Friday, December 31, 2010

A New York Minute: Sick Of It All Presents: "Potential For A Fall" - A Video Lesson In New York City Street Survival

It can be unpredictable on the mean streets of the big city sometimes. Your good buddies in Sick Of It All got your back bro and, in the name of public safety, have put together this highly instructional video on how to remain safe while moving about the city and facing the myriad possible danger lurking therein. Be careful out there...

One From The Archives: 12/31/72 New York Dolls/ Ruby & the Rednecks/ Magic Tramps/ Modern Lovers/ Queen Elizabeth @ Mercer Arts Center, NYC, NY

12/31/72 New York Dolls/Ruby & the Rednecks/Magic Tramps/Modern Lovers/Queen Elizabeth with Wayne County @ Mercer Arts Center, NYC, NY
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Happy New Years wishes to you all.

It's a safe bet that there is not an event anywhere on the planet tonight nearly as cool as the one advertised on the flyer pictured here...


The Endless Party featuring:

New York Dolls
Ruby & the Rednecks
Eric Emerson & the Magic Tramps
Modern Lovers
Queen Elizabeth with Wayne County
More TBA

@ Mercer Arts Center, NYC, NY

Thursday, December 30, 2010

One From The Archives: 12/30/05 Vintage Kiss Tribute Band @ Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill, Burnsville, MN

12/30/05 Vintage Kiss @ Prime Time, Burnsville, MN (Poster 1 - Top)
12/30/05 Vintage Kiss @ Prime Time, Burnsville, MN (Poster 1 - Bottom)
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Another evening spent fending off boredom by enjoying the night out watching four guys dressed as Kiss do their best to imitate the Hottest Band in the World. Two different flyers for this show - a color version, and a second, B&W version with some live shots - are pictured here, along with a print ad for the show from the City Pages.

12/30/05 Vintage Kiss @ Prime Time, Burnsville, MN (Poster 2 - Top)
12/30/05 Vintage Kiss @ Prime Time, Burnsville, MN (Poster 2 - Bottom)

According to this ad the "1st Annual Miss Snow Bunny" swimsuit finals were also to be held on this evening. I remember I arrived an hour and a half or so before Vintage Kiss were about to hit the stage. Prime Time was not a very busy place on this particular evening - there were maybe a hundred people or so in the club. And to the best of my knowledge, there was NO Miss Snow Bunny competition - at least I don't remember there being one. I think I'd remember a bunch of hotties in bikinis. And I'm pretty sure my memory serves correct on this matter as this was one of the first shows I went to after I had completely stopped drinking alcohol in early December 2005.

12/30/05 Vintage Kiss @ Prime Time, Burnsville, MN (Ad)

The following evening, 12/31/05, I was in Andover, MN with my good friend "337" and his brother - we went to see Warrant and had a pretty good time rockin' into 2006. You can read about that show HERE.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Tune For Tuesday: Lazarus A.D. - "The Ultimate Sacrifice" (2011)

For our final "Tune For Tuesday" of 2010, here's the first song to be released from the upcoming Lazarus A.D. CD "Black Rivers Flow." As we previously reported HERE, the CD will be released by Metal Blade Records on 02/01/11. Lazarus A.D. hail from Kenosha, Wisconsin - "Black Rivers Flow" is the second CD released by the band. We're predicting this will be a band to keep your eyes on in 2011 as they tour in support of their new release. On January 30th, 2011, the band will hit the road as part of a package tour with Death Angel, Early Man, Bonded By Blood and Hexen. You can find dates and more info on the tour HERE.

Reading through the comments section for this video on Youtube shows there is considerable fan excitement for this release. Some examples of what the people are saying about Lazarus A.D.:

"It's about god damn time they came out with a new album. This band rules."

"This album is going to destroy everything."

"February 1st cant fucking wait."

"Only recently found them but they seem to have something going for them that's for sure. Not just the usual bland thrash, got some meat to the bone you know?! Damn good stuff!"

"Holy shit....fuckin´ awesome."

To familiarize people with the band and to give them a taste of the CD before it drops, and to give hard-core fans an inside look at the process of recording the CD, Metal Blade Records will begin posting a series of videos in the upcoming weeks titled: "Lazarus A.D. - The Making Of Black Rivers Flow." Here's a trailer for that...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Tune For My Snow-Covered East Coast Friends

I'd like to offer one final Christmas song for the 2010 Christmas holiday season. Earlier today we had a nice post-holiday meal with my Grandfather, Elmer, who is 95 years old and still plays a saxophone - when it suits him to do so. Before lunch, I asked him if he might share a holiday tune with us. He agreed and pulled out this old classic. When he finished, I asked if he'd play another, he replied "Nah..." and gently hung his horn back on it's little black wooden stand.

