Oh HI!!! Been a while since the last update, huh? Well, its not like I have 15 grand lying around every day to pay off the ransom every time Shimmy and Gaskins upset some vegan terrorists…Anyway, Great Caesar’s Ghost, did this month fly by or what? So many great shows and dance parties, a billion Virgo birthdays, a tornado or three and weather that just won’t let summer go…It’s like homecoming on Planet Krypton, just before the big boom-boom.
Let’s dive headfirst and blindly into the future by stepping out into these last couple of nights of the month. The good is as plentiful as the harvest:
Wednesday September 29th
At this point in our semi-advanced history you would think that we were beyond the need for such pretenses as “all-chick or chick fronted” band nights to remind us that the fairer sex is fully capable of rocking,Â rolling, and often times out drinking her hairier counterparts…but alas, we’ve got one tonight, modern world: The Cakeshop presents FULL FEMALE FRONTAL II and it hosts a bevy of beautifully loud, trashy ass bands. The night kicks off with the banshee howl of the queens of “revenge rock”, The Big Death Scene, followed by lo-fi garagers The Ravers, sneering punks with 8-ball swagger Two Tears and Hullabaloo alumni and loud as fuck pop-punkers The Totallys. 8pm doors, $8 dollar cover to boot…
Books, who reads those anymore! They’re only good for burning, trying to look cool to hot nerd chicks on the L train and smashing the big flying cockroaches of summer…TO DEATH!Â And banning! So PERFECT for banning.Â In celebration of The American Library Associationâ€™s Banned Books Week ,Â The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe hosts a Banned Books Week Party! The maniacal Svengali of punk Mike Edison (Edison Rocket Train, amongst others, contributor to High Times, Screw, Hustler and Penthouse magazines,Â author of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go!) hosts this shindig along with activist/lawyer Herald Price Fahringer and Richard Nash (publisher named by the Utne Reader this year as one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World). Mike’s way-out there beatnik weirdo band The Space Liberation Pocket Arkestra which features Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore) and Mickey Finn (Boss Hog) will perform in store and attendees can join in the gameshow â€œName That Banned Book” for prizes (I bet it’s probably BOOKS. Fuck that noise!!!!) The place is 126 Crosby Street in NYC and this thing kicks off at 7.
DID YOU KNOW: The twinky teenage vampire love novels of “The Twilight Saga” share shelf space on the list of great banned works of literature alongside classics by the likes of JD Salinger, Ray Bradbury, Toni Morrison and Mark Twain? And did you just throw up a little bit in your mouth?
And of course, your twin options for “getting down” and “hanging loose while shakin’ your caboose” on a Wednesday night – Jonathan Toubin’s New York Night Train at Motor City and Mr. Fine Wine’s 60′s Soul Party at Botanica rule the lower east side’s cool. Both free and fantastic fun.
Thursday September 30th
The greatest rock and roll bowling alley in the world, Asbury Lanes in picturesque (in parts) Asbury Park, NJ hosts Detroit psychobilly danger boys The Koffin Kats and Jersey surf punk group The Egos. There ought to be a couple more bands announced and it’s $8, 18 and up to get in!
Puerto Rico’s king garage punk loonies Davilla 666 set foot on the mainland, headlining a show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, joined by Vermillion Sands, a cool, punky babe-fronted garage band from Treviso, Italy and local retard heroes Liquor Store. I can see this one going fast, so get your tickets in advance HERE. You’re welcome.
Rounding out a night of bad ass shows, the never disappointing Underclass Revue presents a night of unparalleled madness. Kicking off the night is Dirty and Naughty, a group fronted by Kevin Shaw ofÂ The BMTs (house band of the legendary Max’s Kansas City) and featuring Gass Wild (of The Pretenders, Love Pirates,Â The Manish Boys, ect). They are followed by the heavy psych fuzz swagger of Whooping Crane, the LA style glam punk punch ofÂ S.W.A.K., the psycho-hard punk stylings of Born Loose, and the exotic, Cramps inspired band of wolves that will be playing Satan’s luau at the End of Days, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6. All this rock kicks off at 9pm for a mere $6 dollar cover at Bowery Electric for what is arguably one of the last of the great regularly occuring rock and roll parties left in Manhattan today.
And so it goes. September came in like a Lion and went out like a Winged Cobra. Hiss!
Stay Gold, Snake Boy!
-Captain HeartlockTags: born loose, DAVILLA 666, Dirty and Naughty, jonathan toubin, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6, liquor store, mike edison, mr fine wine, new york night train, S.W.A.K., Space Liberation Pocket Arkestra, The Big Death Scene, The Egos, The Koffin Kats, The Ravers, The Totallys, two tears, Vermillion Sands, Whooping Crane