him up on his offer and in just an hour or so we arrived at the 501 Club. The music was well under way by the time we arrived, but we managed to catch Magic Castles, Kill to Kill, Speed's the Name, Firts Communion After Party and the bizarre, experimental music of Skoal Kodiak, who I'd seen a few months previously opening up for the Suicide Commandos and the Bush Tetras.

The promise of good food? Well, maybe inside the club. But outside, in the parking lot, all they had was some really mediocre BBQ sandwiches. The Gorgeous One and I each had one, each of us trying a different BBQ sauce, neither of which we were very impressed with. We also bought a few raffle tickets, the proceeds of which went to some animal shelter or animal rescue or animal care organization. We got a few tickets for the grand prize, a weekend trip to some resort or another up in northern Minnesota on the Gunflint Trail. Sadly, we did not win the grand prize, or even a smaller prize for that matter, so about 10:30pm or so as Skoal Kodiak were winding down their set, we decided it was time to head for home, empty handed.

At least the music was pretty cool and we had a great evening out socializing with friends and family.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A New York Minute/ Scene On The Street: 1970's - Heartbreakers Live at Max's Kansas City Album Ad, NYC, NY

Picked up a cool book last weekend titled "Our New York" featuring short essays written by Alfred Kazin and the beautiful photography of David Finn.

One of the photos in the book is of a random wall somewhere in the city during the 1970's. If you look on the lower center-left hand side, you'll notice a few "Heartbreakers Live at Max's Kansas City" poster/ads stuck up on the wall.

Heartbreakers Ad on Wall, NYC (David Finn)
(Photo by: David Finn)

New Link Of Interest To The Enlightened: Scouting New York

I came across this great site yesterday that will be of interest anyone who enjoys New York City stories and photographs:


From the website description...

"I work as a film location scout in New York City. My day is spent combing the streets for interesting and unique locations for feature films. In my travels, I often stumble across some pretty incredible sights, most of which go ignored daily by thousands of New Yorkers in too much of a rush to pay attention.

As it happens, it's my job to pay attention, and I've started this blog to keep a record of what I see."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Tune For Tuesday: Pro-Pain "The Stench Of Piss" (1992)

"The Stench Of Piss"
CD: Foul Taste of Freedom (1992)

"Leave this life behind you honey and don't you ever come back
These streets are paved with violence, broken dreams, and vials of crack.
So sick of living in a city where ignorance is truly bliss
Bus terminal, Port Authority, port-a-potty with the stench of piss."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One From The Archives: 09/19/98 Cannibal Corpse/ Angel Corpse/ Sub-Level @ Ground Zero, Minneapolis, MN

09/19/98 Cannibal Corpse/ Angel Corpse/ Sub-Level @ Ground Zero, Minneapolis, MN

09/19/98 Cannibal Corpse/Angel Corpse @ Minneapolis, MN (Ticket)
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

12 years ago on this day I was minding my own business. I had the day off and was puttering around the house, doing nothing of real importance...just chilling. Then came the knock on my door. "Who COULD it be?" I wondered.

I opened the door and there stood my friend "B". "Hey," says B, "whatcha up to?" "Nothing, come on in," I replied. He comes in and we grab a seat in the living room. "What are you up to today?" I ask him. He explained that he couldn't stay long, he was on his way to Minneapolis to go to a concert and he had stopped by to see if I wanted to come with? Curious, and with the day off from work, I asked "Who's playing?" He gets this malicious grin on his face and says...the dreaded words..."Cannibal Corpse, dude!" Oh, God, no! NOOOO! He's asking me to go see Cannibal Corpse. I can hardly believe it. Then I ask him "Who's opening?" "Angel Corpse," he replies. "Really good band. European Death Metal. Come on, man, you're not doing anything, you should go," he says. "Tickets are only $12.00."

He's right, I'm NOT doing anything. But maybe that's a better choice presented here. Cannibal fucking Corpse. Never liked that band much. But since I wasn't really doing much that day, I figured what the hell, might as well go check it out. So I tell "B" I'll be ready to leave in just a few minutes and then just a few minutes later we're on our way to the show. He's thrilled to have some company. I'm wondering what kind of insanity has driven me to accept his invitation. "Maybe the opening band will be good," I remember thinking. Yeah...right.

