Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stand Clear

This just in from Stupefaction: the announcement of a new series of compilations on New York City music, spanning the '40s to the aughts, entitled Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot.  Can't wait to hear them, though I personally feel they should've gone with "Standclearo'theclosin'doorsplease."

I also just got a fine link from Steve Coleman, administrator of the Fleshtones Hall of Fame--a BBC Radio 2 documentary on the musical history of Greenwich Village, narrated by John Sebastian.  Here's part one, which aired last night and which I'm listening to as I type this.  Part two airs today, and presumably that stream will be available here for about a week afterwards.

Lastly, I can't resist sharing these two scans from Flip magazine, which I received moments ago on my FB news feed from longtime fellow Bomper Michael Lynch.  How come I never heard about Jeff Conaway's NYC garage rock roots until his unfortunate demise?

EDIT 5/31/2011:  Another pertinent link from this morning--a Dangerous Minds post on ZE Records.

EDIT again on 5/31/2011:  Later today DM also did a post on a BBC doc called Once Upon a Time in New York, which I've been meaning to watch for a while now.

Monday, May 30, 2011

1975 Ads: Other Venues and Miscellany, Part 2

4/7/75 issue:

Sorry, I have a thing for The Delightful Star.

"Centerfold" section excerpt.

From Christgau's Consumer Guide--he gave it a B+.

It took me a while to notice that the site of Saturday Night Fever was also Club 802.

4/14/75 issue:

From an article about Linda McCartney by Blair Sabol.  That's Mickey Dolenz in the middle, amirite?  A couple of weeks later Nat Hentoff would cite this piece as an example of the decline in the paper's journalistic integrity--but I dunno, it sure entertained and informed the heck outta me.

4/21/75 issue:

Uncle Jun strikes again!

Has anything moved in there since Arby's vacated the premises?

Formerly the Long Island Arena, a.k.a. the Commack Arena.  I like their little dancing cat logo--reminds me of some of Cyril Jordan's Flamin' Groovies cover illustration characters.

4/28/75 issue:

"Centerfold" section excerpt.

"Scenes" column excerpt.

5/5/75 issue:

Do they mean the Miamis?

Mistitled "Riffs" column excerpt--it should have read "Bad Guys Per Se."  They ran the Bessie Smith piece the following week.

5/12/75 issue:

I think I've always seen it spelled "Boburn" before.  I know Blondie played there, but so far none of the ads I've found mention any specific bands.

See also a prior announcement for this in the 4/21/75 "Scenes" column.

This place had nothing to do with the real WB out west, did it?

5/19/75 issue:

5/26/75 issue:

Excerpt from "Valley of the New York Dolls," a piece by Paul Nelson which was a bit lengthy to post--read the rest here

Finally, Paul Colby managed to snag some "name" talent!  I'd pretty much given up on collecting their ads 'cause the performers were too obscure even for me.

Kinda reminds me of the time WPIX switched to a "nothin' but love songs" format in the '80s, and the relentless claymation cupid TV ad campaign for it: "Your eX found someone new."