12/25/10 Christmas Night In The Basement At Cheapo Records, Minneapolis, MN

12/25/10 Cheapo Records Basement, Minneapolis, MN
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Having celebrated Christmas on the evening of the 24th, we found ourselves with not much to do on Christmas day proper so we pretty much took it easy around the house all day on the 25th. By around 6:00pm a bit of stir-craziness was beginning to set in so we decided to make a Christmas night excursion to Minneapolis to visit one of the few stores open 365 days a year around here, and one of our favorite places in the whole wide world - good old Cheapo Records in Uptown at 1300 West Lake Street.

12/25/10 Cheapo Records Basement, Minneapolis, MN

I figured there'd be at least a few shoppers in the store as I've found myself there on Christmas night on more than one occasion in the past dozen years and there've always been people out shopping for music. Well, not last night. As you can see from these few photos from the basement, where they sell all the vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks and VHS movies, we were pretty much alone in the store.

12/25/10 Cheapo Records Basement, Minneapolis, MN

The Gorgeous One spent some time looking for a few old favorite movies in the VHS bins. Most VHS titles can be had for just a couple dollars at Cheapo and the selection is large, so for those of us who still own a VCR, it's a no brainer to have a look here once in a while. I shot a few photos of the downstairs then browsed the huge selection of cassettes before heading upstairs to have a look through the CD's.

12/25/10 Cheapo Records Basement, Minneapolis, MN

I've never seen a another store anywhere with such a huge selection of used cassettes. They go all the way to the back of the wall here, then wrap around the other wall - stretching the entire length of the store. Thousands and thousands of them. Some rarities mixed in if you look hard enough - I've found many here over the years. These days, most of the cassettes sell for $1.99 and $2.99 each.

12/25/10 Cheapo Records Basement, Minneapolis, MN

We eventually headed upstairs and browsed the CD's, DVD's and posters. I managed to spend a few dollars replacing a few of my own cassettes with CD's as I usually try to do when I shop here. I still have around 350 cassettes myself that I need to replace with CD's...I've been replacing them for years but it's a loooong process as I started out with around almost 1,000 titles on cassette that I amassed throughout the 80's and 90's. Anyway, once we were upstairs at Cheapo, we realized just how utterly deserted the store was - there was not one single shopper in the upstairs besides ourselves. As I got wrapped up in looking at CD's, I never brought the camera back out for any photos of the upstairs. We browsed for around 45 minutes, both of us eventually making a few selections for purchase - and not one more customer came into the store during the entire time we were there. We paid up, wished the clerks "Merry Christmas," and left, leaving them to their own Christmas evening boredom.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A New York Minute: New York City, Christmas 1971: A Study In Contrasts

Here are a few photos taken around Christmas time 1971 in New York City.
The photos were originally published in the 12/15/72 issue of Life Magazine.

Christmas Time on Park Avenue, NYC (12-15-72 Life Magazine)
"Park Avenue in New York City sparkles with Christmas trees and the car lights of last minute shoppers."

Children Playing with abandoned Christams Tree in Manhattan, NYC (12-15-72 Life Magazine)
"On a Manhattan lot, children play with a discarded tree."

Bowery Mission Pauper (12-15-72 Life Magazine)
"A homeless pauper patiently awaits his Christmas dinner at the Bowery Mission in Manhattan."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One From The Archives: 12/22 & 23/72 New York Dolls/ Teenage Lust/ Magic Tramps @ Village East, NYC, NY

12/22 & 23/72 New York Dolls/Teenage Lust/Magic Tramps @ Village East, NYC, NY
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38 years ago tonight saw the kick-off of a two-night, pre-Christmas Glam Rock extravaganza at the Village East Theater (formerly the Fillmore East) in NYC featuring the Dolls, Teenage Lust, and Eric Emerson and the Magic Tramps. I always thought this was just a single show, on the 23rd, and that "other" bands played on the 22nd, but Teenage Lust Archivist Jason Knox has confirmed to me that all three bands played the venue on both the 22nd and 23rd.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Scene On The Street: July 2010 Window of Nino's Pizza, St. Marks Place, NYC

07-05-10 Window at Nino's Pizza - St. Mark's Place, NYC
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

This post over at EVGrieve made me think of a photo I took earlier this year while on vacation in the Baked Apple...

We saw this unabashed Santa in the window of Nino's Pizza at 131 St. Marks July. Wonder if he's still there? Anybody?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

T.A.T.S.O.L. 2nd Annual Year In Review - 2010

2010 has come and gone. Just as we did last year around this time, we, like everyone else on the planet, would like to take a look back at just a few of the memories, good and bad, from the previous year that we featured here before we kiss this sucker goodbye. By no means should this be considered an authoritative list of the important events of 2010 - it's just what we saw, where we went and who we did it with and what we found to be of interest. So without further ado - here's 2010 as chronicled by ThisAintTheSummerOfLove - in review.

