Monday, January 31, 2011

New Links Of Interest To The Enlightened

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A few recent additions to the links list over there on the sidebar - like we need more. And these are just too much...more information than most humans should try to absorb.

Documents what appears to be most or all of the shows ever held at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. Starting with a 12/16/71 show featuring Humble Pie and J. Geils, all the way to 12/31/84 - the final show on the list - Bryan Adams and Honeymoon Suite. Just a few days before that schmaltz-fest, was a much mor interesting lineup:
Guitar Greats, featuring; (MTV Rock Influences)
Dickey Betts/Steve Cropper/ Lita Ford/David Gilmou/Tommy Iommi/Neal Schon/Brian Setzer/Johnny Winter/Link Wray/Dave Edmunds
That, my friends was one hell of a show I'm sure. But who invited Dickey Betts? I mean c'mon...

Probably the most amazing and thorough collection of documentation on the history of Blondie and it's members on the entire web. It's all here, I think - detailed bios, discographies, a very comprehensive listing of all known Blondie concerts dating back to some pre-blondie projects some of you may have heard of. Then...there's the magazine archive...prepare to spend some time here - hundreds of magazines listed dating back to 1976 - and best of all, you click on the magazine title and you are reading the article. A+

Pretty much the same thing as the Blondie site listed above, this is a site packed full of way too much Blue Oyster Cult information. The tour date listings alone boggle the mind, dating back to 1967, including solo tours and whatnot. Then there's the "Songatorium" - detailed listings on the credits of who wrote what on each of B.O.C.'s albums. And there's more. Lots more. A site you could spend days reading.

Have fun...

Magic Tramps Official Facebook Page Now Up

The Magic Tramps online presence continues to expand. In addition to the bands official website,, and the official Magic Tramps Myspace Page, we are proud to announce the debut of the all new official Magic Tramps Facebook Page. Stop by, hit the "like" button and take a trip back in time with the Magic Tramps.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A New York Minute: New Yorkers Fearful Of Rats In The Subways Take Note: It Could Be Worse...

You've no doubt seen the recent video of the man riding a subway in NYC who is suddenly and without provocation, violently accosted by a rat on the loose:

It could be worse...You could have:

04/28/78 NME AD - Satan's Rats
Satan's Rats - You Make Me Sick (Ad from 04/08/78 N.M.E. magazine)
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Satan's Rats!?! Hmmm....sounds OMINOUS. Better have a listen.

Well maybe rats aren't so bad after all...they sound kinda...kinda cute actually.

Next Saturday! 02/05/11 Sarah Wierman Benefit /W/ Division Nine @ Clearwater Legion, Clearwater, MN

02/05/11 Sarah Wierman Benefit Flyer
(Flyer design: NYCDreamin)

If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and can make it out to Clearwater, MN on February 5th, please come out and join us as we help raise money to cover some of Sara Wierman's extensive medical costs, incurred by the thoughtless actions of a drunk driver who, back in October 2010, ran over Sarah, then dragged her for some distance before stopping his vehicle, causing her multiple life threatening injuries. Sarah is on the mend now, but faces a long uphill climb and can use all the support she can get.

$10.00 donation at the door. Spaghetti dinner begins at 5:00pm. Silent Auction and/or raffle will be held during the evening. Bring your conscience and your wallet. Our good friends Division Nine will be performing all your favorite hard rock/heavy metal hits starting at 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

One From The Archives: 01/29/87 The Beach Boys @ Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI

01/29/87 Beach Boys @ Madison, WI (ad)
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A New York Minute: Fleeting Glimpses of the Bowery, NYC - Circa 1972 - Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

The song is a classic - heard it many, many times over the years. But I'm just seeing the video for the first time this week thanks to Alex, who is always on the lookout for more photographic and video images of the gritty New York City of yesteryear and so kindly posted it over at his site Flaming Pablum. He says of this clip:

" this clip we see Messrs. Jagger, Richards, Watts et al. slumming around the Bowery in 1972 (inter-spliced between shots of them doing same in Los Angeles). Under normal circumstances, I'd play "spot the address" and try to divine what specific locales are being depicted, but the editing was far too quick for me to attempt. I think there are some shots filmed on the cross-section of Bowery and Houston, but I can't be sure. In any case, it's great stuff -- despite Bill Wyman's laughably ridiculous hair. Crank it."
We did, Alex. And we will do so again, probably several more times this week alone.

Step Back In Time To 1972 via It's All The Streets You Crossed Not So Long Ago

09/ 01-02-03 /72 Link Wray/Magic Tramps @ Popcorn Pub, Queens, NYC, NY
09/ 01-02/03/ 73 Link Wray/Magic Tramps @ Popcorn Pub, Queens, NYC, NY

Our similarly NYC obsessed blogging comrade "Signed D.C." has been very busy indeed the past few days, putting up a whole slew of great Village Voice club ads and other goodies - this time from 1972. We here at T.A.T.S.O.L. continue to be highly impressed at the quality of content over on her site - It's All The Streets You Crossed - which was actually a great inspiration to us in the early days of this blog.

