Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Danny P...

North Fork Sound Top 20 – August 31st ‘08

1. Miles Davis: Water Babies
2. Muddy Waters: Bottom Of The Sea
3. Brian Eno: You Don’t Miss Your Water

4. Johnny Rivers: Sea Cruise

5. Sons Of The Pioneers: Cool Water

6. Big Al Anderson & The Balls: Something In The Water
7. The Screaming Blue Messiahs: Sweet Water Pools

8. Kirtsy MacColl: He’s On The Beach

9. Jimmy Reed: Blue Blue Water

10. Alan Vega: Cry A Sea Of Tears

11. Bobby Darin: Beyond The Sea

12. Kevin Ayers: Walk On Water

13. Fotheringay: The Sea
14. Robyn Hitchcock: Parachutes & Jellyfish

15. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Castles Made Of Sand

16. Ramsey Lewis Trio: Wade In The Water

17. The Waterboys: This Is The Sea

18. Owen Gray: On The Beach

19. Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs: Seaside Shuffle

20. Jim Kremens: Deep Blue Sea


Featured Album:

‘Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby’ (Stiff Records)

The 7” B-side:

The Star Spangles: The Sins Of A Family Fall On The Daughter


Last Week’s Listener Favourites:
Faster Pussycat: Bathroom Wall

Sahara Hotnights: Rockaway Beach

Roky Erickson & The Aliens: Creature With The Atom Brain

Carlene Carter: Every Little Thing

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Third Stone From The Sun

T-Bone Burnette: Kill Switch

Alex Chilton: Bangkok

Julee Cruise: Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart

Angel Corpus Christi: Big Black Cloud

Tragic Mulatto: Whole Lotta Love

Paul Thorn: High

The Mekons: Point Of No Return

Ian Hunter: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
The Du-Tels: Obama

Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays: Hello Stranger
Pete Townshend: Rough Boys
The Motors: Airport

Loudon Wainwright III: Say That You Love Me
Mara Carlyle: But Now I Do…

Laurel Aitken: Hey Bartender

The Kinks: Victoria


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Saturday, August 30, 2008

James Hunter


James Hunter
Westbury, NY

August 29th '08


Last night, James Hunter pocketed a batch of new fans by playing a blinder, opening for Chris Isaak at Westbury's intimate theater-in-the-round. Mainly playing tunes from 'People Gonna Talk' and his latest, 'The Hard Way', James demonstrated with affable style and exceptional technique why Van Morrison calls him his favourite singer and so many others rate him one of the most exciting guitarists and songwriters around. It's probably fair to say that most folks in the audience weren't aware of James prior to tonight but judging by the line waiting to meet him and buy his merchandise during the interval, it would seem like he's well on the way to cracking the US. And good luck to him, I say. It couldn't happen to a more deserving, likable man.
I had arranged to meet him
briefly before the show, but his bus had broken down en route and they'd only just arrived, so organizing their equipment and a doing a short soundcheck precluded any pre-gig handshake. Thanks to Go Records' Kimberly and Aaron, James' unfazed and professional production manager, I was promised I'd get an ID for the station once his set was over and he'd done his meet and greet with fans.
Since the Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury is a "union hall", apparently this is enough to insist that the artist has to pay some kind of "facility fee" if they want to be photographed on the premises, including the parking lot. So, just to underline what a decent fellow James is, after impersonating Walter Matthau in the Odd Couple - "The irony is unless we sort out some other arrangement, I'm going to kill you, that's the irony of it"
- he took the time to walk with me to my car and we drove just off the premises to Brush Hollow Road where he graciously supplied me with what I needed. He seemed genuinely grateful for all the play he gets on the station and said, "as I get older, my taste become more Catholic. I find there's two kinds of music...Fats Domino and...shit!". Cue laughter all around. I told him I first heard 'No Smoke Without Fire' on WEHM, that it was one of those WOW moments and that we play tracks from all his albums, including 'Believe What I Say', 'Kick it Around' and one he made as 'Howlin' Wilf & The Vee-Jays'. James said that touring with Chris had been a real pleasure and that he and his band and crew been generous to a fault. Finally, I gave him a cd containing a few songs by The Lone Sharks, suggesting that when he came back to the Island as a headliner, he might want to consider them as openers. I then wished him luck and went back to my seat where Chris was in the middle of 'All The Way', resplendent in a hot pink number with glittering diamonte.
Vicky told me he'd already played 'Wicked Game', but 'Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)', 'Only The Lonely' and 'Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing' more than made up for it. This band has been together for 22 years and are as tight and accomplished as anyone could hope for. Their harmonies were spot on and their stage craft, communication, was delivered with aplomb and good humour. There seemed to be no limit to the amount of cameras flashing from the audience, so I guess Chris had paid the 'fee' necessary for his fans to take pictures. Either that, or some officious twerp just like to mess with the opening act. Chris came out for the encores in a 'disco mirror-ball' suit and brought James and his horn section (the brilliant Damien Hand & Lee Badau) back out for a rollicking 'Kansas City'. Soon it was all over. A marvelous show...go here and click on "slideshow" for a couple more pix...