January 2010
1977 Pimps Ad

The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, opened on January 4 amid great ceremony. Also in January we started a new series of posts here at TATSOL titled "When the Deuce Was Still Dirty," examining the sleazier Times Square eras of the 70's and 80's. On January 23rd, I scored a cool autographed Anthrax CD for just a few bucks at a local record store and just a few days later had a peek at the trailer for the then-still-upcoming Runaways movie. In late January, CBGB Radio went live on - we featured it here until just recently - you may have noticed it's sudden absence here lately. It seems to be off the air now. Of course we looked at a bunch of old concert ads, flyers and ticket stubs, something we would continue doing throughout the year as I shared some really funny and some really broring stories about some of the over 200 concerts I've been to over the past 20 years or so. Actually, by the end of 2010, I will have posted something about nearly every concert I've ever been starting in December of 2010 and continuing on from this point, I will be bringing out flyers and ads for shows that I did NOT personally attend, we're calling this series "One From The Archives." Throughout the course of 2010 we'd also introduce the new columns "A Tune For Tuesday," and "Scene On The Streets."


02/04/10 Slayer/Megadeth/Testament @ St. Paul, MN (POSTPONED)(Ad)
Postponed until August 21st! Bummer...

We were looking forward to attending a Slayer/Megadeth/Testament concert in St. Paul on 02/04, but it was postponed until August 21st due to Slayer vocalist Tom Araya needing a surgical procedure. At least there was some solace in this news: on 02/05, hardcore founding fathers D.R.I. hit St. Paul. We'd hoped also to make this show, but the weather on the day of the show was opressively cold so we never made it to this one either. Too bad, TATSOL favorite Lazarus A.D. were a last minute addition to the bill - we would have loved to have seen those guys again. We observed Valentines Day 2010 by spinning "Our Love Is Insane" by Desmond Child and Rouge, a disco classic from back in 1979. On the 18th, we went back in time to 1983 and looked at a Kiss/Plasmatics concert in St. Paul, MN that was the target of religious protests. The following day was the 30th anniversary of the death of former AC/DC lead vocalist, wildman Bon Scott. We ended February by taking a look back at the bleak financial position New York City was mired in in the summer and fall of 1975 and re-watched the amazing BBC documentry "Crisis In The City That Never Sleeps." Also, in mid-February I was contacted by an editor at Abrams books and was asked if I would like to contribute an abbreviated "gig list" to an upcoming Max's Kansas City book that was being planned for September 2010 release. Seems the editor had been pointed to my "Max's Kansas City: The Dates & Details" post from last October and was impressed enough to ask me to contribute to the book. Of course I accepted the offer and began work on revising the list for publication. I submitted the revised list in early March and then I just had to wait until September to see what they used.

03/14/10 Kreator/Voi Vod/Nachtmystium/Evile/Lazarus A.D. @ St. Paul, MN (Poster)

We kicked off March by watching some vinatge rock and roll movie clips. On March 7th, we began taking a look through a nearly 100-year-old edition of "King's Views of New York." The series would run for around 25 weeks...generally posting just a few pages each Friday, we saw some amazing images of a beautiful city as it was in the early 1900's, frozen in time for all future generations to marvel over. On 3/14, we finally attended our first concert of the 2010 season as German thrash innovators Kreator, along with legendary Canadians Voi Vod and the promising young Lazarus AD from Kenosha, WI absolutely destroyed the Station 4 in St. Paul. We filmed the video to prove it. A week or so later was movie night at home, we a few good laughs as we watched the cult-classic C.H.U.D. As March came to a close, the Gorgeous One and I were in serious preparation and planning mode for a July 4th week trip to New York. As part of our preparation, and to keep the excitement level high until the time arrived to actually travel, we began to re-watch the epic 14 hr. 1999 Ric Burns documentary "New York." This was the 3rd or 4th time I've watched the thing in it's entirety and it never gets much history you learn something new each time you watch. We finished off March, as the weather here finally began to warm up, with the honor of TATSOL being spotted by and mentiond over at Max's Kansas


