Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Many are.

Wire, "French Film Blurred"

I think "Pink Flag" was released at the time of a snowstorm like this one.


"She looks like a painting,
Jackson Pollock's No. 5..."

Hey, it's Pollock's birthday today.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Anti-Pop Consortium, another crew with a tenuous CLE connection...

(click heading for Live at Leeds...)

Not Crying the Blues...

New Kingdom, a hip-hop combo with a tenuous CLE connection...

Rappers Crying the Blues # 3

FatLip-"What's Up, FatLip?"

Rappers Crying the Blues # 2

The Pharcyde-"Passin' Me By"

Rappers Crying the Blues # 1

De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub-"Fallin'"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Breakdancers in NYC usually dance to Can:

Kassin + 2

From what I understand, this is typical of daily life in Brazil:

Real gorilla masks? Fake gorilla masks?

Ernie Kovacs' Nairobi Trio

He's Really "Ideal"

Magilla Gorilla does not want to live in a pet shop. The last time I saw a Peter Blegvad gig was at Speak in Tongues, where he remarked on some graffiti that he had seen in the basement: "Someone scribbled furiously 'I work in a pet shop!'"

Another Band of Primates

Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution.
Inspiration for Devo?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Monkees are our friends...

The Monkees doing the Hell-ishly titled "(Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow)."
This was one of Laura Kennedy's favorite Monkees songs...she played bass in one of my first combos in Cleveland, then moved to NYC (actually her apartment was across from Charlie Beesley's) and formed the Bush Tetras. And, was also bassist in a Richard Hell project called Lester Meyers and The Thing (if I remember correctly). She recently received a liver transplant, actually, and would appreciate any help, via


Robert Wyatt doing another Monkees tune:

3 Upstart American Keith Rowes

The Monks Live in Germany - "Monk Chant"

The first time I heard The Monks was in Charlie Beesley's apartment on E. 6th.
It was truly, as Charlie would say, kookoo!


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Bongwater under the bridge...

Bongwater with Cleveland's own Screamin' Jay "He's a wild man, so bug off!" Hawkins.

Darohajo loves his teeths.

Friday, January 2, 2009

In Max's Kansas City...

...he was a belladonna child. Marc Bolan/Tyrannosaurus Rex/T. Rex/T-Rex doing "Ride A White Swan":

Johnny Thunders

One of Vic Godard's "comeback" singles was his ode to Johnny Thunders, of the New York Dolls (shown here live at Max's Kansas City):

and The Heartbreakers:

I had seen him a couple times live with the Dolls, and wondered how he got his hair to look like that...flash-forward a couple of years, and I was living in Brooklyn,
and got a job working as a busboy at Max's Kansas City, through the offices of Bradly was during a transit strike, there was hardly anyone there, and I was let go after a couple of hours, BUT, in that time, I did get to see Johnny come in, make a salad for himself, and promptly pass out in it. (Who needs Garnier Fructis?)

Subway Sect

Vic Godard & Subway Sect, besides being at the epicenter of the London punk scene,
were early endorsers of the work of Television, when groups such as The Damned and
Alternative TV were writing songs making fun of them...


Television, "See No Evil"

Television has been playing, off and on, for more than 34 years.
They have been tuning even longer...