We get to the venue and pay our $12.00 entry fee at the door. There was a third, local band on the bill as well. I do not remember who it was or if they were any good, I was busy sucking down a few beers to make sure my head was in the right place to endure what promised to be a whole bunch of fucking noise during the next few hours.

Angle Corpse came out and played and I was not impressed much. "B" seemed to like them quite a bit though and when they finished up he was just raving how great Cannibal Corpse was gonna be. "You'll like 'em, you'll see," he kept telling me. I headed back to the bar for another beer.

Cannibal Corpse comes out...and within two minutes I knew this show was gonna seem like it was taking forever to end. Song after song...10,000MPH with no sense of...uh...groove. Undecipherable cookie monster vocals. I like a lot of death metal but I've never liked Cannibal Corpse and this concert was doing very little to change my mind. "B" was clearly enjoying himself...I didn't see much of him - he was in the pit for much of the show. I wandered around a bit, then found a spot around the corner from the stage where I didn't have to look at them as they played...but there was no escaping hearing them though...so it still sucked. It seemed to go on forever. Each song identical to the previous. Absolute shite. Where was Testament or Kreator now that I needed them?!?! Fuck Cannibal Corpse!! I wanted my $12.00 back.

The show ends and I find "B" and we are leaving and he's just raving about how great it was. I tell him I thought it was crap...maybe the worst show I've ever seen. He can't believe I didn't like it and I can't believe he did...so we agree to disagree and head back to my place for a few cold, after-show beers and long drawn out discussion as to the musical merits or lack thereof of Cannibal Corpse.

12 years later, I still say they suck...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

So We Got This Cute New Cat...

...She's about a year old and cute as hell.

09-17-10 Our New Cat, No Name Yet...
(All Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Very friendly. She was living at an assisted living care facility and the old lady that owned her had to go into a nursing home and couldn't bring her with so we agreed to take her. We've had her for about a week now.

She has a name...but it's pretty lame. We're thinking of renaming her. We're having a bit of trouble coming up with a good name. I suggested "Triptykon" and we've been laughing about that for a day or so now and it's actually in the running. But we thought we'd take suggestions here as well...

What should we name the cat?
Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Here's another look...just adorable.

09-17-10 Our New Cat, No Name Yet...

...and despite all the excitement of having an energetic and curious new roommate, Oreo seems to be holding up just fine...

09-XX-10 Oreo

Quite Possibly The Worst Attempt At Graffiti Ever...

Scene in the woods on a trail near my home yesterday...you could hardly read it but you know what it says. It borders on artistic brilliance...

F**K Graffiti on a Tree, Chaska, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

...OK, maybe not.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On The Bowery (1956) - A Film by Lionel Rogosin, Reissued in 2010 by Milestone Films. Screenings This Weekend At The Film Forum In NYC.


Back in January we took a look at a beautiful but somewhat depressing book from 1975 titled "The Bowery," by Michael D. Zettler. One of the comments we received on that piece was from a guy who works for Milestone Films, who informed us that the company would be reissuing a long burried film from 1956 titled "On The Bowery" at some point in 2010. Yesterday I stumbled across some information on the film.

From the film's website:

On The Bowery was the first of Lionel Rogosin’s award-winning films, garnering the Grand Prize for Documentary at the 1956 Venice Film Festival, the British Award for Best Documentary and nomination for an Oscar® as best documentary.

From the beginning, Rogosin’s style as an independent filmmaker was straightforward and compassionate. His films were made “from the inside,” showing subjects in their normal surroundings and allowing them to speak in their own words. By choosing ordinary people caught up in universal problems — homelessness, racial discrimination, war and peace, labor strife, and poverty — Rogosin made his point poignantly. Interestingly, he chose the Bowery and its inhabitants as his first subject — intending to reveal the reality of people who were drinking away their lives in an attempt to escape from it.
At the famed White Horse Tavern (just around the corner from Rogosin’s apartment at 96 Perry Street), Rogosin met Mark Sufrin, a young Greenwich Village writer. Sufrin had just come back from working on documentaries in Israel and he became excited about working with Rogosin. The director described Sufrin as a “highly intelligent, freelance writer, aggressive and volatile, full of ingenious ideas.” Sufrin convinced Rogosin to hire another White Horse Tavern regular, talented cameraman Richard Bagley, who had shot Sidney Meyer’s The Quiet One. Written by James Agee, with contributions by Helen Leavitt and Janice Loeb, it signaled the birth of a new cinema that soon included the likes of Morris Engel (The Little Fugitive) and Rogosin. They discovered their main character, a forty-year-old itinerant railroad worker by the name of Ray Salyer, who had just turned up on the Bowery after a drunken weekend. Still fairly young looking but weathered by the years, he was the perfect combination of a man perpetually down on his luck but not yet totally lost.