We kicked April off by digging into the archives and dusting off some 19 year-old photos of us hanging with Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme at a radio station promo-event in northern Minnesota. On 04/03 we finally received our copy of "Ace Frehley: Behind The Player" DVD, to which I had been asked to contribute a few old Kiss images from the NYCDreamin Archives, one of which wound up featured on the DVD, earning us a spot on in the credits in the DVD...I felt kind of honored, even though mine was just a very small contribution to a much larger project. But seeing as how Ace has kind of been a hero around here since I was about 7 years was huge for me. The following day being Easter and me in kind of a Kiss-ed up mood due to just receiving the Ace DVD, I chose to decorate my 2010 Easter Egg with Kiss faces. I know...grow up, right? Not likely. On April 15th we awoke only to read the sad news of the passing of Type O Negative bassist/vocalist Peter Steele. He was 48 years old. On April 20th, we kicked off a new series here titled "A Tune For Tusday," with "Thunderhead" by W.A.S.P. The series continues, and will continue, giving me the opportunity to share some music here at least once a week guaranteed...whether you like it or not! My guitar idol, the spaceman, Ace Frehley, turned 60 on April 27th .


05/14/10 Ratt/Knight Crawler @ Medina, MN (Ad)

On May 6th, the weather warming and me restless to enjoy some fresh air, I made a stop for some early morning trespassing and photography at the site of what used to be the Chaska Building Center. It had been closed and rotting away mostly for the past two and a half years. Proposed redevelopment of the sight seems to be going nowhere fast. On 05/14/10, after work, the Gorgeous One and I headed off to enjoy an evening or Ratt 'n' Roll at the Medina Ballroom in Medina, MN. It was cool after seeing Ratt several times myself, finally seeing them with Pearcy on vocals and new guitarist Carlos Cavazo, formerly of Quiet Riot, was a nice fit as well. We had a blast. Two days later, on 05/16, my mood is somewhat less celebretory as I, along with the rest of the world stare in disbelief, nearly teary-eyed as we read of the passing of one of Metal's Gods...Ronnie James Dio, dead at age 67. " His body may be gone but his legend and music will live forever. On May 24th another metal giant, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray is found dead in his Iowa hotel room. He was just 38 years old. On a brighter note, TATSOL celebrates it's second anniversary on May 29th...good news to some, another sign the end is surely near to others...


06/12/10 Famous Daves BBQ & Blues Fest @ Peavy Plaza, Minneapolis, MN (Ad)

In early June, we watched with trepidation as First Avenue/7th Street Entry in Minneapolis received a new exterior paint job. The finished result turned out to be pretty cool actually. On 06/06/10 we celebrated the 5th Annual International Day of Slayer. On 06/12 the Gorgeous One and I went in to Minneapolis, despite the rain, to catch a few sets by some top notch blues artists and enjoy some BBQ at the 6th Annual Famous Daves BBQ & Blues Festival. On 06/28 came word that former Kiss manager Bill Aucoin had passed away at age 66. Two days later, after much planning and what seemed like an eternity of waiting, the Gorgeous One and I anxiously climbed on a Greyhound bus in Minneapolis just after 1:00 pm and were off on our trip to New York City to celebrate the 4th of July.


07-03-10 Bryan and Joanna -w- Manhattan Skyline
The author of this blog and his lovely lady on a ferry in New York Harbor - July 3, 2010.

At 4:25am on July 2nd, after nearly 40 hours on the bus, we finally arrived at the Port Authority Terminal in Mid-town Manhattan. We would spend the next week in blistering 100* heat enjoying the city to its fullest despite the oppresive heat. Upon our return home I blogged extensively about our trip. You can read it starting HERE. Back in Minneapolis on July 16th, we were fortunate enough to catch a free show by Night Ranger on a beautiful summer evening at the Minneapolis Aquatennial Block Party. A bit later in the month we reviewed our friend Mykola Dementiuk's highly anticipated new book, "100 Whores - Memories of a John."


Testament wants to kill you! 08/21/10 - St. Paul, MN

In August we had another look back at "When The Deuce Was Still Dirty." In August I finally got off my lazy ass and actually wrote something of substance, a rather lengthy piece I'd been threatening a few people with writing...all about the places I used to buy my music - you know - record stores. I remember quite a few of them and thought why not try and put some of those memories together in a piece for the blog? So I can read that HERE. On August 10th we spotted outright thievery of our video of Lazarus AD from back in April. Seems some fuck was trying to pass off his "video" using MY live video as a major part of his entry, to try to win the Lazarus AD "Make Our Video for Last Breath" contest. We fumed a bit but took it in good stride...mostly. Fucker. He didn't win either. Luckliy for him! By mid-August, advance press was building for the September release of the highly anticipated Max's Kansas City book. On 08/15 we found, in a thrift shop in Shakopee, MN, a beautiful framed print of the Chrysler Building that just screamed "Take Me Home!" at we did. It now resides proudly on our living room wall. On 08/21/10, a day we'd been waiting for since January finally came and we were in St. Paul once again, this time to witness the near destruction of the Roy Wilkens Auditorium at the hands of Slayer, Megadeth and Testament. It was an evening of epic musical brutality and we managed to film most of it and bring it to you HERE. And we were just getting started! One week later we were back in St. Paul again, this time to see Rush bring their "Time Machine" tour to the Minnesota State Fair on August 27th.