Like the ad featured above, for starters, you will find ads from Max's Kansas City, the Popcorn Pub (later became the Coventry where Kiss and the Dictators did early shows), and My Fathers Place out in Roslyn, NY.

Then there's the other stuff: some Dylan photos from his early days in NYC and some photos of the interior of the Academy of Music which later became the Paladium. There's also stuff about the obscure St. Adrians, a few cool concert reviews and some great memories and memorabillia from one of her readers, Dari about even earlier NYC area rock and roll shows that were promoted by the legendary Murray the K. And this is just the recent stuff - her archives go back to 2005 - you're sure to find someting of interest.

To see this amazing collection of rock and roll history for over to:
It's All The Streets You Crossed Not So Long Ago

01/27/11 R.I.P. Henrik Ostergaard - Dirty Looks, Vocalist

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Henrik Ostergaard, lead singer for the band Dirty Looks and current FnA recording artist, passed away this morning, Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 9:18am. The cause of death at this time is unknown and the results of an autopsy are pending. The rock world will sadly mourn the loss of this 80's hard rocker. Ostergaard, who was of Danish descent, lived in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1985, Henrik started the band Dirty Looks. Three independent albums and an EP would soon follow, which led to Dirty Looks getting signed to Atlantic Records. Later in Henrik's career, he would be signed to Sony Records and most recently FnA Records where he released a new album, "I.C.U." in 2010. Ostergaard is survived by his two children, Henrik Jr. and Elliot.

This, on the heels of the February 5th, 2010 death of the band's bassist Gregory Pianka who was stabbed during an altercation in a bar near Erie, Pennsylvania. You can read the details of that incident HERE.

I always loved Dirty Looks. A great, straight-up hard rock band with an undeniable AC/DC influence, I always thought they should have been a bit more popular then they ultimately became. Here's one from their 1989 Atlantic Records release "Turn Of The Screw." Crank it up!

UPDATE (7:00pm): via reports that Henrik Ostergaard, the founder and leader of internationally known hard-rock band DIRTY LOOKS, died of "natural causes" at 9:18 a.m. while under hospice care, according to Erie County Coroner Lyle Cook. He was 47 years old.

One From The Archives: 01/27/78 Rush/ Starcastle/ Pat Travers @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN

01/27/78 Rush/Starcastle/Pat Travers @ Bloomington, MN (ad)
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Oh the gems you can unearth from old newspapers if you just take the time to look...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A New York Minute: In 2010, 5 of the Top 25 Best Burgers In America Hail From New York City

NYC's Minetta Tavern "Black Label Burger" - voted one of the best in the nation.
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Spotted this today on MSN: "The 25 Best Burgers in the U.S."

Being a bit of a burger connoisseur myself, and thinking I'd find my beloved, local award winning Lions Tap on the list I clicked over and checked it out...only to be disappointed to find Lions Tap did NOT make the cut in this particular round of "Best Burger" wars. I WAS kind of shocked to see 5 of the top 25 are made in New York City though.

Gotham burgers making the list (in no particular order...)

*Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger
*The Spotted Pig's Spotted Pig Burger
*Little Owl's Bacon Cheeseburger
*Shake Shack's Shack Burger
*Peter Luger's Luger Burger

You can see the entire list of 25, with mouth-watering photos of each at

One From The Archives: 01/26/08 Queensryche/ Don Dokken @ Myth, Maplewood, MN

01/26/08 Queensryche/Don Dokken @ Maplewood, MN (Ad)

01/26/08 Queensryche/Don Dokken @ Maplewood, MN (Ticket)
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Another donation to the NYCDreamin Archives from our good friend "337." I couldn't make this show for some reason or another, I forget exactly why, but "337" reported Queensryche was really good (as they've been each I've seen them) and that Don Dokken was surprisingly good as well.

Three years later to the day (That would be tonight for those of you not paying attention) Don Dokken's former band mate and guitarist extraordinaire George Lynch hits St. Paul's Station 4 with his "Lynch Mob," now featuring another Dokken alumnus, "Wild" Mick Brown on drums. The band's current lineup is rounded out by powerhouse vocalist Oni Logan and Ratt bassist, the highly energetic Robbie Crane. Unfortunately, I'm not gonna be able to make it out for this one either...