For the other character they chose Gorman Hendricks, a longtime Bowery mainstay who claimed he had once worked for the Washington Herald. During Rogosin’s early wanderings through the Bowery, Hendricks had been his guide. Grizzled and in bad health, Hendricks still had a glint in his eye and an intelligence behind it.

Although the plot was to cover a three-day period in the life of the character, the actual shooting took place from July to October of 1955. While some scenes were staged, the rest of the film was shot in an early cinéma vérité style, recording the action on the streets and in the bars and the Bowery flophouses.

On the Bowery chronicles three days on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. In the early part of the 19th century, it was an elegant place of large mansions and respectable theater. When the elevated trains came in, it covered the street in darkness and the Bowery soon became known as the place for low rents and cheap drinks.

In 2008, On the Bowery was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

Here's the trailer for the film...

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in NYC during the week of Sept. 17th - 23, you can catch a screening of the film at the Film Forum, located at 209 West Houston Street. Dates and times for screenings are listed at the Film Forum's website.

Find out all you need to know about the movie, including how to obtain your own copy, over at OnTheBoweryFilm.com.

Monday, September 13, 2010

09/13/10 Steven Kasher and Forrest "Frosty" Meyers Interviewd on WNYC

Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll (by Steven Kasher) - Published Sept. 2010

In stores now, "Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll. Edited by Steven Kasher, published by Abrams Books. It's a beautiful book...you should run out and buy at least a dozen copies right now for all of your friends. Of course I'm kind of biased...I have a 4-page submission that was included in the book.

The glut of press for and activities surrounding the Max's book continues. Here are all the latest links and a great interview with Steven Kasher and artist Forrest "Frosty" Meyers, about the Max's years from earlier today on WNYC. All very cool stuff worth checking out...

08/30/10 The New Yorker - "The Back Room"
09/XX/10 Vanity Fair - "They All Hung Out At Max's"
09/01/10 New York Times - "Revisiting Max's, Sanctuary for the Hip"
09/01/10 New York Times - Slideshow of 11 photos from the new Max's Book
09/05/10 New York Magazine - "Accidental Mythology"
09/09/10 Los Angeles Times - "Beauty and the Beasts: On Edge On Two Coasts"
09/10/10 New York Times - "When Style Was Perfected At Max's Kansas City"

09/13/10 WNYC - Leonard Lopate Show
Interview with Steven Kasher and Frosty Meyers.

And if you didn't already know, the Max's party continues on Wednesday evening September 15th in NYC with a book release party and Max's photo exhibition at the Kasher Gallery, and yet another Max's themed gallery exhibition at the Loretta Howard Gallery:

09/15/10 "Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll" exhibition opens at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC: there will be a reception and book launch party from 6:00 - 8:00pm at the Steven Kasher Gallery, located at 521 West 23rd Street. The party also marks the beginning of a 3-week long Max's Kansas City photo and art exhibition at the gallery as well, which runs from 09/15/10 - 10/09/10. Regular hours at the Kasher Gallery are Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 6:00pm for those who may be interested in viewing the exhibition. The exhibition will feature over 150 vintage and limited edition photographs, and monumental sculptures and paintings by the inner circle of Max's artists, including John Chamberlain, Forrest Myers, Larry Zox, Neil Williams, and Andy Warhol. A highlight will be Myers's recreation of his famous laser/jukebox installation.