James Hunter, Hershel Yatovitz & Chris Isaak
Westbury, NY

August 29th '08

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Flashcubes


The Flashcubes
Tommy Allen & Paul Armstrong
Knitting Factory toilet
August 10th '08


The Flashcubes - "Hello Suzie"
The Knitting Factory, NYC
August 10th '08

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Martin Rev



Martin Rev (Suicide)
Blarney Stone, NYC
June 22 '08

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"A Dysfunctional Success" by (Wreckless) Eric Goulden


This book is hysterically funny and well-wrote. Please buy it here.
After decades of dues-paying, it's all finally goin' Wreckless's way
. Newly hitched, he and partner, Amy Rigby, are on the cusp of releasing their brilliant new album 'Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby' (on the newly revitalized Stiff Records, no less) and touring extensively across America, starting August 28th in Portland, OR and ending September 9th in New Haven, CT. Go here for the full list of dates, and get a preview of the album, starting Sunday, here at North Fork Sound.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Yellowman



Yellowman
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
August 22 '08

Sunday, August 24, 2008

North Fork Sound Top 20 – August 24th ‘08

1. Howard Werth: Caramba
2. Ian McLagan: When The Crying Is Over
3. Aswad: Africa
4. R. Dean Taylor: Indiana Wants Me
5. Tulipomania: Same Old Song
6. The Reaction: I Can’t Resist
7. Julee Cruise: Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
8. Mungo Jerry: In The Summertime
9. Mickey Jupp: If Only Mother
10. Billy Preston: Billy’s Bag
11. Suicide: Wrong Decisions
12. Chuck Berry: Promised Land
13. Roky Erickson: The Creature With The Atom Brain
14. Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man
15. The Stooges: Down On The Street
16. Kate Bush: How To Be Invisible
17. Richard Thompson: I’ll Never Give Up
18. Sofia: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
19. The Motors: Airport
20. Bruce Springsteen: Girls In Their Summer Clothes

Featured Album:
Loudon Wainwright III: Recovery

The 7” B-side:
Jeff Healy Band: See The Light

Last Week’s Listener Favourites:
Dave Berry: The Crying Game
Duke Spirit: The Step And The Walk
Jeff Buckley & Bill Frisell: Satisfied Mind
Betty Davis: F.U.N.K.
T. Rex: Jeepster
Can: She Brings The Rain
Suicide: Be Bop Kid
Tracy Curtis: The Vegan Police
Paul Weller: Cold Moments
Huw Gower: Lightning Over Montauk
Howlin’ Wilf: Farther Up The Road
Dandy Warhols: Boys Better
George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Who Do You Love?
Loudon Wainwright lll: Motel Blues
The Hellacopters: Darling Darling
Yellowman: Mad Over Me
Paul Weller: Cold Moments
The Lone Sharks: Who’s Sharing The Moon
Danny Gatton: Quiet Village
Amy Rigby: Dancing With Joey Ramone