01/26/11 Lynch Mob/Willie Base/Regenerators,  @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN (ad)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stupefaction Sports A New Look

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If you haven't been there for a while (or never have been - and if that's the case SHAME on YOU!) you should stop by Karate Boogaloo's Stupefaction and take a look at his sleek "new look." Of course KB continues to scour the web, digging up and bringing you some of the best and coolest music stuff and other random odds and ends from around the 'net. Just in the past few days alone he's featured on his pages:

*78's from R. Crumb's personal collection up for bid on Ebay.
*A link to the new Gang of Four album stream
*More great music in his continuing series "Before & After"
*A great essay by Pat Ivers about a 1978 Richard Hell gig at NYC's Paradise Garage
*A Hilarious Ramones Pie Chart
*Classic 80's era Hardcore flyers and photo gallery
*More of those hot, vinyl lovin' chicks
*Links to great websites like Gallery & and Rock Scene

In short, he always has something very cool over there, so stop by, spend some time and check it out and tell him NYCDreamin sent ya...

A Tune For Tuesday: Lazarus A.D. Black Rivers Flow CD Streaming Now

*We had originally planned on bringing you Part IV of Lazarus A.D.'s "The Making of Black Rivers Flow" for today's Tune for Tuesday...but it hasn't been posted yet. You can watch parts II and III HERE.

Instead, we give you this...

Lazarus A.D. Black Rivers Flow Artwork
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As we've been reporting here, Kenosha, WI thrashers Lazarus A.D. will see the release of their 2nd full-length CD titled "Black Rivers Flow" on 02/01/11 via Metal Blade Records.

Not sure if you wanna pick up a copy? You're in luck. The CD is streaming in it's entirety and you can preview the whole thing right NOW over at Metal

Monday, January 24, 2011

YeeeeAAAAH Boooy! Flav's Fried Chicken Officially Open...In Clinton, IA

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Bizarre-o story of the day...

Clinton, IA (via Clinton

"Clinton officially received a new flavor Monday. City leaders, various media outlets and Flavor Flav attended the opening ceremonies for Flav's Fried Chicken, a new restaurant owned by the Public Enemy and reality TV star and local business owner Nick Cimino. The business will feature fried chicken, ribs and assorted sides, including mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Upcoming! 04/09/11 Cut.Copy/ Holy Ghost @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

04/09/11 Cut/Copy-Zonoscope @ Minneapolis, MN (ad)
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Spotted this ad for an upcoming show at First Avenue in Minneapolis while leafing through this weeks print edition of the City Pages. It caught my eye for obvious reasons...

I Got Nothing So You Get This: 09/10/10 The Planets @ Delancey Lounge, NYC, NY

Some great, no-frills, kick-ass rock and roll from legendary underground NYC rockers The Planets, filmed on 09/10/10 at the Delancey Lounge in New York City as the band entertained a crowd gathered to celebrate the history of Max's Kansas City.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

01/17/11 R.I.P. Don Kirshner

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Legendary rock and roll promoter Don Kirshner, whom Time magazine once dubbed the "Man With the Golden Ear," died Monday in a Florida hospital, a close friend and business associate said. He was 76 years old.

Full details HERE.

A Tune For Tuesday: Lazarus A.D. - The Making of "Black Rivers Flow" (Part II & III) be continued.

"Black Rivers Flow" in stores 02/01/11.

Monday, January 17, 2011

One From The Archives: 01/17/99 Black Sabbath/ Pantera/ Incubus @ Target Center, Minneapolis, MN (Updated!)

01/17/99 Black Sabbath/Pantera @ Minneapolis, MN (Promo Sticker)
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01/17/99 Black Sabbath/Pantera @ Minneapolis, MN (Ticket)

01/17/99 Black Sabbath @ Minneapolis, MN (Confetti)

Back in 1998 - 1999, Ozzy Osbourne reunited with his Black Sabbath band mates for a highly successful tour that was documented with a live 2CD set titled, obviously, "Reunion." Along for the fun were Pantera and (I think) Incubus. I wasn't able to make it to the show when it made a stop here in Minneapolis, but my good friend "337" went and reported back the following day that it was an amazing show. Nice of him to rub it in, huh? At least he donated these items to the archives. At the top here is a very cool cloth promo sticker handed out by radio station Rock 100.3FM (no longer on the air.) Next is a very faded ticket stub from the show. At the bottom is a single piece of "Black Sabbath" confetti that rained down on the crowd near the end of the show.

Pantera video!

Pantera (Full Set!)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Coming Soon! 02/05/11 Sarah Wierman Benefit @ Clearwater Legion, Clearwater, MN

02/05/11 Sarah Wierman Benefit Flyer

If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and can make it out to Clearwater, MN on February 5th, please come out and join us as we help raise money to cover some of Sara Wierman's extensive medical costs, incurred by the thoughtless actions of a drunk driver who, back in October 2010, ran over Sarah, then dragged her for some distance before stopping his vehicle, causing her multiple life threatening injuries. Sarah is on the mend now, but faces a long uphill climb and can use all the support she can get.