09/15/10 - Another Max's exhibition, "Artists at Max's Kansas City 1965 - 1974: Hetero-Holics and Some Women Too," opens within walking distance of the Kasher Gallery, taking place at the Loretta Howard Gallery, located at 525 West 26th Street. Per the Loretta Howard press release: "In this exhibition we attempt to recreate with curatorial accuracy the art that hung in Max’s and that artists traded with Mickey for bar tabs. Increasingly this art is seen to rank with the most extraordinary periods of history in centuries." This project has been organized by Maurice Tuchman for Loretta Howard Gallery.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Next Sunday! 09/19/10 Jesse Malin & the St. Mark's Social @ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

09/19/10 Jesse Malin & the St. Mark's Social @ Minneapolis, MN (ad)

Next Sunday evening at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Jesse Malin & the St. Mark's Social bring a bit of Bowery punk to Dinkytown. Tickets are priced right at just $12.00. Moneybrother opens.

Nine Years Later: Progress at WTC/ Ground Zero/ Freedom Tower Site

07-03-10 World Trade Center Construction Progress
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

This photo, dated July 3rd, 2010, is an image of the progressing construction on the Freedom Tower at the site of the former World Trade Center, which was destroyed in a terrorist attack carried out by Muslim extremeists on 09/11/01. Sometimes it seems like it was much longer ago than that...and some times it seems like it was just yesterday. It is just great to see something finally rising from the ruins.

For those of you not in Manhattan but who wish to keep up with the reconstruction at the WTC site, you can always check out this great, frequently updated site, World Trade Center Progress.

Yesterday, MSN.com featured a cool time-lapse video of "24hrs of construction at Ground Zero" that runs just over 5 minutes in length. Unfortunately, no embed code that I could find, so you'll have to watch it HERE.

"Never Forgive...Never Forget"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Suggested Viewing: "Who Killed Nancy" - A Film by Alan G. Parker

As previously suggested by Karate Boogaloo over at Stupefaction...and now us too! Just saw this today - consider it MUST SEE viewing.

Garland Jeffreys Appearing at Highline Ballroom, NYC on 09/25/10

09/25/10 Garland Jeffreys @ Highline Ballroom, NYC (Ad)
(Used with permission)

I've been asked to pass along some concert information of interest to anyone in the NYC area or anyone who plans to be there in late September.

Garland Jeffreys will be making a special, one night only appearance with the Coney Island Playboys at the Highline Ballroom, located at 431 West 16th Street in New York City. Tickets are $30.00 advance and $35.00 at the door. Showtime is at 8:00pm sharp - don't be late!

09/01/10 New York Times: "Revisiting Max's - Sanctuary For The Hip"

Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll (by Steven Kasher) - Published Sept. 2010

Thanks to our friend Ed Siejka for alerting us to this: More press for the great new book "Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll," published by Abrams Books, available now.

"Revisiting Max's - Sanctuary For The Hip"
by Randy Kennedy
09/01/10 - New York Times.com
09/05/10 - New York Times Print Edition


IF a fiction writer were to sit down and conjure up a Manhattan nightspot where a John Chamberlain sculpture flanked the jukebox and Debbie Harry waited tables, where the earth artist Robert Smithson held court with Waylon Jennings, where struggling artists could cash their checks and pick up their mail, where the New York Dolls and Charlie Rich played (in the same year!) and where an unknown named Bob Marley once opened for a slightly less unknown named Bruce Springsteen, he would probably be scoffed at for fabulist excess.

But when Mickey Ruskin, a shy, strange-looking impresario with a chipped gold tooth, opened Max’s Kansas City on a nowhere stretch of Park Avenue South in 1965, it became that kind of fact-trumps-fiction place, ultimately one of the few New York clubs that could be said to have lived up to its legend. And the legend was not inconsiderable: It played an important role in nurturing at least two art movements (Minimalism and Pop); it enshrined a new, subversive generation of rock music; and it helped give birth to the counterculture itself, or at least provided it with a dazzling ideal.

Read the entire article HERE.
View a slideshow of photos HERE.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Scene On The Street: St. Paul, MN Bus Stop

09/04/10 Pregnant - Hell Yeah Graf. St. Paul
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Birthright.org advertisement on a bus stop bench in St. Paul on Snelling Avenue near the State Fair.