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yellowman

Yellowman
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
August 22 '08


Last night, Yellowman came back to the East End and proved to a packed club he's still THE man when it comes to 'Dancehall' reggae. In a (sanitized for the South Fork) set that contained most of his hits, including I'm Getting Married, Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt, Mad Over Me, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, Blueberry Hill, Jamaica Nice/Take Me Home Country Roads, Sea Cruise, Mr. Chin and Operation Radication, he and trusty longtime backing crew, Sagittarius, had the crowd singing and skanking, winding and grinding like there was no tomorrow. Despite a 20 year battle with jaw and skin cancer, not to mention an early life of being orphaned, teased and rejected on account of his albinism, 'King' Yellow has prevailed. If he wasn't such a good and (beneath the tongue in cheek boastful exterior) decent human being, he'd be having the last laugh. But he's too classy to gloat. Having built a career on how sexy he is, and how much the ladies love him, I saw the proof one afternoon when I went to visit him in Beth Israel, just prior to an operation. There in his hospital room were 4 gorgeous young ladies attending to his every desire. Needless to say, my visit wasn't long and I left soon after, wishing him well and thinking "just how the heck does he do it?"
I've seen him at NYC's Lone Star Cafe, Ritz, Roseland, and Madison Square Garden, a very heavy and somewhat dangerous club on Utica Ave. in Brooklyn the name of which I've long forgotten, The Haunt in Ithaca, NY, and an outdoor event near his birthplace of Negril, Jamaica. Every time, he's put on a positive, energetic, sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes incredibly rude but always impressive 90 minute show and last night's was as good as any of them. In the dressing room, he told me that he's recorded some new tracks with Toots Hibbert's son, Clayton (pka Junior Toots) and that Sony still pay him royalties on 'King Yellowman', the album we did in '84 when I was at Columbia Records. Wikipedia says he's:
had a substantial influence on the world of hip hop. He is widely credited for leading the way for the succession of reggae artists that were embraced by the growing hip-hop community in America during the 1980s and part of that is due to having had Bill Laswell produce the 'Strong Me Strong' 12". He tours extensively and still lives in Jamaica, which he finds preferable to living in a place where "Bush is in power". Just as I was about to take my leave, an office door opened and who should walk out clutching 2 guitars but Jimmy Buffett, who was about to play an unannounced set. But not before posing for a quick photo with the King...

Yellowman, Jimmy Buffett, Simeon Stewart
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
August 22 '08


If you click here, and then click on the "slideshow" icon, it'll take you to some photos, old and new.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Eddie & The Hot Rods



Eddie & The Hot Rods
Barrie Masters

Knitting Factory, NYC
August 10th '08

Sunday, August 17, 2008

North Fork Sound Top 20 – August 17th ‘08

1. Georg Solti & CSO/Prokofiev: Tanz der Ritter und Tanz Julia-Paris
2. The Hellacopters: Darling Darling
3. Loudon Wainwright lll: Motel Blues
4. John Adams: Shaker Loops (Shaking And Trembling)
5. Motörhead: English Rose
6. The Baseball Project: Past Time
7. Ernest Ranglin & Jump With Joey: Honky Tonk Pts 1&2
8. Dr. Alimantado: Born For A Purpose
9. John Martyn & Danny Thompson: I’d Rather Be The Devil
10. Nick Lowe: Heart Of The City
11. Eddie Cochran: Bread Fred
12. Suicide: Be Bop Kid
13. Chris Isaak: Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
14. Huw Gower: Lightning Over Montauk
15. Heinz: Just Like Eddie
16. Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3: Sicky Boy
17. Psychedelic Furs: Until She Comes
18. Yellowman: Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
19. MX-80: So Clear
20. Republica: Ready To Go

Featured Album:
Ian Hunter: Shrunken Heads

The 7” B-side:
Porcupine Tree: Hallogallo

Last Week’s Listener Favourites:
Chuck Berry: Woodpecker
T. Rex: Hot Love
The Rolling Stones: If You Can’t Rock Me
Elvis Presley: Mystery Train
Siouxsie: Into A Swan
The Who: You Better You Bet
Willie Nile: Hard Times In America
T. Rex: Jeepster
The Ruts: Staring At The Rude Boys
Max Wall: Dream Tobacco
Levon Helm: Summertime Blues
Rodney Crowell: I Wish It Would Rain
The Pretty Things: Midnight To Six Man
The Housemartins: Happy Hour
The Detroit Cobras: Hittin’ On Nothing
Paul Thorn: A Woman To Love
Ducks DeLuxe: Too Hot To Handle
English Beat: Save It For Later