$10.00 donation at the door. Spaghetti dinner begins at 5:00pm. Silent Auction and/or raffle will be held during the evening. Bring your conscience and your wallet. Our good friends Division Nine will be performing all your favorite hard rock/heavy metal hits starting at 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

01/14/11 Tesla Comin' At'cha Live From Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN

01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (Ad)
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01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (Ticket)

Back in early December, I received a phone call from a good friend of mine, "T": "Dude! Tesla at Treasure Island Casino on January 14th! We're going, right?" The answer, of course, was yes. See, my friend and I had never gone to a rock concert together before. We had planned on attending a Kiss show together - way back in 1985 - but those plans were thwarted by a big-mouthed friend who happened to casually mention this fact to my mother on the day of the show. Needless to say, "T", his sister and a few others went to that Kiss show and I went home with my somewhat pissed off mother, in big trouble for trying to sneak off to the show and lying about it and for being drunk when she arrived to pick me up. A little over a year later, in early 1986, "T" moved to Florida and we lost touch.

Fast forward to 2010 - thanks to Facebook, my friend and I are back in touch and still ready to go to a good concert on the drop of a dime. Fortunately, so is his wife "D," and of course I don't have to ask "The Gorgeous One" twice - she's always ready to hit up a good show, just one more reason why I love her. Another old friend of ours, "W," guitarist from Division Nine, will be making the trip with us as well. This will be the first time the three of us have spent any real time together in 25 years and we are all looking forward to it.

Yesterday arrived cold and cloudy. The weather reports on TV and radio were all saying snow, maybe an inch or so. Around 1:30pm it began to snow. And it really started coming down pretty heavily. "T", "D", and "W" got on the road about 3:00pm for an expected arrival here to pick us up at 4:00pm. At 4:30 "T" calls me and informs me he is crawling along in traffic at about 10MPH and was running probably at least an hour behind as he is still quite some distance from our place. 5:00pm comes and goes - and they call again - saying they will be be here around 5:30. It's nearly 6:00pm when they finally arrive. An hour-long drive has taken them nearly 3 hours. This does not bode well for the rest of our journey to Treasure Island. It's about an hour and twenty minutes from our place to the casino and it will undoubtedly take us two hours, maybe more. It's 6:05pm as we leave - the band goes on at 8:00pm - no opening act. So we head out onto the slick, snow covered, traffic-clogged roads and make our way out of the Twin Cities metro area and work our way south and east ever so slowly. About 45 minutes into our trip, the traffic has thinned out considerably, we're moving along at a decent clip, but we are driving on snow-covered roads in nearly white-out conditions as the snow begins to fall again with renewed vigor, coating the windshield with ice, making visibility even more difficult. We creep along, all of us having a blast, "T", "W" and I discussing obscure 80's metal bands and concerts we've been to over the past two decades apart- laughing together like old we'd never been seperated from each other. "D" and the Gorgeous One converse, getting to know each other a bit more and laughing at all the obscenity and stupidity emanating from us guys.

Finally, about 8:10PM, the Casino is in sight, just off in the distance. But, of course, we NEED one more slight delay. We approach a set of railroad tracks JUST as the safety arms drop and the flashing red lights begin blinking - a freight train barrels along the tracks, kicking up a cloud of snows it goes. A few minutes later, against all odds, we are finally pulling into the parking lot of the casino. Words cannot describe how nice it was to get out of the truck and stretch our legs.

01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN

It is about 8:20pm now. I tell everybody I hope we walk in, the band will be on stage, looking impatiently at their watches. They'll look up, see us coming in and Jeff Keith will step up to the mike and announce,"O.K. They made it. We can start now." I'm assured by my friends that this will not be the case. The show has indeed started, we can hear the band as we near the Events Center. We make a quick stop at the merchandise booth and look over the selection (a few t-shirt designs and a few CDs - this is NOT a Kiss mech. booth by any stretch of the imagination. Tesla were already on stage, finishing up a song just as we find our way inside and find a good spot to view the show. The tickets were all reserved seating, and despite the fact the show was SOLD OUT there were empty spots here and there, we found a good spot and settled in. I figure we missed 2, maybe 3 songs at the very most. (UPDATE: We missed only the first two songs: "Forever More," and "Breakin' Free.")

01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (Merch. Booth)

I immediately reached in my back pocket and fished out our new Nikon S6000, turned it on and began filming when the band launched into the next song...

Hang Tough

Modern Day Cowboy

They sound really good - my only complaint is the sound guy should have pushed the volume up a bit more - it was loud, but could have been a bit louder.

