Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chaska Man Keeps 80's Hard Rock Nostalgia Rolling Into 2011

As we mentioned HERE, our friends Division Nine will be playing a show at Mr. Jim's in Foley, MN tomorrow night along with one of the more successful "80's nostalgia bands" from around these parts, the hard rocking and always entertaining Hairball...

09-30-11 Hairball/Division Nine @ Mr. Jim's, Foley, MN

And although it's looking like I won't be able to make it out for the show tomorrow night, it has been on my mind this week. So, imagine my pleasant surprise to open my mailbox this afternoon only to find a front-page story in the Chaska Herald about fellow Chaska resident Mike Findling, the manager of and the man behind the concept of Hairball.

Those of you who were old enough to experience the Minnesota music scene first-hand back in the mid-late 1980's may not recognize the name Mike Findling...but you may remember his alias..."Chainsaw Caine." Findling was, from 1985 through around 1990 - those long-ago glory years of 80's heavy metal - the eye-patch wearing lead vocalist of the Minnesota metal legends "Slave Raider."

To the article! (Read: "Character Driven")

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #37: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band "C.I.T.Y." 7" Single (1985)

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Artist: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Title: "C.I.T.Y." -b/w- "Where The Action Is" (7" Single)
Released: 1985

*Despite the obvious appearance of the NYC skyline featured on the sleeve artwork for this John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band 7" single from 1985, the song itself is not about New York City at all but is instead an ode to those enduring tough times in Detroit, Michigan. You can listen to the song HERE.

One From The Archives: 09/28/08 Helloween/ Gamma Ray @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN

09-28-08 Helloween/Gamma Ray @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coming In October: Modin's Rockin' Recollections

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Coming Soon! Exclusively(!) right here at ThisAintTheSummerOfLove: "Modin's Rockin' Recollections," an intimate look into one purple-bearded, high-decibel volume-addicted man's scrapbooks featuring a lifetime of collected rock and roll momentos, heavy metal memories and other such debaunched hooliganism...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This Friday! 09/30/11 Hairball /W/ Division Nine @ Mr. Jim's, Foley, MN

(Image via: Hairball Facebook Page)

This coming Friday evening, you are all invited to come on out to Mr. Jim's in Foley, MN to celebrate not only the end of another work week, but also to celebrate the end of summer 2011...outdoors, one more time...with good friends, great food, cold beer and two of Minnesota's hardest rocking bands covering all your favorite hard rock/heavy metal hits from yesterday and today!

Friday, September 30th, 2011
Hairball /w/ Division Nine
@ Mr. Jim's
840 Hwy 23
Foley, MN 56329

Everybody, Please Say Hello To....UH...What IS your Name ANYWAY, Cute Little Kitty?

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(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

This is....uh...our new kitten. No name just yet. We picked her up on Friday afternoon. She is a 10 week old Domestic Shorthair, very playful and is cute as the dickens...

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UPDATE 09/26/11:
She has a name! Say hello to "Sophie."

One From The Archives: 09/25/02 W.A.S.P./ Mushroomhead @ The Quest, Minneapolis, MN

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(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #36: Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

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Artist: Led Zeppelin
Title: Physical Graffiti
Release Date: 02/24/1975
Album Cover Artwork/Design: Peter Corriston/Mark Doud

(Click HERE for full details about this unique, intricate album cover.)

*"The two five-story buildings photographed for the album cover are located at 96 and 98 St. Mark's Place in New York City. To enable the image to fit properly with the square format of the album cover, the fourth floor (of five) had to be cropped out, making them appear as four-story buildings in the image."

*"The buildings on the album cover were the same ones that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were filmed in front of in The Rolling Stones music video 'Waiting on a Friend'."

*"In 1976 the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best album package."

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One From The Archives: 09/21/02 Rush @ MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas, NV

09-21-02 Rush @ MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas, NV
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

One From The Archives: 09/21/06 Ian Gillan @ Medina Ballroom, Medina, MN

09-21-06 Ian Gillan @ Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New York Minutes: Archived New York City Items Of Interest

Continuing with some much needed additional purging and re-organizing of the New York City section of the NYCDreamin Archives this weekend here at TATSOL H.Q. Presented here, for your voracious reading pleasure, is a list of links to some really interesting New York City-related items from various sources that I had printed out for further reference and/or use at the time they were originally published or at some later point when I found them online doing research of some dort or another. Some really great, informative reading in some of these. Many more articles will be added to this list as we continue to purge our physical paper Archives over the next few weekends...

LAST UPDATED: 09/19/11

10/10/08 New York Times - "Keeping A Wary Eye On Crime As Economy Sinks"
09/17 - 23/08 The Villager - "Noho Flophouse Flap Takes A Twist With Hotel Plan"
08/27/08 New York Times - "Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, To New York"
07/30/08 The Villager - "Tompkins Square Riots Burn Again In Black And White"
05/05/08 Gothamist - "Mysterious 62 East 4th Street Has Warhol Past"
05/04/08 Lost City - "The Strangest Building In The East Village"
12/17/07 Gothamist - "Friend, Family Say Tourist's Death Was Not Suicide"
12/16/07 Gothamist - "Contest Winning Tourist Takes Fatal Leap"
12/13/07 Gothamist - "Holy Grail Of Graffiti Uncovered Adidst Comdo Conversion"
06/29/07 New York Times - "Children Of Darkness"
07/18 - 24/07 The Villager - "Disco's Arrow Man Is Now Aiming To Be Developer"
07/01/07 Gothamist - "Copa Closing"
12/19/03 New York Times - "Durst Gets Land To Build Tower Near Times Square"
10/05/03 New York Times - "Palimpset Street"
05/11/03 New York Times - "Neighborhood Report: Union Square, Archetypal Host"
10/13/02 New York Times - "Along The Bowery, Skid Row Is On The Skids"
11/05/00 New York Times - "Urban Tactics: Homes Whose Days, But Not Doors, Were Numbered"
08/30/00 New York Times - "Dark Days: Nightmare Society Of Wrecked Urban Lives"
08/27/00 New York Times - "Home Was A Tunnel And Neighbors Were His Cast"
08/08/99 New York Times - "Lens On The Lower East Side"