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

MX-80



MX-80's Rich Stim
footage courtesy: Rich Stim

Friday, August 15, 2008

Marianne Nowottny


Marianne Nowottny
Exchange Place, NJ
Aug 8th '08

Duffy at "All Points West", Liberty State Park, NJ


Duffy
Liberty State Park, NJ,
August 8 '08


I met Angus at what used to be the Righa Royale Hotel but is now The London NYC, a faux-trendy, tourist joint in midtown looking for a vibe. The ‘English’ breakfast, which consisted of 2 eggs, half a small tomato, 1 rasher of bacon, half a mushroom and a table-spoon of homefries (w/toast) cost $22. The rooms ($500/night but cheaper the longer you stay) are comfortable and clean but the place has an antiseptic, hopeless air about it and it certainly wasn’t as fun (or cheap) as when John Lydon held court in the bar. We binned the idea of the $30 trans-Hudson ferry-ride from Wall St in favour of the Path Train ($1.50) and the Light Rail ($4 round trip) from Exchange Place, where we had lunch. Marianne Nowottny works nearby, so since she made the North Fork Sound Top 20 last week, she was happy to do an ID for the station. We got to the festival site and it immediately started to rain. Luckily, Angus was hooked up with all the necessary backstage passes, so we hung out under a tent until about 4.30 when it was time for Duffy to play. I told you about her back in March, when she played her NYC debut at the Hiro Ballroom and, in fact, North Fork Sound was the first internet station in the US to play 'Mercy', back in February. As she took the stage, the sun came out and she delivered a short set – Rockferry, Hanging On Too Long, Serious, Warwick Avenue, Breaking My Own Heart, (Bert Berns') Cry To Me, Delayed Devotion, Stepping Stone, Tomorrow and Mercy – to a crowd of about 1,000 curious people, most of whom were there (I imagine) to see Radiohead later that day. She didn’t play Distant Dreamer, which was a damn shame because it just might be one of the greatest tunes ever written, but her voice sounded fantastic, she looked like a young Brigitte Bardot and, since her chart successes, she’s a lot more confident on stage than she was a few months ago. The first time she said “how are you doing, New York?” it was mildly amusing and quite forgivable, as we were in NJ and NY itself was on the other side of the river, serving as her backdrop. After the 6th or 7th time, it smacked of Spinal Tap. Go here and click on the 'slideshow' icon for some more pictures.
We saw a tiny bit of CSS - who will
only be remembered for their tragic fashion sense - and then caught part of Underworld’s set. Their thumping beats flew around the park and made me nostalgic for a mind-altering substance so we made for the 'beer pens' where, with ID, you got a wristband that allowed the purchase of 5 beers (total) at $7 each (or $9, if you wanted Stella) in a plastic cup. In the pen, we ran into Matthew Kaplan, attorney for nearly every indy artist/label worth a crap and the gal who books London’s Royal Festival Hall, Jane Beese, who was on vacation. As dusk fell and lower Manhattan's skyline and Miss Liberty twinkled in the background, Radiohead took the stage and proceeded to suck all the joy out of the air. Quick, someone give these guys a Bo Diddley record. Ok, so the lights were nice, but you can’t hum a filament or dance to a red wash so I just stood there wondering what it must be like, being a Radiohead fan. I wonder how their suicide rate compares with, say, Cramps fans. To be fair, everybody (including Angus) enjoyed them a lot so I guess my boring ol' fart status jumped up a notch or two and eventually, we snuck onto the ferry, neither of us feeling much like the 2 1/2 mile circuitous trek back to the Light Rail. Huw Gower called to say he was at Terminal 5 where the Stooges were about to play and as I was getting more info, the fellow walking in front turned around and said in an Australian accent "I’d recognize that voice anywhere" and there, fresh from Japan, was Curry Clubber and promoter/label owner/entrepreneur and all-round good guy, Ray Hearn, with his lovely Japanese g/f and his son. We all thought about The Stooges for about 10 seconds but decided on soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown instead and that, pretty much, wrapped up a very good day.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Robyn Hitchcock