Gettin' Better

The crowd was standing, everyone was on their feet. People were dancing and grooving and air guitaring, near the front of the stage a wall of raised hands and fists saluted the band.

Steppin' Over

Lazy Days and Crazy Nights

Call It What You Want

I Wanna Live

Heaven's Trail

Mama's Fool

After that it was time for the band to take things down a notch or two. First up was the beautiful power ballad/hit single "Love Song", followed by a song most people associate with Tesla, "Signs," that was actually originally a million-seller for the Five Man Electrical Band back in 1970.

Love Song


The women in the crowd placated, now the band kicked back into high gear with an ass stomping rendition of 2003's "Into The Now."

Into The Now

Guitar Jam/Comin' At'cha Live

As they finished up "Comin' Atcha Live," the band thanked the crowd and vocalist Jeff Keith told the crowd to make lots of noise - so the band would feel the love and be enticed back to the stage for one more number. The audience cheerd and claped and whistled and stomped, and a few minutes later the band returned to the stage once again, for exactly one more song as promised.

Little Suzie

Show over, the band took a bow and left the stage. A second later, some guy stepped up to the microphone at center stage and announced the band would be appearing at the merchandise booth in about 20 minutes for a meet and greet with the fans. We quickly exited the main hall and went to the merchandise booth. I picked up a copy of the band's 2007 all covers release "Reel To Reel" and we jumped in the line to wait for the band to come out.

It almost seemed as if nearly all of the 3,000 people there for the show were in the line a few minutes later, including a beligerant drunk and his hideous, troll-like girlfriend who were pushing up on us from behind despite the fact there was plenty of elbow room for everone else in the line. While "T", "D", the Gorgeous One and I waited in line, "W" wandered off on his own to wait for us. Who knows where he went. I pondered the safety (and sanity) of the women in the Casino while he was on the loose. About 30 minutes later, guitarist Frank Hannon and Dave Rude appeared, not the entire band as had been announced. They immediately began signing autographs, posing for photos and shaking hands with their adoring fans. The line was moving pretty quickly but they were not rushing people at all, so that was cool. Soon enough, the Gorgeous One and I were at the front of the line and it was our turn to say hello. In the photo below, the Gorgeous One poses for a photo with the guitarists.

01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (The Gorgeous One with Frank Hannon and Dave Rude)

Here, Dave Rude signs my new CD booklet...

01/14/11 Tesla @ Treasure Island Casino, Welch, MN (FRank Hannon & Dave Rude)

01/14/10 Tesla Reel To Reel CD Booklet (Autographed by Dave Rude & Frank Hannon 01/14/11)

We thanked them for a great show and then "T" and "D" had their turn. A few minutes later we were walking back down the hall, looking for "W". I didn't see any smoke or hear any explosions so I assumed whatever he was up to wasn't too bad. We found him a few minutes later and no one was chasing him down or screaming at him. He even looked innocent. But I know this guy...who knows what kind of debaunchery he had been up to?!? We bundled up, zipping up winter jackets, donning caps and gloves, bracing ourselves for the blast of cold winter air we knew was waiting for us just outside the door. We stepped outside and to our relief it was no longer snowing. But there was plenty of the white stuff on the ground and we all knew we were in for a reasonably lengthy drive home. We piled into the truck and set off for home, resuming the conversation and laughs and insanity right where we had left off when we had arrived a few hours earlier. The ride home seemed a bit less excruciating - our rock and roll joneses had been satisfied - and then some.

We drove on through the dark, frigid evening, discussing the show, life and whatever other topics surfaced, having a great time, laughing till it hurt at times and just really enjoying being in the company of good, life-long friends.

One From The Archives: 01/15/10 Tesla @ Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN

01/15/10 Tesla @ Medina, MN (Ad)
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Apparently the members of Tesla enjoy the frigid winter weather here in Minnesota. One year ago today they were here, playing at the Medina Ballroom in Medina, MN. We had thought seriously about going to see them, but on the day of the show the daytime high air temperature was about 0*. Once darkness fell it got even worse, dropping to about -10* with heavy wind, making the wind chill around -30*. We decided we weren't going anywhere in that kind of cold.

Tesla, not learning their lesson, returned to Minnesota again last evening, 01/14/10, this time playing at Treasure Island Casino in Welch, MN in the midst of a white-out snowfall and some of the worst driving conditions one could imagine.. I'll have a review, photos and some great video from last night's show later today.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Tune For Tuesday: Lazarus A.D. -The Making of Black Rivers Flow (Part 1)

Metal Blade Records and Lazarus A.D. present an exclusive look into the making of the band's 2nd album, Black Rivers Flow. be continued.