09/25/10 The Moose's Caboose, Aitkin, MN
The Moose's Caboose - Aitkin, MN - 09/25/10

September 1st saw the highly anticipated release of the book "Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll," edited by Steven Kasher, published by Abrams Books. We're extremely proud to have contributed to the book a list of artists, performers and bands that played on the Max's stage during the 15 yeras or so that the club was open. Being asked to participate in this book project was one of our proudest moments of 2010. September also saw us make the unfortunate choice of watching the aweful movie "Autumn In New York." A few days later, on 09/04, we made another unfortunate choice...seeing Kiss with guest The Envy at the Minnesota State Fair. I'm not gonna get into it here - you can read about it in my video-evidence-filled report HERE. The less said about it the better actually. We took another look back at the Dirty Deuce of old, this time peeking in on the clientele of the Terminal Bar. Lionel Rogosin's 1956 film "On The Bowery" was screened in New York in mid-September. We were extremely jealous of those who were able to attend and look forward to the films (hopeful) release on DVD. We took on a new cat for about a week and a half in Mid-September, with hopes of keeping it - until it started pissing all over our house - then it went right back to where it came from in the first place. Too bad, it was a cute cat. On the 19th, I related the story of the worst rock concert I've ever been to, a Sept. 19th, 1998 Cannibal Corpse concert in Minneapolis. You can read about that attrocity HERE. On 09/25 the Gorgeous One and I packed into the Rust Bucket with some cold waters and a few snacks and headed to northern Minnesota on a day-long road trip to enjoy the rapidly changing fall colors. On 09/27, we delved into the origins of the name of this blog...quite a cool story. You can read it HERE.


10/17/10 Triptykon/1349/Yakuza/Enshrined @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN

We began October by taking a look back at my 1984 Homecoming week dance - and the band that played at the dance - called Axis. I'm still waiting for any information on the band anyone can provide. Please...I'm begging here. On October 6th, we began keeping a very close eye on the Triptykon/1349 tour as it advanced, east to west from New York City to a highly anticipated date in St. Paul on 10/17. But a few days before that, on 10/14, The Gorgeous One and I, taking the highly respected word of our NYC associate Karate Boogaloo of Stupefaction fame, set off for an evening of ass-kicking, rockin'-stomp-a-billy with Jason & the Scorchers at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. As promised by KB, Jason & Co delivered the goods. Three nights later, we were back on the road, to St. Paul this time, the destination Station 4 once again, for a lesson in heaviness and brutality courtesy Tom G. Warrior and his amazingly dark new band Triptykon. I was lucky enough to capture the bands entire set of skull crushing heaviness on video - you can watch it HERE - if you think you can handle it. I doubt you can. A few days later we had a laugh about the misfortunes of the greedy bastards who took over the Taste of Minnesota Festival and in the course of two years ran it into the ground. On Sunday, October 24, we ran an epic interview with one-time Imperial Dogs vocalist Don Waller, wherein he more than answered our questions - the man tells an amazing story. You can read that HERE. I reconnected with an old friend from back in high school in October and was able to bring you a look and listen to his band from a few years ago called Wiretap. On October 25th, I took the Gorgeous One out for a nice meal and then, halfway through dinner, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Oddly enough, she said yes. We announced it to the world HERE. We've also now set a date for the wedding...06/02/12. More details as they develop. On Saturday 10/30, I filmed a cute visitor I had on my front steps...before he flew away and crashed into the bushes. The following evening, celebrating Halloween, we carved jack-o-lanterns and were terrorized by the neighborhood children who seemed to be looking for brains...I mean candy.


11/20/10 Division Nine @ Litchfield, MN (Flyer)

November started off with word of a cool upcoming book: "L'Amour - Rock Capitol of Brooklyn," to be published sometime in 2011. In the early days of November we also discovered the existance of Max's Kansas City Extra Place below the former home of CBGB. We read and reviewed Mykola Dementiuk's "Murder In Times Square" and "Lick Me: How I Became Cherry Vanilla," by Cherry Vanilla and found both to be very enjoyable books. On 11/13 we featured an original poem by long-time friend of this blog Ed Siejka. Accompanying the poem was a photo graciously supplied to us by award winning New York City blogger EVGrieve. See the piece, titled "Rain" - HERE. On November 20th, we braved some of the worst driving conditions ever experienced by any human beings anywhere on the planet (OK, not quite that bad, but it was fucking bad!) to have a rock 'n' roll reunion with some really close freinds of mine from back in grade school and early high school whom I hadn't seen in 25 years and to see my freind's band Division Nine play a Toys for Tots fundraiser at the Bonfire Bar and Grille in Litchfield, MN. We're lucky we made it home alive and in one piece. On 11/25, we took a minute to stop and give thanks for all that we are so blessed to have in our lives. Just a few days later, on 11/28 we mourned the loss of comic genius Leslie Nielson who passed away at age 84.


