Saturday, December 31, 2005

From L.A. to N.Y., from N.Y. to L.A.

The current issue of L.A. Weekly features an excellent cover story on East Side '50s & '60s Chicano rock & roll. Obviously it's an L.A.-centric article, but it also contains a few NYC-related anecdotes; the surviving members of Cannibal & the Headhunters offer memories on shows they played at the Brooklyn Fox, Small's Paradise in Harlem, and at Shea as openers for the Beatles.

Speaking of L.A.-NYC connections...the new Bob Gruen New York Dolls DVD, All Dolled Up (to which I was initially hipped by an informative streetsyoucrossed reader), includes a healthy dose of L.A. action. There's live footage from the Whisky, both from soundchecks ("Johnny Rivers didn't sound like this," a dissatisfied David Jo quips at one point) and actual shows, plus a lip-synch session for The Real Don Steele Show. Lotsa cool downtime footage as well--backstage scenes (with the fabled Sable Starr and Lori Maddox among others), a relaxed interview on a grassy knoll near the NBC studios (the guys were taking a break from a Midnight Special taping), hanging at the Hyatt, cruising down Hollywood Boulevard and the Strip, purchasing nipple slippers at some sex/novelty shop, and dancing at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco. Don't worry, plenty of NYC footage made the cut, including clips from Kenny's Castaways, Max's, Club 82, Little Hippodrome, and the "St. Valentine's Day Mascara" film shown before the big Academy of Music gig--not to mention clueless local newscasts and a hilarious scene at JFK Airport. As one reviewer pointed out, though, if Gruen has forty hours worth of this stuff, releasing only about 95 minutes of it is tantamount to a tease. I'm left grateful, but greedy for mo'.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Read 'em while you can

Enjoy these two semi-pertinent (though not rock & roll-ish) articles in today's New York Times before they get consigned to the paid archive:

Friday, December 02, 2005

You can't keep a good Brooklyn band down

My dear Pops unexpectedly departed a couple of weeks ago, and I've been up to my ears in the emotional and economic fall-out ever since. Ergo, I don't know when I'll have a free moment to write the next entry. In the meantime, allow me to draw your attention to a cool interview with Art Steinman from the Jagged Edge, one of Brooklyn's garage-rock class of '66--a new addition to Mike Dugo's super-fab Also check out Steinman's own must-see Jagged Edge page, featuring mp3 snippets and loads of time-warp J.E. photos and 16 Magazine scans.