"Black Rivers Flow" in stores 02/01/11.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Suggested Reading: "Up In The Old Hotel" by Joseph Mitchell

Up in the Old HotelUp in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazingly entertaining collection of stories written by Joseph Mitchell, this book should be required reading for any American Literature class in high schools. Mitchell, in his incredibly descriptive writing style, tells tales of some of the people he met in the 1920's - 1950's in and around the vicinity of NYC. Some of the stories contianed in this volume are longer, more complete versions of stories that appeared in an earlier Mitchell collection, "My Ears Are Bent." To read them again here, in their original, uncut versions, was a delight as the stories were more fully fleshed out, giving the reader a much fuller experience.

This is a book of stories about real characters: a lady who worked in a cramped ticket booth at a movie theater near the Bowery who was friend and donor to many of the down-and-out men that she met on throughout the course of her work-days. Then there's the story about the bearded "Lady Olga" and her life spent performing in circus side-shows. There is an extensive story about the Gypsy population of New York City and the lifestyles they led. Other people to read about in this collection include the "Don't Swear Man," a guy on a one-man mission to eradicate profanity on the city streets; a great story about the Mohawk Indians and how they became some of the most skilled high-steel workers in the nation. There's "Old Mr. Flood," an old city dweller who had spent a good deal of his life on and around the Fulton Fish Market. Mitchell tells other sea tales of boat captains and oysterman. There's a story about the history of the Rat population and problem in the city and the potential disasters they could cause. Many, many more very interesting characters appear in this book - I won't list them all so to save some surprise if you choose to read the book.

The final story in this volume is "Joe Gould's Secret," a meandering tale about a man who wandered the streets of NYC, observing and listening - and writing down stuff that he had heard. Most everyone seemed to know, or know of, Joe Gould. Gould claimed to be writing a book he called "An Oral History Of Our Time." Mitchell had decided he would write a piece on Gould and his book for a publication he was working for at the time, and through the course of about a year or so, Mitchell spent a good many, many hours listening to Gould and his seemingly never ending tales. Throughout the course of his sometimes nearly maddening dealings with Gould, Mitchell makes an accidental discovery about the truth of the "Oral History." He shares the discovery with the reader - but I can't tell you about it here - you'll have to read it for yourself.

You can order your own copy of this must-read book from HERE.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

One From The Archives: 01/09/97 Pantera/ Nuerosis @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN (Updated!)

01/09/97 Pantera/ Neurosis @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN (Ad 001)
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01/09/97 Pantera/ Neurosis @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN (Ad002)

01/09/97 Pantera/Neurosis @ St. Paul, MN

I was excited: Pantera was making a return to St. Paul and of course I planned on being there. I picked up tickets as soon as they went on sale. Then waited impatiently for show day to arrive.

A few days before the show, I was trying to talk a co-worker of mine into going with us - us being my girlfriend at the time and myself - telling him how much fun and craziness a Pantera show usually was. He didn't seem too interested - he was more of a Swans and Nine Inch Nails kind of guy. He said to me, "No offense, but I'm not sure I want to hang out with the kind of crowd that goes to a Pantera concert." I scowled at him and acted all offended, but said I could understand where he was coming from...Pantera shows were legendary for attracting a...shall we say..."rowdy" element and were certainly not everyone's cup of tea.

On the day of the show I mentioned it to him again during the course of the workday and he just kind of brushed me off. "Your loss," I told him, "it's gonna be a blast!" Not nearly soon enough, the work day was finally over and we made a quick stop someplace for a bite to eat then drove off to St. Paul and, after waiting outside in the cold for a bit, found ourselves inside the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, ready to rock and roll.

I'm pretty sure there was a third band on this bill who kicked things off that evening but I can't seem to recall who it was. I'd never really heard anything about the band Nuerosis and was unprepared for their set. They were noisy. Really noisy. Annoyingly noisy. And they had these video screens behind them showing every horrible death-scene imaginable: Slow motion suicides, war footage, serial killers, occult stuff, bad horror movie clips, animal torture get the idea. There was one clip of this guy blowing his brains out - and it would repeat over and over and over and over. It was unsettling. This went on for about 40 minutes and I thought I was gonna lose was really fucking annoying. They finally finished up and about half-way through the set-change/intermission, I decided to grab a cold beer and hit the bathrooms.