12/03/10 Christmas Tree 2010 (1/3)
The 2010 T.A.T.S.O.L. H.Q. X-mas tree...

December started out with the news that musician Lyn Todd had passed away on December 2nd. We put up the T.A.T.S.O.L. headquarters Christmas Tree with some help from our cat on 12/04. On 12/07 we learned news of the new release date and cover art for the upcoming Lazarus A.D. CD. Read that info HERE. Just a few days later we learned the same information about the upcoming 2011 release from the New York Dolls. You can read about that HERE. And on 12/09, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's "Please Kill" website went live.

Which pretty much brings us up to where we are now - wherever the hell that is...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Suggested Reading: "My Ears Are Bent" by Joseph Mitchell (1938)

My Ears Are Bent (1938)
by Joseph Mitchell

A great collection of 1930's era New York City stories written by newspaperman/writer/author Joseph Mitchell. A must-read for any person who seriously considers themselves studied in the history and character of New York City. Contained within the pages of this impossible-to-put-down collection are stories about real characters - the people who made New York City what it was back in the 1930's - bar owners and their drunken, often unpredictable clientele, nighttime burlesque house managers and the girls who worked for them and the men who, in turn, drooled over the ladies themselves. Bowery flophouse inhabitants, con-artist mass marriage preachers, a cigar-chomping old guy who managed monsterous-sized wrestlers from around the world, bizarre side-show freaks, a voodoo supply salesman - all these and so many more great stories from the streets of the New York City of the past - and all of them true - make for amazing and enjoyable reading.

One From The Archives: 12/18/98 S.O.D./ 40 Grit/ Puya/ Rhythm Trip @ Coney Island High, NYC, NY

12/18/98 S.O.D./40 Grit/Puya/Rhythm Trip @ Coney Island High, NYC, NY (Ad)
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

S.O.D. at Coney Island High and it was only $5.00?!?! I shoulda been there...

12/15/98 S.O.D. @ Coney Island High, NYC, NY (Metal Edge Magazine)
*Metal Edge magazine ran a one-page item on the show in an early 1999 issue.

New Links Of Interest To The Enlightened

Greyhound Bus Depot, Mpls, MN (1960)
Currently First Avenue/7th Street Entry, it used to be a Greyhound Depot back in the 1960's.
(Photo by: Roy Swan - via City Pages)

Got a few more new permanent Links of Interest to the Enlightened to add to the list over on the right...because we really don't have nearly enough of them...

This is a free, weekly arts and entertainment paper that is distributed around the Twin Cities area (I clipped the above photo of what is now the legendary rock club 1st Avenue/7th Street Entry from a recent print-issue). They are also online - a good way to keep up with what's going on - when and where - in Mpls./St. Paul.

Hive 45
I've been having a blast going through some of the crazy stuff over at Hive 45 in the past few days - tons of cool, weird and interesting music, most of which I've never heard before to listen to over there. This is a list of topics covered on the site from the bottom of their front stuff - check 'em out!

45 60s 70s 80s 90s anarcho bjm bomp book burroughs citadel comic diy dogmeat folk garage goth gysin hc indie leary lsd manson mckenna nyc oz pop psychedelic ptv punk retro review robotics rock rockabilly rocket space toy UK vintage waterfront xmas

Bitter After Taste

07/03/09 Whitesnake @ Taste of MN Festival, St. Paul, MN
Whitesnake on stage at the 2009 Taste of Minnesota in St. Paul.
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Following up on a piece we ran back in October, "Goodbye & Good Riddance To Taste Of Minnesota," this week the City Pages has a great article detailing how, in the span of just two years, the events new promoters/organizers managed to drive the beloved annual 27 year-old July 4th weekend free music and food festival into the financial ground.

READ: Taste Of Minnesota Ends In Bankruptcy

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Link Of Interest To The Enlightened: Gun Shy Assassin

Good stuff for all you rock and roll lovers out there...

Gun Shy Assassin.