09/04/10 Kiss/ The Envy @ MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN

09/04/10 Kiss @ MN State Fair (Ad)
(All Photos/Videos via: NYCDreamin Archives, Unless Otherwise Noted)

09/04/10 Kiss @ MN State Fair (Ticket)

(Via: Sanpeeps Flickr)

A beautiful sunny day with temps in the high 60's, we were back to the MN State Fair in St. Paul yesterday to see Kiss just a week and a day after seeing Rush. The drive over to St. Paul was relatively quick, but once we arrived the free park and ride lot on Snelling & I94 was full, so I drove down near the fairgrounds and paid $10.00 to park in a lot there. At least we wouldn't have to walk too far. We got into the fairgrounds and it was madness...there must have been 100,000 people there - it was just packed.

09/04/10 Crowds at MN State Fair01
People...as far as the eye can see, in all directions, on a sunny September day at the MN State Fair in St. Paul.

09/04/10 Crowds at MN State Fair02

Despite the slow walking conditions due to the huge numbers of people, in rather short order we found ourselves at the Famous Daves BBQ spot. Ribs, Pulled Pork sandwich, coal slaw, beans, lemonade. Good stuff, Famous Daves is always excellent. Then it was off to ride round trip on the Sky Glyder once again. We did this last week and enjoyed it so we decided to do it again. On the trip around the fairgrounds we saw this little guy and his dad riding the opposite way...

09/04/10 Kiss Fans @ MN State Fair 001

And as we went by the grandstands and the stage area, you could see Kiss's logo on what are I'm guessing, thier hospitality suites for the fair...

09/04-/0 Kiss @ MN State Fair - Backstage Tents

Almost immediately upon entering the fairgrounds a bit earlier, we began to see quite a few Kiss t-shirts. Then you started to see a lot of people made up like Kiss. Mostly just the face paint (there was a booth wher you could get your face painted like Kiss for $10 - $25 or so, depending on how fancy you wanted it) but there were also quite a few guys who started showing up near show time like these guys...they were very popular with people who had cameras.

09/04/10 Kiss Fans @ MN State Fair 006

When we got into the grandstands and found our seats we kept seeing all these kids with great Kiss makeup on. I really liked these two - they were only too happy to pose for a photo. They look like they're enjoying themselves.

09/04/10 Kiss Fans @ MN State Fair 004

As the openeing band, "The Envy" finished up, this pair of slightly older kids walked by us. I saw them later at one point during the show up on the big video screen on the stage.

09/04/10 Kiss Fans @ MN State Fair 005

And then The Envy...who I really didn't care much for at all by the way, got off the stage and the set change commenced. It was quick and orderly because it seemed like maybe 20 minutes max and the huge Kiss curtain decended across the stage and a roar went up from the crowd...

09/04/10 Kiss @ MN State Fair

Just a few more minutes now. Then we spotted this guy running back and forth across the aisle of the upper deck, trying to get the crowd whipped up. It's the State Fair mascot with a Paul Stanley bandanna on. I only meant to take his photo but I had the camera on "video" already...

And then a few minutes later, the house lights dimmed and the Kiss Army St. Paul Regiment again erupted into cheers and rose to their feet to welcome their heroes. There was a brief video intro and then a few seconds later, there they were...

Intro/Modern Day Delilah

The band's appearance on stage is cetrainly impressive...lights, smoke, levitating platforms that come over the drum kit. Good stuff. But I really hate "Modern Day Delilah" as the show opener. Would prefer something classic like "Detroit Rock City." Even "Psycho Circus" was a better opener than this. Then they continued on with a few classics...

Cold Gin

Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll


Say Yeah

I actually think "Say Yeah" fits well in the set - a good sing along chorus. Definately in the classic Kiss mode of an arena rock stomper. But by this point in this show though, it's become plainly obvious that Paul Stanley's voice has taken a beating over the past few years. You can tell he's doing his best, be he just sounds horrible for the most part.


Crazy, Crazy Nights

Oh, man..."Crazy Nights" never sounded worse. Glad they're trying to include some different songs in the setlist, but that was just...no. Not working.

Calling Dr. Love

Shock Me /W/ Jam

I think this may have been my favorite part of the show - the part where they are just kind of jamming and there is no vocal. Before that, when Tommy is doing the vocal, during the chorus, I really realize that I really find Eric Singers backing vocals very annoying. So when they quit singing, it's kind of nice...a shut up and play your guitar and drums kind of thing. But it is cool that Tommy and Eric get an extended solo set like that...and they both look like they are enjoying the hell out of doing that so that's cool. And the crowd loved it. I'm still kind of "eeeh" about Tommy doing the shooting rockets from his guitar bit though. That's always gonna be an Ace Frehley signature trademark for me. And then there was Gene...this is always impressive no matter how many times you see it.