As I was waiting in line for my beer I was looking around, and I see this guy...he looks like my co-worker I'd been trying to get to come to the show. I look again and sure as shit - it's him! He's spotted me as well and was walking towards us. He steps up to where we're standing and I, in a rather surprised tone, ask him why he changed his mind and came anyway, despite his reservations to doing so. "A buddy of mine called me around 5:00pm and said he had a free ticket," he explained. I asked what he thought of Nuerosis and he said he thought they were interesting enough, maybe a bit loud though. He said he was looking forward to seeing the crowd reaction to Pantera. I told him he wouldn't believe what he was about to witness. The line inched forward and after I finally got my beer, we were walking around a bit looking for a good spot from where to watch the band - and all of a sudden you'd hear all these people yelling and whistling - we looked in the direction of the cheering and spotted two obviously drunk and very good looking girls in the upper deck who were lifting their shirts up and giving everyone a good show. A minute or two later there were more - uhh - ladies doing this - much to the great pleasure of the thousands of drunken metal heads. The original pair now had some competition - so they lifted their tops and smashed their ample bosoms together and began passionately making out with each other. This sent the crowd over the top and a wild applause broke out. Our carnal entertainment was short lived though - about a minute later a few security guys could be seen working their way through the upper deck - they were soon harassing these nice young ladies and pleading with them to knock it off. While they were preoccupied with these girls, others continued the tittie show while other security guys tried to get to them to get them to stop. This police-state-like action on the part of the security guys brought a hail of "Booo!" from those of us assembled on the floor watching all this take place. Another girl a few rows over would lift her top and another chorus of cheering would erupt. Soon things were brought under control by the Gestapo-security and a few minutes later the house lights went off and a roar went up from the crowd as Pantera made their way to the stage.

The band came on and it took about, oh, .02 seconds for the place to erupt into complete fucking mayhem. There wasn't just A mosh pit - there were SEVERAL scattered about the hall floor. They would rage on for a few minutes, break up and then re-form with a vengeance. The band was on fire on this particular evening and seemed to be enjoying presiding over the carnage out on the floor they were inciting from the stage. The place smelled like a stale beer and Marijuana storage room...the floor was wet and slick from untold amounts of spilled beer, you had to be alert and keep on your feet. Thick blue clouds of ganja smoke hung in the air I'm sure everyone who was there had at least a contact-high. A few songs into Pantera's set I was looking around the venue and took notice of a few guys attempting to jump down from the upper deck to join all us animals on the floor. A few guys I watched made it down easily enough. Then some girl who looked to be about 17 or so decided she'd jump down too. My friend and I watched as she nervously maneuvered herself into place and dropped herself timidly over the ledge of the upper deck and finally let go and dropped...only to crumple into a heap when she hit the floor, some 15-20 feet or so below her. Several people rushed to help her up but I was unable to see if she was OK or not. A quick look around the hall and one could see that things were out of control - security was attempting to keep people from jumping off the upper deck and they were having a hell of a time keeping order on the floor as well. The band continued to rage on and my co-worker, despite his previous misgivings about the show, seemed to be enjoying both the band and the spectacle of the crowd. You couldn't help but be a bit overwhelmed by it all.

The show came to a frenzied conclusion and then it was over. We watched the audience begin to leave as we said goodbye to my co-worker and some other people we knew that we'd run into during the course of the evening. We walked to the exits and were leaving the building. People were yelling "PANNTERRRAAAAAA!!!" and whooping it up and making a commotion all the way out the exits. We get outside, and, as usual, parked near the exits of the venue is a van from one of the local rock radio stations - I won't say which one - and they're playing some of their usual music over a P.A. system. The station in question never really played any Pantera and don't think those who were walking past the and were not aware of this fact. As we're walking along the sidewalk and coming up to their van, we can see there are several people harassing the guys in the van..."How come you fuckers never play any Pantera?!?" they yell at the hapless radio station employees. We can't hear everything that is being said but suddenly a bunch of snowballs and chunks of ice come hurtling from out of nowhere towards the radio guys and their van. We stop to watch and see what is going to unfold here and more and more snow and ice come flying at these guys and they decide they're done with THIS situation - it's about to get out of control - and they jumped in the van and quickly hit the locks so they can't be pulled out and lynched by the now quite large crowd that has gathered around their vehicle. Several bigger (and probably drunker) individuals walked right up to the van and began rocking it back and forth, side to side. Now the guys inside looked a bit frightened actually - we were close enough we could see this. The rocking of the van became more violent and the ice and snow balls were still coming - exploding against the windshields and sides of the van. Suddenly the driver got a brain - and he started the van and began honking the horn wildly. Some of the crowd, unsure of what he was gonna do, wisely backed up. The driver began to rev his engine in a sort or warning - and continued honking the horn for about 15 or 20 more seconds then he stuck the van in drive and hit the gas - spewing snow and dirt as he peeled out, making an escape from the angry, drunken Pantera fans. Luckily for the driver - and the radio station - no one was hit when he drove off - the van didn't even stop - they just drove out of the alley and hit the street and kept on going.

That excitement over with, we made the freezing cold, several block walk back to where we'd parked our car and began our 45 minute ride home. My girlfriend quickly fell off to sleep and as the miles passed quietly by, I began to notice a slight ringing in my ears...