Recent headlines on the site have included: I Didn't Know the Deftones Could Suck, Nikki Sixx Is Boning Denise Richards, Cocaine Is A Hell Of A Drug, and Crowbar's Kirk Windstein Talks Rehab.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

One From The Archives: 1991 Cro-Mags Collectors Card

Found this gem while digging through the archives recently...

1991 Pro-Set Superstars Musicards No.158 - Cro-Mags (Front)
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

That's right folks, the Cro-Mags really did have their very own collectors card back in the day! It's from 1991 - 20 years old in just a few weeks!

1991 Pro-Set Superstars Musicards No.158 - Cro-Mags (Reverse)


Friday, December 10, 2010

MSN: Music That Gives You The Chills?

Posted toady over at

An interesting article that examines the effect intense music has on some people, actually giving them physical chills:

From the article:

"Musical chills, write the authors, from the University of North Carolina, are “sometimes known as aesthetic chills, thrills, shivers, frisson, and even skin orgasms… and involve a seconds-long feeling of goose bumps, tingling, and shivers, usually on the scalp, the back of the neck, and the spine, but occasionally across most of the body."

Skin orgasms?!? HAHAHAHAHAHA, that's great!
Maybe THIS is how you get one of those?
(You should be 18 years of age if you choose to click the link - NSFW)

Anyway, to read the entire article, click the MSN link above. So far there are over 400 comments on the piece there, people discussing the music that does it for them. Some interesting stuff listed there.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'd like to be alone with my stereo...


One From The Archives: 12/10/02 Aerosmith/ Andrew W.K. @ Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

12/10/02 Aerosmith/Andrew W.K. @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad - Top)
12/10/02 Aerosmith/Andrew W.K. @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad - Bottom)
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The top ad appeared in print a few days before tickets went on sale for the show. The "special guest" hadn't yet been announced. In the bottom ad, published after tickets were already on sale, Andrew W.K. is listed as the special guest.

12/10/02 Aerosmith/Andrew W.K. @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad2)

Seems Some Congratulations Are In Order For Some Of Our Friends!

If you haven't done so yet, take a minute to cruise over to and congratulate him on his win in the first ever Village Voice Web Awards, which took place in New York City on Tuesday evening, December 7th. Grieve took home the award for "Best Neighborhood Blog," and he was among tough competition. Other nominees in the category were BoweryBoogie (another excellent NYC/East Village blog I enjoy reading), New York Shitty, Ditmas Park Blog, and Fucked In Park Slope (blogs I have to admit I'm not overly familiar with but probably should be.)

Other winners at the 1st Village Voice Web Awards included T.A.T.S.O.L. favorites Bob Arihood (Neither More Nor Less) and Jeremiah Moss (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York) for their wins in the "Best Personal Blog" category.

Congrats to all you guys!


Adult Erotica/Fiction author Mykola Dementiuk adds yet another award to his trophy case, recently placing 3rd at The Rainbow Awards in the category "Best Bisexual/Transgender Contemporary," for his e-book/novella "Dee Dee Day," first published in 2009 by eXtasy Books.

Congratulations on another win, Mick!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Link Of Interest To The Enlightened: Is Now Live

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You loved the book, now love the website!

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain have a kick ass new WEBSITE that went live just minutes ago!

This should be a fun one.

New York Dolls Set 03/15/11 As Release Date For "Dancing Backward In High Heels"

New York Dolls Dancing Backward In High Heels (03/15/11)
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According to Max's Kansas, the New York Dolls have announced 03/15/11 as the release date of their upcoming CD "Dancing Backward In High Heels."

New York, the band's official website is only saying "The band is currently finished with their new album and plans to release it in the spring, followed by a tour!"

Good news indeed to start 2011...

Experiencing Technical Difficulties...

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The power went off while I was at work yesterday at about 2:01pm. By 3:30pm, it had not come back on so I called it a day and went home. I arrived home, only to find out that our home phone and internet are out right now. ARRRRRGH! The HORROR!!! I tried resetting the router...checked the pugs and connections, did diagnostic - said to call cable provider. So, with some resignation, I let it go for the evening. We made it through the night somehow, but it was a harrowing evening of isolation and "unconnectedness." I'm not sure either of us will ever be the same again. Anyway, I checked things out again this AM - same scenario - our TV is on and working, all channels available, but no phone or internet. So I called my cable provider and I was, of course, patched through to a recording that stated they are "currently experiencing a service disruption in my area. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service and apologize for any inconvenience." So I'm posting this from work...hoping that when I get home later this afternoon that our service has been restored. If not...I shudder to think how we will survive another evening "off the grid"...
3:02pm - Just had the cable provider reset the router over the phone - we're back in business.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In Stores Now! "I'm In The Band: Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie" - by Sean Yseult

Released on December 1st, "I'm In The Band - Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie" by former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult promises to be a very cool read. How I didn't know about this book before it was released remains a mystery for now, I just learned of it today actually, but let's just say a copy will be in hand shortly. Anyone who's been reading here for any length of time knows we here at T.A.T.S.O.L. loved us some White Zombie...