Gene Simmons Solo/I Love It Loud

After they played I Love It Loud, the band continued on for quite some time. I took a break from using the camera. The battery was running low so I decided to save it for the end of the show. The setlist continued on as follows: (Complete Setlist)

Modern Day Delilah/Cold Gin/Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll/Firehouse/Say Yeah/Deuce/Crazy, Crazy Nights/Calling Dr. Love/Shock Me/I Love It Loud/I'm An Animal/100,000 Years/Love Gun/Black Diamond/Detroit Rock City/Beth/Lick It Up/Shout It Out Loud/I Was Made For Lovin' You/God Gave Rock And Roll To You/Rock and Roll All Nite

Kiss are playing "Beth" on this tour as well, which is a new development. They had never played this song live when Peter Criss has not been in the band. Eric Singer handles the vocals now. I took this photo of an unhappy Peter Criss fan who plugged his ears for the duration of the song in solitary protest...

09/0410 Kiss Fans @ MN State Fair During Show

After the band played "Beth", they brought out a few soldiers representing the Wounded Warroriors Program. Paul Stanley explained that Kiss has been donating $1.00 from each ticket on the tour and that so far, including the Minneapolis show, the band had raised $340,000 for the benefit of the care of American soldiers who have been wounded in combat. Paul then led the crowd in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was all pretty cool and patriotic.

Around the time the band was finishing up "Shout It Out Loud" I decided we should get out of the grandstands and head down and check out the t-shirt booths, use the bathrooms, get a soda, etc. It was now also very chilly out, the sun long gone it was now probably in the high 50's only. So it felt good to move around. We spent $0.00 at the merch booth - just fun to look. So we milled about as the band wrapped things up with the last few songs and then I got out the camera to catch a bit of the ending of the show...

Rock And Roll All Nite/Finale

The concert ended with a huge fireworks display that went on for maybe 15 minutes after the show was over.

Overall I think the band seems to be enjoying playing with each other - the lineup they currently have obviously feels a bit more comfortable on stage together than they did back on the abysmal 2004 "Rock The Nation" tour. They play a long-ish set, the stage certainly is beautiful. It was nice and loud but not too loud. But I miss Ace and Peter...I'd be a liar if I said I didn't. It's just not the same without them. I always wonder if the crowds would still be there if it was still this lineup of Simmons/Stanley/Singer/Thayer, but they had taken off the makeup and were out doing it "Revenge" style. I think we all know the answer to that.

We enjoyed the show, but I have to say, that this being my 14th time seeing the band, that'll also be the last. I'll always be a Kiss Army soldier, you can't not be after 30+ years of being one. But I'm done seeing them in concert. I want great, amazing "God DAMN! THAT was the greatest show I ever saw!!" memories of Kiss, not just some "Ehhh, they were pretty good...I guess." memories. And for me anyway, that's where Kiss are at now as a live act.

I guess I'm not 10 anymore. Finally.

*Minneapolis Star Tribune Concert Review/Photos HERE.
*St. Paul Pioneer Press Concert Review/Photos HERE.

Movies Set In New York City: "Autumn In New York" (2000)

Friday night was movie night here at the NYCDreamin pad, so the Gorgeous One picks out "Autumn In New York." The movie came out in 2000 and stars Richard Gere and Winona Ryder. It's a love story. Kind of a creepy love story, if you choose to watch it you'll see what I mean. It's an undeniable chick flick. I can handle some chick flicks...I could barely tolerate this one for myriad reasons I shant discuss here. The only thing this movie had going for me was the exterior shots that take place around Manhattan...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

One From The Archives: Fall 1986? Maybe Fall 1987? Probably 1986. Sideshow @ Grand Rapids, MN / Sideshow @ Greenway, MN

So I'm really reaching with this one...digging through the archives to look at yet more bands I've seen, I saw this shot in one of my photo albums from when I was a kid (and NO, that is NOT me in the photo - it is my step-brother who shall remain nameless to protect his geeky ass) and on the wall on the left side of the photo under the space shuttle and the cool Ratt poster, you can see a poster for a band called "Sideshow" (it's the one with the checkerboard pattern just above dudes hand there). Also if interest in the photo? Let's see. A bunch of bananas I won at Valleyfair. A British Flag bandanna with a bunch of rock and roll buttons on it. A Kiss Alive II photo, a Luke Skywalker riding a Taun-Taun and Yoda paint-by-number statues on the dresser, a pair of handcuffs hanging on the wall. Anyway...