Robyn Hitchcock - "Queen Elvis"
The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY,
July 11th '08

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lambchop


Kurt Wagner
New Suffolk, NY
Aug 1st '08

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wade In The Water

Two Sundays ago, Smugglin’ Johnny C came through with a boat so he, Cap’n Billy D and me set off for Shelter Island’s annual Boat Party where the East End’s fine, fine, finest were booked to rock us on the water. Only accessible by boat, we found something like 350 vessels varying in size from kayaks to million-dollar seafarers and everything in between neatly lined up in rows, while several hundred people swam or floated around the “splosh pit” in front of the stage on all manner of inflatable devices (including what you’re thinking, Danville), many drinking beer, some even with cocktails in Martini glasses or champagne flutes taped to their surfboards. We carefully steered through the traffic and anchored just short of the pit, dead center. The boat next door had a gas-powered drinks blender that started when you pulled a cord, much the same way as you might fire up your lawnmower. They were serving Margaritas. We got there as Matty Liot & the Super Big Up were strangling ‘Apache’ so we checked out the scenery. All around, there were drunk gals in bikinis being sprayed by those high-powered water pistols thanks to the drunk guys. So "thanks" to the drunk guys! The bands were set up on the second-floor deck of a rickety-looking barge and the sound system would have been great if it hadn’t automatically cut out for 5 seconds every time the volume peaked above a certain level, presumably to prevent damage to the speakers. A pity, really, because easing the volume back a couple of dBs wouldn't have made much difference overall - especially as the boats in the back could tune into an FM simulcast.
Next up were the mighty, beer-dispensing Blaggards who launched into their set with a righteous 'Maggie’s Farm'. Other smart covers including Robert Parker's 'Barefootin’',
Gordon Terry’s 'It Ain’t Right', Mickey Newbury’s 'Why You Been Gone So Long', John Hiatt’s 'Tennessee Plates', Danny Kirwan’s fantastic 'Tell Me All The Things You Do', Freddie King’s 'Sen-Say-Shun' which served as a showcase for Blagguitarist, Rich Umbach, another Dylan tune 'Everything Is Broken' and a few more followed feverishly finishing with the Monkees' 'Pleasant Valley Sunday'. Then, they were gone. Just like that. The crowd loved 'em, and I think it's time the buggers, sorry, the Blaggards, got into a studio right away and made a proper record.



The Blaggards
- "Tell Me All The Things You Do"
Major Harbor, Shelter Island
August 3rd 08


That left it up to The Lone Sharks to wrap up the day’s festivities with their enlightened brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Seems like there's always a new guy in the band but each line-up delivers and this one, with Stan Mitchell on the traps, Joe Lauro slappin’ the big ol' bass, Paul Scher oozing sax appeal and David Deitch pulling out all the stops on his keys got the whole crowd syncro-drinkin’ and floatin' in tune! And just as I’m getting used toRelaxed’ Gene Casey playing in his summer garb of white strides and a Hawaiian shirt, I was a little unnerved to see he'd swapped his trademark cowboy hat for a yellow headband. Visions of Mark Knopfler cropped up but ultimately only because Gene's got some serious guitar chops too. Playing on a decrepit boat in a strong wind to a bunch of sloppy, sunburned drunks treading water - which, by now, was probably a very dodgy cocktail of H2O, booze, piss, spit and a few jellyfish to liven things up - is no place for a fashion statement, if you get my drift. So, with a "How was church?" the Lone Sharks kicked off a wicked set that included 'Tear It Up', 'Get Rhythm', 'Gone Hollywood', 'Pretty Thing', 'Peter Gunn Theme', 'The In-Crowd', 'Trying To Get To You', 'Oh Carol', 'The Snizz Pt. 2', 'Sugarfoot Rag', 'The Promised Land', 'Folsom Prison Blues', and 'Sea Cruise'. It was a perfect end to 'Shark Week'.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Angel Corpus Christi



(footage courtesy of ACC & Rich Stim)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