Sean recently did an interview with L.A. Weekly to promote her book and the inevitable question was raised: Why did White Zombie really break up? Sean's response: "Why does any band break up? Members aren't getting along, everyone's worn out, lead singers want to go solo, all of the stereotypical reasons. J. and I felt like we had more riffs and songs in us, but Rob was already finishing up his solo record when we had 'the phone call.'"

When asked about her relationship with a certain "Mr. Zombie", she had the following to offer: "He hasn't spoken to any of us for years — his choice, not ours — so I have no idea what he thinks of this book. After his solo record, the press asked him a similar question in regards to me and J., and he responded with a rather negative retort, "I don't give a rat's ass." I guess I would have to return the sentiment if he had any issues with the book, really. I have no idea if he will like it or hate it or just ignore it since I decided not to "let sleeping corpses lie," as he seemed to have wanted with the box set."

And...if I may for just a minute?

I've always thought it was kind of an asshole thing Rob Zombie did to Sean and J., disbanding the group at the height of their popularity, after working together for so long, in favor of an all "Rob Zombie - Superstar" career. Solo artist, movie director...whatever else it is that he does. No doubt some other dick from a record company was whispering sweet nothings in his ear..."Hey, man, you're the whole band! You don't need those guys! And you could direct mediocre horror movies too!" Anyway, I lost all interest in him the minute White Zombie ceased to exist. I felt then that it was crap that he was breaking up one of the most amazing live bands of the 90's, a time that desperately needed all the good live arena-filling bands it could get and I still think it's crap. Long story short - I have not - and will not - support Rob Zombie's solo career, not since the day he broke up White Zombie, not now, never. But you can bet your ass I'll be picking up a copy of Sean's book...I think she got a raw fuckin' deal. Just my opinion...

I’m In the Band charts White Zombie’s rise from the gritty music scene of New York’s Lower East Side in the eighties to arena headliners during the nineties alternative-explosion that followed in Nirvana's wake, while sharing the unlikely story of a female musician who won the respect and adoration of male metal musicians and fans. From 1985 to 1996, Sean Yseult was the sole woman not only in White Zombie, but in the entire metal scene: bands, roadies, managers, you name it—with the exception of girlfriends and groupies, Yseult was in a world by herself.

With I’m In the Band, Yseult combines eleven years of tour diaries, flyers, and personal photos and ephemera—many featuring rock icons such as Lemmy Killmeister, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, and Lux Interior—into a striking visual memoir. She offers fans a unique vantage on the life of a mega-band during rock’s last golden age.


Lazarus A.D. "Black Rivers Flow" Release Date Set

Lazarus A.D. Black Rivers Flow Artwork

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – December 07, 2010 – Midwest thrashers LAZARUS A.D. are pleased to announce Black Rivers Flow as the title to their second full-length album due out February 1st via Metal Blade Records. The highly anticipated release was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco and was mixed & mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production.

Track listing for Black Rivers Flow:

1-American Dreams
2-The Ultimate Sacrifice
3-The Strong Prevail
4-Black Rivers Flow
5-Casting Forward
6-Light A City (Up In Smoke)
7-Through Your Eyes
8-Beneath the Waves of Hatred
9-Eternal Vengeance

The first single off the upcoming album Black Rivers Flow, “The Ultimate Sacrifice,” will premier exclusively on Sirius Satellite’s Liquid Metal TODAY at 10am PST/1pm EST. For those of you without a satellite subscription, fear not as the track will be added to the following location, along with preorder info, tour dates, videos, and more!

A Tune For Tuesday Christmas 2010 Edition: Spinal Tap "Christmas With The Devil" (1992)

OK, so we kicked off Christmas here this past weekend and I'm sure you've all heard some holiday/Christmas music playing in the stores already. We don't really care much for traditional Christmas music here at T.A.T.S.O.L. With that in mind, we bring you today's Tune For Tuesday...

From Spinal Tap's 1992 "comeback" album, "Break Like The Wind."

...check back next Tuesday for another dose of musical Christmas insanity.

One From The Archives: 12/07/02 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ David Lee Roth @ Aladin Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

12/07/02 Joan Jett/David Lee Roth @ Las Vegas, NV (Ad)
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One From The Archives: 12/07/06 Aerosmith/ Motley Crue @ Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

12/07/06 Aerosmith/Motley Crue @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad - Top)
12/07/06 Aerosmith/Motley Crue @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad - Bottom)
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