Friday, January 7, 2011

01/07/11 R.I.P. Phil Kennemore - Bassist, Y&T

12/31/10 Phil Kennemore Benefit Concert @ Avalon, Santa Clara, CA

Sad to report we are learning this morning that Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore has lost his battle with cancer, passing away early this morning at the age of 57, just days after his band mates and several industry friends staged a benefit concert in his honor in Santa Clara, CA. Dave Meniketti, guitarist and vocalist of Y&T, has posted a heartfelt message about the passing of his longtime friend and band mate on the bands' official website. You can read that HERE.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

3 Guilty Pleasures To Be Found In The T.A.T.S.O.L. Vinyl Archives

Throughout the course of the three-day New Years holiday weekend I've been doing a bit of digging through what little vinyl remains in my collection. This afternoon I've been listening to a few things you might not think would reside in my collection - guilty pleasures - things I discovered in my endless quest during the 80's and 90's for more obscure knowledge about Kiss. These bands are not Heavy Metal. They are not Punk. They are not even really Rock. Even though I discovered them in the search for Kiss obscura, these bands are definately not anything like Kiss - but they do have some sort of connection. Let's listen and I'll explain a bit...there is actually quite a bit of history here in these stories but I'm not gonna go into it all - I'll give you the short, to-the-point versions.

1st up - Desmond Child and Rouge. The song is titled "Our Love Is Insane." It is from the 1979 Desmond Child and Rouge self-titled debut LP.

The Kiss connection here? Well, mega-successful songwriting genius Desmond Child (Google his name if you don't know who he is...) had contributed his then-fledgling songwriting abilities to the Kiss mega-smash "I Was Made For Lovin' You" in 1979. In return, Paul Stanley made a little known appearance on the Desmond Child and Rouge debut LP, also released in 1979. Paul appears as co-writer of one track on the album - "The Fight." I picked up this album about 10 years ago or so - searching for that elusive Kiss-related gem and when found discovered there are some great songs on ths album. This song just oozes a 1970's disco vibe - it's infectious and gets stuck in your head. I wasn't really old enough to know much about the disco scene but this song had to receive heavy airplay at the time it was released. If should have.

Next up - guilty pleasure number two: Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie: "Dance Little Dreamer." This is from 1977. And it sounds like it. When you listen to this you begin to think a disco ball might suddenly drop from the ceiling and begin rotating, illuminating the room in a thousand shards of colored light...

I'm pretty sure this one got some airplay and was played in discos around the world. The Kiss connection here - one-time Kiss drummer Eric Carr (now deceased) had, before he landed the Kiss gig, played briefly with Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie. I don't believe Carr, who then still went by his real name of Paul Caravello, made any contributions to this album (at least I've never been able to confirm that he did and he is not credited) but I spotted it and picked it up a few years back out of curiosity and lo and behold - it turns out it is a genuine disco-era classic.

Finally - if you're still with me, and if you are - good for you! - guilty pleasure number 3. This is the Skatt Brothers. The song is from their 1979 "Strange Spirits" album. This is the most rock 'n' roll of the three songs here but is still decidedly very poppish...but it's a great song - I love it.

The Kiss connection here is one of the band members of the Skatt Brothers, keyboardist Sean Delaney, was a member of Kiss' inner circle of friends and management from the earliest days of their career right up through the early 80's. Delaney is widely recognized as responsible for helping Kiss create their over-the-top stage show and did some production work with the band as well. Anyway, Sean was also a very close friend of Kiss' manager Bill Aucoin and at one point in the late 70's Sean found himself in the Skatt Brothers, a rock/disco band that Aucoin wound up managing. The band signed to Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records (Kiss' label), which at that point, 1979, was the preeminent disco record label in the world. The Skatt Brothers had some minor success in Australia in early 1980 or so and actually recorded a second, more difficult to obtain album for Casablanca. The rest of this particular album is kind of hit or miss - but I do love the photo of the band on the back cover of the record - gathered around a glowing pair of 70's era Bally's Kiss and Ted Nugent pinball machines in back of some little bar someplace...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

One From The Archives: 01/02/75 Grand Funk's "All The Girls In The World Beware!!!" Tour Kicks Off In Mobile, AB

01/02/75 Grand Funk - All The Girls In The World Beware!!! Tour Ad (Top)
01/02/75 Grand Funk - All The Girls In The World Beware!!! Tour Ad (Bottom)
Grand Funk 1975 Tour Ad from Zoo World Magazine - 01/02/75
(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

36 years ago this week, in support of their most recent album of the same name released in December of 1974, Grand Funk kicked off their "All The Girls In The World Beware!!!" tour in Mobile, Alabama.

01/30/75 Grand Funk - All The Girls In The Worl Beware!!! (Album Ad)
All The Girls In The World Beware!!! Album Ad - Rolling Stone 01/30/75