North Fork Sound Top 20 – August 10th ‘08

1. Lambchop: Up With People (Zero 7 dub mix)
2. Levon Helm: Willie & The Hand Jive
3. Doug Powell: She Walks On Water
4. John Lee Hooker: I Cover The Waterfront
5. ? & The Mysterians: Ten O’Clock
6. The Cobra-Matics: It Ain’t Right
7. The Shadows: Apache
8. Betty Davis: Shut Off The Light
9. Gene Ammons: Till There Was You
10. Them: (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
11. Dr. Feelgood: Watch Your Step
12. The Stranglers: Something Better Change
13. Suicide: Dominic Christ (2005 mix)
14. Paul Thorn: A Woman To Love
15. Horace Andy: Don’t Break My Heart
16. Sandy Denny: I’m A Dreamer
17. The Undertones: Jimmy Jimmy
18. The Supremes: Stoned Love
19. The Axcents: Hold It Mary
20. Chessmoves: So Glad I’m Living

Featured Album:
Genevieve Waite: Romance Is On The Rise

The 7” B-side:
Max Wall: Dream Tobacco

Last Week’s Listener Favourites:
Eddie Cochran: Cut Across Shorty
Angel Corpus Christi: I’m 18
John Coltrane: My Shining Hour
Marianne Nowottny & The All American Band: Mr So & So (German version)
Betty Davis: Dedicated To The Press
Kraftwerk: Autobahn (excerpt)
Buddy Holly & The Crickets: Little Baby
The Specials: Gangsters
Big Joe Turner: Shake, Rattle & Roll
Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Mystery Train
Tracey Curtis: If The Death Penalty Were An Olympic Sport
Patti Smith: Piss Factory
East River String Band: Nobody’s Business If I Do
Suicide: Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
Levon Helm: Summertime Blues
Bo Diddley: Who Do You Love?
Dr. Feelgood: Down At The Doctor’s
Richard Thompson Band: Wall Of Death, live
Ronnie Spector: Good Love Is Hard To Find

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I Have Fun Everywhere I Go


I’m reasonably sure several of you have a toke now and then. Perhaps even a cocktail. Some of you certainly like the punk rock and some the dirty blues. A handful of you would own up to enjoying (a smattering even making) porn and I daresay a few, ok, one of us used to like, pro-wrestling. (Steve Logan and 'Exotic' Adrian Street had something of a subliminal influence on a very young ht). Mike Edison has immersed himself in all of the above and has just written the funniest book I’ve read all year - I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World (Faber & Faber). He tells about making his bones at Wrestling’s Main Event magazine, performing with GG Allin, drumming and touring with the Raunch Hands and Sharkey’s Machine, cranking out 28 stroke novels in mere days, organizing photo shoots for Cheri, writing those Penthouse 'letters', publishing the boo-boosting periodical High Times, working for and then replacing Screw’s Al Goldstein, editing Heeb, and much, much more. These days, he's holed up at the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Group comissioning and editing the Lemmy-approved, Eric Danville-compiled, Official Heavy Metal Book Of Lists on their Backbeat Books imprint and making monstrously over the top avant-blues albums with his Edison Rocket Train, assisted by downtown bluesbreaker, Jon Spencer. When I say Edison gets into his job, I’m not kidding. He gobbles it up - from the inside out - washes it down with a 6-pack and belches out funny story after funny story. Either buy the book or buy the Spencer-produced spoken word cd - although you could probably do with both.
Mike Edison
Manitoba's, NYC

go here for more pictures, click "slideshow"

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Lone Sharks


Gene Casey
The Old Mill, Mattituck, NY
June 6th '08


Sunday, August 3, 2008

North Fork Sound Top 20 – August 3rd ‘08

1. Tracy Curtis: If The Death Penalty Were An Olympic Sport
2. James Hunter: Carina
3. Marianne Nowottny: Mr. So & So (German version)
4. Faster Pussycat: Sex, Drugs & Rock-n-Roll
5. Eddie & The Hot Rods: Teenage Depression
6. The Flashcubes: Do Anything You Wanna Do
7. Jimmy Reed: Shame, Shame, Shame
8. Mo Tucker: Bo Diddley
9. Slim Harpo: Scratch My Back
10. Steve Miller Band: Space Cowboy
11. The Small Faces: Hey Girl
12. Sara Hickman: Birdhouse
13. Willie Nile: Heaven Can Help The Lonely (live)
14. John Coltrane: My Shining Hour
15. Suicide: Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
16. Motörhead: Buried Alive
17. The Sisters Of Mercy: This Corrosion
18. Vernon Reid: What’s My Name
19. Dave & Ansell Collins: Double Barrell
20. Sparks: This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us (symphonic version)