RRRRR! (1986 or 1987)
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

I don't have the exact dates of the two times I saw this band. But I'm pretty sure it was the fall of 1986. School had just started again and at the middle-school in my home town, late one drizzly fall afternoon and evening they had a thing called the "Burger Bash" where you could get hamburgers for a buck and see a band and enter a raffle and swallow a live goldfish (?!?). I settled for a few burgers and the band - who was this "Sideshow" band. They were pretty good. The best thing going on in my home town on that evening anyway. They even had a tape for sale for a few bucks, so I bought a copy. And they mentioned they were playing in the next town over the following evening at the high school auditorium there for some school function. So a friend of mine (not the guy in the photo) planned to make it over there the following evening, which we did. So we saw "Sideshow" two times in two days.

Sadly, all I have left, in the way of documentation of these shows is this photo of the poster on my bedroom wall from when I was 16. The poster is long gone from the archives, as is the afore mentioned cassette tape. I have no idea what ever happened to that thing - I wish I still had it...and the poster too. It's amazing the amount of stuff you lose/sell/trade/throw out over a lifetime of collecting this kind of stuff...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One From The Archives: 09/02/07 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas @ MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN

The 2010 Minnesota State Fair begins week number two today, and as we look forward to seeing Kiss on Saturday, we remember another show that we attended at the fair a few years back.

On this day in 2007, my good friend "337" and I headed over to the fair to catch a free show by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at the Leinenkugels Free Stage. We'd seen the band almost exactly five years prior, in September 2002 as part of the WLOL Wango Tango in Shakopee, MN and had been surprisingly impressed, so we thought it worth the drive to catch them for free again at the fair. Say what you like about the decidedly pop direction the band took during the late 80's, but I kinda liked it. You can't listen to screaming death 24/7. And Mickey Thomas...the dude can sing a catchy hook that will get stuck in your head for hours, that's for sure, and the show was really good. They played at the Fair again the following evening and we tossed around the idea of going for the second show as well, but for some reason we ended up not going.

In lieu of any ticket stub or show ad (I never managed to save one of either) here's a catchy little tune from their 1989 CD "Love Among The Cannibals." Don't like it? Save your hate for someone who gives a fuck...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Flea Market Find: Mantovani "Manhattan" Reel to Reel (1963)

1963 Mantovani - Manhattan (Reel to Reel - Cover Art)

1963 Mantovani - Manhattan (Reel to Reel - Back Cover)
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

While on a short trip to visit my 95 year-old Grandfather last Sunday, the Gorgeous One and I stopped off at the weekly Flea Market at the Medina Ballroom in Medina, MN. Sometimes you can scour the entire flea market and come up with nothing. Other times you find stuff you want but the person selling it is asking way to much money. Other times you can come up with something pretty cool for just a few dollars. Either way, it's always a nice way to spend a Sunday morning, just looking through all the odd stuff that people bring to sell.

Last Sunday I came up with a pretty cool item for a price that can't be beat. This one guy was selling a bunch of old electronics stuff, old stereo components, connector cables, he even had an old pristine condition TRS-80 computer. He also had a few boxes of records and even a box of reel-to-reel tapes. I started digging through the reel-to-reels, hoping to find an elusive and rare Kiss tape, but no such luck. But down, near the bottom of the box, I spotted this beauty, a copy of "Manhattan" by Mantovani & his Orchestra. It was originally released in 1963. The box was in excellent condition and I found the cover art to be irresistible, so I asked the guy how much he was asking. "$1.00," came his reply. Well, for that price, I couldn't just leave the thing in the box for someone else, so I dug out my wallet and gladly handed the guy his dollar. Now this beauty sits on one of my bookshelves, making a cheap, nice looking addition to the NYCDreamin Archives.