06/11/99 New York Times - "Waiting For A Final Resting Place, Friends Seek Proper Burial For Former Tunnel Dweller"

03/16/99 New York Times - "A Project 30 Years In The Making; Durst Tries To Revive Father's Dream, Decades Later"

04/15/96 New York Times - "At The End Of The Tunnel, A Home; Forced To Leave Shanties, Dwellers Try Out Life Above Ground"

01/14/96 New York Times - "The Big City; Save The Flophouses"
10/07/95 New York Times - "Homes For The Invisible"
03/28/94 New York Times - "Fleeing The World Underneath"
12/12/93 New York Times - "When A Hotel Stops Looking Like The Palace"
11/07/93 New York Times - "An Aging Midtown Hotel That Will Not Go Quietly"
11/30/91 New York Times - "Mole Returns To His Hole Without A Movie Deal But With Love"
06/16/91 New York Times - "Evicted, From A Camp They Call Home"
04/08/91 New York Times - "Public-Safety Steps Are Still Incomplete On New Train Route"
03/13/91 New York Times - "After 16 Years, Squatter Leaves Tunnel"
11/23/90 New York Times - "A Thanksgiving Feast, Under The Highway"
06/13/90 New York Times - "In Tunnel, Mole People Fight To Save Home"
02/18/90 New York Times - "Holdouts; For Durst, It's Now A Tower Instead Of Taxpayers"
09/10/89 New York Times - "Two Directors Reshape Classic From The 20's; Grand Hotel"
10/02/88 New York Times - "Running Away"
12/13/87 New York Times - "The Elks Club; An Endangered Specias On 43rd"
12/07/87 New York Times - "Psychiatric Care For Ill Homeless May Be Lengthy"
11/09/87 New York Times - "First Look At Homeless: A Raw Sight For Tourists"
10/29/87 New York Times - "Mentally Ill Homeless Taken Off New York Streets"
03/27/87 New York Times - "A Homeless Man Is Remembered With Dignity"
03/22/87 New York Times - "Grand Central May Bid Homeless To Travel On"
03/14/87 New York Times - "24 Arrests At Grand Central Criticized"
03/13/87 New York Times - "Court Says Homeless Loitering In Stations Cannot Be Arrested"
12/07/85 New York Times - "Saving Homeless From Themselves: A New Policfy Creates New Disputes"
11/14/85 New York Times - "Homeless In City Facing Koch Edict"
12/17/84 New York Times - "The Tangled Life And Mind Of Judy, Whose Home Is The Street"
09/20/83 New York Times - "Bellevue Psychiatric: Tales Of Despair"

Check Back - More Articles To Be Added Soon!

One From The Archives: 09/18/02 Flipp @ The 22nd Annual Minnesota Music Awards @ Touchstone Energy Place at RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN

09-18-02 22nd Annual Minnesota Music Awards @ St. Paul, MN
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

File This One Under Things I Was Not Previously Aware Of...

(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives - Southwest Saturday Newspaper, Shakopee, MN - 09/10/11)

...Fonzie was a Muppet?!? Could it be?

Lo and behold, a bit of serching on the old Youtube turns up PROOF! There WAS a Muppet Fonzie! He lived on Sesame Street back in the 1970's! Besides the fact he was the only muppet with a motorcycle, it seems he was also a romantic crooner and not about to be denied an afternoon booty call with his baby by some un-cool, overly-authoritarian One Way sign...

A New York Minute: 1940's-Era Rockefeller Center & Radio City Music Hall Brochure

*Brochure images via NYCDreamin Archives

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A New York Minute: 1930's-Era Rockefeller Center Construction Work

*Image and text featured in this post via UNKNOWN book.

(Undated) Rockefeller Center Construction Worker

"Workers and builders. During the depression most large construction projects were curtailed, except those such as Boulder Dam and TVA that were funded by the govenrment's public works program. A notable exception was New York's Rockefeller Center, under construction above, where eleven buildings went up between 1931 and 1940."

A New York Minute: June 1939 American Home Magazine New York City Special Issue

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(Images via: NYCDreamin Archives)

*I picked what was left of this June 1939 issue of American Home Magazine out of a pile of old paper ephemera at some flea market or garage sale a few years back. Most of the back half of the magazine had been chopped up pretty badly - lots of missing pages. I'm assuming someone chopped out all the old 1939 appliance and home goods ads for resale as collectibles at another flea market or garage sale. People DO love those old advertisements, paying decent money for the right ones and they do look cool framed on a wall. But back to the point here. So I noticed this magazine had a "New York" theme to this particular issue - I picked it up, browsed it for just a second and then offered the guy selling it $1.00 since it was missing most of it's pages. He agreed to the price. I paid and took the rest of this poor, unfortunate magazine home and ravaged it's remains even further, gutting it of all the remaining NYC-related conted promised on the cover and then without a thought I tossed the remaining few ripped up pages into the trash. Most of the articles contained in the magazine begin in the front half then were continued to the back half someplace. As most of those pages were missing or all chopped up when I got the magazine, most of the articles are incomplete here. I just thought I'd share with you what I DO have of this very sweet old magazine. PLUS! Near the end of the post here, are some "recipe" cards containing directions for preparing some assorted tasty looking things from some of the more popular New York City hotels and/or restaurants of 1939...I might have to give the Chicken a la King from Schraffts a whirl sometime...

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