Featured Album:
Buddy Guy: Skin Deep

The 7” B-side:
Patti Smith: Piss Factory

Last Week’s Listener Thumbs Ups:
Golden Earring: Radar Love
BB King: Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
Joe Cocker: The Letter
Peter Tosh: Get Up, Stand Up
T. Rex: One Inch Rock
Johnny & The Hurricanes: Red River Rock
Jim Carroll Band: People Who Died
Lou Reed & John Cale: Nobody But You
Sex Pistols: EMI
The Black Keys: Here I Am, I Always Am
John Lydon & Leftfield: Open Up (full vocal 12” version)
John Littlejohn: Shake Your Money Maker
Alice Cooper: Under My Wheels
The Flashcubes: Natalie
The Specials: Gangsters

Friday, August 1, 2008

Faster Pussycat


Taime Downe

Farmingdale, NY
July 31st '08

In 1987, when Peter Philbin asked me to fly out to Phoenix and check out his latest discovery, Faster Pussycat, I thought anyone sussed enough to name themselves after Russ Meyer's paean to pummeling pulchritude has to be ok and booked my ticket. We find ourselves standing about 15 yards from the stage and right in front of us are a bunch of dolled up, glammed-out gyrating babes one of whom I recognize as adult film star, Lois Ayres, so clearly this band has what it takes. They were pretty scrappy back then and Peter likes to remind me that I leaned over and asked him if it was too late to get out of the deal. It was. So after the show, we invited them out for dinner but most of them had better things to 'do'. Ah, youth. As time passed, I got to know Taime, Greg and Brent pretty well, and always had a blast hangin' out. Their first album defines a time in LA when glam-metal had an innocence (if that's possible) and the scene had something to look forward to. Plus, it sounded great blaring from the speakers at the Cathouse, a club the savvy Taime and Riki Rachtman formed to serve as ground zero for the movement that Motley Crue had inspired. Guns & Roses, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns and Jetboy was the line-up for the first show at the Cathouse and it wasn't long before every wannabe rocker (tattoos and piercings de rigeur) was ODing or puking in its toilets. FP's second album 'Wake Me When It's Over' went gold, thanks to the hit House Of Pain and the great Poison Ivy, while their last for Elektra, 'Whipped' showed a (sonic) maturity that probably did the group no favors. Their fans preferred it trashy.
On Thursday, I drove the 58 miles to Farmingdale where Long Island's rock hangout, the Crazy Donkey hosted FP, LA Guns and Bang Tango midway through their tour across the US. On the bus, Taime was as friendly as always, introducing me to Tracii Guns who was reading a list of best metal songs of all time from his computer. 'Breaking The Law' (I guess), 'Ace Of Spades' (obviously)...all the obvious ones were there, although eyebrows were raised at the mention of 'Eye Of The Tiger'. Taime gave me a copy FP's latest, 'The Power & The Gloryhole' (Full Effect Records) which I cranked in the car last night and now I wish I'd stuck around for the show. There's a couple of classics on it (Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll and Bye Bye Bianca) and a bunch of crunching rockers that take the years off. Always championing new bands, he said to look out for Crud (with the delightfully-named singer,
Vinnie Dombroski) and soon he was going to take FP to South America for the first time, taking in Brazil, Argentian, Peru and Chile. He still enjoys getting on the bus and touring, but when I overheard snippets of a conversation at load-in between him and the very worried-looking singer of tour-mates Bang Tango that involved said singer's "blood", "kidneys" and immediate need for a "taxi to the hospital", I thought it's probably a good time to take my leave. Good seeing ya Taime...don't get into too much trouble on the road, buddy...
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